2009 World LagerBlogger Beer Awards

As the summer nears, it is nearly time to start tasting again, but first I would like to acknowledge my best and fairest for 2009:

BEST BREWERY: Nelson Brewing, Nelson British Columbia

  • By providing consistently great beer and setting an example for other breweries, but using only organic ingredients, Nelson Brewery has earned the title of Best Brewery of 2009.

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

BEST HEFEWEIZEN: Nelson Liplock Hefeweizen

  • Of the three tasted, Nelson had the best head, the best taste and the best name.

Best Hefeweizen, Nelson Liplock

BEST LAGER: Pacific Western Brewing Natureland Organic Lager

  • This is probably the best kept secret in BC. Of course, I feel better drinking organic beer, so It is easier to rate it favourably.

Best Lager; Natureland Organic Lager

BEST HONEY LAGER: Granville Island Honey Lager

  • I don’t know the difference between a regular lager and a honey lager, but this one got a 5/5, and would have won either way.

Best Honey Lager: Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

  • I gave this beer 100% for craftsmanship, freshness, and personal taste. I don’t know what else to say, it kicked ass!!

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

Best India Pale Ale: Nelson Brewing “PaddyWhack” IPA

  • Flavourful and well balanced, this is the top IPA for 2009

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

Best Pilsner: Weihenstephaner Pilsner

  • This beer could have taken on a lot stiffer competition than it did, it won hands down!!

Best Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Pilsner

Nelson Brewing Liplock Hefeweizen

Nelson Brewing is located in the lovely town of Nelson, British Columbia, famous for the 1988 BC Winter Games, and the filming of the movie Roxanne, starring Steve Martin. Nothing else! Until Nelson Brewing came along a case of years ago, serving exclusively organic brews to the masses.
Today it’s the Nelson Brewing Liplock Hefeweizen. This was the hair of the dog from the day before. (Ironically, Hair of the dog is an organic brewery in Oregon which I have never tried).
The colour was almost perfectly golden, and it was very cloudy. The head was quite persistent, a 4.6/5. Impressive.
Earlier in the day, I had a NatureLand Lager, so my G-Score is a 2 for this beer.
The aroma was very faint, and smelled like bread, and flowers. It smells really nice and balanced. It is a 5/5 on the aroma scale.
The flavour is of moderate intensity, and again nicely balanced, not sweet, not bitter. It tasted a little bit like caramel, and a little fruity. Of course, what do I know. I don’t really know what I am talking about, but that is what I tasted.
The body and the carbonation were medium, and it had a drying effect in my mouth. The more I swished it, the more it fizzed, and it just kept fizzing.
There is a lingering bitter taste that is nice and refreshing, with a 4/5 intensity.
This beer leaves nice rings on the glass, something I haven’t seen much of. It tasted really fresh, and I liked it a lot!
G-Scale 2
Rating 4.9/5