Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock

This was my second beer that I had yesterday. I haven’t had a huge amount of doppelbocks, but I really like the ones that I’ve had. They’re chewy, thick and incredibly flavorful. I could see enjoying one of them on a cold and rainy day. Here’s another one from Germany.

ABV: 7.9%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Paulaner monks drank Salvator as a substitute for food during Lent. The most famous brewer of all was Brother Barnabas who ran the Paulaner monastery brewery starting in 1773. To this day, his original recipe remains almost unaltered. In order to protect the original, Paulaner registered the ‘Salvator’ trademark with the Patent Office in 1896.”

Random: Why are the Phillies so awful this year? I haven’t even wanted to watch lately.

The brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with incredibly active, visible carbonation throughout. The nose had a malty sweetness with some nuttiness throughout. There was also some yeast to it as well. The taste started with the same caramel malt sweetness that was apparent in the nose and the nuttiness was also apparent. The yeast was more subtle in the taste than the nose. The body was towards the heavier side with lots of carbonation, which actually worked for this brew. The finish was lengthy with some sweetness. This was an absolutely amazing beer. I really didn’t have high expectations for this beer, but the flavors really worked for this beer. This would definitely be a brew to seek out. I could see why monks would drink this as a meal!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrub

After I went to the gym Friday, my sister took me out to dinner to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the blog. I’m not usually a person who can consistently stick to things, so I was pretty excited to have done this for a year. I also have a bunch of ideas on how to improve the blog, some of which I shared on Friday. So, I’m excited about that. The first brew of Year 2 of the blog was a brew on draft at the restaurant. We ended up at City Streets in East Windsor. They didn’t have an overly impressive beer list, but they did have a few decent selections. I chose the Paulaner hefeweizen. I’ve had it once before, but I didn’t review it.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The name of the Paulaner brewery refers to the order of friars that resided in Neuhauser Straße in Munich who were part of the order of Saint Francis of Paola. The monks had brewed beer for their own use since 1634. The beer that was permitted to be sold on holidays was a Bock style which gained local fame. After the abolition of the Neudeck Cloister in 1799, the building was converted into a penitentiary.”

Random: I stayed later at the gym so that I could read more of a new book I got (Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell), I stayed up even later that night to finish it.

This brew was sat down next to me with a lemon wedge on the glass. First order of business, took off lemon wedge. I’m all for accenting the beer, but I didn’t want it to throw the nose off for me. The beer was a cloudy orange color with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It did leave some lacing on the pint glass. Since it’s unfiltered, it was hard for me to see any carbonation on the brew. The nose smelled just like a hefe should smell: banana, clove, wheat. Then, the first sip came out with exactly what a hefe should taste like. I got the same notes as in the nose and also a bit of citrus with some wheat and the beer finished quickly. This was not only crisp and refreshing, but I could put a bunch of these away with no problem. When I first started trying beers, I really enjoyed hefeweizens. For some reason, I really got away from them. I tend to classify them as a summer beer, so that could be why. After having this one, I remembered exactly what drew me to them in the first place. This one in particular could be the best hefeweizen I’ve ever had. Definitely get your hands on this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0