Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbeer Dunkel (Friesing, Germany)

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  • My Rating: C+

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbeer Dunkel – Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, 5.3% ABV –500ml., (Friesing, Germany)

from the ratebeer.com:

“Supple, malty and mellow. Its harmonious flavour is the great strength of our dark wheat beer.”

  • Style: Dunkelweizen
  • Taste: airy/sweet/fizzy -> barley malt/caramel/yeast/toast -> cereal dry/mild hopped malty sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $18/3pack + Glass (after 10% off) – 3x500ml., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: The second one of a 3pack gift box.  Pours translucent pale brown with a smallish lasting foamy head, several steady streams, not much lacing.

Nose: extreme-euro barley malt beverage with a touch of caramel. (9)-aromatic strength.

Attack: airy, sweet-crisp, creamy-fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (7)-malty sweetness, alcohol detection (MAIN) barley malt, caramel, yeasty, toast (MILD) ginger

Finish: cereal dry, very mild bitter hopped malty finish.

Summary: An okay-decent dunkel displaying the typical flavour of malt. Drinkable, but not my favourite style of brew. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier (Friesing, Germany)

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  • My Rating: A-

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier – Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, 5.4% ABV –500ml., (Friesing, Germany)

from the ratebeer.com:

“Nothing refreshes you more than this naturally cloudy wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. Goes well with dishes that do not have too intensive a flavour, especially that Bavarian speciality ‘Weisswurst’ or white sausage.”

  • Style: (German) Hefeweizen
  • Taste: crisp/bubbly -> cereal/banana/wheat/tangerine -> dry/crisp bite/sweet fruity citrus finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $18/3pack + Glass (after 10% off) – 3x500ml., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, especially with a meal
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: This is one of three bottles in a gift pack (for myself) that includes their own branded beer glass, which is 99% the reason why I bought it. Pours cloudy luminescent orange with a decent-sized foamy heady, sporadic lacing, lots and lots of activity.

Nose: Bright banana-citrus-pineapple. (8)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sharp, crisp, bubbly

Mid-palate: (4)-cereal sweetness, (MAIN) banana, wheat malts, tangerine,

Finish: cuts wheat dry, tingly crisp bite, clean sweet fruity lemon citrus finish.

Summary: Good range of flavours, depth, and fabulous texture. This is now my go-to beer to accompany my meals (as of 2013-December) (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)

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Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout, 7.5% ABV –650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

from the Longwood website:

“Launch your tastebuds into the stratosphere with Stoutnik, Longwood Brewery’s innovative Russian Imperial Stout. A combination of roasted barley, chocolate and black barley gives this beer a rich, complex malty flavour that withstands orbital re-entry at any velocity. Stay ahead of the curve–rocket your way to the bold taste of Stoutnik.”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: sweet/sour/syrupy/creamy -> ROASTED MALTS/coffee/chocolate -> roasted bitterness/sour/hoppy bitter malted finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Careful… this one is a gusher, even if you just tilt it briefly past 45°. Pours with deep brown-black with a gigantic long-lasting foamy head, tons of lacing, good retention, some micro bubbly activity along the side of the glass.

Nose: roasted burnt malts, coffee and wood. (8)-aromatic strength.

Attack: sweet-sour sensation, syrupy-creamy texture

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted malts, roast coffee, dark chocolate

Finish: roasted bitterness, mild sourness, medium hoppy bitter malted finish.

Summary: A decent brew for a good price. It even drinks okay when at room temp. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 6.8% ABV –16 fl.oz., (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

On the front-side of the can:

“It’s a simple fact of life: bacon makes everything better. From eggs to ice cream, delicious bacon is turning up just about everywhere, Our uncommon contribution to this cured pork renaissance is the Bacon Brown Ale. This is a West Coast Nut Brown Ale brewed with toasted buckwheat and a generous serving of bacon-cured pork.”

  • Style: (bacon, buckwheat) Flavoured Brown Ale
  • Taste: acidic fizzy/creamy -> roasted caramel malts/brown sugar -> sour/salty/bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 16 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not highly

Visual: Comes in an aluminum tall can like all their other brews. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting creamy head, lacing, and lots active streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, but just a hint of smokiness. (2)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming acidic caramel malts, fizzy/creamy

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, brown sugar

Finish: (6)-sourness, (2)-mild meaty saltiness, (5)-hoppy bitterness.

Summary: A decent drinkable brew but it doesn’t have much bacon flavour that it advertises. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)