Black almost opaque
Bitter toasty smelling nose
Bitter chocolate taste, like a dark chocolate with a cherry center, or black forest cake in a glass.
Not my favourite type of beer, but black forest is my favorite type of cake.
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
BEST HEFEWEIZEN: Nelson Liplock Hefeweizen
BEST LAGER: Pacific Western Brewing Natureland Organic Lager
BEST HONEY LAGER: Granville Island Honey Lager
Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale
Best India Pale Ale: Nelson Brewing “PaddyWhack” IPA
Best Pilsner: Weihenstephaner Pilsner
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!