Showing posts with label Hefeweizen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hefeweizen. Show all posts

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Flying Tanker (VIB)

This is the first bomber from Vancouver Island in recent history. It is a very good sign for Victoria's beer drinkers. Here are the reasons why. The first is that there is now another brewery in town producing limited releases. The second is that this release is a new style and not a duplication. The third is that this beer is hoppy and really good. The fourth is that VIB doesn't export to the mainland, which means more beer/casks for us.  It is good to see the local boys/girls trying new styles, giving us beer geeks something new.

Flying Tanker White IPA = 9/10

I am aware that this is probably the wrong glassware choice for an IPA, but I never get to use my massive Hoegaarden glass. The first thing you will notice is the massive floral, citrus hop nose which hides the slightly spiciness of the Weihenstephan yeast. Next comes the chewiness of the hefe with all the tart yeasty goodness. In quick succession is a slight sourness blended with cream of wheat, lavender, grapefruit rind, lemon and wool. This beer is great and should - no make that will - sell out quickly. I don't think it will cellar well, but who has that much patience. Well done!

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 6.8%
Value +1
Appearance +1 fun and descriptive label

Friday, June 17, 2011

Edelwiess Weissbier Snowfresh

I have no idea why this runaway 33beers thing is bugging me. You take notes, you write them up and you are done. The problem is that they are not getting written up. I sample between 2-3 new beers a week. If it is a Dave beer party, make that 11. Only one or two beers get written up a week; you do the math. For a goal orientated person, this is torture.

Edelwiess Weissbier Snowfresh = 7/10

Ratebeer 3.25 77th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

So this is a wheat beer. Apparently it is spiced, which comes through in the slightly medicinal nose. It goes well with the wheat, scones, yeast and lemon/citrus normally associated with this style. The taste goes a little further. Yes there are lemons, tart yeasts, floral and spicy notes. What is nice is this little herbal blast at the end; almost like someone dropped a Ricola in you glass. Very refreshing.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content 0 5%
Value +1
Appearance +1

Midas Touch and how far will you drive for cheap beer
Saison du buff

Spice Reserve (Tree Brewing)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen

This was a purchase from BottleWorks in Seattle. I only bought it because I don't think I have ever sampled a dark hefe.

Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen 6/10

Ratebeer
3.54 94th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

The nose was standard, yet deliciously hefe: yeasty, bready with cloves. With the dark malts came the added roasted and chocolate aromas. A light-medium mouthfeel and high carbonation carried the smooth and creamy flavours everywhere. Let's start the tastes list, there was: roasted whole wheat toast, bitter yeast, mild milk chocolate, cloves, lemon and bananas. After it was all done, a creamy coating of toasted banana bread faded too quickly. If you want to try something different, this is the one brew for you.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content 0 5.3%
Value +1
Appearance 0 (boring bottle, boring label)

Longwood Dunkelweizen
Baron Bohemian
Dunkel Weiss Great Divide

Friday, December 10, 2010

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier

OK this is getting ridiculous, I gotta start doing more reviews. I fill up one 33 bottles of beer book per month and do about 10 reviews. Time to go short form.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier 7/10
Ratebeer 3.59 96th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

This is one of those beers that you hear about everywhere. It is claimed to be one of the great wheat beers in the world. At first sniff I have to agree. The nose is fragrant with yeast, cloves and wheat. Next the big banana, wheat and cloves slap a nice tang on the tongue. The mouthfeel is juicy and very refreshing. It is clean ending with a slow fading of yeast, wheat, lemons and cloves. It is easy to make a hefe beer, but hard to make it great.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content 0 5%
Value +1
Appearance +1

This is should be your next beer if you like a spicy, flavourful hefe.

