Always on the lookout for some new brews to sample, I saw this beer from Lagunitas and had to give it a try. Lagunitas is one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the United States, and while the majority of their beers are strong, hoppy, and in your face, this beer is an tribute to the fine folks in Bavaria who built their most recent brewing system.
A double wheat beer brewed from 55% wheat malt, this beer clocks in at a healthy 9%abv, and 29ibu. It pours a bright, cloudy copper color with a nice creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some nice lacing. The aromas are fantastic with a rich bready malt nose paired with lots of yeasty banana and spice notes. On the tongue the taste is fantastic, with malty caramel notes, banana bread and cloves all coming through nicely with some slightly bitter earthy hops balancing out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is very full, but the high level of carbonation keeps everything very well balanced. The finish is long and fairly dry with just a hint of bitterness coming through. Even though this is a fairly potent beer, the alcohol is masked very well, making this one of the better wheat beers that I have tried in a while. If you are looking to try something new, and you are a wheat fan, this is one beer that won’t disappoint. Cheers!