(Steamworks Brewing is located in Yaletown, Vancouver added my Mike G)
My Eight Beer of Christmas is Vancouver’s Steamworks Brewing’s Blitzen, simply described as Strong Beer.
With a pleasant, pilsner-like golden colour and foamy white head this beer is deceiving as neither the nose nor the flavour are pilsner.
The nose is more IPA than anything with heavy hop bitterness and citrus coming off the head and a slight pine on e the head dissipates.
The flavours are something else again with a round, almost buttery mouthfeel leading into key lime flavours backed by bitter hops. There is an almost bubblegum flavour that follows and a pleasantly piney aftertaste. There are hint of weizen throughout though I found them hard to pin down. All of the flavours come off a touch muddled but pleasant.