India Pale Weizen

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
3.71 | pDev: 10.51%
Nov 16, 2020
Oct 29, 2014
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Notes: BrewDog Vs Weihenstephan India Pale Weizen kicks off a new direction for our collaborations. We took a simple concept (by our standards) and teamed up with the oldest brewery in the world to brew a mash-up beer using the signature styles of both breweries.

India Pale Weizen has classic base hefeweizen aromas and flavours of banana and clove, with distinctive haziness. Layered on top of this is a tapestry of US citrus hop character. India Pale Weizen is a perfect symbiosis of traditional and modern brewing.
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3.45 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 16, 2020
4.04 by Foley67 from Scotland on Aug 26, 2017
4.04 by Poupae from Thailand on Mar 07, 2016
4.12 by Kiro from Russian Federation on Nov 23, 2015
4.21 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Oct 15, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by doktorhops from Australia

Sounds like a match made in Weizen (which is the Beerpostles, a portmanteau of ‘beer’ and ‘apostles’, version of Heaven) or Helles... you get the idea, the terrible pun is free. ANYWAY I was captivated by this battle of titans - one of my all-time favourite breweries versus some sensationalist Scottish chaps that enjoy being caught in the limelight for outrageous verging-on silly beers. The two breweries couldn’t be further apart in mannerisms: Weihenstephan(er) being quite a monastic brewing atmosphere. So here we are, an India Pale Weizen... Prost?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Weizen-nonic pint - a glass I just invented.

A: Cloudy and spotty (them there ‘east particulates yerm) light amber bodied with a thin chalky lace on top. I like yeast in my bread and floating around in my beer so I’m as happy as a sausage on keep-your-sausage-in-a-hat-and-don’t-eat-it day. 9/10.

S: Spicy clove Phenols drop kick me in the face leaving a satisfied smile where a boot print should be. Backing up this tasty clove aroma are notes of bubble gum, some light banana wheat character and a touch of citrus. The “India Pale” in this brew certainly isn’t taking a dump all over the aroma and I kinda like that. 8/10.

T: Perhaps the ‘IP’ in this ‘IPW’ has lessened as this brew nears its BB date (as hoppy characters tend to do) or this beer was intended by BrewDog to be skewed more towards Weizen, either way this is a tasty little ‘ip’ with a big ‘W’ (in full ‘ipW’) with cloves, coriander and a dab of banana/bubble gum. Finish comes through herbal bitters, however without this bitterness there would be little to indicate that hops were indeed added to this brew. Aftertaste has a some tannin astringency which adds a cologne-like taste. I suspect I cellared this beer a little too long (expires in Octobeer). 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, creamy-esque carbonation... could use more body. 6/10.

D: Hit and miss, with the aroma coming on nice and bold it steps back with the flavour and the thing that really distracted as my glass drained was how tannic the aftertaste was - I’ve had Cabernet Sauvignons that are less tannic than this brew... it was quite a distraction for me BrewDog... or Weihenstephan... who’s responsible for all this tannin?! [Biff?]. Other than this distraction I enjoyed the Weizen aspects of this brew whilst pining* for more ‘IP’ in my ‘IPW’. 7/10.

Food match: Water... I need water.

*get it? ‘pining’ IPAs are usually ‘piney’ nope... oh well, back to the punning-board.

Aug 07, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by josanguapo from Spain

From XXXII, summer sale. In Weiss Damm glass. Playing Memoria. Great combination: wheat and hoppy. Refreshing and tasty. Its a pity that it's a limited edition

Aug 01, 2015
3.74 by ArmyATCBrewer from Korea (South) on Jul 18, 2015
3.49 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania on Jul 13, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brew_42 from Massachusetts

This beer piqued my interest right when I saw the name. I'm not a huge IPA guy, but I love weizens, and I LOVE Weihenstaphen. So I need to at least try it.

Appearance: Clear and gold with a lot of bubbles and a medium white head.

Smell-Standard IPA. I was a little bummed when I smelled it because I really only smelled the pine and citrus smells of an IPA and didn't pick up anything indicating a hefe. It smelled fine but I was beginning to worry that I had just been fooled into buying a atandard IPA.

Taste: At first, hps and citrus, a standard IPA. Nothing great but not bad either. Then, as it goes down, you start to pick up on the cloves and banana that you would associate with a hefeweizen, a good one too. I was really amazed, it really is half IP, half Weihenstephan.

MF-Refreshing and carbonated. Feels more like and IPA than a hefeweizen.

Overall- I was really pleased with this beer and glad I got to try it. It combines the crispness and refreshnment of an IPA with the tast of a great Hefe. I hope some other breweries pick up on this trend and begin mimicking whatever voodoo went in to this beer. Definitely try it if you see it. Soon, it will be gone forever.

Jun 28, 2015
3.42 by Songminx2 from Korea (South) on Jun 19, 2015
3.78 by mytu420 from Romania on Jun 12, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by charapaus from Italy

Good beer but doesn't taste like a classic weizen beer, taste is similar to other brewdog creations, hoppy and bitter

May 27, 2015
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3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by StJamesGate from New York

Clear spun gold with pocked off white head that looks pretty steady. 4
Big banana and bread dough yeast nose, with some soap and just a hint of lemon zest. 3.75
Snap wheat crackers, some mushy yellow apple esters, then mild melon, pineapple, and tangelo hops. 3.75
Lemon chiffon end and humming bitter linger.
Light, crisp, slight oil. 3.75

Oct.15.15 expiry, so suspect of being 6 months in the bottle already. Which would explain why “India Pale” doesn’t really belong here. Yes, there are some light and pleasant New World hops showing up over a well-constructed if conservative weiss. No, there’s not the sandpaper and pine of Simcoe, or the creaminess and clove of Weihenstephan yeast. Even allowing for age, it’s just not enough to justify the 6.2%, the dream team collab pairing, or especially the name. 3.5

*from notes

May 27, 2015
3.4 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on May 09, 2015
3.87 by dryndantheman from Ireland on Apr 26, 2015
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3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by bark from Sweden

The colour is yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is hoppy and bitter with distinct notes of spicy yeast and wheat sourness. Hints of oil paint and juniper twigs.

