|A pint of Summer Lemon Hefeweizen
I’ve been tardy. . .half the keg of my Summer Lemon Hefeweizen is already gone and I haven’t posted any tasting notes yet. The fact I’ve been drinking it, instead of writing about it, may give you a hint about how it turned out.
It is great!
Aroma: The aroma of this beer is what you’d expect of a hefe – yeasty, with a bit of fruitiness. I was hoping for a bit of lemon on the nose, but sadly, it is lacking. None-the-less, the aroma is pleasing and dead-on for a hefe.
Appearance: The picture is somewhat misleading – this beer is cloudy, just as a hefe should be. The cloudiness has faded as the keg has aged, but it retains a nice white haze that typifies most wheat beers. This beer is a hard pour – a thick, creamy head forms as quickly as you can pour the beer. If I’m in a rush I sometimes end up spooning off the head so I can to off the glass! This thick head does something I’ve never seen before – it condenses into thick “islands” of almost clumpy head – it looks almost like kraussen. I’m not sure what to make of that.
Flavour: The flavour of this beer is very refreshing – a perfect pint for a summer afternoon. The American Hefe yeast imparted a modest banana flavour, but not nearly as bold as a conventional hefe yeast. Unlike conventional hefe yeasts, there is no clove flavour. As you would expect, the high amounts of wheat give a bit of body to the beer. Behind the banana and wheat flavours is a subtle bit of lemon. The one thing I would change with this batch is the mount of lemon I add – I’d double-up and use two lemons + their zest.
Mouthfeel: Silky, like a wheat beer should be.
Overall: I love this beer – easy to brew, quickly maturing, and a real refreshing brew to enjoy on a hot summers day. As I said above, the only thing not as I’d prefer it to be is the degree to which the lemon comes through – so brew it with 2 lemons, or add a slice of fresh lemon to each glass!