Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen (2014 original review)


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1138) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2014
I poured a 16oz can into a weizen glass. There was a freshness date, but it was smeared and unreadable. The can cost $3.60 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Yellow hue with slightly hazy body. Effervescence visible. Pours to a three-finger, white, foamy head which never completely dissipates but doesn’t leave much lacing.

Smell: The usual banana-like esters, though not as pungent as better examples of the style. Some lemon notes as well.

Taste: I think you can judge a brewery on how well they’re able to brew “standard” beer styles like a hefeweizen, pale ale, brown ale, porter, etc. These are styles that are hard to screw up, so I was a little surprised drinking Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen since it was just decidedly average. It has the classic hefeweizen flavors, but they are much milder than they should be. You get the classic banana taste, though this brew has a surprising amount of lemon character to it. Not much in the way of clove spice, applesauce, or bubblegum sweetness. I suppose they’re there, but you really have to look for them. Upon my first few sips I tasted a slight vegetal off-flavor. It might be DMS, but a brewery of this caliber shouldn’t be making rookie mistakes like that. Otherwise it’s a fine beer, but it could be so much better.

Drinkability: While the palette may be a little boring, at least the delivery is nice. The mouthfeel is calm and soft, though there’s noticeable carbonation vibration as it rolls across the tongue. It goes down easily and finishes clean. At 5% ABV it’s a little too big to be true session beer, but also doesn’t seem to take full advantage of its weight. I appreciate that it comes in 16oz cans as I could see this being refreshing straight from the container on hot summer days. 
Grade: 6/10
NOTE: you can read my 2015 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/08/two-roads-no-limits-hefeweizen-2015-re.html