Here’s a review of another Hefeweizen, brewed as part of my eternal quest to brew the perfect representation.
You might remember the brewday from here:
Well, I’ve been drinking this steadily since a bit before Christmas and can’t make my mind up whether it’s smack on the money or whether I’m just a hopelessly picky bugger.
(My money is on the latter)
So, looks-wise: it’s not as luminous as I’d like it to be. Maybe luminous is a bad word. Hold on, *consults thesaurus* It’s not as effulgent as I’d like. I’m not sure whether that helps or not?
Let’s just say it’s not as prettily glowy, when backlit, as I’d like it to be…
The colour isn’t as glowily orange as I’d like it to be, either. It’s nice enough but I’d like it to be more pretty.
The head, however, is much better than the last effort, but still doesn’t hang around like it should. Mind you, it’s meringue-white, so that’s something to be happy with.
In the nose I got a sweetly clean malt-breadiness with some spicy clove and banana notes. It’s not at all “banana bomb” like the last one…but it’s certainly fruit forward and I like that in a Weizen.
The carbonation is much better this time around and it stays sparkly-prickly right to the end of the glass.
As with all my wheats so far; it’s mouth-filling, immensely drinkable with enjoyable spice and clove/banana flavours.
This particular beer feels way more complex and in balance than the other Hefeweizens that I’ve made…there’s even some excellent creaminess that floods in at the end…
BUT! There’s a faintly annoying bitterness that creeps in at the end of the creaminess and ever so slightly mars the whole thing.
My trusty tasting panel are split 50/50: some love it because they usually drink bitters, so a twang on the end is what they want to keep the consumption going. The other half think any bitterness in a Hefeweizen is out of place and slightly jarring.
I quite like it, but in my heart of hearts I know that it’s not to style and not what I intended…and that annoys the piss out of me. 15 IBUs of bitterness does seem a touch too much…
Next time it’ll be the same recipe with 11 IBUs of bittering hops…and maybe swap some pils malt out to make it into a dunkleweizen.
Maybe the next one will get a name.?