Advertisement

The Hops: Hefeweizen


August kind of sucks. Summer vacation ends (for those who still have it), there is no reason to drive to Missouri for fireworks and the beginning of football season is painfully close. Basically, it is 31 days of heat, humidity and perseverance. Thankfully, there is hefeweizen.

Brewed with over 50 percent malted wheat, refreshing on hot days and properly served in special, curvaceous glasses, hefeweizen is my favorite style of beer. Though a quest for hop tolerance is the national rage, I prefer to while away warm afternoons in the shade of a beer garden, a half-liter weizen glass filled with golden nectar and topped with a meringue-like foam within arms reach. So instead of suggesting one specific version, I have decided to recommend the hefeweizen style as a whole.

The good stuff comes from Bavaria. Excellent choices include Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Franziskaner Weissbier, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen and Schneider Weisse Original. In regards to freshness, Millstream’s Hefe“r”weizen cannot be beat.

More or less, all good hefeweizens exhibit the same characteristics. The color will range between lemonade and deep gold. Since they are unfiltered, hefeweizens are naturally cloudy. When pouring into a pint or weizen glass, leave a little beer in the bottle and gently loosen the yeast at the bottom with a couple swirls, then pour the remaining mix, which will cloud the beer and give it a thick foam topping. The aroma and flavor are sweet and wheaty and will usually feature ripe banana, apple, lemon, orange, clove, a little ground pepper, maybe strawberry and, sometimes, bubblegum.

  • Brewer: Samuel Smith Old Brewery of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Serving temperature: 45ºF
  • Alcohol content: Ranging from 4.9 to 5.5 percent ABV
  • Food pairings: Tangy cheeses such as Edam, Feta and Brick (I suggest Brick); chicken or vegetable pie; salads; seafood; and traditional Bavarian fare such as weisswurst and pretzels (hold the spicy mustard, though)
  • Where to buy: John’s Grocery, New Pioneer Food Co-op and most area Hy-Vee stores
  • Price: $8-10 per six-pack, and $3-4 for 500 ml bottles


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

40 Years Forward:

A Celebration of Empowerment & Hope

Deb Talan of "The Weepies" will begin our night of celebration with a story of survival, empowerment, and hope told through words and song. Join us in remembering our past and envisioning the future at the Coralville Mariott.

GET TICKETS

Friday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

For 18 years...

Little Village has been telling the truth and changing our little corner of the world.

If you can, help us head into the next 18 years even stronger with a one-time or monthly contribution of $18, or any amount you choose.

Advertisement

A collaboration between The Englert Theatre and FilmScene

STRENGTHEN
GROW•EVOLVE

Help us build the greatest small city for the arts in America—right here in Iowa City. Learn more »

Donate Today

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve is a collaborative campaign led by two Iowa City-based arts nonprofits, The Englert Theatre and FilmScene that seeks a major reinvestment to strengthen the arts through modern and historic venues, innovative programming, and new models of collaboration.

Little Village's
BEST OF THE CRANDIC

From Aug. 1-Sept. 30, cast your vote for your favorite places, people, eats and entertainment around the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.

Don't forget to explain your picks! The best answers will be published in LV's Best of the CRANDIC issue, out Dec. 3, 2019.