Humdinger Series: Graupel - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.66/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Magic Hat is stepping up their game...
Poured from 750mL cork and caged bottle to a tasting glass. Really not an easy cork to get out.
Pours a deep amber gold color, with a slight haze to it. Maybe from chill haze, but more probably from the massive amount of protein from all that wheat. The head is a treat to see develop, with some reverse cascading action going on and tight little bubbles that make a dense, compact head which leave a good amount of lacing and a soapy appearance after a few minutes.
The aroma is not the most complex, but certainly smells like I would expect a wheatwine to smell like. Up front there is a subdued hop aroma, leafy in nature. Mostly though is a major hit of rock candy. It smells a bit like a maibock, with hints of honey, lavender and alcohol.
The first sip delivers a sweetness, with a rich mouthfeel. Waves of sweet malts cover the front of the tongue, and as it rolls back, you get those hints of honeyed malts. The bitter hops take their place in the finish, giving a balance to this wheat monster. It is clear that this beer has a high alcohol content, but there is no burn here. It is incredibly smooth, and a lingering heat lets you know that this is a serious beer to be consumed slowly.
Like I mentioned before, full-bodied and smooth as could be. Carbonation is mild.
Overall, I gotta hand it to the guys at Magic Hat. This is a style not fully represented well and they went for it with everything they had. The result is something that I would be proud of, though it may not be the most exciting beer in the world. Well built, well balanced. Possibly the best Wheatwine that I have tasted, but hasn't quite sold me on the style quite yet. Would I purchase again? No. I don't think age would have any positive effect on this beer either. I could see it going well with a dessert, like creme brulee or something like that. It was worth the $10 I paid for it though.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2013 21:07:57 | More by MusicaleMike
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2.3/5 rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Amber color with about two fingers of off white head. Plenty of carbonation and medium lacing on the glass.
Smell: Grassy and some cloves.
Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rough, medium bodied. Taste was very bitter all around.
Overall: Not what I expected and I probably would not buy again. But the beer looks great,just doesn't have a good flavor in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 18:22:34 | More by Cavanaghty
Humdinger Series: Graupel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.