Rieser Hefe-Weisen – Ankerbräu Nördlingen (Germany)

Rieser Hefe-Weisen – Ankerbräu Nördlingen, 5.2% ABV, 500 ml., (Nördlingen, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Rieser Hefe-Weizen is a topfermented, unfiltered, bottle conditioned specialty. Mild, fruity and yeast in the flavor. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. Ingredients are locally grown and premium quality. Ingredients: water, wheatmalts, barleymalts and yeast.”


  • Style: German Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Off-dry apple grainy wheat barley malt
  • Where I got it : Taphouse / W.Van
  • How much: $3 CAD – 500 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours cloudy orange with a small 2mm head, scattered steady loose streams.

Nose: apple malt, slightly musky. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: off-dry grainy malt impression

Mid-palate: tingly, (lvl-3-sweetness), sweet barley malt, apple background

Finish: mildly palate rough, slight woody-apple exhale, residual grain

Summary: Crisp and clean, pretty average body and taste. Apple wheat-barley grainy, not too special. Meal beer.

Freigeist Geisterzug Spruced Traditional Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Geisterzug Spruced Traditional Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur, 5% ABV, 1 pint .9 fl.oz., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an experimental offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary small brewery, Braustelle. Here we strive to break the chains of industrial brewing by reviving, and updating, Germany’s unique, historical beer styles.

A quirky version of the nearly-extinct traditional sour beer of Leipzig, Geisterzug (‘Ghost Train’) spruced gose is unusually complex, funky, and full-bodied”

(back)


  • Style: (flavoured – spruce tips) Gose
  • Taste: crisp bite subtle sour-tangy bready barley malt grainy sweet wheat
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.30 CAD (5% off) – 1 pint 0.9 fl.oz., May 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours clear light copper orange with a smallish 1cm head, 1mm fine retention, loose clusters of singular active streams.

Nose: sweet-farty medium-heavy barley malt,  (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp bite, malty impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), very short trace spruce, subtle background short tangy-sour, bready barley malt

Finish: slight grainy wheat malt, stealth lingering soft bitter hops

Summary: I’m not getting a whole lot of spruce, just a trace amount in the at the start of the mids. A good crisp mouthfeel and with a decent body, just not enough overall depth.

Freigeist Abraxxxas – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Abraxxxas Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse – Freigeist Bierkultur, 6% ABV, 0.5L., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an experimental offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary small brewery, Braustelle. Here we strive to break the chains of industrial brewing by reviving, and updating, Germany’s unique, historical beer styles.

Inspired by the eastern German tart wheat beer style once known as ‘Lichtenahiner,’ Abraxxxas is sour and complex, with a balance smoky maltiness.”


  • Style: Lichtenhainer
  • Taste: Sweet medium sour-tangy-tart lemony barley-wheat malt balanced smoky rubber
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $9 CAD (10% off) – 0.5L., January 2015
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, a unique style done well

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a lasting 1mm micro head, fast steady singular streams.

Nose: soft smoky burnt rubber (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bright sour-light smoky impression

Mid-palate: light tingly-fizzy-burpy, (lvl-4-sweetness), tangy-sour lemony, barley-wheat malt

Finish: tart wheat malt palate roughish, light smoky rubber exhale, residual grainy barley malt

Summary: A very interesting revived beer style with loads of texture and an appetizing flavour profile. I like that the smokiness is clean and doesn’t dominate the entire palate.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock – Brauerei Heller (Bamberg, Germany)

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock – Brauerei Heller, 6.5% ABV, 33 cl., (Bamberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock is the the intense sibling of the classic Maerzen Smokebeer. Exactly like the classic all its barley malts are smoked over beech wood logs. Its higher smokemalt concentration and longer maturation in the 700 year old cellars underneath Bamberg create a taste profile of most intense smokiness beautifully balanced with deep malt sweetness.

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  • Style: (beechwood) Smoked / Rauchbier
  • Taste: Controlled beechwood smoked medium heavy malted barley lengthy
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.30 CAD (after 20% off) – 500ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent if you like the style

Visual: Pours a very dark brown with a small 1cm dissipating head, a bit of lacing, ringed retention with a small island, no visible activity.

Nose: huge sweet smoke (initially liquid smoke-like) with woody depth (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: barely crisp, incoming sweet heavy malts

Mid-palate: beechwood smoke, (lvl-5-sweetness), liquid medium-heavy barley malt, caramel/toffee malty

Finish: lengthy woody smoke, residual soft barley malt sweet.

Summary: Quite smoky but controlled sweet to balance it out – good depth if you like the style. Mainly smoked barley malt forward.

Freigeist Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur, 5.2% ABV, 0.5L., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an experimental offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary small brewery, Braustelle. Here we strive to break the chains of industrial brewing by reviving, and updating, Germany’s unique, historical beer styles.

Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced gose recipe, Geisterzug Quince features all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the original, but goes one step further by adding tart & flavorful real rhubarb during fermentation.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – rhubarb) Gose
  • Taste: “chilled lemon tea” – tangy tart soft sour lemon rhubarb berry tea-like barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.65 CAD (5% off) – 0.5L., May 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: quite peculiar

Visual: Pours pale reddish-brown with no head, very thin ringed retention, several slow steady streams.

