Beer 398/365 – Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

Style: Berliner Weissbier

ABV: 5.0% ABV

Purchased at: I don’t even remember at this point!

What makes this beer different: My first Berliner Weisse, so not sure what the standard is.

Will I be drinking this again: I would! But I only remember seeing it once on store shelves.

Grade: A-

10/13/2011: I can’t believe its been almost 5 months since I have updated an actual beer on this site. When I realized I was so close to beer 400, I figured I had to at least gut that out. Although I would love to make it to 500 someday.

Onto the beer. I picked this one up because of a suggestion from a friend who said it was a great beer, and a great style of beer. Had to read up a bit on the style before sampling this because I have only had one beer of this style before. To over simplify, sounds like its a traditional wheat beer with a sour kick. Lots of head on the initial pour, and you could smell the sourness without even putting your nose up to it. Also a musty lemon type smell. Again to over simply if I had to describe this to a non-beer drinking friend, I would say this tastes like a lighter sour version of a traditional wheat. Lots of tang, but not too much. Oddly thirst quenching, and thirst inducing at the same time. Would love the find more of this for a hot summer day. Pretty unique and worth trying if you stumble across it!

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Beer 393/365 – Weihenstephaner Vitus

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Style: Weizenbock

ABV: 7.7%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very light in color for a weizenbock, and much less fruity.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! It was good but not great

Grade: B+

5/2/2011: Yup, totally missed my update on Thursday. I had a week off between jobs, and took a week down in Ocean City to relax a bit. Had my first job today so I obviously didn’t want to update from there. I am back on track now, so updates will be on time!

Onto the beer. So I will be honest and say I have no idea why the weizenbock style varies so much in color. I am used to Aventinus and Victory Moonglow that are a much darker color than Vitus. The nose is kind of boozy, banana, and no sign at all of dark fruits. If I didn’t already know the style I would assume this beer is a hefeweizen. The flavor is similar to the nose, lots of banana some clove, and a sweet bubblegum type flavor. The mouthfeel is THICK! One of the heaviest non-stout beers I have ever had. To sum this up in one line, this beer is like a hefe on steroids. In my opinion this shouldn’t be considered a weizenbock, but regardless it is a good beer.

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Beer 358/365 – Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Style: Hefeweizen

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The highest rated hefe on BeerAdvocate. Deservingly so.

Will I be drinking this again: Yup, this just bumped franzy as my favorite hefe.

Grade: A

11/1/2010: Most difficult beer name to pronounce ever. “Why-hine-steph-ahner”.. Does that sound about right? I was trying to tell my buddy about this beer, and had no clue how to say it. Also, why aren’t there pint sized weizen glasses out there? Maybe there are but I have not seen any. There is always so much empty space in the top with these .5L glasses..

The nose is a ton of banana. I know Weihenstephan has their own yeast strain, and it shows as all of their beers seem to have this amazing banana thing going on. The flavor is just about perfect as far as a hefe goes; banana, yeasty, some clove and a hint of lemon. Really don’t know how to describe the mouthfeel other than great. Rich, creamy, and very well carbonated. Would love to get a fresh case of this when summer rolls around.

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Beer 343/365 – Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock

Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 6.7%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Best dopplebock ever. So drinkable.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish it was a little less expensive, if so I would always have a 6 pack in my fridge.

Grade: A

10/17/2010: Time to start dipping into the basement for my last couple dozen beers. Might as well start with a beer that I know will be good; Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock. Ayinger might just be my favorite brewery from Germany. Ok technically its called Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying, but but I don’t speaka da schnitzel.

The smell to Celebrator is just plain awesome, sweet malt, a bit of smoke, a bit bready. Lots of different subtle flavors going on here. Even though not one of them is what I would call bold the whole ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. Caramel and smoke are leading the way in the front, while raisins, chocolate, and roasted coffee sit in the back seat but let you know they are there. There is no fighting in this car ride as all 5 of these flavors mix to make one amazing beer. Mouthfeel is almost velvety, with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and finishes slightly dry. Good stuff!

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Beer 327/365 – Ayinger Oktobfer Fest-Marzen

Ayinger Oktobfer Fest Marzen

Style: Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: One of the most flavorful Oktoberfests I have had yet.

Will I be drinking this again: Next fall I plan on it!

Grade: A-

10/1/2010: Ayinger is one of the better known breweries from Germany. Their staple beer is Celebrator Dopplebock, which I just realized I have no yet reviewed. Gotta go into the cellar as grab one for the fridge!

Ayinger Oktoberfest just smells fresh, not sure how else to put it. Grainy, and a little bit of spice. The flavor is real nice, bready, some fruit (almost like apple?), and a little bit of spice. All the flavors are very pronounced but play very well with each other. Lots of flavor for how light the body is. Very crisp finish. This falls in my top 10% of Oktoberfest beers. If you get this near you, give it a shot.

