Sunday, July 1, 2018

Weihenstephaner/Sierra Nevada Braupakt

Bottling code: 7068

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 1D American Wheat Beer; 10A Weissbier)

AROMA: Nearly equal parts American citrusy/stone fruit hops and traditional German yeast character of banana and clove (though all components are moderate in intensity overall). Malt and wheat base make for a firm bready/doughy backbone with just a touch of caramel-like sweetness. No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Cloudy shade of amber/rusty orange (7-9 SRM). Very large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Starts American and finishes German. Immediate hop flavors of grapefruit, peach, and orangepeel open the palette. Bitterness is noticeable strong for a wheat beer at 35 IBUs, though hop flavor is relatively strong as well. The yeast character is subtle at first, though the traditional banana and clove notes emerge on the apex and into the finish. The malt base is firmly bready throughout with just a touch of caramel. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with and subtle orange and clove flavor. Alcohol is present, but stays mainly in the background. For the most part, these flavor combinations do work. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full[ish] body; high[ish] carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth; almost creamy. Much thicker viscosity than a traditional American or German wheat beer. Also much stronger than either styles at 6% ABV as that alcohol imparts gentle warmth. Not quite as refreshing as either base brew, and much too strong to session, but the drinkability is nice. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though marketed as a German Weissbier, it's truly a hybrid brew since it has an overt American character. Interesting and impressive product. 8/10


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