Review of Northern Brewer Bavarian Hefeweizen
Posted on January 30, 2010 by mike
Six weeks has finally past and my second homebrew comes out of a quick cold bath in the fridge to get a tasting in my mouth for the first time. This last brew was actually my second time homebrewing and I ordered a kit from Northern Brewer, I ordered the “Bavarian Hefeweizen” and brewed up my batch. Here is exactly what the recipe looked like.
5 Gallon Batch
6 lbs Wheat Malt Syrup 65% Wheat 35% Barley
1 lbs Dry Malt Extract Bavarian Wheat 65% Wheat 35% Barley
1 oz Tettnang Hops 60 Minutes
WYeast 3068 Weihenstephan
Bottled using 1 1/4 cups wheat DME.
IBU’s 12 | OG 1.043 – 1.009 | ABV%:4.0% – 4.2%
Schedule: 1 week primary – 2 weeks secondary – 3 weeks in the bottle
Obviously homebrewing can lead to different flavors from one person to another so I won’t get to stringent on all of the characteristics but I do have to say that I pretty much followed the recipe to a “T” and what I got doesn’t look like a Bavarian Hefe to me. It actually looks a lot like my first Hombrewing Brewer’s Best Red Ale.
I was expecting a much more golden wheat color and beer calculus tells me a “light yellow” and I got more of a red color. This beer actually reminds me of a Dunkelweiss.
This recipe was really easy. It is all malt and little hops. It truly is a recipe that once you put the hops in you can pretty much walk away from it till 60 minutes is up.
Very little head, even after warming it up a little bit. However, I do get some bubbles sticking to the side of the glass on the way down. The color is a deep ruby red with some crisp looking carbonation.
Like I said, it tastes more like a Dunkelwiezen than anything else. It has a bit of spice, like nutmeg or some other holiday spice, but what really comes through is the banana characteristic. If I burp, I get bananas. There isn’t much for hops in this recipe and it tastes like it. Much more sweet and citrus than hoppy.
Smells a little bit caramelly and a little spicy. NO hop aroma at all. Suppose there wasn’t any aroma hops so that is to be expected.
If you can get past the fact that this is not a Bavarian Wheat and more of a Dunkelweiss, you’ll really enjoy this brew. My wife loves these so I’ll kindly wait my turn.
Easy to brew, quick turnaround, decent alcohol content coming in at just over 4% ABV so if you are looking to bridge a gap in your brewing schedule and you like something a little sweeter, this is a good go to.
You can read more about the process here, Homebrewing – The Second Experiment