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Uerige Altbier

Posted in foreign beer with tags , , on March 13, 2017 by beertruckdriver

Uerige Altbier isn’t cheap at $3.95 per 330 ml bottle at the LCBO, but it does come in a really cool bottle.

It’s skinny and has a very long neck. The clerk at the store commented, “Well this bottle is unique.” The beer itself is alright, though not the greatest beer I’ve ever had, which is what the online commentary would suggest it should be. Uerige pours a chocolate colour with a thick beige head. It’s quite carbonated The flavour has hints of malt and dark chocolate and just a splash of cherry. The finish balances the flavour with its bitterness.


Weihenstephaner Vitus

Posted in foreign beer with tags , , , on March 9, 2013 by beertruckdriver

After I bought a 500 ml  bottle of Weihenstephaner Vitus, a Weizenbock, I looked at the back of the bottle and saw it was 7.7%. “Someone’s about to enjoy a big beer buzz,” I said. Weizenbock’s are basically stronger versions of Hefeweizens. A good site for explanations of German beer styles can be found here.

Vitus pours much like your traditional wheat or white ale with an opaque light yellow body. However, the head is much thicker. In fact, the foam started to slowly rise after I opened the bottle and it was slow, not like the effect you get with fobbing. After the pour, the beer will take awhile to settle. The aroma, not surprisingly, if you’ve ever had something like Hoegaarden, is very citrusy with hints of banana. The flavour starts with sweet malts and hints of caramel and moves to mild hoppiness, but with the banana and fruit flavour.   The finish is mild spice flavour. The strong alcohol content does not show itself in this beer and this is a great wheat ale.

Creemore Springs Kellerbier

Posted in Domestic Beers, foreign beer with tags , , , , on August 19, 2011 by beertruckdriver

This lager is advertised as being unfiltered and generously hopped. “Kellerbier” refers to a method where German beer was brewed straight in a brewmaster’s cellar using aromatic hops often used late in the brewing process. It is a type of cask beer.

Because Creemore’s kellerbier is unfiltered, as per the tradition of a kellerbier, the head is very thick and off-white. The body is reddish amber and opaque, similar to many wheat ales. The aroma is a little grassy, but a little sour. It’s the only turn off here for myself. The flavour is hoppy with spice and citrus notes to it. The finish is very spicy and hoppy, but just below the point where one would say the kick is too bitter. An excellent new choice available at your LCBO. According to the Beer Store’s website it is not yet available there. To read more about kellerbier, you can go to this article from the German Beer Institute.

Lowenbrau Original

Posted in foreign beer, Travel with tags , , , on November 28, 2010 by beertruckdriver

Time for another German beer readily available at your LCBO.

Lowenbrau is a beer brewed in Munich, perhaps the ultimate capital of beer tourism. The body is a straw colour, but with a really frothy head.  The aroma is that of, um, beer. It’s really nothing special. The taste is alright, though. It has mild hoppiness and a mild-to-bitter finish. It should not be considered as a great beer to drink during Oktoberfest in Munich. Lowenbrau is not the best representative there is of a Bavarian beer,  but it’s an alright beer to sip at home while watching the Leafs (usually losing).


Posted in foreign beer with tags , , , , on November 9, 2010 by beertruckdriver

Sometimes a beer can get a good reputation based on the country it’s from. Some might say they prefer Belgian beers, Czech beers, etc. DAB Original may fall into this, being a German beer. To me it is proof a bad beer knows no borders. DAB Original, with the DAB standing for Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei, is a lager. Its colour reflects this with a straw yellow body. The foamy head fizzes away fast. The original aroma of grass and grain fades away fast as well. The flavour is really that of your typical lager with just a little more power and bitterness in the finish. However, when poured in a glass, the beer seems to fizz out and starts to go flat about halfway through.

OK, maybe I’m being a little too harsh in my review when I say it’s straight-out bad, but I won’t accept that DAB Original is significantly better than the typical bottle of Canadian or stuff you buy at a dive on a Saturday night. Dab Original’s price ($1.95 for a 500 ml can at the LCBO) reflects its value more than its country of origin.

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse and Munchener Gold

Posted in foreign beer with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by beertruckdriver

I had never heard of Hacker-Pschorr, until recently, though it seems to be a quite popular label in Germany and Europe. I first read about it while reading about bars for fans of particular World Cup teams in Toronto. I kept coming across it as being served at German bars. Since then, I’m suddenly seeing it quite often in Toronto. Hacker-Pschorr is a German brewer of many beers under its label, including Hefe Weisse and Muenchener Gold.

Hefe Weisse has a golden opaque body and pours with a fairly thick off-white head, similar to Belgium’s Hoegaarden, a “witbier,” though slightly darker. The taste is very similar to Hoegaarden as well, though perhaps a touch spicier and a little heavier. It has a citrus aroma and strong citrus/fruity taste. I’m not a fan of beers with strong citrus tastes, but fans of Hoegaarden should try this. Snobs on beer rating sites seem to love it.

Muenchener Gold, a German lager, or “helles bier,” has a very golden, translucent body. It has a thick, pure white head. Its aroma is rather weak, but it has a very malty, flavourful taste. At 5.5% abv, it is stronger, but if you’re someone who likes a strong beer that tastes well-crafted, this is an excellent choice.