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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles

Category: Flavored Lager

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 5.0%
Not Recommended

Vancouver Island Brewing
Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles

Category: Flavored Lager

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 5.0%
Brilliant light gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of blackberry goat’s milk yogurt, sourdough, grassy herbs and moss, and applied lipstick with a supple, crisp, effervescent, bitter light-to-medium body and a peppery, somewhat odd, carefree finish imparting notes of berry seeds and stems, nettles, leaves, and bark, and pepper finish. A bitter, highly astringent brew that brandishes the prickly flavors of the forest.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Funky & Bold & Bitter
Aroma Aroma: blackberry goat's milk yogurt, sourdough, grassy herbs and moss, and applied lipstick
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of berry seeds and stems, nettles, leaves, and bark, and pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: Not Enjoyable
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Cassoulet, Sauerbraten
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bitter, highly astringent brew that brandishes the prickly flavors of the forest.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
2330 Government St.
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Canada
1 250-361-0007

Flavored Lager

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Serve in a Shaker Pint Glass
This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Flavored lagers may be flavored with, or affected by, the addition of unusual ingredients including chocolate, coffee, chili peppers or even juniper. In addition, the base beer may be related to almost any classic beer style. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements and overall drinkability. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler and Burleigh Black Giraffe Coffee Lager.