Yearly Archives: 2015

Kiuchi Brewery – Kitachino Nest – White Ale

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Kiuchi Brewery is a brewery in Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. It was established in 1823 by village headman Kiuchi Gihei as a sake and shochu producer. Craft beer production began in 1996 after a change in Japanese law governing micro brewing.

I bought this beer at the Salling store in Aarhus, Denmark at the price of 4,5 Euro for a 330 ml bottle at 5,5%.

White to light yellow in the colour and slightly hazy.

Small head that quickly disappears.

Light hops and sourish aroma.

Light CO2, sweet and fresh fruit with a sourish finish, some wheat in the after taste.

Overall rating 73 / 100

Det Lille Bryggeri – Hvid Vinter

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The Small Brewery (Det Lille Bryggeri) was founded in 2009 in Ringsted, Denmark. It is a micro brewery that is run as a one man business by the brewery himself.

I bought this beer at a local Christmas market in Odense, Denmark at the price of 6 Euro for a 500ml bottle at 7,9%. I bought it from the brewer himself that was at the market with his products.

A thick and very hazy yellow colour, it almost seems brown in it. Very porridge in its image.

Small head with a semi fine top.

Flowered with some fruit in the aroma.

Heavy CO2, flowers, fruit and goes straight into bock style with its massive sweetness. A good fusion beer that tries to land somewhere between bock, weissbier and wit and actually succeeds in doing so. It would have been perfect with some spiced play to the after taste.

Overall rating 80 / 100

Midtfyns – Holm – Wheat Christmas

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Midtfyns brew house was founded in 2004 in Årslev, Denmark. It is a micro brewery that started out brewing beer on license from Scotland but since 2006 they have used their own recipes and develop their own new beers.

I bought this beer in a local super market called Kvickly in Odense, Denmark at the price of 6 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,6%. Top of label is unfortunately missing.

A fine looking yellow that is thick and hazy.

Exploding right from the opening, the glass had to be put in place at lightning speed not to spill it. Gigantic head with a fine top.

Powerful fruit with good sweetness in the aroma. Slightly bitter from the hops but very inviting.

Heavy CO2 and a good balance between fruit and hops, spiced notes and after taste is dominated by the hops. A good wheat beer that certainly makes one think of a good wit.

Overall rating 86 / 100

Weltenburger – Hefe-weissbier Dunkel

 

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The Weltenburger monastary is founded around year 617 on the southern banks of the Danube river in Bayern, Germany. The brewery was built in 1050 which makes it the 2nd oldest brewery in the world. This day today there is 14 monks living at the Weltenburger monastary.

I bought this unfiltered weissbeer from a German webshop at the price of 1,49 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,3%.

Deep brown colour with a thick and hazy look.

Medium sized head with a fine top.

Medium aroma with fresh darkness and sweet fruit.

Good CO2, good balance between the dark and the fruit. Long after taste with a sweet fruit.

Overall rating 82 / 100

Kuchlbauer Sportsfreund Leichte Dunkle Weisse

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Kuchlbauer brewery was founded in year 1300 in Abensberg, Germany.

Besides being a weissbier brewery, Kuchlbauer is very known for its art collection / decorated brewery and especially the Kuchlbauer Tower, an observation tower designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser on the grounds of the Kuchlbauer Brewery.  The tower stands 35.14 meter tall and the gold-plated observation ball at the top is 10-meter in diameter and weighs 12 metric ton. The tower was opened to visitors in January 2010.

I bought this unfiltered weissbeer from a German webshop at the price of 1,49 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 2,8%.

Brown to deep orange in the colour, nice and smooth hazy look.

Big head with a fine top.

Medium darkness and caramel in the aroma with a sweet fruit alongside.

Good CO2, dark and lightly fruited, a little too thin in the taste.

Overall rating 74 / 100

Kuchlbauer Weisse

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Kuchlbauer brewery was founded in year 1300 in Abensberg, Germany.

Besides being a weissbier brewery, Kuchlbauer is very known for its art collection / decorated brewery and especially the Kuchlbauer Tower, an observation tower designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser on the grounds of the Kuchlbauer Brewery.  The tower stands 35.14 meter tall and the gold-plated observation ball at the top is 10-meter in diameter and weighs 12 metric ton. The tower was opened to visitors in January 2010.

