3.7AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
European wheat beers are some of my favorite types of brews, but it occurred to me that I hadn’t drank an genuine beer of the type, only American takes on the style. So I decided to try one of the most respected beers of the type: Paulaner Hefeweizen. It certainly had a rich, authentic taste, but I only liked it instead of loved it.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
This beer certainly has the makings of a hefeweizen: a light orange/dark yellow cloudy body with some sediment noticeable. It pours rather smoothly and forms a large, bright white, foamy head.
The aroma was very sweet with clove noticeable and it also had the slightest hint of hop spiciness to the nose.
One of the reasons I like hefeweizens so much is due to their refreshing taste, since so many drink like juice rather than beer. Paulaner Hefeweizen definitely fits that mold as it has a very sweet, slight banana taste with clove being the dominant ingredient to the palate.
The beer has a tiny bit of hops to it taste scheme, but they take a back seat to the clove. In fact, I might fault this beer for being too strong in the clove department and not emphasizing the fruity side enough. Regardless, it’s quite tasty and makes a nice alternative to your mass market lager.
Another reason I like hefeweizens so much is their smooth finish and Paulaner might be the silkiest of the smooth. Drinking this beer is extremely easy to do without the slightest bit of friction, harshness or bite. Even lightweights would likely find this beer ridiculously easy to drink.
There’s a lot of satisfaction that comes with drinking two bottles of the same beer back-to-back without feeling full. At 5.5% ABV I’d guess it had at least 150 calories, Paulaner drinks like a much lighter beer than it is, but even these numbers seem inflated since it’s so easy to drink.
I was hoping Paulaner would be an even tastier beer than it was, but I find European brews to be more subtle in the taste department. It was refreshing and easy to drink and I think this might actually be a better beer for newbies and lightweights to start out with instead of American takes on the style that tend to be strongly-flavored. You certainly can’t go wrong opting for the real thing.
NOTE: Read my 2015 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/09/paulaner-hefe-weizen-2015-re-review.html