Erlkönig - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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86
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Franziskaner on 07-06-2013

This Maifest special is sweet, soothing, and a deceptive delight. So much so that it may deceive thy sight. Should you start to see visions of Elf King fame, heed the warnings from where this beer gets its name. Spelled out clearly in the Goethe poem…Hold on tight to a loved one, and head for home.
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Served in a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy mango-colored yellowish orange that is pretty monotone across the full beer. Very little highlights or shadowing from any light sources. Atop the body sits a finger of bone-white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving noticeable lace rings around the side of the glass. On the side of the glass where I'm drinking, the wash leaves a healthy mottling of lace.

Smell - As one might expect from a hefeweizen, there are notes of faint banana and clove, but the fact that it is a bock means extra alcohol, and in this case that alcohol brings along flavors like spiced rum, vanilla, and amaretto giving the recognizable wheat and yeast characteristics an added depth/heft.

Taste - The banana phenols are a little bit more prevalent in the taste, but they work well with the bready yeast, giving almost a buttered fresh banana bread sense to the beverage, but in a good way. Some of the same notes of spice, like clove and perhaps some brown sugar are present as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-heavy bodied beer, with moderate carbonation and a mostly sweet finish.

Overall, a great take on the style. I may have to seek out this one in bottles, as that was everything I like about a weizen bock. I know Urban Chestnut is fairly new on the scene, but I hop this is only a sign of things to come.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Suds
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a murkey, cloudy, golden-peach color. Small white head. The aroma is nice....bready, a little wheat twang, some fruit, and a decent amount of malt. The taste is exceptional...sweet and malty, but not cloying. It has a lot of fruit (apricot, peach, etc), a little spice, and a lot of pale, biscuity malt. The body is firm, and there is a little bitterness, but restrained hop flavor. Described as a double wheat bock, this one is a keeper.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light yellow in appearance. A thin layer of foam and some Brussels lace on my glass. A bit of banana and clove on the nose. Strong banana and clove eatery flavor on the palate. A bit much on the clove for me on the aftertaste. Could use a slight tweak. Smooth and drinkable on the palate. Tried on 6/30/13. Had to wait until 20 reviews to add.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers+ of pearl white head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: A little breadyness, a little pear, some rubberband

T: Follows the nose, some herbal notes, a little lemon zest. Slight pepperiness as this warms, a little grassiness, pears & breadiness & green banana. Finishes with pears, green banana, a little white pepper, & some juicy fruit

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

A pretty passable iteration of the style, would buy this again if I'm in the mood for the style . Very drinkable

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Poured this 16.7 oz brown bottle into a Spaten mug. The body was a hazy butterscotch color. There was two fingers of white head. No date, but drank it fresh from the variety pack.

The smell was of bananas and cloves. A fresh baguette breadiness.

The taste was sweet malts and also the banana and clove. There was a fruity snap of a wheat beer and a plenty of sweetness.

The body was medium and there was a smoothness in the mouth. I'm not a fan of wheat beers but I would not turn this one down in the future.

Photo of JCGriffin
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

look: looks good, poured with a thick, white head, with good retention, as you'd expect from a wheat. Poured a turbid, golden hue, very good looking beer.

Smell: Smells of citrus (lemon), and a bit of a yeasty smell, too. No perceptible hop or malt aroma - to style.

Taste: The citrus taste dominated this beer. I feel that it overpowered the other flavors that could have been developed here. Taste was sweet - when combined with the citrus, it cloys on the tongue, like a bad lemonade. No alcohol, wheat, or any estery/phenolic flavors present (which you'd expect from a lager). Basically, all I got was sweet, citrus in your face, and I did not enjoy it at all. Clean profile, with no perceptible diacetyl. Not out of style, but definitely not for me.

Feel: Bright and effervescent, which is a plus. Very acidic feeling on the palate - overpowering.

Overall: I was not impressed with this beer. If it were a drier beer, I think I would have enjoyed it more, but it tastes more like a sweet lemonade than a beer, with the citrus notes and residual sweetness overpowering any other subtleties that might have been present. A traditional hefeweizen as least has clove and banana to balance this out, but the weizenbock ferments clean, which completely throws off this balance, resulting in a cloying beer that is very difficult to endure. Perhaps it is better in the bottle, but if you see it on tap, order something else. The beer does not seem out of style, which says to me that this is simply not a style suited to my tastes. However, the lack of balance in the flavors, and the monochromatic citrus profile of it leads me to the conclusion that this beer needs some serious reworking in that respect. If you like sweet lemonade, then perhaps this is the brew for you.

Photo of jrnichols
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An opaque creamy golden color.

A nice head upon pouring, which settles slowly leaving a film of bubbles on top of the beer and streaks of foam on the sides of the glass. Notes of clove on the nose.

The light hoppy flavor hits at first, with clove and coriander on the back end. The malty wheatbeer flavor is present throughout, lingering in the aftertaste.

A rich creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

An excellent beer. Very smooth and flavorful. The rich taste and body mask the heavyness. The relatively high ABV is just a happy sidenote, not the focal point. This is a very satisfying beer that's almost a little too easy going down.

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Erlkönig from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
86 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.