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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - French Toast Hef by Garage Brewing Co.

May, 2023

French Toast Hef

French Toast Hef

United States
French Toast Hef, Garage Brewing Co.

Inspired by our favorite meal of the day, this Hef is perfect any time. This aroma and taste will remind you of the syrupy, maple goodness of French toast. Surprisingly complex, this brew is well worth trying.

Flavor: French Toast
Aroma: Maple Vanilla
Balance: Low Bitterness
Body: Low Malt

Beverage Profile
Served at: 
45º F
Rahr Two-Row, Rahr Wheat - SuperSack, Weyermann Acidulated
German Magnum, Mt. Hood



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Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

French Toast Hef by Garage Brewing Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2021 Spice/Herb/Vegetable (30A) category with an underlying style of American Wheat (1D).  

The beer pours a hazy deep gold with a large, persistent, poofy, ivory-colored head. There is a moderate grainy and bready aroma with medium maple notes and hints of cinnamon and vanilla phenolics. The flavor echoes the maple and cinnamon/vanilla character sitting on top of a wheat bread grainy base, and adds some confectioners sugar sweetness -- maybe some added lactose? There is a low-level peach fruitiness. Also, the phenolics in the flavor are fairly complex but complementary, including the cinnamon, and adding medium vanilla and moderate black pepper. There is a bit of a hop herbal note that works well with the other flavor additives in this beer. The finish has lingering maple or fenugreek notes and a medium-low hop bittering that helps to balance the sweetness nicely. This is a very different yet very interesting beer where all the component parts play well together. Definitely a breakfast beer, serve this with simple over-easy eggs, crispy hash browns, dry-fried thin ham and maple-candied bacon.