Maker: Römerhof, Trittenheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Region: Rheinhessen, Germany
Style: Ice wine
Appearance: Bright gold.
Nose: Mild, lemon tangerine, Bartlett pear, ,
On the palate: Thick and full-bodied. Pear, lemonheads, orange gummies, orange blossom honey.
Finish: Sweet and slightly tart. Orange sherbet, long and sweet.
Parting words: Eifel Eiswine is a refreshing, tasty dessert wine. It’s probably better in the summertime, but it’s very enjoyable in February, if a little one dimensional. That and, for an ice wine, it’s very cheap. Heinz-Eifel Rheinhessen Eiswein is recommended.
Maker: North Peak Brewing, Traverse City, Michigan.
Style: Wheat Ale with cherry juice and other natural flavors
Appearance: Copper with a pinkish hue.
Nose: Tangy but slightly bitter.
On the palate: Light-bodied. Little wheat character or even ale character. A bit of bitterness followed by a lot of sweet cherry flavor.
Finish: Cherry juice, cherry coke, Twizzlers, cough syrup
Parting Words: Another disappointing beer from North Peak. What little character this wheat ale might have had is completely overwhelmed by the cherry juice. Makes me wonder if covering over a poorly brewed product was the intention to begin with. I don’t think the concept of wheat ale sweetened with cherry juice is inherently a bad one, but there is more subtlety and complexity in a Cherry Coke from Steak & Shake than in this. Maybe it’s time for North Peak to spend some of the time and effort they invest in snappy labels into making better beer. Not recommended.