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Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:55:50 PM »
Maybe it's because my expectations are relatively low for a Leinenkugel brew, but I am legit blown away by this beer. The nose is deep toast with some toffee, raisins and maybe some cherries. The flavor is pretty complex. I get more cherries and raisins, along with a nice dark, toasted whole wheat bread note.

There are some rich caramel notes that hint at sweetness, but it is not cloying in any way. There is a little bit of tartness and some smokiness in the finish that balance out the sweetness perfectly. Because there are so many layers here you get fleeting notes of things like milk chocolate and scotch. And even though it clocks in at 9.5% ABV, it isn't boozy in any way. This beer is very drinkable, bordering on poundable.

After two sips this beer had me regretting that I don't drink Scottish ales more often. Belhaven used to be a staple in my fridge years back. Looks like a 70/- into a Wee Heavy will have to be on my brew docket this spring.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 05:38:32 AM »
I guess SAB/Miller/Coors is finally doing something right.  They're hitting the market from two dozen different angles now it seems, not focusing just on one or two brands.  The Blue Moon offerings are okay, I like the Batch 19, I have not tasted the Third Shift Amber yet but I'm willing.... but I certainly agree that Big Eddy is where it's at.  Here's hoping Big Eddy gets a LOT BIGGER!  :)
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 05:56:24 AM »
I've tried most of the Big Eddy series and while he wee heavy is good it's not my favorite.  It was a little too smoky for my tastes.  The imperial stout and uber Oktoberfest are my favorites.  The ryewine and Baltic Porter are solid too.  Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 07:07:48 AM »
Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

How do we explain Sunset Wheat, then?
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 07:16:22 AM »
Looks like a 70/- into a Wee Heavy will have to be on my brew docket this spring.

 Same here. I haven't made a Wee Heavy in a couple years.  I did a split batch on the last one with half getting bourbon-soaked oak chips (ala Founders Backwoods Bastard). Mighty tasty.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2013, 09:39:20 AM »
I've always passed on the Big Eddy beers because I've never enjoyed the Leinenkugel beers but maybe I should give some of them a shot.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2013, 04:10:35 PM »
Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

How do we explain Sunset Wheat, then?

I don't know. I'm going by something a friend who works for MC told me.  Why does anyone brew an American Wheat?  I'm guessing a business decision- there's a market for American Wheat.  Probably the same reason there's a BMC. 
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2013, 05:18:10 PM »
Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

How do we explain Sunset Wheat, then?

I don't know. I'm going by something a friend who works for MC told me.  Why does anyone brew an American Wheat?  I'm guessing a business decision- there's a market for American Wheat.  Probably the same reason there's a BMC.

Hey not all American wheat beers have to be overly sweet messes.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2013, 05:59:46 PM »
Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

How do we explain Sunset Wheat, then?

I don't know. I'm going by something a friend who works for MC told me.  Why does anyone brew an American Wheat?  I'm guessing a business decision- there's a market for American Wheat.  Probably the same reason there's a BMC.

Hey not all American wheat beers have to be overly sweet messes.

They don't have to be but most I've tried are.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2013, 06:31:16 PM »
I've tried most of the Big Eddy series and while he wee heavy is good it's not my favorite.  It was a little too smoky for my tastes.  The imperial stout and uber Oktoberfest are my favorites.  The ryewine and Baltic Porter are solid too.  Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

I agree...it's pretty good, but the smoky character is not really appropriate IMNSHO.  Still, that's their interpretation and it's very well made... and proof that the bigs are headed in the right direction in terms of 'craft' product.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2013, 09:52:22 PM »
I've tried most of the Big Eddy series and while he wee heavy is good it's not my favorite.  It was a little too smoky for my tastes.  The imperial stout and uber Oktoberfest are my favorites.  The ryewine and Baltic Porter are solid too.  Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

I agree...it's pretty good, but the smoky character is not really appropriate IMNSHO.  Still, that's their interpretation and it's very well made... and proof that the bigs are headed in the right direction in terms of 'craft' product.

Maybe the bottle I picked up had a little age on it, but I found the smokiness to be pretty subtle. Maybe a touch more than what you typically see in the style, but it fit very well to my palate.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2013, 10:37:05 PM »
I've tried most of the Big Eddy series and while he wee heavy is good it's not my favorite.  It was a little too smoky for my tastes.  The imperial stout and uber Oktoberfest are my favorites.  The ryewine and Baltic Porter are solid too.  Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

I agree...it's pretty good, but the smoky character is not really appropriate IMNSHO.  Still, that's their interpretation and it's very well made... and proof that the bigs are headed in the right direction in terms of 'craft' product.

Maybe the bottle I picked up had a little age on it, but I found the smokiness to be pretty subtle. Maybe a touch more than what you typically see in the style, but it fit very well to my palate.
The smoke was subtle compared to other "craft" wee heavy and strongs.  For example, Sam Adams Wee Heavy (for the record I like Boston Beer Co. and respect Mr. Koch) was way too smokey for my tastes and what I've read authentic Scotch Ale should taste like (smoke is inappropriate for the style).  Honestly, if I had the Leinenkugel next to a real scotch ale I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference as subtle smoke flavor may come from the yeast.  The Leinenkugel was probably the best American version other than Old Chub.  Not the point though.  The Big Eddy series is legit and I will try any of their offerings.
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Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2013, 07:02:35 PM »
Glad to hear the review. I picked up a four pack a couple of days ago for $4. Also got the RIS for the same price. At the normal price I would have passed, but I grew up with Leinies, so I thought I'd give em a chance. Looking forward to it now.
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