Sixpack of the Week: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Weihenstephan (Freising, Germany)
Dunkelweizen
ALCOHOL: 5.3%

SIXPACK SEZ: With hefeweizen, the malt flavor is an afterthought, with the wheat serving as a blank canvas for all that spicy, fruity yeast character. But add some roasted malt and turn it dark, and suddenly you’ve got a whole ‘nother thing: caramel, chocolate and an overall creaminess that plays off the banana and clove of a lighter German wheat beer. This version, from the world’s oldest brewer, is outstanding when fresh, preferably ...

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Sixpack of the Week: O’Hara’s Barrel Aged Leann Folláin Irish Stout

Carlow Brewing (Carlow, Ireland)
Barrel-aged imperial stout
ALCOHOL: 8.1%

SIXPACK SEZ: You don’t think of barrel-aging when it comes to classic Irish stout, but that’s the way they’re rolling these days at Carlow Brewing. Three months in an Irish whiskey barrel added a smooth, slightly boozy finish to this dark, coffee-like brew. Seems like it would go well with sausages and black pudding.

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Sixpack of the Week: River Horse Triple IPA (Brewer’s Reserve)

River Horse (Ewing, N.J.)
Triple IPA
ALCOHOL: 9.7%

SIXPACK SEZ: Over the years, River Horse has used its Brewer’s Reserve label to roll out new flavors, to see what sticks. A wonderfully spicy pumpkin and a smooth oatmeal stout happily made the cut; sadly, an easy-drinking dunkel lager just kinda came and went. Here’s hoping this strong, honey sweet uber IPA finds a permanent home. This one will appeal to hop lovers whose idea of a “session” is spending time ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Brooklyn Insulated

Brooklyn Brewing (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Dark lager
ALCOHOL: 5.6%

SIXPACK SEZ: Despite its name and release as a limited, cold-weather seasonal, this lager really deserves to be enjoyed year-round. Yes, it’s dark and warming and worthy of a fireplace snifter on a snowy night. But I could see cracking open bottles of this malty yet well-balanced lager and enjoying it in the heat of a summer bbq. It’s not too heavy and it’s roasty malt dries out with an almost fruity, ...

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Sixpack of the week: Omer Traditional Blond

Omer Vander Ghinste (Bellegem, Belgium)
Strong Belgian pale ale
ALCOHOL: 8%

SIXPACK SEZ: It’s no surprise that a beer called Omer is a neighbor of Flanders, amirite? D’oh, that’s Flanders, Belgium. Well, regardless, this is a strong, malty, effervescent pale ale with a spicy bite and fruity aroma that I’d compare favorably with Duvel or Kwak. Let it warm a bit in a chalice and enjoy with a hunk of Roquefort cheese.

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Sixpack of the Week: Otter Creek/Lawson’s Finest Liquids Double or Nothing

Otter Creek (Middlebury, Vermont) and Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Warren, Vermont)
Maple-aged barleywine
ALCOHOL: 10%

SIXPACK SEZ: The second collaboration between Otter Creek’s Mike Gerhart and Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids is the mirror opposite of their first, bold, crisp Double Dose IPA. This one’s sweet (thanks to a huge malt bill plus brown sugar, candi sugar and Vermont maple syrup) and smooth. Usually “double or nothing” is the last bet in a bad night of poker. I’m hoping this ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Heavy Seas Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout

Heavy Seas (Baltimore)
Barrel-aged chocolate imperial stout
ALCOHOL: 9.5%

SIXPACK SEZ: More than a few hearty sailors have succumbed to the song of the siren, but few of them went down with such a big, chocolatey smile on their faces. This heavy duty stout is well-aged in bourbon barrels spiked with vanilla beans, but it’s the big pop of cocoa that both adds complexity and smoothes out all that alcohol. Crack open a bottle now, but put some aside in ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Flying Fish Exit 18 Baltic Porter

Flying Fish (Somerdale, N.J.)
Baltic porter
ALCOHOL: 9.5%

SIXPACK SEZ: Exit 18? Isn’t that the N.J. Turnpike off-ramp to the George Washington Bridge? The brewery says this complex version of a traditional strong, dark Baltic porter is a tribute to the eastern European population in north Jersey’s Bergen County. But judging from the size of this bottle, I’m guessing it’s built to last – you know, the next time you find yourself thirsty and bored while stuck in a Bridgegate ...

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