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Friday, January 6th 2012

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
(Paulaner Brauerei)

Quite a few German beers end up in cans in their home country but only a handful actually make it to the US. Paulaner began selling cans of their Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat here during the summer of 2011 and did a lot to promote the sale of this beer to golfers. The beer itself is brewed and canned in Germany and shipped to the US for distribution. If you've had this beer on-tap or from a bottle you know the reputation that precedes it. Prosit!

From the Paulaner site:

"The Paulaner Hefe-Weizen natural cloudy beer is our brewery’s best-selling product. Specifically cultivated, top-fermented yeast give it its unmistakable character: sparklingly mild and fruity with a delicate yeast flavour. The eye is immediately drawn to its gleaming orange colour, its uniform cloudiness and the large head. The unfiltered brewing method allows it to retain its natural authenticity along with the many vitamins, minerals and trace elements."

Here we go...

Pour - brilliant straw color with some golden hues and a perfect inch of stark white head on top. Clean in appearance without only slight cloudiness. 


Aroma - wow. This is where this style really shines and this is a great example of it. Lots of bubblegum, cloves and ripe bananas. All spot on when it comes to aromas for this style. Sweet and tangy and very fragrant.

Taste - soft on the palate with some sweet flavors of caramalized bananas, brown sugar, cloves, honey and other subtle spices. Such a great combination of flavors without being watery or too complex. Hundreds of brewing know-how are evidently at work here. 

Overall - excellent example of the style and one that many breweries the world round are aiming to replicate. The aroma is enticing and the flavors are so pronounced for such an uncomplicated beer. Extremely enjoyable and very easy drinking. We're looking forward to seeing these on shelves again in the summertime.

Note - Paulaner is one of very few breweries that packages their cans in 8-packs. They've also released 1-liter cans of their Oktoberfest beer and limited edition 1-liter size cans of their "Oktoberfest Wiesn" so you can celebrate Oktoberfest with a proper pour! They've also canned their Original Munich Lager. 


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Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei
Container: 11.2 oz. can
Malts: 60 percent Dark and Caramel Wheat, 40 percent Pilsner Barley and Munich Malt
Hops: Hallertau
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 10
Date: January 6th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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