I bought this unfiltered weissbeer from a German webshop at the price of 1,49 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,2%.

Good looking deep yellow going to orange in the colour.

Big head with a fine top, slowly disappears as the beer is consumed.

Lightly fruited aroma with a sweetness.

Good CO2, sweet and delicious fruit, feels good in the mouth, full bodied and balanced. Some banana in the after taste.

Overall rating 85 / 100

Weihenstaphaner – Vitus

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The Weihenstephan Abbey was funded by the Benedictine monks in 725 and in 1040 they established what is now the oldest still operational brewery, in the world. The brewery is now owned by the state of Bavaria and is closely related to the technical university of Munich where studies on brewing and beverage manufacturing is a graduate program.

I bought this unfiltered weissbeer from a German webshop at the price of 1,49 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 7,7%.

Good looking hazy yellow beer.

Gigantic head with the finest of fine on the top.

Powerful aroma that explodes with fruit, banana and sums up the whole body of the beer.

Low CO2, full bodied fruit that is very heavy, extremely sweet in the after taste. There is no sign in the taste of the high alcohol content.

Overall rating 79 / 100 

Arcobräu – Weissbier Hell

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First recorded reference to the Schlossbrauerei Moos relates to the handover from Stephan Trainer to his son-in-law Johann Albrecht von Preysing in 1567. In 1619 a large fire destroys the brewery, agricultural buildings and castle. Restoration by Count Warmund von Preysing starts with the brewery and the agricultural buildings. In 1789 Johann Kaspar I Count of Preysing combines the breweries Aholming and Moos. He creates the foundation of today’s brewery from the stones.

The first experiments to create Weissbier are made in 1826. In 1887 Konrad Count of Preysing introduces mechanical processes into the brewery. After the death of Count Kaspar von Preysing in 1940, his sister Maria Theresia Countess von und zu Arco-Zinnenberg succeeds him. Count Ulrich Philip von und zu Arco-Zinneberg combines all breweries owned by the Count’s family under the name of Arcobräu. The so-called Schlossbrauerei Moos becomes the headquarters in 1960. In 1992 several breweries in Schwandorf, Straubing and in the Bäder triangle are incorporated into Arcobräu over the years which leading to an expansion of the distribution area.

I bought this unfiltered weissbeer from a wine shop located that the main shopping street of Aarhus, Denmark at the price of 3,5 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,3%.

Good looking orange in the colour.

Medium sized head and fine on the top.

Light aroma compromised of fruits and sweetness.

Almost violently CO2 level, wheated with a sweet fruit in the after taste.

Overall rating 75 / 100

Hofbräu München – Münchner Weisse

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The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, Munich’s famous “hofbrauhaus”, was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. It was originally founded as the brewery to the old Royal Residence, which at that time was situated just around the corner from where the beer hall stands today in Germany. Maximilian I, Wilhelm’s son and heir, did not care much for the popular Braunbier, which was the dark and heavy brown beer. So, in the beginning of the 17th century Maximilian I turned the brewery’s focus onto wheat beers and forbade all other private breweries to brew wheat beer thus creating a monopoly.

I bought this unfiltered weissbier from a wine shop in Rieti, Italy at the price of 4,5 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 5,1%.

Good looking yellow and orange in the colour.

Medium head with a fine top that disperses slowly.

Sweet fruit and with a hint of hops in the aroma.

Good CO2, sweet fruit with clear taste of banana, balanced, long after taste full of spices and generally a heavy feeling to it.

Overall rating 84 / 100

Indslev bryggeri – Sort hvede

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Indslev brewery was established in 1897 by Frederik Christian Rasmussen. At some point the brewery was closed down, but in 2005 restored to former glory with brand new production equipment. The re-opening was made possible by Anders Busse Rasmussen, grand grand nephew of Frederik Christian Rasmussen.

A medium head that is brown and it is gone in about 30 seconds.

Totally and completely black in the colour.

The aroma is dominated by dark caramel with hints of fruit and wheat.

Low CO2, it has a burned, dark and long lasting sweet, but flat, dark fruit in the taste. Simply too dark and thick.

Overall rating 72 /100