Monday, December 6, 2010

Hermitage Wheatopia

Type: double hefeweisen
Origin: San Jose, California
Price: $3.49 per 22 oz

I don't really understand what they mean by "double" hefeweisen. If by double, they mean twice the alcohol, then they hit this on the head at 8%. If you expect double the taste, you will be doubly disappointed. This is not a bad beer by any means, and in fact it is quite delicious. The wheat flavor is very faint and there is almost no citrus. The opacity is pretty strong, and is probably the only thing reminding the drinker that this is a hefeweisen. I think in going for more alcohol, they ate up some of the beneficial sugars that give hefes their distinguishing taste. I think if they split the distance at 6%, this would be a world class beer.

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