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Hefe Weissbier

Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier 5.4%

Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier

This is a typical Bavarian Weiss bier, with pale golden colour and a sharp lemony and yeast aroma. It’s taste is the distinctive light, slightly sharp taste with biscuit notes.

Weihenstephaner Brewery was originally a monastic enterprise that became the Royal Bavarian State Brewery in Freising. It remains under the direction of the Bavarian Government brewing a range of Bavarian traditional beers according to the Bavarian beer purity laws of 1516.

Gem Amber Ale

Bath Ales – Gem Amber Ale 4.8%

Bath Ales – Gem Amber Ale

This ale is a light chestnut colour with a malty aroma with slight plum notes. It is a malty rich taste with a well blended hop bitterness.

This is the bottled version of Gem with a higher ABV 4.8% compared to the Gem draught previously reviewed at 4.1%, or a reformulation.

It is brewed by Bath Ales a small brewery now owned by St Austell Ales, is based at the Hare Brewery in.Warmly near Bristol.

Rum Barrel Red Beer

Innis & Gunn – Rum Barrel Red Beer 6.8%

Innis & Gunn – Rum Barrel Red Beer

This is a dark chestnut red coloured ale with a strong malt and plum fruits aroma. It has a sweet malty taste with a hint of rum spirit. It is lighter and sweeter than a barley wine, of it’s strength.

This is a rum barrel aged ale from this Scottish brewery, noted for its barrel aged ale range.

Innis & Gunn is a brewery based in Edinburgh.

Oxford Scholar Ale

The Shotover Brewing Co. – Oxford Scholar Ale 4.5%

Shotover Brewing Co – Oxford Scholar Ale

This is a chestnut copper coloured ale, with an apple and fruity aroma. It’s taste is a lightly smokey, hop bitterness, with a good malty backing.

The Shotover Brewing Company base in Horspath Oxford, describe this beer for drinking by a log fire, with the light smokey taste; presumably in an old oak-beamed pub!

Cotswold Best

North Cotswold – Cotswold Best 4.0%

North Cotswold Brewery – Cotswold Best

This is a golden ale with a summer aroma of fresh leaves and grass. It has a stronger hop bitterness and a malty balance, without being grapefruit citrus. It is brewed with English, Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles hops and according to the Brewery is a traditional Bitter ale.

The North Cotswold Brewery is a family craft brewery in the heart of the Cotswolds on the edge of Stretton-on-Fosse, near Moreton-in-Marsh.


Hook Norton – Haymaker 5%

Hook Norton – Haymaker

This is a dark golden Pale Ale with a hop fresh aroma. It has a pleasant taste of hops and malt, giving a light, slightly sweet taste, with a light bitter follow-on to finish. A good English stronger golden seasonal ale from this traditional Cotswold based brewer.

Hook Norton Brewery

Ruby Mild

The Incredible Brewing Company – Ruby Mild 3.8%

The Incredible Brewing Company – Ruby Mild

This is red-dark chestnut coloured ale, with a malty, slightly smokey aroma.
It has a malty taste with hop bitterness. Not a sweet mild and is a thinner, lighter bodied ale which would be suitable as a session ale.

The Incredible Brewing Company is a craft brewery based in Bridlington in Bristol, aiming it’s beers at the Bristol craft beer scene.

Dark Horse

GT Ales – Dark Horse 4.5%

GT Ales – Dark Horse

I received this North Devon offering as a present. Not surprisingly from a relative with an interest in American ‘muscle cars’. Always happy to try out a new brewer and a new ale, especially from the southwest.

This is a ruby coloured ale, with a sharp fruity aroma and according to the label, has a spice note. It has a sweet, smokey malt flavour, with slightly plum fruit notes but the most noticeable is the spice note in the taste, reminiscent of Hoegarden Belgian white beer.

I presume the brewer may have used a little coriander to achieve the taste, although there is no indication on the website.

An interesting brew and more fruity winter ale but with a reminder of warmer days drinking Belgian white beer.

This brewery is based in Braunton, north Devon, close to RAF Chivenor.

GT Ales