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Tuesday, January 31st 2012

TailGate Hefeweizen
(TailGate Beer)

TailGate Hefeweizen is the second canned release from San Diego-based TailGate Beer following their debut with their Blacktop Blonde. This is another beer from TailGate aimed at raising the bar when it comes to session-able style beers. Cheers!


From the TailGate site:


"TailGate Beer does an American take on the German classic. This hard-to-pronounce cloudy ale has hints of citrus complemented by sprinkles of spice. Proud of the name’s “weizen” (wheat) base ingredient, TGB draws most of its flavor from the famed grass plant. This Hefe is one truly crisp and refreshingly unfiltered ale that garnishes well with a lemon or an orange! Be sure to impress your friends with your fine tuned palate and cultured vocabulary next time you belly up to your TailGate Beer “HEH-feh-vite-zehn."


Here we go...


Pour - pale straw color with a thin white head, solid carbonation. No cloudiness as you might see in other hefeweizens. This one appears filtered, clean and clear.


Aroma - a big whiff of stewed cereal grains, light citrus notes, an essence of apples and floralness. 


Taste - first sip brings about some nice honey and light caramel flavors along with a little lemon peel. Some light cider flavors and nice floral notes. Carbonation levels make this dance on the palate and go down smoothly. A little dry in the finish.


Overall - very refreshing. Hits the marks as a session-able hefe that is light on the palate with some nice malt sweetness and hints of citrus. Great option for folks who like a lighter beer and aren't looking for a bland yellow light lager. Ths is an Americanized and session-ized version of the style that has some drinkability qualities that might be hard to beat.


Note - TailGate Beer is also releasing their Hefeweizen in cans now. They plan on releasing two cans a year and word is that they're planning something hoppy for next year. They've also just released 24 oz. cans of the styles you see below. Cheers!

 

        


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TailGate Hefeweizen
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: TailGate Beer
City: 
San Diego, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 28
Date: January 31st, 2012

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Tuesday, December 13th 2011

HefeWeizen Wheat
(SanTan Brewing Company)


SanTan's HefeWeizen Wheat was the gold winning beer in the "Other Ales" category at this year's 3rd Annual CANFEST held in Reno, Nevada. SanTan's Epicenter Amber also won a silver in the Pale/Amber Ales category. I can imagine that this is a beer that sells very well in the desert! Cheers!


From the SanTan Brewing site:


"SanTan Hefeweizen is an unfiltered Bavarian wheat bear, effervescent and sweet, with an unmistakable banana-clove character. Often paired with a lemon or an orange, SanTan embraces this American enhancement of the beer however we still believe it is the best the way it is brewed."


Here we go...


Pour - hazy golden to straw-colored with about a half inch of stark white foam on top that quickly fades. Looks fairly clean and pretty well filtered until I dump the remains of the can into the glass and all of a sudden all that yeasty goodness appears and this looks more the part.


Aroma - bananas, cloves, bubble gum. The usual suspects are present and accounted for upon first whiff. Some sweet and spicy notes are there as well as some biscuity aromas. Definitely smells like a well put together hefeweizen.


Taste - one sip and the subtle flavor of cloves and bananas are right there. It's truly amazing what yeast can do for a beer. Super clean and crisp with a touch of honey-like sweetness, a bit of citrus zip and a semi-dry finish that prevents the bottom of the glass from making contact with the table. 


Overall - excellent wheat beer and just about perfect for the summer months or any month in the Arizona desert. Flavorful, easy drinking and low ABV. Sometimes those things come together perfectly. Well done SanTan! 


Note - SanTan now cans four of their beers. They also play host to the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. This year the event, which will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona will be on May 19th - we're going to do our very best to make an appearance!


      



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HefeWeizen Wheat
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: SanTan Brewing Company
City: 
Chandler, Arizona  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row Barley, White Wheat
Hops: Hallertau
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 15
Date: December 13th, 2011

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Thursday, June 16th 2011

Pyramid Hefeweizen
(Pyramid Breweries)

Pyramid began brewing under the name Hart Brewing. The name was changed in 1996 as the Pyramid brand they were brewing had become very popular. The brewery was recently purchased by Magic Hat for the price of $25.2 million dollars. They still maintain their brand and operations on the West Coast but have now seen some packaging out East. This is actually one of four different wheat beers they currently offer. Cheers!

 

From the Pyramid site:

 

"The standard by which all other wheat beers are judged. Our deliciously deranged American-Style Hefeweizen is an award winning take on this Bavarian classic. This refreshingly unfiltered wheat ale delivers a distinctively smooth flavor worth sharing with friends."

 

Here we go...


Pour - a nice peachy, orange and yellow color with a bit of cloudiness. Not too much really once things settle down. The head is rather thin, perhaps a quarter of an inch or so and that is quick to fade away. 


