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January 23, 2012

Wittekerke Witbier Review 1.23.2012

Belgium Wittekerke Witbier

Belgium's Wittekerke Witbier

TBR’s Take on Wittekerke Witbier
File Date: 1.23.2012

File Name: I want to drink so I must be sane.
The Beer: Wittekerke
Type: Witbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Brouweij Bavik
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Belgium
Brewer Info: In August 1894 founded Adolphe De Brabandere farmer on the “Hof ter Coulter” an application to the municipality of Bavikhove to “one brewery building.” One of his children, Joseph De Brabandere, made the same year his first brew. The Brabandere Joseph died in 1929 age of 54. After a difficult period, his son Albert the reins of the brewery owned, so the company is under a steady momentum of growth. What the beer bars and 1950 only to individuals was sold, was started in 1950 with exports to beer retailers. It was also during this period that the Lager beer began to rise. Previously it was mainly brewed beer table, next to the barrels of beer that was delivered to the pubs. an old truck unloading bierHet sales network was expanded through the bars and beer merchants could Bavik and the Bon-Val products obtained in West and East Flanders and Hainaut.

tbr-bavik-insertBrewer Brand Hype: WITTEKERKE charms you with its own character, smooth taste and a unique delicious aroma. A very pleasant drink, light in alcohol with a crisp and refreshing flavor. WITTEKERKE is always served cold, but in taking your time to enjoy it, you will find more flowery and spring flavors towards the end of your glass. Although the hoppy bitterness is an underlying taste, it is never dominant. Perfect white head. WITTEKERKE is a fictitious name for a typical Flemish town, like we find hundreds of villages in Flanders with a name ending on KERKE (church) or KAPELLE (chapel). WITTE means white in English, thus the translation of the name is WHITE CHURCH. The Bavik brewery has since a long time brewed its own authentic WIT beer under the “Bavik Wit” label, but the brewery chose to change the name in cooperation with the producers of the Belgian sit-com “WITTEKERKE”, airing twice a week in prime-time on the Belgian TV channels. The actors drink WITTEKERKE during the show.
Label: Authentic Belgian Wheat Beer. Originally brewed and bottled in Belgium by Bavik brewery.

The Brewski Review: I’ve been having some terrible employee drama in my department. No one wants to get along anymore so I’m ready to fire them all. Just kidding. It’s too hard to find quality individuals these days regardless of the high unemployment numbers that seem to lay stagnant out there in the heavy morning dew the government showers down upon us each week.  The departmental drama….yes, it does truly exist. It’s enough to make a sane man drink heavily. Which leads me to my desire to come home for a nice cold beer. I was excited to pull this Witbier out of the fridge and garnish it with a slice or two of orange before pounding it. First off, I had serious problems getting the sediment swirled off the bottom of the bottle. I actually had to pour some beer back in to work some free. Needless to say, the effort proved only half successful. Could this be the reason for the uncharacteristic taste? Possible so. It wasn’t like any other Witbier I’ve tasted, or enjoyed for that fact. To tolorate the beer I had to drop about half an orange in the glass – drinking pulp with each swig. I’ve never had a unpleasant wheat beer from Belgium before so I’ll have to try this brand another time for an updated review. Until then, the rating IS what it IS.

Drinkability: I’ll try again.
Appearance: Very light golden color – too clear for witbier.
The Buds: Very unusual tasting – almost too bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Bavik is a small sponser of this off-road rally team (given the prominence of the company logo on the truck, they must not supply much more than a few six packs every now and then.)

Wittekerke is a small sponser of this off-road rally team (given the prominence of the company logo on the truck, they must not supply much more than a few six packs every now and then.)

Bavik also sponsors a balloon. Nice way to advertise.

Bavik also sponsors a balloon. Nice way to advertise.

January 1, 2012

Leinie’s Euro Style Dark Lager Beer Review 1.2.12

Yummy creamy goodness in every swig.

Yummy creamy goodness in every swig.

TBR Reports on Leinie’s Creamy Euro Dark Lager
File Date: 1.2.2012

File Name: Could Leinie Be My New Fav Brewer?
The Beer: Creamy Dark
Type: Euro Dark Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. (MillerCoors)
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, the seventh-oldest brewery in the United States, is the oldest business in Chippewa Falls and one of the oldest in the state.  Our commitment and tradition of brewing quality products is matched only by the wants of generations of genuine beer-loving customers.  The origin of the name Wisconsin is Ojibwan.  To the Ojibwa, Wisconsin means gathering of the waters.  It was the waters of the Chippewa River, Duncan Creek and the Big Eddy Springs where Jacob Leinenkugel Found a home for his brewery in 1867.  The Leinenkugel brewing legacy in the United States continues today, more than 140 years and five generations later.

leinie-neonBrewer Brand Hype: Deliciously dark and surprisingly smooth, Creamy Dark is brewed with a rich blend of seven malts for a nutty, crisp flavor. We then age it slowly for its deep, dark color and creamy, easy-drinking taste.
Label: Lager With a Unique Blend of Four Barley Malts, Cluster, Cascade and Mount Hood Hops. Brewed with pride by the
Leinenkugel Family Since 1867. Carefully Brewed by the Leinenkugal Family for Five Generations.

The Brewski Review: Nice malty taste. I anticipated a bit more creamy taste but it didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. It poured a dark amber or almost black color with a nice chocolate foam head that didn’t want to stop (I had to sip it down before I could snap a picture – least we not waste nary a drop) and dissapated rather quickly. Nice foamy lace clung to the sides of the glass as it worked it’s way down to the bottom. Overall a good beverage. I’ve yet to not care about any brand that Leinenkugal throws up on the shelf. I’ve enjoyed them all and dare I say it…they may be my most favorite brewer. Good thing my wife surprised me with a 12 pack of Leinenkugel’s Winter Sampler to keep me busy on these unusually mild winter days (which I’m loving by the way). I’ve already reviewed the Fireside Nut Brown (another Euro Dark Lager style) so you’ll just have to pitty me while I drink them down without having to profile poetically to my many readers.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Dark Amber – almost black.
The Buds: Excellent malty flavor sans the creaminess.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

I'm thinking this is my new favorite Brewer. I have yet to taste a beer I didn't like.

I'm thinking this is my new favorite Brewer. I have yet to taste a beer I didn't like.

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