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Jacobsen Weissbier

Rating: 3.7

Another new Carlsberg beer now and my third that falls under their Jacobsen banner of beers, this one is a wheat beer that I managed to pick up a bottle of from the gift shop after touring the Carlsberg Brewery & Visitor Centre on a recent trip to Copenhagen. The beer follows on from the India Pale Ale and the Saaz Blonde in the Jacobsen range, both of which I have reviewed here previously, and this one is probably the beer from that I had most wanted to try after the Saaz Blonde and discovering that their Sommer Wit beer is no longer brewed. Despite arriving in Denmark with the intention of not drinking as many Carlsberg beers as most probably do when visiting the country, I actually ended up trying quite a few new ones from the brewery and I am amazed to say that they weren’t all bad. This one will likely be my last new one from them for some time now though, especially considering the choice of beers from them is pretty poor in the UK when compared with their homeland.

Jacobsen Weissbier

Appearance (4/5): A cloudy orange colour, this one is quite bright looking and sits with a thumb-sized, foamy white head that holds pretty well initially whilst leaving a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Semi-sweet on the nose to start things off, the beer had some pleasant banana notes and a little clove in the early going before a few background fruits started to come through. Around the middle some the wheat started showing and I got a few hints of coriander as well which helped the beer seem quite fresh before a little spice rounded things off but overall it was an easy beer on the nose.
Taste (7/10): A pleasantly sweet beer with a taste of banana to kick things off alongside some of the clove from the nose. There was a usual citrus flavours as well that carried through and I got a combination of subtle fruits featuring alongside some grain and even a little caramel sweetness too. Towards the end some bread and pale malts were the order of the day and it was quite a nice tasting beer without being anything special for the style.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite balance which made it an easy beer to drink and the beer was a well carbonated one too. The background fruits and caramel, as well as the malts, helped to provide a semi-sweet taste and it was a slightly dry mouthfeel at the end but it was also quite fresh and crisp at the same time. Smooth and balanced, easy to drink too, but nothing special when compared to some of the better German hefeweizens out there.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice, well-balanced hefeweizen that was definitely an easy one to drink and there was just enough going on to keep things interesting without it truly being a special beer. I liked the touches of sweetness dotted about the place and the subtle caramel malts were a nice touch around the middle too; a solid effort from the brewery that’s definitely worth trying if you happen to find it whilst in Copenhagen but it’s probably not one that’s worth going hunting for.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Carlsberg Brewery
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.9%
Serving: Bottle (300ml)
Purchased: Carlsberg Brewery/Visitor Centre (Copenhagen)
Price: 20 Danish Krone (approx. £2.20)

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