What they say (Weyerbacher Brewing Co., 21+ please):
?When you try this beer you?re in for a unique treat. The special effervescence and creaminess are immediately apparent when pouring. The pilsner malts combined with the Belgian yeast strains yield a remarkable and complex flavor- perhaps you?ll note subtle hints of banana and cookie dough.?
My take on it:
Whoa. Why did it take me so long to get to Weyerbacher? This is one of the best things you can get in a bottle from the East Coast.
I’ve sampled a few of their brews. And I’m yet to find a bad one. Is there such a thing as a bad Weyerbacher?
They describe Merry ??Monks’ as a “Belgian Style Golden Ale” on the label. And as far as I’m concerned, you generally can’t go wrong with a Belgian, as long as you are getting it from a reputable brewery. And of course, this is no exception.
The label art is fun, even if it’s not of the highest quality. I mean, it’s cute and all, but if you saw it somewhere other than a beer label, you would probably look right past it. It’s not eye-catching at all, which might be why I looked past Weyerbacher for so long. They just unveiled a new logo though, so that will probably help them gain some ground. And before anyone else says it, yes, I know. It’s about the beer, not the label. They focused on the product first.
I’m glad they did!
First of all, it pours REALLY nicely. Even a slow pour results in about a 2 finger head that fades fast over a nice, golden body. ?It leaves little lacing, but it does leave a liquid coating on the glass, much like a wine.
The flavor is sweet and after having a few sips, I have a taste in my mouth similar to the aftertaste of banana nut bread. Even the aroma is pleasing to the nose, so from the moment you pop the cap, the experience begins. It’s to the lighter side of a full-bodied beer, with a lift coming by way of an easy carbonation. And it’s?dangerous! It goes down very easy, but comes it at 9%. After having one, I know I’ve had one. And I’m no lightweight! As long as I’m not driving, I’m happy to have more than one though.
There aren’t many beers that I find myself really?looking forward to, but this is definitely one of them.
I highly recommend Merry Monks’. This will be my all-season answer when I find myself craving the Mad Elf.
The price is a tick above the $10 limit I try to keep to for the blog, but sometimes, ya gotta treat yourself. This was $11.99 for the 6 pack.?
8.5 out of 10 from me.