Siren Craft Brew Näcken (6.4%)

NäckenI have one problem with this little bottle of beer.
Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a bad beer.
Far from it.
Brewed in collaboration with Rick Gordon Lindqvist (Swedish Homebrew Champion) and Omnipollo, Näcken is a massive hop bomb.
It smells floral and herbal, and it pours with a deliciously fat cloud of foam for a head with hops that are bitter lemons and hedgerow and fresh herbs.
The problem is that they’re so enormous they drown out any trace of the malts.
This is a Weizen with none of the Weizen characteristics.
No banana, no toffee, no spicy honey, just cuttingly sharp citrus hops.
And that in itself is fine, but when I pour a beer of this style I pour it because I want to taste the flavours that this style of beer is known for.
Instead Näcken was a super blast of lip smacking hoppiness that could have done with a bit more body, a bit more balance.

Source: Cotteridge Wines

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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2 Responses to Siren Craft Brew Näcken (6.4%)

  1. Martin says:

    I love the kind of hops you’re talking about, but I agree that it’s so disappointing that someone tells you they’re brewing a particular style of beer, only for all the hallmarks of that type to be rubbed away. Sorry it was disappointing, in that sense at least, but I’m very glad to have stumbled across this site 🙂

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