Archive for the Wheat Category

Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Shock Top Brewing Company

Posted in Wheat with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by bizzlepop

Well, how about that heat wave huh? It seems to be cooling down a bit now so it’s actually enjoyable to sit out on the patio. Tonight’s offering, Shock Top’s version of a shandy. For those who don’t know, a shandy is traditional European wheat beer mixed or brewed with lemonade. The story of its inception starts with a local pub owner and a hot summers afternoon bicycle race. When the pub filled up with thirsty post racers, the owner realized his beer stash wasn’t going to hold up, so he cut it with some ice cold lemonade, and the rest is history.
Now I fancy myself quite the shandy drinker. I’ve enjoyed probably a dozen or so different breweries attempts, and the Shock Top one is definitely near the top of the list. Weighing in at 4.2% abv, it is very smooth and refreshing, and just enough sweetness to keep it in my regular summer rotation. It’s not so sweet that it bothers your stomach after 3 or 4, combined with a nice wheat taste up front, this is a great beer for any level of beer drinker. At the end of the day, this is a great beer that just keeps you coming back for more all summer long. Cheers! -BW

Final rating – 3 1/2 Pints

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Hex, Hocus Pocus. Magic Hat Brewing Company

Posted in Ale, Summer Ale, Wheat with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2012 by bizzlepop

I’m going to try something different this time. Seeing as variety packs are becoming more and more popular these days, I’m going to do a double review based on the Magic Hat “Participation” variety pack. I’d like to start out by making it clear that the South Burlington, VT brewery is my favorite. Since 1994, they have been making their mark on the small batch craft beer map. They offer an amazingly tasty year round brew, #9, which is included in “Participation” pack. Along with two other year round choices, they also offer seasonal selections, a variety of different, rotating I.P.A.s, and random flavors based on seasonal ingredients such as apple pie, honey, and dandelion. Overall, their creativity is second to none, and the constant threat of any flavor being removed permanently at their discretion is enough to persuade one into trying every possible selection, maybe more than once. #9 and the current I.P.A. “HI.P.A.” are included in this pack. However, this review will focus on their Octoberfest “Hex”, and their back-by-popular-demand summer ale “Hocus Pocus.”

First up, “Hex.” Dubbed “Ourtoberfest” by the brewery, this seasonal selection rings in at 5.4% abv. Right away, its amber color is almost mesmerizing. It has a very full and changing flavor. It starts out crisp and smooth, then gives way to a slightly bitter finish. Not much of a hoppy after taste which is really a nice change of pace from some of the recent beers I’ve been trying. Personally, it brings me back to my first ever Sam Adams Octoberfest. I can imagine the cold, crisp fall weather and the leaves changing. Seasonal beers always seem to give me a great mental picture, and this one is no different. I’ve had it on two separate occasions, and this second time is proving to be much more enjoyable than the first. Overall, this beer has a great earthy flavor prominent in beers this time of year. You’ll have to keep reading to see what my overall rating was for this superb seasonal.

 

It’s time for something a bit lighter. The color, taste, and logo are all lighter now. “Hocus Pocus” is a summer ale that was at one point discontinued, then brought back at the consumers’ demand. I had this beer during it’s original tour (I’m estimating the summer of ’08 if my memory serves correctly), and was very upset when I couldn’t find it the following summer. This was how I discovered Magic Hat “retires” beers and rarely, if ever, puts them back into production. Fortunately for everyone, this one was given a second life. “Hocus Pocus” weighs it at 4.5% abv, right around the average for a summer ale. Like all Magic Hat concoctions, this has a very complex flavor that works together to create a delicious experience. It starts out light and wheaty (no, wheaty isn’t really a word, but it just seems to fit!) and finishes fruity. There’s a touch of bitterness in the middle, but doesn’t linger as a rush of citrusy fruits wipe the palate clean. Magic Hat offers a year round wheat called “Circus Boy.” As good as it is, it lacks the complexity and fruitiness “Hocus Pocus” has to offer. Personally, I would consider this one of my top 3 wheat beers I’ve had. If you’ve never had, I suggest making a move. This particular variety pack will be pulled from stores around October 15th, and once it’s gone, there is no telling when, if ever, these two choices will be available again. -BW

Hex Final Rating- (4 Pints)

Hocus Pocus Final Rating- 4.5 Pints  (4.5 Pints)

 

Victory Whirlwind Witbier

Posted in Uncategorized, Wheat with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by Steve

Victory Whirwind Witbier – Brewed by Victory Brewing Company out of Dowington, PA – 5.0%

First, I apologize and hope Victory doesn’t mind me stealing their picture. I took one and it seems like my phone deleted it along with all my other beer pictures. Bastard.

