Erlkönig | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Maifest special is sweet, soothing, and a deceptive delight. So much so that it may deceive thy sight. Should you start to see visions of Elf King fame, heed the warnings from where this beer gets its name. Spelled out clearly in the Goethe poem…Hold on tight to a loved one, and head for home.

Added by Franziskaner on 07-06-2013

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 12
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3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light yellow in appearance. A thin layer of foam and some Brussels lace on my glass. A bit of banana and clove on the nose. Strong banana and clove eatery flavor on the palate. A bit much on the clove for me on the aftertaste. Could use a slight tweak. Smooth and drinkable on the palate. Tried on 6/30/13. Had to wait until 20 reviews to add.

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Photo of Suds
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a murkey, cloudy, golden-peach color. Small white head. The aroma is nice....bready, a little wheat twang, some fruit, and a decent amount of malt. The taste is exceptional...sweet and malty, but not cloying. It has a lot of fruit (apricot, peach, etc), a little spice, and a lot of pale, biscuity malt. The body is firm, and there is a little bitterness, but restrained hop flavor. Described as a double wheat bock, this one is a keeper.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of navband
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schlafly33
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers+ of pearl white head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: A little breadyness, a little pear, some rubberband

T: Follows the nose, some herbal notes, a little lemon zest. Slight pepperiness as this warms, a little grassiness, pears & breadiness & green banana. Finishes with pears, green banana, a little white pepper, & some juicy fruit

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

A pretty passable iteration of the style, would buy this again if I'm in the mood for the style . Very drinkable

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of caustin90
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of stlfatguy
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, wheat, yellow with barely a Hint of haze. Not much head. Looks almost like a bud, Just a shade less clear...I say that to say this... the look didn't tell me anything about this beer, and didn't even hint at what was to come. The first whiff was surprisingly sweet. Some familiar esters and subtle bubble gum. Taste reminded me of a saison or two. Heavy carbonation bite led to a tart sour undertone. As it warmed, the bite faded and the spice came out. Cracked pepper and heavy, dark fruit. There's a little of everything going on here. Says ' pale double wheat bock ale '...I don't know about that, but I liked it. I don't know if the rhyme on the label was written afterwards to try to explain this beer, or if they set out to create something deceptive from the get go. If this was the intention, then bravo, job well done Urban Chestnut.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a bright yellow, some haze. Medium head with an average pour that dissipates quickly, some foamy cling. Smell brings lots of wheat, some malt, yeast and black pepper. Getting a little smoke as it warms. Taste also leads with wheat, yeast, less malt than the nose. A bit of spiciness, maybe some cloves, for one. Smooth, somewhat crisp. Body could be fuller, even for the style.

Decent beer, a good wheat ale. Does not taste like a Weizenbock to me, much less body and depth of flavor.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured this 16.7 oz brown bottle into a Spaten mug. The body was a hazy butterscotch color. There was two fingers of white head. No date, but drank it fresh from the variety pack.

The smell was of bananas and cloves. A fresh baguette breadiness.

The taste was sweet malts and also the banana and clove. There was a fruity snap of a wheat beer and a plenty of sweetness.

The body was medium and there was a smoothness in the mouth. I'm not a fan of wheat beers but I would not turn this one down in the future.

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Photo of foundersfan1
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Served in a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy mango-colored yellowish orange that is pretty monotone across the full beer. Very little highlights or shadowing from any light sources. Atop the body sits a finger of bone-white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving noticeable lace rings around the side of the glass. On the side of the glass where I'm drinking, the wash leaves a healthy mottling of lace.

Smell - As one might expect from a hefeweizen, there are notes of faint banana and clove, but the fact that it is a bock means extra alcohol, and in this case that alcohol brings along flavors like spiced rum, vanilla, and amaretto giving the recognizable wheat and yeast characteristics an added depth/heft.

Taste - The banana phenols are a little bit more prevalent in the taste, but they work well with the bready yeast, giving almost a buttered fresh banana bread sense to the beverage, but in a good way. Some of the same notes of spice, like clove and perhaps some brown sugar are present as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-heavy bodied beer, with moderate carbonation and a mostly sweet finish.

Overall, a great take on the style. I may have to seek out this one in bottles, as that was everything I like about a weizen bock. I know Urban Chestnut is fairly new on the scene, but I hop this is only a sign of things to come.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with a tan head of foam. It smelled of bread, wheat and a hint of clove. It delivers similar flavors with a dominant malt backbone.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of basaywhat
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has has coriander and wheat with some earthiness backing. Flavor has light spice and some sweet wheat with earthiness towards the finish.

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Photo of heerboth
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tpaetow
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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