Beer: Hefeweissbier (hefeweizen)
Brewer: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Location: Freising, Germany
While recently traveling in Iowa, I stopped at a nice restaurant in Pella for supper. I perused the beer list and noticed they had a hefeweizen or Hefeweissbier from Weihenstephan. Weihenstephan is the oldest brewery in the world and is a Bavarian State Brewery. Well, it seemed like a great choice so I ordered a bottle up. It came in a sizeable bottle along with a nice beer glass. I poured away and was impressed with the nice looking brew that came out of it. The beer was nice and hazy like a proper hefeweizen should be, had a beautiful dense head that stuck around for a bit and left some lacing. I took a wiff and picked up on the classic bannana and clove… smelled great but wasn’t too much.
Now for the good part, I took a sip and thought… Wow, that’s what a hefeweizen should taste like… it was delicious! Nice creamy mouthfeel and a tasty wheat and bannana taste with a little bit of spice to go with it. Again, not overdone but nearly perfect for my taste. This made for a very easy to drink hefeweizen and I found it very refreshing and a great surprise. It went good with my meal and the price was very reasonable. One would expect to pay plenty for a beer of this caliber but it was less than $5 at this location. It is 5.4% ABV so I could enjoy another.
All in all, this was a great find, restaurant and beer alike. If I’m in the area again, I will definetly stop in for a meal and hopefully another outstanding beer to go with it!
Rating: Large Stein