06 July 2008

Miltenberger Helles Hefe Weizen (GER)

This is from Craft Brewers of Bavaria, the same group that brought over the tasty Zötler Dunkel. Again, it's under $7 for four 330 ml, and brags of the Cold Track system, to ensure freshness.

Miltenberger Hefe Weizen certainly looks great -- cloudy straw with a comfy head -- and smells properly of banana, spice and lemon. But the flavor is a bit of a let down for me in that it's overly tart. It's almost as though they decided to add the lemon wedge, leaving the drinker no choice. There's still some of the standard hefe flavors as well as a refreshing if somewhat light body. It really comes down to how much tartness you want. Drinking it colder (45 degrees?) or with the right food (something citrusy?) might mute the effect and make this better.

Not a bad hefeweizen, but I was rooting for this to be better. The only other beer I've seen from this group is Lammsbrau Light, which I have no interest in trying.

4 comments:

beerblokes.blogspot.com said...

Maybe this post just caught me at the right moment - isn't that what beer is all about!? - or maybe it's the quality of the picture, but I could actually smell the banana and cloves as I read the piece! I also agree that some hefes seem to go a little 'wide' in the tartness, but, as you say, Some just need the right meal to complement or conrast it.

Cheers,
Prof. Pilsner

Buttle said...

This is where beer reviews kind of fall short. Depends on what you're drinking it with, what you're doing, etc. Still, it *is* a nice looking beer.

Prof. Pilsner said...

I posted a bit on beerblokes.blogspot back in March about the difficulty of doing a true beer review. Near impossible to tell you what a beer tastes like when the joy for me was the occasion, the company, the food and the accomanying bullshit!
Cheers
Prof. Pilsner

Shana said...

I posted a bit on beerblokes.blogspot back in March about the difficulty of doing a true beer review. Near impossible to tell you what a beer tastes like when the joy for me was the occasion, the company, the food and the accomanying bullshit! Cheers Prof. Pilsner