Fahrt Die Ziege
Stone Brewing

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Dark
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
14
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  5
SCORE
84
Good
Notes: A few years back, The Bruery released a delightful barrel-aged weizenbock called Ride That Goat, which served as the initial spark of inspiration for what you’re holding in your hand. In German, Ride That Goat loosely (with a dose of creative license) translates to “Fahrt die Ziege.” We’ll get back to that in a second. Our friends from up the Interstate 5 Freeway in Southern California took the slightly longer trip (even longer by goat, presumably) to Berlin to help us with this collaboration. Aged in barrels for four months, then brewed again, this time with fresh blueberries sourced in a moment of Gestalt, through pure Zeitgeist, from neighboring local Dörrwerk, The final blend is 2/3 aged and 1/3 fresh brewed, yet 100% full of San Diego bravado, Orange County creativity, and old-school-meets-neue-schule German brewing in Berlin. Phew. Admittedly “Reite Die Ziege” would be more accurate, but hey, Fahrt Die Ziege made us laugh. So we stuck with it.
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018 vintage

This was originally $50 marked down to $20, I just couldn’t pass it up. Hopefully this is good, I’ve got another one of these series as well

Pours a muddy brown with 3 fingers of lightly tan head that fades quickly to a cap and doesn’t leave much lacing. A fair bit of sediment floating in the glass

The nose brings notes of banana, pepper, doughy malt, subtle wheat, and some light berry, not specifically blueberry however

On the front of the tongue I dont get too much going on, just some subtle banana, clove, and caramel. The finish brings a fair amount of molasses and fusel alcohol

Definitely a full body, this has very subtle carbonation and drinks a tad under its abv, maybe around 9%. It finishes mostly dry with a fair amount of alcohol sweetness

This didn’t blow me away, but fuck if it wasn’t a fun bottle share with my boy Justin. Good job Stone (and The Bruery) on a fun beer

Aug 08, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty clear garnet color. Off-white head that persisted.
Aroma of booze, spice, and caramel.
Taste follows the nose. Boozy, caramel, fruit, and clove.
A little on the thin side, but enjoyable.

Jan 01, 2020
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cracking this bottle finally, and ironically only three days after announcing the sale of Stone Berlin to Brew Dog. Timing is everything...

It's actually quite a beautiful beer, and not what I was expecting. A rich mahogany color with a slightly unfiltered look to it. I'm guessing the blueberry influence contributed to the bold, dark look. A cream colored smooth foam forms above and manages to keep a frothy ring around the glass.

Imperial Wheat Ale, Wheat Wine, Weizenbock... Take your pick. This has a big sweet presence with a boatload of caramel slathered toast and a side of blueberry juice.

The flavor is a little lost in translation. Still maintains traces of that caramel and berry, but booze takes over almost instantly. A little bit of fig and a slightly ashy, woody finish.

Not quite as sweet and thinner in feel than expected. Quite well balanced actually. Very warming with the faintest bit of a tart finish along with the aforementioned woody hop bitterness.

I don't know what I expected with this bottle. It's good. Unique. Funky. Blown away? Not at all. Nonetheless, I was happy to contribute to the experiment and even happier to reap the generous benefits that Stone provided along the journey.

My Condolences to the fine folks and pioneers of Stone Brewing that Stone Berlin did not go as planned, but a heart felt and hearty cheers to you for trying.

Apr 10, 2019
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1-27-2019 - Served from the bomber into my Stone tulip glass. Straw color with white effervescent head. Tasty wheat ale with just a hint of the blueberries, so I liked this as I was expecting it to be fruitier. Glad I tried this one.

Jan 29, 2019
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Mit Stolz Gebraut in Berlin, GE. Purchased at the Stone Brewery, Richmond, VA for about $30. Corked and caged. Poured into a teku glass. Not much of a pop when removing the cork but well carbonated.

Disappointing. I know this stuff sells, but I’m going to have to stop buying. Like any beer, it makes an impression and you typically get over the initial shock, but it took me trudging through more than half the bottle before my palate was desensitized. 3.5

A – Pours a clear amber with a three-finger light tan/cream/meringue colored head, which turns rocky as it settles. Some lacing. 4.0

S – Aromas of vanilla, spices, sweet spirits/bourbon, cloves and faint blueberries. 3.5

T – Bready, malty, whiskey, almost too hot (spirits), no blueberries. Minor fruitiness, sweet notes up front but quickly fading to the whiskey. Almost peaty. 3.75

MF – A warming medium body beer with a spirit laden dry finish. 3.75

Jan 15, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork'n'cage magnum into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed dark golden copper pour with thick foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Wheat/grains and light blueberry. Sweet and earthy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Wheat/grains... light citrus and yeast. Blueberry present but in the background. Not at all obnoxious. The ABV is noticeable... mild spice. Medium bodied.

O: A decent beer... Blueberry Imperial Wheat is a pretty good description, and a fun collaboration between Stone and the Bruery. Glad I had 4 people to share it with... a fun beer to sample.

Oct 21, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1.5 liter magnum into sniffer.
look is cloudy dark brown. Smell is alcohol and blueberries and a little yeast. Taste follows nose pretty much , lots of alcohol hits the blueberries, a little spice at end. Medium feel. Overall very interesting, nice for a change of pace. Good sipping ale.

Jul 23, 2018
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HalfFull from California

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass from a 1.5 liter magnum. Pour offers the haze of a wheat beer and then some, leaning on the murky side. Off white to tan foam can be regenerated with a spin throughout the glass yet still seems a bit short for the style. Well, the style I was expecting anyway, that being a German Weizenbock.

Nose offers faint yeast notes, touch of carob, weak hint of a barrel and an occasional waft of ethanol. Taste is similar and not very impressive. Bit of spice on the finish helps a bit. Warming opens things up a notch, well maybe half a notch on the aroma.

Finish is a bit chalky and nondescript. I sense things weren't quite as planned given the 'rebrew' and blending of things.

Buy and use a Guezue basket for this one....

May 27, 2018
Fahrt Die Ziege from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 14 ratings