emerge077 (36) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the brewer:
"Dampfbier is an obscure, centuries-old style from the region of the Bavarian Forest near the Czech border. It is an all-barley ale, usually deep golden to light amber in color, with a unique feature: it is warm-fermented with Weissbier yeast at a temperature above 70E°F (21°C), which gives the beer a slightly phenolic taste. Brewed mostly in the summer, it is medium-bodied, very mildly hopped and is low in effervescence."
Hazy amber orange, approaching a natural butterscotch color. Tiny streams of bubbles rise throughout, supporting a well-defined and lasting head. Drippy stalagtite forms of lacing appear around the edges, over time the head settles to a skim across the top.
Banana esters in the nose, with a distinct caramel sweetness. Flavors of caramel and banana nut bread, with a very light bitterness in the finish. Very smooth and balanced with a good dose of mellow carbonation. Impressive and very tasty, we took home a growler of this.
I’ve never tried a beer quite like this one before, it had all the best elements of hefe yeast, melded with the nutty/bready character of Dark Milds or Brown Ales from the UK. After trying more from the growler, it felt fairly thin in the body, but was otherwise pretty tasty.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on tap at the Normal Brewpub (Normal, IL). Pours a richer hazy orange amber, a bit dark, glowing orange with a frothy offwhite head. Nice loose ring laces ok. Aromas are a bit toasty, bready, and dough. Touches of estery elements, kiss of banana and clove from the yeast. A touch of yeasty spice clings. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter, some tart fruit, banana, and apple sauce. Gentle dough, spice and clove, touch of cherry, vanilla, spice. Middle is a bit sweeter, estery, and gentle dryness. Backend is gentle tartness, bready and dough, some dryness and spice, gentle clove and fruit. Tasty, a bit dry, a touch metallic into the backend and finish, lingering on. Interesting offering, the all barley yet Hefe yeast strain gives some interesting fruit elements, touch of tartness. A bit bland at times, a bit off in the finish. Not bad.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like a butterscotch disc and tastes like one, too - big diacetyl. Otherwise all malt with a slight hop finish... not impressed.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting brew, an all barley malt bill and weissbier yeast. I’d wondered in the past what kind of results that would bring. The answer, at least in this case, is much like a dunkelweizen. From the tap at the brewpub, it poured a clear amber body with a short-lived off-white head. It had an aroma of bananas and cherries with a light brown spiciness. Add a quiet caramelly sweetness to the flavor and that pretty well sums up the beer. Tasty, refreshing, and sessionable.
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works, Normal, IL