Moonglow Weizenbock

Beer-a-Day #338 Victory Moonglow Weizenbock

This dark amber wheat beer features fruity and spicy aromas galore.  Significant strength underlies the pleasant citric appeal of this bock beer. Redolent with the flavors of harvest fruit, Moonglow typifies the traditional weizenbock-style so thoroughly enjoyed throughout Bavaria. Left unfiltered, its unique yeast strain gives Moonglow a radiance all its own.

Deep amber with a couple fingers’ worth of head. Lots of fruit and spice in the aroma. Full of flavor, with yeast, malt, and spice.

Victory Brewing Company Moonglow Weizenbock

Hell or High Watermelon

Beer-a-Day #336 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

The definition of summer in a pint glass. This unique, American-style wheat beer, is brewed with 400 lbs. of fresh pressed watermelon in each batch. Light turbid, straw color, with the taste and essence of fresh watermelon. Finishes dry and clean. 5.5% ABV – 17 IBUs

Summer is but a memory. It’s currently cold and rainy outside. The beauty of beer, though, is that it can take you anywhere. And where I’d like to be right now is lounging in my hammock on a lazy summer day.

Pale yellow with a little haze. I was afraid the watermelon would smell like a Jolly Rancher, but it’s not nearly as overt. Taste is light, but I’m not sure about it. Maybe it’s because I’m not a big fan of watermelon. Still, considering my experiences with fruit beer, it’s not too bad.

21st Amendment Brewery

Pyramid Audacious Apricot Ale

pyramid-audacious-apricotBeer-a-Day #223

Our flavorful apricot ale boldly combines the taste and aroma of fresh apricot with the smooth finish of wheat malt. Its refreshingly unfiltered character and fruit flavor make it an ale worth savoring.

Clear orange with a white head. The apricot aroma fairly overpowers anything else. The taste has a similar issue. It’s not bad, but it’s just not beery enough.

Pyramid Audacious Apricot Ale

Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen

Beer-a-Day #212Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen

The standard by which all other wheat beers are judged. Our deliciously deranged American-Style Hefeweizen is an award winning take on this Bavarian classic. This refreshingly unfiltered wheat ale delivers a distinctively smooth flavor worth sharing with friends.

There were huge delays on the commuter train today, giving me the opportunity to stand around in 90+ degree heat for over an hour, to sit between two other hot and tired commuters for another hour-and-a-half, and to get home over two hours late. I deserve this beer.

Dark yellow with typical wheat haze. Banana and cloves in the aroma. A little bready in the flavor, but otherwise a nice, crisp hefeweizen. Refreshing. I’d gladly have this again.

Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen

Victory Sunrise Weissbier

Victory SunriseBeer-a-Day #215

As invigorating as the morning rays of the summer sun, Sunrise Weissbier satisfies when the heat is on, too. This unfiltered, Bavarian style ale is true to its origins with all ingredients except for the water having been imported from Germany. It remains unfiltered to feature the tangy, fruity flavors of its unique yeast. The imported German malt contributes greatly to add a crisp, citric snap that makes this beer a superb summertime refresher.

Hazy orangish-yellow with a nice head. A little orange marmalade in the aroma. A little of the banana in the taste and very “wheat-y”. It’s good, for a wheat beer.

Victory Sunrise Weissbier

Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale

Jersey Summer Breakfast AleBeer-a-Day #187

This is a beer I scored in the aftermath of Max & Don’s birthday barbecue. You can be certain that I’m never going to see one of these at a local retailer down this way.

Golden color and slightly hazy, with little to no head. Very much like a witbier, but not quite. Banana and clove in the aroma and the flavor follows, with a little sweetness and little to no bitterness.

The Hop Talk Advisory Council has informed me that every time I sample a wheat beer I take pains to mention that I don’t generally like wheat beers but the one I happen to be sampling always meets with my satisfaction. So I won’t do that here. I will say, however, that it’s not what I expected.

Cricket Hill Brewery

Widmer Update

widmer hefeweizenOn my recent trip to Austin Texas I saw the Widmer Hefeweizen on tap which I know I’ve had before but it was so long ago that I don’t even remember it. I reviewed the Widmer Drifter back in January and really loved it so I just had to try a tall glass of the Hefeweizen. I’m glad I did. It was great – it was a bright golden yellow with a thick chill haze. The citrus hop and yeast aroma was delightful and the taste that followed was refreshing and well balanced. One of the best wheat beers I’ve ever had.

I recalled that distribution of Widmer to the northeastern U.S. was very spotty, even though I was told otherwise, but I was in for a pleasant surprise when I returned home. When I took a trip to restock my beer from my local candy store I found new candy. Widmer’s Drifter, Hefeweizen, and Top Dog Amber were sitting the shelf. They were also reasonably priced.

I grabbed the Drifter (my new “go to”) and the amber which I found to be very nice, just not my favorite style. I’ve already gone back for more of the Hefeweizen (which they have carried in the past, by the way) because it is such a great summer beer.

Now if I could only get my hands on their Broken Halo IPA…