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Widmer Hefeweizen

Widmer Hefeweizen Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
79
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer have been originators in the American craft beer scene since 1984, producing a range of beers including arguably the prototypical American wheat ale, Widmer Hefeweizen.

Horizon Wheat Ale

Horizon Wheat Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
76
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Stevens Point Brewery has been brewing in Wisconsin for over 150 years, taking time off only for Prohibition when it produced near beer and soft drinks. Its Horizon Wheat is the third entry in this issue to have taken home gold from the 2010... Read More

Wailua Wheat

Kona Wailua Wheat Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
29 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Snugly ensconced on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona Brewing has been brewing its two flagship beers and a rotating lineup of seasonal brews since 1995. As distribution grows and production expands, Kona’s products are showing up in more markets.... Read More

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Montreal’s Brasserie McAuslan first fired its kettles in 1989 and with the introduction of St. Ambroise Pale Ale instantly established the company as a mainstay. The Apricot Wheat Ale, infused with natural apricot essence, continues to draw fans... Read More

Harvest Ale

Harvest Ale Southern Tier Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Southern Tier heralds autumn with its annual release of Harvest Ale, a decidedly American take on the British classic – Extra Special Bitter. Southern Tier has never been bashful when it comes to hops and this beer is no exception.

La Trappe Dubbel

Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Established in Tilburg, The Netherlands in 1884, Koningshoven was the first Trappist brewery in operation outside Belgium’s borders. Considered the most commercialized of the Trappist breweries, it continues to produce traditional beers of... Read More

Sawtooth Ale

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Left Hand’s flagship brew, Sawtooth Ale is another American riff on Extra Special Bitter, drawing depth and complexity from Pacific Northwest hops, Caramel and Munich malts.

Penn Dark

Penn Dark
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

For over 25 years, Pittsburgh’s Penn Brewery has been knocking out top-notch German-style lagers and staunchly sticking to a no adjuncts rule. Penn Brewery’s Penn Dark is a traditional Munich-style Dunkel relying on Munich malts and Hallertau... Read More

Bob's 47 Oktoberfest

Bob's 47 Oktoberfest Beer Boulevard
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Boulevard Brewing’s fall seasonal, Bob’s 47 Oktoberfest displays the classic character of its Germanic antecedents while showing off some Midwestern swagger. Since 1989, the crew at Boulevard has been cranking out tasty lagers and ales. The well... Read More

Weisse Dark

Weisse Dark
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Since 1417, a hundred years before the Reinheitsgebot was enacted, Hacker-Pschorr Brau has brewed beers of exceptional character and unsurpassed quality. The Weisse Dark is a beautifully crafted dunkelweizen, a style that continues to gain... Read More

Munich-Type Dark

Harpoon Munich Type Dark Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Located on the Boston waterfront, Harpoon has been doing what it does best for 25 years – offering a broad range of first-rate beers to a dedicated following. Rife with aromas of rich caramel, molasses, and traces of licorice, Munich Dark fills... Read More

Chimay Première Rouge

Chimay Première / Première Rouge
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brewed since 1862, Chimay Première is the flagship beer of the Trappist monks of Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont in Chimay, Belgium and is quite likely the most widely recognized Trappist beer in the world today.

Spaten Oktoberfest

Spaten Oktoberfest Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
8 / 20

Although made under a license from the Brewed in Munich every year since 1872, Spaten’s Oktoberfest is considered the world’s oldest version of this style.

Oktoberfest Märzen

Oktoberfest Märzen
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

More widely acclaimed for exceptional weissbiers, Paulaner delivers a lineup of fine lagers, including its Oktoberfest Bier. Released annually in late summer, this malty, slightly chewy brew’s easy drinking belies a lurking 6 percent ABV.

Affligem Dubbel

Affligem Dubbel
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Although made under a license from the Affligem Abbey in Flemish Brabant by lay brewers, Affligem’s Dubbel follows the Trappist beer tradition and displays classic Dubbel character.

Märzen

Märzen
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Since first opening in Palo Alto in 1988, Gordon Biersch has grown into an international brewing powerhouse. Despite the growth, Gordon Biersch has remained committed to crafting exemplary German-style beers and maintaining an unwavering... Read More

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