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821. Lost Nation Brewing Vermont Pilsner

Lost Nation Vermont PilsnerPilsners are often overlooked in the craft beer world but there are a few good ones out there with my favorite being Banded Horn’s Pepperell Pilsner. Lost Nation does a great job with their beers so when I came across a 4-pack of Vermont Pilsner I grabbed one to take home.

This beer is a crystal clear yellow with a very deep white head and plenty of carbonation. Aroma is entirely earthy with some crackery malts and some nice grassy hops. Taste is very similar to the nose with those same grassy hops, lightly sweet malt base and a very crisp and clean finish.

A solid craft pilsner that will not disappoint and could be enjoyed by craft beer drinkers as well as non-craft drinkers. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Lost Nation Brewing
Brewers Description: Our golden lager is a crisp, clean, easy drinking beer that has a full, balanced hop finish. This Franconian style Pils is perfect for any occasion

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693. Aeronaut Brewing Berliner Weisse

Aeronaut BerlinerPicked up this growler in one of my recent trades with someone from Mass. This is my first beer from Aeronaut and I opted for their Berliner Weisse as it is only 2% ABV and a style that I have been enjoying this summer. This is now the lowest ABV beer that I have ever had with the previous low being 2.9% from Blue Lobster’s Piscataquaweisse.

Aeronaut’s Berliner Weisse is a straight up Berliner with no fruit added. It pours a pale yellow with a thin white head that disappears almost immediately. This is typical for the style and it does not take away from the beer. Aroma has a light tart funk but is very mild. Taste is a bit tangy with some lemon and slightly acidic.  Enjoyable beer and super easy to drink.

I have not had too many Berliner Weiss’ but it seems the ones I enjoy have some fruit added like Blue Lobster’s from above or Night Shift’s Ever Weisse which has strawberries, kiwis and hibiscus flowers.
Pros: Extremely drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 2.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Aeronaut Brewing
Brewers Description: Champagne of the north – delightfully tart with fantastic lightness.

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681. Gneiss Brewing Limericker Weisse

Gneiss Brewing LimerickerI am becoming a big fan of low ABV beers and this one certainly qualifies at a very low 3.1%. Also really enjoying the resurgence of the Berliner weisse style with loads of flavor and a bit of tart to keep your taste buds wanting more.

Dustin does a great job with Limericker Weisse as it pours a light yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is mild but you get a little lemon sour as a hint of what’s to come. Taste is really where this one excels with that sour lemon and very clean dry finish.

Limericker is a great summertime beer from a great new brewery in Southern Maine. A visit to Limerick should be on everyone’s list of things to do this fall. 
Pros:
Flavorful, low ABV
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 3.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 8
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: Limericker Weisse is our first sour beer. Our take on the classic Berliner weisse style, Limericker is tart and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day. The unique flavor is achieved by utilizing a sour mash and fermenting with a mixed culture of our house yeast and lactobacillus. The sour mash imparts a citrus like acidity and the mixed culture leaves the beer dry with just a hint of the banana notes found in our flagship Gneiss Weiss.

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673. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Sierra Nevada KellerweisGrabbed this one as part of a mixed six pack at Beer Cellar Portsmouth and had been lingering in my beer fridge for a while. Decided to open on a hot summer afternoon and I was glad I did.

Pours a bit clearer than I would like but I may have failed to swirl the bottom of the bottle to get the remnants as you should with a hefeweizen. Other than lot I love the coloring a the slight white head. Aroma is a spicy banana bread and quite nice. Taste follows and adds a bit of clove.

Overall a nice hefeweizen which is a style of beer that I really enjoy during the summer. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Inspired by traditional Bavarian techniques, Kellerweis is a true artisan experience. With Kellerweis, we brew in open fermentation tanks—a process rarely seen today—to let the ingredients truly shine. The result is a hazy wheat ale—untamed, raw and alive. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is a truly unique brew.

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668. Night Shift Brewing Ever Weisse

Night Shift Ever WeisseNight Shift makes some excellent beer and I really need to make the trip down to Everett to visit their tap room. Checking their site today and they have 15 beers available for tasters; 9 beers available for growler fills and 5 different bottles available for purchase. Few breweries in the Northeast have the wide range of styles and this many beers available. The list includes everything from the sours, to a summer porter and even a resinous DIPA.

This bottle was brought back by Paul who took a trip to Mass to tour some breweries and he was nice enough to grab me a couple bottles. Appearance is a nice orange with a slightly pink hue, not as pink as JoJo. Almost no head which seems to happen with sours. Aroma has lots of fruit, not fruit from hops like you get in the IPAs but actual fruit. Also get some slight funk and floral notes.

Taste was my favorite part of this beer as it starts with a tart lemon with some strawberry and as it warmed I picked up more of the hibiscus. Funky and slight acidity make this a very complex beer. I will be making the trip to Night Shift soon and will post when I am headed that way, be sure to comment if you want to tag along. 
Pros:
Refreshingly tart and very complex
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Berliner Weisse style sour ale aged on strawberries, kiwis, and dried hibiscus flowers.

Sold exclusively at our brewery in Everett, Ever Weisse is what most beers are not – hopped minimally, soured extensively, pink in color, aged on hand-chopped fruit, brewed in tiny batches, and available at at only one location. It sips fruity and tart, with a touch of tangy sweetness. It does not taste like other beers do, nor should it.

