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Beavertown Peacher Man

July 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.55

A reworking of a 2016 Beavertown collaboration here, this was originally a 6.2% abv. beer from the brewery that was made along with California based Heretic Brewing but has since been brought out as a summer seasonal solely from Beavertown and is a 5% abv. beer this time around. I spotted this one in my local bottle shop at the end of last week and was intrigued by the sound of a ‘peach and apricot witbier’ so quickly grabbed myself a can along with a couple other random beers to enjoy over the weekend. The beer will be my ninth from the brewery and follows on from their Lupuloid IPA, the last beer from the brewery that I tried when I had a can back in January of this year so hopefully this one proves to be as good as that one was.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a very thick and cloudy looking yellow to golden colour that is topped with a centimetre tall, foamy white head that covers the surface well and holds not too bad either over the opening few minutes; very much a witbier appearance from this one.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a fresh opening with the obvious wheat notes that are backed up by some early lemon and coriander notes that work well together. It’s slightly floral with a few other citrus fruits coming through alongside some herbs and spices but nothing notable at this stage. There’s some lighter malts towards the end and a few fruits too but I’m finding it hard to detect much in the way of any peach at this stage sadly; there is perhaps a touch showing but it’s difficult to be sure.
Taste (7/10): Fairly tangy and again quite fresh, the beer opens much like the nose with some lemon and citrus flavours before a few lighter malts start to show. There’s a combination of spices and some coriander in the early going to and these are followed by a few fruits that are definitely a little stronger than they were with the nose; at this point I got some hints of sweetness too. There is some peach at this stage with touches of vanilla adding to the sweetness before a few cloves and wheat flavours make themselves known again at the end.
Palate (4/5): Sitting around medium bodied, this one is a little thicker than I’d expected but that’s definitely a good things and the beer is also quite crisp into the bargain. There’s a lot of citrus which give proceedings a nice zesty tang that helps keep it feeling lively along with the sharp, strong carbonation levels. It’s quite an easy oen to drink with an okay balance but the citrus definitely dominated along with the wheat and spices; it was still a very nice beer on the palate though.

Overall (13/20): This one got off to a shaky start with the nose not coming through quite as good as I’d expected but things were turned around slightly come the taste with the beer seeming a little more balanced at this point and the citrus flavours coming through a little stronger and fresher too. The beer was a relatively easy one to drink with some nice touches of wheat coming through from the early going but I’d have like to see more of the peaches that the beer takes its name from showing, there was a some with the taste but almost none on the nose which was a little disappointing.

Brewed In: London, UK
Brewery: Beavertown Brewery/Heretic (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Witbier
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60

Berliner Kindl Weisse Waldmeister

Rating: 2.1

A third review of a beer from the Berliner Kindl Schultheiss brewery for me now and not entirely a new one, this is actually a beer that I managed to try about three years ago when I first visited Berlin but at the time it was one that I had straight from the bottle and never properly reviewed. I recently managed to try another bottle when visiting Berlin last month though and this time I had it back at the hotel to fully appreciate it rather than just swigging from the bottle as I walked about the city. It’s not exactly a classic beer but it feels right drinking it in Berlin and it’s not one available back home so I ended up having a couple of these over the Easter weekend I was in the city. The beer follows on from the bottles of Berliner Pilsner and Berliner Kindl Weisse from the brewery that I tried three and four years ago respectively as my third from the brewery, I did also manage to try the red Himbeere version of this beer too but it’s not one that I properly reviewed again sadly so a post for that one will likely have to wait until my next visit to Germany.

Appearance (2/5): Quite a ridiculous looking lime green colour that doesn’t look like a beer at all, this one was semi-clear with a thin white head on top that was about half a centimetre tall and bubbly to being before fading to a patchy lacing soon after.
Aroma (4/10): Quite sweet on the nose as I’d expected,this one also had quite an artificial nose to it with a lot of apple and some lime with touches of citrus sitting in the background. There was a lot of sugars in there as well but beyond that and the apple there wasn’t a whole lot to say about the beer really; it was more juice and syrup than beer really.
Taste (4/10): Sweet and very syrupy, this one was a very artificial tasting beer that was dominated by apple flavours but also had some lime coming through as well. There was a lot of sugar coming through from the start as well but that and some faint citrus was about all there was to this one; it didn’t even seem like the usual radler taste that I’d been expecting and seemed to have a very fruit juice like taste at times, along with being far too sweet into the bargain.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied and ridiculously sweet, this one was a dry but not very well balanced beer that seemed artificial and fake at times. There was a slight tang from the citrus coming through around the middle and it was moderately carbonated but it didn’t seem much like a beer to me.

