He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010 - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
Appearance - Pours a cloudy light chocolate brown color with about a finger of tan head that dissipates relatively fast leaving decent lacing on the sides of my SA perfect pint glass.
Smell - Right off the bat, it smells more like a dubbel than a doppelbock. There are sweet malts, caramel, slight grape, breadiness, and yeast.
Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is just an odd grape flavor that saturates the overall flavor profile. It reminds me of Welches grape juice as a kid (the grape flavor). Sweet malts and caramel, cloves, brown sugar. However, overall, nothing that really stands out besides the odd grape flavor which does not mix well with the other flavors.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.
Drinkability - One and I'm done, and also I will not buy again. Saw it at the store, thought it sounded interesting so I picked it up. Not what I was really expecting and nothing that stood out to me once drinking it. Meh.
09-08-2010 03:37:57 | More by SpdKilz
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
A: The pour is a dark amber color, maybe burnt orange, with a fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin layer.
S: Sweet fruits on the nose, which does have some grape character, but not overly vinous. A definite malt and caramel note as well.
T: Semi-sweet and malty on the tongue without too much in terms of grape flavor. There is a bit of a fruit sweetness, but I can't tell if that's from the base beers (apparently a blend of doppelbock and dubbel). Overall, the flavor is on the bland side.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. There's a bit of a flat feel overall to the beer, though.
D: Really underwhelming. I've enjoyed several of the He'Brew beers, but I can't say this is one of them. Just not much going on in terms of flavors.
09-06-2010 22:11:04 | More by womencantsail
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.
Pours a clearish brown/red with a foamy thinning light tan head.
Smell is bready malty, grapy, and a tinge of esthery yeast.
Taste is very dark bread with a grape juice quality. Finishes dry and yeasty.
Mouthfeel is a little thin. This is pretty drinkable, but not great.
an above average beer that is different than the norm.
08-28-2010 22:44:58 | More by aubuc1
2.5/5 rDev -31.5%
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light brown that looks slightly purplish and has a smallish off-white head that quickly diminishes to a dusting.
The aroma is sweet figgy caramel malts, candy sugar, sweet grape juice and wood.
The flavor is sweet grapes with some vinous alcohol and some off bitter notes (card-boardy). The fruitiness fades as it warms and figgy caramel malts become more pronounced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.
Overall, an interesting idea. It's a bit watery and I didn't care for the flavors much - it just wasn't too interesting.
08-25-2010 06:05:20 | More by Beaver13
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.
Appearance: murky amber-brown body with a thin finger of tan foam atop. Looks pretty nice, actually; more like a dubbel than a doppelbock (the label claims this is a mixture of both).
Smell: sweet malt aroma with a little woodiness; on top of this is a burst of fresh grape. It's actually not bad, but it conjures a pretty strong reminiscence of grape jelly. Odd for a beer, but overall the effect is alright.
Taste: sweet, malty and fruity. Right off the bat is a grape jelly flavor with a drier, more bitter undertone. Finish is more on the dry, bitter and astringent side of the scale. Grape jellyness holds on for the ride, though. It's oddly compelling, but the jelliness is getting to me.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is nice and creamy and feels pretty good.
Drinkability: this beer, while interesting, is not going to interest me past this bottle. The first burst of flavor is too, well, grapey, and the hard bitterness at the end is just not that pleasurable. Not an extremely drinkable beer.
08-23-2010 03:02:08 | More by flagmantho
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a dark red brown color with a small tan head that quickly dissipated but left a moderate amount of lacing.
Aroma starts off sweet with a lot of maltiness upfront then notes of raisin and dark cherries show up followed by a very subtle hint of grape juice.
The taste starts out with a caramel sweetness then transitions to the dubbel style with tastes of dark fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg and yeast. The grape taste is very light but can be sensed throughout.
Medium body with light to medium carbonation. I suppose this would qualify as unique, but not really amazing. Overall, it is an interesting blend of flavors and I can see where they are coming from calling this a doppelbock/dubbel hybrid. But what was enjoyable in small doses I think would get old in a hurry if I went out and got more. Good to split with a friend but I won't be stocking up on these.
08-22-2010 01:26:56 | More by Vengeance526
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
A - A deep reddish mahogany with a small but lingering offwhite head. Moderate lacing.
S - Heavy caramel malts, yeast, and some grape fruitiness.
T - For me this one didn't really work. I actually found the addition of the grape to clash with the heavy malts of the two combined styles. Kind of like mixing some Grape Fanta with some root beer. Individually, I like them both, but together they detracted from each other rather than enhanced.
M - Medium to heavy in body, with a decently thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Nice overall feel on the tongue.
D - All things considered, I finished it easy enough. I do like both of the combined styles, but probably would have preferred this without the grapes actually OR perhaps it needed more grapes to really pull it off. As it was, the malt and spice flavors clashed with the grape addition.
08-21-2010 07:15:02 | More by blackc5
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Half Dopplebock/Half Belgian Style Dubbel Ale Brewed with All-Natural Grape Juice
A- Pours a brownish copper color with a light tan head that quickly disappears.
S- The aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits and hints of spices. The aroma has the maltiness of the dopplebock and the fruitiness of the dubbel. The grape juice is definitely evident in the aroma but it blends in so well you really have to concentrate to pick it out.
T- The taste like the aroma starts out with sweet malt along with some spices and a yeasty finish. The grape juice is pretty well hidden in the taste as well.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, I must admit I was hesitant when I read the description of this beer but it exceeded my expectations by far. This is a really tasty brew that is definitely worth a try.
08-20-2010 04:05:02 | More by cjgator3
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
appearance: Reddish brown with almost no head and no lacing. Lots of bubbles.
smell: The Dubbel part is up front here. Sour up front with the malty Dobblebock in the background. Interesting.
taste: Interesting again. Rich combo of sour and malt.
mouthfeel: medium with good carbonation.
drinkability: Pretty decent for a >8%.
Interesting beer. Glad I tried it, not particularly excited to stock up.
08-15-2010 19:40:18 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.
The blurb on the label intrigued me enough to give this beer a shot. It pours a lovely clear garnet-brown topped by a half-finger or so of off-white foam. The nose is as I expected after reading the label (get ready for a double colon): pretty much an exact cross between a dubbel and a doppelbock: notes of red grapes, white grapes, rye bread, biscuits, Belgian-y yeast, toffee, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a touch of citrus. Unfortunately, things go downhill from here. The aforementioned elements generally return, but they do not mix together as nicely, as peacefully, as in the smell. It all comes together in a semi-burnt, chalky, malty, browned-fruity melange of dullness. It's just not what theory says it could have been. The body is a sleek medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice experiment that sadly went a bit awry.
08-12-2010 03:25:21 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp dark copper with a thin light tan head that diminished to a ring and left almost no lacing on the glass. Aroma was dark malts and sweet fruits, not much there. The taste was an interesting kick of sweet grape juice in the initial that quickly gives way to sharp dried fruits. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a bit too much carbonation. This is a unique beer to say the least, but I won't likely have it again.
08-06-2010 01:23:43 | More by atsprings
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grapes with some toffee and sugar. The grapes are not that strong in the aroma but are present. The flavor is caramel and toffee malt with some sugar and a little bit of grapes. I really thought the grapes would be more prevalent but this is pretty much just a regular doppelbock with a little grape. Not that that is a bad thing, since I really like this style of beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-04-2010 05:42:09 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind a thick lace.
Smell: Grapes and rich,sweet malts but a fairly weak aroma overall.
Taste: An interesting sweet and tart grape flavor permeates all aspects of this beer, Other than that, it begins with sweet caramel malt and finishes with more sweet malt and a hint of bittersweet alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a somewhat watery, yet sticky, finish that has touches of warming alcohol. Actually, this is a bit watery overall but still not bad.
Drinkability: Is this a doppelbock? I certainly wouldn't say so- it's really more of a style all its own. Regardless, this is interesting and the grapes are not overdone, but still are strong and add something very nice to this beer. I'd like to have this again, but it's not something I would rush out to buy. I also applaud the brewery for the experimentation and obvious craftsmanship that went into this one.
08-03-2010 02:31:56 | More by Mosstrooper
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours a nice mahogany color, shot through with bright red streaks. Aroma is mostly sour grapes, a little Belgian candi sugar and just a suggestion of hops. Very cabernet/merlot-like on the palate, with a sweet and ultimately very unsatisfying finish.
07-31-2010 05:33:11 | More by emmasdad
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured on draft at kickbacks in Jacksonvile. This is not a beer that I would normally drink but due to the limited availability I had to try it. Pours a dark brown with a tan head that slowly disipates. No lacing on the glass. Smells of grape and hops. Tastes like a brown ale wine or liquor....almost like a Belgian ale, but not as carbonated. I won't try this one again...but I can appreciate the work that went into this brew.
07-30-2010 22:38:16 | More by cbak999
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a deep, translucent ruby color with a 1/2-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.
