Monthly Archives: June 2008

Wheat Beer Week: Pyramid Hefeweizen

As much as Widmer’s version, Pyramid Hefeweizen is one of those beers that helped define a style: the American Wheat. Of course, I’ve seen a bit of pushback in recent years against the Pyramid and Widmer hefes; I don’t know if it’s because the breweries have grown into large, overly "commercial" entities that people object to on principle, or if they’re just too light for the American "extreme beer palate" or what, but for me, … Continue reading →

Wheat Beer Week: JosephsBrau Dunkelweizen

Ah, a Trader Joe’s beer by way of Gordon Birsch: "JosephsBrau" is the contract label for TJs that has produced several beers (I’ve reviewed two). Their Dunkelweizen is fairly new, a dark wheat beer that is 5.2% alcohol by volume. Since it’s a TJ’s "house beer", it was picked up for $5.99 a six-pack (and specials may apply)—not bad for a craft-brewed beer. Appearance: Murky, brown with a tan head. Like a dark, unfiltered apple … Continue reading →

Wheat Beer Week: Festina Pêche

When I first picked up Dogfish Head’s Festina Pêche, I didn’t know that it was brewed in the style of the (rare-ish) Berliner Weisse. (You can see the point in my tasting notes when I figured this out.) Berliner Weisses are sour wheat beers, typically low in alcohol. Dogfish’s own page has a good summary: A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse fermented with honest-to-goodness peaches to (get this!) 4.5% abv! Because extreme beers don’t have to be … Continue reading →

Wheat Beer Week: Shock Top Belgian White

Yes—gasp!—it’s a beer from Anheuser-Busch. I drink those from time to time, and when I saw this in the store, my curiosity finally got the better of me. While the name and packaging seem to come straight from a marketing department (hat tip to Stan for that), the beer comprising Shock Top Belgian White itself is much more solid. Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier, which is a wheat-based ale always spiced and … Continue reading →

Wheat Beer Week: W ’08 Crimson Wheat

I suppose it’s somewhat fitting that the first Wheat Beer Week beer I review is a Widmer beer—considering they are arguably best know for their very American Hefeweizen. W ’08 Crimson Wheat is their "Brewmaster’s Release 2008" beer: The three different red, caramelized, and dark wheat malts give this beer an intense red color that runs as deep as the flavor. The toasted grain flavors blend perfectly with the subtle spiciness of the hops just … Continue reading →