Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cloudy beers...yummy Hefe!

As a seasonal drinker, summer is all about wheat beer. I love me a cold, German Hefeweizen (literally translated, yeast wheat) on a hot day. Unfiltered, vom Fass, is even better, like a tall, cool glass of bread.

The best (available stateside) German Hefeweizen:

Paulaner-fruity and a little spicy, one of my favorite beers
Franziskaner-light and citrusy
Erdinger-good for an introduction to Hefeweizen, not terribly cloudy

American brewed Hefeweizen are tasty, but a different animal. Many traditionalists will argue that it’s not a Hefeweizen at all, only wheat beer, since it uses a different strain of yeast. I might be inclined to agree.

American honorable mentions:
Harpoon UFO-bready with a good color, does a nice German impression
Partly Sunny (Ithaca Beer Co.)-doesn’t label itself a Hefeweizen, but does the trick

Canada Again?
Denison's Weissbier-brewed in the Bavarian style, unfiltered

And last but not least, I say leave these on the shelf. There are other beers to be had.

No thank you, silly Americans:
Widmer-this one is just plain boring, puts your palate right to sleep
Wine Country Wheat (Bear Republic Brewery)-disappointing, not enough acidity, or carbonation

1 comment:

  1. OK obviously we're some sort of spiritually connected food siblings because I'm pretty much in agreement with everything you've said on your blog - even going back to old posts! woot! I will have to throw in another alcohol-related recommendation, which may necessitate an in-person exchange: Yazoo Hefeweizen (with a sultry hint of banana at the end!). Oh the most delicious summer brew in Nashville.