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Troeg’s DreamWeaver Wheat Ale

Posted in Ale, Wheat with tags , , , , on September 22, 2011 by Steve

Troeg’s DreamWeaver Wheat Ale – Brewed by Troeg’s Brewing Company – 4.8% alcohol

Ok…why the hell does this beer smell like cinnamon? Their website says “Spicy, peppery, clove taste with a slight hint of bananas.” I definitely didn’t smell any bananas, but that spicy, peppery smell? Yea…it smells like Big Red Chewing Gum.

They also say right on the bottle to pour 3/4 into a glass, swirl, and then poor the rest. I don’t usually put brew into a glass (though I think I may start…). It definitely has that Big Red spiciness to it. I’m not even really sure what to think of this. I’ve never had any beer that had this type of spice and flavor to it and wasn’t really expecting it.

I drank the other 2 of these, and I mean, they are good, but I don’t think this is what I want from a beer. It’s just a little too different for me I guess.

Final Rating – (2 pints)

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21st Amendment – Hell or High Watermelon

Posted in Wheat with tags , on July 27, 2011 by Steve

Hell or High Watermelon – Brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco, CA – 4.9% alcohol

I have never heard of 21st Amendment, but looking at their collection of beers, I can’t wait to try more. They

have “Monks Blood”, “Fireside Chat”, “Brew Free or Die IPA”, and many others. They sound so fun!

Anyway, this was another brew I tried on tap at The Wherehouse, the same night I tried the Summer Shandy. Before I arrived, my homeboy Jay texted me saying “I’m trying this watermelon beer at The Wherehouse, you have to try it”. I don’t think he was aware of our plans to go to dinner there that night, but I’m glad he told me about this beer.

It’s a watermelon flavored wheat beer that again, does the whole fruit thing the right way. Surprisingly, it’s not red, which I expected. It looks like your normal wheat beer. You can definitely smell the watermelon, and before tasting it, I was expecting to be overpowered by the taste of watermelon. I wasn’t. It hits you with just the right watermelon after taste that makes you wanting more. Simply delicious.

The day we went to dinner, it was a brutal scorching hot day here in NY. I left work with my temperature gauge reading 106. Drinking this at a restaurant off tap and this day was awesome. It’s an excellent beer to come in to and cool off with. I won’t lie, I did feel like a chick drinking it, but who cares. Good beer is good beer and that should be enough for anybody.

The 21st Amendment Brewery is located at 563 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. They are also a restaurant and the menu looks amazing. Not sure if they do tours, but they are open daily. If your out that way, definitely stop in and check them out.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints (4.5 pints)

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Posted in Wheat with tags , on July 27, 2011 by Steve

Summer Shandy – Brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin – 4.2% alcohol

Let me start by saying I’m not a HUGE fan of fruity beers (as in edible fruit, not….nevermind). There are some that are good, and some that are just so overpowering with fruit flavor that it’s actually kind of terrible. Summer Shandy is the former.

I don’t have much to say about this beer as I enjoyed a glass over dinner at my favorite restaurant, The Wherehouse. I saw it on tap, never tried it, so figured what the hell.

All I can say is it’s simply awesome. It’s a freaking lemonade wheat beer and is very very refreshing. It’s not too tart or tangy or anything like that. It won’t make your lips pucker and wish for death. I only drank one glass of this, but I’m really really hoping I see this out in stores somewhere before the summer is over. A great beverage for a hot summer day. Enough said.

If you are in the area, Leinenkugel is open for tours every day. They are located at 124 E Elm St, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Go here for more info on tours.

Final Rating – (4 pints)