Beer review — Schneider Weisse & James Squire Pepperberry

Schneider Weisse Hefe-Weizen 500ml $6.69
Despite the dark colour and 5.4 per cent alcohol, this Bavarian classic is a fine and subtle example of wheat ale. It has the distinctive banana-like fruity esters of the style and a spicy, pleasantly tart palate that’s rich (but not heavy) and finishes with a gentle, bitter bite.

James Squire Limited Release Pepperberry Winter Ale 345ml $3.39
This is Chuck Hahn’s latest, delightfully wacky invention – a full-bore winter ale that’s been seasoned with native Australian pepperberries. Hovering over the opulent malt base is an exotic herbal/spiciness. It drives the aroma and gives the palate a bitter, warm tweak. It’s a love-it or hate-it, idiosyncratic brew.

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