Standing in the supermarket looking at all of the beers to choose from my eyes were drawn to the purple box of Altstadt Hefe. Then I got excited to find new hefeweizen in the cooler. During my time in Germany, I really developed a love fo all forms of hefeweizen. This is another offering from Altstadt Brewery in Fredricksburg Texas.
I poured this beer from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass. The beer pours a very hazy yellow-amber color with a two-finger head of puffy white foam. The head fades slowly over time leaving a moderate sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma of the brew is massive of a banana and wheat smell mixed with a ton clove and some sweet citrus smells. Along with these aromas comes a bit of hay and some grass, and with the rest produce a very robust and inviting spiced wheat bread aroma.
The taste of Altstadt Hefe begins with a nice wheat bread flavor that has a good showing of slightly unripe banana and some citrus. These tastes last throughout the taste and create a base flavor, only changing a bit at the end as the wheat gets a little lighter and the banana and the citrus get stronger. After the initial flavors greet the tongue, other flavors of a clove and coriander spice begin developing, with these getting stronger as the taste moves on as well. At the same time, a touch of hay comes onto the scene, and with the rest of the tastes ends up leaving one with a sweeter but quite nice hefeweizen flavor to linger on the tongue.
The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style, the feel is good and matched the wheat bread flavors very well.
Brewers Description of Altstadt Hefe
“A traditional German Wheat beer. More than half of the malt used in this full-bodied brew is made up of German malted wheat. But the star of this brew is the yeast! Fermented in our open fermentation vessels, the yeast is free to impart a variety of fruity and spicy clove-like flavors.”
The Altstadt Label
These labels feature unique embossed lettering and vibrant colors in a proprietary design. There is a feel and a texture to these can that remind me of the labels on bottles I remember from the early 1970s on soda bottles.
Opinion of Altstadt Hefe
If this was a round table of beer tasting, I would make this my beer of the night. This is my new favorite hefeweizen brewed in the United States.
By the Numbers
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