The taste is dry with bitterness and sourness. Quite a lot of sour green fruits and herbal spices. Candy sweetness, bananas and peaches. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing hot alcohol, spices, oranges and some dough. The finish is dominated by alcohol and harsh green fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is smooth and harsh at the same time.

Too much harsh hops and alcohol.

Apr 24, 2015
3.81 by Tdenham from England on Apr 17, 2015
3.89 by eric5bellies from Australia on Apr 05, 2015
3.77 by rork from Netherlands on Mar 29, 2015
3.54 by Alex-Alkis from Sweden on Mar 29, 2015
4 by Mattias from Sweden on Mar 28, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

On-tap at BrewDog São Paulo, collaborated with Weihenstephan. On to the beer:

A cloudy, sandy blonde beer sits in the glass. Above it rests a more than decent white head which leaves spotty lacing. Nice aroma; not only the standard banana and clove from a hefeweizen, but a good and juicy kick of hops. The taste doesn't hit the same crescendo as the aroma, with the taste coming out weaker than expected. There are enough phenols and banana to make this a satisfying beer, and with a decent hoppy note. That being said, I'm not usually fond of hopped-up hefeweizens, but this one is solid as it stands.

Mar 25, 2015
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

Hazy, yellow beer with a white, two finger high head.

Nose: Wheat, coriander, yeast, citrus, honey and pine.
Taste: Banana, citrus, hay and wheat.
Body: Medium to thin body. A light bitternes. Easy drinkable. Refreshing.

Mar 17, 2015
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2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by AndreasDif

Strange aftertaste, had higher expectations

Mar 14, 2015
3.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Mar 13, 2015
4.32 by louisbr from Brazil on Mar 07, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Cloudy amber with not as big white head. Aromatics like IPA and hefeweizen. Taste of IPA, weizen notes are weaker, than it was awaited. The combination didn't impress me.

Mar 07, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Bright orange color with a thick head with great retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of fresh oranges, bread, flowers and some tartness.
Hoppy and citrusy flavor with notes of oranges, grass, yeast, just some banana and spices. Slightly tart and mild alcohol. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness, its 65 IBUs revealed to be more aromatic.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Herbal and citrus duel for its predominance, but the traditional yeast is always there. Given that one brewery is great in doing IPAs and the other on Weiss, I was expecting something exceptional. This is good, but it could benefit from further fine tuning.

Mar 06, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by CrazyDavros from Australia

Pours amber with a large, white head.
Nose shows banana, doughy wheat and soft spicy hops.
Flavours of a hefe but with some spicy hops and a bit of extra bitterness in the finish.

Mar 02, 2015
3.65 by leitmotif from Romania on Feb 14, 2015
3.75 by Ciocanelu from Romania on Feb 14, 2015
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by The_Mad_Capper from Japan

The aroma, especially at first, is reminiscent of mandarin and peach. Then the sweet and spicy undertone of clove and bubblegum comes through. There's a touch of doughiness. It looks golden amber and mostly clear with an eggshell-white head that has okay retention. The flavor is somewhat bitter and citrusy with notable malty sweetness, though it's not especially weizen-like—no typical banana/clove/vanilla/etc. Maybe a touch of yeast-derived spiciness, though given its intensity, it's more likely the hops. The finish is very grainy and sweet with some lingering acidic bitterness. Medium-light with a good bite from the hopping and moderate carbonation.

Really tasty and satisfying, personally. This one caters to my tastes, as it has the bitter, citrusy hops of an IPA without assaulting the palate, and the sweet and somewhat spicy character of a weizen. On a more objective note, in trying to incorporate two styles, the brewers have apparently toned down the more popular aspects of IPAs and masked a bit of the delicious character of weizens. It definitely seems like the IPA won out, with the weizen (which comes through more in the aroma) merely adding some wheaty sweetness and perhaps a touch of clove-like spiciness. On the other hand, if they hadn't toned down the hoppiness, it would have rendered the weizen infusion essentially moot. But like I said, I can't complain—this is a really enjoyable combination of two great styles.

Feb 10, 2015
3.79 by matias- from Finland on Feb 06, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by travelingrant from Japan

I've been pining for this one since I read about the collaboration months ago! Finely got my hands on a pair of bottles through the magic of the internets.

Poured into a Chimay tulip glass. Pours a lovely pale gold. The nose is a bit spicy and very weizen. I got some hops, but not as much as I expected. BrewDog loves their citrusy American hops, and I got none of that here. The taste is dominated by weizen wheat flavors, and its only the back end that the hops come out. There is a nice load of bittering hops here, strong but not overpowering. Over all I found it a well balanced hoppy wheat ale. It wasn't quite the European Little Sumpin Sumpin I was hoping for, but it was a respectable brew.

Feb 04, 2015
3.79 by Saviour from Russian Federation on Jan 17, 2015
4.03 by JavierGC from Spain on Jan 17, 2015
3.44 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Jan 15, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by henkmudi from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Closer to IPA than to hefeweizen. Pours hazy orange gold color with a large white head. Medium body and carbonation, long, rich, bitter finish. Fruit, mostly banana, light floral, citrus, yeast, grass, tobacco and brown sugar.Thin but refreshing and overall pleasant. Solid 4, expected much more. Just idea for now i guess.

Jan 13, 2015
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