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January 10, 2015

Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen 1.10.2015

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

Pink Grapefruit Lovers Rejoice!

TBR Reports on Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen Mix
File Date: 1.10.15

File Name: Life Goes On Brick By Brick
The Beer: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen
Type: Hefeweizen Mix
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 2.5% ABV
Brewer: Radeberger Gruppe KG
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The Radeberger Gruppe is a market leader in the German beer market. The group is part of the Dr. August Oetker KG family business in Bielefeld and a strategic business arm of the Oetker-Gruppe. The Radeberger Gruppe sees itself as a keeper of the German beer culture. With a clear commitment to regional heritage and to the values and traditions of its brands, the brewery group fosters the diversity of German beers and beverages and actively develops the German beer and beverage market with its innovative business model. The Radeberger Gruppe operates in many regions across Germany with 14 brewery locations as well as a mineral-water spring in Selters an der Lahn and its innovative brand Bionade in Ostheim vor der Rhön. With its unique brand portfolio, the Radeberger Gruppe clearly reflects this regional positioning: whether it’s crisp Radeberger Pilsner from Saxony, Frisian Jever from Friesland, Sion Kölsch from Cologne, Schlösser Alt from Düsseldorf, Berliner Kindl from the capital Berlin, Hessian Binding Römer Pils from Frankfurt, Tucher from Franconia, or Altenmünster Brauer Bier from Bavaria – this is German beer culture. This is the German beer market.

Schoff-TBR-2.2Brewer Brand Hype:
Schöfferhofer – sparklingly smooth! Schöfferhofer Weizen was the first wheat beer in Germany to be brewed outside Bavaria. For many years, it has proved to be one of the most successful German wheat beer brands, which include numerous award-winning and innovative variations in flavour. The most striking feature of Schöfferhofer Weizen is its fruity character with a slight citrus note. This, combined with a pleasant hint of clove, makes Schöfferhofer an enjoyable, sparklingly smooth beverage. Compared with the more filling wheat beers from the Bavarian region, Schöfferhofer is characterised by its ‘sleek’, elegant character and its resultant palatability. Schöfferhofer is known as “the champagne among wheat beers”.

Label: Schofferhofer Grapefruit is the unique combination of sparkling smooth
Schofferhofer Hefeweizen with grapefruit flavoring.A refreshing well-rounded taste with
tangy character and hints of sweetness is pleasing to the palate. Tastes best ice-cold and
right from the bottle. 50% of Schofferhofer unfiltered Hefeweizen blended with 50% grapefruit
drink. The natural ingredients may form a sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

The Brewski Review: This is one fantastic beer if your like grapefruit. The aroma and taste is to die for. The appearance is most definitely cloudy with a pale golden color. The head was minimal on the pour. It is a sweet beer so hop enthusiasts will want to beg off this one. I can imagine that the best time to drink one of these is probably not when it’s 3 degrees outside with a wind chill of 20 below. I purchased it on a nice warm spring day with every intent on cracking open the cap while chilling in my yet-to-be-built patio. Never happened. Life got in the way as it always does. Kids are getting older, I’m still working way too many hours for my personal preference (Positive 2015 will be the year I switch companies) and my project list is as long as it has ever been. I did knock off a couple big projects the last two months – installed a power vent water heater and tore down the chimney to the roof that serviced the old unit. With these project done, I can turn my attention to the interior of the house: tear down the chimney to the foundation and finish the master bedroom (the chimney brick was plastered over and was part of the wall in the room – thus, in order to finish the bedroom walls the chimney needed to go). I do plan on finishing the house sometime before doomsday – whenever that will be. This will make my wife and kids very happy.

Drinkability: Most definitely.
Appearance: Cloudy golden color.
The Buds: Excellent grapefruit flavor and aroma.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 caps out of 5.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig Grapefruit beer.

The huge advertising conglomerates tell us that the chicks dig grapefruit beer.

May 1, 2014

Circus Boy American Pale Wheat Ale Beer Review 5.1.2014

Why the name Circus Boy?

Why the name Circus Boy?

