UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012
The Hefeweizen style of beer is known to be rather sweet and smooth,
but if one of those key elements is missing, the whole novelty of the
wheat beer is gone. Such is the case with JW Dundee’s Hefeweizen. It has
all the makings of a beer of the style, but it comes up short in the
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
thing I like about the Hefeweizen style is the smoothness to the pour.
JW Dundee’s Hefeweizen pours extremely smooth and forms a nice layer of
head. It does evaporate rather quickly, but it leaves a constant lacing
on the glass. Not surprisingly, the beer is light gold in color and
extremely cloudy. There isn’t a lot of carbonation happening and the
beer looks like a tall glass of tropical fruit juice. However, if I ever
encounter a Hefeweizen that does NOT have such characteristics I’d be
There isn’t much to say about its aroma,
which is sweet but weak. At least it doesn’t smell like your typical
beer, and that’s a good thing.
two bottles of JW Dundee’s Hefeweizen I have to admit I was rather
disappointed in its taste. Not that it was harsh or unbalanced by any
means, just that its flavor was virtually non-existent. Hefeweizens are
known for being smoother and sweeter than your average mass-market brew,
but this particular beer leaves much to be desired. If you really
concentrate you can make out a faint, almost citrusy seasoning, but
otherwise it has little effect on your palate.
The best thing this beer has going for it is its smoothness. Although
its flavor is fairly weak, it’s very easy to drink and finishes clean.
Ales tend to be a bit heavier in body than lagers and I’d say JW
Dundee’s Hefeweizen definitely is full-bodied. It’s easy to drink and
isn’t too filling, so you could easily go through many if you so choose.
However, this is unlikely do its weak taste.
Drinking JW Dundee’s Hefeweizen I couldn’t help but think its brewers
skimped at little. There’s definitely a great taste inside this beer,
but why is it so suppressed? I think with just a few tweaks this could
go from average to outstanding. As it stands, it’s easy to drink but
there isn’t much appeal.