Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Extract Hoppy Hefeweizen

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.

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