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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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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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571. Gneiss Brewing Cenozoic

Gneiss CenozoicWhen was the last time you had an imperial wheat porter with fresh ginger? Probably never as this is the first one I have ever heard of but it makes for a great cold weather / holiday beer.

This beer is dark as you would expect from a porter with a thin tan head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is all ginger, smells like Christmas in a glass. Taste is much more subtle than the aroma starting with a nice smooth almost chocolaty porter then the ginger kicks in. The ginger is there but it does not take over the entire beer as you might think it would.

Cenozoic was my favorite holiday type beer and I look forward to trying it again soon.
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: Imperial wheat porter with fresh ginger

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570. Gneiss Brewing Weiss

 

Gneiss WeissSmall update to this post as Gneiss is now bottling this beer in 16.9 ounce bottles. They are a great deal at around $4 per bottle and available at most of the better bottle shops in Maine.

This is Gneiss Brewings flagship beer and it kind rolls off the tongue – Gneiss Weiss. This is a hefeweizen which is a style I  drink a lot of during the summer months. It works in the winter too but at 4.8% ABV this will be a great beer for those warm Maine summers.

Gneiss WeissWeiss looks very similar to the Au Nugget in the prior review but a little cloudier. Aroma has plenty of banana and lemon, very pleasant and inviting. Taste is excellent and extremely smooth. This is a good representation of the style and something you should try sooner rather than later.

Overall I am really impressed with the first two offerings from Gneiss Brewing and I am confident Dustin will continue to brew great beer from his small operation in Limerick. 
Pros: 
Appearance and very drinkable
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 12
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: Gneiss Weiss is our flagship beer.  This beer relies on a grain bill heavy on the wheat to bring forward a clean spiciness and creamy mouthfeel, without even a hint of cloying sweetness.  We use American hops to help define the beer as a full flavored, easy drinking session beer.

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569. Gneiss Brewing Au Nugget

Gneiss Brewing Au NuggettTook a trip to Limerick, Maine to visit Gneiss (pronounced nice) Brewing and brought home one full growler and three 32 ounce howlers. Opted for a full growler of their single hop IPA Au Nugget.

Gneiss is using at least 50% wheat in all their beer and a German Hefeweizen yeast strain. This makes for an interesting take on traditional styles. This single hop IPA uses all Nugget hops and is very easy drinking at 5.3% ABV.

Appearance is a nice unfiltered orange with a single finger white head. Aroma leans more towards the Hefeweizen yeast with some lemon but there was some spicy hops there too. The taste differed significantly as it warmed, when cold the yeast really took over and as it warmed the spice from the hops came through nicely. I originally thought they filled my growler with their Weiss beer instead of the IPA but as it warmed the hops were more prevalent.

Overall a very drinkable single hop IPA and certainly a different take than many other start-up breweries are taking.
Pros: Appearance and very drinkable
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 57
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: The second offering of our Single Hop Epoch, Au Nugget is a sessionable Wheat IPA single hopped with Nugget hops. Our house yeast works with the large hop bill to produce a more traditional piney, resiny hop bitterness with a zesty, lemon note. Light enough to crush at 5.3% ABV, but hoppy enough to savor at 57 IBU. Prost!

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