One of the good things about visiting Germany, for me at least, is the chance to sample lots of different beers that are probably impossible to get back home. I mean, fair enough, there’s culture, history and some amazing scenery etc, but you can still do all that stuff without interfering with your beer intake too much, can’t you?
When we were there last September, we hit an amazing spell of weather – constant sunshine and high temperatures. Perfect weather for weißbier, and this review concerns one from Bavaria, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse (easier drunk than said).
Hacker-Pschorr of Munich has been around since 1417, although it wasn’t until the late 18th century that the families of Hacker and Pschorr united…somewhat. It still retains its own brand name and a wide range of products even though I believe it’s now owned by Paulaner.
Their flagship brew is the Weisse, a wheat beer, a style that originated in Bavaria in the 15th century.
Of course, we weren’t actually in Bavaria, but if set me to thinking back a few years when we having a coffee in a town called Wank in Bavaria and I sheekily asked one of the staff how they pronounced the name of the place.
“Starbucks, same as you.” he said.
HPW pours a cloudy, orange/amber, almost brownish colour which is topped by a big and fluffy head of bright white foam which hangs around almost as long as the beer does so there’s no shortage of lace on the glass.
The aroma screams “WHEAT!”…well, strongly suggests it. Typical of a Bavarian wheat beer, there are great wafts of banana assault the senses, with a fair bit of spicy cloves just to keep it interesting. It also has a bit of a floral tone, and plenty of citrus, but very little malt profile.
It’s medium bodied, with a fairly soft mouth feel and the initial taste is sweet. There’s a lot more malt in the flavour, especially from the wheat, but also a little caramel. It soon turns fruity and citric though, with a tart, spicy flavour, and another gob-full of bananas. I’m not sure, but I think I got a sense of almonds in there too. Plenty of malt, but enough hops to keep it balanced before a sweet, fruity finish with a progressively drying aftertaste.
• The Verdict •
At 5.5% ABV, this was one of the tastier wheat beers I’ve had. Not the tastiest, but certainly a contender. There was enough complexity to keep it interesting, but it wasn’t too cluttered either, just a nice balance. Soft, creamy and very refreshing, a perfect wheat beer for summer. I liked it, and summer OR winter, I’d drink it again
Would I drink it again? – Didn’t I just say I would!