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Wigram - Muncher - DunkelTasted 29 July 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand

The Aviator picture on the front refers to the now deactivated Wigram RNZAF Base.

The beer is really good and true to style. Dark amber in colour with a big, dense off white head.

Aromas of grilled nuts, chocolate malt and yeast. The palate is smooth and medium bodied with a soft maltiness, subtle coffee, toasty and nutty. Nice mild bitterness on the finish. This is a very good session beer that is uncomplicated and pleasantly flavoured.

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Tasted 29 July 2009. 330ml bottle, 7.0% Alc/Vol

Australia

Holgate - Hopinator - Double IPAIt’s been a while since I tried this beer and now I’m wondering why. This is arguably their best beer and in my opinion the best example of its style in Australia.

Dark amber colour. Big whopping piney hop aromas and caramel malt that gets the mouth watering. The palate is evenly flavoured and full, soft and smooth. Big malt and hops character again. Subtle citrus and roasted nuttiness appear along with hoppy spice. The bitterness is well distributed and very intense. A soft creamy malty character helps sooth the beasty hops that linger pleasantly well afterwards. An excellent double IPA.

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Tasted 22 July 2009. 330ml bottle, 7.9% Alc/Vol.

Australia

Red Hill Brewery - WeizenbockRed Hill brewery describes this as “our tall, dark and strong German”. This is very true to style and a little lighter than last year’s edition…..and very complex.

A blend of Vienna, Chocolate and Wheat malts and the breweries own Tettnanger and Halletauer hops.
The colour is caramel with a light brown head with nutty, burnt toffee and chocolate aromas.

Richly flavoured, softly textured and fairly light in body, there is plenty of chocolate malt character, banana, burnt toffee, wheat and subtle clove like spice. Subtle hops are deftly used and spread evenly from front to back palate and linger nicely well after.
Red Hill Brewery continues to do good things. This is a really nice beer.

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Tasted 21 July 2009. 330ml, 9.5% Alc/Vol.

Belgium

First I must say, this is a ripping beer. If anyone thinks there is a better Triple available in Australia I’d be happy to hear about it. This one is my favourite.

Westmalle - Triple - 330mlCloudy yellow in colour. Very yeasty on the nose with orange zest and hints of malty vanilla and banana.

The palate is exquisitely balanced. Everything seems well integrated. Deceptively light in body too. Spicy, yeasty, creamy, malty vanilla and a strong citrus character. Bitterness is woven throughout and lingers long at the finish. Alcohol warmth is there and well held. Crisp carbonation gives a pleasant freshness to the finish.

This is a beautifully balanced and complex beer.

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Tasted Tuesday 21 July 2009. 330ml, 5.2% Alc/Vol.

Australia

Brew Boys - Schweinhund - HefeweizenPig-dog. A derogatory term in German. Why this beer is called this I don’t know. Maybe they had a run in with some Germans. I’ll find out anyway.

These guys make good beer and this is no exception. I am mostly disappointed with the wheat beer styles in Australia so this stands tall as the best (that I have tried). It is a very good interpretation of a Hefeweizen. Cloudy orange/yellow colour. The aromas are malty with banana, caramel, citrus, and a hint of clove spice.

The palate is very malty, full and soft. Caramel, banana, orange zest, clove, crisp carbonation, bready yeastiness and low bitterness combine to make a very pleasant and balanced beer. Not one flavour really stands out. If anything it is a bit short but that is a small criticism. A really nice beer.

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Tasted 14 July 2009. 330ml bottle, 8%Alc/Vol

Belgium

Three grains – Oats, Wheat and Barley are represented here.
A blond style that is light, smooth and fruity.
Pale yellow in colour with a short lasting head. The aromas are quite fruity with lemon, clove spice and grassy notes.
On the palate it is light in body with a subtle creamy texture. Hints of caramel too as well as lemon, banana and clove spice, all wrapped up with a soft wheaty mouth feel. The alcohol is barely perceptible. No flavour seems to really dominate and the beer comes across as very well balanced and well made.

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Tasted 15 July 2009. 500ml bottle, 8.2% Alc/Vol.

Germany.

Schneider Weiss - Hopfen WeissThis beer is a collaboration between two long time friends, Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler and Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver.
It pours a cloudy, golden yellow in colour. The nose is quite intense with plenty of coriander spice, malt, and clove and citrus.
The palate is where it is at. Full and rich with a soft wheaty character, lemon, coriander spice, clove, warm slightly oily alcohol and a sharp lemon and orange rind zest that flows seamlessly into a bitter hop finish.
Not for everyone but bloody well worth a try!

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