Recently, in an effort to expand my beer horizons, I had G-LO over to debate the merits of smoked beers. I had picked up two beautiful bottles from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla. The first was the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock which I found to be fantastic. The second is the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen. At the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards, this beer won the Gold medal in the smoked beer category and the brewer won the Cryermalt Trophy for Champion – Medium-sized International Brewery.
Before we get to my review, here is what Schlenkerla has to say about the Weizen:
Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.
And here’s my take…
- Appearance: A little layered with a light brown top, and orange-ish middle and a lemony bottom.
- Aroma: Light smoke, citrus (lemon) with a good bit of sweetness and a little bit of dough.
- Taste: A well-balanced, wheat beer that hits all of the notes of a really, good wheat beer with the added hint of smoke.
- ABV: 5.2%
I didn’t like this one as much as I liked the Urbock. Not that there is anything wrong with this beer; it is still a really, really good beer. For me, I think it is more a question of the style; I am just not as big a fan of the wheat beers as I am of a heavier beer like the Urbock. One work of caution; this beer is bottle conditioned so as you pour it out you need to beware the residual schmutz in the bottom of the bottle/glass.
With the warm weather hitting us hard, I was looking for something a little more refreshing than my typical bottle of stout. Not one to shy away from fruited beer, I picked up a bottle of Wachusett’s Blueberry Ale. I’ve had other blueberry beers (the Bar Harbor comes to mind) and some of the Samuel Smith Fruit Ales (raspberry and apricot) and some of the Leinenkugels (including the very sad, Shandy). So, I wasn’t in unfamiliar territory. I was looking for something with a decent amount of sweetness and a crisp, clean finish. Wachusett Brewing is a Massachusetts brewer that was founded in 1993 by three Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduates. They are known for a wide variety of beers including the Larry (an Imperial IPA), the Milk Stout and the Nut Brown Ale.
Before we get to my review, here is what Wachusett has to say about the Blueberry Ale:
Our Blueberry Ale defines the style. The slight aroma of blueberry is balanced by a subtle flavor that gets fermented into this delicious wheat ale. It’s the perfect, refreshing beer for any season.
I found the beer to be…
- Appearance: Clear golden with light foam.
- Aroma: Sweet malt and blueberries.
- Taste: A little thin and little fizzy. Not as sweet as I had expected but not as much berry flavor either.
- ABV: 4.5%
This was a very average fruit ale. It was very drinkable and very light but I don’t know that I would go back for another. On the plus side, it does come in a can so if you are traveling somewhere that prohibits glass (like a pool) it might be the best of what is available. For my money, I think I’d rather try another blueberry beer or go back to the Samuel Smith Apricot or a Magners Pear.
I picked up this bottle of Bell’s Oberon Ale during a recent lunch time beer run to The Foodery. I didn’t plan on picking this up, but since I remember enjoying the Oberon Ale last summer, and since I had yet to review it, I just had to buy a bottle. The fact that there was a mini heat wave in the Philly weather forecast also influenced my decision to buy a bottle of this summer seasonal from our friends in Comstock, MI.
Below is what Bell’s Brewery has to say about their Oberon Ale: Continue reading
The Sixpoint Apollo was part of the mixed six pack purchase at Wine Works in Marlton, NJ that I mentioned during my Great Divide Nomad review from last week. Since I have been hearing and seeing a lot about this beer over the past couple months (it’s been all over Twitter and Instagram, and Mrs. G-LO managed to try it before me during one of her Frothy Friday excursions to Mrs. Alemonger’s house), I needed to find out what all the fuss was about.
Sixpoint Brewery has the following to say about their Apollo Summer Wheat: Continue reading
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Recently, while waiting for our cruise to depart, I went on an advanced scouting trip in search of dinner. The absence of a children’s menu at the local German restaurant thwarted my efforts. Having walked nearly two whole blocks, I felt that I was entitled to some liquid refreshment and to my good fortune; the German deli (the Olde Heidelberg Deli) next door was open. I chose two bottles of ice cold German beer to quench my thirst. The first was the Kaiserdom Pilsener. The second was the Krombacher Weizen. Krombacher Brauerei was founded in 1803 and is located in a suburb of Krueztal, Germany. Today, the brewery is one of the largest privately owned breweries and second best selling brewery in Germany.
Here is what Krombacher has to say about its Weizen: Continue reading
Previously, I had ventured to Kress Liquors’ wall of imports and picked up a mixed six. The Erdinger Hefe Weizen was the first that I had reviewed. I enjoyed that beer so much that I selected the Erdinger Pikantus Weizen Bock as the second beer. Erdinger has been brewing quality beer for over 125 years most of that time under the watchful eye of the Bromabach family. Today, the brewer calls itself the world’s largest wheat beer brewery and distributes to five continents.
Here is what Erdinger has to say about the Pikantus: Continue reading
Looking for something new, I ventured to Kress Liquors’ wall of imports and picked up a mixed six. One of the six was the Erdinger Hefe Weizen (aka Erdinger Weissbier). I have had about two dozen beers in this style this summer and while it is not one of my favorites, it is a perfect summer beer. From the Erdinger site: Continue reading