Six Pack Sunday #2

 

Six pack sunday

Hello every one and welcome to another six pack Sunday! I dropped by a local liquor store that has a fantastic beer selection and picked up six new brews to enjoy and review. Most of these I haven’t tried before so it should be a fun night. We are going to do a bit of traveling tonight so on to our first beer:

Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 5%

Ibu 4

This brew comes to us from Munich Germany. It pours a beautiful golden yellow that is a bit more translucent than I would expect from this style. The head is big, bubbly and a bright white. The nose has a subtle sweetness with strong banana and a light aroma of cloves. The taste is strong with banana which is typical for this style. If the beer claims that it is a German Hefe Weisbier, and it doesn’t taste like banana then they are doing something horribly wrong. The cloves are fairly restrained in the taste. I poured this only slightly below room temperature as this is the proper way to serve this style of beer so there wasn’t a lot of change to the taste profile as it warmed. Unlike a bitter IPA, this beer doesn’t need to be served ice cold and is best at room temperature. Over all, I like this beer and this style was my introduction into the world of beer. It is what got me comfortable with branching out and trying more styles. 4.25/5

 

Hangzhou Quiandaohu Beer Co. Lucky Buddha

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 4.8%

Ibu. Unknown

This is my first beer from China and just like all of their toys at the dollar store, it doesn’t stand up. Don’t ask me how to pronounce the name of this brewery and honestly, I looked and couldn’t find much information on them other than the fact that the brewery is named after a near by lake. The beer caught my eye because of its really cool bottle. It is in the shape of a little green Buddha and if that isn’t a good reason to buy it I don’t know what is. Unfortunately the bottle was about the most impressive thing about this beer. It’s a pilsner, pours a ghostly yellow and you almost wouldn’t be able to tell It’s in the glass. I am not at all familiar with Asian beers so maybe the funky smell is normal but to be honest, it was off putting. As “interesting” as the odor was, I almost wish that it carried over to the flavor because it really doesn’t have much. I suppose you could drink a bunch of these on a hot summer day but the bottle is the only reason to buy it and now I have one so there is no need to sample it again. 1/5

 

Leffe Blonde

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Poured from an 11.2oz bottle

Abv. 6.6%

Ibu. 20

Continuing our world travels, we stop by Belgium to sample a Leffe blonde, the flagship beer of the Leffe brewery. I’m a sucker for a nice bottle with a foil wrap but I usually find that my expectations are too high. This however is a fine beer for a fine bottle. It pours a rich yellow almost drifting into orange. The head is big, pure white and just keeps going and going fed by a constant stream of tiny bubbles that give it the look of champagne. Cloves are strong in both the nose and taste which was surprising from a blonde. This beer is bright on the tongue and really pleasant to drink. 4.5/5

 

Charleville Brewing Tornado Alley Amber

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 5.6%

Ibu. 27

We’ve been traveling the world on this six pack Sunday but I’m feeling a bit homesick. We have also been keeping on the lighter side so far. I’m thinking that we need to start heading to the darker side of the force and we are coming back to the states for this one. This is a big American amber with a rich dark red color. The head is a light tan that dissipates quickly. The nose is deep and malty with a strong fruity aroma. Cranberries maybe? The Flavor profile is complex with this one. If I had a few of them I could really nail it down. I get the malty character I got on the nose as well as the cranberries, but not the harsh tartness that you expect from cranberries. The complexity of the palate makes this less easy drinking than a lot of ambers I’ve had but sometimes it’s nice to have a more contemplative experience. 4/5

 

O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate

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Poured from a 12oz bottle

Abv. 5.7%

Ibu. 10

Staying in the US I decided to try an interesting idea from an old favorite brewery O’Fallon. I say that this is an interesting idea because this is a dark ale with cherry and chocolate. Now I do love the taste of chocolate in a beer but it can be easy to mess it up and I find that cherry in anything alcoholic tends to taste like cough syrup, so lets see if O’Fallon managed to pull a rabbit out of their hat. It pours like a soda (It’s soda not pop and if you dare refer to all soda as coke I swear I will slap you. Get it right!) by this I mean that it pours very fizzy but it doesn’t really retain any head. In my mind this is a bad omen but i’m trying to keep an open mind here. As for the nose, they really nailed what they where going for. It smells like a cherry tootsie pop. Strong, strong very strong super sweet cherry aroma with a muted chocolate mixed in. Ok lets give it a taste because it is warming and I’m getting a feeling that that might not be a good thing. (keep an open mind Alex) Wow! The cherry is much more restrained than I would have expected from the nose! In my mind this is a good thing. The chocolate is also dulled down but not in a bad way. Ok so you are enjoying a cherry tootsie pop. The thought of those old commercials comes to mind. You know the one I mean. “Mr. Owl how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? One…. Two…. Three…. crunch….. three.” Just like the smarmy looking cartoon owl, you crunch into it and take most of the cherry candy coating with you. What is left is a chunk of tootsie roll with little bits of candy around the stick. You pull the rest off the stick with your teeth. This last bit is exactly what this beer tastes like. I’m not sure how many of them I could have in a row, but this is an excellent choice for your friend or significant other who “doesn’t like beer”. We all have one and it’s infuriating. 3.25/5

Guinness Black Lager

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Poured from a 11.2oz bottle

Abv. 4.5%

Ibu. 22

Ok, another example of Guinness branching out. I swear I will do a collection of the standard offerings of some of these breweries but I’m putting it off because it sounds boring to review a beer that I’ve had countless times. However we are traveling abroad again. Ireland the land of four leaf clovers guinness, jameson and……… Is that it? Surely not. America is lousy at teaching you about other cultures. Wow am I getting distracted. The beer. Pours black as its name suggests with a medium tan head that goes away in a few minutes. The nose has a surprisingly strong smell of toffee and a lot of caramel. I hope it tastes like it smells. The bottle says drink it ice cold so lets dig in. I had to sip this three times to get a grasp on what I was tasting. The toffee comes in powerfully at the start with a light earthy middle and finishes with a lightly sour mouth feel that we have come to expect from Guinness. Overall I had given up hope on Guinness’s attempts to break away from their flagship beer but this one has brought me back. This Is a rich creamy beer that I just don’t expect from a lager. 4.25/5

Well that’s all I’ve got for you today. We did a world tour and I added a few badges to my untapped account in the process. I hope you found this edition of six pack Sunday entertaining and useful.  I will try to put posts up more regularly. If you like the blog please share it with your friends. You can go ahead and highlight the URL in your address bar and copy and paste it in an e-mail or text to your beer loving buddies. Go ahead and do it now while you remember. I’ll wait…………. Did you do it? I’m not hearing the sound of clicking. Well I’m sure you will get around to it. Good Night. I’ve got to go work an overnight shift tomorrow so I’m going to bed. Maybe after one more beer. Bye!

 

Author: Alexander

Founder and head writer of this blog

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