August 7, 2012
Real Ale Hans’ Pils – I do not know who Hans is, so I do not know why this beer is named for him, but he must be a good egg, as this is a fine beer, and I doubt Real Ale would name such a good beer after him if Hans were not a fine fellow. It is clean, crisp and dry, with some cracker like malts and mild lemon and black pepper hops for some balance, and a long lasting white head. I am generally not a fan of German style beers, but I do like this one, 7/10.
Rahr & Sons Summertime Wheat – I have not been impressed by Fort Worth’s Rahr & Sons in the past. Their beers have been spotty at best, and to my palate the problem seems to be quality control issues. They are inconsistent. As mentioned above, I am generally not a fan of German style beers, as I am an Anglophile to my core, and Rahr & Sons specializes in German style beers, which might be a contributing factor to my being less than impressed with their beers.
On the other hand, I do love hefeweizens in the hot summer months, and Rahr has brewed themselves an excellent one with their Summertime Wheat. This has that nice wheat, yeast, banana, and clove flavors that is the hallmark of all hefeweizens, with just a touch of candy sweetness and orange peel bitterness. It pours golden blonde and cloudy with a fluffy head, and is subtly carbonated for a terrific mouthfeel. The carbonation also provides some terrific lacing which races up the side of the glass. If Rahr could maintain this standard of excellence across their beer roster, I would be a huge fan. Unfortunately, in my experience, this is a high point for them, 7.5/10.
Water Tower in Allen, Texas. This has nothing to do with beer. I just like the picture.
February 18, 2011
It is Seventy-One Degrees here in the Sun’s Anvil, so naturally I am drinking the last of the winter beers. One of the pleasant surprises of living in Texas is the vibrant and growing brewing industry, and Saint Arnold is certainly one of the better brewers here in Texas. Their Winter Stout is a prime example of why Saint Arnold is held in such high esteem. It pours black with some ruby highlights, and has a smokey coffee aroma. There is smoke and chocolate when you first taste it, followed by some espresso in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced, not heavy at all, and at 5.6% ABV, the Saint Arnold Winter Stout is an excellent session beer for a cold winter night, 8/10. I enjoyed this beer on the three cold winter nights we had here in Texas this past winter.
I keep hearing good things about Rahr & Sons, a Fort Worth based brewer, and their beers keep disappointing me. The Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer continues the disappointing trend. It pours a dark brown with some chocolate malt, vanilla and oak in the aroma and the flavor, and some mild spiciness as well. It is just a bit thin tasting, and the 8.5% ABV overwhelms any subtlety to the flavor profile. Not a bad beer by any means, but I was hoping for something a little better, considering how much I usually enjoy barrel aged beers, 6/10.
December 24, 2010
The First Beer of Christmas: Full Sail Wassail, Hood River, Oregon – I had this on tap at the Ginger Man. Dark velvety brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy white head. This was mildly sweet, with a caramel taste and some dried fruit and spiciness as well. Very good, 7/10.
The Second Beer of Christmas: Anchor 2010 Christmas Ale – The Grand Daddy of American Christmas Ales, with an ever evolving recipe. I had this on tap at the Ginger Man, and this year’s version has a spicy ginger aftertaste, which I liked, but everyone else who tried it with me hated. Not as good as years past, but still a fine Christmas Beer, 7/10. Read the rest of this entry »