Burley Oak Sorry Chicky

I’ve now had a few Burley Oak beers. We always seem to pick them up when we are traveling either to or from DC. I did a little more digging on their website and found that they are now growing their own malt. Usually, you see breweries growing their own hops, but it’s pretty rare to see them grow their own malt. I guess it helps when you’re a soil scientist and you can figure out how to best grow malt in Maryland.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: Berliner Weisse

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At Burley Oak, we love our sour beers! We also love all the aromas you get from our IPA’s. By dry hopping this lacto-happy beer, we’ve created an extreme sensory experience.”

Random: This is a year round offering from the brewery.

This beer poured with a thin, one finger white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a yellow color and was cloudy, making it difficult to see any carbonation. The nose was filled with lemon juice and lemon zest. The taste was intensely sour and not balanced. I picked up the same lemon juice and lemon zest initially. I picked up a touch of hop and then got the lactose as well. The body was light and the carbonation was lighter than I would have liked. The finish was quick, but intensely sour. I normally really like beers of this style, but this was a one-trick pony. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Burley Oak J.R.E.A.M. – Blueberry Strawberry

Over Labor Day weekend, Val and I went down to DC for the long weekend. We love the food in DC and we have some friends down there as well. This was the only beer I had a chance to review there.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hi there! We have been hard at work building this brewery keeping in mind sustainable practices and using local materials and craftsmen. We love our town of Berlin, Maryland and hope you join us in our taproom for a couple of pints and growlers. Our goal is to produce distinctive beers whose quality is unsurpassed using new and traditional brewing methods.”

Random: I had this beer at Birch and Barley in DC.

The beer poured with no head on top of a dark reddish-brown body. The beer was incredibly cloudy and it was difficult to see any carbonation through it. The nose was filled with fresh strawberries and blueberries along with a touch of lactose sweetness. It had a strawberry jam note as well but was quickly followed up by some white vinegar. The taste started with blueberry and strawberry jam. It then went into a lot of tartness, like the jam was mixed with vinegar and a touch of funk. It reminded me of Sour Patch kids. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was rather quick with vinegar. I thought this beer was outstanding and I was glad that I got to try it. This one is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Burley Oak Bilsner

I finally finished last season of “Game of Thrones.” Val wants me to clear out space on the DVR and I left it there for awhile. I like the show a lot, it’s just really hard to follow since I haven’t watched from the beginning. One weekend, I’ll binge watch to catch up. Until then, let’s talk about the beer.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American Pilsner is named after our co-worker Bill, who has asked us to make a Pilsner for over a year. Brewed with Pilsner malt and toasted wheat, this light, crushable beer is a crisp, and refreshing type deal.”

Random: This is another beer that I picked up in Maryland.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated instantly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and straw-yellow in color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had grain and grass with a slight corn note as well. The taste was grassy and went towards the hoppy side of pilsner. It also had a green herbal note and then went into white flour and crackers. There was not a lot of sweetness to the beer, it was just clean and crisp. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and herbal. A 12 ounce can of this beer was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a decent pilsner and I had no problems drinking it, it just wasn’t the best one I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0