Saturday, September 1, 2012

JosephsBrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

If you want a by-the-book Bavarian style hefeweizen, then this is it. Beer nerds tend to scoff at beers that follow an old traditional recipe to the letter, but I don’t know why since the net result is often a solid, good beer and that’s true of JosephsBrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (720) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange/gold color, translucent, carbonation visible throughout. Forms a normal sized, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves only minimal lacing.

Smell: All the usual suspects of a Bavarian hefe: banana, clove, bubblegum. Much stronger nose than the Mission Street Hefeweizen.

Taste: There’s not much I can say about this beer that I haven’t already said about most other hefeweizens. It conforms to the style perfectly and that’s what makes it good. Strong sweetness through the palate with a mild zesty spice riding shotgun. Strong banana and bubblegum flavors up front and clove on the back end. There’s a subtle, but noticeable, sour twang for a split second, but it’s mild and short enough to ignore. Overall a tasty, appealing palate.

Drinkability: I drank this beer outside on a warm summer afternoon with my lunch and it not only paired well with my bacon turkey sandwich, it was nice and refreshing too. Not overly carbonated and not too thin, the mouthfeel is very comfortable and the clean aftertaste makes it genuinely refreshing. At 5.3% ABV it’s technically too big to be a "session beer," but I could easily see myself bringing a six pack of this to a picnic or camping or tailgating and having no trouble drinking most of it myself.

Grade: 8/10