Review: Waldorff Bee Sting Honey Rye

From Waldorff Brewpub in Hastings, Michigan.

Waldorff Brewpub's Bee Sting Honey Rye

Waldorff Brewpub's Bee Sting Honey Rye

Size: 22 fl oz. bottle

Alcohol: 6.5% ABV

Bitterness: 15 IBU

Pours amber, with a thin creamy-colored head that settles quickly with very little lattice. Malty smell, with few other scents. On first taste, the rye flavor is evident, but there isn’t much honey flavor. It does have a sweetness that is somewhat malty, but also due to the presence of the honey. Medium-to-high carbonation, with a mouthfeel in the middle of the spectrum. Leaves a malty aftertaste, not too much rye flavor afterwards.

I’d drink it again, but I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to get it (and really, is Hastings on the way to anything?)

Recipe: Pear-Shaped Charlie Weisen

In keeping with our football themed beer concurrent with the University of Michigan season, for next week, we brewed a ‘Weis’-en in honor of the large mass of flesh and cholesterol that is the head coach of Notre Dame. This is our first beer to be put into secondary.

Specialty Grains:

  • 8oz Oats
  • 8oz Flaked Wheat


  • 60 Minutes
    • 2lbs Wheat Liquid Malt Extract
    • 1oz Hallertau
  • 10 Minutes
    • 3lbs Wheat Liquid Malt Extract


German Hefe Yeast


6 days in primary, then into another vessel with 14 oz of pureed pear for 5 days.