Posts Tagged With: 3 Pint Glasses

Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Beer: Winter Ale
Brewery:
 Weyerbacher Brewery
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 5.6%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark cola body with no head.

Smell: Exceptionally malty and chocolately. I think this might be the most chocolately smelling beer I’ve encountered this year,

Flavor: Although the overall flavor is somewhat nondescript, the malts are the most pronounced. It’s a little toasted, a little sweet, but that’s about it.

Feel: Thin body with high carbonation. It has the mouthfeel of seltzer.

Concluding Remark: Weyerbacher usually produces loud, alcoholic beers that challenge both my tolerance and palette. However, it would seem that they were a little tired come the end of the year. Their 2012 Winter Ale is anything but interesting and challenging. It’s a somewhat watery, banal brown ale whose only redeeming quality is that it is quite easy to drink. Meh.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale

Beer: Brown Ale
Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 5.6%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Clear, dark mahagony body with no head.

Smell: Roasted malts and more roasted malts. There are faint chocolate and pumpernickel bread aromas amid the maltiness.

Flavor: Predominantly bitter, burnt malts laced with a lactose sweetness. Soy sauce and milk chocolate are subtle flavors. It’s not as inherently gross as it would seem.

Feel: Quite thin with tingly carbonation. Despite an average alcohol content, there’s a lingering burning in the back of the throat.

Concluding Remark: This here Brown Ale tastes a little like a Porter: the charred, roasted malts are there, with a hint of vanilla and caramel. It’s a little too thin for it’s own good–could be fattened up with a more diverse malt portfolio. Brooklyn’s Brown Ale is drinkable for sure, but I would refer you back to the Smuttynose Old Brown Dog for a more exciting Brown.

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Lakefront Pumpkin Lager Beer

Beer: Pumpkin Lager Beer
Brewery: Lakefront Brewery
Style: Pumpkin Lager
ABV: 6.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Slightly hazy golden body with a white head that disappears after a second or two.

Smell: I can smell this from a foot away: it’s incredibly sweet–filled with notes of whipped cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and canned pumpkin. This guy might smell the most like pumpkin pie of all the pumpkin beers ever.

Flavor: Quite similar to the aroma, this might be the beer version of that “Whipped Vodka” crap. It’s quite pie-like in flavor, with a signature sugariness I have not found in other Pumpkin Ales (well, this is a Pumpkin Lager, so there’s that). There are notes of sugary sweet pie crust, almost like a sugar cookie, with cinnamon. So perhaps more accurately, it tastes like a snicker doodle. Though, the last note is that of a Starbucks pumpkin pie muffin (distinctive from other muffins due to its ultra high sugar content).

Feel: Thin and almost watery, with some carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Well, many would consider this Pumpkin brew to be just a little too sugary–it falls into the caricature of a Pumpkin Ale category. What is different about Lakefront Brewery’s pumpkin beer is that it’s a lager, while most pumpkin beers are ales. Thus, there are no bitter flavors that balance the sweet pumpkin-ness; instead, the pumpkin pie spices stage a takeover and dominate all other components of the brew. Overall, it is just a little too sweet for me, but if you’re looking to drink some pumpkin pie tonight, you won’t be disappointed with a slice of Lakefront Brewery’s pumpkin.

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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale

Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Company
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 6.0%

Serving Style: Draft
Drinking Establishment: World of Beer, Savannah, GA
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion: Morgan and Jorge, comic book geniuses who know their beer, too.

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Medium reddish amber color, with a very thin cream-colored head when served.

Smell: A sweet aroma is present, but unexpectedly, so is a floral one.

Flavor: Not as pumpkin-y as one would expect (or hope for).  It actually has a bit of a sour taste to it.

Feel: Light and smooth in mouthfeel.