Howe Sound Hangdog Hefe
Pyramid Imperial Hefe
Granville Island Hefe

Sunday, August 22, 2010

KellerWeis (Sierra Nevada)

KellerWeis (Sierra Nevada)

Ratebeer 3.62 96th percentile
Beer Advocate A-


Taste +4

After the pour, the standard pillowy head emits a pronounced lemongrass, yeast and wheat aroma. Things become nonstandard when the creamy, medium mouthfeel fluid offers no tartness at all. Without this tart distraction you are able to enjoy the lemons, big bananas and wheat flavours. There is a hint of clove spice at the end. Oddly this hefe holds its nose right until the end.
Aftertaste +1

A slow fading reveals creamy bananas and a mild clove spiciness.

Alcohol Content -1 4.8%

There is a surprising amount of flavour for such a low alcohol beer.

Value +1

Truly a great hefe.

Ingame Enhancement +1

Still in Seattle enjoying great beer. The flavours keep getting better and better.

Overall 6/10

Don't let the low score fool you. This hefe has it all: a big citrus and yeasty nose, with a very refreshing and drinkable profile.

Tree Brewing Hefe and I get by...
Marin Hefeweiss
Granville Island Hefeweizen

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Howe Sound Hangdog Hefeweizen


Howe Sound Hangdog Hefeweizen

This brewery is located about an hour south of Whistler BC. They are perhaps the most recognizable brand because they use one litre re-closable pot-stoppers. This makes the bottles sought after by homebrewers like me. It is nice that the beer inside is usually good. Their nut brown ale won a silver medal at the Canadian Brewing awards in 2009.

Ratebeer 2.98/5 40th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

Taste +2

The nose has the standard lemon zest and yeast. Sadly the taste is a little weak and watery. On the plus side, the light lemon sweetness is not tart at all.

Aftertaste 0

It was average, dry and clean.

Alcohol Content 0 5%

Value 0

It was nice and drinkable but not spectacular.

Ingame Enhancement 0

What is lacks in quality it makes up in quantity. Any litre of beer easily calms the ingame twitching.

Overall 2/10

It was a little weak for a hefe, but that could be good for some people. At least it comes with a cool bottle.

Howe Sound Baldwin and Cooper Best Bitter
Granville Island Hefeweizen
Tree Hefeweizen and I get by...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Marin Hefeweiss


Marin HefeWeiss

Ratebeer 2.83 29th percentile
Beer Advocate C+

Taste +2

Nose is slightly lemon/limey with yeast. It was not very effervescent with slight flavour of tart lemon and yeast.

Aftertaste 0

After the tart lemon snap on the tongue, it was gone. Just gone.

Alcohol Content 0 5.2%

Value 0

If was a Hefe, not a good hefe.

Ingame Enhancement 0

Time to cut my losses with this beer.

Overall 2/10

It was an average hefe. No make that a below average hefe.

Pyramid Imperial Hefe
Tree Brewing Hefe

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Southern Tier Heavy Weizen


Southern Tier Heavy Weizen
Unfiltered Imperial Wheat Ale

Ratebeer 3.57 91st percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +5

This strong wheat beer is heavenly. The nose is thick with yeast, wheat and citrus with only the faintest of floral hops. Overall it is gloriously clean, very smooth and not at all tart. Tastes just like you would expect: wheat, lemons, tangerines and yeast.

Aftertaste +1

The ending was a slightly sweet lemon. The carbonation washed everything away clean and dry.

Alcohol Content +1 8%

Despite the higher numbers, you can barely taste it.

Value +1

This was a great Hefe.

Ingame Enhancement +1

Another bias here to bump the score up. I sat on the floor and watched my 5 yr old decorate one side of the Christmas tree. She put all the ornaments on one, non visible side.

Overall 9/10

If you like your Hefes, try this one. Not often to you find a strong and creamy hefe that is not very tart.

Tree Hefe and I get by...
Granville Island Hefe
Pyramid Hefe

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Imperial Hefeweizen (Pyramid)


Imperial Hefeweizen
(Pyramid Breweries)


Ratebeer 3.22 66th percentile
Beer Advocate B

Taste +3

This brew is just what the name says: Imperial (strong) Hefe (yeast) weizen (wheat beer). Your nose is greeted with the boldest tingle of yeast, wheat, grass, banana, cloves and apricots. The first taste is a little bitter, spicy and effervescent with a medium mouthfeel. Flavours range from peaches, lemon and bananas. The odd ending for this hefe was the light citrus hops.

