It's that time of year. The spring buds are blossoming, the birds are a'chirpin, the sun's thawing the ground, and beer lovers are itching for lighter and more refreshing beers. Although I currently have a locally brewed stout in my kegerator, I too am looking towards my favorite Belgian Wit beers (and sours, of course!) for those spring dishes I am preparing in the kitchen. And in the restaurant biz, the requests for Hefeweizen is starting to multiply exponentially. So this Wednesday, I am trying a highly available and well known American Hefe, Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis.
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, 4.8% ABV: This is the definition of an easy-going, widely appealing American Hefeweizen. Nice citrus and white pepper notes mingled with a balanced wheatiness, that is luckily not gummy, overbearing, or guilty of leaving that cloying stickiness on the finish. No heavy spice, banana or tropical fruit, rather proper hints interspersed throughout the palate. A pleasing, drinkable beer for the upcoming months. I'd say, put this in the cooler for your next cookout!
If you are a beer geek trying to get your novice friends away from Blue Moon and Shock Top (and PLEASE tell me you are trying), this could be your crossover beer. Get them drinking this, then enter the delightful world of REAL Belgian Wits and German Hefes(It's borderline offensive Blue Moon calls itself a Belgian White). Before you know it, you could have a fellow beer geek on your hands!
Until next time,
Drink well, eat well, and always SUPPORT CRAFT BEER.