As I mentioned in my last post, where I reviewed their Red Stallion, I’m in New Orleans for work for a couple of days and stopped here after dinner to try the only microbrewery near the French Quarter. They have four beers which are always on tap, their Red Stallion Vienna Lager, a pilsner, their Black Forest Munich lager, and a weiss beer. In addition, they always have a rotating specialty beer. Tonight it was a Weiss Bock.
Location: Enjoyed a pilsner glass, at Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, LA.
Appearance & Aroma: It was extremely cloudy and gold in color with hints of orange. There was a very thick, creamy head which fell after several minutes. There was a wheaty, slightly brown-paper-bag-like aroma to it.
Taste & Feel: The body was solid and full with a creamy mouthfeel and hints of carbonation crispness. There was a bready and wheat malt flavor up front with a hint of cardboard box flavor. The flavor evolved in the middle, finishing with a citrusy, lemon-orange flavor on the back end.
Food Pairing: Because I’m in New Orleans, I would definitely pair this with a fried shrimp po-boy sandwich. The bready-wheaty flavors would complement the breaded, fried shrimp, while the citrusy flavors on the back end would add a nice complexity and add to the lemon sprinkled on the po-boy.
Overall Impression: I wasn’t too impressed with the first beer I had here, the Red Stallion Vienna-style lager, and was hoping for a better showing from their specialty beer. It started off stronger than the previous beer, with a solid body. However, the wheaty flavors were mixed with a boxy/paper bag flavor and aroma that seemed a bit off. It did evolve into a citrusy flavor in the finish, but it was still a fairly bland beer that seemed to try to appeal to a broad audience.