45 / 100
Pours a pale metallic gold, clear colour but the slightest hint of haze. Slow carbonation bead trailing up to a snowy white head that's sunk to a thin film, leaving some nice sticky lacing around. Looks quite good, I guess.
Smells grainy, with a sweet alcohol kind of aroma. Pearl barley notes with a touch of honey and some corn characters as well. Some unpleasant bready notes but a fairly pleasant hop character backing up with some earthy sourness. Not enough, though, to cover that yeasty note. Not bad, but bland.
Taste is a little unpleasant at times. Mild maltiness on the front with some barley and corn balanced with a touch of honey. This evolves into bready grain on the mid with a yeasty note that doesn't last. Finish is largely phenolic with a real medicinal hop character. Too pungent, really, to be overly clean and doesn't contrast well enough to knock out the sweetness which continues to the finish. Once I adjust to the flavour, it becomes a milder but it could be a lot cleaner and better balanced.
Feels alright in the mouth, there is a spice to the back, body is a bit over-full and could be crisper, but sits quite well with me otherwise.
Yeah, palatable enough once you get over that medicinal finish. But nothing special.
71 / 100
Sampled in a 1-Litre Stein at the Bavarian Beer Cafe in York St, Sydney.
Appearance: Tall, browny-orange cloudy body, with a consistent colour. Good thick white head that stays full and frothy until near the very bottom.
Smell: Nice, rich hefe character, touches of citrus, tropical fruits. A sweet underpinning, with very little malt, or even much refreshing hop character. Although, the more I smell, the less robust a hefe-smell I think it is.
Taste: Refreshing sweet taste with a long, bready dry after taste. Taste of citrus and other fruit, but backed with a nice bitterness that keeps it from being to sickly. Not bad. Mouthfeel is a little lacking in fullness.
Overall: A very drinkable brew. A litre went down with very little trouble at all. I've had better hefes, but this is up there.
79 / 100
Sampled in a beautiful-looking tall weissbier glass at the Bavarian Beer Cafe, York St Sydney.
Appearance: Creamy-looking cloudy reddish brown, with a clean slightly off white head. Good head retention, good lacing. A fine looking beer.
Smell: Wonderful dark caramelised fruits. Syrupy sweetness with a refreshing scent of clean wheat. Also hints of chocolate and clove. Yum.
Taste: Wonderfully rich and complex. A roasty sweetness, like honeyed nuts, or tropical fruit compote. There's a nice refreshment from the yeastiness there as well which adds something to the drinkability. Wow, a really nice brew this one. Mouthfeel is crisp, but filling and refreshing.
A very fine beer this one, supremely drinkable, ultimately enjoyable.