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Hit 1K on Untappd! Stopped into Holy Grail Pub in Plano after work the other day and had a Salty Lady from Martin House Brewing, Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing and Slow Ride From Oasis Texas Brewing. Topped the day off with Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Unita. Kicking ass!

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Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout from Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Company. Super smooth and thick.

Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout from Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Company. Super smooth and thick.

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Picked up a bunch of German and Belgian beers to see if I could get a handle on where these beer styles that I love originated. Weihenstephaner Hefewissbier Dunkel, a dark hefe, was really good and I forgot how much I enjoy a good hefeweizen. Leffe Brune and Leffe Blonde from Belgian were good examples of brown and blonde ales from that part of the world. Warsteiner pilsner, Paulaner Salvator Double Bock and Bitburger Premium Pilsner were also great, clean examples of their styles. It’s nice to see how the American craft brewers take these styles and give them their own spin.

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brewgiehowser:

Franziskaner “Weissbier”, Weihenstephaner “Hefe Weissbier”, and Paulaner “Hefe-Weizen”: Taking a page out of qhrumphf's book and doing a little horizontal tasting of quintessential examples of recognized BJCP styles for palate training. Decided to give 15A a whirl; Weizen / Weissbier. A few weeks ago I visited Midtown Biergarten with my girlfriend and tried Weihenstephaner’s Korbinian Doppelbock and found the inspiration I’d been chasing after all year.

Franziskaner: Light fruity esters and phenols of banana and clove. Wheaty, grainy character present, but well-balanced with esters. Super-light, clean hop character. Undertones of bubblegum. The esters are more prominent on the palate than the nose. Slightly sweet on the front of the palate with a concentration of wheat and bright citrus character. Medium body with a creamy, lively mouthfeel with an effervescent finish.

Weihenstephaner: The most carbonated of the three. Less pronounced esters and phenols than what I found in the Franziskaner example with notes of faint banana and a whisper of clove. Wheaty. No bubblegum presence. Little to no hop presence. Banana and clove character is more pronounced on the palate than the nose, but still less so than the Franziskaner. Echoes of spicy vanilla falling mid palate with a general wheaty-graininess blanketing the palate. Subtle sweet malt character. Undertones of tart citrus. Medium bodied with a minimal creaminess, lively mouthfeel and a light effervescent finish.

Paulaner: The darkest of the three. Minimal to moderate fruity esters and phenols produce the characteristic banana-y clove profile. Getting an Munich-like maltiness that imparts a really mild nuttiness, unique to this beer in my flight. Minimal wheat character compared to the others. More Munich malt character on the palate backed by notes of wheat and mild esters and phenols. Little to no sweetness on the palate. Moderate citrus on the front of the palate with breadiness falling mid palate and a lightly-kilned malt presence falling on the backend. Medium body with moderate creaminess, lively mouthfeel and a lightly effervescent finish.

Verdict: Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner. With my previous experiences in the style, I felt the Franziskaner was the most-representative of the style in line with the BJCP. The addition of the Munich-like maltiness in the Paulaner threw me off, something I was not expecting especially after reviewing the BJCP style guidelines. That isn’t to say I didn’t find it enjoyable. It was just unexpected and not something I was looking for. And though the Weihenstephaner was palatable, I felt it lacked the esters and phenol character I enjoy so much about Hefeweizens.

With three distinguished German breweries such as these, it goes without saying (but worth mentioning for those unfamiliar) that these were brewed according to Purity Law.

Nice, I started getting some German beers to get an accurate account of the styles as well. I have a lot to learn my palate sucks.

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Bar stoppage! Headed into Lakewood Growler, who specialize in Texas craft beers, and had a Ranger Creel Oatmeal Pale Ale, then a 512 White IPA! Ran over to World of Beer because they were having a keep the glass night with local brewer Rabbit Hole. Took in a Centennial IPA and a Mike Modano 561 Kolsch, terrific! Then when I got home I kept it local with a bomber of Saint Arnold Amber. DRINK LOCAL!!

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious!!!

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious!!!

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Armadillo Ale Works WunderMelon. Erin took a sip, grimaced and said “It taste like Jolly Rancher and piss! Why would you drink that??”.

I thought it was great! Her palette sucks.

Armadillo Ale Works WunderMelon. Erin took a sip, grimaced and said “It taste like Jolly Rancher and piss! Why would you drink that??”.

I thought it was great! Her palette sucks.

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IPA’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Flying Dogs Snake Dog IPA, Brooklyn Blast DIPA and Unapologetic IPA from Stone Brewing!

"You ever been kicked in the head by a bull?".

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Stopped into Craft and Growler and picked up a Growler of Labor of Love One from Deep Ellum Brewing Company, fantastic, while I was there I had a glass of Sit Down Or I’ll Sit You Down Double IPA from the legendary Peticolas. Ran over to Twisted Root for some burgers and while I waited on our grub I had drink at World of Beer, Salsa Verde from Martin House Brewing. The Salsa Verde was really good chile beer, most are not, this one was! DRiNK LoCAl!!

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Brother Thelonious, too good. This was great!

Brother Thelonious, too good. This was great!

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Lots of love!! Wastach Apricot Ale, Golden Monkey from Victory, Lagunitas kills it again with Little Sumpin Extra! IPA, Summer Honey from Big Sky Brewing and True Blonde Ale from SKA Brewing at practice!

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Dissenter Imperial IPL from Founders. Really nice! Founders always gets me going.

Dissenter Imperial IPL from Founders. Really nice! Founders always gets me going.

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Yeah son! Midas Touch from Dogfish Head!

Yeah son! Midas Touch from Dogfish Head!

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Little bit of Atwater Brewing action from Detroit! Vanilla Java Porter, Blueberry Cobbler Ale and Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. The Cobbler Ale really stood out amongst the other two, didn’t care much for Decadent.

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Sugar On Top IPA from 903 Brewers, Raspberry Temptress from Lakewood Brewing, super good, Sorachi Ale and Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery and Hardcore IPA from those boys across the pond Brewdog. Getting called by name now at World of Beer. Not sure if I’m ready to be Norm Peterson.