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Tuesday, December 13th 2011

HefeWeizen Wheat
(SanTan Brewing Company)

SanTan's HefeWeizen Wheat was the gold winning beer in the "Other Ales" category at this year's 3rd Annual CANFEST held in Reno, Nevada. SanTan's Epicenter Amber also won a silver in the Pale/Amber Ales category. I can imagine that this is a beer that sells very well in the desert! Cheers!

From the SanTan Brewing site:

"SanTan Hefeweizen is an unfiltered Bavarian wheat bear, effervescent and sweet, with an unmistakable banana-clove character. Often paired with a lemon or an orange, SanTan embraces this American enhancement of the beer however we still believe it is the best the way it is brewed."

Here we go...

Pour - hazy golden to straw-colored with about a half inch of stark white foam on top that quickly fades. Looks fairly clean and pretty well filtered until I dump the remains of the can into the glass and all of a sudden all that yeasty goodness appears and this looks more the part.

Aroma - bananas, cloves, bubble gum. The usual suspects are present and accounted for upon first whiff. Some sweet and spicy notes are there as well as some biscuity aromas. Definitely smells like a well put together hefeweizen.

Taste - one sip and the subtle flavor of cloves and bananas are right there. It's truly amazing what yeast can do for a beer. Super clean and crisp with a touch of honey-like sweetness, a bit of citrus zip and a semi-dry finish that prevents the bottom of the glass from making contact with the table. 

Overall - excellent wheat beer and just about perfect for the summer months or any month in the Arizona desert. Flavorful, easy drinking and low ABV. Sometimes those things come together perfectly. Well done SanTan! 

Note - SanTan now cans four of their beers. They also play host to the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. This year the event, which will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona will be on May 19th - we're going to do our very best to make an appearance!


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HefeWeizen Wheat
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: SanTan Brewing Company
Chandler, Arizona  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row Barley, White Wheat
Hops: Hallertau
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 15
Date: December 13th, 2011

Posted by Russ

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