To Øl Hibernate

Reviewed by on January 15, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: To Øl

  • Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Rated On: January 15, 2015

  • Best Before: December 11, 2015

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Wheat Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

To Øl (‘two beers’) is another Danish client brewer who get the majority of their beers, including this one, made at De Proefbrouwerij.  Hibernate is deemed a Belgian Wheaty Cream Ale on the label, which also pens an ode to the end of the year (ok, check, that), and hunkering down until the blossoming of Spring.

This 330ml bottle pours a rather hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some streaky, sudsy lace in parts around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sugary wheat grain, a twinge of caramel malt, soft earthy yeast, mild grapefruit and orange juice, real vanilla, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more gritty wheat malt, biscuity caramel, muddled orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, dried roots, a wee stony flintiness, and herbal, leafy hops. The carbonation is fairly active, and even a tad prickly in its low-key frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, nothing aiding, and nothing stalling, either. It finishes pretty dry, the wheat grain bottoming out, the yeast and fruit turning tail, and the hops happy to help out.

A decent hoppy wheat beer, which seems to be a growing trend, and maybe ‘the’ new beer thing for the new year. Anyways, the extra point of ABV is appreciated, and pleasantly sublimated to boot – I could have a few of these, on a summer patio, or, um, nah, it works just fine in winter, too.

Brady White

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