June 17th

Personally, I love beers that defy classifications. If done well they show the ingenuity and skill of the brewer in playing with conventions while still being able to make an exceptional brew. For the drinker, they represent a challenge to the palate that is not encountered if you drink beers that only stick to strict style guidelines. They also become a fun way to pass the time at the bar, arguing about where these beers fit into the larger picture.

Ratebeer classifies the Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse as a weizen bock (“strong, dark wheat beers”). While the Hopfen-Weisse fits most of that description (it is a mighty 8.2% ABV wheat beer), it is obviously not dark. The banana and bubblegum flavours are typical of wheat beers, along with lots of spices, but the grassy hops create a uniquely dry finish. The Hopfen also has a bit more heft on the tongue than your average wheat beer. So what is this? An imperial wheat beer? Regardless, it is delicious and I have already bought a couple extra bottles to last through autumn.

Speaking of beer purchases, the Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12 is probably something I bought one too many of and have only now finished off my stash. But all my affection came back when I poured out the bottle and breathed in that sweet boozy aroma. Lots of whiskey that is perfectly matched to the roasted flavours and creamy body of the beer. Another intriguing treat!

Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12 on Ratebeer

Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse

Today: 830mL. Year-to-date: 121.92L.

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