Hoegaarden Witbier 330ml $4.29
With so many Oz versions around it’s reassuring occasionally to taste the Belgian original, from one of the worlds’ biggest brewers. In a word it’s still the benchmark – its sumptuous head, high-toned, clove-like, fruity aroma and rich but brisk, clovey palate put it ahead of the pack.
Weihenstephaner Pilsner 500ml $5.99
This is a classic German Pilsen style from the ancient (founded 1040) Weihenstaphan brewery. It has a pale lemon colour with a fine, white head; zesty, harmonious aroma; and beautifully refreshing palate – in its unique, herbal, zesty, delicately bitter style. One bottle won’t be enough.
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