Hofbrauhaus Wolters Weizen
By Bill Lau | A Potable Pastime
5.3% ABV, Bavarian weizen (wheat ale)
Hofbrauhaus Wolters, Braunschweig, Germany
Another first for your humble beer blogger – canned wheat beer from Germany! Purchased on a too-good-to-pass-up special (along with a pils from the same brewery – review will be coming soon to a potable blog near you!). (Yeah, I know, those kind of specials are sometimes best passed up, and my first instinct was healthy skepticism – but the best before date checked out just fine, and everything seemed legit, so I figured it was worth risking a buck a can…)
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know this is one of my favorite beer styles for summer and hot weather. In fact, I used to brew up a batch of my own hefeweizen almost every year for summer drinking; shoulder surgery back in March (the time I would normally get going on said endeavor) put the kibosh on that hobby for a few months, so no homebrewed heffie this summer. (But next year…watch out!)
This has left me sampling craft and import beers, and delving a little more into other styles like saison, farmhouse ale, Belgian blonde ale, and tripels (not to mention pilsners!), and drinking less weizen. Which in the end left me really in the mood for a weizen as a return to my more established seasonal drinking habits.
Dated best before 2017.06.10. Poured into the contractually obligatory weizen glass. Honestly, I’ve passed on ordering a desired weizen on tap at a local pub simply because they refused to serve it in the proper glassware, offering it instead in a standard American pint glass. I almost hate being that anal about my beer (almost!), but there it is – some styles need to be served in their appropriate glassware for maximum (or more properly stated minimum in this usage) enjoyment.
Appearance (4/5): Presents a hazy, pale amber-golden appearance on the pour, generating a solid finger’s width of near-white foam which gently subsides to a sustained thin layer.
Aroma (6.5/10): Light malt with a yeasty note bringing light banana & clove. A more restrained aroma than some examples.
Palate (3.5/5): Lighter-bodied with finely beaded, spritzy carbonation.
Taste (7/10): Opens with a tasty bready malt flavor and light sweetness, followed by light banana and some spice notes. Mild bittering joins in with a faint hint of hops in the background. Finishes on a slightly tangy note with gentle clove and bubblegum undertones.
Overall (14.0/20): A lighter-flavored, easy-drinking weizen. Recommended as a refresher on a hot day, after a bike ride or mowing the lawn, or to accompany grilled hot dogs or big Bavarian pretzels with some luscious German mustard.
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