regular hefeweizen (TAP 7) is one of my all-time favorite examples of
the style. From what I can tell, Weisen Edel-Weisse (TAP 4) appears to
be more or less the same recipe, but brewed with all-organic
ingredients. Maybe because it’s organic or maybe it’s because this
bottle was about five months old at the time, but this beer isn’t as
good as the regular edition. Not that it’s bad, in fact, it’s got all
the things I prefer in the style, just not as strong as I’d prefer.
I poured a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. It was bottled on 8/2/14 and cost $4.29 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark golden hue; only slightly hazy (due to the age of the
bottle, a lot of the yeast was caked to the bottom of the bottle).
Plenty of visible spastic carbonation. Pours to a large, white, foamy
head which retains well but doesn’t leave much lacing.
Smell: Milder than most, with the standard banana bread aroma, though it
seems to have more of a spice character than usually found in the
Taste: The best way to describe the palette here would be to picture a
typical authentic German hefeweizen and then weaken it a little. I’d
probably chalk the mildness up to the fact the bottle was rather old at
the time. I’d like to think a fresher serving would be much more robust.
Also, instead of relying heavily on the banana character from the yeast
esters, it ops for Noble hop spice. There’s notes of lemonpeel or
saison-like black pepper, which is nice, but it’s still too mild. What’s
interesting about this brew is that it’s actually made with Cascade
hops – an American varietal. They seem to impart a subtle grassy
character to the beer, but don’t do much in the way of bitterness or
piney flavor (nor should they considering the style). Overall, this is a
fine brew, but this brewery makes better examples of the style.
Drinkability: Schneider Weisen Edel-Weisse is refreshing while in the
mouth, and finishes clean, which is nice. Though it should have much
more body and robustness for a beer with a 6.2% ABV. This drinks and
feels like something much more overtly sessionable. In fact, the
thinness of the body and the mildness of the palette is a bit
distracting, honestly. Still, it’s an easy beer to drink and a single
serving is satisfying.