Saturday, August 1, 2015

Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen (2015 re-review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2015
When it comes to beer, I’ll readily admit that my personal preferences change over time and my actual palate evolves and becomes more honed. So when a beer I didn’t enjoy at first tastes good later I’m happy to give it a re-review. Case in point: Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen. This was a surprisingly bland beer when I first tried it a year ago. However, after visiting the brewery and sampling their entire lineup (literally) I re-discovered this beer and realized how good it actually was. This is a solid, to-spec, classic German-style hefeweizen. It may not re-invent the style, but it’s one of the best American offerings that’s widely available. 

I poured a 16oz can into a weizen glass. It was canned on 2/23/15 and cost $3.30 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Extremely hazy shade of caramel gold/orange (last time it was more of a pale yellow and clearer). Pours to a large, white, foamy head which retains well but doesn’t leave much lacing (I think it might be this glass).

Smell: Banana bread, light clove, a hint of lemon rind and cinnamon.

Taste: Last time I drank this beer I found it be surprisingly mild. It was to-spec, but all the components were just way too weak for my preference. This time around it’s still very much to-spec as far as traditional German hefeweizen goes, but the palette is much more robust. This is even more impressive considering the can I drank for this review was over five months old at the time.

You want a hefe, you get it here: Light banana bread sweetness up front with just a bit of a lemon citrus tang. I also notice a bit of a caramel candy flavor, though it’s quite subtle. Not much in the way of bitterness (not that there should be), though it does seem to change on a dime and become quite lively with a nice clove-like spicy flavor. There’s also a floral character in the background from beginning to end which is a nice bonus.

Drinkability: Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen is very refreshing at all times. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, though it’s still plenty carbonated to give it some energy. At only 5% ABV it’s arguably a session beer, especially due to the fact it comes not only in cans but pint-sized cans!

RATING: 8/10 

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