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Oldskool Pilgrim Hopfen Weisse

Rating: 4.1

My sole beer from my visit to the Délirium Café in Amsterdam last month, this one is as local a beer as they had on draught that day and is an offering from Eindhoven that is brewed by the ‘gypsy brewery’ Oldskool at Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel in early 2015 from what I can tell. This was one of about twenty-five beers that Délirium had on-tap that day but was sadly one of the few Dutch offerings they had, hence the reason I opted for this one although it appears to have been a good choice as from what I can tell, beers from Oldskool are only available in about four locations in Amsterdam and I managed to visit two without knowing at the time. All Oldskool beers are brewed at various locations around the Netherlands and take influence from German and British traditional brewing styles whilst using the latest hop strains, following the Reinheitsgebot and limiting influence from American and Belgian beers. I’m not sure I’ll get the chance any time soon but hopefully this is a brewery that I manage to try something from again in the future.

Oldskool Pilgrim Hopfen Weisse

Appearance (5/5): This one poured quite a bright looking amber colour with a cloudy body that was topped with a foamy looking, white head about a quarter centimetre tall with tonnes of lacing on the sides of the glass and fairly good retention too.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a hoppy nose, particularly right off the bat with some wheat and plenty of banana coming through early on. There was a nice amount of bubblegum that followed on from the banana with some background fruits also making an appearance, most notably some orange and apricot aromas but some peach also made itself known soon after. The nose almost seemed like a tropical one but with some floral notes too and a pretty good balance in general.
Taste (7/10): Sweet tasting initially with some floral flavours and quite a lot of banana coming through. These flavours were coupled with some bubblegum, wheat and cloves with some yeast sneaking in there too. I could detect some of the background fruits from the nose making an appearance here as well but some apples and a few spices featured as well.
Palate (4/5): Smooth bodied and very well-balanced, this one was easier to drink that I would have expected for the style although some hints of alcohol did make themselves known but these were limited to a relatively few occasions. The beer was quite crisp and refreshing with a lingering bitterness right at the finish and good, strong carbonation throughout.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very nice, smooth and well-balanced beer with lots of flavour and quite a fruity, almost tropical taste that went down really well. I’m very pleased with my choice here, a good beer all round and one that I wouldn’t mind trying again.

Brewed In: Eindhoven, North Brabant, Netherlands
Brewery: Oldskool Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Weizenbock
Abv: 7.8%
Serving: Draught (250ml)
Purchased: Délirium Café, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: €5.90 (approx. £4.37)

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