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Published in: on October 1, 2010 at 9:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 311/365 – Spaten Oktoberfest

Spaten Oktoberfest

Style: Oktoberfest / Marzen

ABV: 5.9%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Severely under-malted

Will I be drinking this again: No I will avoid this one.

Grade: C+

9/15/2010: Spaten is the brewery that I had my first German beer’s from, okay not FROM the brewery but you know what I mean. They make one of my favorite Hefe’s off all time; Franziskaner. They also make Optimator which is a really good dopplebock. I know nothing about the quality of their Oktoberfest but here goes!

The nose isn’t very powerful, a little bit of grain and almost musty to a point. The flavor does not really fit the style; slightly grainy, floral hops, almost pilsnerish in a way. Overall the flavor is just bland as can be. Mouthfeel is like, carbonation is okay. Spaten claims that they created the Oktoberfest style, and if thats the case its a bit of a shame because this beer was completely underwhelming.

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Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 279/365 – Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier

Style: Kristalweizen

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: I would describe this as a “hefeweizen light”

Will I be drinking this again: Yes this was a good summertime drink

Grade: B+

8/14/2010: Does this picture look distorted to you? It kind of hurts my brain. Anyways thanks so much to Mike from BonBeer for suggesting this beer to me. It is my first Kristalweizen ever. To be honest its the first time I have ever even heard of the style so I had to look it up.

A filtered version of a Hefeweizen, showcasing bright and clear bodies from pale straw to light amber. Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle.

Well this certainly is one of the most transparent colored wheat beers I have ever drank. The smell is not very prominent, all I really get is wheat. The flavors are very soft, but nice. Mostly classic yeasty wheat flavors, slightly tangy, and a little kick of clove. The mouthfeel is actually really nice for how “lite” of a beer this appears to be. Very very well carbonated, which makes this an awesome beer for a hot summer day.

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Published in: on August 14, 2010 at 9:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 263/365 – Köstritzer Schwarzbier

köstritzer schwarzbier

Style: Schwarzbier

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Like a slightly smoked lager. Very tasty.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes this was really good.

Grade: B+

7/29/2010: Schwarzbier as as style is a little bit different. It falls somewhere between a brown ale, and a porter. It is dark in color but usually not heavy in body. Also this is a lager, not an ale like a porter/brown ale. I had this beer sitting around for a few months now, and since its a lager I am sure it would have been even better if I would have drank it fresh.

The aroma of Kostritzer was mildly smokey and very earthy. For this being such a dark beer it is very refreshing, clean caramel malt, earthy, and toasted bread. Oh and a little tiny tiny bit of smoke in the mix. The mouthfeel is light and very well carbonated. This style can sometimes throw you for a loop since the color is so dark you expect the body to be real heavy, but this usually isn’t the case. Very unique beer. If you haven’t tried a schwarzbier, go find this as I think its pretty readily available.

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Beer 140/365 – Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Style: Dunkleweizen

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Banana bread in a bottle.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes when i am in the mood for bananas!

Grade: A-

3/28/2010: This was one of the few times I just grabbed a beer on a whim, without knowing anything about it. To be quite honest I don’t know a whole lot about Eastern European beer really. A lot of that has to do with its sparsity in my area, and when places do have it their labels aren’t instantly recognizable. Luckily on this random grab I picked a winner.

My taste buds must be getting trained pretty well because my take on this beer was very similar to many of the reviews on BA. Smell and taste really are like banana nut bread. Starts with some bready wheat flavor, A lot of banana, a little bit of nuts. Sweeter than your average wheat beer. Nicely carbonated. My only complaint with this one is the mouthfeel is a bit light. A little bit on the watery side. Other than that its a very solid beer.

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Beer 105/365 – Aventinus

Style: Weizenbock

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Plum meets wheat

Will I be drinking this again: Oh yes

Grade: A

2/21/2010: Yet another variation of a style non beer-geek people call “wheat beer.” So for non-beer geek people lets check the definition on BA… A more powerful Dunkel Weizen (of “bock strength”), with a pronounced estery alcohol character, perhaps some spiciness from this, and bolder and more complex malt characters of dark fruits. Hmmm interesting. I would say that is pretty accurate to describe Aventinus.

Aventinus is a lot darker than your typical wheat beer as you can see. Smell is mostly cloves, and a light malt scent. Taste is incredible. Cloves, Plums, and brown sugar. Beer is real complex and has just a tiny sour note that makes you want to keep drinking it. I almost wonder if they used a belgian style yeast in this because at times the mouthfeel felt like a belgian dark when I wasn’t paying attention to what I was drinking. I’m sure the plum flavor adds to that. Aventinus is dangerously drinkable for an 8.2% beer. If I had an endless supply of money this would no doubt be my tailgating beer of choice for steeler games. If you haven’t tried this beer yet, you need to regardless of your favorite style.

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Published in: on February 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm  Comments (9)  
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