We’ve been cleaning up the house most of the day today, preparing for family to visit the next three weekends in a row. I’m settling in this evening watching President-elect Trump on 60 minutes and felt it was time for a beer. I picked this one up during my trip up to New Glarus Brewery a couple of months ago with my friend Steve.
Location: Poured into a hefeweizen glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 4% ABV, ~110 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-yellow in color, and appropriately hazy. It had an enormous, pillowy, bright white head on it, which fell after several minutes to a thin layer over the top. It has a bready-grainy malt aroma with hints of bubblegum.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp, yet semi-creamy. There’s a grainy sweetness up front with a little bit of breadiness. In the middle, the sweetness is balanced a bit, but it’s far from bitter. In the finish, there’s a light lemony and bubblegum flavor mixed with a yeasty breadiness. The breadiness and light bubblegum flavor lasts briefly in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: I’d take advantage of the breadiness of this beer to pair it with something spicy, like Thai or Mexican food or spicy hot wings.
Overall Impression: This is definitely a summer beer, as it’s extremely drinkable and light. The bready yeastiness makes it a great pairing with spicy food, and the light bubblegum adds some dimension without being too sweet. I would envision having a few of these next to the pool on a hot summer day. Overall, it was a quality, lighter beer, and while I don’t think it was listed as one, it reminded me of some Bavarian hefeweizens I’ve had before.