Overall (10/20): This is a strange beer and despite being one I’d tried previously, I was still surprised by just how sweet and sugary it was which is something that was seemingly masked by the fact that usually I would drink this one straight from the bottle. The beer was overly sweet and came through as more like a fruit juice at times, there was some lime and citrus in there but the apples definitely dominated from the start and it wasn’t the most well balanced beer either. It was drinkable and I wouldn’t say it’s a beer that I’d never have again since it is so readily available in Berlin but it is definitely not one to look out for.

Brewed In: Berlin, Germany
Brewery:  Berliner Kindl Schultheiss Brauerei
First Brewed: circa. 2000
Full Name: Berliner Kindl Weisse Mit Schuß Waldmeister
Type: Berliner Weisse
Abv: 3.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany
Price: €1.50 (£1.30 approx.)

Lemke Hopfen Weisse

May 1, 2017 4 comments

Rating: 3.8

The first of five beers that I tried from the Berlin based Lemke brewery now, all of which I managed to find while in Berlin over the Easter holidays recently having made a point of visiting their brewpubs when I was in the city. First up is their Hopfen Weisse which will be my first new weizenbock in quite some time, mainly because new ones of the style are so hard to find in the UK and not because I’m not a fan of them. This is one that I managed to sample on-tap at one of the brewery’s bars in the Alexanderplatz area of the city and enjoyed it so much that I opted to buy a few random bottles by the brewery when I was leaving, with a view of trying them back at my hotel later in the weekend; here’s what I thought of the first of their beers though.

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber in colour with some copper tinges and quite a cloudy body, this one is topped with a thin head that sits about a half centimetre tall and holds pretty steady after that whilst leaving a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh and fairly spicy on the nose, this one opens with some touches of coriander and cloves before a nice helping of banana makes itself known and imparts touches of sweetness on the aroma. There was some bread malts and hints of caramel nearer the middle of the beer before some lemon rounded things off alongside a subtle touch of alcohol; good stuff so far though.
Taste (7/10): Opening with the banana from the nose, the beer tastes slightly sweeter this time round with some bread malts following on behind before the cloves and some of the spice start to show themselves. Around the middle some citrus flavours come through, particularly touches of lemon and there is a nice biscuit flavour towards the end before some grassy touches see things out nicely.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and fresh with a very good balance and some spices coming through as well. For the most part the beer was quite smooth and very easy to drink despite the fact some hints of alcohol showed at times; excellent stuff.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice weizenbock and very enjoyable, it’s not often I get to try this style of beer but I really should more often if they taste this good. The beer opened with a nice combination of citrus flavours and bread malts but it was the banana and the subsequent sweetness that helped steal the show. It seemed very slightly more hoppy that some other wheat beers I’ve had recently and there was even hints of bitterness nearer the end but the balance was quite a good one and it proved very easy to drink as well; nice stuff and one well worth looking out for if you find yourself in Berlin at any point.

Brewed In: Berlin, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Lemke
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Weizenbock
ABV: 7.0%
Serving: Keg (500ml)
Purchased: Brauhaus Lemke am Alex, Berlin, Germany
Price: €5.70 (£4.84 approx.)

Żywiec Białe

April 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.2

A fourth beer from the Żywiec brewery now and another that I sampled whilst visiting Warsaw last month, this one following on from bottle of their Porter and Saison that I managed to try in the city as well. Unlike their Porter, this particular offering isn’t a beer from Żywiec that I was aware of before visiting Poland but since I always like to pick up new wheat beers when I can, I opted to give this one a go in my hostel bar and actually ended up drinking a couple bottles of the stuff. The beer is a witbier styled offering that was introduced in 2014 and appeared to be readily available throughout Warsaw, although it also appears to have attracted some poor reviews online but I didn’t feel it was a particularly bad one; here’s what I thought of it at the time.

Appearance (3/5): A cloudy amber coloured beer that was slightly lighter and less bright than expected, the head was also a slight disappointment given it started about a centimetre tall and then disappeared completely within the first minute; not what I expect from a wheat beer really.
Aroma (6/10): Opening with some wheat and banana notes in the early going, there was some bread and a few malty smells following on behind before some subtle citrus started to come through. The beer wasn’t overly lively or fresh really, it featured some lemon and a few touches of biscuit nearer the middle but it was standard to basic for the style really.
Taste (7/10): Again opening with a combination of bread malts and banana, the beer was sweet and slightly stronger than the nose with some citrus featuring as before. There wastouches of clove and a few fresh fruits nearer the centre, I managed to detect some orange and naturally a lot of wheat. Down the stretch there was some floral touches but again the beer was a relatively basic offering for the style.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied but with less carbonation than I’d have expected, the beer was sweet at times and slightly dry nearer the end. As I’ve said, it was a basic take on the witbier still but it was crisp and relatively easy to drink too.

Overall (14/20): A fairly standard but still drinkable wheat beer, there was a good opening with the banana working well together with the bread malts to give the beer a sweet but balanced taste. The beer was definitely lighter and less carbonated than I’d have liked to see but it was drinkable without being one I’d seek out if it was available in the UK.

Brewed In: Żywiec, Poland
Brewery: Grupa Żywiec
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 4.9%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Oki Doki Hostel, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 9PLN (approx. £1.80)

Nepomucen Milo

April 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.8

My second review of a beer from Browar Nepomucen in quick succession now, this one being another from the brewery that I managed to try last month when I visited Warsaw and it follows on from the pint of their Plum stout that I had the night before trying this one. I sampled a 330ml glass of this Polish brewed hefeweizen from the Jabeerwocky bar, definitely one of the city’s better craft beer pubs. To be honest, I was in two minds about ordering another beer from this brewery given I didn’t really enjoy their Plum offering but I was quite keen to try a wheat beer from Eastern Europe and this was the first I stumbled upon and it will probably be my last from the brewery for quite sometime; unless of course I can find more of their stuff when I visit Krakow later this year.

Appearance (4/5): Bright golden coloured with yellow and amber tinges, this one was topped with a quarter centimetre head that was foamy looking and white in colour. The head had good retention, leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and the body of the beer was a cloudy one that looked quite still.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fruity beer on the nose, this one opened with some pleasant banana notes alongside some bread malts and a few touches of yeast. There was some hints of clove sitting on top of plenty of wheat, I also got some citrus and background lemon notes too. Definitely a fresh offering, there was no sign of any bitterness and a few touches of spice seen things out.
Taste (7/10): Not quite as sweet as the nose but it again opened with some pleasant touches of banana and citrus. There was some more of the yeast from the nose as well as the bread malts and a cloves before some faint tart flavours appeared nearer the middle. It wasn’t an overpowering beer by any means but it was relatively strong and I enjoyed the lemon and spice that featured nearer the end; it was again quite fresh and very pleasant.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and very well carbonated, this one came through with a lot of fizz and a nice tang thanks to the citrus and lemon flavours. It was a lively and fresh offering that had a nice balance as well with the sweetness combining well with the tart and malts, it did perhaps lean slightly on the sweeter side of things but was a nice beer nonetheless.

Overall (16/20): This one turned out to be quite a good beer given it was my first Polish hefeweizen and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, as it happens it turned out pretty good. The beer opened with some good banana flavours alongside a nice combination of bread malts and some cloves backing it up. It was a lively and fairly sweet offering that seemed fresh and went down well with a nice balance. It’s probably not going to rival some of the better Munich brewed offerings but it was better than a lot of the style that I’ve tried before and I definitely enjoyed this one and wouldn’t mind having it again.

Brewed In: Jutrosin, Rawicz County, Poland
Brewery: Browar Nepomucen
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Keg (330ml)
Purchased: Jabeerwocky, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 9PLN (appox. £1.80)

Rothaus Hefeweizen (336 of 1001)

November 4, 2016 1 comment

Rating: 3.75

It’s been a long wait since my last review of a beer to feature in the 1001 beers list, far too long in fact, with the last one being when I tried a bottle of De Dolle’s Stille Nacht back in July and added the review here the next month. This one will be my 336th beer from the list and it is one that was only introduced back in 1995, despite the fact that the brewery was founded in the Black Forest area of Germany as far back as 1791. The brewery is one of three state-owned breweries in the country, the others being Munich’s Weihenstephaner and Hofbräu breweries, and it’s known as being a brewery that traditionally added plenty of malts to their recipes so this should be an interesting take on the hefeweizen style. It comes it slightly stronger than is the norm for this type of beer, sitting at 5.4% it’s a fraction stronger than the 4.9% average for a German hefeweizen and another interesting fact is that the brewery was among the first to offer their beer as a ‘hefeweizen zäpfle’ in 330ml bottles to help it appeal to a wider audience.

