THE BREWSKI REPORT

January 16, 2011

Pualaner’s Salvator Double Bock Beer Review 1.16.11

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock (or, Dopplebock for all the beer snobs who probably wouldn't be reading this blog.)

The Brewski Report Reviews Paulaner’s Salvator Double Bock
File Date: 1.16.2011

File Name: Sometimes The Best Action Is No Action
The Beer: Salvator Double Bock
Type: Dopplebock
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.9% ABV
Brewer: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Web Site: www.paulaner.com
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: The oldest document of the Paulaner Brewery Munich dates back to 1634. Life is hard for our monks in the Munich monestary Neudeck ob der Au; they are extremely poor and have to work very hard. To help them cope they began to brew Salvator. Since 1780 the Paulaner monks have been officially allowed to serve beer without restrictions. The Neudeck ob der Au is dissolved in 1799. In 1815 the first beer huts on the Wies’n appear. Five years earlier a major horse racing event was held here. This was the birth of the world’s biggest fair. in 1837 Bavaria’s King Ludwig I declares Paulaner a luxury article. The name Salvator is protected by the imperial patent office in Berlin in 1896. Through the 1920’s Paulaner expands by acquiring other breweries. In 1986 Paulaner brews the worlds first non-alcoholic wheat beer which is now called Hefe-Weitbier Alkoholfrei. The worlds deepest underground cellar is built by Paulaner in 1989. In 2001 a joint venture with Dutch brewers Heineken N.V. is established.

tbr-paulaner-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Paulaner Salvator is the founding father of all Bavarian stouts, and the orinator of all “-ator” beers. With an alcohol content of 7.9%, it is not only the strongest beer brewed by the Paulaner Brewery, but also has the most tradition: Paulaner Salvator has been brewed from 100% Munich malt to a handed-down recipe for 375 years. Today, it is the highest-selling “double bock” beer in Germany. Paulaner Salvator is dark, full-bodied and strong, and wonderfully malty in flavour and aroma - a perfectly balanced, round, quaffable stout specialty. Paulaner Salvator is freshly brewed every year for the stout season and is only available between December and April (as a general rule). Based on the principle of, “Liquids don’t break a fast”, this double bock beer remains the traditional drink for Lent to this day.
Label: Each one of my Paulaner biers is brewed slowly, all-naturally, as they have been for over 360 years. Brewed and bottled by Paulaner, Munich, Germany.

The Brewski Review: My project list hasn’t seen the light of day recently. I don’t mind but it does eat at me. Winter seems to slow me down with all the cold temps and show shoveling chores. I had a tenant move out of my duplex this past December leaving me a unit in desperate need of some serious TLC. But, I figure it was easier for me to shut off the heat, drain the water lines and pour antifreeze down the j-traps than to go over there and work. (And, spend money to keep the place somewhat heated.) This strategy will push back all my house projects but I’ll live with that decision. In the Spring I’ll re-list the property in the hopes of shedding myself of the re-mod responsibility before it becomes a dire necessity. I need to re-focus efforts on my house. The duplex has been an unwanted distraction of late. So I’ll take it easy for a couple of months. Maybe drink some beer. This Paulaner beverage turned out to be somewhat good. Very tasty beverage. Creamy with a rich malt flavor. Minimal bitterness. Excellent choice for the cool days of winter. Curl up by the fire and crack one open.

Drinkability: Definitely. 
Appearance: Carmel color, minimal head.
The Buds: Very smooth and malty.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 Rating out of 5.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

It's hard to be around 360 years and not know how to throw a party. Kickin' it German style.

November 12, 2010

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Holiday Cheer Beer Review 11.12.2010

What do Holiday Cheer and Zombies have in common? Absolutely nothing.

What do Holiday Cheer and Zombies have in common? Absolutely nothing.

The Brewski Report Reviews Shiner Holiday Cheer Dunkelweizen
File Date: 11.12.2010

File Name: Zombie Survival 101
The Beer: Shiner Holiday Cheer 
Type: Dunkelweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best - handcrafting the finest beer.

tbr-cheer-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Happy Holidays from the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, TX. We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying. May your days be merry and bright and your Shiner be cold. Prosit!
Label: ‘Tis the season for cheer.  Happy Holidays from the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, TX.  We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans.  The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat.  And Krausening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying.  May your day be merry and bright and you Shiner be cold. Prosit!

The Brewski Review:  I generally don’t watch too much TV. When I’m with the kids it’s usually an animated show or DVD. In a rare moment when the kids aren’t around you can find me scanning the channels for a good movie. If one isn’t showing at that particular point in time I’ll list the movies I’ve captured on our DVR (a great invention by the way). This is also good for the very few series that I’ve actually liked to watch but are aired after my 10pm curfew. One more to add to the list is ‘The Walking Dead’. I love a good zombie movie. Who doesn’t? The idea of having to live amongst the ‘unliving’ is appealing in a survivalistic sort of way. Where would you go? What would you do? It’s all about strategy. Someone should start a Zombie Survival Course at the university educational level. There are so many variables: are they fast or slow zombies? Will they come out in the light or are they dark dwellers? Is the head shot really the universal method of incompacitation? How bad do they smell? There are so many questions that need answered. AND, I’d bet you’d get to watch some killer zombie flicks. And, when your at home doing your zombie ‘homework’ you should crack open one of these beers: Shiner’s Holiday Cheer. This beer was my first Dundelweizen.  To be up front, I hope they all don’t taste this way.  I thought this beer lacked flavor.  It didn’t jump out at me like, ‘Man, I have to have this again.’  I thought Shiner Bock was fabulous so I’m not down on the brewery. Maybe I’ll try another next holiday season.

Drinkability: Beer with Peaches and Pecans? 
Appearance: Dark amber in color.  Big head.
The Buds:  Didn’t hold out much flavor. 
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Classic Zombie Business Attire.

Classic Zombie Business Attire.

The Uber Killers - Nazi Zombie Dead Squad.

The Uber Killers - Nazi Zombie Dead Squad.

There's even stripper zombies in case you were not aware.

There's even stripper zombies in case you were not aware.

Also quite unknow to many, zombies follow a strict nutritional diet.

Also quite unknow to many, zombies follow a strict nutritional diet.

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