Posts Tagged ‘Hefeweizen’

Hoffmann Heffeweizen by Climax Brewing Company

I am watching the Dallas Cowboys are playing the New England Patriots (and it is on TV in NJ) as I type this…so if the blog remains unfinished, it just may be because the laptop goes flying across the room due to Tony Romo and how he plays.

Beer #322 is Hoffmann Heffeweizen by Climax Brewing Company, my favorite brewer from New Jersey.  Brewed in Roselle Park and in a growler no less, this Hefeweizen has an ABV of any where between 4.8% and 5.2%.

Appearance – Clear golden color with a no head anywhere to be seen.

Nose – Banana, Bazooka gum, wheat, yeasty bready smell…typical Hefe aroma.

Taste – I get lemon here that I didn’t get in the nose.  Wheat is also a big part of the flavor.  The Bazooka gum flavor is evident in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The body is right smack dab in the middle of medium and light.  Low carbonation makes this quite smooth and refreshing.

Overall –  A nice take on a Hefeweizen although I would like a bit more clove spice flavor.  This would be nice on a hot summer day…or after a nice mountain bike re.

Rating: B

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Wheatland by Michigan Brewing Company

After a very long day at work, and an ungodly commute home…the King just wanted to relax.  It seems my mind has been thinking about one thing…and one thing alone.  I’m sure you have all guessed what that one thing is…no, not beer.  Why it is mountain biking of course.  With a nice rain free four day weekend ahead of me, I was thinking I could get lots of single track riding in but then I remembered that most of the trails around here are either too wet or so clogged with downed trees, riding would be difficult at best.  I think I need a road trip…the  spur of the moment kind of thing.  Oh…I just remembered…I have a beer to drink.

Beer #277 is Wheatland by Michigan Brewing Company from of all places…Michigan.  This Hefeweizen has an ABV of 5% and is another beer in my birthday gift of the beer of the month club.

This poured a cloudy pale yellow with a fizzy white head.  The nose was pretty weak and I couldn’t really pick out much of anything other than a bit of wheat.  It was disappointing taste wise…it had a wheat flavor with a bitter bite and a crisp finish.  The body was very thin with quite a ton of stinging carbonation.

While this wasn’t horrible…it was all that great either.

Rating: D

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DreamWeaver Wheat by Troegs Brewing Company

Another day, another beer, another Troegs.

Beer #228, DreamWeaver by Troegs Brewing Company, comes to me from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Brewed in the style of a Hefeweizen, this German style wheat beer has an ABV of 4.8%.

I broke out the Sunshine Pils glass for the pour. The color was a cloudy gold, very similar to pineapple.  There wasn’t much of a head to speak.  The spiciness of the cloves comes through loud and clear in the nose.  As expected for a Hefeweizen, bananas also fill the nose with pleasant aromas along with a decent yeast presence.  It had a nice taste with the bananas, a slight orange citrus thing, and a bit of bubblegum.  There was a bitterness near the back end of the sip that I liked.  It had a medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice crispness to it.

I liked this quite a bit.  Very refreshing and light on the alcohol make this a wonderful summertime brew.

Rating:  B+

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Zitronenweizen by Triumph Brewing Company

After a 15 mile bike ride on the Delaware & Raritan Canal rail trail, I was thirsty.  As I was deciding how to quench that thirst at the train station of the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, I got the whiff of ground beef being cooked and that made me hungry.  I took a look over to where the lovely smell was coming from and lo and behold I saw Triumph Brewing Companys New Hope, Pennsylvania location.  I figured why not kill two birds with one stone, hunger and thirst.

Sitting on the outdoor patio watching the tourist train of the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad is where I had the pleasure to enjoy beer #210, Zitronenweizen by Triumph Brewing Company of New Hope, Pennsylvania.  Zitronenweizen is a Hefeweizen with an ABV of 4.8%.

Out came the beer in a pint glass and it had a hazy pale gold or yellow color (sorry…it looks hazy pale orange to me in the photo…new phone…have to learn how to take a good photo with it) with no head whatsoever.  I was so thirsty, I took a sip before even smelling it but when I did smell it I got aromas of wheat, grass, lemon, and maybe peach or apricot.  The taste was tart and lemony with a nice wheat backbone and a nice spicy flavor that I couldn’t really identify.  This was quite refreshing and smooth with a medium-light body and low carbonation.

It was a nice after ride drink and one that worked well on a nice summer day that today was…so much so I had another.  It went well with Triumph’s Brewhouse Burger…yep I got my fix of grilled ground beef and it was quite delicious!  Great day…great ride…great burger…yummy beer…what more could I ask for?

Rating :B

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Sunrise Weissbier by Victory Brewing Company

After waking up with a slight hangover from too much of the Black & Red I enjoyed yesterday, I really wasn’t in the mood for a beer today.  As the day went on, my mood changed so I figured why not give today’s beer, #209, the old college try.  What the heck is the old college try anyways?

Anyhow, let me introduce Sunrise Weissbier from Victory Brewing Company which is brewed in the quaint town of Downington, Pennsylvania.  Sunrise is a Hefeweizen with an ABV of 5.7%.

I actually had a Victory pint glass for the pour.  The color was a hazy pale yellow or maybe gold with a huge frothy white head.  The nose was straight up Hefeweizen with a spicy clove presence, bananas, citrus (lemon), and surprisingly Bazooka Bubblegum.  The taste was lemon zesty and heavy on the wheat.  I didn’t get all of the other aromas like banana or the cloves.  Odd.  It had a lots of tight tingling carbonation with a fairly light body.

