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William Kuether Brewing
'Sconnie Ales
(Closed)
360 Fourth Street
PO Box 127
Clear Lake WI 54005
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Notes

Visited: November 29, 2004

Opened: 2004

Closed: 2006

BIAS ALERT: I brewed here from June 2004 to May 2005, so you can take my reviews any way you like.

Updated: October 31, 2006

Beer List

  • 3.80% abv.
    • Date: November 29, 2004 (#5530)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright red-brown. Thick dense head.
      Aroma (2)
      Roasty-sweet, with an unfortunate hint of DMS.
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Light body, low carbonation. Quite roasty and fairly sweet, with a bitterish, astringent finish. Unbalanced.
      Overall Impression (1½)
      Our first batch of Brown. The upcoming batch is darker, roastier, and much, much cleaner. GABF judging notes: DMS. Thin, astringent. Some sourness.

  • 7.00% abv.
    • Date: November 29, 2004 (#5533)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 18½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Very nice bright copper-brown. Thick dense head.
      Aroma (4)
      Complex maltiness: grainy, dark caramel, roasty, raisiny.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium-big body, nice and smooth. Sweetly — but not overly-sweetly — malty, with lots of dark caramel and dark toasty flavor. Hint of alcohol. Dry yet malty clean finish.
      Overall Impression (2½)

  • American-Style Pale Ale
    5.00% abv.
    • Date: November 29, 2004 (#5532)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright golden-amber. Thick dense head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Perfumey, earthy hops, with a hint of caramel.
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty bitter all the way through. Hop flavor is perfumey and earthy and not at all well-balanced...the two hop varieties seem to fight with each other. Lingering very dry bitter finish.
      Overall Impression (1)
      Our first batch of Pale, which I'm not at all happy with. Note to brewers: Centennial and Santiam hops are each excellent varieties, but they don't work together at all. GABF judging notes: Caramel malt, earthy, lactic, off aroma. Phenolic.

  • German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
    5.00% abv.
    • Date: November 29, 2004 (#5531)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright amber. Thick dense head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Fruity-spicy hops, some toasty malt.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium-light body, almost creamy. Big bitterness from start to finish. Mildly sweet, mildly toasty malt character. Mildly astringent finish.
      Overall Impression (2)
      Our second batch of Amber; it's better than the first (which is what was judged at GABF 2004), but the upcoming batch is creeping ever closer to my target. GABF judging notes: Medium complex malt flavor. Some astringency. Sugary malt aroma. Astringent bitterness. Lacks roundness. Low malt with little hop character. Harsh. Some DMS? Nice high bitterness. Good beer with some "sharp edges".

  • German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
    5.00% abv.

  • Princess of Darkness Porter
    Robust Porter
    5.40% abv.