Sunday, January 2, 2011

Eighth Beer Of Christmas

The 12 Beers of Christmas is a little tradition I started last year in which I treated myself to 12 different beers, one each day. It celebrates the incredible taste and variety that can be found in beers around the world and just a few klicks from my doorstep.

The Eighth Beer of Christmas: Probably the king of wheat beers is the Aventinus, a German Doppelbock Ale brewed in Kelheim.  It comes in a largish 500 ml bottle and weighs in at a respectable 8.2% ABV. You're going to need the tall glass.

It features original bottle fermentation, which is prodigious. Aventinus pours medium brown and cloudy with a big white head. The nose is both spicy and yeasty. This beer is a delicious wheat-y flavor with just the right amount of banana and clove spiciness. Warming and delicious.

The official write up:
Aventinus, the world's classic top-fermenting wheat-doppelbock, has received accolades for the perfect balance of fruity spiciness (banana, clove, vanilla) and notes of chocolate (crystal & dark malts).  Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned. Enjoy Aventinus, the massive twin of SCHNEIDER WEISSE.

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