Sand Creek Brewing Co.
Black River Falls, WI
Lilja’s Heifer Weizen
Another sampling from Sand Creek, friends from the great brewing state of Wisco. This is an odd label, but I appreciate that they have a sense of humor.
The beer pours flaxen and light, with a sudsy pure white head that puffs up quickly only to exhale a bit and settle to a quarter-inch. The color after the last ounce or two is swirled and added to the mix is a deep auric orange that lightens to a rich blonde at the narrow portion of this hefeweizen glass.
The nose has a very pleasant spiciness of coriander with a touch of sage. It also has the requisite banana aroma, but it is quite sharp and almost lemon-like.
The initial sip has a decent mouthfeel that thins out considerably. The first flavors are a tangy, crispy wheat and very under-ripe pear or green apple. There is a bit of an astringent aftertaste at first, but as the beer warms and opens a bit, it turns into a more enjoyable seesaw between spicy and chewy, with the lemon showing up at the end in a refreshing splash.
The lacing is OK, but nothing too impressive. I may leave half this beer to warm for another couple of minutes to see what changes, if any, might occur.
Certainly, the nose picks up some more starch aromas, and the mouthfeel improves a bit into a very much more buttery finish. Overall, the brew doesn’t change too much. It’s enjoyable enough – easy-drinking and not overwhelmingly wheaty, but I might not seek it out.