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Brewdog India Pale Weizen

Rating: 3.55

A beer I’ve been looking forward to being released now, a collaborative effort from Brewdog and Munich based Weihenstephan. The former being my most visited brewery with this beer being my 72nd from the brewery, and the later of the two being one of my favourite brewery’s despite the fact that there are still some of their beers that I’ve yet to try. I first heard about this one in early October and have been waiting on its release ever since so hopefully it will be as good as I’m hoping. The beer apparently has a hefeweizen base with the usual banana notes and taste but with American influenced citrus hops; what’s not to like? I’m also ahead of the game here since this one isn’t officially launched until later tonight at Brewdog’s UK based bars but I managed to pick up a couple bottles from my local bottle shop and sampled this one last night.

Brewdog India Pale Weizen

Appearance (5/5): Pours a cloudy golden amber colour that looks quite bright and is topped with a foamy looking white head that starts at about a two centimetres tall, although it did take an aggressive pour to produce this. The head then slowly recedes over the opening couple of minutes to leave a fine lacing that covers the surface of the beer with slightly more build up around the sides.
Aroma (7/10): Much like a hefeweizen on the nose with some good banana and clove notes upfront, there is some of the promised citrus as well with lemons and orange peel coming through nicely. It does seem like a slightly toned down wheat beer though with none of these aromas being overly pronounced or in your face but it is a pleasant smelling beer that has some hops coming through as well.
Taste (6/10): Some wheat and citrus start things off but there is also a little bitterness to and some lighter type malts before the banana and cloves from the hefeweizen side of things begin to come through. I could detect some fruits with a little spice and faint bubblegum appearing, some faint hops aren’t far behind either but they’re definitely not strong.
Palate (3/5): A medium body with an abundance of carbonation coming through alongside some spice and fruitiness from the banana and citrus, the later of the two also giving the beer a nice tang. Surprisingly there was some bitterness, although I could really have been expecting this with the mention of hops on the bottle. The finish is dry and there is further bitterness coming through here as well.

Overall (13/20): As it turns out this one wasn’t bad but it certainly didn’t excite or fully match my expectations either, I feel that a brewery of Brewdog’s calibre getting together with Weihenstephan should have produced better results; perhaps just making a good beer without the twist would have been a wiser decision. To be fair they did advertise this as a cross between an IPA and a traditional hefeweizen and that’s exactly what it is but it falls short of being a good beer under either category with Brewdog making much better IPA’s than this one and Weihenstephan most certainly making better weizens. It’s an interesting collaboration and one worth trying for that reason along but it’s not a classic beer, nor is it one to write home about.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog/Weihenstephan (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2014
Full Name: Brewdog vs. Weihenstephan India Pale Weizen
Type: Pale Wheat Ale
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.40

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  1. July 7, 2015 at 21:21

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