Brewed by Draymans (South Africa)
Style: German Hefeweizen
Silverton, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Serve in Weizen


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Weissbier is traditionally known for its highly carbonated, refreshing character. Altstadt Weissbier has a very rocky, brightly white head deriving from a high proportion of wheat malt. I believe that the drinker himself should decide whether to enjoy his Weissbier with a slice of lemon or not. The lemon surely accentuates the crisp acidity of the wheat beer as well as visually highlighting the refreshing character of the drink. If you are familiar with the famous Weissbier brewery names like Erdinger, Paulaner, Franziskaner and Schneider to name a few, you will realize that you are in the company of seriously traditional Weissbier! You might think that it is impossible for a South African to brew this Bavarian style wheatbeer – that is until you taste a tall frothy Altstadt Weissbier. Part of the secret is using the original Bavarian wheatbeer yeast strain that not only defies gravity, but also imparts a faint clove and banana flavour to the beer. “Hefe” in the logo means “with yeast” and that the yeast stays in suspension, giving the beer a hazy appearance. Weissbier is a beer worthy of the title Connoisseur Beer for those who are passionate about beer. The first Altstadt of the day should be enjoyed with a breakfast of Weisswurst on a roll.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2007
rbsxg, bottle. quite pale yellow with a hint of murk and a lasting head. authentic hefe aroma - vanilla and banana and a bit of shortcake. mellow texture, bready with some light peach and a little dandelion tea tang. well-made, obviously no accident, and very drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2006
Pale cloudy yelllow, with a decent head. Lovely, strong banana and cloves aroma with a touch of tarty lemon. A little bland on tasting, but it proved to be a good quaffer. Not too much in terms of body, but a decent hefe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2005
From memory, this was easily the best of the African beers at the Sydney Xmas ding-dong. A surfeit of crap Australian wheat beers has rather turned me off these styles, but this was a classic German hefe by any measure. Cloudy lemon colour, short head. Typical hefe nose of wheat yeast and bananas. Very refreshing, a little tart, with the usual bananas and cloves. (Bottle, Sydney RateBeer Xmas gathering 2005)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
Sydney thingo. I liked this one a lot. Very pale. An intensely clovey, lemony aroma with a reasonable tartness and some yeasty flavour in the best way. Great lively mouthfeeI. I thought it was somewhat different to the Bavarian stuff - specifically I thought this had a lot less malt character - but it’s unique and brilliant in its own way. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2005
I used to avoid rthese beers in the past but a number of pleasurable experiences have turned me around somewhat. This presents as expected with a hazy light golden body and small ead. The nose is quite a diversion from the numerous hoppy styles had on the night, typical cloviness and big banana esters. The wheatiness of this beer is quite prominent and balances beautifully with the citric and spicy flavours. Thanks Per, gor this and many others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle (RB Sydney XMASG ’05): One of the highlights of the gathering. Cloudy pale gold with a small oily head. Classic Hefe aromas; smokey, clove laden, a little banana, a touch of ham, and some exquisite lemony herbs and floral notes. In the mouth this sang beautiful, yet very simple harmonies; lemony wheat paired with bursting juicy sweet grains; spicy wheat malts paired with a frangipanni lemon fruits. Simple and soulful. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2005
RBsydneyXMASG ’05 - in a way this was my favourite of the night, even though we had a ton of big fat beers that can obscure the simple pleasures of a good hefe. big banana aroma, creamy, grainy, bready in the mouth, with a delicious touch of acidity in the finish. really well made, authentically bavarian tasting stuff. thanks per!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22991) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2005
Draught in Glenfair, Pretoria. Hazy yellow rich lively head. Estery banana aroma. Medium dry with crisp soft mouthfeel. Refreshing and well balanced - the estery yeast character is kept under control by the somewhat bready maltiness. A class act!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Straw yellow, cloudy with large white head. Good head retention. Aroma of light bread and grain malt, yeasty dough, banana and light clove. Light malt flavour somewhat acidic with hints of banana and cloves. Very light hop bitterness. Finish is fresh , lightly acidic with just a hint of bitterness. Light body, watery texture and lively carbonation. A very good hefeweizen , maybe not quite as good as ol’ Franzy (Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier) but easly beats Erdinger.

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