Dr. M nr. 14 – Terrasseweissen

Terrasseweissen by Dr. M, Hefeweizen, 4% ABV, 18 IBU.

Foam and some beer.

Foam and some beer.

Dr. M Terrasseweissen. A good name, a bad beer.

Dr. M Terrasseweissen. A good name, a bad beer.

This one is lively carbonated and produces a humongous head. As the white head shrinks, a hazy very pale yellow body is gradually revealed. The head is very long-lived, it will take some time before I can have a taste of this one… Before it reduces to a thin layer, the head leaves some foam on the glass. I choose not to listen to Dr. M’s advice on the label, and pour in the yeast to get some extra punch in the flavour.

I put my nose where it belongs, and detect a strong and crisp aroma of Hefeweizen yeast with banana, citrus and some sharp notes of solvent.

The flavour is mainly solventy, but with a certain citric crispness. The typical hefeweizen notes are not very strong, but at least there is a banana backbone, and also some spicy hints. The off-flavour is so dominating that I suspect that this is a bad bottle. The taste is light sweet and there is a very light bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is lively, the body is light and the texture is dry.

Conclusion: A solventy brew that is neither a good beer nor particularly representative for the style. Hopefully a bad bottle, or else Dr. M. has lost it. I’ve got another bottle in my cellar, maybe that one is better.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    7/20
Ratebeer score: 2.2/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Ich Weiß

Ich Weiß by ClubGonzo, Hefeweizen, 5.0% ABV, 15 IBU.

This very German hefeweizen pours a very cloudy, quite dark orange body with a huge, creamy, very long-lived, white head that laces the glass well.

ClubGonzo's Ich Weiß, batch 27. The name is better than the beer.

ClubGonzo’s Ich Weiß, batch 27. The name is better than the beer.

The aroma is moderate to strong, with some unusual notes of rotten fruit in addition to the more common and pleasant notes of banana and hefeweizen yeast. I can’t say I really love the rotten notes, but they’re not as bad as it sounds.

The flavours are moderate, with vague fruity notes, hints of overripe banana and pleasant-ish yeast. But yet again I get solvent-like, medicinal, stinging, unpleasant alcohol notes that are completely unwelcome in such a light beer (if solvent is something you’d ever want in any drink). These notes make the beer almost undrinkable in big amounts, a 25 cl bottle was too much for me.

The texture is dry, with a very dry finish. The carbonation is moderate, I’d like more more bubbles in a hefeweizen. There is a light sweet taste and hints of bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Not a successfull brew. It has some of the right elements, but far too many off-tastes to make this pleasant.

 

 

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:    6/20
Ratebeer score: 2.1/5.0

JoKr Brewers Black Weiss

Black Weiss by JoKr Brewers, black weiss/dark wheat ale, ABV approx. 7 %, IBU unknown
JoKr Brewers Black Weiss a.k.a. Test Batch no. 3

JoKr Brewers Black Weiss a.k.a. Test Batch no. 3

If you ever have wondered what to call a “stout-like hybrid ale with wheat, chocolate malt and roasted barley, fermented with hefeweizen yeast” that holds 7 % ABV, the answer is provided by JoKr Brewers: this is a black weiss. This sounds like some seriously exciting stuff! Remembering the previous JoKr brew, the gushing Hops meet Mango, I remove the cap cautiously. A delicate psssst is all that comes out the bottle, no beer fountain this time. So far so good.  A gorgeous looking, large (or should I say huge), creamy, dense, tan head forms easily. The beer is not over-carbonated by any means, so it’s easy to control the formation of the head. The head reluctantly reduces to a fully lasting thick layer after quite some time, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body is totally black and absolutely completely opaque, so I have no idea if the liquid is clear or hazy.

A very pleasant and strong toasted aroma with coffee, chocolate, dark caramel, sweet dark fruits and berries (yep, the black currants are here!). Also some smoky hints and a yeasty element that I don’t find particularly hefeweizen-ish. I haven’t actually tried a non-hefeweizen beer that is brewed with hefeweizen yeast, so the yeasty notes I get might of course be exactly what this kind of yeast smells like.

The taste is light to moderate sweet, I had expected even more sweetness due to the sweet aroma. Is there also a light acidic touch? The fairly long-lasting finish has a lovely moderate bitterness. The first thing I notice when I take the first sip is the alcohol. Maybe not-that-well-integrated-alchol is the trademark of JoKr Brewers? After a couple more sips the alcoholic starts to feel more mellow, and is transformed into a nearly red wine-ish feel. A few sips later the alcohol seems to be rather well integrated, so I won’t let the first impression influence my rating. Enough about the alcohol, there are other flavours that are far more obvious: I get dark roasted coffee, chocolate and faint traces of smoke and tobacco, the latter two are especially present in the aftertaste. Also dark sweet fruits and black currant plus yeasty notes. The flavours are not as strong as the aroma, but this is still a very tasty brew. The body isn’t exactly light, but I might have expected it to be a bit fuller? The texture is quite dry, but not annoyingly chalky dry as the previous JoKr brew I tried. A slight metallic feel is a bit disturbing, at least at first, but the mouthfeel is still quite good. Soft carbonation.

Conclusion: a very nice brew with strong aroma and flavours. I’ll buy this if it ends up in my local Vinmonopol!


Aroma:     7

Apperance: 5

Taste:     7

Palate:    3

Overall:  13

Ratebeer score: 3.5

Black Weiss: black body, brown head.

Black Weiss: black body, brown head.

Long-lasting, creamy head. And look at the lacing!

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