Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier (Hefeweizen)



Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Germany

Hefeweizen

5.40% ABV




Commercial Description:
Nothing refreshes you more than this naturally cloudy wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. Goes well with dishes that do not have too intensive a flavour, especially that Bavarian speciality 'Weisswurst' or white sausage. (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12oz bottles: ~$10.00 6 pack, ~$38.00 case
500ml bottle ~$3.50 each, ~$59.00 case

Background:
It’s only early February and I’m getting tiered of winter. No, not  necessarily the beer but winter in general. So what better beer to review than a Hefeweizen to break those winter blues.
This particular beer happens to be another gift from my friend Gene.

Review:
The beer pours a cloudy deep golden color with rich orange hues and a fairly rich bright white head. Part of this cloudiness comes from swirling the last few ounces in the bottom on the bottle and pouring that into the beer.
Side Note on lees and wheat sediment:
This is the only exception on not pouring the sediment or lees into the beer. With wheat beers this practice is not only acceptable it is a must. There are a lot of nice flavors in the unfiltered wheat sediment that should be poured back into the glass and re-suspended in the beer. This sediment is mostly unfiltered wheat that should be re-suspended back into the beer. The sediment in a Belgian bier and other bottle conditioned beers is funky yeast sediment due to the bottle conditioning. These bottle conditioned lees will alter the taste of the beer and should be consumed separately. OK that’s my PSA, now back to the review.

The nose is classic with citrus, banana and clove notes on top of a sweet wheat malt aroma. Wow this is really inviting I cant’s wait to dive into this one.

I can feel summer coming now and that’s only after my first sip. It’s so nice to have a lighter refreshing beer for a change.

The experience starts out with sweet light wheat malt up front on the tip of the tongue followed by a very refreshing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back end is extremely easy drinking with an effortless swallow. Just toward the end of the swallow into the finish is where all the flavors start to make there presence known. The finish is great; sweet but also refreshing with just a hint of some spice. All the flavors anticipated on the nose are present in the finish. There are nice sweet finishing notes of banana and citrus riding on a nice bead of sweet wheat malt. The final aftertaste is of lingering wheat malt and banana notes.

I really enjoy a good Hefeweizen and this may be one of the best. My only hesitation is that I have not had a Hefeweizen since last summer so they are not fresh on my mind or palate.

We are now at 60 degrees.

Man, I am always impressed when a beer warms well and this one is still excellent. The carbonation has diminished and you don’t have that effervescence over the tongue but all the flavor is still there and it still maintains a very refreshing character.

The flavors have not enhanced any but it also has not picked up an off flavors. This beer tastes as good now as it did when we started around 45 degrees.

I’m going for an A on this one. This is an excellent Hefeweizen, clean and refreshing with nice wheat malt flavors and notes of banana and citrus and clove. The only reason this is not an A+ is because I enjoyed the Schneider Weisse more than this one and I give that one an A+.

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