I've been drinking several dark beers as of late. I've had them, from Ireland, England and Canada, but I've never had a German dark beer, so when the opportunity to drink a Weissbier Dunkel presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
When I poured the Dunkel, I took note of its dark brown color which is typical of the many dark beers, I've had before. The head formed very easily. Almost to easily. It foamed over the top of the glass both times I poured it. It was a good thick head. Not creamy like a Guiness, but foamy and thick. Eventually, it reduced to a fine foam layer that clung to the side of the glass.
What really surprised me about this beer was the subtle flavour. It had a mild malty taste with a hint of coffee at the beginning. It was very clean and smooth with very little aftertaste. It was so mellow, Carolyn actually said it was the first dark beer she really liked.
I was also shocked to learn that this yummy dark beer was a wheat beer. I didn't know wheat beers could be brewed in a dark style. Maybe that's why it was so smooth.
Brewed by Erdinger since 1886, Weissbier Dunkel claims to be "the world's most popular wheat beer". I don't know about that, but it's a pretty damn good beer. After the first couple of swallows, I thought it would get three burps, but by the time I finished the glass, this dark wheat beer easily obtained 4 burps.
Let me know what you think.
Usually, I'm not a fan of strong beer. I have a preconceived notion that it doesn't taste good. When I think "strong beer", I think of cheap American beer. However, if I keep drinking beers like Tap 5 Hopfenweisse, my opinion about strong beers will change.
Tap 5 is made by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn. This is the same brewer that makes Tap 4 which I recently gave 5 burps. So I was excited to see what Tap 5 would offer. Being a Doppelbock I expected it to be stronger and darker than Tap 4 and I wasn't disappointed.
It was darker than its cousin and definitely cloudier. I could actually see particles moving around in the glass from the strong and long lasting carbonation. The initial head was substantial, and the bubbles kept forming as I drank this bad boy down.
I noticed that once I got used to the sweet taste, Tap 5 started to go down easy. Maybe it was because I was sitting in the sun on my deck, or maybe it's just good. I think it was a bit of both.
Do I recommend Tap 5. Yep! It's a decent beer, and for an 8.2% beer, it's pretty good. It was easy to give it 3 burps. Although to be honest, I'll stick to Tap 4 when given the choice between the two.
When I developed the headline for this fantastic German beer, it occurred to me, that I could have used several different ways to present Tap 4. Yes, it's organic, but it's also a wheat beer and a strong beer. It's full name is Tap 4 Mein Grünes, but that's hard to write. At the end of the day, it's just an awesome beer.
One of the things I liked the most about this wheat beer was the excellent carbonation. I could feel a fizzy tingling on my tongue with every mouthful. It kind of reminded me of Pop Rocks but not nearly as intense. It was a pretty unique experience. Unlike any of the beers I've had to date.
Tap 4 is an unfiltered beer that has a beautiful apricot color and a slight fruity flavour. It has a nice foamy head that settles into a consistent foamy layer that stayed to the bottom of the glass. At 6.2% alcohol, I was shocked to learn that it's a strong beer. Most strong beers have a sickly sweet taste, but this one was just yummy.
Carolyn encouraged me to drink this beer on a Sunday morning with an empty stomach. It was delicious and it made my head spin. I guess that's what happens at 8:30 AM.
Brewed by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn, Tap 4 was brewed from 1966 - 1944 for Oktoberfest only. In 1999, it was brought back and bottled for the broader market, and I'm sure glad they did!
I give this Wiesen Edel-Weisse 5 burps. I really loved this beer. In fact, as soon as I finished it I wanted another. When you see it, get it.
I used to be a big fan of Rickard's White. So when I visited a Molson Brewhouse while waiting for a plane, I decided to jump at the opportunity to enjoy this Belgian style wheat beer. I hadn't been to Canada for couple of years, so it had been at least that long since I last enjoyed a Rickards.
The beer looked great when it arrived. A pale gold color, it was beautifully cloudy. I was stoked to try it! After squeezing the orange slice, I took my first gulp. As the golden liquid hit my taste buds my brain was ready for a yummy taste of a wheat beer. Instead, all I got was bitter disappointment. My memories of Rickard's White was pure deliciousness. However, I have since had many different wheat beers from Germany and American and Mexican craft brewers, and Rickard's White just doesn't hold up.
The beer was kind of flavorless. Even on my third swallow, all I could taste was the orange I squeezed into it. In my opinion, orange should enhance the beer's flavour. Not be the beers flavour! It certainly doesn't hold a candle to the German Beer Ayinger which is brewed in the same style.
I give Molson Coors Rickard's White two small burps. I'm kinda ashamed that I used to like it more. If you want an unfiltered wheat beer, I suggest you look somewhere else.
Let me know what you think.
When I started this beer blog, my post college roommate sent me a message that he thought German beer was the best. I certainly didn't disagree with him. I have always loved German beers, and Ayinger Brauweisse has kept my love strong.
Ayinger Brauweisse is an authentic Hefe Weizen which means it's an unfiltered wheat beer. When pouring a the beer, I immediately noticed that it was nice an cloudy the way a wheat beer should be. It also formed a nice frothy head that stayed for the beer's duration.
As soon as I sampled the beer, I immediately sensed smoke. It had a great smoky taste which I have only experienced a couple of times. After I got used to the smoke, I could taste fruits (maybe lemon). This beer totally kicks the shit out of the US wheat beer Blue Moon.
Bruerei Aying has been making beer since 1878 and follows the Reinheitsgebot Purity Laws of 1516. It regularly wins medals at the European Beer Star awards. In fact Ayinger Brauweisse won the silver medal for 2015.
Brauweisse is the best wheat beer that I've had to date. Minutes after I finished it, I kept repeating that it was a really good beer. Would I recommend it? Hell yeah!! I give this bad boy 5 Big Burps.
If you like wheat beer, you have to try this one.
You would think that a beer named Grumpy Bear would have a bold, aggressive taste, but it certainly doesn't live up to it's name.
Before I get into the review, I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of honey beers. In fact, the only reason I had this one is that it was purchased for me. Having said that, it would have been a long time before I purchased this Alberta beer if I was left to my own devices.
When I poured the Bear, I noticed that it had a nice gold color, but I was very disappointed by the lack of head. There was NO head. I even poured another one straight into the glass - still no head. I like a head on my beer, but I guess, that's not Grumpy Bear's style. It tasted light and sweet and it wasn't offensive.
Grumpy Bear is brewed by The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company in Canmore, Alberta since 1996. It is a brewpub located on Canmore’s Main Street, in the Canadian Rockies and it's owned by an Australian.
Grumpy Bear is made from Alberta malt, wheat and honey. It greets you with a floral nose and a well rounded body, sweet palate and smooth finish.
Would I recommend Grumpy Bear? If you like honey wheat beers, you'll like this one. Personally it isn't for me, but Carolyn liked it. That's why it got 3 burps instead of two.
Try it and let me know what you think.
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