Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sly Fox Royal Weisse

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (932) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into a weizen glass. It had a best before date of 10/25/13 and cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque pale orange/light brown color. Forms a small, white, foamy head which completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet and fruit with a distinct applesauce and banana cream pie aroma.

Taste: I think Sly Fox Royal Weisse is truly one-of-a-kind since it’s the only Bavarian-style hefeweizen in a can that I know of. This definitely has what you’re looking for in the style: a sweet, fruity flavor that’s refreshing and easy to drink. This is a TRUE summer beer.

Much like the nose, the palette to this beer is remarkably sweet. Most brews of the style tend to have flavors of banana and clove, but Sly Fox Royal Weisse has a distinct apple and cinnamon taste throughout the first half. There’s a tangy bitterness at the apex, almost astringent, or dare I say sour. It’s not a huge flaw, just a minor distraction that’s easily overlooked as you drink on. The back end delivers a different kind of sweetness in a caramel or butterscotch flavor similar to that of a hard candy. All these components add up to make for a tasty beer. It’s a little less authentic than I prefer, but the end result is quite satisfactory.

Drinkability: Sly Fox Royal Weisse is an easy beer to drink as the body is thin, tepid, and refreshing while in the mouth with a clean aftertaste. Though I think its calm body does it a disservice as a beer like this should be a bit more lively across the tongue. At 5.6% ABV it seems to be a tad overweight, since it feels like a lighter beer. There’s really no reason for it to be this "strong" anyway. I’m sure the same taste could be delivered in a less potent, more universally sessionable weight. 
Grade: 7/10