Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
330 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before May 2013. One of the few well-known German hefes I have not yet reviewed or tried, but now is as good a time as any to change that.
Pours a muddy yellow-amber colour, totally opaque with sediment and topped with just under two fingers of puffy, silky eggshell-white head. Decent retention; the foam sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves behind a smooth, creamy cap at the surface when it finally does wilt. The aroma is zesty and fresh, with lots of yeast, bready wheat malt sweetness and lemony citrus. Banana and clove notes are present, but relatively minor contributors to the overall bouquet.
Solid flavour with nothing out of the ordinary for a hefe - maybe a bit more citrus than usual, with plenty of lemon and orange citrus amongst the bready wheat malts. A fair bit of yeasty character as well, with a slight banana and bubble gum flavour that leads into some clove spiciness and herbal, grassy hay notes. The mouthfeel is where this stuff loses me - it's a little too fizzy for my liking (which makes me a bit belchy), and although the flavour isn't diluted it does come across as kind of watery. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a prickly feel in the mouth and a little bit of slickness left over on the palate when it's gone.
Final Grade: 3.8, a serviceable B+ grade. Paulaner Hefe-weissbier is a respectable, authentic German wheat beer that no fan of the style should neglect to try. That being said - as enjoyable as this is, I'm not sure if I would select it over a few of my other favourites in this category (think Weihenstephaner or Schneider Weisse). The fizzy, light mouthfeel of this stuff leaves me a little wanting, but the flavour is still spot-on. Worth a try.
[Updated Feb. 18 2014]
I picked up a 500 mL can of this to compare it side-by-side with a few other German hefeweizens (Schneider-Weisse, Weihenstephaner and Erdinger). While this has never been my favourite beer in the category, it can definitely hold its own - and the fact that it sells at a lower price point than the other three (at least locally) is worth noting as well. My main problem with this beer is the watery mouthfeel; other than that, it's a worthy hefe that I enjoy returning to once in a while.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2012 21:18:32 | More by thehyperduck
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