ABV: 5.5 IBU: 17
WeldWerks Brewing Company Hefeweizen
What the brewers say
“We start with a traditional German hefeweizen recipe, using 50 percent wheat malt and 50 percent Pilsner malt. A whirlpool hops addition lends a very refreshing citrus note. We use an American-German hybrid yeast strain.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Wheat malt aroma apparent right up front, accompanied by grains of paradise, as well as tart and raw grain. Low clove and other phenol spices, with esters of banana, stone fruit, honeydew melon, pear, and plum. Some lemon citrus, too.”
Flavor: “Spiciness hits up front, with a soft bready wheat malt flavor. Grainy, like porridge, but with raw, tart wheat. Black pepper and clove phenols but not much hops flavor, aside from a hint of lemon, which feels out of balance. Esters of melon and cherry. The finish is quick with some wheat and clove.”
Overall: “An interesting interpretation of the style that’s refreshing and lively. Nice chewy wheat flavor with subdued sweetness that balances nicely with the bitterness and spiciness. A little low on the banana, though. The yeast contribution is low, with low esters and phenols.”
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