rothaus-hefeweizen

Appearance (4/5): A slightly darker orange-amber colour than is the usual for the style, likely due to the extra malts used in the brewery process, this one is a cloudy beer that is topped with a two centimetre tall head that formed after quite a gentle poor. Head retention is pretty good it must be said, there is an initial reduction of just under a centimetre but after that the fluffy, almost creamy looking head doesn’t budge much at all. There’s a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass too and it sits well in the glass, looking quite still and inviting.
Aroma (7/10): Semi-sweet opening up, there is a combination of bananas and wheat in the early going with touches of yeast and some lighter bubblegum notes in there too. It’s more malty than normal for the style but as mentioned above, that is apparently a common theme with beers from this brewery. The beer seemed quite lively and fresh on the nose with some background fruits and citrus in there alongside a couple of bread malts and cloves towards the end; a good start.
Taste (7/10): Quite malty with a sweet backing thanks to the banana and bubblegum flavours carried through from the nose, this one starts with some nice fruits and a little clove, touches of yeast and citrus feature too. There was a malty base that came through with touches of bread and the odd bit of spice but on the whole it was quite standard for a hefeweizen, albeit a malty one.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite fresh, there was amble carbonation from the start and the balance of the beer seemed good too; some early sweetness went well with the malty base and spice. It was a refreshing beer on the way down and proved quite easy to drink as well; nice stuff all round.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice, well-balanced hefeweizen that was pretty fresh and came through with a lot of malts from the start, There was some nice bread flavours with banana, yeast and cloves on top alongside some touches of yeast and background citrus. It was to drink and enjoyable without being a standout offering or one that I’d go out of my way to hunt down again; I wouldn’t say no to a second either though.

Brewed In: Grafenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Brewery: Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus
First Brewed: 1995
Also Known As: Rothaus Hefeweizen Zäpfle
Type: German Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.4%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

Farmageddon White IPA (Re-review)

October 5, 2016 1 comment

Rating: 2.9

Quite a rare re-review of a beer I’ve already tried here before, this one being my second go at Farmageddon’s White IPA that I first tried last July when over in Ireland. Since trying the beer back then, I’ve spotted several online reviews and posts mentioning how good the beer is and that it’s definitely one worth trying which got me thinking that the bottle I first tried might have already been past its best. The first time I sampled this one I remember it being far too funky and a lot more like a bad saison than a wheat ale or IPA but nothing obvious stuck out about it being off or a bad batch, this coupled with the fact that it was still well within its best before date meant I just assumed it was a bad beer, either way this re-review should clear things up and it’ll be interesting to see how it comes out this time around.

farmaggedon-white-ipa

Appearance (4/5): A hazy, golden amber colour with quite a lot of visible carbonation as I poured from the bottle; there was a huge white head as well that was very foamy looking and say about two inches tall in the glass. Retention was quite good from the beer with some touches of lacing on the sides and the head looked quite thick too; good stuff and already an improvement on last time.
Aroma (6/10): A hoppy open that was definitely complimented by some strong wheat notes in the early going, this one seems like a completely new beer this time around and there is some nice fruits coming through as well. There was a slight touch of funk around the middle but nowhere near as much as the last time, with some spice and orange notes following on behind. The beer seemed somewhat refreshing on the nose with some floral touches in there too. It’s still not the most complex beer that you’re likely to come across but it was a nice one.
Taste (5/10): Slightly more funky and some tart in there as well initially but the wheat flavours that the nose hinted at are present too. Some floral hops and a few bursts of citrus follow on behind before a faint hint of spice and some background fruits come through. It didn’t seem as strong as I remember from last time but the flavours themselves seem much better and the beer is actually drinkable this time around. There was some earthy hops and a light bitterness as we got nearer the end too but nothing really jumped out after the initial funk and tart.
Palate (2/5): This one was a very strongly carbonated offering and at times seemed to border on gassy. The body was quite a light one, perhaps even thin but not overly at least and there was some touches of funk and tart early in the taste; thankfully neither being as strong as the last time I tried this one though. There as a light bitterness towards the end and some dry touches too but the balance could probably have been a little better, it still wasn’t too bad though overall and some spice in there too seemed to help.

Overall (12/20): My second time trying this and it was almost like a completely new beer, it was so different from the first but there was just enough similarities to remind me I’d had this before. The beer was still overly carbonated but probably not quite as bad as last time, the balance still wasn’t great either and I could probably have done without the touches of funk and tart but both were thankfully a lot weaker than last time. There was some nice floral hops and the wheat seemed stronger this time which helped things considerably, I also got the odd citrus burst and some hints of spice at times which was just enough to keep me interested. It’s not one I’ll have a third time I don’t think but at least it was better than when I first tried it last summer.

Brewed In: Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Farmageddon Brewing Co-Op
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Wheat Ale
Abv: 3.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.29