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)

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.