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


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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. (Donít 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
Iíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (18963) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
Draught at The Malthouse, Wellington. Cloudy golden, small head. Aroma of bubblegum and banana. Malty with restricted sweetness. Itís very soft and drinkable, and the esters are strong, but not overpowering. An excellently balanced session beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8212) - 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.

   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 Iíd 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 NZís best wheat beers without a doubt.

   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.

   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. Iím probably not making this sound as good as it is. Light, but nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2004
Cloudy golden colour with big fluffy head, aroma of wheat and cloves. tasted of wheatbix and vinilla with hint of spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2004
a dead ringer for james squire colonial wheat. plenty of banana in the aroma with some vanilla but no flavours that weren't sweet

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
decent quality but boring weihenstephan yeast hefe. banana porridge, that's about it. sweet and friendly, without any of the tartness or clove or saltiness that you get in maisels or schneider etc.

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