Six String Hefeweizen

Total Score: 5.25/10 Caramel1Barley1Bananas1Weizenglass1

Hefeweizens seem to be a difficult style for Aussie brewers to replicate and these days more and more I suspect it all comes down to yeast – here’s a good example: Weihenstephan, arguably the greatest Weizen brewery in the world, also have the largest collection of yeast in the world – a giant yeast library. They aren’t collecting it to test out athletes foot cream now are they? The difficulty of obtaining decent yeast to use in brewing of yeast-driven styles such as Weizens, Quadrupels and Saisons results in most Aussie yeast-driven brews having what I call a “homebrew” flavour… why do I call it that? Because the yeast in them tastes similar to the yeast in my own previous homebrew [disasters!]. Hopefully Six String have perfected this.

Poured from a 375ml can into a Weizen glass.

A: Hmmm, missing the “hefe” part of Hefeweizen (i.e. yeast haze) with a clear golden body and white head that went from 1 inch to fizzle out completely… this is probably one of the weakest Weizens I’ve seen… no head? That is un-ac-ceptable! *said in a German accent* 4/10.

S: Caramel/banana notes upfront, a bit of diacetyl is perfectly OK for a Weizen… minor notes of lemon and pear round out the aroma which is missing, again, some spiciness (or clove) character which yeast would bring to the table. 6/10.

T: Yep, homebrew flavour, dammit! That fusel alcohol note in the fore. Was looking forward to a good Weizen too. Grainy notes accompany the above noted flavours, more caramel/butterscotch than banana driven. This is not good Weizen flavour territory to be in IMO. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a lively carbonation that is reasonably dense (though nowhere near what a German Braumeister would find acceptable). 6/10.

D: If my disappoint is palpable it is because of the umpteen number of Australian Hefeweizens I’ve tried that don’t even come close to what German brewers can craft. It’s either through laziness or lack of knowledge that so many Aussie brewers fail to reproduce a decent Weizen, and depending on who it is it may be one or both (Matilda Bay Redback springs to mind, as do many other brewers). I might have to just give up or avoid buying another Australian Weizen, unless someone can convince me that they’ve found anything close to decent, from here on out. Sad because I love a good Weizen, but the Germans they have a lock on that style AFAIC. 5/10.

Food match: It wouldn’t be justice to serve it with German fare, just BBQ it.

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