TBR Reports on Magic Hat’s Circus Boy Hefeweizen
File Date: 5.1.2014

File Name: Seasonal Misfire
The Beer: Circus Boy
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing/North American Breweries
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: VT, USA
Brewer Info: North American Breweries, one of the largest and fastest growing American-owned beer companies in the United States, owns and operates four U.S. breweries and six retail locations in New York, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington.  The company was formed in 2009 and is headquartered in Rochester, NY – which is also home to the Genesee Brewery. Since 1878, the Genesee Brewery has brewed and sold the historic line of Genesee beers. Today that brewery also makes Dundee Ales and Lagers, the Original Honey Brown Lager, Seagram’s Escapes and many other beers under contract from other companies. We brew one of the company’s most popular craft beer brands – Magic Hat – from our Vermont brewery.  Our west coast brewing teams handcraft the ward-winning Pyramid and MacTarnahan’s craft beers.  NAB also owns and markets strong import brands including its flagship beer Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light, which maintain strong market share among the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Brewer Brand Hype: A unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen brewed with lemongrass.
Label: Circus Boy. The Hefeweizen. 3/4 Pint of beer brewed with lemongrass. Performance in every bottle.
The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our
mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience
and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!

The Brewski Review: It’s a cold spring day and it’s just the way I like it. It’s seems that as I get older the spring and fall seasons fade away and we’re left with only winter and summer. It seems it’s either 30 degrees or 90. It’s my perception but it sure does fee like it.  This beer probably would have went down so much better had it been warm and sunny but that didn’t detract from it’s overall taste. It’s definitely a American-ish Hefeweizen with just the right amount of bitterness. I really couldn’t discern the ‘lemongrass’ flavor but it adds to the panache of the brand (the yellow label is an eye grabber…). Overall, it’s a tolorable brew that I’d drink again. I doubt I’d purchase a six pack though.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Nice pale golden color.
The Buds: Right amount of bitterness.
TBR Cap Rating: 4 caps out of 5.

In our effort to be educational, I've attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

In our effort to be educational, I’ve attached this nifty rundown for uses of Lemongrass. Who would have known?

March 25, 2011

Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen Beer Review 3.25.2011

Very Heady Brew This Royal Bavarian.

Very Heady Brew This Royal Bavarian.

The Brewski Report Reviews Konig Ludwig Weissbier
File Date: 3.25.2011

 File Name: Kick the usual habit.
The Beer: Konig Ludwig Weissbier (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)
Type: Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: Bavaria, Germany
Brewer Info: The Kaltenberg brand covers the bottom-fermentation, blond premium beers of the König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg. They are produced using traditional brewing methods with selected raw materials from Southern Germany. His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, who himself personifies and continues the Royal Bavarian beer tradition, brews the Kaltenberg beers totally in the centuries-old tradition of his Wittelsbacher forebears, who established the Bavarian Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). For special occasions such as the “strong beer time”, folk festivals, harvest festival or Christmas, particular beers are brewed and bottled – beers fitting the character of each occasion, Even with this Prince Luitpold of Bavaria follows tradition – because a special occasion was always worth a special brew as far as the Bavarian Royal House was concerned. In the heart of Bavaria, 40 kilometres west of Munich, lies Kaltenberg Castle, residence of His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria and containing one of the last true castle breweries. Prince Luitpold, great grandson of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig II, feels himself bound by the tradition which links the Wittelsbach family with the art of brewing. It is not least his personal dedication, which has made the beers of the König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg so excellent and so renowned.

tbr-rbh2Brewer Brand Hype: The world-wide fame of Bavarian beer is directly attributable to the House of Wittelsbach, the family of His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria. It was in 1516 that Duke Wilhelm IV issued the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot or Purity Law – which is still valid today. Prince Luitpold is thus continuing a long-standing family tradition. 200 years of experience gained through the wheat beer monopoly held by the Wittelsbach family also means that König Ludwig Weissbier is truly a “Beer of Royal Highness”. The König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg today feels more than ever connected to this centuries-long tradition – and brews its four varieties of König Ludwig Weissbier – Hefe Weissbier in both Hell and Dunkel types and Light and Kristall sorts – with the greatest possible care. Find out how a true connoisseur enjoys König Ludwig Weissbier:
1. Get hold of a properly shaped wheat beer glass – better still an original König Ludwig Weissbier wheat beer glass. If you do not have one, we will gladly take an order from you.
2. Rinse the glass out carefully with clear, cold water and open the bottle with appreciative restraint.
3. Hold the glass at a slight angle and pour the beer carefully into it.
4. Make sure that a small amount is left in the bottle. You will need this for the next step.
5. Shake the yeast up and pour the remaining beer into the glass putting an appetising head on your wheat beer.
Now there it is, in all its splendour – your brilliant, fresh König Ludwig Weissbier. Don’t hang about any longer, get on with the tasting!
Label: Naturally cloudy wheat brew. Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law. Why are the Bavarian Royal Family and King Ludwig so important to brewing history? The Bavarian Royal Family had sole rights to brewing of Hefe-Weizen in Bavaria for 200 years. No wonder they are leading experts on wheat brews.

