I’ve had this brew many times, but it’s been a long time since I last sampled it. Now that the weather is starting to warm I thought that it might be fitting to give it another go and see how it’s tasting.
From the website, paulaner.com, we find this description of the Hefe-Weizen.
The Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier natural wheat beer is our brewery’s best-selling product. Specifically cultivated, top-fermented yeast give it its unmistakable character: sparklingly mild and fruity with a delicate yeast flavour. The eye is immediately drawn to its gleaming orange colour, its uniform cloudiness and the large head. The unfiltered brewing method allows it to retain its natural authenticity along with the many vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
This brew comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle with an ABV of 5.5%.
The beer poured a cloudy orange and yellow color with some brighter yellow highlights around the edges. A huge, bright white head was formed from a fairly easy pour. It was billowy, soft and soapy. The retention time was tremendous plus it left behind some very attractive lacing. This brew looked very inviting and enticing to say the least.
The aroma consisted of some lemon and very light banana. Spice hints of coriander and cloves. It also smelled quite yeasty and bready. Some graininess started to pull through after the brew warmed up a bit. Not too bad with the bouquet I didn’t think.
The taste presented quite a bit more of the grain profile. The lemon citrus and banana were duly noted and the coriander and clove were easily defined. Again, very bready and yeasty, but it seemed to be a bit metallic and dull. It wasn’t as “bright” or “lively” as I remembered it being in the past. Not horrible, however not near as flavorful as some of the others of this style.
The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin. It was a touch watery, although very crisp, smooth, snappy, thirst quenching and refreshing. It left an ok amount of flavor behind after the swallow too.
I’ll say that this beer would be very fitting for the Summer days that’s for sure. It’s super easy to drink and could be enjoyed without too much contemplation. Like I’ve mentioned before, the Hefeweizen style is not particularly my favorite, but I do enjoy one on occasion. If you’ve never tried the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, pick it up and see what you think of it. Everyone should try it at least once because it’s such a “historic” beer from such an historic brewery.
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Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 3.5 out of 5