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Lawnchair "Classic" Weisse | Hop City Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
hopcity.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by bobsy on 04-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,069
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
62
pDev:
12.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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Photo of StormAles
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bobsy
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of bluebombers
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of smithza9
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
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!

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Photo of JahTurbo
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -15%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -15%

Can: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a light foamy head with minimal lacing. Aroma of medium wheat malt notes with limited ester. Taste is also dominated by wheat malt notes with no real bubble gum notes and limited ester and a dry finish. Body is light with OK carbonation. Unfortunately this one is a bit too bland for my taste buds.

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Will12
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bulldogops
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of pootz
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of coder
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Veiled golden color with a strong amount of activity. Thin white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with weak legs.

Aromas of faint wheat grains. Flavors sugary malts, faint lime, floral and herbal spices. Bready with a nice sour sharpness and balanced sweetness.

Smooth slick light body with prickly carbonation. Light and short finish, ending with a smoky grainy feel and lingering noble hops.

Overall a little above average in quality having nice balanced flavors but dull freshness being a little flat. The smell is slightly off with a wet cardboard feel, and the body is very weak.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.35 or so for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well pours with a ton of head that is gone in 10 seconds. Unfiltered and golden good

S- Not much here at all. A bit of coriander but not much

T- Ok but not great. Pretty light and weak. Not much here at all. Sure you can call it a summer beer but there are better.

M- Ok but not all that wonderful. Dryness helps

O- Pretty good but not all that great. Will not buy again that is for sure. Better examples of white beers around for your hard earned money

Food Pairing

This ok white beer will go well with... Monte Cristo sandwiches

Enjoy!!

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Photo of jfreeze
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy pale straw with virtually no head, and therefore zero lacing. Very light carbonation. Aromas are light banana, and heavy on black pepper. The latter I found a bit strange in this style, but interesting and welcome. Tastes are mainly of sweet citrus fruits, banana, and some wheat. Overall, a decent, quaffable summery wheat beer that would go down easy in any patio or backyard.

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Photo of 4ster
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow with a half inch of white foam on top, kind of dense. Fair head retention, a bit of lace. Sour wheat aroma, a bit grassy with banana sweetness, hint of vanilla. Same in the flavour, but balanced more towards the sweetness provided by the grains and the banana fruitiness from the yeast. Mild, but persistent, bitterness with lingering vanilla and a hint of brown sugar. Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. A respectable beer.

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Photo of ewpass
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold straw with a good head. Some wheat and vegetable nose, not great. Mild wheat body with reasonable carbonation. Good but not great.

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Lawnchair "Classic" Weisse from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 62 ratings
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