Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #10 – Schottleweizen (skipped)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #10

Schottleweizen – Phillips Brewing, 7.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-wow that’s 2 in a row that I’ve skipped, the next one is a new one and it’s sitting pretty in the fridge. Here’s the review I did back in February 2015.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #6 – Schottleweizen (Dunkelweizen)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #6

Schottleweizen – Phillips Brewing, 7.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Inspired by a journey to the dark side of the Matterhorn, explorer and beer architect Benjamin Schottle dreamt of a beer where roast flavours play with fruit sweetness & a slight bright tartness. The Schottleweizen is born”

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  • Style: Dunkelweizen
  • Taste: Malty banana wheat caramel clean sweet
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours dark brown with a dissipating small head, very thin ringed retention, lots of steady fast streams.

Nose: sweet brown sugar malts, toast, slight sournesss. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) toasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, cola, banana wheat

Finish: malty sweet finish.

Summary: Extremely easy-drinking. Sweet wheat caramel malts all day long. Alcohol totally stealth.

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)

Bob’s Your Dunkel – Mt. Begbie Brewing (Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Bob’s Your Dunkel – Mt. Begbie Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 650ml, (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

On the front label:

“All it takes is heaps of wheat, chocolate, munich malt, pure mountain water, a little hops, and a traditional German yeast and ‘Bob’s your Uncle Dunkelweizen’. It’s just that simple! (Did we forget to mention it’s unfiltered with great clove characteristics?)”

  • Style: Dunkelweizen (weizenbock)
  • Taste Profile: sweet creamy/silk -> malt/brown sugar/caramel/bourbon/banana/vanilla -> light bittersweet clean finish.
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey
  • How much: ~$8, March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Gotta support local breweries! Might as well eh, since we don’t get too much stuff from south of the border here on the west coast of Canada. Pours a nice med-dark copper brown with a smallish head, thin foamy retention, some slow streams. Sweet med-dark caramel malts on the nose – sweet and inviting.

Attack: burst of 8/10-sweetness, creamy/foamy nice silky mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, mild woodiness, light bourbon/wood, light banana/vanilla

Finish: mild candied-sweetness, light-med malty bitter, clean & crisp

I like it. Alcohol takes a backseat or even the trunk as the malt/caramel/bourbon ride shotgun. Great balance and drinkability.

Whistler Brewing Winter Dunkel (Canada)

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Winter Dunkel – Whistler Brewing, 5% ABV – 650ml, (Whistler, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“For this holiday season, we have brewed a special Dunkelweizen beer with a twist. Our Brewmaster has adapted this classic, filtered dark wheat beer into a unique festive beer. Brewed using 100% organic chocolate from the Whistler Chocolate Company, a blend of spices and a twist of orange zest. Delicious, complex malts and light citrus balancing notes present a soft hint of festive, seasonal flavours.”

  • Style: Dunkelweizen
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: cacao/orange zest -> malts/caramel -> watery/malty/light bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.75,  December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark beer bottle brown, small head, a few slow streams. Aromatic dessert chocolate orange on the nose. Drinks with authentic cacao up front, and orange zest, akin to chocolate orange confections, malts, caramel, finishing on the watery side, malty light bitter. Medium complexity, med depth, good transitions, decent carry, decent drinkability.