Beer review — Sierra Nevada and Bridge Road

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen 355ml $4.50
This is an exciting American expression of Bavaria’s wheat ale style: a glowing, pale lemon colour, suffused with a yeast haze; an abundant, dense, white head; a sweet, enticing banana-like aroma; and a zingy, lemon-fresh palate, with hints of banana and clove and a delicious, dry, refreshing finish.

Bridge Road Brewers Hefeweizen 330ml $4.50
Ben Kraus offers another interpretation of the Bavarian wheat ale style: medium amber-gold colour; an aroma of sweet malt, tinged with banana-like esters; a full, smooth, creamy-textured palate; and a fresh, dry finish, with a spicy aftertaste. It lacked the vibrance of Sierra Nevada. We suspect the retail stock may not have been fresh.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2012
First published 20 June 2012 in The Canberra Times