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.