Warming weather, blooming flowers, spring is here… bring on the Weizenbier!
Not your typical American brewers spring/summer seasonal mainstay weissbier: Hefeweizen. Oh no… we are going to be changing it up with a “Hopfen-Weisse”!
What the hell is a “Hopfen-Weisse”? Its a collaboration between Brooklyn Brewing (located in Brooklyn, New York) and Schneider Brewery (located in Kelheim, Germany). I was led to believe (and if anyone can verify this, please leave a comment) this is the first year it has taken bottle form (last year they only sold it in kegs). And thank god it did make it to the bottle.
Poured into a weizenbier glass the beer had a golden-ish hue with slight haze in its body. The brilliantly white head let forth a beautiful mix of hop, spice, light-buttery bread and fruit aroma. All of these aromas intermingled so well with each other, none over powering the others, but each making their presence known. With a light body, the beer was able to highlight all of its intertwined aromas within the mouth. It was complex, but not over-powering.
Very few beers have made me exclaim out loud how “beautiful” and “wonderful” (along with numerous other adjectives) they are. This beer did. Maybe it was the mood I was in, or the fact my senses wanted to move away from winter beers, but this beer hit it out of the park. The first time having this beer I did not even finish taking notes on it (I made it up to the beer’s visuals, and some aromas). I just wanted to sit back and enjoy it. I picked up a second beer the next day to take more thorough notes and finish this review. After that second bottle, I picked up a third the following week. I personally do not remember the last time I went back, twice, to pick-up a new beer.
One thing I noticed over the three bottles was the variance in hop aroma with the beer. I felt the first bottle had the most spice-hop aroma, the second had the least and the third was in the middle of the two. Besides that however, this was a consistently enjoyable beer.
A light, complex, enjoyable beer… one that you need to pick-up.