April 15th

A lot of bitching is done by beer geeks in Ontario, like myself, with a lot of it directed towards the LCBO. Much of that, in turn, is directed towards the Spring and Summer beer releases, with people releasing list of beers they think should have been included (if you’ve seen or read High Fidelity, just replace the obscure music references with obscure beers). But then a funny thing happens – people try the beers and go absolutely ape-shit over them! It happened with the Christoffel Nobel and now it is repeating with Schneider’s Organic Wiesen Edel-Weisse. Suddenly the people that were complaining are now talking about buying cases of beer at the LC to last for the rest of the summer.

Does the Wiesen Edel-Weisse deserve the fanfare? Yeah, it is pretty good. Lots of full banana flavour in the beginning, leading to a dry, tart finish with a hint of lemon. Pours really cloudy with a light, foamy head. (Hopefully that is somewhat evident from the photo. Weisse glasses and bottles really make for hard photos.) Cloves are present throughout and there is a little spicyness at the end. Well hopped for a wheat beer, this is one that the LCBO definitely got right and proved the naysayers wrong.

My nightcap was a bottle of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout that was now about five months old. The beer is already starting to show the complexity of flavours that will develop overtime, though I still find the alcohol a bit too strong. The name is a bit of a misnomer, as it the chocolate is mingled with really strong dark fruit flavours. The finish is moderately bitter, with a little metallic tinge and then the alcoholic heat. It still tastes a little too young to me – it might take a year for this to truly come to form.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on Ratebeer

Schneider’s Organic Wiesen Edel-Weisse on Ratebeer

Today: 855mL. Year-to-date: 88.31L.

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