TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer. Its what’s for breakfast. At least it is in Munich, Germany. If you ever venture to Munich, you will find hefeweizen, an unfiltered wheat beer, served in the Munich beer halls with a mid morning snack of weisswurst sauages. There are many outstanding examples of this style to be found in Munich, and one of my favorite examples is Paulaner Hefeweizen from the Paulaner Brauerei of Munich, Germany. I enjoyed this beer at the Paulaner Im Platz in Munich, and it is a classic example of what a Southern Bavarian hefeweizen should taste like.
While most of the beers I drank in Germany were vom fass, this is a style that is actually intended to be bottled, as it is sedimented with yeast, where the beer continues to condition and develop. It is really something to watch a waiter or bartender in Munich pour one for you in the proper weissbier glass. Hefeweizen is a tart and thirst quenching beer, and has aromas and flavors of clove, banana, pear, and even bubble gum, from the use of a very distinctive ale yeast strain. Paulaner Hefeweizen is a very popular beer both in Germany and in the United States. It can be found in markets outside of Munich, as I enjoyed this beer in other parts of Germany, and I’m happy to say I enjoy it here in the US quite often as well.
Paulaner Hefeweizen pours to a beautiful, hazy and opaque pale golden color with a thick, tall, rocky head, and a very lively carbonation. It is important to rouse the ring of yeast that clings to the bottom of the bottle as yeast is a major aroma and flavor component in this beer. Just leave an ounce before you empty the bottle, swirl it, and let the yeast pour into your glass. The nose on this beer is wonderful with lots of aromas of clove and banana. The palate is firm with good tart wheat malt flavor paired with estery fruity flavors of banana and pear, and perhaps even apple. Paulaner Hefeweizen finishes with more wheat and estery fruit flavors, then finishes with a spicy clove finish that lingers.
A really impressive example of hefeweizen from one of Munich’s best brewers. Paulaner has made a real push into other markets in Germany, and their beers and restaurant/brewpubs can be found all over Germany. Their beers are popular here in the US, and can be found in a number of markets here. If you see this beer in your market, it is well worth giving a try. It works well with lots of dishes, and is a great beer to drink with in the warm weather, and yes, a great beer to have for breakfast!
dhshool (22) - Richmond, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Beers Around the World kit.
Poured a medium dark amber with a huge head that took over 2 minutes to subside to 2 fingers. Some nice lacing formed after the dense foam waned. Smell is mostly of yeast, with a slight fruitiness. Taste was just like the smell with a banana / cloves / lemon flavor blending well with the yeast and wheat taste. Smoother than I anticipated. Very slight carbonated banana aftertaste. My wife said she tasted spearmint, though I did not. Like the commercial deScription says, it is indeed a very crisp, refreshing beer. I am limited in my wheat beer experiences, but I like it a lot, prefering it to the Hackor Pshoor hefe. So far, my favorite hefe.
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 Draught at Ship & Mitre, Liverpool. Cloudy orange/gold with thick tight white head. Banana/lemon/touch of bubblegum. Refreshing, very good hefeweiss. Finish has lemon and banana, but it feels light and fluffy. Quite a nice dry feel
wxman (1655) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yeasty pour with a beautiful rocky white head that does diminish over time, but continues to coat the glass. Aroma of citrus and wet sourdough bread. Citrus, cloves and wheat maltiness in the taste. A very good example of the style.
EithCubes (5367) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Bottled. Cloudy golden pour with huge frothy head. Typical strong wheat beer aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and lacking any bitterness. Simple, laid-back and containing a touch more yeast than most. I’ll take a Maisel’s or a Franziskaner over this, but still, a top-notch Hefe.[3.6]
Update: This one was a bit oily, a bit slick. I really wasn’t having a good time by the bottom, very boring.[3.3]
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy orange with a good sized white head that went away quickly. Nice banana smell. Taste had a slight banana flavor and was quite refreshing.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"MMMM very nice. Poured a nice golden brown with an average puffy head. Smell was nice and fresh of bananas. The first sipe was a typical hefe, with a little cloves added to it. What a beer."
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
01.17.06 500ml bottle. Typical German hefe pour is clouded orange-golden with light and lingering tan head of loose froth. Aroma is inviting with mildly spicy clove and citrus hints mingling with an esthery sweetness and yummy yeast. The flavor is laid back moreso than expected but nonetheless very quenching with mild acidity (citrus, tart) and some bananas in breakfast cereal. Slick, yet tingly in its eff. I like that it’s mouthfeel is more asertive than many hefeweizens. How I’ve never had this beer until today is a mystery.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle at The Light Bar in Shoreditch (London), a bright cloudy orange with a large frothy head. A strong wheat aroma of citrus and banana, with hints of pepper. Smooth to taste and a good tanginess.
mhack1128 (16) - gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good wheat beer, something that can be found almost anywhere. if your looking for a wheat beer to try for the first time or just have an urge for one its a good choice