While summer beer styles are more accessible to the novice beer drinkers, they usually aren’t the types that beer geeks fall in love with. The subtlety of a wheat beer or saison makes it harder to distinguish the great examples from the good ones. But I think this will be the summer that I finally appreciate and understand the remarkable realm of wheat beers. Case in point: the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. The pour reveals a bright beer, loaded with aromas of bananas, yeast and some citrus zest. The fresh banana flavours almost overwhelm at first, but then I am drawn in by yeast and some allspice. A wonderfully light yet lingering and dry finish. Perfection in a bottle.
And because it had been, oh, two weeks without having one, a Black Oak 10 Bitter Years was on the docket. Didn’t really mix with the spicy snack I was having, but still enjoyable. Never leave me, 10 Bitter Years.
Today: 840mL. Year-to-date: 116.28L.