Posts Tagged ‘wheat beer’

Inedit - BOTTLEInedit Damm
Spanish flag - SMALL

Company info:
Brassee Par: C.C Damm
Barcelona, SPAIN

[No website listed]

Bottle size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 4.8%
Standard drinks: 1.5

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘Wheat and barley beer with spices’

What the label really means: Straight to the point.

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Label: Just like the previously reviewed Estrella Damm I love this label. A single gold star shines out from a matte black label. It’s simple and sophisticated, classy and elegant. As you would know, dear readers, I am generally against gold on beer labels but in this case, it’s just the right amount. It’s beautiful. Once again it ‘reeks of revolution. It reeks of liberation. It reeks of freedom. It also reeks of tradition, quality, and a beer not to be messed with. The label is tough, staunch, unblinking in the face of a pudgy, angry dictator with a penchant for tight trousers. It stares down authority and gives the finger to establishment.’ Who wouldn’t want to be seen holding this?

I give it a label rating of 8.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Deliciously hoppy, floral aromas.

Taste: GLASS – Oh wow. This is one superbly crafted brew. All the elements are there for a smooth wheat beer with an undercurrent of citrus, but somehow it rises above this to pure brilliance in every drop. It’s clean, crisp and delicious. I am very impressed with this beer and finding it hard to stop drinking.Inedit - GLASS

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – From the bottle, Inedit loses a good deal of that clean, refreshing mouth feel and becomes a little watery. Flavours are definitely diminished here, and while it still gives a fine glimpse into this heavenly brew it most certainly is better from the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Drunken garlic prawns.

Best season to appreciate: Definitely a summer brew.

All-nighter beer? For sure! This is very easy to drink and it’s refreshing nature keeps you wanting more.

Other: This is my first review in a while and the reason for that is revealed over at my official Facebook page – come join me why don’t you? In the mean time I’ll get back to bringing weekly reviews your way.

NEXT WEEK: Pistonhead

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Hef - BOTTLEHef

Company info:
Burleigh Brewing Co
Burleigh Heads, Q.L.D

[www.burleighbrewing.com]
AND
[hefbeer.com.au]

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘See why those in the know insist on the ‘mo’ at hefbeer.com.au’

What the label really means: From going to the website, I think I understand what this obscure label text means. I think Burleigh Brewing are suggesting that German men that know a good beer (particularly a hefeweizen), have mustaches and will enjoy this beer. Or people that know good beer will insist on the Hef, and call it the ‘mo’. It’s a catchy bit of text, it’s a clever bit of marketing to suggest the Hef will be enjoyed by the style’s creators. Yes it’s obscure but it got me to look a their website. So perhaps it is successful. But I’m still a little confused.

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Label: The old style text of ‘Hef’ makes this beer an instant hit. It looks classical, and steeped in history, like a brew from the 1920s. Above the text a massive mustache (alluded to in the text) sits there like that from a 1920s barber. Predominantly orange in colour, the label has a matte finish and feels warm and inviting. I like the fact that the label is uncluttered, simple, and bold.

I give it a label rating of 7 out of 10.Hef - GLASS

AROMA: A good wheaty aroma with a hint of fruitiness

Taste: GLASS – This is one delicious hefeweizen. It has traces of it being a little like Hoegaarden, and then kicks it into over-drive as only Burleigh Brewing can. There’s a delightful fruity flavour of what I detect is rockmelon that bursts its way through the wheaty flavours. I am really enjoying this sucker.

I give it a beer from glass rating of out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Much the same from the bottle but perhaps a little less complex. This really is a beer worth trying, though I recommend sticking to the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I feel pork would compliment this brew well – mostly for the saltiness. Salty baked pumpkin or sweet potato is my recommendation for the vegos among us.

Best season to appreciate: A good Summer brew, dig.

All-nighter beer? Yes please. I finished this bottle and needed another immediately.

NEXT WEEK: TBC 


Coronado Orange Avenue Wit

Brewery info:
Coronado Brewing Company

California, U.S.A

[www.coronadobrewingcompany.com]

Alcohol: 5.2%
Standard drinks: 1.5

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘From the Ocean to the Bay, Coronado’s main street was once lined with orange trees. Hence the name Orange Avenue. It’s a refreshing, flavorful and citrusy blend of wheat, coriander, orange blossom honey and California orange zest. Try it with a slice of orange for the ultimate Orange Avenue experience’. 

What the label really means: Hmm…a beer that is suggesting you need to add something to it to make it perfect makes me have my defences up already. If it’s a good beer, it should be immediately evident. I am very intrigued by the various flavours this beer purports to include.

