Saturday, June 10, 2017

Samuel Adams Hefeweizen (2017 re-review)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20ChadPolenz (1789) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2017

BBD: 9/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 10A Weissbier

AROMA: Moderately strong clove phenols. Assertive wheaty/bready aromatics combine with prominent banana yeast esters to create for a lightly sweet banana bread scent. Faint hop presence adds a little bonus smell. Lovely overall. 12/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy golden/yellow hue. Bubbly body. Large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Well-balanced palette offering a little of many characters. Clove phenols along with hops impart mild spice. Wheat and malt create for a bready character which is lightly sweet and finishes with a delicious banana bread taste due to the yeast esters. Subtle lemonpeel character in the background. A bit of a vanilla flavor on the very finish lingers momentarily into the aftertaste before fading away cleanly. Everything a hefeweizen should be. 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; high carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture that finishes with crispness. Deceptively light at 5.4% ABV. Extremely drinkable and highly sessionable. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: THIS IS A PERFECT BEER! Absolutely to-spec in every way! I can’t find a flaw or anything I’d change about it (except the fact it’s bottled rather than canned). 10/10


NOTE: Read my 2008 original review here: