Germany

Hofbrau Oktoberfest

Hofbräu Oktoberfest

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Hofbrau! A powerhouse of brewing in Germany has been reaching the masses for centuries over. Founded in 1589, it used to be the royal brewery (hence the crown in the logo) for the Bavarian “court” (Hof).  Known for its massive Oktoberfest celebration, frauleins, Liter steins, and lederhosen this beer is a classic for the season.  I found […] ... [Read more]

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche

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Oak Smoke is an interesting product that is released in the winter around Christmas time.  What makes this beer so interesting and unique?  Well for starters its flavor and aroma are developed by using oak wood during the kilning process rather than beech wood.  Beech wood gives Aecht’s beers a distinct aromatic nose that is something […] ... [Read more]

Schneider Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock

Schneider Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock

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Tom: I picked up this bottle of Aventinus at Whole Foods per a recommendation from my buddy Paul (the beer guy there). However, this was no regular bottle. As the finely wrapped bottle indicated, it had been brewed in 2003 and cellared in the ice caves of Kelheim for a minimum of three years. They’ve […] ... [Read more]

Bitburger Premium Pils

Bitburger Premium Pils

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Now that summer weather has officially hit Chicago (80s/90s and sticky), I’ve found myself quaffing some lighter, crisper beers. Nothing in any way wrong with Double IPAs and Imperial Stouts, but when I get home with nothing to show for myself but a sweaty shirt, my parched mouth isn’t thinking about heavily roasted malts and […] ... [Read more]

1809 Berliner Weisse

Dr. Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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I have heard and read of this sour beer for some time now, but finally got up the gumption to buy a bottle of 1809. This beer was brewed in an attempt to recreate a nearly extinct style that was unique to Berlin Germany. According to the bottle, Napoleon and his troops dubbed the Berliner […] ... [Read more]

Helles Schlenkerla Lagerbier

Helles Schlenkerla Lagerbier

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Hailing from the city of Bamberg in Germany, known for developing and making famous the Rauchbier (smoked beer), comes this pretty little number. My maiden voyage into the world of this interesting style took place about a half year ago when I sampled their Urbock. I enjoyed the unique flavor of the beech wood smoked […] ... [Read more]

Sünner Kölsch

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A light refreshing brew that I chose to open during the autumn month this Sünner (pronounced “Zoo-nuh”) Kölsch hit the spot. Utilizing my new strange glass I found the color matched other brews of the style, hazy straw yellow. The carbonation was bubbly produced a fluffy white, lacey head. This authentic Kölsch breathed a mixture […] ... [Read more]

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

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In keeping with Tom’s review on Saison Dupont, I also recently partook in a famous, celebrated beer that has been on my “to try” list for months: Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. The Weihenstephan Brewery in Germany can trace its roots all the way back to the year 768, and claims to be the oldest working brewery […] ... [Read more]

Spaten Dunkel

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Spaten Dunkel is a Dunkel (dark) Lager brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu (Spaten Brewery) in Munich, Germany. It is a traditional Munich Dunkel, and boasts an ABV of 5.5%. The follow is our team review of this beer: Tom: Spaten Dunkel…so smooth, so good! The malt is toasty and the lager strain clean and soft on the […] ... [Read more]

Beck’s Oktoberfest

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Before I was asked to write for PHM I had been jotting down some notes for a couple Oktoberfest beers I sampled during the Fall. Figuring it is probably time I translate those notes into reviews, allow me to sum up my experience with Beck’s Oktoberfest. This is not a bad brew in and of […] ... [Read more]