2021 Hofbrau Winter Spezial

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  1. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Has anyone seen a release of this favorite for this year?

    The Julian-like date on the back label would end in a U for the 2021 bottling.
     
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  2. jonphisher

    jonphisher Crusader (739) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Funny I was just looking at untappd to locate, checked the place that had the maibock this year. No luck so far, I’ll post if I do find it.

    Place down the street did just get in weltenburger dunkel, helles, and 1050 cans though. A pleasant surprise after years of absence.
     
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  3. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Nice. I'll be on the lookout for their return... hopefully.
     
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  4. b9d9

    b9d9 Initiate (64) Nov 9, 2020 Germany

  5. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Im Deutschland the Spezial would be the HB Delicator.

    I believe the Winterzwickl is just the Dunkel unfiltered.
     
  6. Cstamp3084

    Cstamp3084 Initiate (52) May 3, 2020 Maryland
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    L278U is what’s on the six pack of bottles I picked up from Thursday. I can’t get post image to work but I’ll upload pics when it does. This used to be my favorite winter seasonal until COVID ruined my taste buds. No matter the brand all doppelbocks taste like soy sauce.
     
  7. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Well that certainly sucks. Sorry to hear that.

    But yeah, that date code is this year's release -- hope it makes it across the country.
     
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  8. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    October 5, 2021 -- very nice.
     
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  9. Cstamp3084

    Cstamp3084 Initiate (52) May 3, 2020 Maryland
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    They were one of my favorite styles. After COVID I’ve had andechs, korbinian, asam bock, and winter spezial all taste like soy sauce. I have some optimator I’ll be giving a try soon. What’s weird is stouts and porters taste fine.
     
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    Cstamp3084 Initiate (52) May 3, 2020 Maryland
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  11. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    If I was to guess, I'd say the roasted barley and warm-fermented esters in the stouts and porters are more complex and doing more to muddle your palate than the clean-fermenting lager yeast and smoother toasted malts of the Doppels.
     
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  12. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I'll be right over. :wink:
     
  13. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (138) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota
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    My bottles have the same code here in the Twin Cities.
     
  14. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,508) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    It's listed on my local store's website. I'll probably stop by sometime this week to pick some up.
     
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  15. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    It's to the point with a bigger, local liquor retailer that I can't trust their website, so I have to resort to good ol' fashioned beer hunting.
     
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  16. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Yeah, I got that little, between-the-lines needle. :wink:
     
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  17. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (7,913) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Yes, cases of it are in PA
     
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  18. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,508) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yeah, I hear ya. I don't trust most places either, but I know this store well enough that their site is pretty consistent with their inventory.
     
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  19. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,508) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Picked up a 6-pack today. Same code as the others mentioned 278U.
     
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  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,283) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I picked up two bottles yesterday as part of a mix-a-six: they are L 278U.

    Cheers!
     
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  21. officerbill

    officerbill Champion (882) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Been in upstate NY since before Thanksgiving
     
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  22. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    You and @grantcty can both go...

    :wink::stuck_out_tongue:

    (assuming you checked that date code -- I had to call out our local distro a couple years ago)
     
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  23. officerbill

    officerbill Champion (882) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    oh, yeah
     
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  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,283) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Do you think beer distributors will be still be putting out old seasonal beers in the 23rd Century!?! :astonished:

    Cheers!
     
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  25. officerbill

    officerbill Champion (882) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Like Romulan Ale that's past the BB date? :wink:
     
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  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,283) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Captain Kirk: Note to Galley; Romulan Ale no longer to be served at diplomatic functions.

    Cheers!
     
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  27. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,674) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I wouldn't be surprised.
     
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  28. Rollmeaway2loadout

    Rollmeaway2loadout Aspirant (292) Jan 30, 2016 Illinois

    Found this at the Binny's in Bloomingdale, Illinois in their Pick Six section .-- L 278U 10:06
     
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  29. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Weird. No six-packs in the store? They just split up a case for singles?
     
  30. Rollmeaway2loadout

    Rollmeaway2loadout Aspirant (292) Jan 30, 2016 Illinois

    Saw your post. Went to a restaurant in the area and stopped in . Saw three bottles in the Pick Six section . Did not check the 6 pack stock.
     
  31. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Thought you said Binny's. Or do you mean the restaurant was near the Binny's?
     
  32. Redrover

    Redrover Poo-Bah (3,590) Jan 18, 2003 Wisconsin
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    I picked up a couple 6 packs today at the Oak Brook Binnys. $9.99 each. Going to give it a go tonight.
     
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  33. Rollmeaway2loadout

    Rollmeaway2loadout Aspirant (292) Jan 30, 2016 Illinois

    Purchased the beer at Binny's and brought it home. . Had lunch at a restaurant a few miles away.
     
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  34. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Aspirant (269) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    Just showed up in the Cleveland area today.
     
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  35. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Still no sightings in my area. Looks like I'll be going back to Trader Joe's for the Winter Ride Doppelbock.
     
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    Ronmarley1 Aspirant (269) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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  37. Redrover

    Redrover Poo-Bah (3,590) Jan 18, 2003 Wisconsin
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    I really like this one. Malts and dark fruit are the stars and for a 8.4% beer, I don't get a hint of heat. Seek it out!
     
  38. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Dropped here just in time for the solstice!
     
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  39. jonphisher

    jonphisher Crusader (739) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Still nothing in these parts of NJ...
     
  40. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,236) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Keep looking, I know this shipment hit the store this week.
     
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