He'Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer
Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Winter Warmer
3.61 | pDev: 10.25%
Jul 31, 2021
Nov 10, 2014
He'Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The BeerHe'Brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer
Notes: Chanukah Beer pours a rich crystal clear chestnut to ruby color with a light creamy head. The aroma and flavors lean toward a robust winter warmer, though brewed without any spices. Just all malt and hop goodness! Light caramel and toasty nuttiness as well as a hint of sweeter chocolate are rounded out by a healthy dose of European Noble and classic American new school hops. With 8 malts, 8 hops and 8% alcohol, this beer is real wonder with so many elements blending to create balanced and yet still distinct flavors. Hanukkah Beer is brewed as a celebration offering and sure to light up your holiday season. L'Chaim!
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2014 edition no exact date
12oz bttle into tulip
L- pours a dark brown almost black, no head just some bubbly brown lacing
S- strong caramel malty nose, a little boozy as well
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