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Lawnchair "Classic" Weisse - Hop City Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
With a light golden colour and naturally cloudy appearance, Lawn Chair “Classic” Weisse is a true Bavarian style Hefeweizen. An unfiltered wheat beer with a spectacular aroma of banana and clove. With a beautiful balance of exotic and spicy notes, followed by a crisp refreshing finish.

9 IBU

(Beer added by: bobsy on 04-15-2010)
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, Nov 22, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Jack Astors in south Calgary, weirdly the only current outlet in AB for this offering.

This beer appears a cloudy just south of medium pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of tight foamy white head, which leaves some sparse random streaks of lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of somewhat astringent, grainy wheat, subtle citrus rind, a mild coriander wit (I know) character, and leafy, kind of weedy hops. The taste is sweet, grainy wheat chaff, muddled citrus, somewhat soused, rounded coriander, weak white pepper, and thin earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is damned-near dead, the body an agreeable enough medium weight, and soft and smooth like a bloody teddy bear. It finishes more or less sweet, the wheatiness doing well in such a situation, supported by the same mixed-up spice, and battered hops.

An ok hefe, in that it seems to give off a lot more Wit notes than one would expect. Otherwise, drinkable enough, the blending of admittedly foreign styles to this particular establishment's clientele not really that surprising, yet an agreeable option for the beginning (hah!) of my way too freaking old high school reunion.

biboergosum, Sep 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This golden yellow velvety smooth classic weisse beer has all the fruity overtones of citrus and clove. It goes down smoothly, and has a terrific aroma. I find this particular beer to be very drinkable on a hot summer's day. I find it hysterical that the brand is based around a Lawn Chair, that just made my day when I found it. All of these Hop City brands are fun and engaging.

Mholyome, Sep 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

MattPS, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - orange yellow - one finger head - some lacing - decent retention but not the foamy head one expects for the style

S - some citrus and wheat malt

T - much the same but subdued with a stale spiciness - perhaps some cloves and orange notes

M - medium body and creamy with a bitter after taste - decent carbonation - dry

O - one of the poorer brews I have had for the style although I have been lucky to have access to some of the best so I may be spoiled - definitely drinkable but with other better options available not likely to try it again

Stocean1, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 99 Sudbury in Toronto.

Lawn Chair Classic Weisse does indeed have the classic Weisse look: a bright and bleary golden colour, completely clouded clarity, and the well endowed, super retentive frothing typical of the style. My first thought was: "hell ya, I want a piece of that!"

This rather 'bubblegum-y' German-inspired wheat beer is actually redolent of the perfumy coriander and citrusy orange that distinguishes the Belgian wheat beer ("witbier") style. Hardly surprising considering both share similar fruity, floral and spicy components to begin with. In any event, this general effervescence is testament to the abracadabra! of yeast.

"Abracadabra!" is right. Anyone who's ever tried a German Weisse beer of any kind can attest to the near-magical properties of some of these yeast strains. Flavours as disparate as vanilla (sweet), banana (fruity) and clove (spicy) all stem from that one special unicellular, eukaryotic micro-organism known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

But all that should be attributed to mother nature - what has the brewer done worth applauding? Well, for starters, he was smart to just let the yeast do its thing and use only pale malts, including the necessary dosage of wheat malt to ensure that crisp and creamy dualism in the mouthfeel. Amping the bubbles up was also a smart move.

Lawn Chair "Classic" Weisse is a well assembled wheat beer that flows down the throat so easily and quickly it'll make you feel like you have the gullet of a pelican. That said, a leopard can't change his spots - to suggest this mainstream-minded brewery produces anything on the level of the great German classics is absurd. But I'd certainly call this 'a decent homage'.

biegaman, Apr 14, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow colour with thin white head. No lacing to speak of, but ok head retention. Smell is of mild lemon with some wheat. Taste has no bitterness, but has tart lemon tinge to it. Ok carbonation for the style.

I'm impressed with Hop City in that this and their Barking Squirrel are popping up in many places around Ontario. I'm not as impressed with their beer. They are fine and better than the macro selections, but I can't say much else about them.

kwjd, Aug 25, 2010
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2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was very surprised by this beer. It was very good. It has a very hazy, golden brown color and smells delicious. The taste is like it smells with a little more of the alcoholic kick. I compare this to Sam Adams Octoberfest. I had this in a small Canadian bar in Sarnia, Ontario just after the local rib fest.

Cheers!

smithza9, Aug 13, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap:

Tapped a pale lightly clouded gold with a smallish cap that didn't last. Big bubble artificial carbonation. Looks poor for the style standard.

Aroma was light biscuit some barely detectable fruit and mustiness.

Thin body, thin on the palate.

Biscuity, some twiggy hops no spice or banana to speak of, thin clean lightly dry finish.

A weak representation of the style.

pootz, Jun 21, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

C'est What Spring Festival. Unfiltered mango appearance, unfiltered wheat, though average mouthfeel. Some sourness from the wheat. Natural carbonation was suitable. Tasty despite low 9 rated IBU. Surprisingly good drinkability and a nice first beer from this brewery.

Sammy, May 30, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yesterday I was fortunate to head down to the launch party for the new beer from Hop City - a craft brewery that has the backing of Moosehead. Late last year, Hop City debuted on the scene with Barking Squirrel Lager, a crisp and drinkable beer that instantly reminded me of a Creemore. While Barking Squirrel would not displace any of my craft favourites I'd take it in a heartbeat over the crap that's available in most bars, so I welcomed the announcement that their new beer would be a hefeweizen.

Pours a cloudy light orange with a finger of white head that soon dips to a film and then fizzles away to a collar, without leaving any lacing on the glass. The scented aroma is dominated by clove and grain, along with faint bubblegum notes. It's a strain to pick out any banana, which on a scale of 1-10 is probably around a 2. The flavour is simple and clean, seemingly straddling the border between a hefeweizen and a Belgian-style witbier. There's certainly a pronounced wheat aspect, which provides a nice tang, and this is enhanced by lemon tones. A slight spiciness from the yeast results mostly in clove flavours. Perhaps the biggest defect with this beer is the carbonation, which seems excessively high and really retards the drinkability. While hefeweizens invariably do have a high level of carbonation, the bubbles are often softer and provide a more pillowy and fuller mouthfeel, but in this case the end result is more prickly and aggressive.

A recent trend in the mainstream Canadian brewing industry has been the expansion of product lines to offer 'white' beers, which are essentially some form of bastardised belgian wit in the spirit of Hoegarden. With a hefeweizen, Hop City seemed to be stepping slightly out of the box, and my initial thinking was that this would be a great way for non-craft drinkers to be exposed to one of brewing's greatest styles. However, the marked absence of banana flies in the face of expectations, and Lawn Chair Classic Weisse isn't really all that different to Rickards White, albeit a touch less sweet and a bit sharper.

While I think it has a great chance in the mainstream market, I don't think this will pull dedicated craft beer drinkers away from their favourites, as it struggles to match the quality levels of pre-existing offerings. Still, I think Hop City have a role to play in slowly increasing the acceptance of styles that deviate from the macro lager norm, and for that I applaud this effort.

bobsy, Apr 15, 2010
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Lawnchair "Classic" Weisse from Hop City Brewing Co.
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