I had this one at least twice before, from a growler and 12oz bottle that Chris Fisher generously shared on two separate occasions. I was very impressed by this beer the first time I had it and even thought it was one of the best Hefeweizens made in the U.S. Thanks to my buddy Danny from La Bella for this labeled 22oz bottle.
A little description from the label:
Our award winning Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen is unlike the lemon-laden beers that flood the market under the same name. Ours is a classic, a pious ode to the summer style, replete with hints of banana, clove and pear. It’s all in all refreshing, and no fruit was added—nor needed. Instead the complex character of the beer is produced through mastery, detail and authentic Bavarian yeast. 5.3% ABV, 15 IBU
The beer pours a pale yellow and very fizzy, hardly any head retention. A few bubbles slowly and somewhat monotonously rise to the top. A very thin ring forms with the last ounce from the bottle. Not enough haze on this beer. Very lacking in appearance of a typical Bavarian-style Hefeweizen.
Banana and wheat bread at first with notes of clove in the background, slight bubblegum, and hints of citrus. Slightly spicy as well. Good balance between the wheat malt, esters and phenols. A little more citrus later on with some soft white pepper, wild flowers, pear, and honey.
Tasty banana, wheat, slightly sweet nuts, hints of bubblegum, and a touch of caramel in the finish. Hints of vanilla in the aftertaste. A bit of a citrus wheat zing in the aftertaste. Well balanced just like the aroma. Very tasty but just missing something…maybe a little more carbonation to pick it up in the end.
Medium-low carbonation, nice body on the palate and quite refreshing.
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