Blood Ov The Kings - Local Option

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tone on 07-25-2013

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.
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Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Ozzylizard:
Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at reefer temp into goblet.
Aroma of distant pines
Head average (3 cm), off-white, creamy/frothy
Lacing fair
Body medium orange, hazy
Begins lightly bitter and ends slightly sweet, no diacetyl
Medium body, somewhere between oily and creamy, good mouthfeel
Lively carbonation.

A nicely drinkable weiss, better to my taste than most.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, pale malt, hops, and earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, sweet malt, pale malt, hops, and wheat. Overall, great appearance, but the earthy malt dominates all aspects of the beer even though it is supposed to be a Wheat.

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass a dull lighter amber with a thinner white head atop.Dark wheat aromas pretty strong in fact with some mellow melon underneath.Strong dark wheat flavors with subtle fruitiness,unlike any wheat ale German or otherwise I have had really.Hmm not horrible but not something I would look out for to buy again.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Cloudy, copper-amber with thin, tan eggshell head.

Earthy and floral hop notes up front, underlying fruit combined with sweet biscuity malt.

If I had been blindfolded, I would have sworn it was a red ale. Initial rush culminates with a bite of carbonation on your tongue over a constant biscuit malt undertone. For better or worse, very reminiscent of Fat Tire.

Lighter bodied than expected with a surprisingly dry, crisp finish. Very slight lingering bitter and sweet.

I'm not sure what's going on with Local Option in terms of business and distribution. I thought of them as a Chicago based boutique, but I bought this bottle in San Francisco, and its label says it came from Maryland. Whatever the case, I'm glad to be able to get them out here.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy tea color, brownish amber lightly tan tinted head, head is rocky and persistent
S: Floral fresh cut grass and big mustiness on the nose.
T: Big fruity palate with a suggestion of peach or apricot. There is more hop bitterness in the foam than in the body, the hops are above average but are nicely balanced by the malt. Bitterness is citrus rind – pithy – but there is an earthiness in there as well.
F: There is a slightly above medium body with the wheat ale body, carbonation is above average
O: A refreshing, easy to drink American pale Wheat Ale.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Very murky dark orange. Big off white head. Good retention with a decent layer of foam.

Smell - Some citrus hop, but it's got a lot of malt. Deep caramel. Some grain. A toasty aroma, too.

Taste - Toasty malt is dominant here as well. Citrus hop is again faint, but present. Almost a burnt caramel flavor in the back. Grainy and a minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth textured. Medium carbonation. Creamy body.

Overall - It's growing on me. Nothing wrong with it. Uninspired maybe, but a decent pale.

Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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?

Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a nice thick head and generous lacing all the way down. Good retention. Murky amber color. Aroma is spicy/piney hops, sharp wheat and soft, sweet, biscuity pale malt. Flavor is a sharp blend of bready, crackery grains and a spicy, piney, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and a bit rough but tolerable. 6% alcohol hides very well. Good Quaff.

Photo of KYGunner
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and no other beer defines this addage more. Murky unfiltered brilliance accentuates a hearty apricot hue. The head was thick, frothy and stiff with a ton of lacing.

The scent is brilliant with caramel malt leading the way. Tons of orangey citrus with a lemon scent, ending in a straw or wheat finish.

The taste does not follow the nose as barley malt and bran lay heavy on the tongue. Lots of caramel malt keeps the core with a nice hoppy finish.

Overall this is described as spanning several styles and I tend to agree. A bit schizophrenic but mighty tasty, this is well worth a try.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber orange body, good clarity, some fluffy foam that leaves behind a soapy collar at first, becoming patchy on the surface after a couple minutes.

Aroma is fairly interesting, vaguely floral with some basic grainy husks and toasted malt complexity as it warms.

Flavors of multigrain toast, light vegetal hops, sustained bitterness in the finish. Fairly simple and understated, dry and malt forward with a light hop bitterness. Medium body, ample carbonation. Pouring the yeast in added some smoothness and a hint of fruity esters. Simplicity works in some cases, not sure what this is trying to be though, with little info to go on from the label.

