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Minoh Momo Weizen

October 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.65

The first of several Minoh Beer offering that I managed to try on my recent trip to Japan, this one being a variation of the Weizen offering that I managed to try later on my trip and one that has had Japanese peach juice added during the brewing process. Minoh was a brewery that I’d read a little about before my trip and one of their beers even featured on the 1001 beers list so I was keeping my eyes peeled for anything by them, managing to find this one at a brewpub in Tokyo early into my holiday and quickly deciding to give it a try.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a cloudy looking yellow to golden colour with a body that is almost opaque, the beer has a thin and foamy white head on top that is about quarter of a centimetre tall but manages to cover the surface well. It’s a nice start from this beer although the head wasn’t exactly as large as I’d have expected from the style.
Aroma (7/10): Strong clove and wheat aromas kick things off here with some citrus and lemon coming through soon after. The beer seemed semi-sweet on the nose with some coriander and touches of Belgian yeast coming through alongside some faint tart. The beer was fresh on the nose and became a little lighter once it had settled but it was an easy-going, nice start to this one.
Taste (7/10): Fresh like the nose, the beer opens with some lemon and wheat with the clove that featured earlier making an appearance here too. There was a few lighter malts and touches of bread towards the middle but nothing was particularly strong really, there was some yeast and banana to round things off though.
Palate (4/5): Medium and smooth, the beer was fresh and fairly light which also made it an easy on to drink. There was a slight bitterness towards the end but it was fleeting, the balance also proved to be a decent one and it was well-carbonated too.

Overall (13/20): This one was an okay wheat beer despite the fact that it was definitely lighter than anticipated and the head was quite poor for the style. It opened with a nice citrus and wheat combination that was backed by some clove and touches of yeast, the malts and bread flavours nearer the centre doing well to balance things out and help it down easily. It was a pleasant enough offering though but I’m not sure it’s one that I’d go back to a second time.

Brewed In: Osaka, Japan
Brewery: Minoh Beer
First Brewed: 2009
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Keg (473ml)
Purchased: Two Dogs Taproom (Roppongi, Tokyo)
Price: ¥1000 (£6.62 approx.)

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Knockout Hefeweizen Max

September 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.6

This one is the first of roughly ten new beers that I managed to try towards the end of last month when I was visiting the north of Ireland again. My first beer from Belfast based Knockout Brewing, this one was a beer that I picked up alongside their Middleweight IPA when I spotted the pair in a local bottle shop. Not a brewery that I’d been aware before my recent trip, this one is a rare Irish brewed hefeweizen and one that I was looking forward to when I picked it up.

Appearance (3/5): A cloudy golden colour that is quite bright and looked active in the glass but was topped with a ridiculously large head that sat about five inches tall when I initially poured the beer; this being despite giving it the slowest pour I could manage. After leaving it for quite some time it eventually settled to leave a thick looking head that left plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass as I worked my way down the beer.
Aroma (6/10): Strong citrus notes with a lot of wheat and some fresh touches in the early going, there was a few grassy notes and a little spice coming through. The beer did seem a little one-dimensional as I got closer to the middle, there was a few hints of clove and background fruits coming through but nothing concrete other than a touch of sweetness and some banana right at the end.
Taste (5/10): Fresh with a lot of citrus and grassy flavours to open things up, there was some slightly off-flavours too though and hints of what felt like a metallic taste at points too. The middle featured some wheat but was more like a toned down version of the nose with some spice and hints of clove along with some lemon touches. Towards the end the banana from the nose also featured and was a little stronger this time too but it’s not a standard hefeweizen taste nor a particularly good one sadly.
Palate (2/5): Strongly carbonated with a lively feel but it was probably overdone in my opinion and still didn’t seem as crisp as I’d have liked. There was a one-dimensional feel to the beer with only a slight tang featuring and the balance seemed a little off too; poor stuff throughout sadly.

Overall (10/20): This one was definitely an average to poor hefeweizen and not at all like the better German version of the style that I’ve tried previously. The beer featured some basic wheat and citrus flavours in the early going with a little banana that seemed too light on the nose but wasn’t too bad come the taste. It wasn’t really an offering that I enjoyed much either, I’m just hoping the next beer from the brewery that I try is a little better.

