Mt Pleasant Series Weizenbock. Another East Vancouver Original From R&B Brewing
R&B, the original East Van brewery is proud to announce it’s new series of beer, created in the pioneering spirit of their east side location. It was 18 years ago that R&B made it’s home in the Mt Pleasant neighbourhood, so it was highly fitting to name its newly inspired brews — The Mt Pleasant East Vancouver Original Series. These fun, flavour forward and feisty beers celebrate the diverse and eclectic brewing district with limited release ‘juice’ that promises a rotational variety of unique styles and flavours.
There will be feature releases throughout the year, seasonally brewed, with limited availability. The first in the series was the Roggenbier, and now following in its traditional November brewing period is the Weizenbock Wheat Ale.
HISTORY OF WEIZENBOCK
Weizenbock was first brewed in 1907, with pioneering ingenuity that brought together a strong, dark and malty Bavarian style beer with an emerging style — weissbier . Few beers combine so prolifically as the two different styles to create a weizenbock, with banana, clove and vanilla aromas and flavours, balanced by a firm backbone of malt.
Comparable to the barley based Bockbier, a Weizenbock is the strong version of an unfiltered Weissbier or Hefeweizen. It is usually made with 60 to 70% wheat malt (German law required that a Weizenbeir be made from at least 50% wheat). They are pale to amber, and sometimes lightly caramelized barley malts that give the beer a full-bodied mouthfeel, a rich and satisfying malty finish. While Bockbiers are lagers, Weizenbocks are all ales. They are fermented with a special yeast that gives the brew a slightly spicy, clove like flavour.
Strength is usually in the range of 6.5 to 9.0% ABV, with some extending into the double digits. For sheer complexity they are interesting and hard to beat, especially as a winter warmer.
R&B’S MT PLEASANT EAST VAN ORIGINAL SERIES – WEIZENBOCK
An historic style, reborn – marrying the spicy phenolics of Hefeweizen with the bold malty backbone of traditional Bock beers. R&B’s Weizenbock is deep mahogany in colour, with aromas of dark fruit, banana and fresh bread. It has a taste of molasses and soft, fruity esters with just a subtle hint of spiciness. IBU: 28 SRM: 40 ABV: 7.8%
BREWERS RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW & WHEN TO SERVE:
In a well design tulip shaped glass in front of a roaring fire after a day of playing in the wintery outdoors.
WHAT MAKES IT DISTINCT & SPECIAL:
Our unique horizontal fermentation tanks – they amplify the unique character the traditional German wheat beer yeast brings to the party.
HOW LONG & WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE:
Very limited release – one single small batch – when its gone its gone….. Available in 20 and 50L kegs, and 650ml bottles.
NEXT IN THE SERIES:
Look for a special January release in time for our new Tasting Room grand opening.