Beer Brawl 15 Hefe-Weizen
This weeks’ Beer Brawl is an attempt to bring back summer to New Jersey. It has been raining for more days in a row then I can count. So, we’re focusing on a traditional German Beer and also a great summer session beer, Hefe-Weizen for our 15th Beer Brawl. The “Hefe” is German for yeast and “Weizen” is for wheat, meaning the yeast is still in the wheat beer giving this style of beer its characteristic hazy appearance. The yeast used in this style will typically give the beer unique banana and clove characteristics, often dry and sometime spicy or tart. They are also low alcohol (session) beers, typically ranging from 4%-5.5% abv.
With me on this podcast was Mark Jackson. The only prerequisite I have for these Beer Brawls is a love of beer. You don’t need to know anything about the beers we are drinking only a willingness to try them and voice an opinion.
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On Tap Tonight:
- Erdinger Hefe Wiezen (pronounced air-dinger)
- Paulaner Hefe-Weizen natural wheat
- Schneider Weisse Hefe-Weizen
- Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier (pronounced vine – hen – sta- fanner)
- Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen (pronounced Franz-is-kahn-ner)
- Hitachino Nest Weizen
- Harpoon UFO
- Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat
By far our most entertaining podcast! The swilling started of pretty normally for a beer brawl. We quickly went through the 5 German beers in about 40 minutes. They were all pretty much what we expected. The best of the Germans was the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier (say that 5 times fast!). It was a well crafted, exceptionally balanced beer. At least that was my opinion, Mark had his opinions about the beer and oh boy, when it came to the Hitachino you got to listen to his tirade! It didn’t get much better with Mark and I with the UFO, but thankfully the Flying Dog In-Heat wheat saved the day and Mark’s blood pressure.
Download the podcast and listen to all the details about these craft brews stacked up against each other.
Next week Simply Beer will be on the road with the guys from The Liquor Outlet and Wine Cellar in Boonton NJ.