Monday, June 13, 2011

Butternuts Heinnieweisse Weissebier

Even though I recently acquired a bunch of rare and exotic beers from distant lands, I decided to review a little-known New York-based brewery's hefeweizen in a can. Butternuts may not be on par with Oskar Blues in terms of quality, but they definitely match them in creativeness and eccentricity.

P.S. This review debuts the most EPIC opening for Chad'z Beer Reviews - EVER! It was made by a professional Hollywood video editor! I wanted to debut it with a review that would probably fly under most people's radar as a thank-you for watching! Cheers and enjoy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - JUN 12, 2011
I poured a 12oz can into an authentic German wheat beer glass.

Appearance: dark yellow/light brown hue, almost completely opaque but some translucency with lots of carbonation present. Forms a large, fluffy, white head with outstanding lacing and retention.

Smell: Light banana fruit or candy-like scent with noticeable sweet lemony aroma as well. Little to no spice aromas.

Taste: Heinnieweisse begins with a seemingly authentic replication of the German style. Distinct banana and citrusy flavors are prominent from start to finish. The thing about this beer is that the banana tastes almost like a banana flavoring or banana candy, not nearly as organic-tasting as its European elders. A soda-like citrusy sweetness is also present. In fact, the palate as a whole is remarkably sweet and yet still very mild overall. I do notice a subtle astringency right as the beer finishes, although it’s easily tolerable. Aside from this minor flaw, there’s nothing off-putting about the taste here. But it needs to be much more robust to garner more than just a thumbs-up from me.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, medium-bodied, soft and wet.

Drinkability: I drank the entire can in 4 swigs! This beer goes down with the smoothness of water and the clean finish and mild palate certainly helps. A great refresher on a hot day and at only 4.9% ABV it’s certainly sessionable too.

Overall, this seems to be par for the course with Butternuts, though. I think they are shooting for more of a blue collar audience rather than geeky craft beer enthusiasts like me, which is fine and understandable.

Grade: 6/10

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