Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 11/3/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 10A Weissbier

AROMA: Standard banana yeast esters, though milder than normal. Plenty of wheaty/bready supportive malt base. Clove-like phenols are present, but much subtler than usual. No hops (none needed). No sweet bubblegum or vanilla aromatics. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely hazy shade of rusty amber/copper (5-7 SRM). Very large ivory fluffy foam; retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Slightly tart initially, but quickly followed by signature banana-like yeast esters. Intensity is a bit lower than usual. Wheat base is still rather prominent with a bready character, though lacking richness. Finishes with a slight clove phenolic spiciness. Faint vanilla in the aftertaste, otherwise clean. Hop presence is effectively null as there is no obvious flavor and bitterness is low. Technically, this has all the components of a classic hefeweizen, just stale. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high carbonation. Fluffy, smooth texture. Quite refreshing and crushable. Feels lighter than 5.5% ABV, though temptingly sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: When fresh this is world class. With some age it's merely very good. 8/10


NOTE: See my 2008 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2008/11/paulaner-hefeweizen-chadz-beer-reviews.html

NOTE: See my 2015 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/09/paulaner-hefe-weizen-2015-re-review.html

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