Barbarossa - Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
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3.64/5 rDev +0.8%
Sampled a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary: Beer Revolution and Brewster's are affiliated and right beside one another downtown. Personally, I have no qualms about a few of Brewster's special offerings making the jump next door from time to time. This one is a light cola brown, almost like an old uber-ripe peach, with maybe half an inch of light tan head dappled on top. Smells like sweet but tangy wheat malt, fruity and spicy yeast esters and phenols, weedy green hops, and an interesting touch of smoke. Much like other North American weizens (dunkel and otherwise) except for the latter two elements. Tastes of caramelized bananas or perhaps warmed-over banana chips, bruised crabapples, a tamarind-like dark sourness, and again a subtle tinge of smoke, along with clove and another earthy spice that recalls turmeric. The brew is at once rather redolent of banana yet sour, earthy, and smoky, with some grassy hops in the finish. Rather aggressive carbonation. Less sweet than many other dunkelweizens I've had but also less rich and spicy, with ample sour fruit character. Reminds me an awful lot of Brewster's Davenport "red hefeweizen", almost the same brew ... This one could be just a shade darker and fruitier. This sort of very fine gradation between a brewery's offerings maybe isn't the greatest approach, but hey. I wasn't about to send it back.
01-31-2014 03:51:12 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
An industry pint of the most recent Oliver Square German Series.
This beer appears a very murky, dark apricot colour, with one beefy finger of fine foamy dirty white head, which leaves a solid wall of specked painted lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.
It smells of rather sweet wheat malt, ripe banana mush, a bit of orange citrus, and some tame vegetal yeast. The taste is more sugary, somewhat neutered wheat malt, soft banana chips, a mild earthy spiciness - almost cloves, but not quite, and a simmering astringency, kind of weedy, and kind of boozy.
The carbonation is more or less inert, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and plush in its straight up smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruit-heavy (guess which one) wheat malt facing little offset from any fading spice or hops.
A generally agreeable dunkelweizen, nicely interwoven with wheat and the usual suspect fruit and spice essences. Not all that complex, but enjoyable enough for a round or two.
08-30-2012 02:11:22 | More by biboergosum
Barbarossa from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
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