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Friday, 17 February 2017 12:45

Wine Pick of the Week

Affentaler Spatburgunder 2015 Picmonkey

2015 Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)


Affentaler Winzergenossenschaft Böhl

Baden, Germany

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $17-20

Friday, 11 November 2016 13:33

November 11, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Paulaner Lager Picmonkey




Munich, Germany

Style: Helles lager

Alcohol: 4.9%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving style: Bottles and kegs

Availability: Year-round and worldwide

Saturday, 19 December 2015 20:33

December 18, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Weihenstephaner Origina Lager Picmonkey

Weihenstephan Original Lager


Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Freising, Bavaria (Germany)

Style: Helles Lager

Alcohol: 5.1%

IBUs: unknown

Serving Style: bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-round in world-wide markets


Appearance:   “Clear and in a bright yellow-to-light golden shade. Deep white head which settles down after a few minutes.”

Aroma:   “Seems floral. More nose there than you’d expect from the appearance. Some malt presence and a bit of yeast.”

Taste:   “Good carbonation. Something about it seems so much more substantial than what you’d think. Might not be appreciated by the fans of really big, hoppy IPAs, but if you like lagers and pilsners, this would be a great option.”

Food Affinity:   “German beer ought to go with German food. Maybe those big Bavarian pretzels mit senf (mustard). Weisswursts, bockwursts, pork with applesauce. But since we’re in California, maybe we should think of dishes more available. This beer would be fantastic with seafood done in a light beer batter or with ceviche.”

   --Guest reviewer Rolf Wagner is a computer consultant in San Diego

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