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.
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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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