Brewed In: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Brewery: Knockout Brewing
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.49

Andechser Weissbier Hell (357 of 1001)

August 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.75

Number 357 from the 1001 list now and another German offering from as well, this one being a hefeweizen that I was pleasantly surprised to find available in the Bavaria Brauhaus in Glasgow on my recent visit and quickly grabbed a bottle along with some other beers from the list that they had too. One of two beers from the brewery to feature on the 1001 list, the other being their highly rated Doppelbock Dunkel which I look forward to trying at some point, this one is a beer that I has very happy to see available in the Glasgow area and being a Bavarian brewed wheat beer meant it was one that I had quite high hopes for going in. After I rough count, I believe this one will also me my fortieth German beer from the list but sadly I still have quite a few to get through before I’m done, this at least gets me one step closer.

Appearance (4/5): Bright yellow looking when it poured, the beer was quite a cloudy offering that had a thin head for the style but one that had excellent retention over the opening minutes. The head was a thin looking one that sat white and foamy on top of the beer with some good lacing left on the sides of the glass as I worked my way down; a decent start despite the lack of height from the head.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with some good banana and wheat notes, this one was very much a wheat beer nose with some cloves and coriander coming through towards the middle. It was definitely a fresh beer with some sweet touches and a little citrus to help with the balance before some faint spice rounded things off nicely. There wasn’t much out of the ordinary here but it was a pleasant and balanced nose to kick things off with.
Taste (7/10): Starting much like the nose, banana flavours kicked things off with the taste alongside some citrus and cloves but neither seemed as strong as they were with the nose. There was some spice and a faint hint of bitterness that wasn’t expected around the middle before some coriander and cloves starting to appear. The banana flavours dominated throughout through and despite still being a good tasting beer, I couldn’t help but feel a touch disappointed after the nose.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and definitely quite fresh, this one was a smooth offering that was as strongly carbonated as you would expect from this style of beer. Around the middle there was some spice showing and the beer has quite a crisp tang to proceedings with it seeming lively throughout. It probably not the best hefeweizen out there but it was still quite an enjoyable beer that was easy-going down.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice wheat beer throughout, the nose in particular being a highlight for me but the taste wasn’t too bad either. There was a nice sweetness from the start and the banana flavours definitely dominated but some citrus and faint spice helped with the balance, as did the touches of bitterness lightly dotted about the place. It was an easy beer to drink and one I’d happily have again despite there being better of the style out there.

Brewed In: Andechs, Upper Bavaria
Brewery: Klosterbrauerei Andechs
First Brewed: 1764
Type: German Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Bavaria Brauhaus, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.90

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

Baltika 8 Wheat

June 15, 2016 1 comment

Rating: 3.35

The first review of a beer that I managed to try whilst in Barcelona recently and surprisingly it is actually a Russian beer, this being due to the fact that our apartment was located directly above a Russian mini market and it being a hot country, I decided to grab the only wheat beer I managed to see whilst in Barcelona. The beer will be my fourth in total from the Baltika brewery and follows on from their #5 Gold lager, #6 Porter and their #7 Export lager, with a review of their #4 Original dunkel to follow. This particular offering was first introduced back in 2001 as an unfiltered wheat beer and has won a few awards over the years, including the Platinum Osiris Best Wheat Beer in 2005 and gold medals at the 2003, 2004 and 2005 International Brewers Competitions. Despite the fact that this one wasn’t a locally brewed Spanish beer, I was quite glad I managed to check another couple of beers from the Baltika range off my list over the course of my holiday in Barcelona.

