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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)

Rheinbacher Hefeweissbier

January 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.35

A German brewed hefeweizen now and my first from the Rheinbach brewery in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of the country and not from Bavaria like most other German wheat beers that I review here. This one is a bottle that I managed to find in an Aldi supermarket just before the end of last year having not spotted it in any of their stores prior to this. It is on that I quickly grab since I’ve tried a few hefeweizens from the store that have proved to be decent beers in the past. I actually tried this one a couple of weeks ago now but this is me just getting around to uploading it here where it will be the forty-sixth hefeweizen that I will have sampled here; sadly it wasn’t on of the best from the style but here’s what I thought of it anyway.

Rheinbacher Hefeweissbier

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber in colour with a cloudy body and a thick, two centimetre tall head that is creamy looking and quite with good retention over the opening couple of minutes and little in the way of movement too.
Aroma (7/10):
This one starts quite sweet on the nose with some banana and cloves kicking things off, there was some touches of wheat quite early on as well. The beer was much like I expected going in, there was some nice bubblegum notes and a touch of yeast alongside a couple of sugars that added to the beers sweetness; it was definitely standard for the style but also quite nice.
Taste (6/10): The beer starts with some banana and cloves before a tiny bit of citrus made its first appearance. There was some wheat and bubblegum in there too which seemed more pronounced here that with the nose but still weren’t particularly strong. I got some bread malts, a bit of yeast and touches of clove as well but there wasn’t a whole lot of depth to this one really.
Palate (3/5): This one sat around light-medium bodied with it coming through a little lighter than I’d have liked but it was well carbonated with a touch of spice in the mix too. The beer was quite a sweet one thanks to the sugars and banana but it seemed a tad artificial in places; not a classic wheat beer on the palate really.

Overall (13/20): This one was quite an average hefeweizen, it came through very sweet with a light-medium body but seemed a touch artificial and basic in truth. There was some nice banana and wheat coming through plus it was easy to drink but it didn’t really grab my attention and it’s probably not one that I’ll pick up again; I’ll stick to Bavarian brewed wheat beers where possible in future.

Brewed In: Rheinbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Brewery: Brauhaus Rheinbach
First Brewed: circa. 2011
Type: German Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi
Price: £1.25

Valaisanne Ämrich Weizen

December 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 3.45

A Swiss wheat beer now, this one will be my penultimate review of a beer from my trip to Basel last month now and is another one from the Feldschlösschen brewery; well sort of, it’s actually from the Valaisanne brewery based in Sion but that is one that is owned by Feldschlösschen now. The beer is one that I picked up on my second last day in Basel when I made yet another visit to the ‘Drinks of the World’ bottle shop and was still looking for a couple more beers, it was actually one that was recommended to me by the cashier in the shop and appears to be a new release for 2015; I’m wasn’t sure why he recommended it once I discovered it was from an industrial scale brewer but I still went in with an open mind and gave it a fair go.

Valaisanne Ämrich Weizen

Appearance (3/5): The beer poured a very cloudy apricot colour with orange touches and was topped with quite a thin, soapy looking white head that was patchy, only partially covering the surface of this one.
Aroma (6/10): Bitter oranges and some lemon notes kick off the nose, there was some pale malts and a couple of spices sneaking through as well but it definitely wasn’t the strongest on the nose sadly. I got some apricot and a little citrus around the middle before some touches of wheat and a faint banana aroma snuck through as well. The beer was a pleasant one on the nose but seemed a little subdued and as a result was a touch weak in areas.
Taste (7/10): This taste started with some banana and bubblegum flavours with plenty of spice in the mix as well, not exactly what the nose indicated but a nice start at least. There was some wheat and pale malts making themselves known with touches of yeast, coriander and a few cloves giving it quite a standard wheat beer taste. There was some orange zest and the apricot from the nose made an appearance too before some background fruits seen things out nicely.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and plenty of citrus to provide a nice tang to proceedings and some dry touches as well. The beer was lively and refreshing with nice touches of bitterness but not a lot, there was also some sweetness in there and the balance seemed good overall.

Overall (15/20): This one wasn’t a bad one really, despite the fact it’s from a brewery I’ve not had much luck with up until this point but it was an interesting and fruity take on the hefeweizen style with some nice apricot and citrus coming through with some apricot before the usual banana, wheat, bubblegum and clove flavours all started to come through. The beer had a nice balance, seeming quite lively and although it’s not one I’d rush back to, it was enjoyable and I’m glad I picked it up in the end.

Brewed In: Sion, Valais, Switzerland
Brewery: Feldschlösschen Beverages Group (Valaisanne)
First Brewed: Circa. 2015
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Drinks of the World (Basel)
Price: 3.90 CHF (approx. £2.58)

Ueli Weizen

December 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 4.05

My third beer from the Fischerstube brewery and another from them that falls under the Ueli banner, this one follows on from their Spezial and their Robur Dunkel offerings and is another I managed to try in Basel last month, it always tastes better when it’s local after all. The beer was actually one of Switzerland’s first wheat beers and I managed to sample a touch at the brewery’s restaurant and brewpub on my first night in Basel but never had enough of it to give it a proper review so it was one that I was looking to pick up after that since I quite enjoyed what I manged to try of it. After assuming I would be able to find the beer fairly easily in one of the city’s many bars and being left disappointed, I eventually managed to find a bottle in the Drinks of the World bottle shop not far from my hotel and quickly snapped up a bottle after sampling all the beers from the 1001 beers list they had available; it’s definitely one I was glad to find.

Ueli Weizen

Appearance (4/5): Quite a cloudy beer that is hazy orange in appearance with amber tinges and a one centimetre tall head that is a foamy white but obviously not quite as big as you’d normally expect for the style. Retention wise the beer holds up okay with the head halving in size after a minute or two and then eventually turning patchy.
Aroma (8/10): Fresh smelling with some strong banana notes coming through early on that was followed by some peaches and coriander. There was plenty of sweetness coming through initially as well, I got some nice bubblegum notes alongside background fruits, cloves before some wheat made an appearance alongside some bread malts that gave the nose a nice balance.
Taste (8/10): This one was kicked off by huge banana and clove flavours and followed up by a lot of citrus and some orange zest too. The beer was quite a sweet tasting one thanks to these fruits and some bubblegum that made its way through from the nose as well. There was touches of coriander and a faint amount of lemon before some pale malts and bread started to appear around the middle followed by some apricot and various spices towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and quite a lively beer with strong carbonation levels and plenty of sweetness from the start. There was a nice, fresh feel to a beer that had a medium body with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall (17/20): Quite a fruity tasting beer that was very nice on the way down and quite lively too thanks to the amble carbonation. There was a lot of flavour to this one with bananas being the dominant one without overpowering thanks to some bubblegum and various other fruits and flavours helping to balance things out; an excellent offering and definitely the best of the three from the brewery that I’ve tried.

Brewed In: Basel, Switzerland
Brewery: Brauerei Fischerstube
First Brewed: Brewery since 1974
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.4%
Serving: Draught (500ml)
Purchased: Restaurant Fischerstube, Basel, Switzerland
Price: 4.50 CHF (approx. £2.90)