Luft Weiss | New Braunfels Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Braunfels Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer ceased production in 2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 12
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3.51/5  rDev -4.9%

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass with appealing label art with unbranded pry-off pressure cap purchased at an Austin, TX bottle shop and served cold into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Reviewed live as a hefeweizen for obvious reasons.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Off-white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Soft and supple. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention is pretty good - about 6 minutes.

BODY: Shockingly clear/transparent for a hefeweizen where it should be hazy. Was this filtered? It's looking more like a kellerweiss. In any case, it's vibrant and translucent, and appears well-carbonated. Clean as well. Disappointingly, no yeast (or lees) is/are visible.

It's not looking good for a hefeweizen, but it looks good in general. If this was a kellerweiss, I'd be excited, but I'm worried.

AROMA: Fresh full wheat welcomes the drinker. Healthy vitamin-rich yeast notes. Soft citrusy tones. Pleasant floral hop character. Lemon, some orange. Fresh and evocative without seeming too zesty or biting. Some yeast-derived banana and clove. The banana isn't overpowering, and works well alongside the other soft fruity notes. This is quite an appealing, mellow aroma for a hefeweizen, and hits all the right notes. I can't wait to try it. Moderately intense for the style.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: The full wheat base is lovely, but there is some helles malt in there too which leavens it a bit. The yeasty notes aren't as healthy and vitamin-rich as the aroma might have suggested, but the faint banana and clove notes are wonderful, and are well complemented by some subtle - dariesay reticent - light citrusy notes. Both orange and lemon are present, but aren't evocative or present enough.

There's a kiss of a sour mash-esque note about the climax, which doesn't fit in with the freshness of the flavour profile, but takes it - for a brief instant - in an interesting direction.

Balance is the heart of a good hefeweizen, and New Braunfels has delivered. The fresh wheat dominates the malt base, and the hops don't get in the way, offering only a mild pleasant floral character which complements the fruity notes.

I do crave better depth of flavour - particularly where the citrus is concerned, but this beer boasts aptly subtle flavours and sticks to the tried and true elegant simplicity the style is known for. It's not complex or intricate, but few good beers in the style are.

I quite like it, and find it both refreshing and enjoyable to drink. Luckily, no alcohol or other off-notes intrude.

Duration and intensity of flavour are (aptly) average.

As it warms, I get a hint of sea salt and lime.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, soft, refreshing, and aptly carbonated. It's just crisp enough to quench on a hot summer day, but remains soft enough to refresh. This texture is a good companion to the taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or astringent.

OVERALL: A very drinkable, enjoyable hefeweizen from New Braunfels, which is unfortunately offered at too high a price for me to justify a second (bottle) purchase. I'd certainly order this again if I saw it on-draught, and that's saying something when Live Oak's Hefeweizen is widely available here. Absolutely worth trying. I'll definitely be trying more beers from New Braunfels.

Serve cold.

Pair with pretzels.

Low B

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Luft Weiss from New Braunfels Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 12 ratings