The Brewski Review: Excellent wheat beer. Naturally cloudy in appearance and oh so smooth and light. I’m beginning to like the mild taste of Hefeweizen beers. No bitterness or aftertaste to contend with. Just pure drinking enjoyment. The whole purpose of my misson with this blog was to find some great beers. I think I’ve succeeded in doing that. But more so, I’m finding the types of beer I like best such as Hefeweizen and Bock but not so much with IPA. I’ll keep at it. Maybe I’ll inspire you to try different brands to get you out of the beer you’ve been drinking for the last 5, 10 or 20 years.  Bottoms up!

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Large white head, cloudy golden color
The Buds: Smooth and light tasting. Excellent.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Branding to new heights.

Branding to new heights.

Looks inviting to me. How about you?

Looks inviting to me. How about you?

The only other Royal I know.

The only other Royal I know.

May 12, 2010

Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau’s Hefe-Weisse Beer Review 5.12.2010

Those Darn Franciscians Can Brew a Mean Beer

Where The Franciscans Frequent Visitors To The Brewery Across The Street?

The Brewski Report Reviews Franziskaner’s Hefe-Weisse Beer
File Date: 5.12.10

File Name: Polish Guy Drinks German Beer In An Italian Bistro
The Beer: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Type: Hefeweizen
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH
Web Site:
Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Franziskaner’s roots can be traced back to 1363. It was in this year that the brewer Seidel Vaterstetter is first mentioned as the owner of the ‘brewery next to the Franciscans’ in the Munich Residenzstrasse. The name ‘Franziskaner’ derives from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street. In 1861 Joseph Sedlmayr, owner of the Leist Brewery (probably founded in the 15th century) and son of Spaten’s Gabriel Sedlmayr the Elder, buys out August Deiglmayr, with whom he has been co-running the Residenzstrasse brewery since 1858. By 1872 ‘Ur-Märzen’, the amber-colored Oktoberfest beer from Franziskaner-Leist, is served for the first time at the Schottenhamel Tent on the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. Brewed from a Viennese recipe, this golden-yellow beer is stronger than the summer beer. In 1922 The Franziskaner-Leist Brewery and the Spaten Brewery, likewise owned by the Sedlmayr family, unite to form a single joint stock company, the ‘Gabriel und Joseph Sedlmayr Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu AG’, in order to combat the economic problems of the crisis-ridden postwar years and to capitalize on synergies. The Munich artist Ludwig Hohlwein designs the company’s distinctive trademark in 1935, which is still used today. The Franciscan Friar continues to stand for the unsurpassed quality of Franziskaner’s premium weiss beer. 
tbr-franz_weiss-insertBrewer Brand Hype:
All of Franziskaner’s weiss beer products – Hefe-Weisse Hell and Hefe-Weisse Dunkel – are top-fermentation beers noted for their agreeable carbonation levels and zesty wheat flavour. The consistently high quality of our products makes Franziskaner weiss beers a refreshing taste sensation of a special sort. All Franziskaner weiss beers are brewed in strict adherence to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell is noted for it’s agreeable level of carbination and it’s natural cloudiness. It is brewed from Wheat Malt, barley malt, hops, top fermenting yeast and water according to a time-honoured Bavarian recipe.

What is the Purity Law?
 In 1516 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria issued the Purity Law, the oldest foodstuff regulation still in effect today. It states that beer can only be brewed from malt, hops and water.

Label: Draft beer served at the table.

The Brewski Review: I’m on a streak this week: one brew each day of my travels.  After work today I went to dinner at a swanky Italian bistro with only a few tables and what appeared to be a heavy, geriatric following. As I was starting to wonder about my co-workers choice of dining, some younger patrons ambled in the front door.  This put me more at ease. Once I settled into my cushy booth seat I ordered a German Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse to start off the meal. Although the wine list was extensive, the beer list was rather short.  Aside from mostly institutional beers (as I like to call the large mass produced American brands) were a couple beers from Italy and two from Germany.  Hefe-Weisse it was. The waitress served the beer with a lemon on the rim of the pint glass. I don’t think this is how a real German would drink it I thought to myself – more of an American addition.  So I ditched the lemon wedge and still enjoyed every last drop.  I would love to say that it supurbly complimented the grilled chicken covered with a blue cheese sauce, the gnocchi (Italian name for a variety of thick, soft noodles or dumplings) and asparagas, but the beer was gone long before the food arrived.  I’m sure I was thirsty but I think the excellent taste had a little to do with it.  Drink up road warriors.     

Drinkability: Will definitely drink this brand again.
Appearance: Cloudy, light golden color.  Minimal head.
The Buds: Creamy and mild.  Yummy.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5.

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