While my first all grain beer (pale ale) bottle conditions I'll use the time to catch up on extract reviews. One of the wife's favorite beers is Hopfen-Weisse, a collaboration brew from Brooklyn and Schneider. The beer combines the classic german wheat flavors with american and german hops for each version perfectly. While my brew isn't a true clone of either version it captures the strong points of both and she enjoys it quite a bit.
Appearance: pours very cloudy, dark yellow, with plenty of thick off white head. Lots of thick lacing as the level drops in my glass.
Smell: The nose is dominated by spicy hops. Banana from the weizen yeast comes through underneath all the hops.
Taste: Banana is the first thing you get, with the hops following shortly behind. Both flavors are quite strong but work together nicely. The hop flavor is very spicy, but also a little earthy. I'd be interested in trying this brew with some classic citrus hops.
Mouthfeel: Body is thick and creamy with tons of carbonation. The high level of carbonation makes for a long pour but gives the beer a perfect feel for the style.
Drinkability/notes: This beer goes down real quick. There is no hint of the somewhat high %ABV(7.5). This is the second batch of the beer I've done and it's been very well recieved both times. I'll brewing an all grain version of it very soon.