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Pittinger Hefe-Weissbier

Rating: 3.85

One of the first beers I picked up and tried while in Slovenia last month, this one is an Austrian brewed wheat beer in a can that I managed to find in most shops in Ljubljana despite seeing nothing from the same brewery whilst across the border in Croatia previously. Pittinger beers were a common sight in Slovenia but I only managed to try this one and a radler from them during the course of my short stay in the country, a review of that beer will follow but I tried to stick to Slovenian beers when I could since I don’t think I’ve ever seen any available in the UK before.

Pittinger Hefe-Weissbier

Appearance (4/5): Cloudy yellow with some tinges of brown and topped with a part fluffy, part foamy white head that’s a few inches tall and holds well, leaving some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.
Aroma (8/10): Quite fruity with plenty of bananas and some cloves to start things off, there was some touches of lemon in there as well. The beer had a bread malt aroma to it with some hints of coriander and good citrus notes coming through alongside some sweetness. There was some wheat that followed and a nice bubblegum aroma that featured towards the end.
Taste (7/10): Quite a fruity tasting beer with the banana and cloves from the nose again kicking things off before some wheat and light malts made an appearance. There was some bread and a nice mix of citrus/lemon after that but the beer was again a sweet one with some of the bubblegum from the nose rounding things off.
Palate (4/5): Quite sweet for the style with a light body that was perhaps a touch thinner than I’d have liked but the beer was well carbonated and very easy to drink so that’s a minor complaint. There was a fresh, lively feel to the beer and the balance was good too.

Overall (15/20): This one wasn’t a bad hefeweizen at all, it was certainly a lot better than I’d been expecting when I first picked the beer up anyway; although the fact it was the cheapest beer in the supermarket probably influenced this some. There was plenty of flavour to it and carbonation levels were good as well, the beer was just an easy one to drink and one that’s I’d pick up again since wheat beers aren’t overly common in that part Europe unless your looking for a Paulaner.

Brewed In: Unterradlberg, Austria
Brewery: Privatbrauerei Fritz Egger
First Brewed: circa. 2005
Type: German Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: Spar supermarket (Ljubljana)
Price: €0.74 (approx. £0.54)

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  1. September 24, 2015 at 08:25

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