Draymans (South Africa) Altstadt Weissbier

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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.

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Tim Webb (473) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
16 cl taster at Capital Craft in Pretoria. This I liked. Spiced to the eyeballs, chewing tobacco, galangal, a bit of ginger even, sweet and yet still acceptable on a hot summer’s day. The brewery may be in danger of missing the boat in the whole new craft beer scene but were it to start building on a classic like this they would give a lot of the newbies a good run. [Glad I didn’t read the other reviews since Oakes!]

AntonyWilson (519) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 5, 2016
500ml Plastic bottle: Pours a cloudy straw with a small white head. Aromas of yeast and slight cloves. Tastes quite malty, slight banana and yeastiness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall not too exciting, however, not too bad either.

ChewyBeer (456) - SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 6, 2015
Pours cloudy with good head. Slight clove nose. Medium mouthfeel. Good clove and banana balance though a bit tart on the tongue. Good drinking

lordofpotplants (5) - SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
Great weiss beer for a local SA beer. Unfortunately only available in a plastic bottle. Does not keep well

WhoU (129) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 20, 2014
On tap JHB. Pours cloudy white yellow with creamy offwhite head and medium carbonation. Aroma is some pinenut and slight banana. Taste is sweet with slight bitter. Overall thin but refreshing and light.

HopfenWeisse (1558) - - MAY 19, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Big plastic bottle at Muurame. Thanks Simo! Not that great, al least quite different than real german hefes.

Braastad (459) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2014
Hazy, orange, no head Aroma is malty, very yeasty. Flavor is yeasty, little citrusy.

aleksander9 (1927) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
On tap at sun city - maze bar. Unclear blonde with small head. Yeasty stuff with Some banana.

Oakes (19569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
Cloudy straw a big billowy head.  A little sweaty yeast character, balancing wheaty tartness.  For a non-German wheat it has character and style, if a little unorthodox.  

AtronSeige (1827) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 16, 2012
Cloudy light hay-colored beer with a white head that recedes to "soap lines." A sour aroma with banana and a citrus/lemon hint in the background. The taste is fairly sweet with very little bitterness. Light bodied, thin texture. Fairly fizzy. Overall, a refreshing light beer.

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