Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell |Neuler, Germany
Now we are getting somewhere. This is a Weizenbock. Getting a bit darker as compared to the clear Helles they seem to feature. Nice cloudy amber almost looking like fresh squeezed cider. Nice and malty. Slightly sweet (real sweet compared to the Helles and Pilsners). A bit bready on the third sip. I taste raisins. Not sweet raisins but the underlying flavor. I love the mouthfeel. This is a beer I can enjoy at Christmas. At 8% this is the highest ABV so far.
I found it on their website. I would love to try their Old Swabian Dark. Here is what they say about this beer:
“WEIZENBOCK HELL: A classic, top-fermented, golden yellow bock beer, which won several awards in Europe and the World. Three times in a row (2014/2015/2016) the European Beer Star Gold Award and at the World Beer Cup 2016 in Philadelphia/Pennsylvania Gold Award as the best Weizenbock in the World.
“Appearance, Aroma and Taste: This beer has a fine-pored head that is very stable and creamy. It pours to a golden yellow hue with just the right degree of yeast turbidity. The beer’s aroma is typically top-fermented and fruity, with a hint of banana. On the palate it is harmonic, full-bodied, robust and tangy, and exhibits a balanced, aromatic malt character. It has a gentle aftertaste and a mild finish with a fine balance between malt and hops. A top-fermented bock beer of outstanding quality.”
This is a nicely balanced beer. The brewery has some roots going back to a tavern in Neuler that opened 1789. A Ladenburger married the owners daughter in 1906 and overtime the Ladenburgers become the predominant family.
Now if only more brews like this was in the Advent Calendar. I’m still hoping for a nice Winter Warmer.