Série Signature - Hopfenweisse | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature - HopfenweisseSérie Signature - Hopfenweisse

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wheat ale mixing the flavors of Germany's weizen and America's typical hops.

56 IBU

Added by Phyl21ca on 06-15-2012

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Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that coated the glass with lace and stay around at half a pinky length at the bitter end. The body is a clear gold with ample signs of carbonation which really is the only knock for it as Hefeweizen is supposed to be cloudy and this is anything but. That said given it seems to market itself as a wheat beer, not a Weizen (perhaps because my french is so poor) I'm going to give it a pass here and say perfect score.

Smell: It certainly needs warming for it to come out of it's shell, but once it does you are treated to mango and papaya with a citrus hop backing. Warming is overwhelmingly needed though, as it's completely absent straight out of the fridge.

Taste: Tropical fruit in beer form as we start with a heavy presence of banana which then gets taken over by pineapple, papaya and guava notes before the slightly overassertive citrus hops bring us to a close with a grapefruit and pine presence.

Mouthfeel: The hops linger in the aftertaste, which is something I don't enjoy, especially with a beer that has such a pleasant fruitiness at the start. Thankfully it avoids the oily cling that over hopping often brings. Transitioning is good albiet up until the end where the handoff from the guava note takes off like a HoF running back. Carbonation is exceptionally well done.

Drinkability: This beer is is light bodied and the only thing holding it back is the hop presence being just a little bit too aggressive here. It settles down masterfully and easy to drink and desirable.

Final Thoughts: I'm curious as to what Les Trois Mousquetaires normal Hefe tastes like now, because this struck me as a masterpiece sadly defaced by a hop graffiti tag. Still brilliant and beautiful, but an air of lamentation surrounds it. Certainly worth a try, and has me looking forward to the Kellerbier of their's I have in the fridge. Thumbs Up.

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Photo of Organdrew
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml bottle from local grocery store in Montreal, Canada for 7$. Poured into a flute glass at fridge temp. Bottled date 30/08/2017 consumed 08/12/2017

Appearance: A layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. They say this is a beautiful looking drink, I agree. It pours a semi-cloudy but transparent golden wheat liquid with lots of frothy head and carbonation that never really leaves. The head recedes to leave bubbles and thick lacing on the glass that stay.

Smell: Fruity, sweet, citrus. Smells like fruit market. Papaya, mango, pineapple, banana, lemon. Wheat/straw.

Taste: Mango, orange. Sweetness on the start, some tang and tart in the middle, and some bitterness on the finish, ends mostly dry with bitterness that stays. Noticeable hops. Some malts that peak in here and there which offsets the hop bitterness. Perhaps some yeast tones. Not too spicy, but a bit. Maybe some clove. I had to search for the banana, but it's there.

Mouthfeel: Thick and juicy. Moderate-bodied. Smooth. Big contrast to a thin lager. Thickness hides the carbonation, which is still mildly apparent.

Overall: I really enjoyed it. It's like a juicy beer. Sweet and easy to drink, it goes down easy with only the bitterness reminding you to slow your drinking. Maybe a bit too "juice-like" for a perfect beer experience for me, but it does well and I'm impressed. It looks nice, it's fun to drink, has a nice flavor, enough complexity, has a noticeable hop bitterness, some sweetness. I would drink again.

This is probably in my top three LTM beers to date, an I've tried six so far.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle - I always love seeing new stuff from these guys show up in Alberta! On the other hand (the one that isn't chafed right now), Dieu du ciel! (#sorrynotsorry) - how are you supposed to easily open this fucking thing?!!!!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky eggshell white head, which leaves some random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy wheat malt, a mixed tropical fruitiness, subtle domestic citrus rind, further banana/lemon hefe notes, some laid-back earthy yeastiness, mild earthy black pepper and clove spice, and a tame leafy, herbal, and weedy green hop bitterness. The taste is more candy-like exotic fruit (papaya, pineapple, and kiwi), breakfast cereal wheatiness, some orange/red grapefruit/lemon citrus pith, banana pudding, laid-back yeast, fading muddled spice, and more herbal, weedy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-propping frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, as the hops' fruity nature engenders more of a creamy effect, rather than anything cloying or astringent. It finishes well off-dry, the base malt and fruity hops contending with only a mild lingering bitter essence.

Overall, this is a very impressive and pleasant to drink version of the style, with the Yankee hops damned-near taking over the hefeweizen's more delicate sensibilities. At any rate, worthy of checking out, especially if you are a fan of either of the types of beer represented here - just find some pliers beforehand.

