Hefeweizens, specifically those from the folks at Franziskaner, were probably my gateway into ‘good beer culture’. When in Germany, and subsequently in the States, I would seek out Franziskaner brews like a pig after truffles. That got me started figuring out a few other genres, and the disease quickly spread over the next several years until, now, when I’ve probably enjoyed over 1000 different beers in my day. So, needless to say, there’s a special place in my heart for these brews. Whenever I spot a new one, I gotta try it… Immediately. So, I found the Miltenberger at Brawley’s in Charlotte, NC during a recent visit and made a quick impulse by.
The Miltenberger pours a lovely light golden color full of fine, dense debris and a thick, pillowy white head that sticks around for quite some time after the pour. The aroma of this brew is light and sweet. It is almost flowery in it’s sweet subtleness, but contains light tints of citrus, as well. In the mouth, this beer is a pleasure beginning to end. At the tip of the tongue, there’s a tiny carbonation burn that’s just enough to give this beer a little pizazz. On through the mouth, the citrus develops slowly into a subtle but tasty flavor that is almost like a lemon drop. It gets all the great bits of sweet citrus zest without any of the sour rind. Furthermore, this beer has a silky smooth mouthfeel that coats the tongue and walls of the mouth, really spreading the flavor around. Down the throat, this beer hits us once more with a big burst of lemon zest and some flavors of yeast before going down the throat, the flavor gradually diminishing during the next several seconds. The flavor of this one is akin to the Wittekerke, which I early dubbed the “world’s best beach beer”. Well, Wittekerke will hold onto that title only because it comes in a can. However, I really think the Miltenberger takes the cake for flavor. It’s delicious, subtle, and has no negatives for me. I DO think there are better hefes out there, but this is the best I’ve had in many months.