Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse (2010)

For the first time ever my dad and my brother both join me for a beer review. It was a hot and humid night so I decided to see how they'd react to an authentic German wheat beer: Hacker-Pschorr Weisse. This is one of the few hefeweizens I've never had so I didn't know how good it would be. I was quite surprised by my dad and brother's reactions to this beer.

Here's my 2013 text review:
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (904) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2013
I poured two 11.2oz bottles into a weizen glass. They had a best before date of September 2012. A six-pack cost me $10.99 which means each bottle cost about $1.83 ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: Pours to a very murky rusty orange/brown hue. Only slightly translucent, though carbonation bubbles are easily visible. Forms a rather small, off white, foamy head which never completely dissipates but leaves on minor lacing on the glass.

Smell: All the usual suspects found in a German hefeweizen: banana, clove, cinnamon bread. There is a slight sourness but that’s almost assuredly due to the age of the bottles.

Taste: I should disclaim this review by acknowledging the fact it’s based on bottles that are about nine months past their freshness date. However, I have had Hacker-Pschorr Weisse many times and I’ve found it to be one of the better German hefeweizens (though I like Schneider and Weihenstephaner much more). For bottles that are quite possibly a year old they have held up rather well.

There isn’t much to say about the palette here that hasn’t already been said about others of the style. You get the classic banana, clove and bready flavors you want in a beer of the style. Though they’re noticeably mild here (probably due to the age). There is still plenty of sweetness on the back end, which is pleasant. There’s some bubblegum flavors as well, especially at warmer temperatures. A fresh bottle would probably garner a higher rating from me, but even these old bottles are still quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: I think hefeweizen is a great style to introduce people to craft beer and Hacker-Pschorr Weisse might be the ideal of the ideal. The mild but flavorful palette is gentle on the tongue. The mouthfeel is soft and comfortable with enough effervescent to give it some zip. It finishes clean and is quite refreshing while in the mouth. At 5.5% ABV it’s about average in weight for the style, though something a little lighter would be preferable. 
Grade: 7/10

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