Presented by Consumer Beverages
by Paul Marko, Chris Groves
Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen ABV: 6.8%
Named in honor of, and as tribute to, pioneering Buffalo-born brewer Joseph Lambert Haberstroh, the first native born brewer in our fair city who owned JL Haberstroh Brewery on High Street and Main Street (and was later elected as Erie County Sheriff), Rusty Nickel Brewing Company’s Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen pours a hazy shade of orange and offers a delicate, floral nose that leads into sweet tropical fruits straight away on the tongue. Notes of mango, banana, green apple, peach and mild clove mingle on the palette while light malts and soft hops provide an even-keeled backbone, making for one easy drinking beer. It’s bigger than traditional hefeweizen’s at 6.8%, though at no point does it truly drink up to its ABV, which is much to this beer’s credit as it remains smooth, crisp and ultimately refreshing to the last drop, ending with a pleasant fruity finish. Thanks to fresh mangos utilized during the brewing process, this beer has the ability to stand out amongst other hefeweizens. Brewed with malt from Batavia’s New York Craft Malt and hops, in part, from East Prairie Hops in Collins, Haberstroh Mango Hefe is an indigenous beer through and through; a true companion of warmer weather. Find yourself a seat at Rusty Nickel’s Bier Garten, grab a tall pour of the Haberstroh Mango Hefeweizen while it lasts, and raise a toast to the end of summer.
There are brief moments that occur on hot, humid summer days that every native Buffalonian should know...the desire for crisp fall air and the smell of sweet smoke from an outdoor fire. It happens just the same in the middle of each season, the longing for the best part the coming one. Fall is my favorite. It’s the weather that makes beer better. September weekends are filled as a last hurrah to the brief blip we call Summer and the weekdays in between are busy enough to forget what the hell even happened. I reach for stouts and porters just the same as jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. I started early this year with Otter Creek Couch Surfer showing up in their new seasonal variety pack. Their focus on hop forward beer since the “scrap everything, let’s start new” a couple years ago has launched them to the forefront of East Coast Brewery greats. A most welcome addition, this superb Oatmeal Stout is a breakaway from the hop heavy mindset in a rich, roasty and smooth offering. For those who remember Wolaver’s excellent Oatmeal Sout, you’ll be instantly familiar. This is a stout that does not weigh on your ability to have more than one and be sane...leave that to the double IPAs. Get out your sleeves and long pants, it’s time to chop some wood.blog comments powered by Disqus
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