A few weeks ago, I started writing about my recent trip to visit Rauf Khoffner and his new Khoffner Brewery USA in Ft. Lauderdale.
To say i got the hookup is sort of an understatement, since i was greeted with a flight of everything they have on tap. Which is a lot.
My original article contained my thoughts on their incredible W.G. Hefeweien, and I’ve written about their Reserve Raspberry Chocolate Stout before. This is sort of a massive data push of everything else they have available. Trust me, there are some real winners here.
Rauf’s German Pilsner (Pilsner, 5% ABV, 19 IBU) – One thing that can be said about most of Rauf’s beers is they are decidedly true to style. He doesn’t really seem like the kind of guy who would go crazy for the sake of going crazy.
The pilsner is a great example. It’s simple and clean, with a bright malty feel and little hop attitude. Definitely not any sort of new, inventive way of brewing. It’s an old-school European beer.
Cream Head American Cream Ale (Cream Ale, 5.8% ABV, 25 IBU) – The cream ale, on the other hand, is his hand at brewing the style. He didn’t use the traditional corn adjuncts, but the beer still came out light and airy, with a nice solid mouthfeel and light malty aroma.
Khoffner Wheat (Witbier) – A classic wit, perhaps a bit less on the coriander and orange aromas and flavors. A solid carbonation dances around on the tongue nicely.
Flagler IPA (India Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 54 IBU) – This is decidedly more of an English-Style IPA than a West Coaster. Moderate hops, still very approachable and easy to drink.
Riot Blood Irish Red Lager (Red Lager, 5.9% ABV, 26 IBU) – Here is a fantastic red ale. Rauf doubled down on the caramel malts with this beer, creating a moderately sweet and mildly aggressive red that is strong yet inviting.
Khoffner Belgian Dubbel (Dubbel, 5.8% ABV, 26 IBU) – This is a good solid Belgian, with a light whiff of classic bubblegum and clove aromas.
Rauf’s Helles Bock (Helles Lager, 6% ABV, 27 IBU) – Absolutely fantastic. Light, sessionable, and a moderate caramel and sugary sweetness, with a faint hoppiness on the back end.
Kremlin Wolf Russian Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout, 7% ABV, 50 IBU) – it’s big and chewy. Molasses for the beer was actually supplied by South Florida Distillers next door, and I know for a fact they don’t buy the cheap stuff. It’s aggressive and biting for the strongest of wills.
The Noble Breakfast Oatmeal Coffee Stout (6% ABV, 35 IBU) – Simply wonderful. A strong roasted malt backbone is highlighted with locally roasted coffee. An ample addition of oatmeal brings a meaty smoothness to the beer. Rauf, keep this one on tap. Please.
Belgian Tripel (Tripel, 5.8% ABV) – It’s light on some of the ‘wet sock’ flavors that usually come from a Belgian this heady, but there’s a smooth mouthfeel and a nice heady kick to this.
Plus there is more coming, including (hopefully soon) my beloved dunkelweizen. So excited to see what Rauf will have coming down the pipeline.
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