Merchant: Ale Yeah
Service: 64 oz Growler
Style: German Hefeweizen
Color: Yellow (4 SRM)
Temp: Cool (not cold)
Smell: A sweet aroma with banana, wheat, lemon and clove.
Taste: Visually this beer is a spot on light yellow with a thick haze. The head was not as big as is typical for the style but laced the class very well none the less; which leads me to a tangent.
Before I get into the taste profile I have to get something off of my chest. There is a reason most US brewers don’t call their wheat beers Hefeweizen. (I’m pretty sure it’s because of the water.) They usually call them a White, Wheat or throw in a Belgian yeast and call it a Witte. My soft spot for Hefeweizen may make me oversensitive to this slight of hand. Which is why I was intrigued to see this beer listed on the draft board at the bottle shop. I’m buying any local beer with the audacity to claim their wheat is a Hefe. Cash. Down.
The taste of this beer is a wonderful compliment to the aroma. A sweet yeasty wheat biscuit flavor with light but clear banana and clove notes. Carbonation is right on the high side and really helps lighten this brew to the finish with a subtle citrus. They did it. This is a Hefe—a very good Hefe.
Pair with: A big salad with a zesty dressing or a bratwurst.