Concluding Remark: New York’s Blue Point Brewing Company knows how to pack in flavor (their Blueberry Ale is maybe too blueberry-y) but unfortunately, their Pumpkin Ale doesn’t quite fit that standard.  Although it’s a pleasant beer in general, for a pumpkin beer, it needs a bit more going on in the flavor department, particularly a hint of spice.  It’s not terribly memorable, especially when you’re at World of Beer’s PumpkinFest and are surrounded by delicious offerings of pumpkin ale on tap like we were.

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Ithaca Country Pumpkin

Beer: Country Pumpkin
Brewery: Ithaca Beer Company
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 6.3%

Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: It looks like a freshly picked pumpkin. It’s a bit hazy and bright orange with no head.

Smell: It falls into the pumpkin pie category with insanely vibrant cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin, and clove aromas. Malts  are there but take a backseat to the holiday baked goods smell.

Flavor: Sadly, it’s not as delicious as it smells. The flavors are slightly muddled–where are the initial spice aromas? However, there is a nice fleshly pumpkin taste that is infused in the mellow malts.

Feel: Thin-medium body with prickly carbonation. It leaves a slightly oily feeling in the mouth.

Concluding Remark: Overall, Ithaca Beer Company’s Country Pumpkin is light, refreshing, with a nice hint of pumpkin and pie (rather than a pumpkin pie in the face). I wouldn’t call it memorable, just as you wouldn’t the store bought pumpkin pie your lazy friend brought to a holiday party. However, just like that pie, you’ll drink this without hesitation, but will go looking for something to blow your mind once you’re finished with it. And on that note…

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Saranac Octoberfest Amber Lager

Beer: Octoberfest Amber Lager
Brewery: Saranac
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 5.4%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: It looks like apple cider. Dark golden body with no head.

Smell: Relatively straightforward amber lager scent. It’s moderately sweet, with a toasted Munich malt aroma. Finishes with a Bavarian pretzel note.

Flavor: Initially a little sweet, like french toast with a light maple syrup, it is quickly balanced with a salty, pretzel taste. There’s quite a bit of spice at the end, which is a nice surprise

Feel: Watery with disproportionately high carbonation. Dry.

Concluding Remark: Saranac’s Octoberfest is a solid amber lager, but not quite indicative of a true Oktoberfest. It is, however, easy to drink, has enough flavor to keep you interested, and its mouthfeel makes it exceptionally easy to put back. It’s bright, lively, and could be consumed without much thought at any festival.

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Schlafly Oktoberfest Beer

Beer: Oktoberfest Beer
Brewery: Schlafly
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 5.1%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Hazy light orange body with a small white head.

Smell: Simple syrup note; it’s straight up sugar, not caramelized like other lagers. It smells like dunking your head in a bag of sugar. There’s a faint hint of bread and wheat.

Taste: Nothing at all like the smell. There’s a bright fruit note–a little pineapple, a little melon. There’s also a sour funk taste like that of a witbier. The aftertaste is a freshly baked biscuit with a little butter

Feel: Effervescent. It feels airy and light, almost as if it had been whipped.

Concluding Remark: Overall, Schlafly’s Oktoberfest is confusing. While an interesting experience–the flavors are solid and the mouthfeel is incredible–there is little resemblance to an Oktoberfest. While not a typical German or American Oktoberfest, it’s refreshing to be surprised and this festbier is even more refreshing to drink.

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Lancaster Brewing Oktoberfest Beer

Beer: Oktoberfest
Brewery: Lancaster Brewing Company
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 5.2%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Clear golden body and a thick, dense head with superior retention. An army of angry little bubbles float to the top at a million miles per hour.

Smell: There’s a slightly irregular albeit pleasant aroma here. It smells like creme brûlée, raisins, and Martinelli’s apple cider. As it sits, it smells exactly like Martinelli’s apple cider. Overall, it’s exceptionally sweet and almost smells a little metallic, like apple cider that has been sitting in a keg for awhile.

