german beer styles

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Hefeweizen


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Frankenmuth Brewery.  It is their Hefeweizen.  This beer style has really started to grow on me.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on their beers, you know the history of Michigan’s oldest brewery.  If you have not, please, read those posts to get to know this brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a hazel, unfiltered, and strew color without a head on it. The smell is banana. The taste is a banana with a wheat aftertaste. It is an extremely drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Hefeweizen Ale A sweet mixture of spices & fruit with hints of clove and banana, this refreshingly pale German wheat is top fermented, unfiltered and lightly hopped to achieve its smooth, pleasant flavor and unmistakable cloudy appearance.

ABV 5.2%  IBU 13 Great with lighter foods, salads and seafood. Pairs well with lighter desserts.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @fb1862

Closing, if you asked me a year ago, I would be living back in Michigan and loving Hefeweizen.  I would have said you are crazy.  Both of these facts have come true.  I am do not like whites and wheat ales just Hefeweizen.  I love how the Germans make their Hefeweizen and how they influenced the beer world.  I love the cove and banana notes.  Frankenmuth Brewery, who is a German base brewery, knows how to brew those classic German beer styles. I can drink this beer anytime of the year.  I highly recommend this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Frankenmuth Brewery Twisted Helles Summer Lager


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new summer brew from my favorite Michigan brewery which is Frankenmuth Brewery.  The new brew, which is one of my favorite German beer style, is Twisted Helles Summer Lager.  If you read my earlier beer bogs on this brewery’s brews, you know the long and rich history of Frankenmuth Brewery.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts.  Let us get into the brew.

It has a hazel strew to light golden color with constant small bubbles.  It also has a constant white head.  The smell is of malt with a fade orange to lemon notes but to me it is the pilsner malt smell.  The taste of this light body and refreshing lager is malts with a notes of orange and lemon zest.  The aftertaste is crisp with lemon zest finish.  It is extremely drinkable beer and perfect for the hot summer day.

Here is a description from the beer can:

One Sip And It’s Summer

Inspired by Michigan summers, Twisted Helles stands as a monument to everything we love about the season: beaches and BBQs, patios and porch swings, friends and fireworks.  Tinged with mild, yet memorable notes of citrus, this crisp, full-flavored lager is indigenous to happy hours, tailgates and block parties.

Crafted by a brewery that’s lived and loved over 150 summers, Twisted Helles doesn’t just tastee like summer…  It feelslike it.

Here is a description from the beer packaging:

One Sip And It’s Summer

Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers – and so, by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement.  The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness, reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager.

Full-bodied, yet pleasantly quenching… and then there’s the “twist.”  The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home.  Because this one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.

Here is a description from their website (www.twistedhelles.com and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com):

Twisted Helles is inspired by Michigan summers–and so by effect, it’s summer’s perfect complement. The unmistakable presence of German noble hops is perfectly balanced with an elegant maltiness reminding you that bitterness has no place in a true Helles lager. Full-bodied yet pleasantly quenching…and then there’s the “twist.”
The moment you crack open a can your senses are brought to life in both aroma and flavor with finishing hints of orange and lemon zest that bring it all back home. Because this in one summer brew that knows exactly where home is.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.twistedhelles.com (it is a fun site)  and www.frankenmuthbrewery.com

Twitter:  @FB1862

In the end, when I heard Frankenmuth Brewery was coming out with a summer beer, I was like another summer beer that I will not be drinking.  I will have to just keep drinking my IPAs and Pales Ales.  I am not a fan of most spring and summer seasonals.  However, I heard  it was a classic German beer style, I was pretty excited and upset because I could not get it here in Chicago.  When I made it back to Michigan, I made it a point to find this brew to try it and write a review on it.  Helles is one of my favorite German beer style.  I have to say if any craft brewery in the states can do German beer styles.  It is Frankenmuth Brewery.  This Twisted Helles Summer Lager is well made and it is one of the few summer seasonals I will go out of my way to pick up.  The other two summer brews are Sierra Nevada Summer Lager and Two Brothers Dog Days Lager.  I have to say I am not too impressed with those brews but that is what I was force to drink if I wanted a summer brew.  This is a perfect brew for the hot Michigan Summer Days.  Trust me I know all about those days and extremely hot Chicago Summer Days.  Thank you Frankenmuth Brewery for giving this Hophead hope and something to drink in the summer time!  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog DC Brau Else Here Speaks


