Climax Hoffmann Helles

This is a beer from a brewery that I’ve never tried before. I’ve usually only seen their beers in growlers, which honestly is a lot to commit to. So, when I saw this one in a twelve ounce, I picked it up. This also was the first lager from the six-pack that I picked up. Hopefully I enjoy this one, especially because it is crazy local.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Hoffmann Helles (pronounced Hell-es), which is German for ‘bright’ is a pleasant and easy to drink summer beer with a bready/grainy taste.”

Random: I literally work 5 minutes down the road from this brewery and have never visited there, nor ever had a brew from them. I have no idea why it’s taken me so long.

This brew poured with a huge and fluffy three finger white head (think whipped egg whites) that dissipated really slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with feverish carbonation visible through the body. The nose was really unpleasant to me. I got some grass mixed with pungent skunkiness. This was not going to be fun. The taste was citrus, floral, earthy grass with bread. Honestly, the taste was much better than what I got on the nose. It was way more complex than I initially thought. The body was also lighter than expected with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was long with floral notes. I thought that I was going to hate this brew based on the nose, but it was actually pretty decent. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fegley’s Brew Works Space Monkey

This was the second brew of the night and the last one of Katie’s six-pack. I really liked letting her pick out beers for me. She picked out beers for me that I would have never picked out myself. I’m thinking this may be a theme (that’s a hint, Kate). So, this brew is a saison with a crapload of fruit added to it. Let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Space Monkey is formulated to rocket around your palate with a 21st century complexity in flavor and aroma: hints of lemon and pepper orbit around a raspberry tartness to guarantee a successful flight.”

Random: I love the label on this brew! Very cute.

This brew poured with a one finger head that I assumed would have dissipated slowly, except for the fact my sister made a joke and spilled the beer on herself after she tasted it. The body was a clear chestnut color with lots of carbonation on it. The nose smelled like a raspberry lambic to me, raspberries and a bit of tartness. The taste was exactly like the nose, except more intense. The fruit was pronounced, as was the tartness. It was really nice, actually. The body was a decent thickness with a lot of carbonation. The finish was pretty long, with lots of fruit. I thought that this brew was going to be a bit sweeter, and after trying it, I was surprised that it was as tart as it was. With that being said, I really enjoyed it. I would definitely have this one again. Another good pick by Kate!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere

Halfway through the week! I had a crazy busy day at work and then did an hour of cardio at the gym. I’m definitely tired now. I’ve been watching the Rangers game for a little bit. This series has been pretty exciting. I used to be a huge hockey fan and I haven’t watched it in years. I’m really getting into it. My sister is a Rangers fan, so needless to say she’s rooting for them. What better way to watch a game than to open a brew to go with it?

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An artisan farmhouse ale that is golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast.”

Random: An ex girlfriend used to call me Bam. I really don’t even know why.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated relatively quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow color with generous amounts of carbonation. The nose was wonderful and fragrant with notes of lemon, yeast and funk. After one sip, I remember why I love Jolly Pumpkin beers. There was lots of citrus and lemon and generous amounts of funk. This was just a delightful beer. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation, which really let the flavors shine through. The finish was quick with some funk. In short, I love this beer. It was delightfully complex and flavorful and light enough for the summer. Get this now!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Monastery of Christ In The Desert Monks’ Wit

This is one of the last brews from the six-pack that Katie picked. I’ve actually heard some stuff about this brewery, but not much. You usually don’t hear of abbeys in the middle of New Mexico, much less abbeys that brew beer in the middle of the desert. It’s definitely the season for a good witbier, so I’ll get to pouring.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to, “Monks’ Wit is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of spice that accentuates the coriander, orange peel, and other spices. The malt itself provides a sweet, bready quality up front, a round fruitiness in the middle, and the hops and spices together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.”