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667. Simple Roots Brewing American Dream Ale

Simple Roots American DreamSimple Roots is a new brewery located in a residential neighborhood in Burlington Vermont. Because they are in a residential neighborhood the brewery is not open to visits from the public and you cannot purchase beer there. They sell at a couple of local bottle shops and farmer’s markets. You can check out their FB page below for more info on when and where they will be.

Their goal is to brew beer to style more so than trying to keep up with the ultra hoppy beer that many Vermont brewers are making. The first beer I tried from them is American Dream their cream style ale. This beer pours a pale orange with a nice white head. Aroma is pretty minimal but about what I expected from a cream ale.

Taste was light crisp and very similar to a lager. Light body, almost no hop bitterness but very refreshing. Really enjoyable beer and a style that few are making. If you find yourself in Burlington this summer track down a bottle of American Dream.
Pros:
Drinkable and true to style
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Simple Roots (FB Page)
Brewers Description: 

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646. Banded Horn Brewing Wicked Bueno

Banded Horn Wicked BuenoWicked Bueno was brewed by Banded Horn for Cinco de Mayo as an alternative to the Mexican Lager. Using 15% corn Ian made a very light, crisp and flavorful beer.

This may be the lightest beer I have reviewed to date, very pale yellow with minimal head even with an aggressive pour. Aroma is mild but what is there is fruity. Taste is surprising as I was not expecting a lot of flavor from such a light beer. Their is a nice hop profile but very little bitterness.

Wicked Bueno is far from your typical craft beer but it does a lot of things right, sessionable and crushable. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 
Brewers Description: 
This light beer has a good amount of body, flavor, and hoppiness. Brewed with 15% corn. Maltiness is present, but very simple. A slight green apple-like flavor that blends well with Centennial hops. It’s not bitter, but amply flavor-hopped for the style. Overall a super easy drinker. Body is crisp and smooth.

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607. Blue Lobster Brewing Piscataquaweisse

PiscataquaweisseThere has been a fair amount of press about Blue Lobster over the past few months and not all of it has been positive. The firing of brewer David Sakolsky and subsequent actions. I am not going to go into any of that here and stay focused on the beer.

Piscataquaweisse was brewed when David was still at Blue Lobster and was one of only 3 beers that made it into bottles. This one is a 375 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. In addition to being an excellent beer this one also takes the honor of lowest ABV beer I have reviewed, not too many options out there uner 3% alcohol.

Appearance is a beautiful red/pink color with almost no head. Aroma is slightly tart and fruity. It has been a long time since I tried a plum so not entirely sure what they smell/taste like but this beer used both blueberries and plums. Taste followed with some nice juicy fruit up front and a light tart finish. I have not tried many Berliner Wiesses so I a far from an expert but this was an excellent beer that I had to keep reminding myself to drink slow and enjoy.
Pros:
Very tasty
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 2.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Brewed with NH Wild Blueberries and ME Plums.

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577. SoMe Brewing Sweet Solstice

SoMe Brewing Sweet SolsticeMy first beer review from SoMe Brewing Company. I met Dave (the younger) there just prior to him opening and sampled all four of his offerings. Brought home a growler of this and a howler of his double IPA. Sweet Solstice is Dave’s take on a holiday beer, good for the season and low in alcohol so you can bring to a party and still be able to drive home.

This was an interesting beer with a nice light orange color. Minimal to no head and carbonation was light. Plenty of sweet spiciness in the aroma. Taste follows with the same clove spice that you get in the aroma. This beer is also quite sweet and not bitter at all. Not really my style of beer but I bought this to bring to a family Christmas party and it was well received. It will be interesting to try this beer again next year after Dave has had time to get used to his system and dial things in a bit.

Certainly a nice start for a small brewery and a beer worth trying. Check out SoMe’s Facebook page for their hours and take a trip to York.
Pros: Unique, low ABV and flavorful
Cons:
Carbonation seemed a bit off but could have just been the growler
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Rating: 
Brewers Website: SoMe Brewing
Brewers Description: A light, sweet, spiced holiday ale.

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576. Gneiss Brewing Obsius

Gneiss ObsiusThis is the fourth and final beer I brought home from Gneiss Brewing. You may have noticed a theme in the name of the brewery and their beers, geology. The brewer’s description below and their website have a lot more detail on the name of the brewery and the beers. I opened this one during the ice storm we had just prior to Christmas in Maine, seemed like a good time to drink stout.

Obsius is a weizen stout (wheat stout) which is a style not often brewed. This beer is black with a thin tan head that went away quickly. The aroma was fairly tame but had some nice roasted malt and wheat. Obsius is very tasty with plenty plenty of roasted chocolate, minimal coffee which is a plus for me and a creamy mouth feel.

Overall this is a nice change from the big imperial stouts that so many larger brewers choose to make. If you like dark beer but don’t want to be able to drink more than 12 ounces this is a good choice for you. 
Pros:
Creamy mouth feel
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: Obsius is a weizenstout, a wheat dominated stout brewed with our weiss yeast. Obsius is a rich and creamy beer with lots of roast and finishing with the bittering from the dark malts, not the hops.

The name of this beer is derived from ancient mythology. According to the writings of Pliny the Elder, Obsuis was a Roman explorer who happened upon the stone we now know as Obsidian during his travels in Ethiopia. Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass.  It is generally ejected from a volcanic explosion and cools so rapidly that no crystals form and the rock is smooth as glass.  It is primarily silica oxide (70-75%) with magnesium and iron oxide contributions.

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