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Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Hopfenweisse

Posted: October 4, 2013 by Kenny in Imported, Specialty
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hopfenweiseCountry of Origin:  Germany
Alcohol Content:  8.2%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

When the wife brought home a beer that was called Hopfenweisee, I was giddy. What’s better than weisse beer with lots of hops? That is like my dream beer! And then she found another one, but in a 750 ml bottle. This beer, is a kind of  collaboration between Schneider Weisse and Brooklyn Brewery. Apparently the two brewmasters are close friends and they worked on this beer together. That’s exciting, since I seem to like Brooklyn beer. I was so excited about drinking this beer.

So excited, that is, until I tried it. It poured out dark copper and full of bits, like I expected it to. It had a citrusy and hoppy smell to it, which was good. But when I tasted it, it tasted like a saison…and not a good one at that!

I’m so over saisons this year! Seems like every time the wife comes home with beer, there’s a saison in the bunch. I need to be in the right mood to drink a lemony, high ABV beer, and this night, I was not.

Booooo. Now my expectations for the second one have been lowered to “I hope it doesn’t suck”


Thornbury Apple Cider

Posted: July 26, 2013 by Kenny in Domestic, Specialty
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oie_transparent (2)Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content: 5.3%
Sequence:  Sixth
Finished:  Surprisingly, Yes!
Vessel:  Glass by way of can

So Jackie brought over some beers for my birthday…and in that pile were two ciders. As we know from the past…they suck. Or at least I think they do. But on the day that I drank this, I was well into the rabbit hole of beer (5 strange ones) then I needed something different.  I had just had a Steigel Radler a few before, so that sweet flavour was still in my mouth, so I can only assume that is why I grabbed the Thornbury…sugar madness.

I have heard that this stuff is better than Somersby, which is gross, so there is hope.  On the can they tell us about their locally sourced ingredients and their 150 year heritage and marketing blah.  It also says to enjoy it over ice, which I didn’t do because I read it after I drank it.

Poured out, it looks and smells like cider. Hooray! But when you taste it you expect sweet apple flavour, but that’s not what they deliver.  It does taste like apple, but in a nice, light, watered down apple juice way, with a little sweetness on the … cider booty?  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and I actually enjoyed drinking it, for the most part.

I’ll never do it again, but it was fun while it lasted.

Trafalgar Mead Braggot

Posted: November 7, 2012 by Kenny in Domestic, Specialty
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Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 8.5%
Sequence: Third
Finished: Shouldn’t have
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle

Another “not technically beer” addition but the wife thought it would be fun. For who? I’m not entirely sure.

Mead is the oldest alcoholic beverage ever made. It’s traditionally made with water, honey, and barley with some other kind of flavouring added to make it not taste like cold NeoCitran. I was so scared of this drink. I mean, look at the bottle! How can anything that needs to be marketed like this taste good?

Getting it open was fun. It had a cork that was tied down with a champagne-like metal thingy. Try and try as we could, neither Pat nor I could get it off. We had to resort to a wine opener to get into it. It did smell good, like a strong Honey Brown or something. The first taste was “BAM! This is not beer!” and it only went downhill from there.

By the end of the glass, I was having a hard time forming coherent sentences. Later in the night, we drank St Peters Winter Ale, which put us over the top.

Worst. Hangover. Ever!

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Posted: October 31, 2012 by Kenny in Imported, Specialty
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Country of Origin: Germany
Alcohol Content: 6.3%
Sequence: Third
Finished: Yes
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle

This the second best beer that I drank while watching “The Amazing Spider-man” (actually not a bad movie). After the BLAH of Erdinger, I was hoping for something a little more beery.

Oktoberfest beers are usually strong and at 6.3%, this qualifies. And this guy, 1 of 6 ALLOWED to brew for Oktoberfest in Munich, was great! Light in colour, strong in smell, and smooth tasting. I have never been to the real Oktoberfest (I have been to the K-W Oktoberfest, which is pretty close I hear) but if I ever do, I now know what I’ll be drinking for 18 days!

Pat’s side note: Having been to both the K-W Oktoberfest and the one in Munich, I can confirm that they are alike. You could also say that a Honda Civic is like a Porsche 911 Turbo by virtue of them both having four wheels and the ability to move under their own power.

Well, I’ll try to concentrate on drinking.