846: Schneider Weisse

846 - Schneider WeisseName: Schneider Weisse
Brewery: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Kelheim, Germany
Style: Hefeweizen
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.90%
First Brewed: 1872
Price: $3.29

Tasting Notes
Gold amber in color, Schneider Weisse has an aroma of cloves, bananas, and a hint of vanilla; on the palate there are more bananas, cloves, a custard-like sweetness, and a hint of bubble gum, before its descent into a tingling fruity finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I am not a big fan of this style, but excited to drink this. I haven’t had a light beer in a while, as I have been on a stout kick lately. Oh, and an IPA kick. But I am always on an IPA kick. I did like reading about this brewing company and the history behind this beer. That is what makes beers exciting.

Reading the tasting notes, I am looking forward to smelling and drinking this beer. I recently had a bottle of Spine Tingler that had tasting notes explained as bubble gum… and it was like drinking liquid bubble gum. I liked it. I am hoping this has some of those same characters. I am also curious to see if there is much vanilla, as styles like this usually don’t provide me much vanilla aroma or flavors. Should be fun. Let’s drink, people!

In the Glass: Very impressive pour. I didn’t pour this fast as I was worried about a possible sediment in the bottom of the glass, but there is a really nice head and I could smell this from the second I started pouring. The aroma is not overwhelming, but has a lovely expected scent to it. I have said this before, and I will say this again… not a big fan of this style. But I am going to give it a shot!

Nose: This smells like a hefe-weizen should. I am not sure why this bottle has a – in the middle. I have always spelled it hefeweisen, but the – does add a certain foreign appeal to it. It has a musky/dirty aroma, too. Something that makes me feel like I am in Europe walking the streets late at night chugging one more beer before bed. I do enjoy a beer with a little earthiness in the aroma.

Flavor: Pretty boring at first, but has a nice punch toward the end. It does have the expected hefeweizen flavor profile, but nothing to write home about. The burp is pretty boring, too. (You will notice, as I write my reviews, that I mention the burp. I only mention the burp when and where it happens. Sometimes that happens in the flavor and others toward the aftertaste. But if I burp while reviewing, I will always mention the experience.) A second drink doesn’t leave me too excited.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty boring. At first, it is cold (right from the fridge), thin and then finishes as such. Really, I don’t want to even finish my glass. I can see why people like this style, but I just don’t. This is/would be a good style for people that don’t like craft beer but want to experience the flavor of a craft beer. The finish is thin, and pretty much boring. It’s there, and gone again.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There isn’t much of an aftertaste at all. As fast as you take a drink, it’s gone again. A beer like this might taste better in the summer, and while outside at a concert or a sporting event. But this is not something I would order out nor something I would buy again. Maybe my palate is changing, but this is not a good beer. Cool story, and a lot of history here… but that’s about it.

Sorry Schneider Weisse… but I don’t like you!

Schneider Weisse – The bottle says: “From Bavarian’s oldest brewery. Considered the classical German Hefe-Weizen. Classic bottle fermentation. Unpasteurized, unfiltered, with a pure top fermentation yeast that resorted at the bottom. Distinctive amber color with a fine full head and fresh bouquet. A light but firm body with plenty of champagne – like carbonation. Wonderfully refreshing. Product of Kelheim/Bavaria, Germany.

Rating: 1/5 

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Time to do a beer again!  It’s been a few days, mostly because Ricky has been out of town.  But now we are back and ready to drink some beer.  I know that today’s beer is a German beer, at least judging by the name.  It was something I’m not even sure I can pronounce.  But let’s not worry about that right now.

The beer had a lot of head when Ricky poured it into the glasses.  It was very thick and white.  The beer itself looks pretty thick as well.  It’s kind of golden brown, and you can’t really see through the glass at all, so also no little bubbles floating to the top.  The nose smells kind of fruity and spicy.  This time the fruity is more of a sour smell than citrus or anything else.  On top of that, it has almost a spicy or gingery smell to it.  Let’s see if that holds up in the taste.

Well, the taste has more of a carbonated feel than I expected.  While it does have a bit of sourness to it, there’s not as much of that as I expected either.  The beer itself is flavorful, but the flavor is not heavy or overpowering.  The flavor that I do get is that of the ginger along with the sour taste.  It’s hard to distinguish the two in the taste, as it all kind of runs together.  This beer isn’t bad, but it’s not overwhelmingly good to me either.  I like the flavor, but there just isn’t anything there that stands out, in my opinion.  I might buy this beer again, but that’s if I can remember it.

Rating: 3/5

845 bottles of beer on the wall…

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