Famine | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Bavarian-style wheat beer utilizing a specialized mash temperature to develop a big body and a full flavor while keeping the beer sessionable. Malted black wheat gives the color and Bavarian yeast provide the aroma and flavor.

Added by bluejacket74 on 10-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown body, just slightly translucent, with a quickly dissipating white head.

S - Lots of nice floral esters, banana, clove, but with some roast. It smells really nice, I think,

T - Some nutty earthy notes, a biting fruity sweetness. Pretty far from the nose. Maybe I am being famished of reasonable flavors?

M - fine, dry, thin, some carbonation mucks it up a bit.

O - this is a good Rivertown beer, but I don't think it's a very good Dunkelweizen. It smells great, but is otherwise lacking.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64 ounce growler
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is dark brown with ruby highlights. I got about an inch of tan head.

S - I got banana and clove when I poured it. I also get whiffs of cocoa.

T - The taste seems to be lacking that banana and clove. It is barely perceptible. I get a little bit of roastiness.

M - Moderate

O - The initial aromas are great. From there on it is lacking. The aroma fades and it drinks more like a bock than a wheat beer.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Zywiec glass on 12/22/12

Dark, tobacco brown color. Looks to be clear, from what I can tell. One and a half finger head dissipates to 1/8th of an inch. A few patches of lace.

Decent aromas of toasted wheat, dark roast and banana. Hints of clove and dough. Undertones of soap. The taste is not so decent. A jolting mass of bitter roast and cherry hits fast and trails off pushing aside what should otherwise be wheat and banana and such. After a while the cherry falls away, and a small amount of banana moves in. Regardless, this doesn't have a rich wheat profile like I was hoping for. Tangy, dirty, coating finish. The body is medium-light with moderate carbonation; fairly easy to drink in that regard.

Famine isn't terrible, but it sure ain't very good either. The aroma made for an alright starting point, but the beer declined from there.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #3 in Rivertown's ``4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse'' beers. Poured from a bottle into a Konig Ludwig Weissbier glass. Nice, dark, fairly-clear pour with a big off-white head that has rather poor retention for the style. The nose has faint characteristic estery, banana notes and some clove-like phenols. There are no assertive hop aromas, but there is a slight, acidic tartness.

Light to medium body and a reasonably firm feel. Nicely balanced flavor between sweet, bready notes and a crisp, fruity, tart wheat flavor. Lots of banana in the front of the mouth and sweet tea and lemon in the back. Very easy drinking.

Overall, a nice example of the style. Rather than try to impress us, Rivertown seems to have opted for a traditional interpretation. It is tasty and refreshing, but it leaves me wondering what the point of a ``Brewmaster's Reserve Limited Release Series'' is if you don't take a few risks and try to do something new, off-the-wall, and different.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark brown with about an inch tan head. The head didn't stay around for too long, and there isn't much lacing. The aroma smells like yeast, cloves, sweet bready malt and some bananas. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the yeasty and malty flavors being well balanced. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. It's not a bad brew overall, but I wouldn't pay $2.99 a bottle for this again. With that being said, I do think it's worth a try. Beer #3 in Rivertown's Brewmaster's Limited Release Series.

Wasn't sure exactly what to categorize this as, since Rivertown calls this a Black Bavarian-Style Wheat Ale.

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Famine from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 15 ratings