My First Hefeweizen – Results

 

So here’s the results from my first attempt at making a hefeweizen

Taste – Banana, citrus, a little bit of grapefruit – it’s light and refreshing.  It tastes at it’s best chilled.

Aroma – To be honest, it doesn’t smell that great (but then again, there’s not many hefe’s that I like the aroma of), there’s a bit of a sulphur hint, along with citrus and a slight yeasty overtone.

Appearance – Light, cloudy (when you swill the yeast out of the bottle), and with a small amount of carbonation (this could do with being better next time). It looks fairly similar to the Weihenstephan hefe you can get in most UK supermarkets.

Would I brew it again? – With a few tweaks to the recipe yes – it could do with a touch more carbonation and a bit more body to it.  I love a good hefeweizen so I’m determined to get this one perfect. 🙂

St. Austell – Cornish Bock

Catherine (the long-suffering other half) and I went on the brewery tour at St. Austell earlier in the summer, it was a good day – very informative, interesting and most importantly, ended with a sampling of the current range of beers. It was during this trip I got my first taste of this beer, and it led to me buying a case for the Christmas break.

Taste – Malty, with a strong caramel character. That said though, this is most definitely a lager and has a clean and crisp taste.

Aroma – Malty, fresh, sweet.

Appearance – Dark amber with a good frothy head, almost looks like a bitter, not a lager.

Would I buy more? – I bought a case, what do you think?!?

Badger – Golden Glory

It’s a brew day (details on that to come very soon) so i’m breaking out the beers early!

First up it’s Golden Glory from Badger…

Taste – It says it on the label and they mean it – Peachy! It has a real light malt and hop backbone, but the truly dominant flavour going through this one is sweet peaches – it’s also quite refreshing and light.  But, if you don’t like peaches, don’t go anywhere near this beer.

Aroma – Peaches… There’s not a lot else coming through to be honest.

Appearance – A nice light golden ale, quite well carbonated.

Would I buy more? – I’d happily sink a couple on a warm summers day if there was nothing else about.

Camden Town – Hells Lager

Taste – Biscuity malt flavours, very subtle peppery hop bitterness, a little sweetness, and a dry finish.

Aroma – Lightly hoppy, slight smell of straw to it.

Appearance – Very pale (clear golden) and well carbonated with clean white head.

Would I buy more? – Hells (you see what I did there?!?) yes. I really like this lager – would be most refreshing on a warm summers evening.

Hop Slam Wednesday

I’m pretty sure i’ll be heading over to Brewdog Camden for this one!

IPA is Dead Launch Event – Wednesday 21st March in All BrewDog Bars! From 7pm

IPA is dead showcases 4 killer hops varieties from 4 corners of the planet. The result is 4 radically different single hop IPAs. Each IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and massively dry hopped.

We will be launching them all on draft in a Hop Slam Wednesday in all BrewDog Bars from 7pm on Wednesday the 21st March.

http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article/hop-slam-wednesday-21st-april

Wadworth Beer Kitchen

The folks over at the Wadworth Brewery have recently released a range of craft beers under the Wadworth Beer Kitchen brand that a few friends and I had the pleasure of sampling the other weekend.

In the range they have five different beers to choose from: Wheat Beer, India Pale Ale, Orange Peel Beer, Whisky Barrel Aged Bitter and Espresso Stout. Unfortunately we couldn’t sample the whole range as the bar had run out of the India Pale Ale but we got to sample the other four beers.

Here’s a quick rundown of how the beers fared…

Orange Peel Beer – Malty, slightly sweet and with a definite orange zesty flavour this was one good beer! This was the first one we sampled and I would most definitely like to drink this one again (and again, and again, and again).

Wheat Beer – Light and clean, with a subtle clove and citrus flavour and a very good mouth feel. I’m a fan of wheat beers and this was my favourite of the four we sampled – I could easily drink this one all night!

Espresso Stout – Coffee and stout has always been a good combination and this is a great example of how it’s done. Dark, smooth and velvety, with a deep roasted malt flavour and powerful cocoa-bitterness made this one of the favourites among the others in the crowd. It wasn’t too heavy feeling either (like you get with a lot of stouts) which made this even more pleasurable to drink. This would be a perfect beer to end a meal in place of a coffee.

Whisky Barrel Aged Bitter – Premium bitter aged in whiskey barrels for two to three months, need we say more. Smokey, rich, malty and deep whisky flavours power through this intense yet sophisticated beer. If you like whisky aged beers, it’s recommended.

Wheat, Orange, Whiskey and Espresso

We sampled these fine beers at The Dandy Lion in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. If you’re in the area and in need of a drink, I’d highly recommend it – the pub looked great, the staff were friendly, very knowledgeable about the beers and there were four other cask ales (not just Wadworth’s) at the bar in addition to the bottled selection.

All in all the group and I came away very impressed with these beers. If you get the opportunity to sample one of these i’d most definitely recommend them.