Mad Capper Reviews: Wells Bombardier

This week’s feature is Wells Bombardier, an English pale ale bearing the title of a cannon-operating artilleryman in the British Army. The Charles Wells Family Brewery was originally founded in 1876 but exists today as the product of a 2006 merger with Young and Co.’s Brewery. Young’s Brewery was founded in 1831 upon the purchase […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

This week I’d like to take a look at another relatively uncommon ingredient used in brewing beer. Our feature this week is Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, produced by the oldest brewery in the county of Yorkshire in northern England. Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery was founded in 1758 in the small market town of Tadcaster, and […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Schneider Weisse TAP5 Meine Hopfenweisse

Although last week’s beer was also a wheat beer, this week’s comes from a brewery that played a vital role in the history of the modern weissbier (weizenbier). By the latter half of the 19th century, the style had fallen out of popularity in Germany and was at risk of vanishing completely, but it was […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

A couple months ago, we featured a collaboration between BrewDog and Weihenstephaner. That beer, India Pale Weizen, seemed more representative of BrewDog’s style than that of Weihenstephaner, so it seems only fair that we should feature a beer from the latter. While the brewery is best known for its Hefeweissbier, I would like to introduce […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel

This week’s feature is another monastic beer, one which was chosen the best of its style three times in the World Beer Cup. Brewed in the oldest monastery in Bavaria, this week’s beer is Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, a Munich dark lager with 4.7% abv. Located in Weltenburg on the Danube in Bavaria, Germany, Weltenburger […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Ruthless Rye IPA

This week’s beer is Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA. While we featured an IPA a couple months ago, the use of rye in this week’s beer gives us a chance to take a look at a relatively uncommon ingredient used in making beer to see what it has to bring to the table. The Sierra […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Asahi Stout

This week we’ve decided to go with something a little more recognizable, especially for those of you in Japan. Best known for its ubiquitous but fairly ordinary Super Dry, Asahi Breweries also produces a noteworthy stout. Asahi Stout is a very dark, strongly flavored, high-gravity ale with 8% abv. It’s available only in 334-ml bottles […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Uerige Alt Unfiltered

This week’s beer is Uerige Alt Unfiltered, brewed by the Obergärige Hausbrauerei Uerige in Düsseldorf, Germany. The brewery, one of nine altbier brewpubs in the Rhineland capital, specializes in dark ales. Zum Uerige, the townhouse where brewing continues to this day, was purchased in 1862 by braumeister Wilhelm Cürten, also known as uerige Willem, or […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Shlenkerla Eiche

Our beer this week is Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from the Heller-Bräu Trum brewery, brewed in the Franconian town of Bamberg, Germany. Schlenkerla Eiche is a doppelbock made with rauchmalz, or “smoke malt,” which is kilned during the malting process over an oak wood fire. Schlenkerla Eiche is sold only during Christmastime and is exported in relatively […]

Mad Capper Reviews: Samichlaus Classic

This week’s beer is a rather extraordinary number thanks to its relative rarity and former status as the strongest lager in the world at 14% ABV. It comes from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg in Vorchdorf, Austria and goes by the name Samichlaus―“Santa Claus” in Swiss German. It’s brewed once a year on December 6th, Saint Nicholas’ […]