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from a brewery I want to visit one day.  It is DC Brau and it is their seasonal or limited release called EL Hefe Speaks Limited-Release German-Style Wheat Beer.  If you read my earlier blog on their stout, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not, please, read that beer blog post to get to know this up and coming brewery from the DC area.  Let us get into this brew that I received from a friend.

It has a cloudy yellow with a white head on the beer.  The smell is of bananas in this beer.  The taste is of a heavy bananas to this wheat ale.  The aftertaste is a slight fading banana.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer can:

This traditionally brewed German-Style wheat is our collaboration with Chris Frashier and John “Solly” Solomon, who are both well-known for their delicious brewing work in the Washington DC area.

Here is a description from their website (www.dcbrau.com):

EL HEFE SPEAKS™

We crafted EL HEFE SPEAKS!, our fond farewell to summer, as a collaboration with John Solomon and Chris Frashier. The pair are well known for their fine (and tasty!) work at Old Dominion in Ashburn, VA, during the mid 90’s.

EL HEFE SPEAKS!  is a traditionally brewed German-style Hefe. It is fermented around 65°F and hopped with German Tettnang hops. 11 IBUs and 5.3% ABV make this one extremely drinkable.

If you think it speaks to you as well, definitely try a glass… because it will be gone before you can say “sweater weather”.

“We’re tremendously excited to bring this specialty brew to the District,” said DC Brau Co-Founder and CEO, Brandon Skall, “Working with other local brewers on this project has made presenting the final product even better.”

The beer was brewed at DC Brau in early August. “El Hefe Speaks” uses the Weihenstephaner yeast strain, a classic, popular German wheat beer strain used worldwide.

John Solomon and Chris Frashier have been a part of the DC brewing community for years. The two worked together at Old Dominion Brewing Company in Ashburn, VA before opening Solly’s U Street Tavern. Frashier brewed at Capital City Brewing Company for 7 years before brewing at Old Dominion for 5 years. Solomon worked at Old Dominion for a total of 11 years.

COMING SOON IN 22oz BOMBERS!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.dcbrau.com

Twitter:  @dcbrau

In closing, as many of you know, I am NOT a fan of wheat beers.  However, I have grown a love towards German wheat or German what styles, this is one of those beers.  I really enjoyed this brew and I stun everyone in the room and on twitter.  This is a great brew and it is well balance.  It gives you everything you are looking for in a German wheats.  There is bananas in the aroma and the drinking experience.  I wish I had more and I know they are working on making it in 22oz bottles.  So far everything, I had from this brewery is great.  I highly highly recommend you trying this brew and this brewery’s beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Maui Brewing Bikini Blonde Lager


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In beer blog, here is another beer from Maui Brewing.  The beer is Bikini Blonde Lager.  Of course, it is a can and that makes this beer special because they were one of the few breweries to just can than use bottles.  If you read my beer blog post on their coconut porter, you know the history of this great beer.  If you have not, please, read that beer post.  Let us get into the beer.

This lager has a clear yellow color without a head on it. The smell has a sweet malty to slight citrus to the beer. The taste is something between a pilsner and lager. It is a malty to slight hoppy to the beer. The aftertaste is a crisp but sweet to the beer. Of course, this is a drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer cans:

Bikini Blonde is a fresh handcrafted Helles Lager brewed with the finest German hops and barley, not skimpy on flavor. Bold, smooth, and refreshing!

