Big Eddy Royal Nektar | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Royal NektarBig Eddy Royal Nektar
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Big Eddy Royal NektarBig Eddy Royal Nektar

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jhartley on 01-26-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle of 9/21/15.

Appearance: Medium caramel in color with great clarity. Aggressively poured resulting in about a finger of off-white foam, which has since sunken to a thin film.

Aroma: Strong honey and almost Octoberfest-esque malt character. Rye is present.

Taste: Syrupy honey throughout and too sweet at times. There is light hop bitterness that picks up in the finish. Quite clean until the aftertaste, which is a bit muddied with honey and rye. The only thing hinting at the high 9.5% ABV is the depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body but with a mouth-coating syrupy feel that drives the drinkability down. Average carbonation for a big beer.

Final Thoughts: While I can't identify many technical flaws, I didn't really enjoy this one. The combination of sweet flavors along with the syrupy feel was just too much. Would I drink it again? Unlikely.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy red tinted amber under a rapidly dissipating ½” off-white foam cap.
S: Honey, floral, rye spice and some light biscuit aromas.
T: Starts with a trace of malt and then the honey comes through accented with alcohol and tye spice. Has a nicely balanced flavor profile with moderate bitterness in the background.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: An interesting braggot that is easy to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A sweet and fruity malt forward aroma with hints of honey and fruit. Pale malt with hints of biscuit, cracker, caramel, rye, and yeast. Sweet hints of honey along with fruit hints of berries. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and fruity malt driven taste with notes of honey and fruit. Pale barley malt with notes of cracker, biscuit, rye, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of honey and some subtle fruit notes of berries. A nice sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty smooth with no detectable alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Braggot. Nice honey taste that avoids becoming sickly sweet.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured with a clear golden amber color, nice two finger white head, faded to a thin film, minimal lacing. The aroma had a big banana and fruit sweet smells. The taste was banana, bubblegum, cloves, almost like a big hefeweizen. Mouthfeel was fairly thin, but almost cloyingly sweet. Overall, not a bad beer, but not the greatest either.

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Photo of Bingja18
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent example of the style from JLBC-2012 vintage in a growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate. This fine ale pours a murky glowing orange color wit a light head of off white foam that settles to a thin ring, light pool, and light lacing. Nose of rye spiciness, honey, and light herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet mead touched butterscotch and rye on all sides, strong booze in the middle, and a touch of herbal bitterness on the rear. Nice mouth feel, slick coating, and lightly effervescent. An excellent braggot. Cheers!

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Photo of Grupatre
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutHunter
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of LeinenKugel's Royal Nektar from the Big Eddy Series for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've had a Braggot and I'm interested to see what this brewery can do with the they style, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's typical for this series and isn't too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear orange amber color that takes on more of an amber hue when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had just a little more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the honey being the first to show up and they impart lots of honey like aromas with a little bit of a fruity honey aspect to it and it seems to be the aroma that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes some malt aromas with some caramel malt, sweet malt and light toasted malt like aromas with just a slight bit of rye coming through. The aroma is nice, but I wish it was more balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the honey still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with a little more fruity honey showing up and it's a little perfume like. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor followed by the malts which are lighter than they were in the aroma and the rye hardly shows up. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a little more sweetness taking it's place and it had a honey like aftertaste that quickly faded away. This is a decent tasting beer, but I wish it had better balance, all I really taste is the honey.

M- Fairly smooth, very crisp, prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but it's a little too prickly for me.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, it didn't have all the aspects that I look for in the style and when it cam to the balance it really seemed to be lacking, but I did like the flavors that the honey imparted, I just wish they were toned down a little. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one glass is more than enough for me and there's no way that I would want to drink another. What I like the most about this beer was the honey taste and how well the alcohol was hidden, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the balance, that aspect really needs some work. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I can't say i would recommend it, but if you really like honey forward beers it might be worth a try. All in all I wasn't that into this beer, I'm a fan of the style, but this one just didn't do it for me and I much more prefer Kuhnhenns Braggot. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery or for the series and it's pretty average for the style. I appreciate you guys tackling this style, but it could use some work, better luck next time.

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Photo of robear
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gryphon69
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Like a normal (AB) beer, except with some flavor

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Photo of Zaphog
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Giggy
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkn09
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up not only for the ABV but because I haven't had many Braggot beers in my reviews (only one in fact)

A - Wow an actual 1/4 inch of head that fades out quite slowly. Beer is a honey bright orange color with a slight haze.
S - Rye malts as expected more of a berry kind of smell than honey really. Malty with little ethanol.
T - Slight booze quickly to dry rye mead and a decent level of honey sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter but the rye does good to balance.
M - Not bad for the ABV its smooth and somewhat herbal but easy to go down.

Overall no regrets on the purchase only got a single for a couple of bucks. For the style it was pretty nice nothing I would seek out again though.

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Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the 2015 brewing with a best by date in October of this year.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice clear amber golden yellow color with an almost 1/2" ivory head that recedes fairly soon to an irregular island thinly covering part of the liquid. Sipping leaves a few patches and scattered speckles that mostly slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include green orchard fruits (e.g., apple, pear) along with some honey, some bready malt and a noticeable bit of alcohol.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the fruits and honey leading the way and with some bready malt mixed in. There are touches of white pepper and some earthy grassy hops that also show a touch of very light bitterness. The alcohol is noticeably present but not unpleasantly so. However, the warming effects of the alcohold begin to show up after a few oz.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with the ongoing light carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins as the sweetness and other flavors gradually taper off and disappear into a nice dryness that invites another ship.

Overall I'd say that this beer shows that Leinenkugel can indeed make a respectable beer and I don't think their corporate ownership matters all that much. While I don't expect to go out of my way to have this beer again, I certainly wouldn't avoid having another and would be most likely and willing to have one following a meal. With this much sweetness its really more of an after dinner sweet treat and because of the sweetness I'm certainly am not going to have more than one at a time even if they were free. Furthermore I'd recommend sharing even the 12 oz bottle with a friend. Since this is my first Braggot it was hard to keep style in mind and rate on other than enjoyment.

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Photo of jakemn91
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KeithE
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

possibly too sweet but overall nice and complex. quite easy to drink a lot of this or just take a few sips.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdwil
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sparx1100
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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