Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Even though I've lived in New Jersey for most of my life, I was actually born in Milwaukee. Although I didn't grow up in the Badger State, I've always had a craving for beer, bratwurst, and the pigskin and came to love and respect the people out there during my trips on the road back through Wisconsin. All of the Summer offerings that I saw at the stores I passed through yesterday were either too light for me or were beers that I've had before, so I was quite intrigued when I saw this at Gary's in Wayne. Could it be that a Hefe deserved a rating as high as this on here, given how darker beers tend to be the cream of the collective crop on this site? I had to find out for myself.
So I get around to this and wonder if it's just as intriguing and interesting as the person that's about down the contents of the bottle that he's holding. Once the cap was undone, the sound of the oxygen entering the bottle was louder than normal and the aroma could be detected from quite a ways away. Lots of wheat, banana, and clove meshed together nicely along with some honey and lemon-zest notes. It took quite a while to swirl out the sediment on the bottom of the bottle too but it wasn't because the beer was old. Thankfully, this was dated and since it was less than two months old, I knew that it was the strong yeast presence and not age that was the cause for my extended swirling effort. Then it was time to fill the glass up and boy, did this do the trick. The volume was perfect for my pint glass as the head settled right to the top and dissipated in a sound not unlike a settling wave that failed to make its way up the beach. Even better was the carbonation that was present but not strong enough to overtake the flavor or obscure the cloudy goldenrod hue that subtly radiated confidence as I held my glass up to the light.
Thankfully, the taste experience picked up where my other senses left off. All of the flavors worked harmoniously well together as the wheat and soda-like carbonation balanced each other out beautifully. Novices would need a lemon to cut the slightly tangy undertone to this beer but it all faded nicely in the aftertaste to grass and hay in the back, before the heavier feel of the banana kicked in until the end. It took a while to get used to, but this grew on me nicely as the beer warmed up.
Looking for a session beer? Look no further. I was surprised at how low the ABV% was in this given that I could detect a slight booziness underneath everything here. Some reviewers thought that this was like an American Pale Wheat Ale but it's almost like a Saison, given the hue, flavors, and very subtle earthy spice that's in this. Had it not been 1 in the morning when I opened this up, I would have easily had another. This could be my new favorite Summer beer and easily stands toe-to-toe with its European counterparts. Props to Lakefront to nailing everything here - the taste, bottle design and keeping the ingredients close to home. There's no doubt that this is worth seeking out and I can't recommend it enough!
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2012 06:36:45 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.
Appearance: a very pale straw hue with a tiny hint of haze and a light effervescence. Not too bad.
Smell: lightly refreshing wheat aroma with a tiny hint of sourness. Not bad.
Taste: mild flavor but with a very refreshing wheaty character. More of an American pale wheat ale than a hefeweizen, but I like it nonetheless.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation that nontheless develops a nice creaminess.
Overall: this is a highly drinkable wheat beer; I could definitely see it being a summer staple.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2014 23:00:44 | More by flagmantho
Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.