Despite last night’s Shiner fail, I’m going to give this Shiner Hefeweizen a go. Maybe it’s the spring rain, maybe it’s forward thinking to the beer I’m going to enjoy all summer at Zum Schneider, maybe I’m just desperate.
The pour is typically lively, flinging three fingers of foam up the glass. More than a half-inch is retained and the rocky, cloudy head is sticking to the sides of the glass.
The color is a hazy goldenrod, burnished with a bit of orange evident. The carbonation is steady with both very fine bubbles, and larger globes heading to the surface.
The nose is clean and grassy, with some green apples and a plastic-y phenolic smell. It’s not unpleasant, but it smells very much like plastic or transparent tape.
The mouthfeel is pretty good, much fuller than I expected. The initial flavor is a subtle grain and cereal that is slightly tinny. A kiss of citrus – literally like a quick squeeze of lemon – provides just a hint of astringency to the start of the finish, which ends with a clean, if slightly twiggy, flavor.
All in all, this is not bad, but it is lacking the more cleansing abilities of most wheats. There is no real hefe tang to this. If you don’t like wheat beer and you have to drink a wheat beer and, like me, just want a Ranger IPA, it’ll do, but it’s not going to make a run at any beers from Ze Fathaland.
You passed, Shiner. BARELY.
Know what I give you?