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Label: Let’s begin with the name ‘Coronado’ emblazoned across the bottle in gold 3-D lettering. The name makes me think of adventure and intrigue like the hiding place of lost treasure sought after by Indiana Jones. Brilliant. Look closely at the name and you’ll see a staunch red lighthouse located in the C while a schooner sails off within the O.
Then cast your eyes to the great mistress of the sea, a mermaid with long flowing red hair. She holds a massive pint glass in her hand, the froth flowing off into the distance. As technically the only person/mythical being worthy of such long hair, this is excellent stuff. My only issue with this label is that I think there is a bit too much orange…..I understand that’s the point but it’s just so damned orangey… 

I give it a label rating of 7 out of 10.

AROMA:  On first sniff it’s clear this is a wheat beer. It’s scenty and enticing…

Taste: GLASS – First sip and you’ll also be immediately informed this is a wheat beer, but its subtlety means it lacks an overt smack to the face of wheatiness. There are some notable spice traces and I think these serve to soften the blow of the wheat. It’s very smooth and very easy to drink with refreshing sweetness. But as for orange, I don’t quite taste it. Still, it’s a great beer worthy of a sample.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Just as good from the bottle with strong earthy wheaty flavours bursting through. It’s a good honest beer that is very easy to drink.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Mexican. The spices, the textures, the flavours – all would suit this beer to a tee. 

Best season to appreciate: More of a Summer thirst quencher.

All-nighter beer? I could very easily drink this all night.

NEXT WEEK: Big Eye India Pale Ale

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen

Company info:
Schofferhofer Weizenbier GMBH
Frankfurt, GERMANY

[www.schoefferhofer.de]

Bottle size sampled: 500 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.9

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $4.99 AU

Label info: ‘Premium – Weizenbier
Premium cloudy wheat beer’

What the label really means: Cool…tell it how it is, boys.

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Label: The label is orange. Oh so orange. It’s not a bad thing, it drew me in. It drew you in.
But peer your dim witted face through the cloud of orange-ness, look above the beer name and you’re smacked across the kisser by a hoity toity dwarf named Peter Schöffer von Gernsheim who sits there with a little hat on, staring stoically as master of this brew. No one knows a thing about this little fella. No one even bothered to read his entry on Wikipedia to garner his mere presence on the label. No, there is no need. He needs no introduction for he is a man of little words, thought, or personal hygiene. He has stood the test of time, competed in several unsuccessful chess games, and groomed a beard to manly metrosexual perfection. This man is the man that unites beer and greatness. Bless you von Gernsheim. Bless you.

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.

AROMA: A delicious, fresh, crisp wheat aroma. It’s like a breeze on a warm Summer evening. Or that could just be the breeze I just felt. On a warm Summer’s evening. It was the dog. I swear.

Taste: GLASS – Bursting with flavour, Schofferhofer Hefeweizen is fresh, it’s satisfyingly refreshing, it’s smooth and there are surprising tinges of orange and citrus. It feels like it is taking the notion of a hefeweizen aside, having a good stern talking to it and kicking it into another realm. It’s excellent in many ways – some that defy human understanding. Terrestrial almost. Almost.

I give it a beer from glass rating of out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – A bit more earthy from the bottle – perhaps due to the yeasty sediment swirling around and stage diving itself onto my tongue. It adds a delicious element to the tasting, but I am missing that delicious, all-nostril-encompassing aroma that is crucial to the success of this brew.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Predictably, I’d kill for a fat, juicy kransky and sauerkraut. In fact I did kill for one. If the name Barney Leederhaush ever hits the headlines, I was never here.

Best season to appreciate: A great outdoor Summer beer. Surely.

All-nighter beer? Absolutely….bring it ON!

NEXT WEEK: TBC

Murray’s Whale Ale

Company info:
Murray’s Craft Brewing Co
Bobs Farm, N.S.W

[www.murraysbrewingco.com.au]

Alcohol: 4.5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99AU

Label info: ‘Handcrafted by Murray’s in celebration of our relocation to Port Stephens, this crisp and refreshing American Wheat Beer has been named in honour of the majestic creatures that grace our beautiful shores each year. We feel our beer, like the whale, encompasses nature at its finest – and is a splendour to behold. Have a you-know-what of a time!’

What the label really means: An excellent way to get your new local community on board is by creating a beer that talks directly to the people – and this sure does. I tip my hat to Murray’s for their fine marketing and hope the respect is reciprocated by the locals.

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Label: This is extremely close to beer label perfection. I love the simplicity of this label that is an instant stand-out hit that leaps off the shelves. The fact that the label isn’t crowded, sticking only to a sketch of a whale, and the large print ‘Murray’s Whale Ale’ amazes me. Crowded labels need to take some lessons from these guys about how it should be done. Even the fact that the blue used is like a grey-blue, and the whale and text a kind of ivory colour is just pure beauty. It works so well. Awesome stuff.

I give it a label rating of 9 out of 10.

AROMA:  A delicious melon, fruit tinged aroma. Very intriguing.

