I don’t know about you, but to me – one of the signs of Fall is Paulaner Oktoberfest! I know I’ve posted about this beer before – but it’s such a classic, it deserves many posts and many cap pictures!
A malty smoothness that many have tried to duplicate, but few (if any) have cloned, Paulner is the Oktoberfest to top all Oktoberfests. I mean, the Germans had to be doing something right when they created a beer with flavor that you can actually stand drinking liters of!
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!
There was this beer, on the shelf, that I hadn’t tried – so I tried it. Anything that says “Nut Brown Ale” gets my attention, as I am a “Brown Ale Girl”.
This beer was a little malty, but more for the amateur drinker and a little watered down for my taste. When I’m drinking a Brown Ale, I want it to be bold and have a malty kick in the pants – much like my beloved Legend Brown Ale. I didn’t get the nuttiness either… just some malt with some water. Did I dump it out?? No, of course not – I’m not that harsh… I just think my expectations were a little high for this one.
Sure, this is a good beer for the average drinker, but if you love your Brown Ales – you may want to look elsewhere; Just saying.
This bottle of Old Crustacean from Rogue Brewery has been in our beer fridge for a while. It’s actually a 2008! We took it to the beach with us recently to share with friends. This thing had a mouth-feel almost like molasses; it was so thick! Rich with age, this brew was sweet but the alcohol also permeated the tip of your tongue. We really should have picked up a newer bottle to try along side this one, as I have a feeling that this beer was probably far superior to it’s little brother from this year.
I’m a sweet and malty fan, so I did enjoy this. It was so rich though, I’m glad it was split between five people and I didn’t have a full pint glass as I wouldn’t have been able to finish it. Goal for this winter: pick up another Rogue Barleywine!
I posted about Blue Moon Brewery’s White Ale not too long ago – and it was no secret that I didn’t like it. In the very bottom of our beer refridgerator, was a lonely Blue Moon bottle. Initially, I thought it was a nasty White Ale, left over from some get together, but the bottle said “Full Moon”. Intrigued, I popped the cap and tried it. This was a Winter Ale, one of my favorite styles, so it was rich with warm spices and savory malts. There was a little bit of oxidation, but that was probably because it’s Summer, and obviously that beer had been in there forever! I shouldn’t have been so quick to write off the Blue Moon Brewery, as this beer was pretty good; I stand by my statement that the White Ale sucks though.
When Winter arrives, I will give their new Winter a chance – at least one.
On hot, sticky, disgustingly humid days like today, I long for Fall! Oh how Fall weather and everything it brings (yummy beer) would be so nice right now.
I think I’ve probably posted about Samuel Adams Oktoberfest before, but I found this cap and it made me long for its malty goodness! Yes, it’s too hot for Oktoberfest right now, but as soon as the end of August arrives, we start scouring the shelves for this orange box of goodness If you haven’t had a Sam’s Oktoberfest, it can be described as malty, spicy and all around delicious; sort of an embodiment of Fall!
Oh, and don’t worry – that lemon is just for decoration and while I love it in water, would never tarnish a delicious beer with adding lemon.
Fall… hurry up!
Hanging at The Capital Ale House in Midlothian, VA this evening, I ordered a Heavy Seas Belgian Dubbel. I admit, I really liked the name “Holy Sheet” and seeing it was a Dubbel, I had to give it a try!
I am actually very surprised at what a great beer this is. It has a raisin taste up front and a malty finish… combined with a lot of alcohol, this beer is delicious!
Having had many Clipper City beers, they are a solid brewery with lots of great brews! Give ‘um a try!
I had the pleasure of sharing a 2008 Old Stock Ale the other night. If you’re not familiar with the Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Company, it’s BIG – 12.5% and full of rich malt and tons of hops. They actually put lots of hops into this particular beer with the intention that buyers will age these beers; when they do finally pop the cap to partake, it will be full of rich flavors – all of the different elements melded to perfection.
This Old Stock that I tried was so unbelievable – it was like a fine aged red wine – so smooth, complex and tasty. The hops were totally on the tip of your tongue, but the maltiness was definitely the boss in this beer. I imagine if you tasted the Old Stock Ale shortly after it was brewed, you would taste an overwhelming amount of hops – but having a little over two years to mellow, it was so balanced and beautiful. Thumbs up from this girl – stock up and let it age!
Believe it or not, there are some good beers that come in cans these days. Way back when I first started drinking beer, the only good beers from a can were Guinness and Boddingtons – today, more breweries are using cans. I think brewers started to realize there was really a practical use for canned beers; they’re especially good for outdoor events where you can’t bring bottles.
Oskar Blues Brewery is one of the first “real” craft breweries to use only cans or kegs. My favorite beer from Oskar Blues is their “Old Chub”. This Scottish Style Ale is delicious, boasting lots of roasted malts and even hints of caramel. At 8% ABV, it’s not a “light” beer by any means, but it’s a dream for most beer lovers who enjoy a nice big beer with a malty, even toffee like finish.
So don’t scoff at the can – give it a try.
Spaten Brewery in Munich makes one of the “original” delicious Oktoberfest beers. At first glance, you’ll think – this can’t possibly taste like a bold, malty Oktoberfest – but believe me, looks are deceiving. This light colored brew packs a full mouth feel and rich malt flavors that assure you – it’s a beer worth a celebration.
Just a note of warning, Spaten comes in green glass bottles, which most beer lovers know can cause some “skunk factor”. I’ve had a few bottles that were totally skunked, and had it been my first time trying the beer I probably wouldn’t have tried it again. Get Spaten Oktoberfest on tap if you can, because it really is a wonderful concoction!
My husband purchased an English Dark Ale today made by Wychwood Brewery. I’m an English beer fan, embracing some of their more popular beers like Fuller’s ESB and New Castle, but this beer was more roasty and complex than my normal taste of England. The “Hobgoblin” boasts rich but smooth toasted malt and chocolate flavors. Upon my first sip, I didn’t think it was going to taste so dark, but you really get a bitter chocolate finish. It’s a pretty tasty brew, although a little too rich for me to have more than one (500ml bottle, that is).
English beers always have a distinctive taste that can’t be found in American beers. I remember asking my home-brewer husband to make me a New Castle Brown Ale Clone. He said he probably wouldn’t be able to duplicate it exactly since it was “English”. Evidently the water in England has different minerals than our water (makes sense being a different country and all) so even if we copied and English Beer recipe exactly, it wouldn’t taste the same as the recipe being brewed over in Jolly Old England! So… enjoy those delicious English Ales and appreciate that distinctive taste that’s all its own!