One thing that I always find annoying about British wheat beers, is the lack of information on the bottle about what to do with the yeast. I find most British ale yeasts to be detrimental to the taste of the beer if poured into the glass, so I’d rather know what yeast has been used to ferment that wheat beer, so I know wither to pour it in, or to leave it out. So what to do with these two?
This bottle from Cambridge Moonshine caught my eye in the Bacchanalia, as it has totally different branding to all his other bottles. For my money, it’s much better than the old moon thing he had going on before, yes, it’s just some text and while it’s just clean and simple, it’s gets my vote. I decided to pour Un-Obtainable Perfection clean and deposit the yeasty trub into a small glass to see what it tasted of.
It poured an orange amber colour with a huge rocky white head. The head was being fed by a maelstrom of bubbles and seemed to get bigger, before settling to a good two fingers. It did eventually drop to a very good covering, but it took a while. I’m not sure what I expected the nose to smell off, banana, cloves and bread like a German wheat beer, or gingery, peppery spices like a Belgian wit. To be honest, it would have been nice if it had smelt of anything…
For a beer that made such a loud phzzzt and had so many bubbles teaming up the inside of the glass, it was really quite smooth in the mouth. It had some subtle spicy and vague banana bread notes that lead to a very drying of the mouth and this was without the yeast. I found the after taste to be really quite offensive, I’m not sure if I can tell you why though. It was either some sort of massive spicy overload or a yeasty off taste, either way I found really quite bad.
On this tasting I’d have to say that this beer really isn’t for me. I nearly got a taste of it on cask at the recent Cambridge CAMRA Octoberfest, but I was too busy necking Hopshackle Hopnosis and it went off. I’d really like to try it on cask and see if the nasty after taste is still there or not.
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- Un-Obtainable Perfection, 5.5%, 500m
I knew that Marble had brewed a Weizen, but I didn’t know they’d brewed a Dunkelweizen until I saw it in the Bacchanalia. It poured a really deep brown colour with light tan brown head. the head didn’t form particularly easily and didn’t really hang around for long, dropping to a patchy covering fairly quickly. Again, I poured this beer clear and dumped the yeast into a little glass, which smelt really strongly of hops. Much more so than the actual glass of beer, which had subtle bready plummy notes.
It was smooth in the mouth and as you would expect from the ABV, had quite a hefty body. having said that, it really didn’t drink to it’s ABV and felt like a much weaker beer. It some drying yeast character, but was mainly malty and reminded me of rich stewed plums. The after taste was lingering sweetness and a slowly drying palette.
After drinking about half the glass, I decided to shove all the yeast from the small glass into the big one and see what effect, if any, it had. The nose was instantly transformed with a noticeable hop character coming to the fore. The taste was slightly changed too, with more of an edge to the initial taste and a feeling of bitterness around the mouth. It still wasn’t bitter, the maltiness was still the main flavour, but the hops were there round the edges, which they hadn’t been before. Definitely one to dump the yeast sediment into.
- Dunkelweizen, 8.2%, 500m