Taste: GLASS – Murray’s Whale Ale is bitey. By this I mean it hits with an up-front hit of bitterness, followed by an earthy citrus tinged swirl. It’s an all-mouth taste that is good, refreshing and clean. But, it doesn’t quite hit the heights I had hoped upon sniffing this. I can’t put my finger on it but it’s missing something and the ale falls a tad short of its mark.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – It becomes a little more earthy in taste when drinking this from the bottle, but I can’t past a really bad metallic, bottle-cap taste from around the rim. Try as I might, it’s really changing the taste of the brew and it’s becoming very disappointing.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this alongside Vampire Weekend’s ‘White Sky

Accompanying food: Red meat (not whale meat) would really sit well with this brew. I’m suggesting a steak with a delicious pepper-corn sauce.

Best season to appreciate: More of a Summer brew it’s crisp, it’s refreshing, it’s destined for drinking in the great outdoors. 

All-nighter beer? I totally can see myself drinking this all night (from the glass).

NEXT WEEK: Monteith’s Single Source

Hoegaarden


Company info:
Hoegaarden Brewery
Hoegaarden, BELGIUM

[No website listed on bottle]

Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.9%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-screw

Cost: I picked this up for $4.60AU

Label info: ‘Unfiltered, naturally cloudy’
and
‘The original Belgian white beer’

What the label really means: N/A

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Label: It’s a very simple label, predominantly silver in colour with a soft cream border. In fact it’s mass-market beer label design at its simplest. The Hoegaarden script across the middle is the defining feature and is a very well recognised logo. Above the logo are a couple of religious type icons perhaps suggesting monk-al roots but it’s not clear. Perhaps if these were more predominant the label would gain a higher rating.

I give it a label rating of 4.5 out of 10.

 

AROMA: A distinctly wheaty cinnamon infused scent. It is unbelievably scent-rousing.

Taste: GLASS – A real cinnamon taste with hints of spice flows through this very smooth wheat beer. It is undeniably a classic flavour that is difficult to find fault with. Delicious.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.
Taste: BOTTLE –
As predicted, drinking this from the bottle is like using the little opening on y-front undies (not as fun, makes the task more difficult, but still gets the job done). It loses a little of the flavour here, plus you lose that all encompassing aroma. Good but not great.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this along side The Barnstomper’s ‘So Much’

Accompanying food: Seafood would accompany this little baby beautifully. I’m talking garlic king prawns, salt and pepper squid, or just fresh au naturale sea-goodness.

Best season to appreciate: A genuine Summer brew best enjoyed on a lazy, warm Summer afternoon.

All-nighter beer? Definitely – if it weren’t so pricey this would be a regular of mine.

NEXT WEEK: TBC

Baltika No.8
Russian flag - small

Company info:
Baltika Breweries (part of the Carlsberg group)
RUSSIA

[www.baltika.ru]

Bottle size sampled: 500 mL

Alcohol: 5.0%
Standard drinks: 2.0

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for AU$4.99

Label info: N/A

What the label really means: N/A

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Label: By sheer coincidence I have chosen a second beer with a number in the title in as many weeks. Baltika No.8 is Baltika’s interpretation of a wheat beer. It’s a big, impressive looking bottle at 500mL in size. The yellow neck and body label isn’t very impressive, and makes the text on the back very hard to read (sure it’s in Russian and I can’t read Russian, but I wish I could! Damn Lenin!). I do like the fact the label looks very traditional and old, and it almost has a strange nautical feel to it as though haughty Russian sailors would drink this while on patrol in the Mediterranean. On a cruise ship. Or possibly a large inflatable raft. Still, it’s no Hindenburg zeppelin.

I give it a label rating of 6 out of 10.

AROMA: A real citrussy, wheat aroma, with a distinct banana undertone. It instantly reminds me of Hoegaarden. Definitely lays down a taste bud tablecloth in preparation for the main event.

Taste: GLASS – At first, Baltika No.8 pours out a fine golden colour. My first impressions tell me this is one very special beer. It’s super smooth, very easy to drink, and not as flavour intense as Hoegaarden. It sings of Summer fruits with a delicious after-taste that lingers in your mouth long after the final traces of liquid have dispersed. I am down for this comrade with strangers inducing ale. As I delve deeper into the bottle, the beer begins to pout out a cloudy colour. And with this, the flavour seems to intensify.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Disgusting! Avoid drinking Baltika 8 from the bottle at all costs. It tastes watery, metallic, lifeless and dull. A very depressing drink.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 4.5 out of 10.

A word from the wife: “Sweet, caramel, and distinctly dessert-like. Maybe too sweet”

She gave it a taste rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I am sure this beer would accompany some great Russian food. Food that I am unfamiliar with. So, instead I will suggest that this would go great with a Lebanese banquet – including such delights as lady fingers and dolmades, dips, and the finest Baalbek bread.

Best season to appreciate: I don’t know that Russians really experience warm months up there, but I am suggesting this beer would be a great Summer accompaniment. In the heart of Moscow, I would not want to be drinking this while my teeth are chattering.

All-nighter beer? For sure! I love it.

NEXT WEEK: White Rabbit Dark Ale