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Beer – #971 – Yeastie Boys – Pullyu

Yeastie Boys Pullyu, a collaboration of sorts,  more a combination Using a wine branded as “Pushmi’ they’ve come up with a corker of a name.

Look for subtle

750ml bottle of a beer that works out as 210 calories a serve size, and with  20 IBU this is a beer that has a  7% ABV which is about 4.13 standard drinks in NZ.

Brewed by Yeastie Boys this on is in the style of a  Wheat Ale and they’re in Wellington, New Zealand

Yeastie Boys and Gladstone Vineyard launch a unique beer and wine collaboration in support of the Arts Foundation.

Wooly like a sheep

Pushmi-Pullyu gives a nod to Dr Doolittle’s two-headed creature and encourages New Zealanders to see wine and beer in a new light, as both creative, interchangeable and unique.

Pullyu is a strong (yet nuanced and delicate) white ale that returns to the concept of our 2014 Spoonbender series.

To create this beer, we’ve taken some of Gladstone Vineyard’s ‘Pushmi’ white wine, and produced a candi sugar for use alongside the malts and hops. It will make a perfect aperitif… Look for subtle spice and white wine notes on the nose, which integrate with the soft cereal breadth across the palate, with a very gentle cleansing finish.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Thats an aroma thats a bit of dull thud, but it’s familiar and yeasty, and at the same weird and yeasty.

Orange yellow our with a a head that is fluffy white and light and persistent in the glass. Aroma though doesn’t amount to much more than a faintly grassy note.

Aroma is light, the taste is initially light but the bursts through with a lovely dry mustiness that finishes with a little sharp note and lingering warmth.

It seems rather dull initially but on a second visit this really begins to kick on and kick in.

A beer that has a long drinking profile, there’s a lot unfolding as you drink this I though and enjoyed.

It is also rather easy drinking, sweet enough to enjoy without it squashing the bitterness and that slightly tannin thing that seems to be lurking in there, that dryness.

The finish is the most surprising though, it’s differently dry, and takes a bit of getting used to.

A beer of many qualities, but it’s not all roses and sunshine. There’s not a lot of different notes, although there seems to be a lot unfolding, nothing that you can pin down and name, it just seems to roll over the palate.

I don’t know that this is a total success though, adding wine to beer, and I’m not sure even I understand what they did, it seems they might have crystallised the wine in some way to use as sugar,  I don’t really know what that’d add, some oddly flavoured sugar, and no extra alcohol.  Then again I don’t know that splashing wine into a beer would work out well.

So that just leaves a beer sugared with oddly flavoured sugar.

However – as a white ale this is rather nice, the back story just doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense in the way I though I read it, but does when I think about what really happened.

Good on the YB for giving it a go I recon.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I like this beer, I like this style, I like the way this looks and drinks, and I enjoy the unfolding flavours it has, but I’d like more in the aroma and I’d like some more definition in the palate. Other than that though it really is worth the drinking.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland had a few of them
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, but it isn’t memorable
  • Would I have another? I have had enough 🙂
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would because there’s enough for a proper talk about what they think they’re doing here, and I’m not sure it’s been thought out. Points to ponder over a pint or half.

Music for this:  Expect the Best by Widowspeak  on the Spotify

Widowspeak is an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York City, United States.

Wheat Ale

Golden to light amber in color, the body is light to medium. The wheat lends a crispness to the brew, often with some acidity. Some hop flavour maybe be present, but bitterness is low. Not as estery as German or Belgian-style wheats.


One comment on “Beer – #971 – Yeastie Boys – Pullyu

  1. John Sexton
    August 25, 2017

    I never knew Gladstone had a vineyard, it has only been known for a pub which is in the middle of nowhere in Wairarapa. But has some magnificent roads leading to it if you just happen to be a motorcyclist.
    Must try some, thanks Phil


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