Green Beacon Wayfarer USA

Total Score: 7.55/10 Peach1Pineapple1Coriander1Weizenglass1

Green Beacon are IMO the best Weizen brewers in Australia. This, their Wayfarer USA, an American Wheat Beer being one example (though I do recall they made a traditional Hefeweizen – I couldn’t find that one in cans and I’m not sure if they even still brew it). Anyway, I still have a bright green Green Beacon shirt from when they first opened, I love the burgeoning craft beer scene in Brisbane – I’m never short of a place to drag friends so I can converse with them while getting inebriated at my own amusement.

Poured from a 375ml can into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy pale straw yellow body with a big 3 cm soap suds white foam head that quickly dissipates to a wispy thin lace on top. Not impressive in the head department but nonetheless cloudy as I likes me beers. 7/10.

S: Quite fruity on the nose with: Nectarines, lychee and a hint of pineapple – a very tropical (American) take on the style, and quite moreish… not to be mistaken with the Moors [Moops!]. If it is lacking in anything I would say possibly a fraction more boldness, but the fruit aromas are interesting and spot on American Wheat. 7/10.

T: Notes of above: Nectarines, lychee, pineapple hit the senses straight off the bat, then a touch of sourness steps in to give it a bit of variety, and it finishes off with a light coriander/orange one two. Palate is clean and crisp with a minimal hop bitterness in the flavour. Thirst is suitably quenched. All systems are go for an American Wheat lift-off. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation which is lacking in that classic Hefeweizen creaminess – not that there’s anything wrong with that [err, yes there is – point deducted]. 6/10.

D: Surprisingly not as good as I recall the original Hefe Wayfarer being, though it is still a cracking Wheat Beer with a refreshing/cleansing palate that I could down again and again on a hot summers day (and boy do we get them in Brisbane!). The only thing that separates this from a heavy-hitter like Weihenstephaner is the lack of body and it could do with a bit more flavour. However sometimes when you might feel like a good light American Wheat Beer then this baby’s got you covered. 8/10.

Food match: Light summer salad with grilled chicken and asparagus – or really any easy going BBQ fare.

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