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De Prael Weizen

Rating: 3.55

One of my only supermarket beers from Amsterdam now, this was a local beer from the Amsterdam based De Prael brewery that I picked up at a supermarket near my hotel when in the city earlier this month on a long weekend trip. With a brewery right in the centre of Amsterdam that I’d read about prior to my visit, I was expecting to see quite a few beers from De Prael in pubs and bars about the city but to be honest it’s not a brewery I noticed much from other than spotting this and one more of their beers in one supermarket. I opted for this one based on the fact it was such a local beer and because I felt it would be quite a light, easy one to drink prior to dinner and a night out drinking. The beer is a Belgian style witbier that was formerly known as De Prael Heintje and is a fairly well established beer, originally brewed around 2002 and still going strong.

De Prael Weizen

Appearance (4/5): This on pours a hazy yellow with orange tinges and is topped with a quarter centimetre tall, fine and bubbly white head that just about covers the surface, staying for a minute before starting to break up.
Aroma (6/10): Slightly sweet on the nose with some nice wheat and banana notes coming through alongside hints of bubblegum and a few background fruits as well. The nose was quite a light one with a floral backing and some acidity coming through as well as some yeasty notes.
Taste (7/10): Zesty initially with some citrus notes and lemon coming through early on before being quickly followed by some nice banana and wheat that match the nose well. I detected some acidity in the taste as well with the bubblegum featuring too before the beer was rounded out with some background fruits and a faint hop bitterness.
Palate (4/5): Light bodied but not quite thin, this one had plenty of carbonation coming through and seemed quite crisp and refreshing on the way down. There was touches of sweetness throughout with some bitterness making itself known right at the close but overall the balance seemed a fairly good one.

Overall (13/20): This one struck me as being a pretty average witbier if I’m honest, it was in no way a bad offering but it didn’t really excite me either and I’m not sure it’s one that I’d be likely to pick up again in truth. The nose was quite light and overall so was the beer with a nice zesty, citrus taste that was refreshing and easy to drink but it wasn’t a stand out witbier by any means; enjoyable but not a must try I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Brewery: Brouwerij De Prael
First Brewed: circa. 2002
Previously Known As: De Prael Heintje
Type: Witbier
Abv: 5.4%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Albert Heijn (Amsterdam)
Price: €1.89 (approx. £1.40)

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