Spahnie 363 | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Spahnie 363Spahnie 363

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Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by russpowell on 07-04-2009

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of webbcreative
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light yellow color with huge white head - that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is basically just pale malt - but pick up a bit of lemon aroma as well.

Taste is good once it warms up just a touch - is pretty light, just a little bit of sweetness but I wouldn't call this beer sweet. More light, crisp and refreshing - not much hops but they do add just a touch of spiciness. This definitely has German Characteristics about it - but im not 100% sure I would have pinned it as a Kolsch blindly. ABV is not listed, but I would put this at about 5-5.5%.

Moutfell was good, medium. I thought it was just a bit over carbonated, but nothing a bit of swirling in the glass wont settle out.

Overall this is a nice refreshing drink on a hot Oklahoma day, nothing I would ever crave - but I would never turn it down either.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Apr 2010.

Served in a Celis (RIP) shaker pint. Small white head is quick to dissipate. Well carbonated. Cloudy bright golden orange color. Aroma is very faint, just a hint of grain and citrus. Taste is quite light. Starts with a sweet creaminess, becoming more sour and bitter in the middle. Finish is a bit tart with minimal aftertaste. Medium chewy body.

Not bad but pretty meh. Did not realize this was supposed to be a kolsch...

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Photo of tronester
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Smells of freshly made bread dough. Taste is light malt up front, with a yeasty, fruit tasting middle, and a spicy hop finish. Nice bitterness levels. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, easy drinking and refreshing. Not a complex beer by any means, but I would get this again.

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt for the most part

T - Follows the nose with the grainy malt and some light hopping

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm not all that impressed with this one its your average beer for the most part unless you really like kolschs I'd pass on this beer

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - shaker glass, on tap, just cool of room temp
A - grassy hops, cinnamon, chocolate
A - Big billowing off-white head, semi-clear straw. Nice lacing.
M - low carbonation, light-medium head.
T - floral hops just behind a nice milk cholcolate.
D - this is a great easy drinking beer. I would order this one again.

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Photo of bump8628
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky, straw-yellow in color with a white head that doesn't stick around for long.

The aroma is faint with some cracker-like malt and spicy hops.

The taste has some light malt sweetness a little fruitiness from the yeast. Hops are actually somewhat prominent, but I can't decide how I feel about the odd spicy/herbal/grassy character they are contributing. It's a little unique, not good or bad, but unique.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are adequate for the style. I'm glad I sampled this but don't think I'll be having another.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - Sphanie pours a hazy pale yellow straw with a big three-finger, snow-white head. The bubbles sparkle like snow too. Great retention and some thick lacing as the head slowly went down.

S - Strong wheat aroma with a pale malt base and a lemony citrus zest. A hint of spiciness with the mild unfiltered yeast.

T - Pretty much lacking in an real flavor, it's got a light crisp wheat base with a kiss of the lemony citrus and really not much else. Not that the flavors are too low, it's more like "there are no flavors."

M - Light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing, it's fairly carbonated but goes down smooth. A bit hard feeling too.

D - It looks great but smells mediocre and tastes even less-so. Fine beer for a six-pack for a kick-back beer to tale gate with, but it lacks in flavor and feel. Not bad, just not much there.

I've seen this beer everywhere around here and I'm happy I waited on it for the chance to get a single.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stubbie twelve ounce bottle. Greet-looking label capturing Warren Spahn's delivery. Poured into a sort of slender Rare Vos glass. Close enough. :shrug:

Powdery/lumpy white head. Hazed, golden wheat body. A touch dark for a kolsch, though there's no real style indication beyond "unfiltered ale" listed on the label.

Smell is dusty wheat, lemon aerosol, crusty bread, & steely/bittergreen hops.

Foamy(though not stiff) carbonation. Taste is tart wheat & bright, minty/leafy hops, eventually settling into a dry, grainy/bready character that is pretty satisfying. :)

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Photo of Beertracker
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the label: The Beer Maker and the Baseball Player.

You know Warren Spahn from a baseball career that spanned 21 seasons , 363 wins and a Cy Young with stints in Boston, New York, San Fransisco and of course Milwaukee, with a brief intermission in Europe to fight the Nazis.

What you might not know is that Warren and his wife Lo Rene made there home in SE Oklahoma in the off-season. Not far from the Spahn Ranch was Pete's Place Restaurant, owned by Bill Pritchard. We're not sure if the big attraction at Pete's was its Italian food or its famous Choc beer that was made there. But the results was a friendship that lasted a lifetime.

Now, please raise a glass and help us toast our fathers, the baseball player and the beer maker.

Spahnie 363 is an unfiltered ale made with Wisconsin grain and with Warren's unique style in mind.

Spahnie 363 is the latest variation of the Choc beer to be released by the brewery. It pours up quite easily with a moderate carbonation that creates a bit of froth above the very hazy, straw-pale golden body. The zesty aroma has some wheat berry maltiness that contributes a subtle sweetness. The flavor starts off with some flaked wheat graininess followed by a light citrus (lemony) fruitiness & a grassy bitterness that develops late bottle to create a balanced, off-dry finish. This light-medium bodied beer is very approachable with a good quaffability which is what the brewer's intended, but it's certainly not a Kölsch or even a Wieß. No matter what it's described as, it'll be nice to find a good hand-crafted beer like this around at the baseball stadiums & special events in OK. I found the first incarnation of this beer called Lefty 363 which was considered by many to be a farmhouse (saison-style) ale much more interesting. I seriously doubt it was the beer that Warren Spahn visited Pete's Place for, as he mostly drank Heineken but it makes a good story nontheless. Here's to one of baseball's greatest pitchers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed for Spahnie LLC (Krebs, OK) so it's a Pete's product IMO. Brewed in tribute to Warren Spahn & his 363 MLB wins. Unfiltered beer

Pours an effervescent gold/straw with a pinky of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & perfumy hops, some fruittyness as this warms

T: Lemons, graasyness & a touch of salt? up front, plus a bit of apricot juice. Lemons & apricot dominates as this warms, along with a bit of golden delicious apple. Finishes crisp with apples & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, crisp & low carbonation, good balance

Pretty drinkable, nothing too challenging, but I could down 3 easily on a day like today. Pretty true to style,as with most Pete's beers, get it fresh or you are rolling the dice..

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Spahnie 363 from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
3.47 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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