Random: I love the random pop culture references of Family Guy. They are so random and absolutely hilarious. This is why Family Guy has been my favorite show for years.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy light yellow with a lot of active visible carbonation. Color-wise, this was probably one of the lightest witbiers that I’ve ever tried. The nose had a lot of lemon and some wheat…not much else. It was much more mild than I expected. The taste was more boring than I expected. I got orange and spice, but the spice was lacking. It was way in the background. The body was thin with prickly carbonation. The finish? Equally as boring as the taste…quick and unremarkable. This beer just didn’t do it for me. I would file this one under one of the worst beers of the style that I’ve had. It was underflavored and way too light. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

The Porterhouse Oyster Stout

The second brew of the night. I’m watching Chopped on the Food Network. I’ve never seen an episode where they use the same protein in the first two courses (in this case, they’re using duck). I love duck, but in both the appetizer and the entree? It may be a little too much…but who am I to criticize? So, this is my first brew from The Porterhouse Brewing Company in Dublin, Ireland. I love the bottle cap on this brew. It has a cute little ring attached to it. I haven’t had an oyster stout in awhile, so maybe I’ll enjoy this one more…

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rapidly becoming our best selling stout. A superbly balanced brew, smooth and rounded without being bland. More sweetness derived from fresh oysters shucked into the conditioning tank, what a way to go! But of course not suitable for vegetarians.”

Random: I have never tried an oyster, but I can’t get past the consistency.

This brew poured with a thick, tan-colored head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had roasted malts, coffee and a bit of brine, which I assume was from the oysters. The taste was almost exactly the same as the nose, except that the brine was a bit more pronounced. There was also some earthiness. I really enjoyed how the roasted malts took center stage and the brine wasn’t as intense as other oyster stouts that I had. The finish was long with the same roasted malts in the taste. I’m shocked to say this, but I actually enjoyed this stout a lot. I would definitely have this again. If you see this one, definitely pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Horny Goat Hopped Up ‘N Horny

Another workday done before the long weekend. Katie and I went to the gym and then took the kid out for dinner. I think that she’s going to be in pain again tomorrow, as am I. But, I definitely feel better since I’ve been back in the gym. So, this is another beer from the six-pack that Katie picked…let’s see how it is.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This IPA has just the right amount of hop love. We finish this brew off by dry hopping it with fresh Cascade hops, giving it a wonderful fresh citrus finish.” I guess BeerAdvocate and the brewery don’t agree on which style this one is…

Random: I love my foam roller. It really helps with the soreness. I think I have to buy Katie one.

The brew poured with a one finger head that dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with a huge amount of active carbonation…almost seltzer like. The nose started with grapefruit and quickly followed up with some sweet caramel malt. The taste was not exactly what I expected. This was definitely a malt forward pale ale. The hops and the grapefruit took a backseat on this one, big time. The sweet malt was upfront and carried throughout to the quick finish. The body was on the thinner side with lots of carbonation, almost too much. This beer was only okay for me. I would have liked to see more of a hop presence. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lakefront New Grist Sorghum Beer

The second beer of the night. This is another one that Katie picked. I’m not quite sure why she did…I mean, neither of us have any issues with gluten. But, hey, I know it’s hard to pick out beer for me. So, let’s try this one.

ABV: 5.75%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New Grist is a one-of-akind beer brewed without wheat or barley: the first of its kind that can be enjoyed by those with Celiac Disease. It is the first beer to be certified gluten-free by the US Government. Each batch we brew is tested for its gluten contents before it is bottled and shipped. New Grist is brewed from sorghum, rice, hops, water, yeast. These ingredients are carefully combined to form a crisp, refreshing “session ale: brewed for those on a gluten-free diet, or anyone with an appreciation for a great tasting, handmade beer. It pours a brilliant gold color, with a bubbly head and light, fruity aroma. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, fruity and smooth at the same time. Hints of green apple slice through the maltiness of the sorghum, making this an extremely quaffable beer. A great pairing with grilled veggies and fish, also very good with a burger and fries.”

Random: My meow is sleeping on his scratchy post right now…it’s quite cute.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear golden yellow with a generous amount of carbonation visible throughout. The nose had this weird fruit aroma to it. After extensive discussion with my sister, we agreed on green apple. The taste fell a bit short of the nose. It still had some prominent apple flavor with a little lemon. The body was too watery for me and the carbonation was light at best. It finished quickly with some tart apple. Honestly, not as bad as I thought this was going to be. The flavor was alright, but it was almost like ice melted in the beer. I just wish it had more substance to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0