Perlenbacher Hefeweissbier Naturtrüb
Frankfurter Brauhaus GmbH

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3.06 | pDev: 2.29%
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2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Canned in a five hundred millilitre can and purchased from Lidl as part of their Oktorfest seasonal promotion
Pours a hazy cloudy wheat coloured body with decent enough white head
aroma is cloves and bicarb
Wheat flavoured with clove notes

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3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I guess the Perlenbacher brand bounces between breweries...whoever bids the lowest for supermarkets, I guess? This one is brewed by Frankfurter Brauhaus, and isn't to be confused with the Perlenbacher Weissbier floating around out there.

.5L plastic bottle with screw-off top purchased at a Lidl in Berlin. Best before: 20.06.16. 0.25 euro pfand/deposit.

Served cold into a pilsner glass (it's all I have on hand). Reviewed live as a weissbier per the label.

Brief notes below:

APPEARANCE: Pours a dull orange body and a generic off-white head of above average (~4 minute) retention. Average consistency and complexion.

No yeast can be seen within. Appears unfiltered judging by its classic hefeweizen haziness.

AROMA: Clove. Muted orange peel. Faint banana. An estery trifecta of classic hefe character, but here each ester is shallow, if not bland. Stale what lurks beneath. I find no overt hop character, nor are there any off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Nicely soft, which helps give it a comforting if not refreshing presence on the palate. Banana is the dominant ester here, but clove is alas it's only competitor (any orange peel faded into the body, and the promise of it in the aroma goes unfulfilled). Wheat provides the obvious malt backbone, but it isn't particularly fresh. Overall, a shallow brew, but a cohesive and not imbalanced one. I do like it, but it's a very basic hefeweizen. Still, it's much better than one might anticipate given its plastic bottle presentation.

Well-carbonated. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Its strength is definitely its softness. The mouthfeel suits the taste, but there isn't a perfect harmony of the two or anything; this texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole, but it's more or less style-appropriate.

OVERALL: This beer offers an amazing price to quality ratio, but in terms of quality alone it's merely above average. They did elements of the mouthfeel brilliantly: the carbonation is right, and the softness really works - but the taste is muted and shallow, the wheat feels cheap if not stale, and yeast isn't running the show, nor is it bringing adequately subtle and intricate esters into the fold. This needs more orange peel, more vivid banana and clove, fresher wheat, and more depth of flavour. Drinkable and well-worth trying, but not amongst the best hefeweizens brewed in the country. I'm glad this is the supermarket offering in Germany (I wish this was the "cheap stuff" in the states!), but it isn't on par with what's coming out of Bavaria. Easily above average, however.


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Perlenbacher Hefeweissbier Naturtrüb from Frankfurter Brauhaus GmbH
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 3 ratings