Tag Archives: Wheat Beer

Widmer Hefeweizen – Brew Review

Windmer Brothers Hefeweizen

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a holiday that officially kicks off the summer season (sure you could argue that the solstice is the true beginning of summer, but that would make you a science nazi). This means it’s time for barbecues, pool parties, and some prime beer drinking. To kick off the festivities, I settled down with a Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company opened in 1984 in Portland, Oregon and today is one of the largest brewing companies in the US as part of the Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. The company is home to over 20 varieties of beer, and is committed to creating a great,  environmentally conscious brew.

Widmer Hefeweizen 2

The hefeweizen pours a cloudy golden orange with a minimal white head. The smell is very delicate; some mild doughy malt mixed with banana. It has a floral, malty flavor with some sweet banana and citrus notes in the finish. It is bright and bubbly, with very little bitterness.

Should I drink it?

This is a decent hefeweizen. It’s very refreshing for the summer; the sweet, bright beer is the perfect complement to a hot summer day. So go out and enjoy your long weekend, and don’t forget to thank a member of the Armed Forces for their service to the country.

Maybe even thank them with a beer.

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Sam Adams Cherry Wheat – Brew Review

Summer’s on its way, which means warmer weather, longer days, and the imminent threat of a cicada invasion. So to beat the heat and keep me company while I brainstorm ways to kill those fuckers (idea: cicada-sized shotgun), I sat down with a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat beer.

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat 3

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is brewed by the Boston Beer Company of Boston, Massachusetts.  Founded in 1984, the company is one of the largest beer manufacturers in America, and their flagship Sam Adams Boston Lager was awarded the Grand Gold Medal in 2011 by Monde Selection. The Boston Beer Company is home to over 30 varieties of beer, and continues to push the boundaries of brewing by  creating exciting new flavors.

The Cherry Wheat pours a dark golden-yellow with a thin white head and some moderate lacing. It has a pronounced cherry smell, closer to a Cherry Coke than the real fruit, with subtle notes of yeast and wheat. The beer is sweet and malty, with plenty of cherry flavor and little to no hop bitterness. It is crisp and clean, with plenty of carbonation.

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat

Should I Drink It?

If you like your beer like you like your women (strong and bitter, with lots of head), than this isn’t the beer for you. It’s way more cherry than beer, closer to a Shirley Temple than a witbeir. However, if you like that sweet cherry taste, this will get you buzzed and no one will call you names because you ordered a dirty shirley at the bar.

The best part is you can break use the broken ends of the bottle to beat away the cicadas.

They’re coming.

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