Tuesday, January 31st 2012
TailGate Hefeweizen is the second canned release from San Diego-based TailGate Beer following their debut with their Blacktop Blonde. This is another beer from TailGate aimed at raising the bar when it comes to session-able style beers. Cheers!
From the TailGate site:
"TailGate Beer does an American take on the German classic. This hard-to-pronounce cloudy ale has hints of citrus complemented by sprinkles of spice. Proud of the name’s “weizen” (wheat) base ingredient, TGB draws most of its flavor from the famed grass plant. This Hefe is one truly crisp and refreshingly unfiltered ale that garnishes well with a lemon or an orange! Be sure to impress your friends with your fine tuned palate and cultured vocabulary next time you belly up to your TailGate Beer “HEH-feh-vite-zehn."
Here we go...
Pour - pale straw color with a thin white head, solid carbonation. No cloudiness as you might see in other hefeweizens. This one appears filtered, clean and clear.
Aroma - a big whiff of stewed cereal grains, light citrus notes, an essence of apples and floralness.
Taste - first sip brings about some nice honey and light caramel flavors along with a little lemon peel. Some light cider flavors and nice floral notes. Carbonation levels make this dance on the palate and go down smoothly. A little dry in the finish.
Overall - very refreshing. Hits the marks as a session-able hefe that is light on the palate with some nice malt sweetness and hints of citrus. Great option for folks who like a lighter beer and aren't looking for a bland yellow light lager. Ths is an Americanized and session-ized version of the style that has some drinkability qualities that might be hard to beat.
Note - TailGate Beer is also releasing their Hefeweizen in cans now. They plan on releasing two cans a year and word is that they're planning something hoppy for next year. They've also just released 24 oz. cans of the styles you see below. Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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