A couple of new beers rolled through the HolzBrew household this weekend and I thought I'd share my thoughts with the world wide web.
Würzburger Hofbräu Premium Pilsner
I just love the way the name of this brewery sounds, Wurz-burger! Any German word with a "z" sounds cool and then throw in "burger", which sounds delicious, and you've got a winning name. Maybe I should rename the 'ole home-brewery "Holzburger."
I was talking to my buddy Richard at Norm's this past Friday and he said that this pils had been flying off the shelves and that he was a big fan. I figured it would be hard to go wrong. I love a good German pilsner in the summertime.
Look: Pale straw yellow in color with a wonderful bright white lace.
Smell: Spicy Euro noble hops up front. A subtle graininess in the back ground.
Drink: Medium body with an excellent crisp taste. Spicy hop bitterness with herbal notes, imagine lemongrass. Light graininess finishes, leaving a slight bite on the palate which drys this beer up as it finishes. I also detect a slight buttery note, which I know many disapprove of, but I find it pleasing as long as it is slight.
What's not to like? Nothing. This beer is a King of its style.
21st Amendment IPA
Similar to Wurzburger this brewer has a pretty cool name ... and it distributes its beer in a can. I love having some great canned options such as this, for the summertime. Cans are just easier to transport.
Look: Pours up a yellow/orange color with average head that quickly dissipates (I've always noticed that canned beer doe snot pour up with a thick head, how come?).
Smell: Tropical fruit aroma amid west coast hoppiness.
Drink: Moderate body mouth feel with a slightly sweet maltiness (i.e. the tropical fruitiness mentioned earlier), generous hoppiness but not overly aggressive.
A great summertime option for the hophead on the go. Cans are great for the beach, pool, park, etc.
Get 'burgered, get canned or get both,