This was OK but nothing to write home about.  For me it was maybe slightly better than average.  But what do I know…I’m just a King…who enjoys beer and sometimes I enjoy that beer too much.

Rating: C

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Lilja's Heifer Weizen by Sand Creek Brewing Company

I will be breaking out my New York Yankees glass for the next few beers in honor of The Captain, #2, Derek Jeter.  As I type this he has just gotten hit #2994, just 6 shy of 3000.  I hope he gets it in the last 4 games of this home stand instead of on the road.

Beer #197 is Lilja’s Heifer Weizen by Sand Creek Brewing Company from Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Stats – Hefeweizen with an ABV of 5.3%.
Appearance –  Hazy pale golden yellow with a frothy one finger width white head.  Excellent lacing did that head leave behind.
Nose – Bananas, slight clove aroma, some grass, spicy.
Taste – Fairly light taste wise, bread, wheat, just a tad bit of sweetness, maybe some lemon, slightly bitter, odd aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Low carbonation, smooth and creamy, somewhere between light and medium body.

“Brewed behind the cheddar curtain” is printed on the label.  I liked that and the nose but the taste just kind of fell off the cliff for me.  Shame, because up until the taste, this was looking and smelling to be a very good beer.  Not that is tasted bad, it just didn’t live up to the the aroma.

Rating: C

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Sunset Wheat by Jacob Leinenkugel / Penn Weizen by Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Super Bowl Sunday brings a special edition of my 365.  I will be predicting the winner of Super Bowl 45 by having a beer from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.  After you read this, go ahead and call your bookie and you too will be a winner like myself,KingBob.

Beer #70A is Sunset Wheat by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, hailing from Wisconsin.  Sunset Wheat will be representing the Green Bay Packers.  Beer #70B is Penn Weizen by Pennsylvania Brewing Company, hailing from Pittsburgh, PA.  Penn Weizen will be representing the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Penn Weizen is a Hefeweizen with an ABV of 4% and Sunset Wheat is a Witbier with an ABV of 4.9%

In the first quarter, appearance, Penn Weizen(Steelers) scored a quick touchdown as it had a beautiful yellow orange color.  Sunset Wheat(Packers) had a dull orange color.  Both were cloudy.  Both had lots of nice carbonation bubble rising to the top.  The head was thicker and fluffier on the Sunset Wheat(Packers) and it lasted quite a bit longer.  Neither had any lacing to speak of.  As the quarter wound down, Sunset Wheat(Packers) kicked a field goal.  At the end of the first quarter, Penn Weizen(Steelers) 7 and Sunset Wheat(Packers) 3.

In the second quarter, nose,  Sunset Wheat(Packers) scored on an interception return for a touchdown with a nice fragrant nose.  I was able to pick out blueberries, some floral notes, & citrus (orange).  Penn Weizen(Steelers) put up a touchdown on a long pass down the sideline with a nice nose of bananas, cloves, and a bready malt aroma.  As time ran out in the quarter and the Black Eyed Peas were getting ready to take the stage, the score was Penn Weizen(Steelers) 14 and Sunset Wheat(Packers) 10.

The third quarter, taste, was tightly contested.  Both beers tasted like they smelled.  Sunset Wheat(Packers) scored a touchdown with a more subdued taste with some nice orange and wheat flavors and a bit of that blueberry I picked up in the nose.  Penn Weizen(Steelers) put up a touchdown and a field goal with those bready malts, spiciness, and cloves most noticeable in the taste.  Third quarter done, Penn Weizen(Steelers) 24 and Sunset Wheat(Packers) 17.

The fourth quarter, mouthfeel/drinkabiliy, was dominated by Sunset Wheat(Packers) (came all the way back to tie the game) as they scored two touchdowns (one on a long pass and the other an interception) with a creamier, smoother beer which was quite easy to drink.  Penn Weizen(Steelers) scored a touchdown (long run up the middle) and a field goal with time expiring in the game.  Penn Weizen(Steelers) was a bit harsher on the tongue with much more carbonation, it just isn’t as easy to drink as Sunset Wheat(Packers).  As time expired, the final score was Penn Weizen(Steelers) 34 and Sunset Wheat(Packers) 31.

There you go…my Super Bowl prediction…Steelers 34 and the Packers 31.  Lock it up.  No need to watch the game now I guess.

Both of these were decent beers.  My wife prefered the Sunset Wheat, I prefered the Penn Weizen.


Sunset Wheat: B


Penn Weizen: B+

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Beer #32 is a Hefeweizen, a German wheat beer.  Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, ABV of 5.4%, hails from Germany and according to the label is brewed from the oldest brewery in the world.  Also of note on the label it mentions “Brewed Under The Purity Law of 1516”.  I would say the Germans must know a thing or two about brewing beer if there were laws about it back in 1516.

This beer had a lovely hazy honey color to it.  The head was huge and foamy, rivaling the head of Duvel.  It was a very fragrant brew with aromas of bananas & cloves & spicy yeast.  This made my mouth water just from smelling it.  Taste did not disappoint, the nose was exactly how it tasted to me.  Absolutely delicious!  Mouthfeel was excellent, silky smooth and slightly thick with great tight tingly carbonation.  This was highly drinkable.  It could easily be a session beer for myself.

This was easily one of the best beers I have ever had.  I have heard of people using the term balanced when it comes to beer, and to me, this is perfectly balanced.  Nothing is overpowering or understated.  One should go out of their way to find this if at all possible, I know I will.

Rating:  A+

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