I can’t even remember how this beer ended up in my fridge, probably an extra in a trade but I was excited to try it as I enjoy the hefeweizen style. This style is great when the weather gets warm so I was hoping a brewery from Florida would make a good one.
Floridian pours a slightly hazy orange with almost no head that disappeared right away. Aroma is typical of the style; banana, clove and slightly sweet. Taste is wheat and clove. The beer seemed heavier than it needed to be which made it not as refreshing as I had hoped.
Completely average beer and many better options in the style.
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Funky Buddha Brewers Description: Our unfiltered and refreshing German-style wheat beer is full on flavor yet light on the palate. Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly captures the brilliance of a golden Florida sunset.
I will be the first to admit that I am far from a style expert. Ultimately I like what I like and if it is not to style that does not bother me. Gose is one of those styles that not many breweries are making so my experience is limited. My favorite is Westbrook’s which is probably an extreme example of the style as it is very tart and salty.
This one from Tributary is on the other side of the scale and drinks more like a hefeweizen than what I think of when someone says gose. Appearance is a nice cloudy orange color with a decent white head. The little growler retained the carbonation better than the large one did.
Aroma and taste again are similar to your standard hefeweizen with a nice light fruit character and some coriander. Finish is clean and very refreshing. Tributary’s Gose might be a good introduction to the style for those that are not familiar with a gose with its very low salt and almost no sourness. I would prefer a more tart and salty brew.
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website:Tributary Brewing Brewers Description:
Grabbed this one as part of a mixed six pack at Beer Cellar Portsmouth and had been lingering in my beer fridge for a while. Decided to open on a hot summer afternoon and I was glad I did.
Pours a bit clearer than I would like but I may have failed to swirl the bottom of the bottle to get the remnants as you should with a hefeweizen. Other than lot I love the coloring a the slight white head. Aroma is a spicy banana bread and quite nice. Taste follows and adds a bit of clove.
Overall a nice hefeweizen which is a style of beer that I really enjoy during the summer.
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 15 Rating: Brewers Website:Sierra Nevada Brewers Description: Inspired by traditional Bavarian techniques, Kellerweis is a true artisan experience. With Kellerweis, we brew in open fermentation tanks—a process rarely seen today—to let the ingredients truly shine. The result is a hazy wheat ale—untamed, raw and alive. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is a truly unique brew.
When I drink beer for a review I typically drink them over the course of 30 minute (longer with stouts) to see how the taste, aroma, etc changes as the beer warms. For the most part this helps bring out additional flavor and aroma that are hidden when the beer is cold and it is usually a good thing.
With On the Count of 3 it was not. The beer while cold had a nice mix of yeast, spice, clove in the aroma and taste leaned more towards the lemon, fruit and sweet candy. OTCO3 was a solid beer while cold. I came back to the beer after about 15 minutes and it had changed significantly. The aroma was now a not so pleasant band aid smell that made the beer undrinkable. This is not the first time I have had a Baxter beer with a foul smell as the original batch of Summer Swelter (then named Celsius Summer) had an unpleasant aroma.
I believe this beer is basically gone from the local shelves but if you come across one buy it, toss in a cooler with ice and drink it cold!
Pros: Tasty while cold Cons: Foul smell as it warms Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 100 Rating: Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing Brewers Description:
This was the second beer I brought home from my visit to Strong Brewing. Bloody Valentine is their hefeweizen brewed with blood oranges. Fortunately the brewery is small enough that AleSmith probably won’t bother them regarding the name as they have an amber ale named My Bloody Valentine. AleSsmith is brewed in California but in today’s beer market with cease and desist letters and lawsuits being filed on a regular basis it is similar enough that I would not be surprised if they received a letter from them in the future.
Bloody Valentine pours a very clean light orange color with almost no head. Aroma is typical of a hefe with some spice and maybe a bit of banana, didn’t really get any blood orange in the nose or taste. I was hoping for more from this beer as I really like hefeweizens and the thought of adding blood oranges for a more pronounced citrus flavor sounded like a great combination. Unfortunately it missed the mark for me, again not a bad beer and I did finish the entire 64 ounce growler it just left me wanting more.
