Wolpertinger - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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German Weizenbock
3.72 | pDev: 12.9%
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Our on-going expedition mostly dedicated to those ever questing ‘rye, whiskey, bourbon, etc. barrel-aged beer zealots’. Never heard of the rarely seen, Bavarian-indigenous mammal the Wolpertinger? Well much like the actual Wolpertinger, our “Wolpie” is a little Bavarian in nature; scarcely seen (brewed once a year to celebrate UCBC’s anniversary) and definitely difficult to define…taxonomically speaking. We define “Wolpie” (beer-style wise) as a bourbon barrel-aged Winged Nut, a potent chestnut beer fermented with a Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain.

11 IBU
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of emerge077
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks Thomas for sharing this one!
Served in a small tasting goblet, quick review from notes.

Pours a nice reddish brown chestnut color, it shows good clarity, with a thin layer of tan foam on the surface that quickly parts after pouring.

Aroma is a little off, something funky and wild in there, a little leathery. Bourbon is noticeable, lending some brown sugar sweetness.

Tart and astringent, it was clearly infected. Very thin and over attenuated in feel, another bad sign. Some remnants of nutty chestnut and bourbon heat, but obscured by the overwhelming astringency. Had no idea this was considered a Weizenbock, wouldn't say that really fits. Drain pour.

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Photo of Tone
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong bourbon, wood, sweet malt, roasted malt, and strong alcohol. Does not seem to fit the style of an Herbed / Spiced Beer, but rather an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of bourbon, strong alcohol, wood, sweet malt, and roasted malt. Overall, the bourbon is over-powering and the main aspect of both aroma and body. The review as a Herbed/Spiced beer is much lower than it would be under an American Strong Ale.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked while in St. Louis this spring. First beer from UC. From cellar to fridge for a hour and poured into my brand new Spiegelau tulip.

S: First thing I get is tart/sour/horsey funk. Not what I was expecting. As it warms the barrel and bourbon are there along with raisins and prunes. Almost like a quad.

A: Deep muddy brown, not the prettiest color. Thick mousse of off white head drops to creamy ring. Not much lace, no legs.

T: Again first impression is a sour. Get some horsey funk before the barrel and bourbon hit me. Maybe some chocolate and nuttiness, not sure what chestnuts add. Maybe some tannin-like quality.

M: not getting the fullness others talk about. Seems thin and over attenuated which would go with the odd sourness. Some burnt and astringency finish out an odd beer.

O: Odd beast here. Not sure if I've got a funky one. Almost kinda bourbon Oud bruin like? The odd mouthfeel say tainted to me. As is, its drinkable at least.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark drown in color with red highlights. Decent head retention and some light will get through this one but not much. You can definitely smell the bourbon on this one but it comes across as a sweet raisin like flavor. I also get a bit of plum and black licorice on the nose. The mouthfeel is a bit warm and thick. The flavor is all about rasins and plums and is very sweet. A bit of horse blanket flavor as it disappates in the aftertaste. Very curious.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a rich mahogany wood color, complex appearance with frothy coffee colored head.

Nose is a bourbon bomb, tanginess like a bourbon barrel sour, wood, some tart fruit.

Taste, again, is a bourbon bomb, lots of wood, tangy currant and other dark fruit, a slightly smoky character. Not super nutty, maybe I don't really know what chestnut tastes like though.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, lightly carbonated. Not that high on drinkability but it feels nice for such a rich beer.

A bourbon bomb above all else, very rich all around, a good and fairly unique beer.


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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 16.7oz bottle.
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Pours a murky mahogany/brown color. There are some caramel hues. There is a nice half inch tall head that is of medium density with some bigger bubbles spread around. The head is retained for a good bit before it disappears leaving some lacing and a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is sweet. Intense sweetness is present with notes of cinnamon and even some apple pie. Dates and some fig notes also in the nose. There are some soft bready notes on the background with some wheat sweetness. There are some clove notes and some banana as well.

Flavor is intense. Starts off with some prune and raisin sweetness. Definitely some chestnut notes in the flavor. The bourbon notes add some caramel and molasses notes as well as some slight cinnamon spice to the flavor. Definitely interesting flavors. The Winged Nut aspect of it can be perceived near the middle of the brew with the soft chestnut flavor giving the Bourbon notes a slight reprieve. Moutfheel is surprisingly on the lighter side but still its a bit thicker and richer than Winged Nut.

Interesting brew and an applaudable 1st anniversary brew. Their Winged Nut brew is delicious and the BA gives it an interesting dimension. Still not blowing my mind though.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark brown with a one inch head.

s-just like the "Winged Nut", the smell of the roasted chestnuts come through, followed by a solid malt base

t-this one tastes like it smells. More nuts, more hops, more malt more everything in this one. It has just the right mix of nutty bite, followed by a nice amber, caramel finish.

m-this one isn't as smooth as the "Winged Nut", but it has much better flavor and is well worth the time it takes to sip this one down.

o- The Wolpertinger is incredibly unique and unlike many experimental beers that taste a little out there, this feels normal and it's a fun beer to drink

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Wolpertinger - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 36 ratings