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


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Kiwis like to eat bread by the truckload, but we’re sometimes surprised to find that wheat can also make a mighty good beer. It gives it a sweeter, cloudier base, while the yeast produces a unique flavour of ripe bananas, vanilla and clove. So raise a glass to the Weiz Guys who invented this brew. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Kiwis also know their beer. Way back in 2000, when Carl’s purpose in life was to introduce true to style international beers to the locals, most of us were scratching our heads when we held up a glass of Bavarian Hefe, this cloudy concoction called a wheat beer. 16 years on, us worldly lot have weized up, caught up and arguably overtaken the rest of the world in our craft beer know how. So we have finally given our Tuatara Hefe an identity of it’s own. Because we think you’re weiz enough to figure the rest out.

Taste: Ripe banana, vanilla and clove. Balanced sweetness, with slight tart finish.
Aroma: Banana and clove
Look: Distinctively cloudy
Hops: Pacific Jade
Malt: NZ Lager, NZ Wheat, German Wheat

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HKdIPA (849) - HONG KONG - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle from Tipping Point. Too sweet and malty. Clear amber pour. Not a repeat.

beer-yum (1890) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 An enjoyable brew that ticks all the boxes of the style - and leaves one wanting another.

AgentAle (1809) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Aroma is lemon grass, citrus, slight yeast nites and some sulphur. Taste is sweet malts met with fairly well balanced bitterness. Some tang left behind at finish.

DKL (250) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2014
Cloudy draw colour. Ginger / banana / bubblegum aromas. Almost no sweetness, but the same lingering ginger taste. Very smooth, not bad.

Pyobon (1497) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2014
Cloudy amber with slight white head. Great aroma - orangey citrus and banana esters. Medium body with lively refreshing carbonation. Fruity start to taste with some citrus and banana notes. Pleasant hoppy bitterness develops through the mid palate into a tasty finish. Great refreshing and tasty hefe.

kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2014
The head is robust, the body blond and clear. it smells yeasty, malty. The taste is malty, yeasty, aromatic, bit creamy, bit banana. A nice Hefeweissbier from New Zealand

TheNucleator (21) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
Some malt and wheat aroma. Cloudy, cider-like appearance. Small white head. Yellow colour. Moderate wheay flavours, but not much in the way of malt or hops. Adequately balanced but light overall. Not a lot of mouth feel.

chinchill (5312) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Aroma: banana, clove and vanilla with bready overtones. Flavor: banana, clove and vanilla with some wheat. Tastes like Weihenstephaner Hefe -- not entirely surprising given use of thier yeast strain. Feel: crisp carbonation; light boy but not watery. O: a very good German style hefe with a slightly bolder flavor than average.

GoufCustom (2173) - HONG KONG - NOV 8, 2013

330 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok.

Cloudy hazy golden yellow orange colour with substantial dirt- like yeast sediments; One and a half finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for about 90 seconds; small sticky lacing and low carbonation; Pretty fragment aroma of banana, vanilla, orange, malt, cloves, and coriander; Slightly tart and light sweet taste of light malt, with light banana, cloves, spices, light lemon and very light herbal grass; Mid to light body, slightly slick and quite crisp palate; Mouth feel is slightly dry but crispy, with good dose of light malt, wheat, light banana for a good weiss base. Also very yeasty, with pretty nice cloves and spicey taste. Nice! Hoppiness is light lemon and herbal nose, good lemony and shade of herb taste, plus the a shade of bitterness. Also no astringency, pretty much wheaty and malty finish; Pretty dry after taste, very easy and crispy to mouth.

Comments: This is simple, no complicated or explosive tastes like Paulaner or Lammsbräu, but it is all round solid, good looking, decent head, pretty bright banana and clove nose and taste, and a just-right body and crisp mouth feel. A cut above the middle, I will buy again for sure.

bulldogops (2907) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle from Coop - Tuatara Mix 6 (3 of 6) Pours a clear golden yellow with no haziness to speak of. Bubbly white head dissipates quickly. Has the look of sparkling apple juice. Aroma is heavy on yeast, mild fruitiness (banana), very mild herbal note.. Taste is quite sweet, and doesn’t have the natural grainy tones, or any of the mouthfeel of your typical hefeweisen. Sure doesnt look like a hefe, either. Not exciting - unsure if possibly a bad bottle.

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