Nordic Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewing Company, Cambridge Brewing Company, Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing)

Style: American Saison brewed w/ honey, heather, rose hips, rhubarb and wheat. 6.0% ABV (?) From: Greensborough, VT Brewery’s Note: “This farmhouse ale was brewed at Hill Farmstead with our friend and mentor Anders Kissmeyer (Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing) and our longtime friend Will Meyers (Cambridge Brewing Co.). Inspired by our guests and their journeys, this beer was brewed with the resourcefulness and inventiveness of the Nordic tradition, … Continue reading Nordic Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewing Company, Cambridge Brewing Company, Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing)

Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale (Cigar City Brewing)

Style: Witbier 5.0% ABV 18 IBU’s OG: 12 SRM: 3 Brewed with: Curaco Peel and Coriander From: Tampa, FL Brewer’s Note: “Pours cloudy straw in color with moderate notes of orange peel, coriander and hints of vanilla. Flavor has upfront citrus with coriander notes that lead into lemon/lime like notes and finishes with citrus and flowers.” The can’s label is a neat old looking map … Continue reading Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale (Cigar City Brewing)

Florence Wheat Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

Style: American Wheat Saison 5% ABV 12º P Malts: Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat Hops: American and European Hops Yeast: Ale Yeast From:  Greensboro, VT Brewer’s Note: “Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, … Continue reading Florence Wheat Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

Weihenstephaner Vitus (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Style: Weizenbock 7.7% ABV 17 IBU’s Calories: 260 kcal/0.5l Original wort: 16.5% by weight Brewer’s Note: “A light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur.  Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel.  Prost!” This bottle varies from other Weihenstephaner bottle leabels, and it … Continue reading Weihenstephaner Vitus (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Style: Hefewizen 5.4% ABV 14 IBU’s Calories: 210 kcal/0.5 l Original wort: 12.7% by weight Brewer’s Note: “Nothing refreshes more than this naturally cloudy weissbeer with its wonderfully rich yeasty taste.  Goes very well with light meals, which are not too strongly flavored – veal sausage in particular.” The bottle is very similar to all the other Weihenstephaner bottles I have reviewed, the only difference … Continue reading Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Style: Kristalweizen 5.4% ABV 16 IBU’s Calories: 230 kcal/0.5l Original wort: 12.7% by weight Brewer’s Note: “The source of its pearling, effervescent taste is the secret fermentation process which we have developed especially for our crystal wheat beer.  It quenches your thirst like no other beer.  With its elegant appearance, it is the specialty of our brewery.  Goes well with fish, seafood and light dishes.” … Continue reading Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Dreamweaver (Tröegs Brewing Company)

Style: Hefeweizen 4.8% ABV 15 IBU’s Color (SRM): Golden, Cloudy Malts: Pilsner, Vienna Wheat: 55% Wheat Hops: German Northern Brewer Yeast: German Wheat Bottled On 4/11/12 This bottle is neat.  I like the bottles that Tröegs make.  The tree and wheat field design is wonderfully cartoonish while still holding an artsy edge.  The bottle is a little crowded on the edges with text which does … Continue reading Dreamweaver (Tröegs Brewing Company)

Hocus Pocus (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale 4.5% ABV 13 IBU’s Yeast: English Ale Hops: Cascade, Columbus Malts: Pale, Malted Wheat, Acidulated Gravity: 11.20 Plato SRM: 4.0 Cap Quote: “A beer in hand is worth 2 in the Fridge”   The mirror image on the label is a nice touch, and the circle style and font choice are both nice; but overall the color scheme just blends together, and the bee just … Continue reading Hocus Pocus (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale 7.5% ABV 64.20 IBU   The bottle is a classic Lagunitas bottle with the red lettering, the green company name and the dog hiding at the bottom.  The “summer girl” lounging on the letters is a nice touch, and the red “Un” added to the “Limited Release” on the side of the label is quirky and cool.  The label seems … Continue reading A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Summer Ale (Samuel Adams Brewery)

The bottle is a meh bottle.  It has the mass produced look and feel that has taken over most of Sam Adam’s beer designs, though I do like the coloring on the banner that declares “Summer Ale.”  Part of my dislike of the style might come from me growing up in New England with the rise of Samuel Adams brewery.  They’ve done great things for … Continue reading Summer Ale (Samuel Adams Brewery)