Now that we’re smack-bang in the middle of winter the realisation that it’s going to be cold for a long while still is finally starting to set in. While wine drinkers are residing themselves to putting away their refreshing white wine delights and dusting off their heart warming favourite reds, beer lovers are saying bye-bye to Lagers and light beers in favour of dark and heavy brews. When it comes to beer, winter calls for Porters, Stouts … and now Camelthorn’s new Urbock Beer.
Camelthorn’s ‘new’ seasonal brew was once a stand alone in the Namibian Breweries stable but recently Urbock Beer has found a home under the Camelthorn banner and I’m pretty darn excited about it. This new arrival to the Camelthorn range fits in rather nicely alongside the brewery’s other creations, the Camelthorn Weiss and Helles.
I got the chance to sample a few bottles of this delicious winter wonder and while I’m usually a fan of lighter, more easy drinking brews, Urbock Beer is slowly but surely drawing me to the dark side. The full-bodied brew is rich and malty and helps to warm the heart and soul on a cold winter’s night spent huddling in front of the fire.
Camelthorn describes the beer as “a traditional bock beer, brewed with the finest Munich Malt. It has a distinctive deep red glow and malty flavours, making Camelthorn Urbock perfect for a chilly evening.” According to Camelthorn, they’ve tried to stay true to the flavours and taste that Urbock fans have become accustomed to over the years. “That distinctive Urbock taste you’ve known for years remains unchanged and stays true to the bock tradition”.
If you’re looking for something dark and rather exciting to try this winter The Camelthorn Brewing Urbock is a winner of note. But don’t get too attached because come spring it’s likely to head into hibernation. Camelthorn has stressed that the Urbock will only be a seasonal beer so make sure you get your hands on it while it’s around in the cooler months.
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