Kuhnhenn Kuhnieweizen - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This brew was served on tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing the color of browned banana puree. It held a one finger head of creamy, off-white bubbles, showing okay retention. Steaks and patterns of lacing were left as the head dissipated at a moderate pace into a light film across the top of the liquid. Haze was thick, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gave bright banana freshness, as well as cooled banana breadiness, along with vanilla extract, cinnamon sugar, wheat, coriander, fruity esters, brown sugar, lipstick wax, light booze, and the mildest grassy hop far off in the distance. Our first impression was surprise in how damn flavorful this beer was!! As we sipped, the taste opened up with browned banana fruitiness, orange peel, allspice, cinnamon, light clove, lemon juice, full-bodied wheatiness, light Belgian yeastiness, and honeysuckle florals. The middle came to a peak with continued heavy malt base, with sweet esters, clove, allspice, vanilla, honey, white sugar, and doughnut breadiness mixing and riding high across it. The ending wash came with more of a soured wheat, to finally cut the inherent sugary sweetness of the flavoring. Here we also got notes of booze, white pepper, orange pith, phenolic clove and biting medicinals, straw, green grassiness, faint hop resins, yeasty mineral, and solid grainy metallics. The aftertaste breathed of wheat, ethanol, white peppercorns, musk, honeydew melon, lemon seed, sour lactics, and stark banana ester sweetness. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave excellent cream and froth to follow a nice slurp and smack. Finishing pop was clean, and the mouth was otherwise left more coated than dried, with satiation trumping astringency and pucker, as well. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was high .
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was both its flavoring and its aroma. From the first whiff, you get a massive wave of browned banana, wheat, spice and Belgian yeast and esters that just won’t quite. This maintains its seriousness and pervasiveness throughout the tasting, and comes through beautifully on the transition to taste, which is heavily sweet and markedly flavorful. This never really turned into cloy, however, making for an easier drinking, more “authentic” and “grown up” beer. This was all helped by the rich and creamy feel, but again, keeping things light enough to make it an easy glugger and highly enjoyable. This is a great take on the style, with a curious and infectious personal flair of “serious sweetness” that we have yet to see from Kuhnhenn.
Serving type: on-tap
09-07-2013 15:22:59 | More by TheBrewo
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. I was skeptical at first, but I have confirmation that this is in fact a different beer than Kuhnhenn's Hefeweiss. It pours a super hazy, straw and yellow - so much yeast cloudiness, unfiltered like whoa. Huge, chunky white head puffs up and lasts for a while as it leaves some nice streaks of lacing on the glass around it.
The typical hefeweizen yeast aromas are here; clove, fruity esters, faint spice, some banana... but the heaviest aroma is bubblegum - it's very, very gummy and pink sugar-y. Soft and wheaty background, very relaxed and gentle on the nostrils that sets things up nicely for the German yeast. I'd like a little more complexity or strength out of this one, but it's still quite nice.
Mmm... sweet banana flavored salt-water taffy topped with mint shavings and a generous dash of clove. Yeast covers the walls from left to right, as it should, and I notice that the mouth feel on this hefe is a little more full and satisfying than their other hefeweizen. The bubblegum from the yeast is huge in the finish; liquid Bazooka Joe with a vanishing note of sweet banana ester, taffy, and minty clove. Decent carbonation, thin-medium bodied and smooth on the palate.
Who brews two hefeweizens? Kuhnhenn does, apparently. They're pretty similar, though there are a few notable differences. This one has a stronger bubblegummy flavor and a more full mouth feel... However, this one also lacks the beautiful "banana bread" finish of the Kuhnhenn Hefeweiss that I loved so much. Bottom line: a decent hefeweizen to sit back and relax with, but I prefer the Kuhnhenn Hefeweiss by just a little bit.
Serving type: on-tap
08-09-2013 11:35:32 | More by tectactoe
Kuhnhenn Kuhnieweizen from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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