Flavor: When describing lagers, bready/caramel/toasted are common terms that most resort to because well, that’s exactly how many lager tastes. Not this guy! It’s exceptionally balanced–at first you think it’s sweet, then the next second, you’re getting just a little bit of a bitterness that counterbalances your initial reaction. It’s fruity (of apples and raisins), nutty (walnuts), and just a little bit metallic (but you don’t really even care). Despite all of these flavors, it’s a mellow brew. All of the ingredients and flavors are harmonious and intertwine together to create a beer I actually haven’t had anything quite like before.

Feel: Medium-thin body with full carbonation. Just a bit creamy.

Concluding Remark:  Okay, so this is definitely not an Oktoberfest/Märzen. I would classify it more as an amber lager, if I had to. Not to degrade the style, but Lancaster’s Oktoberfest offering has too much flavor for an Oktoberfest (n’offense, Oktoberfest). It has a complex flavor that changes with every sip, and you want to keep drinking to figure out what exactly it is that you’re drinking. I think I consumed mine in three or four glugs (yes, that’s a word). I daresay that this is THE perfect fall lager: it makes you feel a little warm inside and invokes the feeling of bonfires and crackling leaves beneath your feet. Yes, a beer can make you feel these things. Find one. You’ll see what I mean. It’s like virtual reality. Well, something like that.

And for the record, I would’ve given it 4 pint glasses if it was actually representative of the style it purports to be. Overall, it’s a rockin’ fall lager, but not an Oktoberfest.

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Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest

Beer: Original Oktoberfest
Brewery: Hacker-Pschorr
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 5.8%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Stein
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:


Sight: Crystal clear auburn body with a small foamy head.

Smell: The chief aroma is a syrupy caramel malt. As it mellows out, a fresh French toast smell transforms into a more subdued rye bread note.

Flavor: It tastes just as it smells: syrupy and bready. There’s a little alcohol bite at the end, but otherwise it’s malts on parade.

Feel: Thin with moderate carbonation. It has a pretty weak mouthfeel, to be honest.

Concluding Remark:  An authentic Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr has a full malt profile and is well balanced. HP puts out a decent lager, but it’s not the best of the fests.

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Anchorage Whiteout Witbier

Beer:  Whiteout Witbier
Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
ABV: 6.5%

 Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Purchased at: Jersey Wines & Spirits, Jersey City, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumers: Shaun, Neel, Mike, Ernie, Janise, and Patsy

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Quite cloudy goldenrod color, with a small creamy white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: The smell grossed everyone out a bit; we likened it to everything from farts to cat urine.  But really, if we have to be real beer connoisseurs about it, the aroma was yeasty, citrusy, and almost cheese-like–particularly Swiss cheese.  There was definitely something Chardonnay about it, too.

Flavor: The flavor was definitely Chardonnay-like.  It was sweet, like a white wine, but also had that slightly bitter note of Swiss cheese in there.  The citrus note was that of lemon.

Feel: Clean, crisp, and creamy, with moderate-to-high carbonation.

Concluding Remarks: Anchorage Brewing Company uses lemon peel, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns to spice their Whiteout Wit; then they triple ferment it, age it in French Chardonnay barrels, and add brettanomyces (a yeast that is typically used in wine-making) to finish off this creation.  The end result tastes better than it smells–as Ernie said, “I like the flavor, but it smells like piss.”  It does manage, however, to be a fascinating liquid form of wine and cheese.  Yes, bizarre, we know; but that Swiss cheese note was definitely prevalent.  It was not like a regular beer; it was more like wine with a summer ale mixed in.  But the lemony citrus gave it its Witbier character (the spice notes were less identifiable) and when we averaged out the ranking everyone gave it, the Whiteout Wit got a solid 3 Pint Glasses.

Here are the specific scorings of our communal tasting:

Patsy: 4
Shaun: 3.5
Ally: 3.5
Janise: 3
Neel: 3
Ernie: 2.5
Mike: 2

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