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Eichenblatt bitte from the Oakleaf Brewing Company

eichenblatt.jpgTandleman‘s not the only one to feel a bit let down by microbrews recently. However, after trying a number of rather disappointing British micros in the last couple of weeks, we finally hit a good one worth writing about.

Eichenblatt Bitte is produced by the Oakleaf Brewing company in Hampshire. It is, as you can see from the label, a Bavarian smoked wheatbeer, something you might expect from our wilder American microbrew cousins but is dangerously radical for the real ale market.

It didn’t look inspiring at first; the label could best be described as charmingly amateur, and when it poured, it had almost no head and resembled dirty dishwater.

BUT… it tasted lovely. I’ve never had any kind of smoked wheatbeer, and wasn’t sure how it would work, let alone what a bottle-conditioned English take on it would be like. It had the banana flavour you would expect from a German wheatbeer, with a subtle smokiness that took away the excess sweetness.

Very interesting. Nice to see a British micro experimenting (and more to the point, succeeding) with unusual styles, and I’d certainly like to try more from this brewery. It looks like they have a huge range (not always a good sign!) but I don’t think I’ve ever come across them before. You can find out all about them on their website, here.


4 replies on “Eichenblatt bitte from the Oakleaf Brewing Company”

Apparently you have missed the already quite some time existing Rauch-Weizen (smoke wheat) beers in Bamberg: Schlenkerla and Spezial have these styles in their portfolio for some years. Both breweries are landmark Rauchbier (smoke beer) breweries.
Apart from that: personally I have never been a great fan of Smoked Wheat – smoke and wheat don’t go very well together IMHO. And yes, I do like Rauchbeer and I do like Weissbier/Weizenbier. But separate please.

JosB — thanks for stopping by. I think I’ve had the smoked wheat beer from Schlenkerla, but Boak might not have been with me at the time. We tend to get the marzen versios over here in the UK.

Our was under carbonated, too, but tasted pretty good despite that, we thought. I think we’re getting quite tolerant of little/no carbonation through tasting batches of homebrew before they’re bottled.

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