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Lemke Hopfen Weisse

Rating: 3.8

The first of five beers that I tried from the Berlin based Lemke brewery now, all of which I managed to find while in Berlin over the Easter holidays recently having made a point of visiting their brewpubs when I was in the city. First up is their Hopfen Weisse which will be my first new weizenbock in quite some time, mainly because new ones of the style are so hard to find in the UK and not because I’m not a fan of them. This is one that I managed to sample on-tap at one of the brewery’s bars in the Alexanderplatz area of the city and enjoyed it so much that I opted to buy a few random bottles by the brewery when I was leaving, with a view of trying them back at my hotel later in the weekend; here’s what I thought of the first of their beers though.

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber in colour with some copper tinges and quite a cloudy body, this one is topped with a thin head that sits about a half centimetre tall and holds pretty steady after that whilst leaving a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh and fairly spicy on the nose, this one opens with some touches of coriander and cloves before a nice helping of banana makes itself known and imparts touches of sweetness on the aroma. There was some bread malts and hints of caramel nearer the middle of the beer before some lemon rounded things off alongside a subtle touch of alcohol; good stuff so far though.
Taste (7/10): Opening with the banana from the nose, the beer tastes slightly sweeter this time round with some bread malts following on behind before the cloves and some of the spice start to show themselves. Around the middle some citrus flavours come through, particularly touches of lemon and there is a nice biscuit flavour towards the end before some grassy touches see things out nicely.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and fresh with a very good balance and some spices coming through as well. For the most part the beer was quite smooth and very easy to drink despite the fact some hints of alcohol showed at times; excellent stuff.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice weizenbock and very enjoyable, it’s not often I get to try this style of beer but I really should more often if they taste this good. The beer opened with a nice combination of citrus flavours and bread malts but it was the banana and the subsequent sweetness that helped steal the show. It seemed very slightly more hoppy that some other wheat beers I’ve had recently and there was even hints of bitterness nearer the end but the balance was quite a good one and it proved very easy to drink as well; nice stuff and one well worth looking out for if you find yourself in Berlin at any point.

Brewed In: Berlin, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Lemke
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Weizenbock
ABV: 7.0%
Serving: Keg (500ml)
Purchased: Brauhaus Lemke am Alex, Berlin, Germany
Price: €5.70 (£4.84 approx.)

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