Hefeweizen... or just "Hef" as I pronounce it, because I'm not well-versed in the German language.
I'm a big fan of the Hef, usually trying it before any other types of beers if I find myself at a new brewery, and I particularly like it with a meal.
So, I've had many of these German unfiltered specialties, and when I was at the liquor store looking for the new prize that I would be getting my drink on with, I was excited to find a a Hefeweizen I'd never seen before from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon.
The excitement is there! I pour it into a pint glass and it looks heavenly with the beautiful yellow glow. Then I take a sip... oh the disappointment! I haven't had a letdown like this since I bought the video game "Jaws" for NES back in the 80's.
I must say, this might be the worst Hefeweizen I've ever had. There's just not much to it. It's more bland than Al Gore's personality. There's a hint of the banana taste you'll find in most American Hefeweizens, but not much. I like a little spiciness and a bitter taste in my Hefweizens, but this one really has neither.
Hefeweizens usually go well with a lemon, and pretty much every picture I could find of this particular beer showed it with a lemon, so for my second beer I decided to go girly and toss the fruit into my drink. It's a bit tastier, maybe getting close to where it already should be compared to most Hefweizens. But that says a lot when you need to add a fucking fruit to make that happen.
And I know what you're thinking... "Taste?I just wanna know how fast this beer will get me drunk." My answer: Not very. This beer is only 4.7% alcohol per volume, so people are buying this one purely for the taste. Unfortunately, there isn't any(but a little bit if you add a lemon of course!).