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Review of Schneider Weisse Hefe-Weizen "The Original"

17 Apr
Time for another review!!!  Today, I’m going to be tasting a Hefe-Weizen brewed by the Private Weissbeirbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH brewery located in Altstadt Kelheim, Germany.

From the website, schneider-weisse.de, I found a very nice description of this beer.

Liquid amber since 1872.  With its amber-mahogany coloring and streaked with fine top-fermenting yeast, this beer has a fine, persistent head that adheres well to the glass.  It is pleasantly spicy with a typical top-fermented smell.  An aroma of clove and nutmeg apple tantalizes the nose.  On the tongue it is fresh, clean, full-bodied, harmonious and well-balanced.  It finishes lightly sparkling with a light and fine bitterness. 

The brewery boasts that they are the “wheat beer specialists.”  That’s a bold statement.  Only one way to find out I guess.

Let’s taste it!!!

This drink was poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle and sported a 5.4% ABV.

With the pour, this beer produced a dark orange to light amber color with some “burnt” orange highlights around the very bottom of the glass.  It was very hazy, but I could actually see bubbles rising to the top, which helped maintain a very bright white, fluffy, soapy, almost cotton ball type of head.  It was filled with tons of small bubbles that had a long retention time and revealed some decent lacing.  
The scent was a wonderful burst of banana and cloves.  Fresh and yeasty.  I detected an almost bubblegum type fragrance as I continued to stick my nose in.  It smells very nice and well balanced.  
I found an intense clove note in the taste.  More so than in the aroma.  A spicy fruitiness that recalls the banana with a very subtle hint of nuttiness.  Again, some bubblegum smatterings give a bit of sweetness to tickle the tongue.  A very well balanced and even brew that is not crazy, intense with the spices.  I like it.  
A medium/light to light mouthfeel that was smooth, crisp and very refreshing.  It was only the slightest bit watery, but some nice carbonation helped support a favorable amount of flavor on the palate. 
Hefe-Weizen’s are not particularly a favorite style of mine.  A lot of examples seem to be overdone with spices that become somewhat off putting and distracting to me.  With that being said, this brew was not indicative of that.  I think this is quite possibly the best “Hefe” that I have tried thus far.  Very good, solid and well balanced in all aspects.  Very easy to drink and would be perfect for a warm Spring or Summer day.  It is a tad sweet, so that may be a deterrent for some, although I think I could make a night of this without any problem.  
Are Hefe-Weizen’s a favorite style of yours?  If so, please vote in the poll to the right.  
Also, please leave a comment if you have an opinion on this particular beer or any beer that I have reviewed.  I would love to hear some feedback and get some ideas from readers. 
Thanks for reading.  I’m having a lot of fun doing this and I hope you enjoy the blog. 
Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+
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