Baltika 8 Wheat

Appearance (4/5): This one pours slightly darker than expected, sitting in the glass as a deep amber colour with a foamy white head on top that’s creamy looking and about one centimetre tall, holding quite well.
Aroma (7/10): The nose starts with some solid wheat and banana notes that you would expect from the style, with some background citrus notes and a touch of clove in there too. There was some hints of spice coming through too before a couple of bread malts and caramel made an appearance alongside a basic sweetness.
Taste (6/10): Sweet and quite fruity tasting, this one started with some good banana and clove flavours that matched the nose well and opened things up nicely alongside the wheat and bread malts. There touches of spice from the nose also carried through and there was plenty of darker caramel flavours towards the middle of the beer, with touches of citrus following on not too far behind. There wasn’t really many surprises from this one and it was pretty much what I’d been expecting going in; it was still and nice beer though and the taste was enjoyable.
Palate (3/5): Fresh with a medium body and a faint tang thanks to the background citrus coming through. There was plenty of sweetness to this one, particularly with the taste and I got some nice, lively carbonation levels as well without it seeming overdone. An easy-going and fairly crisp beer with a semi-dry finish but nothing special to really set it apart from the rest.

Overall (13/20): This one was a nice beer but also a fairly average one on the whole without nothing that stood out about it or set it apart from the majority of good wheat beers out there. It was a slightly darker looking offering than I’d been expecting but this didn’t really translate to the aroma or flavour in my opinion, other than the darker malts coming through with the taste. There was a good combination of banana and wheat to kick things off though and some background fruits made a brief appearance too but for the most part it was pretty much what you’d expect from an average wheat beer really.

Brewed In: St. Petersburg, Russia
Brewery: Baltika Breweries
First Brewed: 2001
Full Name: Baltika 8 Pshenichnoe (Wheat)
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Mini Mix Russian Shop (Barcelona, Spain)
Price: €1.25 (approx. £0.98)

Jacobsen Weissbier

April 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.7

Another new Carlsberg beer now and my third that falls under their Jacobsen banner of beers, this one is a wheat beer that I managed to pick up a bottle of from the gift shop after touring the Carlsberg Brewery & Visitor Centre on a recent trip to Copenhagen. The beer follows on from the India Pale Ale and the Saaz Blonde in the Jacobsen range, both of which I have reviewed here previously, and this one is probably the beer from that I had most wanted to try after the Saaz Blonde and discovering that their Sommer Wit beer is no longer brewed. Despite arriving in Denmark with the intention of not drinking as many Carlsberg beers as most probably do when visiting the country, I actually ended up trying quite a few new ones from the brewery and I am amazed to say that they weren’t all bad. This one will likely be my last new one from them for some time now though, especially considering the choice of beers from them is pretty poor in the UK when compared with their homeland.

Jacobsen Weissbier

Appearance (4/5): A cloudy orange colour, this one is quite bright looking and sits with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds pretty well initially whilst leaving a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Semi-sweet on the nose to start things off, the beer had some pleasant banana notes and a little clove in the early going before a few background fruits started to come through. Around the middle some the wheat started showing and I got a few hints of coriander as well which helped the beer seem quite fresh before a little spice rounded things off but overall it was an easy beer on the nose.
Taste (7/10): A pleasantly sweet beer with a taste of banana to kick things off alongside some of the clove from the nose. There was a usual citrus flavours as well that carried through and I got a combination of subtle fruits featuring alongside some grain and even a little caramel sweetness too. Towards the end some bread and pale malts were the order of the day and it was quite a nice tasting beer without being anything special for the style.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite balance which made it an easy beer to drink and the beer was a well carbonated one too. The background fruits and caramel, as well as the malts, helped to provide a semi-sweet taste and it was a slightly dry mouthfeel at the end but it was also quite fresh and crisp at the same time. Smooth and balanced, easy to drink too, but nothing special when compared to some of the better German hefeweizens out there.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice, well-balanced hefeweizen that was definitely an easy one to drink and there was just enough going on to keep things interesting without it truly being a special beer. I liked the touches of sweetness dotted about the place and the subtle caramel malts were a nice touch around the middle too; a solid effort from the brewery that’s definitely worth trying if you happen to find it whilst in Copenhagen but it’s probably not one that’s worth going hunting for.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Carlsberg Brewery
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.9%
Serving: Bottle (300ml)
Purchased: Carlsberg Brewery/Visitor Centre (Copenhagen)
Price: 20 Danish Krone (approx. £2.20)