Nøgne Ø Bernstein Amber Weizenbock

Reviewed by on May 5, 2018 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Nøgne Ø

  • Origin: Grimstad, Norway

  • Rated On: May 5, 2018

  • Best Before: October 4, 2019

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Weizenbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Norway’s Nøgne Ø (Naked Island) has produced this collaboration with Weihenstephan – well, la-di-dah!

This 330ml bottle pours a mostly clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent mountain range pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy wheat malt, a further crackery graininess, banana chips, muddled earthy spice, some mixed dark orchard fruitiness, and rather tame leafy, herbal, and lightly perfumed floral hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, underripe banana peel, a subtle earthy yeastiness, sort of spicy cloves, and more well understated musty, herbal, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with the spice maybe taking things down a notch or so here.  It finishes off-dry, the blended malt, fruit, and spice all looking to make a lingering day of it.

Overall – this comes across as a genial enough version of the style, all the points hit upon, and with nary a sign of the 13-proof booze factor.  I don’t know what Weihenstephan brought to the table, exactly, as one would think that Nøgne Ø could do this on their own.  Probably, because, duh, Weihenstephan.

Brady White

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