Aroma - first sniff brings about some of those usual suspects when it comes to Hefeweizens. I smell some bubble gum, some ripe banana and some hints of cloves. It's also got hints of bread dough and citrus (both lemon and orange).

 

Taste - a little spicy going down with some clove and pepper flavors. These are joined by some citrus flavors and even some light hoppiness. There is a dryness to this beer in the finish. It's almost like a musty sort of taste, not as bad as that sounds though. Its more like bready and tangy. Hard to describe with words I guess. 

 

Overall - solid Hefe. Personally, I really enjoyed. I mowed my lawn earlier this evening and then cracked this open. It was refreshing and light and did the trick. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - I actually don't see too many actual Hefeweizens in cans in my area so I would potentially get some more of these if they were available here. I have the folks at the brewery to thank for sending us some samples to review. Cheers!

 

Note - last summer Pyramid put out a batch of 16 oz. cans of this beer with the name Haywire Hefeweizen. I'm not entirely sure why they dropped the name "Haywire" with these new 12 oz. cans. Anyways, it will be interesting to see if they move forward with canning other beers from their lineup now that they're part of North American Breweries which is based in Rochester, NY and cans quite a few other beers. Thanks goes out to the folks at Pyramid for sending us some samples of this beer. Cheers!


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Pyramid Hefeweizen
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Pyramid Breweries
City: 
Seattle, Washington  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 39% 2 Row Pale Barley, 60% Malted Wheat, 1% Caramel
Hops: Nugget and Liberty
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 18
Date: June 16th, 2011

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Wednesday, April 21 2010

Royal Weisse Ale
(Sly Fox Brewing Company)

Royal Weisse Ale is a spring/summer canned offering as compared to their Dunkel Lager which is their fall/winter offering. One light and one dark. Be sure to time your trips to Pennsylvania accordingly.

From the Sly Fox site:

"An unforgettable Bavarian style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. This beer is unfiltered and served in a traditional wheat beer glass at our pubs. Medium bodied, tan in color, fruity."

Here we go...

Pour - light golden in color, sort of a tannish orangish color but the light makes it look a little paler. Some cloudiness as well. Nice fluffy head that fades and leaves some nice lacing. 

 

Aroma - all the aromas you've grown to love about this style are their. We're talking banana, clove, bubble gum along with some lemon and orange. 

 

Taste - citrusy, biscuity, bananas, cloves along with a touch of sweetness a la apple sauce or juice. Plenty of estery goodness imparted by the yeast which gives this beer so much flavor. A tad bit of spiciness in the finish from the hops. Solid.

 

Overall - a solid hefeweizen from the folks at Sly Fox. They've taken a hard to can style and made it taste so simple. Great stuff, definitely worth trying if you can find it. If you're a big fan of wheat beers than this is for you. 

 

Availability -  Spring/Summer 

 

Would I buy more of it? - possibly but I think I'd probably end up grabbing some of their newly canned 113 IPA!

 

Note - Sly Fox operates brewpubs in both Phoenixville and Royersford, Pennsylvania. A lot of their beers take their names from the surrounding area such as their 113 IPA, Pikeland Pils and of course Phoenix Pale Ale.


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Royal Weisse Ale
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Sly Fox Brewing Company
City: 
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: German Pils and Wheat Malts
Hops: Northern Brewer
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 11
Date: April 21st, 2010

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Friday, August 21 2009

Heinnieweisse Weissebier
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

One of the four brews that Butternuts is currently canning. Heinnieweisse has a name you won't soon forget, much like the other three beers that they've released!  

From the Butternuts site:


"Traditional Hefeweizen from Germany usually taste like cardboard because by the time you drink them, they're not fresh anymore. Chuck brews Heinnieweisse with Bavarian yeast and a 67% wheat grist approximately 5000 miles closer to your mouth than Germany giving it a rich, fully fresh palate. Pour it and see the wheat cloudiness, smell the notes of estery aroma. At 4.9 % abv you’ll taste the effervescent, sweet yet tart freshness that no farty old German can boast. And what does an Alien have to do with any of this? Ever notice how a hop looks like an Alien's head? Look again."


Here we go...


Pour – a golden straw color that is clean and clear with two fingers of stark white fluffy head thats nice and thick. Not a bad looking pour by any means.


Aroma – slight clove, banana and bready yeast. All the typical hefe smells are apparent. Coming from a can, the aroma is quite fresh and strong.


Taste – a little thin yet crisp and refreshing. The spiciness from the yeast is not overpowering and the clove and banana flavors come out nicely.


Overall - despite a rather thin mouthfeel, this is one hell of a drinkable can of wheat beer. I have to admit, I sort of assumed I wouldn't like this but I really did! One of the better canned wheat beers that I've had. This is a great beer to bring with you on any outdoor activity on a warm day, its super easy drinking, light and refreshing and yeah, I guess a hop does kind of look like an alien's head...


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.

 


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Heinnieweisse Weissebier
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 21st, 2009

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