Friday, March 6, 2020

Hacker Pschorr Weissebier Review

Name: Hacker Pschorr Weissebier
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 16

Twenty years ago, imported beers were a go-to when one wanted to have a beer that wasn’t an adjunct lager. Then a magical thing happened: The Craft Beer scene in the United States exploded. Suddenly the demand for international beer fell to the wayside since freshness, and quality of beer became an important factor in buying beer; In addition to the style. Which is unfortunate because there are some fantastic imports out there.

One of the big things in particular that has also occurred is a paradigm shift, in which many breweries have switched from bottled to canned beer, which has been a game changer of sorts in terms of preserving the quality of beer. Many international brewers, however, still utilize bottles, which many are green in color. I bring this up because green bottles aren’t exactly the best at stopping UV light from hitting the beer, which would give it a skunky quality. That’s why many breweries that still bottle their utilize brown glass bottles because they are the best at stopping UV light.

Enter Hacker Pschorr, who came along, assessed the situation, and decided to put their beers into a sleek looking can, that feels even better to the touch, in order to keep all those UV contaminants out of their beers and give drinkers the quality of beer that they deserve.

Why am I brining this up? Well, the awesome folks at Paulaner USA were nice enough to send me some samples of their Weissebier for me to look at and see how it is. I’ve honestly never had this beer from them before, though I am a big fan of their Salvator Doppelbock since I think it is a textbook example of a Doppelbock.

So it goes without saying that I’m curious to see how this is. And what better way to enjoy this beer than with an actual Hacker Pschorr glass that I managed to snag on Craigslist!

With that said, all opinions are my own.

Appearance – Mildly cloudy dark orange color with a lot of visible carbonation. The head is nice & foamy there’s a ton of lacing left behind along the sides of the glass.

Aroma – I’m picking up on some potent malted wheat and light clove notes. I’m also picking up on some light orange peel sweetness and floral hoppiness.

Taste – Right away, I’m getting some potent malted wheat, clove and orange peel notes. On the back end of the palate, I’m also getting some light floral hops, along with a nice bready yeastiness. The aftertaste is mainly a light floral hoppiness along with just a touch of that orange peel

A lot of imported beers I’ve had in the past have fallen victim to the clutches of either stale taste or skunkiness. That is not the case with this Weisse! It’s crisp, clean and it’s got a very nice flavor profile to boot!

All and all, this is very easy for me to recommend and, after having this, maybe it’s worth my time to check out more imported beers going forward!

Hacker Pschorr Weissebier – 9/10

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