$5 for essentially a local amber ale, not too surprising considering how Local Option prices beers.
Guess the jokes on me...

Photo of logicalparadox
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a beautiful, but murky copper; almost a sludgy look to it. Thick, fluffy, long-lived head that leaves impeccable lacing. One of the nicest looking beers I've ever seen. I wish every beer looked like this! The envy of the guy sitting next to you!

S: Aroma is maltier and roastier than color would suggest--indeed that one would expect from the alleged style (american pale wheat). Hints of bock and doppelbock, and even a wisps reminiscent of a robust porter. Yet, the color is at most, a hazy dark weizen. Unexpected.

T: Drier than the malts would lead me to believe. Biting, with mild hop bitterness. Roasty notes from the malts have a lingering presence that suggests of something best experiences aside a campfire. Yet, there's a big boozy note. Rum, perhaps, maybe some brandy. Alcohol is very noticeable, and at only 6%... if you like this sort of thing, then it's a treat that won't leave you quite so tipsy. If, like me, you're not a fan of boozy flavors, then you'd wonder why the alcohol was so present in a pale wheat ale... especially one only topping out at 6% ABV. This grated on me until I felt like I wished I was drinking something else. IF only this tasted... dirty, dunky, or bready/doughy, any of which would fit with the appearance, then I'd be raving about this brew. As is, not my favorite, and perhaps some flaws.

M: Good mouthfeel. Full, round, body, but the carbonation and dryness keeps it prickly enough to keep up.

O: Can't get past the business. Too bad, it's a gorgeous brew with an awesome name and label.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a quite hazy caramel amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of dry biscuit malt and slight nuttiness, hay and an odd earthy component. Flavor is toasted and biscuit malt, brown rice crackers, wheat and a hint of citrus. Odd finishing bitterness, hops and something more like the bitterness in some vegetables, slightly astringent. Malty. Light to medium bodied. The intent here seems to be a hybrid of malty ale and wheat ale, and it seems to exactly that, but not that well integrated. The malt is nice and there are some interesting flavors here, but I'm not sure I would come back to this one. This is not a pale wheat ale.

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy light amber in color and has some hints of yellowish hues along with lots of particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with strong notes of biscuit and caramel malts.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, except that there are also strong notes of peppery spices that stand out and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The particulates add slight amounts of chewiness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer seems to taste like a hybrid between a wheat beer and an amber/red ale.

Photo of dipso123
2.02/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Photo of friendofbeer
4.77/5  rDev +34%
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.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml into a solo cup.

A: Clear deep copper/amber with a ridiculous foamy off-white head 2 1/2" minimum that recedes slowly. Retention looks good, lacing is nice.

S: What the hell? Candied raspberry, dark chocolate, some fruity hops & bread. Um, what's going on here?

T: Ok, this brew is officially crazy. Milk chocolate & oak, piney hops here, lemon peel, slightly medicinal note, black pepper, chalk. Melted Wendy's Frosty comes to mind. Pale wheat ale? Um...

M: Overcarbed with very fine, Guinness-like bubbles. Creamy malt adds to the melted-milkshake quality. At least this is consistent with the palate.

O: I'm at a loss here. I don't know how this is a pale wheat. Uh, that said, I kind of love it. The flavor profile is unique & has essentially nothing to do with the nose. On a large-scale sense this brew makes zero sense, but I can't really fault it. I'm all-in on this one.

Photo of Etan
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml into a cervoise.

A: Pours a muddy red with a nice egg shell head.

S: Grapefruit, grass, caramel, biscuity.

