Thursday, April 21, 2011

Unfiltered Wheat Hefeweizen Ale

Enjoyed following a day working at the brewery. Yesterdays practice had me feeling extremely sore, so I decided it was best to take the day off. Purchased within an assorted six pack from the Rock Island Hy-vee.

Appearance: Pale golden straw color with a surmounting haze that makes this beer look like dehydrated urine! (don't worry, it's a lot better). Aggressive carbonation continually rises to the surface where it finds little to no head to fuel. Hardly a ring of bubbles is present.
Aroma: Smells slightly grainy with a touch of clove and spice. Banana and lemon. There is also an undertone of fruity citrus and an ever apparent yeast note about it. Pungence and bready present themselves at the forefront of the nose.
Taste: Lemony sweet to the taste with an attributive bready malt character. The citrus is a very prominent, especially in the finish where it contributes a tart sourness. The beer is subtly yeasty, but not in the slightest overpowering. The midtaste is a bit grainy, but there is enough of a sweetness to mask it. The finish of the beer is most impressive as it exhibits sweetened lemon notes, some other fruit esters as well as a bitterness that I fall favorable upon. It finishes dry
Mouthfeel: Light body with a bubbly fizz of carbonation in the middle. The finish however is a bit more thicker than when it started. Smooth and drying-ly refreshing. A little stick to the lips probably from extra sugar added to conditioning?
Overall Impression: A really great hefeweizen. I'd classify this among my favorites like the In-Heat Wheat by Flying Dog. This one however leaves out most of the banana and clove and goes for more of a citrus and tart lemonade finish while still maintaining the beer and hefe characteristic.


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