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Blood Ov The Kings - Local Option

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
At the peak of summer 1631 King Gustavus Adolphus led thousands of Swedish troops into Northern Germany. Following the destruction and subsequent plundering of Brandenburg Adolphus’ army marched through the endless wheat fields en route to Bavaria. Brewed with copious amounts of red wheat, Blood ov the Kings is aromatically driven by bread, biscuit and notes of exotic fruit. Hazy and medium bodied the beer has a rich and creamy mouth feel with a dry, bitter, and slightly sweet finish. Unbound by the Reinheitsgebot Blood ov the Kings would certainly have been the vital fluid of victory for the Swedish monarch as he spilled blood across the wheat fields of Northern Europe.

(Beer added by: Tone on 07-25-2013)
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Reviews by Florida9:
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3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bottle states: Humlig Röd Veteöl
From the best of my abilities, this appears to be some obscure Swedish style of beer, more specifically a "red wheat ale" of sorts. I'm not sure "American Pale Wheat Ale" accurately describes this beer, but I suppose it is as accurate as anything else.

A: Very cloudy. Light orange-tan in color. Forms a rather small, fizzy, off-white head that reduces fairly quickly. No lacing.

S: Aroma is rather malt forward without being malty. Wheat, toast, lemon zest, and brown rice. Earthy with a lemon tang.

T: Taste is more of the same. Wheat, toast, brown rice and toasted rice. There is a slight tanginess to the beer, like a squeeze of lemon juice, before the beer gives off a hint of burnt plastic.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Lively carbonation gives this one a prickly mouthfeel to it. Mild bitterness, but rather dry on the back end.

O: A decent beer, though in all honesty, I have no clue what the brewer was going for and have no idea if he achieved it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:35:42 | More by Florida9
More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local Option just showed up in the Twin Cities so hey, I'll help clear the sagging shelves a bit. 500 ML bottle with some nice art.

That said, the label doesn't bother to tell you much about the beer, not even the style. These guys could use a PR person, or label designer, or Somebody, because they're not going to sell a lot out of their home market (OK, OK, I know, I bought it). Anyways, the pour is light red nearing to orange with heady carbonation. Smells like a good red ale, with a flowery start plus crackery caramel malt. Not a bad start.

Blood ov the Kings takes a short sword hilt to the nads of the wheat style. Hops leaking florality & bitterness aren't usually the elements guarding the threshold of a wheat beer, but here they are, uninvited but welcome. Wheat germ rushes in afterwards & mingles like a professional lobbyist, accompanied by a checkbook of graininess, caramel, light fruit. Finishes bitter & crisp. Half a meter of this, no problem.

Surprisingly good. The hops have been set off perfectly against the red wheat (whatever the hell that is; next time I see my grain trading friend, I'll ask him). Grain & hops, paired up like George Michael & Andrew Ridgeley. Very good beer; but fix your damn labels!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 02:49:47 | More by maximum12
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-28-2014 14:35:18 | More by thufflife
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

07-26-2014 02:10:27 | More by RSmith4018
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-25-2014 22:46:26 | More by Aaron_Kerkvliet
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3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with and orange hue. A dense two finger head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of tropical fruit, bread, and grain.

Fruity flavor up front with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Surprising bitterness in the finish with and aftertaste of orange pith.

A bit overcarbonated but otherwise has a solid, somewhat full texture.

Just an above average beer. Nothing about wheat spoke to me. Tasted like a hoppy amber ale. I wonder what this would of tasted like if they used a weizen yeast?

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 18:34:36 | More by morimech
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

07-17-2014 02:26:37 | More by KAF
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-07-2014 02:52:46 | More by rxthree
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-19-2014 03:21:01 | More by tykechandler
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-14-2014 08:37:07 | More by rootbeerman
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-07-2014 15:59:04 | More by Hellpop65
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-06-2014 04:32:21 | More by Axnjxn
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4.76/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank in copious amounts from a standard pint glass at Green Street Smoked Meats on another recent visit to Chicago. Complemented the brisket, ribs and sweet pickles I was enjoying greatly.

Slightly Cloudy (as advertised being an unfiltered ale) with bits of sediment, but it was actually surprisingly clear and a beautiful shade of red with a persistent white head and great lacing. Aromas of tropical fruit and biscuit. Taste is more of the same as aroma; however the red wheat added another aspect of complexity, almost rye qualities. IPA/Wheat Ale/Red ale all rolled into one. Slightly bitter finish, not extremely residual. Refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 00:12:59 | More by friendofbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-01-2014 01:44:13 | More by DrunkinYogi
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2.01/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A - A veritable see of "floaty bits". It looked a school of sardines swimming in the glass with dozens of chunks the size of rice. Head was stiff with large bubbles.

S - Very mild aroma with an underlying medicinal / band-aid smell that transferred to the taste.

T - Although I was not expecting much from a wheat beer I was surprised by the lack of wheat or hop - remarkably bland.

M - In many ways other than the appearance this was the worst characteristic of this beer. It was over carbonated such that it had the mouthfeel of soda pop with a sharp carbonic bite.

O - This was one of those beer that your instinct is to just pour it down the drain right away but I waited and worked my way through about 1/3 or it over 20 minutes hoping for some sort of improvement. There was none - down the drain. I can only hope that this bottle had a problem and is not representational of the general output but even with that being said I would not give it a second try as there was little that was promising and at $9 for 500ml it's no bargain.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 22:28:32 | More by dipso123
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

05-29-2014 01:51:49 | More by mpenning13
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3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capital City Gastropub, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is deep amber with hazed appearance and thick white cream with fine bead and thick lace. The smell is very malt dominant with light toasted aroma and yeast accent with mild spice. The feel is great with full malt and toasted grain mild spice texture with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol with light bitterness and clean dry finish.

The taste is very nutty, dry and toasted with slight herbal taste and gentle yeast in the background and mostly wheat-like element with some gentle flavor of fruit from the combination of ingredients. Overall a very good pale wheat, nice complexity and easy to drink a good pale ale with wheat flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2014 16:56:17 | More by Slatetank
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-23-2014 16:21:16 | More by MichiganBeers
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

05-19-2014 20:35:05 | More by hopsolutely
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-19-2014 12:53:48 | More by mklisz
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-18-2014 20:33:21 | More by aasher
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-18-2014 13:32:43 | More by Kubrickx
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-17-2014 02:49:00 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-11-2014 18:46:16 | More by kybeerdrinker
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3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Opaque amber pour, but with way, WAY too much yeast sediment. A bit off-putting and hard to drink around. The beer itself was refreshingly light-bodied and dry, but not overly so. Fruit notes that weren't overwhelmed by the wheat, but nothing stood out. Okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 15:06:40 | More by QueerBeer
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Blood Ov The Kings from Local Option
81 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.