Boson De Higgs - Hopfenstark
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3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
Shiny golden colour with haze; small bubbly head, nice clingy lacing. Slight trickle of bead. OK.
Smells very bacony. Smoky with peppery notes. Yeah, savoury, meaty, spicy. Not much more to it; does there really need to be though?
Taste is not at all what I expected. Tangy, citric with some notes of peach, then descends into dry smoke character with some wood, meat and mild peppercorn on the back. Very confusing drop. Also light.
Bit sizzly, gets some decent texture on the back; foams up.
Very, very weird beer. Smell doesn't match the palate much at all. Overall it's also just a bit lacklustre.
08-06-2014 02:40:44 | More by laituegonflable
3.61/5 rDev -3.7%
Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. Not sure if it was on-tap or not.
A-Hazy orange but leaning toward a lighter hue of orange.
S-Almost tart. Seems to be smoky. Definitively hard to grasp. Light Belgian yeast aromatics.
T-Has some tartness and funk. Clearly smoky. Also sweet. Pretty interesting. I'm not sure if the flavors match that well. Finishes a bit sweet and pale-fruity.
M-Light bodied. Flavors don't linger except for the smoke a little bit. Well carbonated.
O-Unique, smoked Berliner. Lichtenhainer Weisse! I've had one before. I guess this would be a good way to describe it. Well worth a sample but I think the flavors clash.
07-23-2014 00:15:04 | More by VelvetExtract
3.49/5 rDev -6.9%
Like the bottle states: this beer defies all categories. The appearance is much like a saison but the aroma is not. There is a cool smokiness at the beginning of the taste that melts wonderfully into a wheat or saison type. Very enjoyable, love the fact that it defies explanation! I enjoy beers that give you the something unexpected.
04-13-2014 18:48:19 | More by PlatoSmash
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.
A - Poured a nice golden colour with good carbonation. Cloudy with yeast added. Half finger of white head gone fast and left a bit of lacing and no retention.
S - Mostly smoke and peat. Mild but not offensive with the aggressiveness of the smoke. A little saison is there but hidden with a very gentle sour/funk note that's barely detectable.
T - Smoke, saisony grass and fruit yeast notes. A weird combo that has most of the rauch components really present but subtle saison and faint berliner notes.
M - Mild carbonation, medium body with a smokey finish.
O/D - What a strange beer. Not detectable sourness and the saison element was very mild. Weird. To be honest it was mostly a tamed rauchbier. Odd, but enjoyable.
02-23-2014 19:31:10 | More by tbeckett
3.56/5 rDev -5.1%
ham. /end review (drops mic.)
But that would be very un-BEERchitect-like, so here's a bit more...
Pouring with a haze straw color, slight golden low lights gleam beyond a moderate wheaty haze. On par with most sour ales, this fusion of rauch and wiess shows champagne-like appearances with spirited carbonation the fuels a fluffy and arid white head. Slow to dissolve, the ale trails with a broken collar of lace.
Its aromas are spot on of honey-baked city ham- now way around it. Its smoky sweetness is of mesquite and maple as is savory and meaty scent strikes the olfactory senses with a notion of curing pork. Its light tangy backdrop is playfully of lemon and straw heading into taste.
Thin cracker-like maltiness is mildly bready and tepidly sweet, until its more acidic tones rise at middle palate and dries the sweetness with ease. Lime, stewed hay, and a salty brine taste crosses the palate with dried citrus tones before its slightly earthen and herbal finish. Echoes of ham then make their only real meaningful mark in taste.
Light and incredibly zesty, the ale does offer a soft creaminess on the early palate that dissovles away rather quickly in order to make way for a minerally-crisp finish. Its fleeting, sparkling carbonation allows the light bodied beer to behave very selzerwater-like.
Its impressive to see so much complexity to rise out of a sub-4% beer. Its highly characterful and refreshing- a more inquisitive offering than an everyday go-to.
01-29-2014 18:28:49 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +6.7%
750ml tall brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. They put this somewhere between Berliner Weisse, Rauchbier and Saison. That was well enough to pique my interest, even as I questioned their sanity.
Pours a quite clear yellow golden colour, with a big frothy head of white, that persists for a long time. Lacing is pretty decent and the carbonation is fine. It also looks like it has a bit of heft in the body, despite being only 3.8% ABV. Looks good.
Yep, nose is something like what I expected as much as I expected anything. Definite smokiness, almost peaty and slightly medicinal, with an underlying wheaty sourness that gives slight lactic overtones as well. There's a carbonic acidity to it as well. Very strange, but not unpleasant for it.
Yep, the taste is similarly weird: let's not beat around the bush, it's fucked up, but in the best possible way. Crisp wheaty acidity on the front of the palate, backed up out of nowhere by a slightly acrid, smokiness with no sweetness to it whatsoever—again, it feels slightly peaty and medicinal when mixed with the acidity. Taste is quite dark, despite the colour: it causes no end of cognitive dissonance in my brain.
Feel is quite fine and slightly frothy. It works well.
Yeah: this is bizarre. Hopfenstark have done something really weird and probably against some sort of law of nature. But for all its oddities, it works in some sort of perverse way. When I try something truly unique like this, I have to appreciate it.
11-16-2013 05:03:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.36/5 rDev -10.4%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one.
Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slight smoke and chalk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an odd smoke and chalk flavor, especially for the style this is supposed to be.
10-29-2013 03:40:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.06/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a third of a glass of white head with good retention; active carbonation. Spicy aroma of farmhouse yeast, citrus, light stone fruit and bready malt, a hint of smoke. Wow, this is really interesting. Flavor is light wheat, bready malt, lemon, faint Belgian spicing with savory smokehouse overlaying all. Light bodied with active carbonation. A very odd and nicely balanced smoky light beer. I'm not a fan of sour Berliner styles, but this is only slightly tart and the smoke seems to take any edge off from it. This is hand-down, down the best under 4% beer I've ever had. Rather idiosynchratic, but I really liked it a lot.
08-18-2013 01:24:57 | More by LiquidAmber
3.86/5 rDev +2.9%
A: Pours a hazy light golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some medium golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked wheat in the nose with some much lighter hints of light fruit malts. Barely any perceptible tartness or sourness.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts with a moderate amount of smoky wheat. That is followed by some light fruit flavors (green apple) and then some lighter hints of iodine from the smoky wheat. Light hints of vinegar tartness.
M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.
O: With a very low ABV, there are a ton of interesting flavors and aromas to this beer - that being said, this is a rather unique beer and might be more of an acquired taste. I have never come across a smoked Berliner Weissbier.
08-08-2013 19:36:40 | More by dbrauneis
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
On tap at Belmont Station yesterday.
Clear yellow with a dense white head with good retention and decent lacing. Nose is fresh, lightly lactic and mildly lemony, wheaty and with a touch of sulfury smoke. Palate is tart with lactic yogurty notes, along with a touch of lemon. Some mild earthy mustiness is present, lending some complexity and a little earth. Some smoked malt character is present. Clean and refreshing with crisp carbonation and a lingering, yogurty finish, this is excellent
07-30-2013 03:06:39 | More by DefenCorps
Boson De Higgs from Hopfenstark
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