Boson De Higgs | Hopfenstark

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Boson De HiggsBoson De Higgs

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rtepiak on 04-28-2011

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Mojopin88
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3.51/5: SOMEONE MADE A SMOKED BERLINER!!! It smells weird, but the taste is smoky lemon, and somehow it works

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Angerhaus
1.15/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

With the possible exception of Dogfish Head's Chocolate Lobster Stout, this might be the worst beer I've ever had. Smells and tastes like a old tire swing with a hint of sour bacon.

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Photo of thebeers
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed pale yellow color with three fingers of airy white head. Settles into a thin crown. No lacing.

Light aroma of smoked ham with some crakery malt behind, as well as a hint of floral hops and light soap. Maybe a touch of mint and grass as well.

Similarly light tasting. Again with some light smoke. A touch of farmhouse or grisette-like Belgian yeast and soapy, floral notes. A hint of hay. Very light lime juice tartness. And some more light smoke in the semi-dry finish.

Relatively light bodied with modest carbonation. Clean, dry feel.

I'd call this more of a smoked grisette than a BerlinerRauchSaison, but there is a definite light tartness to it. Fun enough hybrid, but not one I'm likely to come back to. Love the can art, though.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow with decent head. Aroma is a big punch up front of smokiness with a bit of sour at the end. There is alao a bit of tart citrus that blends in quite quietly. Taste is semi-tart and sour with the smoke still remaining the big flavor. A touch of funk joins in along with lemon and hay. Mouth feel is pleasant and finish is very crisp and clean with the smoke lingering until the last minute. A very interesting beer and a mix of many styles it seems !

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Photo of Shortbox81
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lemmy187
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of i4ourgot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong yeast, sweet malt, hint of floral hops, slight smoke, slight coriander, and slight grass. As it is a combination of three different beer styles, I guess it roughly fits the stand alone style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of pale malt, and wheat. Overall, good appearance, and distinctly smoky, wheat-y. and tart. Interesting attempt, but the blend is all over and confusing.

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Photo of FBarber
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into tulip

L: cloudy yellow, SRM 2, pushes up 1-inch head of white foam; no sticking; good activity in glass, keeps a collar and full skin; no lacing; clears up some as it sits but never reaches 100% clear

S: smokey light malt, slight bit of peat, loads of yeast, earthy but with just a hint of something sweet (from the malt?); smoked peach with a little lemon peel

T: yeast, yeast and more yeast ... almost bitter from the yeast, very earthy, lemon peel; slight sweetness from the malt, almost peach; as it warms, the smoke flavor peeks in and mixes with the earthy yeast flavor to give it a small peat/beechwood note; as it warms, the wheat starts giving it a banana flavor

F: light, crisp, easy to handle and very much within berliner weissbier parameters

O: the smoked-malt aroma is fantastic, a highlight for rauchbier fans, but the overload of yeast in the flavor brings down the experience a notch; still, it's a helluva concoction hopfenstark has cooked up, and I wonder with all that yeast flavor if this brew wouldn't come off better with some age ... there's enough sweetness in the flavor to make it seem possible; a beer that tastes much better at warmer temperatures -- mine started off very cold, and it didn't truly open up until after 20 minutes sitting in the glass

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this releases a big smoke smell when the can is cracked open and when poured that smoke blends with some lemon, banana, clove and yeastiness. The taste is tart and tangy up front with some peach and smoke. There is also some banana and fruity yeast. The carbonation is a bit stinging. This is a really odd but tasty beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange, interesting, and unique. I really like this brew. the appearance is light, golden-straw, slightly hazy, and with a light white head. The aroma is a distant cooking fire....there is grain and light herbs, fruit (peach?) and grass. Wow. The taste is lightly tart, with firm malt and wheat twang. Strong finish, nice body, and very drinkable. This one is a surprise...well made, flavorful, engaging, and delicious.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a lovely straw color and a pleasant haze. Wonderful head retention and lacing.

Smell: The nose on this one is definitely stronger on the "Rauch" portion of the beer than expected. The ham-like smokiness overwhelms the nose, but fruity esters and a distinct breadiness are still present giving the beer an extraordinary farmhouse feel.

Taste: The acidity of this beer is much more nuanced than expected, almost disappointingly so. There is a distinct banana-like fruitiness that works very well with the slight sour twang and smokiness that is weaker than one would expect based on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very light and spritzy. Moderate carbonation leaves it quite refreshing.

Overall: Surprisingly well-balanced considering all the variables at play in this brew; a lovely summer drinker, particularly on a hot evening bbq or anywhere near a farmhouse.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierRunner
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funkilicious! A lightly smoked, funky wheat beer that works surprisingly well. Bright gold color, light carbonation and a funky bouquet.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure I like this beer, but to look at it as an art, like an impression of the various styles it's claiming to be this is a masterpiece.

Smells like a Berliner Weisse and tastes like a Rauchbier. I mean they rock these flavors. Raucbier is a tough one to appreciate because the smokiness and meatiness is so profound but only slightly cut into by the lactobacilicus. The ashy smokiness lingers.

Uber Complexity in this beer. Not my style but you have to appreciate how they made it work.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i was so excited to see a beer from these guys, its been so long since i had those great saisons, but this is a canadian brewery and my pint can says a product of the united states, which upon further investigation reveals a contract brew setup, which in the old days i would have never pegged these guys for, but whatever brings me the beer i guess... its a smoked berliner beer, with a strong what flavor, some nice body from the malt there, a beachwood sort of smoke to it with some sweetness and some iodine amongst the wood, and then a light hop, a belgian yeast note, and just a little front end bacterial tang. its awfully complex, but its also beautifully simple. the smoke is cool because its distinctive but even the light wheat can push through it, and so can the floral hops and the saison yeast which seems belgian and warm fermented to me here. i burp sweet smoke, which i didnt know was a thing, and i taste white wine grapes and bandaids, peach juice and cigarette ash, and some lemon lime soda, a little burnt. cool beer but it tastes and feels a little rushed and cheap to me, under carbonated too, and a far cry from the rich and mature beers i remember from hopfenstark. that said, i like it pretty well, the price is right, and i am excited to see these guys back out in distribution. worth trying one, but i wouldnt pick this one up again in this format i dont think. appreciably different though, but i bet it was better when they made it themselves...

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopfenstark "Boson De Higgs"
on tap @ Station on 6 October 2014
$3.91 / 12 oz.

Notes: The owner/brewer just happened to be there on the day that I visited and recommended this to my friend and I. He explained the name (I was previously unaware of what the Higgs Boson particle was, although I immediately recalled seeing a television interview with Michio Kaku where he explained it, but which made no real sense to me). If I'm not mistaken, regarding the beer the name refers to a yeast or beer that they used as the starting point for this one. Anyway... It's a fairly clear gold in color beneath a short head of frothy white. Better than average head retention and lacing. The aroma is mineralish, gently spicy, grainy-wheaty, and smoky. The smoke is not bold like you might find in an Aecht Schlenkerla, but it's clear. The flavor is similar: thinly wheaty in maltiness, spicy, tart, fruity, mineralish, and more subtly smoky. It was explained that this is a rauchbier-berliner weisse-saison which kind of makes sense. There's a definite smokiness to it, as well as some tartness, but it's also got some malt and body to it and spice, so it all comes together.

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