This traditional Hefeweizen was rated 91 pts (“Exceptional”), earning a Gold Medal at the 2007 World Beer Championships. Expect a lot of cloudiness from this unfiltered wheat beer on the pour, and be aware that yeast sediment is likely clinging to the bottom of the bottle – you can pour carefully and leave it behind or rouse it up and pour it in your glass for a bit more of an earthy yeast note. On the nose, aromas of clove jump out along with more than a little lemon. We enjoyed the spicy yeast notes as well, plus some bubblegum, hints of banana, and a touch of grass and hay. Expect the distinct character of wheat to present prominently on the palate, while the rest of the aroma profile comes forth as well.
In fact, all the traditional Bavarian-style weissbier qualities are there: bubblegum notes are not shy, and neither are the spicy yeast and phenolic, herbaceous notes of clove that combine with the robust carbonation that’s so typical of the style to offer a refreshing, prickly counter to the creamy core of wheat. Look for that wheaty backbone to manifest quite roundly on the palate with an almost honeyed character along with its typical “twang.” The tart touch of lemony acidity is another hallmark of a well-made hefeweizen and adds another dimension of balance along with the mild hops which also contribute a hint of mint. We recommend pairing this perfect summertime brew with oysters on the half shell, lobster tail with lemon and butter, or ceviche. Prost!