525. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co – Braumeister Selekt Weizen Eisbock

525. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co - Braumeister Selekt Weizen EisbockBack in September, I received a package from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company with this Bottle of beer, and cool glass to match. Gordon Biersch released this beer starting in October in a limited supply in 9 states. According to the brewery,weizenbock’s historical roots began as a mistake – a brewer at the Kulmbach Brewery in Germany accidentally left kegs of bock outside during cold days, freezing the water out of the beer, which concentrated and intensified both the flavor and alcohol content. They are releasing other limited edition bottles and another review is coming soon.

Location: Poured into a Gordon Biersch pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 10% ABV, 30 IBUs, ~ 230 Calories

Ingredients: Hops: Hallertau and Tettnang

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown in color with a good amount of ruby highlights. The head is thick and cream colored, but fell after a few minutes to a creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is big, bready, and caramel malty with alcohol fusals.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavors up front are rich and sweet, dark caramel maltiness, which grows in its richness throughout. Along with those flavors, some hazelnut-like flavors come in during the middle. Some even richer caramel and hazelnut flavors grow to their boldest in the finish with some bitterness behind the nearly cloying sweetness. The caramel and hazelnut flavors last for a minute or so in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: With all the caramel and hazelnut flavors, I’d pair them with something complementary, like a loaded mushroom burger.  However, I think this could also make a very good beer milkshake… that’s right, I might have this as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, as the big caramel and hazelnut flavors would mix nicely with the vanilla.

Overall Impression: After making (accidentally, as it froze in the keg) my own homebrewed version of this beer, I was excited to try this one.  I knew it would be extremely flavorful – since after the ice is frozen, it leaves a concentrate of the malt flavors – and this one certainly was.  I enjoyed the aroma, as well as the big caramel and hazelnut flavors.  I was close to giving this beer 4 stars, but because, at it’s richest, it bordered on cloying sweetness, I knocked it down a bit.  I don’t find myself saying this often, but I think if it were a bit lighter, it would have been much better.  Overall, it was still a very good beer that at $8.99, is a good deal. I recommend you get your hands on some if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the nine states where this is distributed.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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