Friday, October 07, 2011

Beer of the Week (Vol. CXVIII)

Another edition of Beer of the Week brought to you by the sharp crew at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help you find the diamonds in the rough when it comes to wine, whiskey, and beer.

Our featured beer this week comes from Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. Lagunitas is one of the many renowned craft breweries that were added to the Glen Lake stock in late summer. And since summer has recently returned to this parts with a vengeance, it seems only fitting to sneak in one last beer best enjoyed with the mercury is rising. Lagunitas Bavarian-Style DoppelWeizen:

Inspired by Rolec: The Builders of our New Brewing System. They Sent Us a Traditional Yeast Sent From Their Friends in Bavaria & We Way-Overfed It To Take It All Up A Bit!

22oz brown bomber bottle that retails for $4.95. Label has a white background with tall glass of wheaty goodness.

STYLE: Weizenbock

Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%

COLOR (0-2): Dark, rather orangish gold and well-clouded 2

AROMA (0-2): Grassy wheat with some spices and bit of tartness 2

HEAD (0-2): White color, not much volume, laces the glass nicely 2

TASTE (0-5): Hits you hard with wheat, yeast, some clove, and a little spice. The heat is very apparent yet the beer is surprisingly smooth at the same time. Heavier-bodied and well-carbonated. It comes on strong yet mellows somewhat at the finish. 4

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Smooth and rich. 2

OVERALL (0-6): Wheat beers are not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re a wheat fan and you like big bold, flavorful beers, you will dig this beer. It’s like a standard wheat beer on steroids. And a damn fine way to celebrate the brief, but beautiful days of this Native American Summer. 5

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 17