Only Bad Hefeweizens Need to Play Dress Up
A Review of Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb by Paulaner Brauerei
Posted on 11/26/2012 by Chops
                   
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If I had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world based solely on beer preference, it would be in Germany. I have yet to meet a German beer that I have not loved, liked, or at the very least respected. My favorite beer styles are German. My favorite breweries are German. I just cannot get enough of what Deutschland and its magical Bavarian region has to offer. A great Bavarian representative is the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, which is easily found in the United States. This beer offers one very important take-home point: Paulaner is one of Germany's largest breweries, and even at high levels of production, they still manage to produce fantastic beers (hint hint to all you macros out there).

In the glass, this beer has a semi-hazy earthy orange coloration. It comes with a big white head, both rocky and creamy, that likes to stick around for quite a while. You should be careful with an aggressive pour because you're liable to lose half the beer on the table. On the nose, I detected that signature sweet banana aroma with hints of lemony citrus, doughy bread, a touch of herbs, and a slight candied malt. We're off to a great start, so nothing left to do but dive right in for that first taste.

The mouthfeel immediately caught my attention on the first sip, which is very clean and buttery smooth. Talk about an easy drinking brew, I could honestly toss back pint after pint all day long and never grow tired of it. The sweet banana flavor sets up shop as the primary trait and is complimented by other tangy fruity notes. I also found a lager-like earthy grassy note that I wasn't expecting, but managed to compliment the mix quite well. It has a savory bready quality that acts like a soft base, but never really asserts itself. The hop profile is very mild and takes on an herbal quality. The beer finishes clean and smooth with a warm citrus aftertaste.

Overall, the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen is a delightful beer that goes a long way in showcasing what the German beer scene has to offer. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this beer is that hefeweizens are meant to be enjoyed fresh. This beer was canned, shipped, stocked and sold at my local beer store in the United States. And even under those suboptimal conditions, the Paulaner Hefe-Weizen easily towered over its stateside competitors. I can only imagine enjoying a fresh pint of this brew in Munich beer garden. Needless to say, I can easily recommend this brew to any and all beer fans. Seasoned drinkers will appreciate the stylistic integrity while novices will be mesmerized by its clean smooth flavorings. But whatever you do, don't insult this beer by garnishing it with a fruit wedge. Only bad hefeweizens need to play dress up.

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