Nordcore (1500) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle 33 cl. Yellow, hazy with a medium white foamy head. Wheat aroma, spices and some banana. Light sweet, light bitter with a soft wheat end. Ngejo (979) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle. Hazy, golden, minimal head, white foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, & astringent finish. Alengrin (5382) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
The American craft beer revolution originally drew on old English traditions more than anything else but a German influence also crept in at an early stage, and this is one of the ’classic’ American interpretations of the Bavarian Weissbier style. Medium thick, egg-white, creamy head leaving a dense rim around the glass and a thin veil in the middle, but certainly a lot less frothy than I am used to in this particular beer type; immediately and equally cloudy straw blonde robe with slight ochre-ish hue. Aroma of ripe banana, apple peel, some biscuit, white bread crumbs, dried orange peel, old cloves, white pepper, vanilla sugar somewhere, straw, pear juice, sweet (unpickled) gherkin, sweetbread, melting butter, raw turnip, field flowers, artisanal honey, candied pineapple. Crisp, fruity onset, lots of the expected banana ester (isoamylacetate), sweet, paired with balancing green plum-, starfruit- and unripe kiwi-like sourishness, refreshing with spritzy, minerally carbonation slightly coarsening an otherwise smooth, ’fluffy’ mouthfeel. Pleasantly soft bready and biscuity barley sweetness in the middle with utterly soapy and very gently souring wheat, carrying the banana and other fruit flavors onwards to the finish, meeting with an earthy yeastiness and soft hayish hop bitterish touch as well as aromatic phenols - quite strongly so, but still feeling ’natural’ and actually quite enjoyable. Banana flavor lingers a bit along with the biscuity malts and softly sourish, very soapy ’wheatiness’. Authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen can be a real treat if fresh enough and served properly and many attempts at this ancient style that have been made out of its historical region seem to lack finesse and balance, often ending up as a one-sidedly banana-drenched caricature of the style. This one, however, understands the refinement, balance and subtlety of it: it is very heavy in the cliché banana flavor of the style, but also adds the spicy phenols that are indispensable for the overall balance; its mouthfeel and overall personality well match the German standard. The only thing lacking a bit for me, is a lush, whipped cream-like head formation, normally established by the wheat, and indeed it seems the wheat factor is a little bit understated here. Apart from that, I can imagine this being an introduction to Weissbier for many young American consumers, and having tasted dozens of German examples, I can only confirm that this is a credible, genuine and very useful beer to get acquainted with the style- though I also think it is a bit overrated here as a result of the American prevalence in its ratings. Sierra Nevada, one of the US pioneers in craft brewing, has done many influential things for the craft beer movement in the New World and it’s good to revisit them every now and then. Estebanik (1135) - Lublin, POLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Butelka chyba nie pierwszej świeżości, kupiona z 5 zł. Piana raczej gruboziarnista, szybko znika. Aromat bananowy, lekko chlebowy. W smaku dalej sporo słodkiego banana. Nie wydaje się tak wytrawne, jak większość kolegów z gatunku. Wysokie nasycenie. W porządku, ale na pewno nie jest to top topów. Maracuja05 (1280) - Mainz, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2016
[backlog] 12-01-15 // bottle at Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney. The beer everything about craftbeer started for me. First CheckIn on Untappd. Cloudy orange beer. Foamy head. Americans can indeed brew other beers as Bud and Miller. This is a nice calssical weizen. Solid banana and clove. Well carboanted. Smooth mouthfeel. Fresh ans tasty.
AndySnow (7662) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2016
How: Bottle.bulldogops (2507) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
Where: Viking Line.
Appearance: Hazy dark golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Wheat, citrus, yeast, banana.
Body: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Wheat, citrus, spices, yeast, banana, some fruit.
Rating #2170 - 2015.11.13 - Sample at Grape Escape. Yellow pour that is fairly cloudy. Aroma is of grains, citrus, bananas, coriander, ginger?. Taste is fairly wheaty, but complex, and mild sweetness. Overall, this beer is drinkable, enjoyable, and a solid Hefeweizen, but i wouldn’t tart it up as being in the RB Top 50. kapusil (1432) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 7, 2016
0.355l bottle. Hazy golden body, thin white head. Aroma of banana, bread, peach and some medicinal hops. Taste of bread, banana, peach and lemon zest. To be honest I was a bit sceptical that this beer is one of the best weizens in the world. I’m still not sure it is, and I definitely consider some of the Bavarians better, but this is definitely nice. drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - AUG 30, 2016
Poured out cloudy gold. 8ºSRM.
Nose has nice creamed corn aroma. Beery with some nice raw dough aroma. A bit of formic acid bite on the nose.
Mouthfeel is beery and carbonated. Palate has sweet pale malt with solid wheat malt body that comes across as broadly sour with a slight minerality which then fades to malt sweet, sweet dough, fresh biscuits. There is cement dust and sawdust. Hops are clean bitter, but not heavy.
Clean finish. LLaurin (483) - Motala, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2016
Pours hazy with straw colour and a small wheat nose. Taste is also very typical wheat and very light citric notes. Palate is typical weiss Bier - rather short but agreeable.