Got to admit I tried this one with a little trepidation. My favourite beer is Erdinger Weißbier Dunkel and have actually hooked friends on it. Not really a fan of strong beers but leave it to the Germans specifically the Bavarians to get it right. The big problem I find with strong beers is the alcohol taste or at times overwhelming sweetness. This one will certainly warm you up on a cold night. This dark beer, thick with a hint of caramel that reminds me of their Dunkle.If you are strong of heart and looking for a good introduction to this type of beer. Of course with Erdinger how could you go wrong. So get yourself a Erdinger Weißbier Pikantus.
Leave it to the Germans to make an excellent beer. Yes I’m showing my bias, but if you’re looking for a good example of a spiced wheat beer then Schneider Weisse Original Tap 7 is the place to start. My personal preference is non spicy but this one is good. Not overwhelming like many of this type. Amber in colour with a perfect hint of cloves and other spices. grab yourself a Weißwurst (white sausage) and give this one a try.
Always wanted to one day travel to New Zealand, always been a dream of mine. Not sure if I’ll ever make it there, but there is always hope. Stonecutter Scotch Ale, not to be confused with the secret society on the Simpsons, is the first beer I’ve had from new Zealand. Not a huge fan of this style of beer, the high alcohol strong beer. Very dark in colour and a sweetness that reminds me of the ‘liquid bread’ the monks would brew to make it through the cold winters. A carmel. coffee flavour that has a hint of bitterness and with 7% alcohol, has a bit of a kick. Not one i would likely try again. If I make it to New Zealand I’ll give their other beers a try.
I stood there at the local LCBO debating should I try this one, prefer when beer doesn’t only come in a six pack, in theory you could be stuck with five really bad beers.The price wasn’t outrageous and the bottle was irresistible so I figured why not. The sacrifices one must make for their craft. The first thing that strikes you about this beer is the bottle. Green in colour and shaped like a Buddha. My previous experience with beer from China has been lacking in flavour. Well Lucky Buddha is no exception. Very pale in colour, straw like. To me it was very light in flavour almost as if watered down.one of those that probably goes down best on a very hot day when you’re looking for something to quench your thirst quickly and not something you’re looking to savour. The lack of flavour reminds me of those really low alcohol beers like Molson Canadian 67. Would I recommend this one, only if you’re looking to collect a really cool bottle, and enjoy your beer with little taste, Giving this one a bonus point for the bottle so a very generous…
Been a bit of a fan of Japanese beers, and the fact that they often come in a 650 ml size doesn’t hurt. Kirin Iciban is not as good as other Japanese beers I’ve had but it’s not bad. Straw coloured with a decent balance starting with an initial sweetness followed by a hint of bitterness. If you prefer a more stronger beer you probably won’t like this one. I know this beer has been slammed in the past, but it’s okay. A bit steep in price so I wouldn’t rush out to get one.
‘One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble’, Tried my first Thai Beer and I must admit not what I expected. Expected it to be lacking in flavour and very light, not sure why i had this preconceived notion but I did. Singha is actually a pretty decent lager. It is straw in colour, has that full-bodied flavour with a hint of sweetness you’d expect from a lager. Very much in the European style. Worth a try for sure. Just don’t have too many you wouldn’t want to Thai one on and end up not remembering what happened a la Hangover two.
Happy Hallowe’en! I know I’m a day early, but what the heck. Hope everyone is recovering from Hurricane Sandy and your families are safe. We had some crazy winds here, but nothing like they did along the coast. I resisted the temptation to try one of those wretched pumpkin beers this year. Does anyone actually like them? Decided instead to try one from the always interesting English brewery Wychwood. Thoroughly enjoyed their Hobgoblin so why not try a King Goblin. Like it’s cousin it has a reddish tinge, very smooth and goes down easily. My only criticism is a hint of alcohol taste (6.6%). There is a bitter aftertaste but not overwhelming at all. While I prefer Hobgoblin this Special reserve is worth a try. So put on your costume, or not, and give this beer of limited availability a try.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a review and I’ve stock piled a few to review. I recently had the pleasure of drinking a Hopf Helle Weiße brewed by the Weißbierbrauerei Hopf from the centre of the beer universe Bavaria. This is very good wheat beer, a bit heavier on the spice than I usually prefer, and a nice hint of fruit. If you like this type of wheat beer you’ll thoroughly enjoy this one. It’s worth a try . Cloudy and orange in colour, typical of an unfiltered wheat beer. Certainly one i’d try again.
The first thing that struck me about Red Racer is the can, very retro looking with a hot red head riding a Red Racer bicycle. This beer is brewed by the Central City Craft Brewery of British Columbia, Canada. Unfortunately the beer doesn’t live up to the can. Orange in colour and very bitter, much too bitter for my liking. Not sure who may like this one, maybe hipsters because of the can and the fact that it’s not mainstream, although I would suspect that some may have to force themselves to like it. You want a bitter IPA then you may like this one, but if you prefer your beer more sweet then stay away. Giving it a generous, mainly because of the can…
Spice, spice baby. The Weihenstephan Brewery of Bavaria Germany is the World’s oldest continuous operating brewery. The brewery was licensed in 1040, now that’s going way back. Founded like many breweries by monks, Weihenstephaner Kristall Weißbier (Weißbier ) is a Kristall (which means clear or unfiltered) which is a bit different from most Bavarian wheat beers that tend to be unfiltered. This one is heavy on the spices. once again if this is how you like your `whites`then you`ll like this one. While not my preference I liked this one, it would be a good introduction to the style if you are looking for one to try. Those monks have had a lot of time to get it right.