Nose: iced lemon tea (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, low CO2, immediate tartness

Mid-palate: more tartness, lemon, rhubarb-red berries, medium sour-tangy subtle pukey, (lvl-4-sweetness), biscuity malt backbone

Finish: a touch salty, dry palate rough, somewhat thin

Summary: Interesting in that the more drink it, the more you want to drink it – the tangy sour fruitiness is satisfying while tart finish yearns for another sip. Strange as it may seem, it tastes like a fruity lemon tea, but barley subbed in for the tea.

Freigeist Geisterzug Quince Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur (Stolberg, Germany)

Freigeist Geisterzug Quince Gose – Freigeist Bierkultur, 5.2% ABV, 0.5L., (Stolberg, Germany)


on the back label:

“Freigeist is an experimental offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary small brewery, Braustelle. Here we strive to break the chains of industrial brewing by reviving, and updating, Germany’s unique, historical beer styles.

Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced gose recipe, Geisterzug Quince features all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the original, but goes one step further by adding tart & flavorful real quince during fermentation.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – quince) Gose
  • Taste: Crisp lemon curd milky wheat malt grainy barley balanced sourness
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $10.20 CAD (5% off) – 0.5L., May 2016
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s a quality beer

Visual: Pours deep golden yellow with a large dissipating frothy head, 2mm layer of fine foamy retention, loose clusters of fast active streams.

Nose: apricot-peachy wheat malt, acidic sourness, background farty barnyard(lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-tart-sour

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy full CO2 mouthfeel, (lvl-4-sweetness), lemon curd, milky wheat malt, grainy barley malt, controlled sourness, a touch of saltiness

Finish: lemony quince/pear exhale, super subtle low bitter hops

Summary: It’s a sour citrusy wheat ale yes, but they did something special; They expertly controlled the sourness and funk and boosted the flavour with quince to give it a clean and balanced fruity-sour-tart-fizzy drinking experience.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #21 – Fürst Wallerstein Winter-Böckle (Germany)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #21

Fürst Wallerstein Winter-Böckle – Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus, 7.5% ABV – 330ml., (Wallerstein, Germany)

  • Style: Doppelbock
  • Taste: Flat brown sugar toasted barley malt alcoholic
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours muddy light brown with no head, very thin ringed micro retention, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sweet brown sugar malt, light roast (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: silky-flat, thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, caramel, toasted barley malt

Finish: alcohol tanginess, residual caramel, stealth hops, watery cola finish.

Summary: Decent thick malty flavour with hints of dark fruit, but the lack of carbonation and buttery mouthfeel killed it for me. Drinkable, though just an average experience.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #8 – Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 (Amber Lager)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #8

Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 – Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg, 5.5% ABV – 330ml., (Kelheim, Germany)

from their website:

“The classic Märzen beer of the world´s oldest Abbey Brewery.

Cultivated, elegant, golden yellow, excellently brewed on the basis of sophisticated, traditional recipes, a full-bodied balance of fine hops and energizing bitter-sweetness.”

  • Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
  • Taste: Crisp barley malt bready meal beer
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not explosive but solid

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow with a smallish head, a thin layer of ultra-micro retention, lots of fast loose-knit streams.

Nose: lagered barley malt, some grass (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, barley malt,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) bready, barley grainy malt, light lemon citrus

Finish: cuts dry, super subtle almost no hopped bitterness, burpy, barley malt finish.

Summary: A very easy-going and easy-drinking low bitter all malt lager; it certainly goes well with a hot meal.

Dr. Zenzen Dornfelder Rosé Icewine (Germany)

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  • My Rating: B

Dornfelder Rosé Icewine 2007 – Silver Sage Winery, 11% ABV – 375ml, (Germany)

on the back label:

“Dornfelder Rosé Ice Wine (or in German, Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from Dornfelder Red wine grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine. This gives ice wine its characteristic refreshing sweetness balanced by high acidity.”

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  • Style: (Dornfelder Rosé) Icewine
  • Taste: Dense red grape-raisin jammy sweetness
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (?)
  • How much: ~$30 – 375ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear dark reddish-brown, no sediment.

Nose: sweet grapey-raisins, clean & precise flavour (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: dense fruity sugars w/ tang

Mid-palate: (lvl-9) fruity sweetness, tangy, mild alcohol detection, (MAIN) red grape, jammy raisin, fig

Finish: residual tangy acidity, light cloying, clean sweet finish.

Summary: Extremely approachable with good body, depth, and a sweet-fruity-acidic balance.

Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock (Friesing, Germany)

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  • My Rating: B+

Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock – Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, 7.7% ABV –500ml., (Friesing, Germany)

from the ratebeer.com:

“A light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. Prost!”

  • Style: Weizenbock
  • Taste: crisp fizzy -> wheat/barley/apple/banana -> off-dry/wheat/very light hopped 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: yes

Visual: The last of a 3pack gift box. Pours cloudy pale marmalade orange with  a decent-sized dissipating foamy head, not much lacing, lots of fast activity.

Nose: banana-apricot-peachy with a bit of citrus tang, very appetizing. (7)-aromatic strength.

Attack: crisp fizziness, apple-fruity sweetness

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malt, light barley malt, apple juice, (HINT) banana

Finish: off-dry transition, light wheat-malt very light hopped bitter finish.

Summary: An excellently balanced brew; the high ABV is well managed with a full body and sweet backbone. Very crisp drinkable texture. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)