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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: www.radeberger-gruppe.com/en/home
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.

August 26, 2012

Sea Dog’s Raspberry Wheat Ale Review 8.26.12

Full on raspberry flavor with this beverage.

Full on raspberry flavor with this beverage.

TBR Reports On Sea Dog Raspberry
File Date: 8.26.2012

File Name: A Delicious Brew to Welcome Me Back Home
The Beer: Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Pugsley Brewing LLC/Sea Dog Brewing Co.
Web Site: http://seadogbrewing.com/
State/Country of Origin: Maine, USA
Brewer Info: Being authentic is important to us. Our beers are brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Our English brewing style results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish. Founded in 1993, Sea Dog is Maine owned and Maine brewed. Our crew brews a full line of award-winning handcrafted ales that capture the spirit of Maine’s sea-faring history.

tbr-sd-rspbry-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale is a dry, crisp refreshing ale with the added essence of raspberries.
Label: Beer with natural flavor added.

The Brewski Review: Oh yea! This is it. Real raspberry flavor. As I said before, If your going to advertise Raspberry as an ingredient in your brew, it darn sure better taste like raspberry is in there. This ale does not disappoint. It poured with a minimal head but you could smell the raspberry aroma as it was poured. The first sip was oh good. I was hoping to have a beer earlier in the day but I started to polyurethane some trim boards for my garage and I didn’t want to put the brush and roller down (My professional painter 2 cents worth…roll the coating on first. Then brush it out with the grain. It looks better. Trim and doors look terrible with a roller finish.) I decided to go with a natural pine wood finish to enhance the ‘barn’ style appearance of my garage. I’m excited about getting a start on my home projects. One of two of my readers have probably wondered where I’ve been the past year and a half. Well, I’ve spend every weekend and some weekdays doing a rehab on my duplex. I’ve been unable to sell it the past 2 years I figured I’d bite the bullet and remodel the entire upper unit. New flooring throughout, new kitchen and new bathroom. Cleaned and painted the basement walls and did a whole bunch of curb appeal projects. Apparently it worked. I lost a bunch of money but I take consolation knowing I’m probably not the only one in this market. I’m just happy to be done with it. Now, it’s 100% home project time…starting with the garage completion. Everything dominoes….Garage needs done so I can empty the basement. Basement needs emptied so I can complete rewiring the electrical in the house. And so on. There are other things on the horizon I’ll share with you later.  But for now, enjoy a summer beer with Sea Dog Raspberry.

Drinkability: Yes. One of my top fruit beers to date.
Appearance: Deep golden color.
The Buds: Crisp, cold and plenty ‘o fruit flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5 caps.

August 25, 2010

Birra Moretti Premium Lager Review 8.25.10

The Morettie Man - Sounds like a sinister hit man movie title.

The Morettie Man - Sounds like a sinister hit man movie title.

The Brewski Report Reviews Italy’s Birra Moretti Premium Lager
File Date: 8.25.10

File Name: 5S Methodology Around The House
The Beer: Birra Moretti
Type: Euro Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.6% ABV
Brewer: Birra Moretti / Heineken
Web Site: www.birramoretti.com
Country of Origin: Italy
Brewer Info: Luigi Moretti’s “Beer and ice factory” was founded more than a century ago in Udine, in the Friuli region. At that time, Udine was a sleepy little town, surrounded by stone walls that had been built by the local community as far back as 1350. It was at an important time during the unification of Italy. At that time, the whole of the Friuli region was still annexed to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and patriotic uprisings in the city were frequent. It is no coincidence that an Austrian garrison was stationed in the castle that dominates Udine, and that cannons were placed in the main square. It was during this very climate of unrest that the then 37-year-old Luigi Moretti – in the same year as the famous battles of San Martino and Solferino – looking to the future with conviction and confidence, decided to build his brewery. Born into a family of wealthy merchants, Luigi Moretti was at that time already familiar with wholesale trading in cereals, wine, spirits, foodstuffs and – naturally – even beer, which his family purchased from nearby Austria. At the time his small factory was inaugurated, its founder certainly could not have imagined how it would grow in the future. The first bottle of Birra Moretti was sold in the summer of 1860. The machinery used then was extremely advanced for its time, just as that used today is also at the cutting edge. From the 1990s on, Birra Moretti went from being a Friuli-based beer to a nationally-distributed beer, constantly growing and conquering new fans and admirers.

The Birthplace of Birra Moretti

The Birthplace of Birra Moretti

tbr-bierra-moretti-glassBrewer Brand Hype: Birra Moretti is a quality beer made in the traditional way. It is the result of a production process that has remained almost unchanged since 1859. The best raw materials are used to make Birra Moretti, as well as a special blend of high quality hops that gives it a unique taste and fragrance, enhancing its perfectly balanced bitter taste. It is a bottom fermented beer with a golden colour. This colouring is a result of the type of malt used in brewing. Its alcohol content is 4.6% alcohol by volume, a percentage that makes it ideal for any time of day. In fact, it is not a strong beer and is therefore perfect for drinking at lunch, at dinner or for evenings out with friends.
Label: Qualita E Tradizione. The Beer In Italy. Dal 1859. Premium Lager.

The Brewski Review: I’ve been a little behind on my reviews. I actually back date them so that the posting date is the date that I reviewed the beer. If I actually had the time to write a review the day I drank a beer, It would be an amazing feat. My guess is that my wife and kids would be out of the house all day which is a stretch. But, even more remarkable is that I wouldn’t have any projects around the house to complete. I’ve noted that my den is finished and I’m moving on to two more rooms to remodel. But, to do this, I need to clean them out. I actually spend a full 12 hour day packing up my wife’s scrap booking material. A WHOLE day!  Now you can understand why I don’t get much done. I’ve got 6 solid days into cleaning out these rooms and I’m still not done (Contrary to what you may be thinking, we are not ‘Hoarders: Buried Alive’ as you might see on TLC). Of course, I’ve been doing some 5S work in the process (Japanese version: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke; Translated to English: sorting, straightening, sweeping, standardizing and sustaining.) My version of sorting – two piles: one pile for keeping and one pile for some future pending garage sale. My assesment of this whole timeline would be dramatically reduced if I just started dumping things into boxes. But why box it up, store it and unpack it later? And, my wife needs to be present for some of this sorting: all she needs to do is stand there and answer my very basic question: Do you want it or not. Of course, it’s never as simple to her as it seems like it should be. But I’m just as guilty. I opened a four tubes of old posters I’ve kept for some time. Many of them were beer posters (collected before I was of legal drinking age) and the usual kid stuff: dirtbikes, cars, etc. Did I toss any of these out?  No.tbr-dirtbike-air3

Drinkability: Nah. I’d try something else first.
Appearance: Medium golden color. Not much head.
The Buds: Good but a little bitter on the backside.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps or ‘crowns’.

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