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Strong Brewing Brewers Description: February Limited Specialty – a HefeWiezen made with blood orange.
Small update to this post as Gneiss is now bottling this beer in 16.9 ounce bottles. They are a great deal at around $4 per bottle and available at most of the better bottle shops in Maine.
This is Gneiss Brewings flagship beer and it kind rolls off the tongue – Gneiss Weiss. This is a hefeweizen which is a style I drink a lot of during the summer months. It works in the winter too but at 4.8% ABV this will be a great beer for those warm Maine summers.
Weiss looks very similar to the Au Nugget in the prior review but a little cloudier. Aroma has plenty of banana and lemon, very pleasant and inviting. Taste is excellent and extremely smooth. This is a good representation of the style and something you should try sooner rather than later.
Overall I am really impressed with the first two offerings from Gneiss Brewing and I am confident Dustin will continue to brew great beer from his small operation in Limerick.
Pros: Appearance and very drinkable Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): 12 Rating: Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing Brewers Description: Gneiss Weiss is our flagship beer. This beer relies on a grain bill heavy on the wheat to bring forward a clean spiciness and creamy mouthfeel, without even a hint of cloying sweetness. We use American hops to help define the beer as a full flavored, easy drinking session beer.
Finally getting back to some beer reviews and starting with my 500th beer. This one comes from Moat Mountain in North Conway New Hampshire and is their hefeweizen. I tried quite a few hefeweizens this summer with the highlight being Rising Tide’s Spinnaker. This one from Moat comes in a close second.
This beer is a cloudy orange color with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has lots of wheat and some spices. Both are what you would expect from a hefeweizen. Taste is very nice, slightly sweet and plenty of wheat with only a hint of banana and spice. Finish is clean and leaves you wanting more. Hoffman Weiss is an excellent choice with a meal or all on its own.
I’ve had lots of fun building my blog over the past two years and hope you will continue to follow and share my posts for the next 500 beers. Pros: Tasty Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Moat Mountain Brewers Description: A traditional Bavarian-style wheat beer, it is a unique unfiltered golden beer with both a fruity and spicy flavor profile derived from the traditional Bavarian yeast strain that is used. It has a low hop bitterness yet is big on flavor. Some serve with a lemon slice. Available year-round.
This summer I have been trying to drink any hefeweizen I can as it is a style that I truly enjoy. Rising Tide’s Spinnaker is a stand out so far but this one from Marshall Wharf is also a great option for hot summer days.
Appearance is slightly darker than other hefeweizens I have tried but still has the nice cloudy look and a very thin white head. This might have had more head if I poured it into a hefeweizen style glass instead of my Marshall Wharf pint glass. Aroma has the banana, clove and yeast you would expect.
Taste is a very smooth spicy, yeast and fruit. This is a beer than most beer drinkers would enjoy and would go well with a meal or all on its own. Pros: Solid taste Cons: Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf Brewers Description: We use a great Munich style Hefeweizen yeast for this beer. Bananas, clove and of course the yeast. Brewed in late Spring and Summer only.
One of the first “craft” beers I had that was memorable was Widmer’s Hefeweizen. The pale yellow cloudy appearance was something I had never had in a beer. Since then the style has always been one of my favorites for Summer and I try to drink as many as I can find each year. When Rising Tide released a hefeweizen I knew it would be good.
Appearance is a cloudy pale orange color with a thick off white head. Exactly what a hefeweizen should look like. Aroma has some bread, banana and clove spicyness. Overall a very pleasing beer.
Taste is very refreshing and crisp with plenty of banana in the finish. There is a lot going on in this beer but it is all very pleasant. With a low ABV of 4.5% this is the perfect warm weather beer. If you like hefeweizens or if you have never tried one get out and by some bottles of this beer, you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Very flavorful and refreshing Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewing Brewers Description: Spinnaker is the perfect companion to a lazy summer day. Witha nod to the traditional hazy wheat beers of Germany, our hefeweizen balances sweet yeast esters and spicy phenolics with a refreshing bready body. Prost!
spinnaker (n)—a large billowing sail set forward of the mainsail and used for running down wind
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