New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus, Wisconsin
Style: Wheat Beer
Aroma: Beautiful banana, clove, and bubblegum of a German Hefeweizen. Thick bready malt. Light citrusy hops, but in the background. Beautiful. I could sit all day with my nose in this beer.
Appearance: Thick and creamy white head that lasts and lasts. Golden colored and lightly cloudy.
Flavor: Now the Amarillo hops come through. Medium-high bitterness, high for a German style wheat beer, which this is not. Fresh grapefruit pith hop flavor rests atop a fluffy bed of rich, bready wheat malt. Lemony fruitiness melds with cinnamon, bubblegum, and powdered sugar. Finishes with a sharp peppery bite and lingering sweet bubblegum and bread dough.
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. A mouth-filling full body in a light and refreshing beer. Zippy carbonation tempers the richness.
Overall Impression: A great session beer for sitting on the patio on a summer evening. Everything that I love about German Hefeweizen combined with the American love of bitterness and hops. But the hops don’t overpower, they combine with everything else in a beautiful cross-cultural collaboration. This would go with many foods. Try it with light grilled fish or shellfish. It could also stand up to more assertive sausages and cured meats.