Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Amarillo HefeIcon Series: Amarillo Hefe

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewer Sam Wright's Description: The recipe for Amarillo Hefe came from a beer I developed for my sister and brother in law's wedding. They wanted a hefeweizen for their reception, and I decided to put my own twist on it. Since some people like to put lemon or orange slices in hefes, I figured I could replace that with the bright citrus flavor and aroma of Amarillo hops. The base beer starts as a fairly traditional Hefe. As fermentation starts to putter out, a healthy dose of Amarillos are dry hopped to complement the banana and clove flavors of the yeast. The balance gives an impression of added spice flavor, but no spice was added. Just malt, hops, yeast, and water. Enjoy!

Added by champ103 on 05-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy yellow, white head, maybe a finger, dissipated quickly, only a little lace.

Aroma: light pine and citrus, with and earthy, bubblegum yeast note on the back, with a bit of banana and clove.

Taste: banana and yeast esters up front, with some backing floral and piny hop notes and a very subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light, light carbonation, clean finish, smooth.

Overall: not a bad hefe at all, and the Amarillo touch is good too.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Has a nice piney hoppy aroma. Slight coriander as well. Wheat taste with a nice hoppy, peppery bitterness. Some citrus flavor at the end. Medium bodied with somewhat moderate to high carbonation. Good beer. Enjoyable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and a little hazy with a fairly good head and sparse lace.

Aroma is more heffy than I expected, good yeasty component, some hoppiness, interesting.

I like the taste, well, for a hoppy hef or wheat beer, that is. I can't say I'm real fond of this style, but this example of the style is quite tasty, so more power to St Arnold. It's got ample hop presence without blasting away all the things that make a hef, like yeasty taste and a pretty full mouthfeel, despite being pretty light and drinkable.

I kind of think the hoppy hef/wheat beer is somewhat of a distinct style (with some overlap, obviously). I have found all of these beers interesting but just not that compelling. I guess the yeastiness clashes with the hops, IMO. I'm rating this one well tho because you rate to style and this is a tasty beer, regardless of my eccentricities.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. The beer pours slightly hazy pale golden with a thick, white head and some visible tiny bubbles. Some nice lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is still familiar when it comes to hefeweizen: banana and clove. There's some citrus that also comes through in the nose, which is presumably from the Amarillo. I'm not getting much pine, but it is there. The taste follows the nose. There's no doubting this is a hefeweizen with the banana and clove notes from the yeast and the wheat malt. But there's also the Amarillo bringing some mild citrus and pine to the party. Unlike previous entries into the Icon series, it doesn't stray too far from style roots, but the Amarillo provides a nice flavor/aroma addition. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks very easily and it's very refreshing. This is a very good beer.

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Icon Series: Amarillo Hefe from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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