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!