Moon Under Water This Is Hefeweizen – Hefeweizen at 5.5% ABV | 14 IBU

Moon Under Water This Is Hefeweizen Hefeweizen at 5.5% ABV | 14 IBU (C$3.69 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 19-Jul-2019)

Appearance: opaque medium gold with three fingers of rocky off-white head, excellent retention and spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: banana, cloves, orange pith and peel, . (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly tart finish. (4/5)

Well, I dunno if it’s necessarily a reference-style Hefe – personally, I think the amount of fruitiness here would give purists fits – but it’s definitely not a boring blonde ale, so I guess that’s mission accomplished. Despite the emphatic-verging-on-bombastic flavours, the sweetness remains restrained, and the finish is, if not actually crisp, short and refreshing. It’s no Weihenstephaner or Krombacher, but it just might hold its own against Paulaner in a blind taste test. Plus, that Fräulein has a crazy glint in her eye that makes me slightly afraid to rate this any lower. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

5 replies on “Moon Under Water This Is Hefeweizen – Hefeweizen at 5.5% ABV | 14 IBU”

All I can say is, they might sell it in Lidl, but Krombacher Brauerei Weizen is the second-best Hefe I’ve ever had. In fact, in my experience it’s second only to Weihenstephaner. I’d be interested in hearing if you’ve tried it, and if so, what your take on it was.

No, I’ve never picked it up.
I actually saw it this afternoon in the local supermarket whilst a having a most enjoyable afternoon around the never ending shops with my wife (not) – I didn’t buy it for same reason I’ve never bought it – it’s looks boring!!
Ok the label isn’t everything but it’s very lowly rated on RB & Lidl sell it – not sounding too promising to me.
But – as you rate it & I know from the past our taste preferences are similar, I’ll pick up a bottle next time I see it – just for education purposes of course!
Just for factual purposes, on RB, Weihenstephaner is the top rated Weizen & Krombacher is not in the top 50 – maybe you have gap in beers there?

Believe me, I’m not claiming any great authority on Hefes. I have records for 36 different reviews, and probably a few more on Untappd that I can’t easily tally, so I’m not completely unfamiliar with the style. However, I don’t think I have the Bavarian sensibility to evaluate subtleties (much the same as I find it difficult to appreciate Pilsners) so perhaps I tend to over rate the ones with bigger flavour and under rate the more to-spec ones. Sorting by score, Weihenstephaner is all by itself way out in front at 9.5/10, followed by Krombacher at 8.5/10. Then there are 5, including this one, at 8/10, and everything else is below that. Take that for what it’s worth, and if you try a Krombacher and disagree with me, well, I’ll fully refund what you paid for my opinion, no questions asked! 🙂

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