A perfect beer cocktail for Summer – the Vancouver Vice

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A vice is something that we might enjoy despite it being bad for us, a bit naughty or immoral in some way!

Weiss Beer is a German wheat beer (and pronounced almost like the English “vice”) that is delicious and refreshing.

I put the two together and developed this great summer cocktail. It sells now in Bitter Tasting Room in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, and if you want to impress some summer guests who need to be shown how versatile beer can be, then grab a cocktail shaker and make a few of these with your favourite German Hefe!

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold Helles

Wrangler Rating: (Recommended)

Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold is a golden-straw coloured Helles lager from the great brewing city of Munich. The light frothy head dissipates, leaving a little lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pleasant light sweet malt note with a hint of the noble hops promised by the ‘edelhell’ tag on the bottom of the label. The body is light, crisp and refreshing, as a Helles should be, and feels very well balanced. The finish is subtly hoppy with a touch of sweet pale malt, and is supremely thirst-quenching. This is an ideal session . . . → Read More: Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold Helles

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse Dunkel Weizen

Wrangler Rating: (Excellent)

Ayinger Ur-Weisse is a well made Dunkel Weizen from the region which is the home of German brewing: Bavaria. The colour is of rich amber and is accompanied by the classic foamy wheat beer head. Malt, wheat and citrus tickle the olfactory senses, and leads us to take a sip. This is gently refreshing, yet full of flavour; tastes of grapefruit and malted barley are at the fore followed by nice floral hoppy notes. The finish has a touch of spicy clove and more of the dry floral hops that we found on the mid-palate. This is . . . → Read More: Ayinger Ur-Weisse Dunkel Weizen

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Paulaner Hefe-Weizen

Wrangler Rating: (Excellent)

Paulaner Hefe-Weisen is a cloudy Wheat Beer with a pale gold colour and a light puffy head. There are all the classic flavours present: Citrus, banana, with a touch of vanilla bean and clove. They are extremely well balanced, and mild enough not to compromise the refreshing quality of the beer, but are still strong enough to liven the palate and stop this being in any way bland. There is subtle crispness to the finish, and it could quench the worst summer thirst. If barbequed prawns served with a squeeze of lemon are on your menu, . . . → Read More: Paulaner Hefe-Weizen

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Erdinger Weissbier

Wrangler Rating: (Recommended)

Erdinger Weissbier pours into the glass with an attractive straw colour with a large fluffy head and a slight yeast haze. This is a lighter and crisper style of weissbeer than some, and its flavours are subtle. A touch of banana and apple with a hint of a hop on the finish makes this an easy drinking beer. This may be mild-mannered but it is true to the style of a German ‘breakfast beer’ and that’s why I like it and almost gave it a 4 tankard rating, but I felt it needed a bit more . . . → Read More: Erdinger Weissbier

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Duckstein Copper-Gold (Alt Bier)

Wrangler Rating: (Recommended)

Duckstein is an example of an alt bier which is now widely available around the world, and it’s about time too! Copper-gold describes the colour well, and after pouring, a nice thick head appears. The flavour starts with a clean maltiness and a splash of hops which is then complimented by the taste of caramel. A light breadiness fills the mouth, and the finish is dry and hoppy. Overall this is a very drinkable beer full of flavour but with a light finish. It will pair well with a creamy pasta or a refreshing foil to . . . → Read More: Duckstein Copper-Gold (Alt Bier)

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