Total Score: 9.05/10
Finally I get to one of my favourite styles: the classic wheat beer oder Weissbier im Deutsch. What better a wheat beer to review than from Weihenstephaner, the world’s oldest brewery still running?
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass [If you want a true Weissbier experience use a Weizen glass ;-)]
A: The brew fizzes a little as I pour it into the glass, the solid white head settles to 1cm. The body is a classic cloudy orange and without the head you would almost mistake it for a glass of mango juice. 8/10.
S: This is where wheat beers really excel for me; the aroma is a fantastic bouquet of banana and clove spice. It has a hint of bubble gum and if I must be honest this aroma would make a fantastic cologne (take note Calvin Klein). 10/10.
T: Creamy, slightly banana taste. Distinctive malt is the main character in this brew and if you like your hops too bad – they’ve left the building. There is a mustiness mixed in that could only in my mind be the yeast, it’s slightly distracting but not a deal breaker. The cloves also add a tip of the tongue tingle and give the sweetness some added complexity. 9/10.
M: Again ‘creamy’ is the word of the day with this fine beer. It’s not stoutland creamy but it is nonetheless quite substantial. The carbonation is fantastically well suited to the style. 8/10.
D: Drinkable? In a word ‘extremely’… that is if you like your wheat beers. Some people can’t abide by them and all I can say is “Your loss”. To me this is probably my 3rd favourite style of beer and this particular brew is quite exceptional, although if I recall correctly Schneider Aventinus is a better beer and will do up a review on that soon… hopefully [Never did end up finding a bottle of Tap 7 again so I’ll have to take my 3 years ago word for it]. 9/10.
Food match: German fare; big sausages while wearing even bigger leather pants. Fried potato with shredded ham (schinken), and sauerkraut… mmm.