Leinenkugel Big Eddy Royal Nektar

Val picked up this beer for me a week or so ago. This is only the third braggot that I’ve had. I feel like the style is picking up some popularity and is more easily available than a few years ago. I had my first almost exactly a year ago when Rogue put one out (Rogue Marionberry Braggot). Let’s see how this one fared.


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Braggot

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Much like beer, honey has played a role in culture throughout history. It was only a matter of time before someone would combine two ancient libations, beer and mead, into a style known as a Braggot. Introducing Big Eddy Royal Nektar. Brewed with pale two-row barley and malted rye with local cranberry blossom honey, this beer will make anyone feel like royalty. ”

Random: I think that Leine’s Big Eddy series is pretty solid and a nice change from their shandies.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a light orange with little carbonation. The nose had syrupy, honey sweetness, alcohol and green apple. The taste had a lot of honey and rye. Apricot and green apple came through with booze and white pepper. The body was medium thickness and low carbonation. It had a long finish with hot booze and honey sweetness. This was $2.50 for the bottle, which broke down to $.21 cents per ounce, which is expensive for a Leinenkugel’s beer, no doubt. But it was still a nice beer that had some good flavor, but you definitely can’t have more than one in a sitting.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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