Australian Brewery Extra hoppy Ale 355ml can 4-pack $14.99
This American-inspired beer – packed in an elegant, slimline can – combines masses of hops aromas, flavours and bitterness with opulent, sweet malt and 5.8 per cent alcohol. It won’t appeal to those seeking a cold drink on a hot day. But it’ll fascinate the hop-obsessed, though the malt–hops harmony needs some work.
Weihenstephaner Pilsner 500ml $5–$6
In a world where pilsner means a thousand different things, Bavaria’s Weihenstephan remains the standout – complex and subtle, featuring lovely hops aroma and flavour, smooth, rich malt and a lingering, dry, perfectly balanced bitter finish. We abstained from it for most of 2013, but returned to it before Christmas. Perfection is hard to beat.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2014
First published 15 January 2014 in the Canberra Times