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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Reviewed on 8/18/08. On tap at JH. Pours a super cloudy yellow-orange sort of orange juice looking. Looks and smells like a hefe. Aroma of citrus, wheat. Flavor is similar, but it tastes like sour orange juice. Kinda weird and not such a good result. Full bodied mouthfeel. Meh...
Serving type: on-tap
John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, 2093 Smithhaven Plaza, Lake Grove
12-23-2008 17:55:26 |
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I've been pestering John Rehm at John Harvards, Wayne to brew this style for months now...he finally came through. Thanks buddy!
This one had a starting gravity of 15.9 degrees Plato. I'm assuming that translated to 1.065 on a hydrometer scale, there was around 79% Apparent Attenuation, which would put the abv about 6.9%. If better attenuation occured, the abv is over 7% abv, which is a good starting point for the style.
This one appears a hazy, murky caramel color with a light tan head that slowly fades out into a soapy cap. Beautiful streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of crisp wheat with a fruity, doughy character stemming from the Bavarian yeast strain, citrusy Simcoe hops, and some warming brown sugar and caramel.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with the caramel, dough, and citrus melding together nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, with bitters and sweets battling it out in this brew.
This is a slightly different take on the style deviating from the high ester, mild chocolate noted Weizenbocks found most notably in Schneider Aventinus, who sets the bar high for German brewers let-alone Americans who seek to recreate it.
Overall, not a bad outing. The Simcoe hops were a nice twist to this giving it a citrusy freshness. I'd be curious how the character would change with just a touch of chocolate malts thrown into the next batch's mash. Either way...delicious.
Since having this on draft in the home kegerator and serving it at a slightly warmer temp, this one seems to have gotten even better. The aroma of The Bavarian banana cream comes through in the aroma, the mouthfeel is smoother and more delicate, and the drinkability has even gotten better. A nice one that gets better. Love when that happens!
Serving type: on-tap
John Harvard's Brew House, 629 W.Lancaster Ave, Wayne
07-07-2006 18:59:19 |
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