Aftertaste +1

Overall it was very dry and crisp, with only a hint of bitter orange and yeast.

Alcohol Content +1 7.5%

Value +1
It was a little better than your average hefe.
Ingame Enhancement +1

More Left4Dead2 demo action tonight. It is still a linear FPS, but it looks really pretty.

Overall 7/10

Delicious. Just take your standard hefeweizen and turn the flavour dial a few notches.

Granville Island Hefeweizen
Pyramid Hefeweizen
Tree Hefeweizen
P38MP5486HRZ

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tree Hefeweizen and I get by...

Meterman: Finally science that proves that I will live longer than you.
Flavius: I doubt it; every morning I have a healthy coffee enema!
M: Up yours for sharing that info! In the June 2009 edition of
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, it was shown than Japanese men with light to moderate alcohol consumption had a reduced risk of heart disease.
F: Heard it before..Those with heavy alcohol consumption (more than 300 gm ethanol per week) had a higher risk; this is nothing new. To get this much ethanol, you must drink over 22 regular 5%ABV beer a week. So about a flat of Blue.
M: But this reduced risk was enhanced when they had high amounts of social support. I have more friends than you do. What was also interesting was that women were excluded from this study. There were to few moderate to heavy drinkers (only 197 out of 25044 people surveyed or less than 1%.)

Tree Brewing Hefeweizen


Ratebeer 3.45 79th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +4

The aroma is very light, yet spicy. In the air you can notice grass, grains, cloves and banana. Up front was the most pleasant lemony grain which was followed closely by a creamy mouthfeel of banana bread. This was all transmitted with a good dose of carbonation.

Aftertaste +1

A slight banana and lemon crispness fades away dry and quick.

Alcohol Content 0 5.0%
Value +1

This is perhaps the best six pack Hefe I have tasted. Pick one up at your local BCLS.

Ingame Enhancement +1

I'm sure I played and it was good. Yes this was done to bump the score up.

Overall 7/10

If you are looking for something light and refreshing, but down the Corona and pick up on of these.

Pyramid Hefeweizen

Granville Island Hefeweizen
Schneider Weisse

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pyramid Hefeweizen


Pyramid Hefeweizen
Ratebeer 2.84 31st percentile
Beer Advocate C+

Taste +1

It must be summertime, there are hefes everywhere. Sadly, this one is a bit below average. The nose is a little lager-like, citrus, honey and grass. The brew is a little watery with only the slightest of citrus/grain flavours and aromatic hop ting. At least it was refreshing.

Aftertaste -1

Your mouth is left coated with this pasting of sour lemon or bruised citrus fruit.

Alcohol Content 0 5.2%

Value 0

At least it was free. Thanks to the managers reception at Silver Cloud Lake Union.

Ingame Enhancement 0

I gotta start leaving this criteria out now that I am actually leaving the house.

Overall 0/10

Look elsewhere for a good hefe.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Granville Island Hefeweizen


Granville Island Hefeweizen

Ratebeer 3.02 43rd percentile
BeerAdvocate B+
Taste +3

This draft brew came to me on the sunny patio of Swiftsure Restaurant in Victoria. I like a good hefe and this did not disappoint. The nose is as one would expect: yeast, light citrus and bananas. Light refreshing wheat and citrus taste with an after tingle from aromatic hops (liberty). You also get a heavy dose of carbonation and faint hints of honey. Yum.

Aftertaste +1

It was a clean finish with only a slight biscuit lingering.
Alcohol Content 0 5%
Value +1

It was a nice but average hefe.

Ingame Enhancement 0

Sadly it is not proper to discuss shooting virtual zombies while having lunch with your in-laws.

Overall 5/10

This was a good hefe; not outstanding but good.