Whirlwind Witbier was voted 2005 Best of the Mid Atlantic / Southeast Belgian Wit (vit) at some competition or other. It smells like a wheat beer with its lemony citrus goodness and I guess that is to be expected since it is a wheat beer. Immediate thoughts after my first sup were that it’s not too bad, but I’ve had better. It’s a pretty light, sessionable beer and goes down quick, but I think when it comes to a wheat beer, I want more flavor or more, I don’t know, something. It’s lacking something that puts it above other wheat beers. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Maybe I was just expecting more from Victory as a number of their other brews are downright delicious.

I see no reason most people wouldn’t enjoy this beer. It’s light, citrusy, and it doesn’t taste horrible. Just think it’s a little too light for my tastes. I almost wonder if there is too much citrus overwhelming any other possible flavors. Who knows, I’m no expert and my palate is suspect.

Final Rating –  (3.5 pints)

Purple Haze, Abita Brewing Company

Posted in Wheat with tags , , on July 28, 2012 by bizzlepop

Let me start by saying that I’m very excited to publish my first review. I will be posting, or at least attempting to post, every Friday as a contributing writer for Beersighted.

Today, I will be tackling Purple Haze. A light, fruit/wheat beer brewed just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, in the town of Abita Springs. Don’t let the 4.2% abv fool you, this is much more than your average light beer. Crisp and refreshing, the raspberry puree that’s added after the filtration process does a nice job keeping the wheat from taking over, and adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

When I think 4.2% abv, I immediately think of Bud Light, Coors Light and Michelob Ultra. These are the kind of beers that will get you full before they get you drunk. Not to be confused with these volume beers, Purple Haze combines a light drinkability with the flavor  of a heavier, small batch craft beer. Honestly, I’m not sure if my lack of descriptive words is due to this being my first review, or because the beer is just THAT good.

Yesterday, I enjoyed the majority of a growler of Purple Haze. It was so good that I was done drinking before I could get any notes in. Now, I’m halfway through a 6 pack, and I can’t believe how good it tastes out of a bottle. Now I’m a firm believer in the Draft>Bottle>Can methodology, and will ALWAYS encourage a beer to be enjoyed from a tap, however, the bottle is damn near as good as the growler I had yesterday. Overall, this beer cracks my all time top 5. Go get some as soon as possible! -BW

Final Rating- (5 Pints)

Two Brother’s Ebel’s Weiss

Posted in Hefeweizen, Wheat with tags , , on July 13, 2012 by Steve

Ebel’s Weiss – Brewed by Two Brother’s Brewing Company out of Warrenville, IL – 4.9% alcohol

This is a hefeweizen (German Wheat) style beer with a banana and vanilla aroma. I thought that by the looks of the label, with the flowers, that this would be a weak chick beer. I was wrong. I don’t know if I just have a thing for hefeweizens or wheat beers, but once again, I’m a fan.

This is a nice, smooth, refreshing brew. Tastes delicious and when the 6 pack is gone I’m going to wish I had more. Two Brother’s specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beers. I’m not sure how rare hefeweizens are, but who cares. This shit is awesome.

Final Rating – (4 Pints)

Florida Beer Company’s Key West Southernmost Wheat

Posted in Wheat with tags , on November 10, 2011 by Steve

Key West Southernmost Wheat – Brewed by Florida Beer Company from Melbourne, FL – ?% alcohol

Yet another real tasty beer. I seem to be on a string of good luck with the beers I’ve been picking out. That, or I just like EVERYTHING. Anyway, this brew is good. Slight taste of orange (Florida Beer Company…) and it says key lime, but it’s just oranges to me.

Real light, high drinkability. Probably even better on a hot summer day. I would definitely buy this again or get it out on tap if I ever saw it.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)

Magic Hat Circus Boy

Posted in Wheat with tags , on September 28, 2011 by Steve

Magic Hat Circus Boy – Brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Comapny – 4.4% alcohol

I wrote this review a long time ago and somehow totally forgot to post it. So here we go…

Magic Hat Circus Boy. Those of you that know me, know that recently I’ve become a HUGE fan of Magic Hat, especially their #9 Not Quite Pale Ale. I’ve never heard of Circus Boy, so of course when I saw it, I had to try it.

It’s a wheat beer, or to be correct, it is THE hefeweizen. And once again, Magic Hat does not disappoint. Sometimes wheat beers can be a little overbearing. I don’t know what it is about them, but they can just be too much in your mouth (that’s what she said. ZING!). Magic Hat of course, as expected, does it the right way though.

It’s awesome. Goes down smooth, has a great taste and it’s just simply the shit.

During the summer I’m know to pick up some #9 or some Wacko from the Magic Hat folks, but seeing as this brew is a year round beer….I very possibly could have found a new favorite.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)