Full Review

Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles

Category: Flavored Lager

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Vancouver Island Brewing
Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles

Category: Flavored Lager

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 5%
Brilliant golden amber with pink color. Buttery, fruity, jammy aromas of brioche, strawberry jam, rhubarb pie, and hibiscus with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, brisk macerated strawberries, rye cracker, and white pepper finish. Fruity and jam-like, this beer is a welcome departure from typical lager flavors.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light & Sweet & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: brioche, strawberry jam, rhubarb pie, and hibiscus
Taste Flavor: macerated strawberries, rye cracker, and white pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Cassoulet, Sauerbraten
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Fruity and jam-like, this beer is a welcome departure from typical lager flavors.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

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

Their Portfolio

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88 Vancouver Island Brewing Ukidama Lychee Yuzu Saison 4.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Tidal Series Grapefruit Agave Gose 5.0% (Canada)
86 Vancouver Island Brewing Piper’s Pale Ale 4.8% (Canada)
95 Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Juan De Fuca Cervesa Lager 4.8% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Islander Lager 5.0% (Canada)
94 Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Dortmunder Lager 4.8% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Raspberry Export Stout 7.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Mocha Export Stout 7.5% (Canada)
85 Vancouver Island Brewing Misthorn Winter Amber IPA 6.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Hermannator Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Champagne Powder Belgian Brut IPA 6.2% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Imperial Porter 8.2% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Broken Islands Hazy IPA 6.0% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Faller Northwest Pale Ale 5.4% (Canada)
90 Vancouver Island Brewing Piper’s Pale Ale 4.6% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Magic Hour Grapefruit Gose 2.4% (Canada)
91 Vancouver Island Brewing Castles in the Sand Saison 6.7% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles 5% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Ocean Sun White Sails Brewing Collab Double IPA 8% (Canada)
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85 Vancouver Island Brewing Deadhead Land & Sea Brewing Collab Hazy IPA 4.5% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Dominion Dark Lager 5.5% (Canada)
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Flavored Lager

Beer Glass Shaker Pint Amber.jpg
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.