Temple Smoked Weizen | Temple Brewing Company

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Temple Brewing Company

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw colour, with a huge haze throughout making it almost opaque. Head is white, consisting of large bubbles and retains a medium-thick crown. Great weizen look.

Smells beautiful. Masses of smoke of course, with a good woody character to it, but weizen notes come through strongly as well. Spicy, fruity, with phenolic clove, banana. It's almost a tale of two aromas, but there is a bridge between them which is the spice, coming through in the smoke as well. Lovely complexity, just lovely nose. So enticing.

Smoke is huge on the palate as well, very meaty and bacony. Fruit and weizeny notes are less noticeable here, but still there with slight banana character coming through and a bit of dry phenol towards the back. Smoke is the star here though, and it's a little too meaty for me, would like a bit more of a woody bent. Still a very nice balance struck and lots of pleasant characters.

Nice mouthfeel; lots of sediment giving a bitty character, but it's also nicely full and nicely dry.

Great beer by Temple. Pleasant smoky character but the balance is struck so it's not overwhelming. The weizen base is great and provides a great complement to the bacony notes.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classified this as a Rauchbier, rather than a Hefeweizen, but could easily see the other way around. I chose Rauchbier to match with the classification of Schlenkerla's Rauchbier Weizen which this rather resembles. Had on-tap at GABS in Melbourne.

Pours with the appearance of cloudy apple juice, a fine haze yellow hue, with full body, and yet with a firm white head and sheeting lace. Carbonation is minimal, but that's ok. Overall, it's a great looking beer.

Nose is beautifully done. Subtle smoke characters layer over the top of what is clearly a hefeweizen, with banana esters rising prominently, and the spice mingling and intertwining with the smoke—it's like you through a few cloves into the campfire. Lovely stuff. I love that both beer styles are balanced.

Taste is similar, although surprisingly less complex than the aroma. Here the effect is more blocky: on the front there are classic banana and bubblegum characters, which are quickly replaced by tantalising smoky notes which crescendo on the mid-palate and weirdly end up doing the cleaning up on the back. It's a comforting finish, like an open fire.

Feel is light, but solid enough, and does an admirable job supporting everything else.

Very clean and deliciously drinkable. This is a really great brew—flavoursome but subtle and balanced to perfection, which I can't imagine was easy. Really, this does a great job matching Schlenkerla's Weizen, which happens to be my favourite of theirs.

Really great work, Temple.

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Temple Smoked Weizen from Temple Brewing Company
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