Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 09 – Burly Goat Weizenbock – Granville Island Brewing
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Thanks go out to Phil for the beer I’m having Today.
This is yet another offering from Granville Island Brewing‘s black notebook series. I quite enjoyed the last one – the One-Two Punch Belgian IPA (reviewed here) so I am looking forward to giving this one a go.
Stats: OG 19ºP / BU 35 / 650ML / 7.9% alc. vol / Darky Ruby
I’ve never had a Weizenbock (pronounced veye-tssen-bock) but I gather it is a stronger unfiltered version of a Hefeweizen, at least that’s what this cool website tells me. In fact – let’s go to beer school and quote from the website shall we:
Comparable to the barley-based regular Bockbier (see there) a Weizenbock is the strong version of an unfiltered Weissbier or Hefeweizen. It is usually made with 60 to 70% wheat malt (German law requires that a Weizenbier, regardless of strength, be made from at least 50% wheat). The other 30 to 40% tend to be so-called Pils, Vienna or Munich malts. These are pale to amber, and sometimes slightly caramelized barley malts that give the beer a full-bodied mouthfeel, a rich and satisfying malty finish, and—depending on the barley malt’s color—a more or less opaque appearance. While regular Bockbiers are lagers, Weizenbocks are all ales. They are fermented with a special yeast that gives the brew a slightly spicy, clove-like flavor. For more on German wheat beers, see Weissbier.
There we have it – that’s what we can expect, now let’s crack open the bottle and see what the story is.
The beer pours a dark ruby, appears unfiltered and has very pretty head with uniform bubbling. The head wants to stay around a good while.
Let’s check the aroma – cloves, banana, wheat.
Let’s taste: SO DELICIOUS! I’m not joking. I really like this beer. The Hefeweizen is one of my favorite beer styles, so a more flavourful and bold version is very welcome.
The Verdict: This is a contender for my favorite Beermas 2013-2014 beer. Rebuy again and again.
Cheers and see you on Beermas Day 10!
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