Vrak (meaning Wreck) is a beer brewed with a yeast
strain recovered from bottled beer found in the wreckage of a 1915 sunken
German warship. The yeast was recovered by divers in 1999, and used to
produce this wheat beer.
Pours to a pale coppery color, slightly clouded with
a well pronounced and enduring foam. The aroma is piney grassy, with
fruity lemon citrus and pineapple, as well as cloves, spice and a little
It’s a light lager like palate, a little gassy,
offering an excellent thirst quenching brew. A hoppy dryness runs
throughout the palate accompanied closely by a lemon grassy citrus.
There’s spice and clove flavors, while the yeast imparts a firmer bolder
fruitiness towards the end, culminated by a lightly citric tang that
mellows in a smooth, dry banana –like aftertaste.
Typical of a German wheat in many ways, but also
drawing on the more pronounced yeast fruitiness of Belgian ales.