El Toro Trio: Hafer Weizen | Cismontane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beagle75 on 05-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by beagle75:
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4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint glass.

A: Hazy, dark golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bready yeast shares space with bright citric acidity, making for a satisfying smell. Phenolics impart a faint clove character that remains passive. Banana esters are subordinate even to the phenolics, with most of the fruity qualities staying close to lemon citrus.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright and assertive lemon citrus amidst a smooth and permissive backbone of wheat and malt. Some clove complexity emerges toward the middle, complementing the citric and bready flavors already established. Mild leafy bitterness and increasing dryness define the finish, where wheat and yeast are still contributors.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, very smooth and slightly coating on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This hefeweizen (or haferweizen, as descibed on the menu at the brewery) is a very impressive and approachable contribution to this style that seems to be a perrennial under-achiever when handled by American brewers. It emphasizes lemony flavors and aromas while still showing a breadth of qualities that match well the Bavarian archetypes of the style. Drinkability and refreshment are a main attraction here, as they should be; perfectly appropriate as a lead-in to Summer.

The El Toro Trio refers to the geographical area in between the two collaborating breweries (Cismontane and Tustin Brewing Company) and to the three signature grains used during brewing. In addition to malt and wheat, this beer incorporates "naked" oats into the recipe. The nuanced character of the latter specialty grain doesn't remove the beer from its stylistic roots so much as smooth it out and make it more loveable.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The pour is nice. Golden orange in color with a large white head, mild lacing to go with it.

S: Starts off alright on the nose. Wheat and bread with some light spice notes, though it's more pepper than clove. However, the smell quickly shifts to hot dogs and lemon peel. Not good.

T: The flavor is rater bitter for a hefeweizen. A moderate wheat bread flavor and very faint banana. It doesn't have the hot dog flavor, but there is some lemongrass that isn't very nice.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: The nose killed this before it had a chance. The flavor wasn't horrendous, but not good, either.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

El Toro Trio: Hafer Weizen from Cismontane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 4 ratings