Here is a description from their website (www.mauibrewingco.com):

Our filtered Munich Helles Lager brewed with floral hops and Pilsner and Munich malts.  This is the closest thing to an American lager from Maui Brewing Co. but not skimpy of flavor.  Bold, smooth and refreshing!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.mauibrewingco.com

Twitter:  @MauiBrewingCo

Aloha, I am not a big fan of wheat ales and lagers.  I get bored pretty quick with lagers, however, this lager gives you something different to a craft beer drinker.  It is a Hellas lager and I really enjoy that German Beer Style.  I love the fact that they get their hops and barley from Germany.  They are still able to give it a light body that fits the tropical weather on Hawaii.  I miss Hawaii but this beer takes me back to that time in my life.  I had some friends bring this back from the Big Island and I want to thank them for it.  If you are able to get this beer or any of their beers, go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Yuengling Brewery Traditional Lager


In this blog, we are going drive to a brewery that I really wished they would come to Chicago.  The brewery and the beer I am talking about is Yuengling Brewery Traditional Lager.  On their label on their beer bottle tells us a little history of this brewery.  They are American’s Oldest Brewery started in 1829 by David Yuengling in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  They brew several different beer styles.  They are tied with Boston Beer Company for most sales from an American owned brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

This beer is a dark copper to light amber in color with no head.  There is a smell. I make it out to explain it but it smells really good. The taste is a sweet carbonation.  It is very drinkable.  This is what an American Lager should taste like not what is being put in your glass today.

Here is a description from their website (www.yuengling.com):

An iconic American lager famous for its rich amber color and medium-bodied flavor – with roasted caramel malt for a subtle sweetness and a combination of cluster and cascade hops, this true original delivers a well- balanced taste with very distinct character.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.yuengling.com

Twitter:  @yuengling_beer

In closing, I really enjoy this beer and just what I said at the top of this blog.  I wish it was here in Chicago and I understand why they do not come here.  This would be my everyday beer if it was here.  This beer is really old school in a very good way.  It is very drinkable with a ton of flavor for being one of the mass produced breweries.  I still believe they are a craft beer but I know many craft beer drinkers do not look at this brewery as a craft brewery.  This is a very good beer and I hope to get back east coast to try their beers.  I hope you can go and get some!  Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Sixpoint Brewery Sweet Action


In this blog, we are going back to New York City in the Brooklyn area.  We are going to check out another beer from the young and upcoming brewery called Sixpoint Brewery.  After talking about Blondes, Redheads, and Brunettes from Fireman’s Brew, it is time for some Sweet Action.  If you read my earlier blog on their Apollo then you have an idea on this brewery, let us get into this great beer.

This beer has a nice copper color with next to no head to it.  The smell is earthy to piney. The taste is a carbonation to citrus overload with a hoppy aftertaste.  It is very drinkable beer. It ia full body with a ton of favor going on in it.

Here is a description from their can:

Ah love is bitter and sweet, but which is more sweet the bitterness or the sweetness, none has spoken it.  Sweet Action is an idea; a concept.  It is simple representation of what makes beer great – the marriage of barley and hops, in a harmonious balance of sweet and bitter.

Here is a description form their website (www.sixpoint.com):

Ah love is bitter and sweet, but which is more sweet…
The original Sixpoint style- hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it. Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale- all Sweet Action.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Twitter: @sixpoint

In closing, this beer is different beer then what is out there and I have had in a long time.  It has the best of three different worlds.  The three worlds are part wheat, pale, and cream ale.  I was pretty scary to try this beer because of the part wheat in it, which if you read my earlier blogs you know I am not a fan of wheat ales.  I will try a beer at least three times before I draw my judgement on it.   I am not going to say this is my favorite beer from this brewery or on the market because that would be a flat-out lie.  I love their Resin, which I do need a write a blog on it, but I could see myself buying this beer here and there to enjoy it.  This is a very good beer and I can see many beer drinkers enjoying it.  I have been writing blogs on beers that are not in Chicago Market and I am happy that this brewery and their beers are available in Chicago.  Go get some!  Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser