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Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: German Hefeweizen
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Serve in Weizen

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Wheat beers have been around for centuries, but you can still startle unsuspecting New Zealanders with a good one. Most beer malts are barley-based, but a portion of wheat in the mash results in a sweeter, cloudier base. In combination with a Weinstephan yeast, this produces distinctive flavours of ripe banana, vanilla and clove. (Don’t be alarmed, they all do that.) Hop additions are used to balance the sweetness, but things never get bitter like the Australians when they lose the cricket.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2008
Bottle, cloudy with all that yeastie goodness, a very pale yellow with a large pillowy white head. Not so much banana on the nose, but plenty of cloves, and a touch peppery as well. Quite carbonated, a good cleansing palate. The flavours are quite understated, which I like if my weizen beers, which can sometimes be a bit sweet. Just a touch of malt and yeast. This is damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
Had on tap at the malthouse. Pours a light gold, could do with being a bit cloudier....but that’s just me. Sweet banana nose and light on the palate (i like that) It’s a interesting beer, sweet yet dry refreshing and not cloying crisp not sickly....a really enjoyable drink.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Cloudy, pale golden with a small, white head. Aroma of banana, citrus and yeast. Medium body, rather sweet banana notes and a distinct yeastiness. Distincy clove accents especially in the finish. 010208

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Tasted in New Zealand 2008. Light body. Fizzy. Does not remind me of a german hefe.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon.
Hazy golden colored brew. Banana flavored aroma, sweet malty flavor with a hefe style banana taste. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19336) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
Draught at The Malthouse, Wellington. Cloudy golden, small head. Aroma of bubblegum and banana. Malty with restricted sweetness. It’s very soft and drinkable, and the esters are strong, but not overpowering. An excellently balanced session beer!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Very pale dirty yellow colour. Very cloudy. Aroma is quite estery, straight up banana, no clove. A bit of wheatiness. Thin-bodied. Flavour is wheaty, light banana, a touch of bubble gum. Fairly refreshing, but the dirty colour is off-putting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Tasted 13/03/2005. Cloudy golden appearance with big soft pure white head that fades slightly quicker than I’d have liked. Huge banana bouquet with a very slight sulphur hint in the beginning that disappears completely after a few sniffs. Banana and wheat flavour with just the slightest citrus note. Soft, yet spritzy, mouthfeel. A good authentic German Weiss interpretation. Retasted 20/01/2006. Longer lasting head; rounder spicier aroma with some bubblegum and without that sulphur note; good sweetness up front and super clean tartness through the middle. One of NZ’s best wheat beers without a doubt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2005
I had this after a coppoers sparkling ale and was struck by their similarity. i mean this in a positive way as for the climate and mood of the day this one is a refreshing beer. Definite fruitiness in the nose with the hint of orane and banana. The malt content isunderstandably low but this is not a negative either. Well done again by a good iwi brewer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2004
Fresh clove, orange and peach aroma but a bit mild. Light and thin-bodied with a lean, fresh maltiness. Very light and refreshing and particularly drinkable but lacking the real fat maltiness of the best hefes. I’m probably not making this sound as good as it is. Light, but nice.


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