Review Date 1/18/2023 By John Staradumsky
For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar 2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (sheís the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since itís comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!
I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. My one criticism of the calendar is there are not enough bocks and doppelbocks (not fair!), but otherwise itís just an amazing way to sample 24 German beers Iíve never seen before. I get mine at Costco here in Georgia and pay on average $59.95 for the box. That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.50 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way.
Except that this year, the calendars were a bit more expensive. I found them at Costco earlier than I ever had before, in the first week of September. The prices had gone up by $10, and I shelled out $69.95 for the 2022 edition. That did not phase me in the least, first of all because just about everything has gotten more expensive this year. Then too, the calendars really have not had a price increase in the 7 years I have been buying them (this is my 8th calendar). This year's price of $2.92 per can is still a bargain for beers from small German brewers I might never otherwise get to enjoy.
December 2nd arrived, and what a glorious day it was, for when I opened my Day Two door I found what was to me the most exciting beer in the 2022 calendar: Kuchlbauer Turmweisse! "Turmweisse" is German for "Tower Wheat", and this beer is named thusly because Kuchlbauer has it's own tower! How many breweries have their own tower? Not many that I know of. Brewdog has a hotle, and Dogfish a treehouse AND a hotl, but neither has a tower. Kuchlbauer was already on my radar for their wonderful Aloysius Weizen Doppelbock. Another beer from them was certainly welcome!
On the can label Kuchlbauer says about their tower:
Kuchlbauer Turm-ein Hunerdtwasser Architekturprojekt, geplant und bearbeitet von Architeckt Peter Pellikan.
Kuchlbauer Tower-a Hunerdtwasser architectural project, planned and worked on by architect Peter Pellikan.
You can read more about the tower here, on the Kuchlbauer website.
As to the beer, it is a Hefeweizen in style, and with this beer the breakdown of styles I have received in these calendars since 2015 is as follows:
Dortmunder 7 4%
Munich Helles 39 23%
Oktoberfest 28 17%
Munich Dunkles 11 7%
Hefeweizen 11 6%
Dunkelweizen 11 7%
Zwickl/Kellerbier 9 5%
Kristalweizen 3 2%
Pilsner 16 10%
Bock 1 1%
IPA 5 3%
Doppelbock 5 3%
Maibock 3 2%
Pale Ale 6 4%
Weizenbock 3 2%
Vienna Lager 3 2%
Imperial Pilsner 3 2%
Steinbier 1 1%
Stout 2 1%
Rauchbier 3 2%
Kuchlbauer Turmweisse has an alcohol content of 5.9% by volume according to the can labe. My can is stamped EXP 2024/03.
Kuchlbauer Turm Weisse pours to a cloudy yellow color with a thick rocky head of foam and a nose of tart wheat, banana, and clove. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body, crackery with wheat and complex with yeast flavors of ripe apple, clove, bubblegum, and banana. Finishes tart and refreshing with wheat.
A very nice example of the style, I think, and one I would drink lots of if I lived in Germany.
Iím greatly enjoying my 8th annual Beer Advent Calendar with the day 2 beer. Hereís looking forward to the remaining 22, and another assortment of 24 in 2023. Weíll be on the lookout next year at Costco, and following the beers on their Facebook page.
The beers of the 2022 Beer Advent Calendar:
Day 1 Schnitzlbaumer Lagerbier Hell
Day 2 Kuchlbauer Turmweisse
Glad I tried it? T
Would I rebuy it??
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.