The smell is mainly fruit--red grapes and rasberry along with some yeast and caramel malts. The taste is very fruity--grape juice with some cherries along with wheat and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated; slightly acidic and light-bodied.
This is a drinkable beer, but you have to like grapes to really enjoy it. I liked it, but I couldn't figure out the style. I picked up some of the doppelbock qualities, but the Belgian elements came through as well.
07-27-2010 03:41:55 | More by theghost3
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
A: This poured a clear dark cherry with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet caramel and honey wheat, with some slightly sour grapes and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like sour grapes and sweet caramel, with some honey wheat and bready yeast. The aftertaste was sweet and sour. More doppelbock than dubbel, but ultimately its own unique thing. Grape is a difficult flavor to integrate into that mix also, so I applaud the brewery's efforts.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation, which is not quite as full as I'd like.
D: This was a good beer, and certainly interesting to try. It was clean with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. It was enjoyable but not especially memorable or delicious. This didn't seem like a good candidate for aging, since that would most likely only fade the grapes that are meant to be highlighted.
07-12-2010 19:16:11 | More by Pencible
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Unique tangy ale with definite grape taste.
Beautiful ruby amber color with nice tracings of bubbles around the glass. Smells winey and definitely not typical beery. Acidic initial taste rather than the sweetness common with the Rejewvenator beers. Hops are restrained and not much in the way of aromatics. Balance with the malt comes from the woody tannin and tangy acid of the grapes. Aftertaste is more of bitter grape stems than of traditional hops.
Schmaltz has become one of my favorite breweries. They have a way of making intriguing and highly drinkable beers out of strange ingredients.
07-12-2010 05:10:40 | More by mactrail
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
A decent beer, but I don't know about $6 for a 22 oz. Very easy to drink for a 8.2% beer. The combo of belgian and doppelbock, with grape juice works decently, but the strength is not better than the sum of its parts. Would get again, but not for $6.
07-10-2010 00:03:56 | More by gildobeer
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours an effervescent ruby color with 1 finger of khaki colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Grape juice, figs & other dark fruit, plus brown bread once warm
T: Follows the nose along with dryness, cherries, mineral hoppyness & burnt candi sugar up front. I also get a slight juicy fruit flavor as this warms, along with earthy funk, a bit of boozeyness & general winey type notes. Finishes fruitty, slightly dry with a bit of earthy bitterness
MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & good balance. Becomes fairly slick when warm
Drinks real easy, more dubbel than dopplebock IMO, but a fun offering that is easily the best beer with grapes I've had so far
07-06-2010 14:39:33 | More by russpowell
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
pours a semi-clear dark copper-red with a very small beige head, and not much lacing.
smell of malt, burnt toffee, and fruit.
taste is a little thin, malt, caramel, grape, a few hops, and nuts, ends a little tart.
overall a little more fruity than a doppelbock, but an average brew.
06-30-2010 17:08:05 | More by froghop
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
22oz bottle, 8.2% abv.
Ours a clear, deep amber with a one finger head. The foams settles very quickly to a thin layer and ring, leaving a light lace.
Smell; the grapes really jump out at you, dominating the aroma at first. After a little warming the malts start to peek through with a brown sugar and molasses.
Taste; the grapes are definitely noticeable, but not as potent as they were in the aroma. Sweet molasses and brown sugar dominate, with just a hint of bittering hops in the background. The base dopplebock/dubble come through here more, with the grapes being more complimentary.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation, and the drinkability is good. I wasn't sure how I would like this beer, even after the first few sips, but as it warmed and the more I drank, the more it grew on me.
06-07-2010 00:32:30 | More by RedHaze
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. Brewed with Concorde grape juice. I'm not sure why the previous entries are classified as American Strong Ales as I'm fairly certain these are brewed with lager yeast so I'm going with doppelbock.
Pours a clear purplish-amber color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of sweet dark malts with large amounts of grape aromas - not quite as Concorde-grape as I was hoping but still with a good deal of the distinctive character. Also present are good amounts of brown sugar and whiffs of crisp lager yeast make their way in and out of things.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though the grape flavors aren't as robust as the aroma intimates. Sweet caramel malt flavors buttressed by crisp lager yeast kick things off. Shortly thereafter earthy grape flavors make their way into things and carry through to a decidedly sweet ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.
Overall I almost bumped the drinkability up a notch however I had about 8 oz and I'm not sure any more would go down as easily. Still, a nice beer that I'm afraid many will compare to Welch's grape juice although I think the other flavors work themselves in there nicely.
05-27-2010 02:11:18 | More by glid02
He'Brew Rejewvenator (Year Of The Grape) 2010 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.