Hommel Bier | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 04-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by QXSTER1:
Photo of QXSTER1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually blown away by Dogfish beers, but this one was a revelation. I thought there was some confusion with the name on the tap and what I was drinking was obviously from Belgium. I was wrong.
This is a fine take on a hoppy Belgian Ale. Pours a dark gold with a creamy head that explodes with fruity aroma. Laces nicely down the goblet.
Mouthfeel is thick with plenty of toasted malts with a bit of signature Belgian candi sugar and yeastiness. The hops come through in what I can only describe as the stale, aged Belgian style. Not agressive in a Northwest or IPA way but sophisticated , subtle and flavorful.
The balance makes this brew much more drinkable than some heavier Belgian styles. Finishes a bit astringent and sharp, begging for another taste.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the Drafting Room in Spring House,poured a nice deep golden color with medium rocky jead that left some nice lacing,the smell is very powdered sugar-like with a little fuitiness.The taste is very fruity to start with some slight alcoholic flavor.This is a real nice beer pretty drinkable for the alcohol content being at a pretty high level,would buy again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clear golden amber orange with a decent sized bubbly white head leaves a little ring of lace, but not throughout the beer. Aroma is a sweet and floral delicate blance between honey tones of sharply sweet malt and lightly portioned hops from a style of beer known for it's hops in Belgium. Properings Hommel bier is the pinnacle of this style, and I must say this beer is lacking in the hop category for the style. However the taste is a sweet bubblegum tone created from candied sugar that leaves the rolling malt an experience within itself and a faint hop bitterness just not enough to characterize it a true hommel. A definite great beer as most if not all Dogfish creations just a little off for the style I am comparing it to. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of gentle carbonation that carries the flavor of this well made beer so nicely. Easily a favorite session beer, just lacking some hops that I yearn for when turning for a belgium style with hop presence.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear, brilliant golden-orange body is topped by a fleeting creamy white head which retains a decent collar and leaves some thin lace about the glass. The bouquet is candyish-sweet and gently fruity with a touch of bubblegum. It's inviting, yet never displays the intensity of the flavor within. A soft and mildly creamy mouthfeel derives from it's medium body and very fine, natural carbonation; and although it's lightly effervescent, it's also quite smooth across the palate. Very nice! The flavor is rich with a juicy, sweet candyish malt that's threaded with lightly tart fruit and some vibrant yeasty phenolics that contribute bubblegum and a spicy and mildly pepperish side. The alcohol is very well cloaked (although it may be adding to the peppery character). Low level bitterness rests beneath the surface, allowing the malt to shine but loosely reigning it in at the same time. It finishes with some sticky malt in the mouth; a drying wash of alcohol; and some limited leafy hops. Overall, it's quite impressive; although I expected more hops from a "hommel bier". Still, this may very well be one of Dogfish Head's finest seasonal brews. Well worth trying!

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing hazy amber, sienna color with orange highlights. Beige head that initially is thick, but dies shortly thereafter. Sweet and estery nose, almost faintly of wormwood. Definitely some hops in there. Starts sweet and then some intricate flavor explosions lead to a dry, tart and acidic finish. Quite nice. ABV up around 9%; quite drinkable with a footnote of caution.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1%

Hommel Bier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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