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Review of Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss

Hello again everyone.  I hope you guys are doing well.  Well, with Summer in full swing in my neck of the woods I figured that it would be fitting to taste test the Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss produced by Würzburger Hofbräu AG located in Würzburg, Germany.

I don’t recall ever having this particular beer nor do I ever recall ever having a beer from this brewery period, so I’m eager to see what we have in the bottle.

From the website, http://www.wuerzburger-hofbraeu.de, I found this quaint description.

A classic wheat beer of particularly high quality.  Brewed with fine top fermented yeast and with a particularly well-rounded, soft taste.

Ok.  Let’s get it into a glass.

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This brew came in a 16.9 oz. bottle with an ABV of around 4.9%.

It had the typical Hefe appearance once it was poured into the glass.  It was a hazy, orangish/yellow color with a well sized white head.  The texture was both soft and smooth.  The retention time and the lacing were better than average in my opinion also.

The aroma was very interesting on the initial whiff.  It kind of smelled like popcorn.  Crazy!!!  It wasn’t a bad smell because I love the fragrance of popcorn, but it was a bit puzzling.  After a few more deep inhales the popcorn dissipated and I began to pick up on the tones of wheat, spicy coriander and hints of light banana.  It also seemed to be quite yeasty with a slightly sweet smelling component.

The banana was a little more forthcoming in the taste than it was in the nose.  The flavor was more straightforward and conventional too.  In other words… no popcorn.  Solid stabs of wheat and yeast while a suitable dollop of coriander spice finished it off.

The mouthfeel was of the medium/thin variety.  Rather refreshing, crisp and thirst quenching with a semi-watery consistency.  The carbonation was of medium strength, yet only an “ok” amount of flavor was left behind after each gulp of the liquid.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty good beer.  It’s worth a try for sure.  Especially during the scorching hot days of Summer.  It totally hit the spot.  The drinkability was great and I liked the fact that the fruity aspects didn’t dominate the brew like a lot of others of this style tend to do.  It was significantly more balanced with the wheat and yeast.  However, some may not like that feature I guess.  Some may prefer the heavy spice and bright fruits.  Oh well, give the Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss a try anyway and see how you like it.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me of your experience when you do.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5

Grade:  B

 

Review of Moosbacher Weissbier

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Moosbacher Weissbier produced by Private Landrauerei Scheuerer located in Moosbach b. Vohenstrauss, Germany.

I don’t know much about this brewer and I have yet to try a brew from them, so I’m pretty excited to see what we have in this bottle.

Let’s check on the website, moosbacher.com, and see what kind of info we can find.

Smooth bitter, fine filtered, very bright colour, with finest Bavarian hops.

Well, not much to go on there, so let’s just get it poured and find out for ourselves.

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This brew came in a 16.9 oz. bottle with an ABV of 4.7%.

It poured very hazy with a lot of sediment seen floating around.  It was a deep orange color with some brighter yellow highlights around the edges and the bottom of the glass.  The head was white, fluffy, billowy and soft. The size was more than adequate and the retention time and the lacing were both very nice.

The nose released proper hints of wheat as well as a ton of yeast.  Spices of clove and coriander commingled with fruity banana and dollops of grain.  The fragrance also provided just a wee bit of that “bubblegum” aspect that I really enjoy in wheat beers.  Not bad at all with this bouquet I didn’t think.

The taste provided a lot of yeast and wheat.  They were easily the most dominating aspect.  More of the clove and banana too.  The graininess was accounted for again, however it was just a compliment and really pulled the flavor together in my opinion.  Overall, I found it to be simple and to the point, but good.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, crisp, refreshing, thirst quenching and a touch dry.  It had some really nice carbonation, which left an ok amount of flavor behind after each gulp.

All in all, I thought this to be a very nice beer.  Nothing out of the ordinary or over the top, yet solid and true to the style.  The drinkability was great and I, of course, think this would make for a great warm weather brew.  I’d say give the Moosbacher Weissbier a try if you are searching for a sturdy, no-nonsense Weissbier to enjoy without having to think about it too much.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you’ve tried it and tell me of your opinion if you’d like.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.75 out of 5

Grade:  B

 

Review of Freigeist Pimock

Hello guys.  It’s time for another craft beer review.  For today’s tasting I’m going to be trying the Freigeist Pimock developed by Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle located in Koln, Germany.

Since this is only the third beer I’ve tried from these guys I’ve yet to decipher the consistency or the quality of the brewery.

I couldn’t find any info regarding this brew on their website, braustelle.com, so let’s just get it poured and see for ourselves how it is.

Let’s imbibe.

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This beverage came in a 16.9 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 5.3%.

It poured a very cloudy/hazy orange color.  Some brighter yellow highlights were shown around the bottom and edges of the glass.  The crown was white, a touch small, but mostly smooth and soft.  The retention time and the lacing were both decent enough.

The fragrance discharged tones of yeast and wheat.  Spices of clove hid underneath as did a light citrus.  It seemed to have an odd or old musty smell.  Kind of like when an old library book is opened after it’s been sitting on the shelf for years.  “Dusty” smelling almost.  Hmm.

The flavor was also very yeasty and wheaty.  A very light orange peel and bits of banana were more than welcomed because they added some much needed complexity.  All of the characteristics were very light and subdued in my opinion.  I found nothing bad, yet everything was just muted.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin bodied.  Smooth, crisp, refreshing, thirst quenching and quite watery.  The carbonation was good, however not much flavor was left behind after each swallow though.

Overall, I wasn’t extremely impressed with this beer.  It wasn’t undrinkable or anything, but it wasn’t anything outstanding either.  It would make for a decent Summer beer I guess because it was light and the drinkability was very good, however I believe I could find a number of Weizen or Wit beers that have more flavor, complexity and personality than what the Freieist Pimock had.  Hey, don’t take my word for it though, pick it up and give it a try for yourself.  You may really, really like it.  Again, it’s nothing horrible and I’d drink it again if it were offered, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to grab a bottle.  Let me know what you thought if you’ve tasted it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.15 out of 5

Grade:  C+

 
 
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