Yukon Birch Beer
Yukon Brewing Company

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #134
Ranked #30,062
3.75 | pDev: 9.87%
Yukon Brewing Company
Yukon, Canada
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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Something different. The birch flavour did nothing for me. Completely uninteresting to drank. Bark sap in a light mouthfeel lager. Black bodied with a fast disappearing head. Bark sap aroma. Mostly drain poured. Maybe if less barky, so that the bite would be more than the bark.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes... Props to joemcgrath27 for the hook up on this one.

A - Pours a dark copper colour, finger of big bubbled head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Classic marzen with leafy green hops, light caramel notes, and an earthy, grassy finish.

T - Bready caramel, leafy hops, buttered bread lingers alongside a hint of sugar syrop sweetness. Earthy malts and a hint of roasted almonds.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet but has a unique chewy finish.

O - Certainly a tasty marzen... Birch sap? I would imagine this is what gave it the sweetness on the finish, but certainly would be tough to identify without knowing beforehand. Another quality offering from Yukon, and I hope I can continue to procure other offerings within this series through my western trader.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown appearance with thin foamy head that quickly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of strong syrupy brown sugar, along with honey, herbs and some bread.

Taste is similar to the smell; hit with lots of honey, syrup and brown sugar, along with herbs and bread with a hint of pepper and spices. Very sweet beer, but has a good blend of tastes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a dry syrupy taste.

It was awesome to get a collectors beer from Yukon. This is an interesting beer, it’s sweet but has some tasty features. Worth a try.

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Photo of Agent1
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch No. 001
Summer 2011

Great packaging here! A cylindrical canister with a hidden little gem inside. Make sure to take a gander if you wish to learn more about this 'birch sap' amber ale.

Appearance - A strong amber/orange. After being poured out, this beer appears fairly lifeless. A great color! However, there is little to no head on this. Letting it sit for a while, the carbonation quickly fades and head dissipates much the same.

Smell - Awesome woody aroma! Brown sugar, light toffee notes and a faint hop on the nose. A pretty nice bouquet.

Taste - Immediately wood, honey and herbs come to mind. Earthy sap (really tasty and interesting), brown sugar, toffee, with a slight sour dough finish. Lightly hopped. Not too complex overall, but the birch sap really makes this beer distinct.

Mouthfeel - Quite watery. Not much body to this ale at all, unfortunately. A little disappointing.

Overall - The idea behind this beer is what brings me back to it from time to time. It is arguably one-of-a-kind. Not a very well-rounded beer, but it still has a blend of engaging flavors. The look and mouthfeel of this beer really do an injustice to it overall, in my opinion. The birch sap is an awesome ingredient here and it creates a whole new potential for more breweries to experiment with the idea. And for that, I would like to give it a higher rating...but not all the elements are there. Regardless, a fun beer! Try it out.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nearly clear copper, short white head quickly dissipated to a few faint blobs
S - a definite sweet nuttiness, leafy, with a woody aroma
T - nutty and brown sugar malt, light mineral flavour, a strange but tasty sryupy woody flavour that must be the birch sap, definitely unique
M - medium body with mild carbonation, maybe even a tad flat, a sticky sweet feel with some blood like minerally feel
O - it has a solid marzen flavour base and the birch aspect adds a unique woody syrupy sweetness with a mineral kick, sometimes a small twist on can pay big dividends

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml painfully, obviously recycled bottle, hidden inside a much more nicely rendered, and amusing, cardboard tube.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent random array of spectral lace around the glass as it bleeds away. It smells of sweet, edgily woody syrup, bready, biscuity malt, a bit of nuttiness, and earthy hops. The taste is more lightly toasted, bready malt, moderately sweet sappy, woody tree drippings, and understated, read: not that bitter, leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite reserved, the body medium weight, yet a little airy, and adequately smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, but not without a decent, unusual tingle from the arboreal ooze.

What we have here is another of those familiar, but slightly twisted offerings from our nation's northern culture fringes. I sure as hell could not have told you that this was birch flavour, per say, just an indistinct essence of tree. My failing, not theirs. All said, I quite like this, a sturdy base beer spruced up (I can't help myself!) by the exotic (for Canada) wood 'treatment'.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 26/10/11

A very slight haze in a amber body with just a few bubbles slowly making their way to the thin layer of short lived foam that leaves a little random lace

S the sweet syrup is hard to miss, a little candied fruit and some nutty toffee

T a little earthy herbal aspect to go with some bready malt and all I can smell, it's leaning towards too sweet but it pulls it off

M medium bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat, a little sticky on the lips

O something different for sure, I can't think of another Birch syrup infused beer I've had in the past

nice presentation with the cardboard tube and I'm pretty stoked to get another beer from Yukon here in Alberta

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Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light amber, coppery hue with thin, light head. Slightly opaque in clarity.

Smell- Sweet, syrupy caramel, almost like honey. Slight hint of vanilla and nuttiness.

Taste- The syrupy flavour is immediately identifiable. Slight bitterness, however I expected a little more bitterness in the aftertaste, but was surprised to find a sweet finish. Nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel- Light-to-medium bodied, slightly bubbly, very smooth.

Overall- A very interesting session brew by Yukon Brewing Company. The flavours balance very well. I didn't know what to expect at first with the Marzen style, as I expected more bitterness. Perhaps the birch syrup balances this bitterness out. I'm glad to have tried this special brew. A nice addition to Yukon's excellent line up.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave the Alberta Yukon Brewing rep for the sample. This is the first of their A.D.D. Brewer's Series of limited edition beers from the brewery that will be available in Alberta. Pours out a clear amber hue, with a finger of loose creamy off-white head.

Sweet malt on the nose, a little bit of caramel, some toasted character, plus earthy sweetness from the birch syrup.

Flavour is sweet as well, but not one-dimensional. Toasty caramel malt up front, with a sticky, earthy, almost berry-like sweetness that can only be assumed is coming from the birch syrup. Almost has hints of blackberry in there.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, texture makes it feel fuller, with moderate carbonation.

Enjoyable, and difficult to completely pin down, perhaps from an unfamiliarity with birch syrup, however it certainly adds a noticeable X factor to a pretty solid Marzen base.

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Yukon Birch Beer from Yukon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 14 ratings