Cavalier Weizen

Total Score: 6.3/10 Clove1Lemon1Bread1Weizenglass1

This one caught my eye o’er my local Black Sheep Bottle Shop with its bright yellow label and the crossed swords with knights helmet standard of Cavalier – that’s a standard that I guess, well, stands for something. Of course a Weizen with a bright yellow label is going to conjure up flavours of banana, however we mustn’t be too hasty with assumptions – they can lead to ourselves making asses out of you and me. In any case this Weizen is based on the very first beer they submitted to competition and won them accolades so it should be a damn fine drop… as good as what German brewers produce? Perhaps not, but it certainly has the chance to be up there.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy, as a good hefe should be, with a… dare I say it: Pale banana yellow body and 1 centimetre chalk white head on top. Lots of carbonation action in the glass – looks like a real tasty Weizen aiight. 8/10.

S: Quite a big hit of clove on the nose, along with dusty/musty bread yeast. Not much in the way of banana, but you can guess it’s there somewhere in the background… hiding from me… damn delicious bastard it is. Hint of sugar comes through all granular-like… sort of a schnapps vibe I’m getting there. As far as the nose goes it’s too dirty to be German but rustic enough to be Belgian. 7/10.

T: Really hits hard with those clove/dusty/musty characters, to its detriment IMO. Following on from that there’s some lemon, then a hint of banana (but not enough), some schnapps spirit comes through towards the finish which is admirably dry and peppery. Overall it’s one of the oddest Hefeweizens I’ve encountered and TBH it makes me long for a glass of Weihenstephaner instead. Whereas Weihenstephan is clinical in its flavour profile this is all over the shop. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a slight creamy texture that is blighted by a little too much carbonation. 6/10.

D: Another “hit n’ miss” Aussie Weizen to add to the pile. I guess I hold my Weizens to a high standard with brewers such as Weihenstephaner and Schneider Weisse, and of course they’ve got a good half a millennium jump on us antipodeans, however if you don’t try to follow what the great brewers have done how will you ever achieve greatness yourself? Feel free to answer that question while I tuck into a nice Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, prost! 6/10.

Food match: Pub food, hamburgers and beer-battered chips with aioli – you get the picture.

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