Boson De Higgs - Hopfenstark
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Reviews by grub:
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
got this one in a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!
750ml bottle... or at least it was. approximately half leaked in transit. the other half still had surprisingly lively carbonation, especially considering it's been sitting in my fridge for a week or two in that half-empty state! sampled june 5/2011.
pours hazy deep yellow with a small cap of nice white head. the head drops quickly and leaves no lace.
aroma is neat. a bit of lemony citrus. light funk and spice. touch of smoke. white bread and cracker. touch of grain. faint caramel. no noticeable hop presence so far.
taste is good. one of the previous reviews mentions this as being a hybrid between berliner weisse, rauchbier, and saison, and i'd have to say that it matches up perfectly. light lemony character, more subdued than in a typical berliner. pleasant smokey character that meshes well with the berliner elements. slightly bright and funky saison aspects. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. light caramel sweetness. low bitterness level. no trace of alcohol. not much for hop character either, but that is expected with at least two of the three threads anyway. actually, there's some mellow citrus in there (orange and tangerine) that could be derived from hops.
mouthfeel is good. nice light body. quickly drops to medium-low carbonation level, but that could be partly due to the leakage.
drinkability is good. nice balance. good blend of the various elements, working quite well together. hopfenstark rarely makes things that are "typical", but they also seldom disappoint. good stuff.
06-05-2011 22:27:23 | More by grub
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4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
SO much flavour at 3.8%, enjoyed on tap at Mondiale 2011. Big smoke yet pleasant, sweetish and medium moutheel. Hops right there,pilsner, saison yeast yields some yeasty flavour, unfiltered on tap version. A small head. I would have this frequently if I could.Only a little head.
Had in bottle 2 months alter, complex with character of smoke, yeast.
06-15-2011 16:28:34 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks to oldp0rt for this one. 750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. This one's described as a Berliner Weisse - rauchbier - saison... I'm giddy at the thought of the flavor possibilities!
Pours a layer of course white bubbles the dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-cloudy pale grapefruit. No lace with very thin legs. Average.
Nose is actually a nice combination of the 3 styles. Some peppercorn and other spices mixed with a healthy dose of smoke that's not overpowering. Berliner weisse lactic tartness hides in the back though and is very faint. Decent.
Opens saison yeast, coriander, clove, and spiciness. Some maple and smoke in the middle with just the slightest touch of tartness mixed in towards the end. Finish is bready, spicy, and yeasty with a mellow malt presence. Aftertaste of more clove and other spices. Huge complexity without being over-the-top.
Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Slightly prickly but pretty soft in the mouth and goes down quenching and smooth. Finishes clean and spicy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Really really drinkable.
I'm not really sure what to make of this beer but it sure is unique, complex and drinkable. Probably one of the most sessionable beers I've ever come across, this really takes the best of the 3 styles that guides it and combines them into 1 wonderful experience. The only thing holding it back from being a 5 is the lack of any real noticeable tartness. Really pretty under-the-radar. Worth seeking out.
06-07-2013 01:44:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
British Columbia (Canada)
3/5 rDev -20%
Thanks for another big box of Quebec, Deadbolt82!
Shared with Daftcaskbc. I bust out my a-game for him, and he pours it down the drain!! ;-)
Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow straw with just a skim of white head.
Smell. Belgian yeast and light spice, some bright and sour light fruits, lightly earthy and a bit of alcohol. Couldn't pick up any smoke...
Taste. Sour grainy wheat, sweet spices, lemons and funky sweat.
Mouthfeel. Light body with a medium amount of fine carbonation.
Overall. The sour component was about all I enjoyed in this one. The flavours were a little strange and didn't work very well together for me.
09-26-2012 00:50:47 | More by Rutager
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Draft: Poured a murky yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light smoke with light funky notes is quite unique. Taste is also a complex mix between some smoked corn (?) and light funky yeast ester with lightly refreshing wheat malt. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed with lots of complexity while retaining low alcohol.
06-17-2011 19:22:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Finally was able to get my hands on this one.
Pale yellow in color. A very light veil. The head is white and disappear very quickly. Little effervescence. The aroma is citrusy with some sourness in there. Taste is also sour with citrus. Fruity. Mouthfeel is good with some effervescence. A dry finish.
Funny thing is the smokiness... Makes it unique. It's very good. The smokiness is present in the taste only, I can't get it in the aroma.
10-06-2012 14:09:57 | More by ZorPrime
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
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
A: The beer is hazy dark brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that died down and left lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a bit more complex with some hints of malty sweetness, apple and vinegar.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is surprisingly full flavored considering its light body and low alcohol content, which makes it especially interesting to drink, however the smokiness can be an acquired taste. It is a very unique hybrid of several styles of beer.
Note: Had this beer on-tap one month later and it appeared hazy light yellow in color and tasted somewhat more smokier compared to before.
05-23-2011 00:35:23 | More by metter98
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a very light amber color with thick off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Light but very smokey. Herbal and bit tart. Some sweet malt.
Taste: Very light but there is a lot of smoke. I was very interested when I read the description and I have to say this really works. Light malt with herbal and citrus notes. A bit yeasty in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Thin body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I was very excited by how well this worked. So light yet so smokey. I would love to have another.
10-17-2011 21:36:15 | More by oline73
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a 750ml. bottle (bottled 04/12) and shared with my wife.
Appearance: A good sized head but it rapidly dissipates to nothing. The body is gorgeous, hazy and looks like pulpy lemonade but with a pronounced banana color.
Smell: Tinge of smoke mixed with yeast. Citrus fruit is also strong.
Taste: Not much smoke, more sour citrus, peaches, strong wheat profile and some pepper.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation works well here. The body has some legs for a less than 4% beer.
Overall: Proof that a light beer can still be packed with flavor. Very refreshing and a pleasure to drink.
07-22-2012 20:11:03 | More by papat444
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance - Yellow.amber colour with a small white fizzy head. There appears to be an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Smoke, straw/hay, yeast
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hay/straw, yeast, and smoke. There is also a bit of a tart citrus flavour. It ends with a smokey slightly tart aftertaste.
Overall - Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this one, so points for originality. The flavours seemed odd at first, but I actually began to enjoy it more as I progressed through the glass. The smoke doesn't overpower the other flavours in the beer which is nice.
04-13-2012 14:06:34 | More by spinrsx
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Bottle from freud, shared with Steve and Jason. 750ml bottle into some tulips. Thanks Fred!
Pours an extremely pale hay yellow, foggy body. Massive white head that's rocky and almost Duvel-like. Awesome. Head is sticky and doesn't seem to fail throughout the duration of the glass. Nose is sour lemon, some funk and wheat. Huge WTF-notes of maple bacon and barbecue sauce as well. Truly intriguing. Taste holds more light lemon and wheat notes, with a predominant smoked pork/meat aspect. More maple and green apple notes complement this. One of the weirdest combos I've ever found in a beer, and it works surprisingly well. Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy, mildly tart. Smooth, yet oh so poundable. Chockful of flavour at only 3.8%; fantastic, original and well executed. A big surprise and one of the nights highlights.
08-30-2011 16:44:10 | More by liamt07
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
Boson De Higgs from Hopfenstark
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