Category Archives: Gweilo Brewery

Gweilo Rainbow Sherbet Sour

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.2%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: 10 IBUs. Limited Batch

Brewer Description: (from can) Rainbow Sherbet Sour takes you on an intriguing journey through sweet and sour. Raspberry puree, lemon zest and the kettle sour base combine to deliver a sharp tang which is nicely balanced by a sweet, satisfying body. Best enjoyed with fruity, sour lace sweets from your childhood!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.03
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of (I think) 22nd June 2021 (the numbers were a bit smudged together). Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy but slightly dull golden orange colour with a slightly more than one finger white head that dissipated quickly to nothing and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, mixed Lifesaver candies, raspberry, cough medicine, vanilla.
Taste: Tart, lightly sweet, mixed Lifesaver candies, raspberry, cough medicine, guava, lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Easy to drink with nice candy, sherbet, cough medicine like aroma and flavours that I do so enjoy. Actually I’m surprised that it’s 7.2% ABV, as it feels very sessionable.

Gweilo Hopfensaft

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.9%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 25 IBUs. Limited Batch

Brewer Description: (from can) Hopfensaft NEIPA pays hommage to three German hops: Ariana, Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon. This medley of hops creates a juicy beer bursting with flavours of grapefruit, gooseberry, blackcurrant, orange, melon and vanilla. At 4.9%, it’s scarily sessionable!

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 3rd September 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A slightly murky dark orange colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Bready, citrus zest, grapefruit rind, melon and orange.
Taste: Bready malt base, melon, moderate bitterness, grapefruit zest and rind, citrus peel, orange, and tea.
Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aside from its hazy appearance, it doesn’t have the characteristics of a good NEIPA for me. There is fruit, but the juiciness seems restrained and the strong bready malt character takes over. I can only say that this one is not really for me.

Gweilo Stout

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5.5%
Style: American Stout
Other Notes: 35 IBUs. Core Range

Brewer Description: (from can) Gweilo Stout is decadently rich and full bodied whilst remaining sessionable at 5.5%. The unique blend of malts delivers a coffee and chocolate profile with notes of almond. This compliments the creaminess from the oats, producing a deeply satisfying stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 27th January 2020. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a two finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, dark malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and light biscuit.
Taste: Roasty, dark malt, light sweetness, chocolate, coffee, light caramel, slight charcoal, and light biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Ever so slightly watered down on the flavour especially when it warmed a bit and the slight charcoal in the flavour wasn’t my favourite, but it still has nice roasty, chocolate and coffee notes.

Gweilo Citrus Crusher

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 3.5%
Style: American Session IPA
Other Notes: 11 IBUs. Core Range

Brewer Description: (from can) Gweilo Citrus Crusher is our refreshing, lighter, go-to beer. Additions of Mandarina Bavaria, Citra and grapefruit puree bring subtle citrus notes to the light ale base. It’s an ideal brew to crush on a warm day.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 9th April 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Light mango, mandarin peel and citrus zest.
Taste: Light flavours, citrus zest, mandarin peel, a touch of grains and a hint of stone fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Even though it’s a Session IPA, light and refreshing, and while there’s nothing exactly wrong with the aroma and taste, I’d still expect it to be stronger and more prominent than what currently shows.

Gweilo Tropical Pilsner

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.2%
Style: American IPL
Other Notes: 25 IBUs. Collaboration with Potato Head (restaurant)

Brewer Description: (from can) Crafted with our friends at Potato Head, Tropical Pilsner will have you kicking back in no time. Our crisp Pilsen malt base showcases the explosion of citrus, melon and papaya hop notes. The tropical fruit flavours and dry finish deliver a hit of refreshment and are the perfect partner for Indonesian cuisine.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 1st November 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear golden straw yellow colour with an almost three finger white head that had great retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Light grains, grapefruit rind, melon, passionfruit, papaya, floral, lemon zest and grass.
Taste: Light sweet grain pils malt, grapefruit, melon, papaya, passionfruit, lemon zest, floral, tea.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Self described as a tropical Pilsner, I believe its probably closer to an IPL, but regardless, the resulting aroma and flavours were right up my alley. Nice crispness makes it very easy to drink.