T: Taste brings leafy bitterness, caramelized grain, mild wheat, pithy citrusy bitterness, tobacco.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: This was ok, a little too dry and not very exciting.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 500 ml bottle on January 3, 2015.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

I'm going out on a limb and saying that the rider on the label is a Roundhead. Nah, maybe not... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, white bread, mixed greens, light Connecticut tobacco (as bright as can be), a vague sense of citrus peel, and a pinch of either black pepper or clove (I hate the fact that I can't tell at the moment). The taste brings in more of the same, with the white bread tending toward sourdough and some parsley finding its way through the haze. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough beer, but the hops and apparently overwhelming amount of wheat don't seem to meld all that well. I've gotta say, this is probably my least favorite offering from my LO boys.

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice three finger head that settles slowly with a frothy dome. Spotty lace. The broth is orange hued darker amber color with a significant haze.

Not much of a wheat smell, but it is pleasant with a good blend of pale malt and soft floral hop. Attractive and inviting. There's a touch of earthiness.

A dry offering, almost as if there is rye in this beer. No notable malt sugar. The swallow is sharp and bitter with a black pepper-like hop bite. Good body with an elevated carbonation level. Very easy to drink, but a bit expensive for the experience.

Photo of cvm4
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky orange with a brownish tint. Has a two finger eggshell head.

S - Really no one smell dominates... Light citrus, malts and wheat backbone.

T - Grainy throughout with some citrus and malt in the middle followed by a bit of a hoppy ending.

M - Light bodied and medium to high carbonation. Has a dry finish to it.

O - The wheat, citrus and hops all work together, but the profile is just too light to entice me.

Photo of avalon07
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-orange color and a dense, cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A nice, if slightly underwhelming, aroma of wheat, citrus and a little malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange in particular), some wheat, malt, and even a little hops thrown in for good measure. Not quite what I expected, but still a light, likeable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: I actually liked this beer more than I thought I would. The American Pale Wheat Ale, as a style, does not invite complexity or power to it, but Blood ov the Kings is actually a drinkable brew. It is deficient in some categories, but it is easy to drink.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wheat beer meets pale ale in quite a Frankenstein-kind of way. What starts bready turns caramel in the middle before trailing with citrusy hops. But there's much more to the beer than the fusion of Hefe to IPA.

Darker than your typical Hefeweizen, its toasty appearance is deep gold and mildly lightly amber. Its firm cloudiness keeps the ale looking weighted. A short statured but stubborn head caps the ale with a slight yellowish stain. The ale laces nicely until the carbonation dissipates midway through the session.

Its aromas start off with fresh baking bread and bread crust. Its light toast character trends toward savory burnt sugar and caramel to decorate the overall grain base scent. A rise of tropical fruits (mangoes, apricots and passion fruit) balance the caramel and then trail with citrusy lemons and grapefruit heading into that first sip.

Early bread and sweetness seems lightly of sugar cookie and gingersnaps. Then the fruit acidity of citrus and tropical varieties balance the malt and grain while inviting caramel flavor shortly after. A late trailing of citrusy bitterness harks to Pacific Northwest hops with pungency and snappy taste in closure.

Medium throughout, the ale is certainly heftier than traditional Pale Wheats or Hefeweizens because of its resounding caramel flavor and feel. But its melange of acidity and bitterness refutes its creamy weight and offers a semi-dry finish.

Its a tantalizing ale that shows a "kettle caramelization" type of sweet and savory note- odd to find this in a wheat beer, but so are the hops. So the overall flavor seems to be a patchwork of style remnants- much like what homebrewers do in making a batch out of left over pieces and parts from brew days gone by.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was a recent release. Pours hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, wheat, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, caramel, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus hop and caramel/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy wheat ale. All around good balance and robustness of citrus hop and caramel/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Qbdoo
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells great, a lot more like an amber or red ale than a pale wheat as it's categorized here. Nose is sweet and fruity but the taste is rather dry and I get mostly malt, hints of chocolate and hardly any hops. A really dry finish despite the sweet nose and chocolate taste. A pretty good beer - light yet flavorful - but kind of confusing between the nose and the palate (not to mention the category).

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