Monday, October 31, 2011

DuClaw 13 Degrees

13 (Thirteen) Degrees

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Abingdon, Maryland USA


4.80% ABV

Commercial Description:
Get ready to cheat fate with a foreboding potion of wheat and barley malt temptation. Pure and unfiltered, the first taste forewarns the unsuspecting of spicy clove and smooth banana lurking around the corner.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$9.00 6 pack

I picked up a 6pack of this a while back and left one setting in the beer fridge since then to review. I remember having it back then but I can’t remember how good it was. So lets see what 13 degrees has in store for us.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a bright white head.

The nose is classic Hefeweizen with citrus, banana and clove notes. This is very inviting I can’t wait to delve into it.

Well, that’s a Hefeweizen all right. That first sip was pretty good; all the flavors and notes of a classic Hefeweizen.

The taste starts out with a light wheat malt sweetness up front followed by a cleansing effervescence in mid-sip. The back end is extremely easy drinking with an effortless swallow. The finish is light and refreshing with wheat flavors and notes of citrus, banana and clove. The final aftertaste is light but with noticeable banana and clove notes.

The beer is extremely light and refreshing. It may be too light and refreshing for the style but still good none the less.

There are two other notes to make about this beer. There was not any real wheat sediment on the bottom of the glass. I did the typical end of the bottle swirl and did not notice any sediment back in the glass.

Also this beer did not produce much of a head and it diminished quickly then completely disappeared.

I’m going for a B- on this one. It is a very good tasting and refreshing Hefe but it is lacking some the richness of the style.

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