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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

Żywiec Amerykańskie Pszeniczne

September 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.45

Apparently a new Żywiec beer for the summer of 2017 so I’m not sure if it is a limited release or a new one from the brewery but I managed to pick this one up shortly after its initial release after spotting it in a shop across from my hotel when I was in Krakow last month. The beer is a pale wheat ale from the brewery and follow on from the Żywiec APA that I reviewed here last as the second from them that I tried on my trip; I only managed to review three new beers over the two days I was in the city sadly. I wasn’t sure what to think when I picked this one up given I had never heard of it and couldn’t understand the writing on the bottle but it is always nice to pick up a new beer and add a sixth Żywiec beer to the list of those that I have now tried.

Appearance (3/5): Cloudy lemon coloured with a fluffy looking white head that was about a centimetre and a half tall, holding better than expected too; it’s a thick looking beer but definitely an odd colour for a beer too.
Aroma (5/10): Not a very strong beer at all, this one opened with some faint citrus and lemon notes that seemed to match the colour of the beer for some reason but both could definitely have used being a little stronger. There was some grassy notes and hay nearer the middle of the beer, I managed to get some subtle background fruits too but beyond that there wasn’t much of anything going on sadly and it was quite disappointing as a result.
Taste (5/10): Following on closely from the nose, the taste is kicked off with subtle lemon and citrus flavours that are backed up by a little biscuit and hay. It’s almost like a radler with some cereal in there as well as a background sweetness, presumably from the basic fruits that carried on from the nose as well. There was some lager malts kicking about nearer the end too plus a basic bitterness but again it’s quite a one-dimensional beer.
Palate (2/5): Medium bodied, perhaps a little lighter than that but certainly not a thin bodied beer. There was some fresh touches of this one and it seem both crisp and clean but definitely basic at the same time, something not helped by the lack of variety to the nose and taste. There was faint sweetness around the middle but it’s not a great beer on the palate really.

Overall (9/20): Quite a poor showing from the brewery with this one and not a beer that I could recommend given how basic and one-dimensional it seemed throughout. There was some subtle citrus and lemon flavours that were coupled with a biscuit and cereal combination that made up most of the taste. It seemed very basic and quite boring at times too, it’s not a beer that I enjoyed nor is it one that I’d have again either.

Brewed In: Żywiec, Poland
Brewery: Grupa Żywiec
Full Name: Żywiec Jasne Pelne
First Brewed: 2017
Type: Wheat Ale
Abv: 4.9%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Krakow, Poland
Price: 8PLN (approx. £1.71)

Blanche de Namur

August 30, 2017 1 comment

Rating: 2.45

A Belgian witbier that I’ve spotted in various Lidl supermarkets over the past couple of years but for some reason never been tempted to pick up, I eventually aquired a bottle as a gift from a relative when they spotted it for sale in a local Home Bargains store and decided to grab me a bottle. This one will be my first from the Du Bocqwhole brewery and I’m hopeful it turns out to be a good one, I’ve enjoyed a number of witbiers in the past and when it is done right it is one of my favourite types of beer.

Appearance (3/5): It took two attempts at pouring this one, the first being nothing but head although I’ll only count what it looked like one the second go here. Pouring a very bubbly looking golden yellow colour, initially there was a two or three centimetre head on this one that was white and very foamy looking but it seemed to keep getting bigger and bigger over the opening couple of minutes. Eventually things settled a little and the beer sat with roughly a four centimetre head that was dome shaped and held very well. A nice looking beer in the end but far too carbonated and an overly large head, particularly straight after pouring it.
Aroma (5/10): Some wheat and coriander in the early going but it’s definitely not a strong beer on the nose really, there was some citrus and lemon following on behind. Around the middle some pepper notes and spices start to come through but nothing too strong again sadly with the finish made up of some light cloves seeing things out.
Taste (5/10): Opening with some lemon and citrus flavours, this one is again quite a light offering that has some banana and wheat in there too but it could definitely have been stronger. The coriander from the nose shows here as well but it’s not as pronounced as it was with the nose sadly and some cloves follow not too far behind. The beer ended up being quite disappointing beer taste wise and I was looking for something more pronounced and with more variety too.
Palate (2/5): Light to light-medium bodied and definitely thinner than expected, the beer was a fresh one to start with good carbonation in the early going but from the middle on these characteristics started to fade leaving it a little flat and one-dimensional by that point; poor stuff here I’m afraid.

Overall (9/20): This one was a beer that got off to quite a bad start with far too much foam when I slowly started to pour it, there was a lot of visible carbonation in the body of the beer as it sat there too. Once I started getting into the beer there wasn’t a whole lot going on really, the nose in particular was quite light and the taste wasn’t much better with only some faint citrus coming through with the usual wheat and coriander; a poor effort and a witbier to avoid.

Brewed In: Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium
Brewery: Brasserie Du Bocqwhole
First Brewed: Circa. 2002 (Brewery since 1858)
Type: Witbier
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Home Bargains (Scotland)
Price: £0.79

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

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.)