Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock

Schneider ABV: 8.2% | IBU: — Authentic German Weizenbock? Yes please! This beauty pours light copper brown with a thin off-white head. The ever present banana and clove typical of German wheat beers is apparent on the nose along with lingering toffee and caramel aromas. The smooth and creamy texture is accompanied by flavors of … [ Read more]

Wasatch The Devastator

Wasatch The Devastator ABV: 8.0% | IBU: — How awesome is this label? That is a ram busting through the Mormon temple with flames everywhere. Anywho, dark ruby red color with just a tiny lacing of off white head. Very faint sweet apple and roasted pork on the nose….it’s a good thing. Balanced all the … [ Read more]

Schell’s Stag Series Czeck Dark Lager

Schell’s Brewing ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 30 This dark lager is mostly opaque and deep mahogany in color with big, lively bubbles at the top. The moderate but sweet nose reminds of the roasted nuts at the Old Town Square in Prague. Serious caramel notes on the tongue are seductive enough to entice the next … [ Read more]

Beer Review: Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

Reviewed by The Four Firkins Photo courtesy of Schneider-Weisse AVB: 12%, IBU: 20 This intense beer is produced by freezing a portion of the water out of Aventinus, creating one of the most potent beers in Germany. Caramelized fruits dominate the banana and clove flavors hiding within. An effervescent body adds to the perception of … [ Read more]

Prost! Digging Down on the Origins of Oktoberfest

Munich’s Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world. It’s been held nearly every year on the famous Theresienwiese since 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Bavaria. Ironically, beer was reportedly not a central feature of that first fest—although I … [ Read more]