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Photo of DamienI
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rugene
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VbolieuV
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice straw color with an immense head and good carbonation. Nice hoppy smell, you can smell the wheat too and some spices. Really complex taste, you get the floral hops taste first, followed with the wheat taste then the banamas taste from the hefeweizen. Long and fruity finish.

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Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cam477
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sanmaral
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL caged & corked bottle from the LCBO; bottled Jan 14 2015 and served slightly chilled. One of several LTM brews I've picked up over the past six months, though I plan to cellar most of the others.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, capped off with two inches of fluffy, eggshell white head that displays excellent retention. It takes nearly ten minutes in total to seep away, caking the glass with multiple rings of sticky lace while it slowly shrinks away, leaving behind a foamy cap and generously frothy collar. Very appealing visually, with a nose to match - tropical fruits such as papaya and passionfruit are easily detectable, with banana and lemony-orange citrus notes featured even more strongly. Wheaty malt sweetness provides a neutral backdrop, with a few herbal, yeasty notes and a touch of clove spiciness. Fresh, spicy and a bit floral; you can't sniff this one and NOT want to take a sip.

This one's fresh, zesty flavours pick things up right where the aroma left off. Grainy barley and bready wheat malt sweetness provide a suitable canvas - but it is the parade of North American hop flavours which follow that will have you savouring each sip, and craving the next. Mandarin orange, lemon zest and grapefruit rinds are all present and accounted for, with notes of bubblegum and banana leading into flavours of papaya, mango and pine resin. It finishes with an herbal, mildly spicy bitterness that becomes increasingly pithy and astringent into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels and a relatively soft, creamy feel on the palate. This is just an awesome beer that is rubbing me in all of the right spots.

Final Grade: 4.43, an impressive A grade. Hopfenweisse is a near-flawless fusion of a classic German-style wheat beer with a New World IPA. While that basic blueprint is no longer a new one, I'd have to say that LTM's interpretation is quite possibly my favourite 'hopfenweisse' to date - in addition to being totally delicious, this one is beautifully balanced and would make an ideal summer patio refresher. The price point is also quite reasonable by Ontario standards - if I could find more of this locally, I'd definitely be picking up another bottle or two. A must-try beer from one of Quebec's finest, and a great way to celebrate my 900th BA review.

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Photo of yancot
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml cork and cage bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased from local LCBO for $7.10 CDN. Produced January 14, 2015

Appearance - Hazy vibrant orange colored beer is poured with a tremendous white two and a half finger head. Phenomenal head retention and a collar of sticky lacing is left behind. Too hazy to make out the carbonation, but not completely opaque.

Smell - Leafy and herbal hop aroma dominates, small amount of caramel and banana sweetness but the hops are more prevalent. Mandarin orange and banana mixture is the closest i can come to deciphering the aroma.

Taste - Banana, mandarin orange and then some papaya like flavor comes in before turning to the leafy and herbal side of things. Raw herbalness of the beer is also unique sort of a bitter flavor mashed up with an assortment of herbs. Certainly interesting and worth a shot, but slightly medicinal for my tastes.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and chewy, feels like nearly the viscosity of a blended banana. Extremely soft carbonation gives a lighter feel, but the thickness is still striking, given the otherwise velvety texture of the beer.

Overall - Definitely a unique taste on a hopfenweiss, the hops and bitter herbal aspects show up in full force, but at the same time the softness of the carbonation and the velvet in the mouth can only be a hefeweizen. If the chewiness of this wasn't so pronounced I think I would enjoy this more as it's a bit of a chore to drink an entire bottle. Still worth a shot and not a terrible value buy either.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Veiled golden color with some powerful activity. Foamy, almost creamy, white 2 finger head lasting around 10 minutes with some strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of citrus, fruits, grains, floral and herbal spices. Well intensified taste of sweet orange, banana, mango and having a pleasant lemony and grainy sharpness with a rich floral hops feel and saaz spiciness.

Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Well balanced finish ending with sensations of smoky orange peel or clove and a slightly grassy feel.

Overall : Great craft with delicious complex flavors, well balanced and intensified with a crisp freshness. The only drawback is it feels more like an IPA than a hefeweizen...but not really a flaw.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $8.00 or so for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that films out in around 2mins. Nice dark gold color and unfiltered

S- Oodles of hops here. Has that Weiss scent. A touch sour

T- Touch sour but enjoyable. Bit of bitterness but nothing overwhelming. Enjoyable blend

M- Dry and creamy. Aftertaste gets a bit bitter which is why it lost a bit on this score.

O- Nice overall blend. Enjoyable and refreshing

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with...... Grilled cheese sandwiches with onion and tomato


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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikemands
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gingerbread
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of P1us182
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bf_89
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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