Tasting: January 19, 2012
My house has been decimated by illness of late. Wife has pneumonia going on four weeks now. She’s coughed so much, she has cracked a couple of ribs. My youngest was just diagnosed with pneumonia as well. He goes through these wild swings from mumbling delirium to bouncing off the walls. I just returned to a normal temperature after six days of battling a fever and my eldest had a weird stomach bug a couple of weeks ago. We were watching the Three Stooges on New Year’s Eve and the sight of Moe giving someone a mud facial made him toss his cookies. Seconds later, he wanted something to eat. Where is that in the parenting books? I gave him a bucket and a sandwich.
What does all this have to do with my normal commentary of beer? Well, beer has been shown to have health benefits within a limited margin of consumption (two a day). Believe it or not, it is also a good weight loss aid â€“ as its concentration of Vitamin B. This vitamin delivers energy and plays a role in helping the body combust carbohydrates. They key to using it as a weight loss tool â€“ is that you have to couple it with an exercise program. If not, the carbohydrates just collect at the waistline. Are some beers better than others? Yeast tends to deliver the most vitamin B so, quite a few Belgian or German styles might fit the bill. For me, I’m going to go with a Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen (Double Wheat) to deliver some vitamin B. This one is cloudy and swimming with yeasty goodness.
Crazy big numbers on this one — 1.084 OG (lots of solids before the addition of yeast) with an accompanying ABV of 9.0%. Yeasty aroma of banana and clove. First sip impression delivers that same combination with some added hearty wheat breadiness. Mouthfeel is big and thick with some subtle sweetness. The alcohol provides some nice warmth but doesn’t burn or detract from this beer. As you may know, I’m not a big fan of the style – but Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen has tons of flavor. I’m feeling better already – 85 points.