Terrapin MoonRay (Side Project 22)

Another side project brew from Terrapin. These have always been hit or miss for me. They usually sound different and exciting, but some just absolutely miss the mark. I’m hopeful that this one is decent. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 8.3%

Style: Weizenbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Terrapin Beer Co. is set to release Moonray, the next beer in their Side Project series. Moonray is a chocolate orange Weizenbock; the beer’s flavors were inspired by the chocolate oranges found in many a Christmas stocking of yore. As a dark wheat beer, calling the brew Moonray also serves to give a little hat tip to Sunray Wheat, a summer seasonal retired in 2011.”

Random: I still have a soft spot in my heart for Terrapin. It was one of the first breweries that I loved their stuff and their labels.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger cream colored head. It was slow to dissipate with some lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy and dark mahogany color with no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose had wheat with orange, but not a lot of chocolate. The taste was shockingly light and delicate. There was milk chocolate and orange zest. Wheat was also present with yeast too. There was very little spice to it as the orange and chocolate dominated the palate. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with orange and chocolate. The brew was really nice and one that I would have again. If you see it and like chocolate and orange, definitely grab one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Scuttlebutt 10 Degrees Below

Scuttlebutt. It’s a funny word. I basically have the brain of a twelve-year-old boy most of the time, so I find this giggle-inducing funny. It also has a polar bear on the label, which is not all that cute. Anyways, this is another leftover from the holiday season that I’m just getting to. I’ve basically been trying to get through all of my current tasting beer before I make another beer run, so I’m finding all of these seasonals. This is another one that you can’t get in Jersey. Let’s see if it’s worth seeking out.


ABV: 7.4%

Style: Weizenbock

Trivia: This brew comes in at 22 IBUs.

Random: At work, we play the same radio station every single day. It’s to the point I can almost predict the songs. Time for Pandora…

This brew poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was some toasted malt and vanilla with a touch of coffee, but wasn’t all that pleasant. Luckily, the taste was a bit better. I got some smoky dark coffee with cocoa powder. I was waiting to get more flavors from each sip, but no, this brew was pretty bland and no additional flavors came up. The body was on the thinner side with insanely high carbonation present. It had a long finish with smoke and cocoa powder. This one was only alright. The carbonation took something from the flavor and although drinkable, was not outstanding. This definitely didn’t remind me of a true weizenbock.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Weihenstephaner Vitus

After having a not-so-great experience at Jack’s, Kate and I walked down the street to The Draft House. It had reopened about 3 weeks ago and is really putting an emphasis on craft beer. We’re actually going to a craft beer dinner there later this week. Anyways, here was what I tried there.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: Weizenbock

Trivia: According to worldbeerawards.com, “Gentle spicy aroma with sweet fruits and vineous notes. Full, rich and tasty. Smooth citrus flavour. Subtle hop and honeyed notes, bubblegum and coriander. Cloves, spiced apple and sweet grain. Good warming alcohol, surprising balance for it’s strength, smooth yet potent. Good, lingering finish.”

Random: This also won “Best Wheat Beer” in 2012, I guess it’s good enough for me then.

This poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly with some lacing left on the glass. The body is hazy, light orange color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose was lemon, coriander, yeast and grain. I also got some bread on the nose. It was very reminiscent of a hefeweizen The taste was even better. I got lemon, yeast and coriander that were in the nose. Then, some pepper and clove came through as well. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. It had a long finish with lemon and yeast. The booze was not apparent in this one at all. This was just an outstanding beer with great flavors. I would definitely have this one again. If you haven’t tried it, go grab one. You won’t regret it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel

Happy Monday! Today was a pretty busy day at work. Tomorrow is filled with conference calls for me, so I’m not really looking forward to that. I went to the gym with Katie tonight. I think she’s going to hate me after tonight. I introduced her to deadlifts and we did her favorite, bench dips. I think she’ll definitely be cursing me out tonight. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 7%

Style: Weizenbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Slam Dunkel was a small batch release in 2007. We had such an overwhelming response that we had to put it in the seasonal rotation. We also decided we couldn’t live without drinking this beer every year! This 7% Double Dunkelweizen is unfiltered and made with over 50% wheat malt along with pale, munich, and a touch of chocolate to give it the traditional color and flavor. Bitterness is subdued to allow the Weihenstephen yeast to shine through with those traditional notes of banana and clove. Available in March in bottles and draft. Recipe by Chris Wilson, Head Brewer.”

Random: I didn’t know they had a female Ninja Warrior show. I would love to do that!

The brew poured with a huge tan head that was incredibly thick and was slow to dissipated. It left a lot lacing on the weizen glass. The body was a hazy brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was very fragrant with notes of banana, dark fruit, brown sugar and cloves, really nice actually. The taste reminded me a little of a dubbel with dark fruit and a bit of yeast. There were also some raisin notes and dark wheat. The body was towards the thicker side with lower than expected carbonation. The finish lasted awhile with some booze and dark fruit. This wasn’t the best dunkelweizen I’ve ever had, but it was decent. I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Ramstein Winter Wheat

I’m not a big fan of Mondays, especially after the weekend I had. Chris is off from work today and I got stuck going (don’t get me wrong, she, out of anyone I know, totally deserves a day off, but I still can be jealous). I start school again tomorrow, but at least I’m only taking 2 classes and it’s my last first day of school. So, to celebrate, I pulled out the growler of Ramstein Winter Wheat that I picked up last time I made a beer run.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Weizenbock

Trivia: According to BeerAdvocate, a weizenbock is “A more powerful Dunkel Weizen (of ‘bock strength’), with a pronounced estery alcohol character, perhaps some spiciness from this, and bolder and more complex malt characters of dark fruits.”

Random: Another New Jersey brew…I’ve only had one or two other Ramstein beers and I thought they were pretty good. I’ve heard amazing things about this brew…

This brew poured with a barely there tan-colored head. The body is a deep brown color that you can’t see through, so I couldn’t tell if there was any carbonation on the brew. On the nose, I got definite banana and spice notes with some clove and then roasted caramel malts. Very interesting nose, definitely a lot going on. On the taste, there was definitely a roasted characteristic with some chocolate and then a hint of banana with some spice. There was a lot of malt on this. The finish was definitely sweet with a lot of the flavors in the first sip and lingers. The alcohol is really well hidden on this brew. I really like this one a lot. I would definitely have this again. I can see why this is a great winter beer and gets an A+ on BeerAdvocate.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0