Thursday, April 14, 2011

469. Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

Spring is finally here! And I mean this in terms of weather in addition to merely the marking on the calendar. This is our second beer from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany—the last one was Weihenstephan Dr. Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse, a collabo with Doemens Institute. Oh, yeah, and I forgot: world’s oldest brewery. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Clever.

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Let’s just start by noting that Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier pretty much sums up the style. Bells are ringing, school is in session, and bit-players are getting handed their marks. Don’t come back knocking on that door, y’hear? Word. Now that we’ve cleared that up, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier pours a hazy dull straw/gold with a luscious creamy white head; in addition to the excellent head retention, there is pretty substantive lacing left behind on the glass. The head was thick enough initially to leave nice ridges behind on the opposite side of the glass after the first several sips. Aromas include a soft candy wheat malt sweetness mixed with banana and clove and some additional mild fruitiness. In this particular bottle, the clove slightly trumps the banana, and this continues on into the flavor profile as well. The beer opens with sweet wheat gumminess that is quickly followed by clove and banana flavors; the middle is slightly drier, with the carbonation whisking away the sweetness and emphasizing the wheat character. In the finish, there is a slight bubblegum flavor followed by a return of sweetness and a light lingering clove citrus fruitiness. The body is medium but dry—it tastes like it should be lighter, but maybe the cloudy yeast is enhancing the body—and the mouthfeel is both creamy and crisp. In other words, this beer is god-damn delicious. It drinks easy, goes down smooth, and is simultaneously light, refreshing, and yet suitably complex. It’s like Mike Tyson versus Michael Spinks. And Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is Mike Tyson.

ABV: 5.4%


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