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)

Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin 2012 – Schneider Weisse (Germany)

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  • My Rating: A-

Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin (2012 Limited Edition) – Schneider Weisse, 7.3% ABV – 750ml, (Kelheim, Germany)

On the front & back label:

“Brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops providing a pleasantly fresh and grape-like fruitiness. A complex bottle-fermented wheat beer. An exotic hop-flowery nose is balanced by malty spiciness, lightly sour hop-fruitiness and a fine bitter finish.”

  • Style: (strong wheat ale) Weizenbock
  • Taste Profile: silky/creamy sweetness -> red grape/red berries -> grapefruit hops/banana/wheat malts/crisp wheaty almost dry finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off), June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy golden marmalade orange with a decent-sized foamy head, good retention, not much lacing, lots of visible med-speed activity. Mild floral (white/yellow-petaled flowers) honey-sweetened, citrus nose.

Attack: 7/10-controlled soft sweetness, creamy/foamy silky mouthfeel

Mid-palate: red grape, red berries

Finish: soft grapefruity bitter hops, wheaty banana exhale, wheat malts, light yeast, continuous creamy mouthfeel, clean crisp wheaty semi-sweet/off-dry finish.

Wow this is an interesting beer. It has lots of transitions from sweet -> berry -> hops -> wheat. This one really enlightened me to what a wheat & barley beer can become when done right. Super smooth and definitely one of the best wheat beers I’ve ever had.

 

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, 5.8% ABV – 500ml, (Aying, Germany)

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Marzen
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts/hops -> caramel -> clean/malty bitter finish
  • Where I got it: ???
  • How much: ~$6,  December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: kinda

Tasting notes: pours light copper orange, smallish head, some subtle streams. Malts on the nose. Drinks with 8/10-sweet malts, hops, caramel, finishing clean and malty bitter. Low-med complexity, medium depth, decent carry, decent drinkability. Decent balance and body.

Kabinett ‘Goldener Oktober’ 2008 (Riesling Blend) (Germany)

Kabinett ‘Goldener Oktober’ 2008 (Riesling Blend) – Niersteiner Gutes Domtal – St. Ursula, 9.5% ABV, (Rheinhessen, Germany)

On the back label:

“Goldener Oktober represents the typical wine from the vineyards of Rhein, Mosel and Nahe selected by our Kellermeister and blended from classic grape varieties. Like all German white wines Goldener Oktober is at its best when it is young and fresh. The Goldener Oktober range includes Liebfraumilch from Rheinhessen and Pfalz also wines from Mosel and from Riesling which is the classical German grape variety.”

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I it’s okay: fruity sweet and easily approachable
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $11, 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear deep golden yellow. Lots of apple on the nose. Tastes of red apple, has the tartness of green apple, pear, minerals (like in mineral water), sticky sweetness (5/10). Not much in terms of wow, but decent for the price. I don’t really like the cloying finish.

Schwarzbier – Kostritzer (Germany)

Schwarzbier – Kostritzer, 4.8% ABV – 500ml, (Germany)

“Lager for tasting refermented in the bottle. Delicately flavoured with juniper berries. A genuine recipe from the Middle Ages.”

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I it’s okay it: alright when chilled, but thin
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3, Spring 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours coffee brown, small micro CO2 head. Medium malts on the nose. Tastes of dark malts, thin viscosity, fizzy mouth feel, light roasted coffee/caramel. Long lingering medium bitter finish. Low-medium complexity, light medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, good drinkability. Drinks well if chilled, not terribly exciting.

Sparkling Riesling NV – Dr. Loosen (Germany)

Sparkling Riesling NV – Dr. Loosen, 12% ABV, (Germany)

On the back label:

“Sparkling wine has a rich tradition in the Old World. This one is made from crisp, fruity Riesling, the grape that made Germany famous. Try it and see what it does for your world. Pop. Clink. Sparkle!”

My notes:

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I don’t like: overly sweet and cloying
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor stores
  • How much: $18 , 750ml, 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to Champagne aficionados: no way

Tasting notes: pours clear light yellow, a multitude of super-active CO2 streams, large CO2 bubbles. Sugary white table grape and green apple on the nose. Sugar hits you right away, 8/10-level sweetness (03 on the BCL scale), much too sweet and unbalanced, tastes of white grape, candied green apple, but fights with the alcohol for presence on the palate. Sugar and alcohol flood the palate all at once. Not that enjoyable.

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen, 5% ABV, Germany

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: very drinkable and refreshing
  • Where I got it: Sobey’s (Southbrook)
  • How much: $5, 50cl, May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Notes: pours cloudy orange, small head, micro CO2. Banana+orange and light malts on the nose. Tastes of light bitter tangerine, medium malts, fizzy background, rather watery in the mids, 5/10-level sweetness, dry bitter finish.

Krombacher Dark, 4.3% ABV, (Kreutzal, Germany)

On the front label:

“Brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516. The full-flavoured beer with a fine and malty taste. Dark Pleasure with roasted note.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: D
  • Why I like it: nope
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: <$6 for a 500ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: NO
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: NO

Tasting Notes: pours supa-black like a Guinness (ABV close to Guiness 4.1%), small head, minimal runny lacing, small ringed CO2 retention. A bit of roasted malts on the nose, some caramel. Noticeably thin-bodied going down, tingly invasive CO2 in the mids that is off-putting, lightly sweetened breads/barley in at the top of the mouth, very subtle roast and 2/10 bitterness at the finish. Low depth, low-medium complexity, thin-bodied. I dislike the watery mouthfeel and lack of carry at the end. Although dark, it is deceptively weak. Too heavily carbonated – too burpy.