Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen

Hefeweizen Crooked Can Brewing Company

2.5

Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen, a German-style Hefeweizen by Crooked Can Brewing Company

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Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen is a German-style Hefeweizen brewed by the Crooked Can Brewing Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a can.

Appearance

The Weizen pours a clear golden yellow and is topped by a thick cap of pillowy white foam that persists briefly. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue. A thin ring of bubbles collar the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is spicy with clove and pepper; backed by a hint of wheat.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of wheat bread spiced with clove. A mildly spicy note of cracked pepper bottoms out with sweet banana sticking to the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and a shade over moderate carbonation. The tasting dries on the backend but the lingering sweetness becomes lightly cloying.

Overall

Its appearance could be improved. The ale shows too much clarity and its head retention is poor. The aromatics lack any fruity esters but its spiciness is nice. The feel could use a little more carbonation and its sweetness runs counter to its dryness. The palate is standard Hefeweizen and it tastes fine. Overall, the Cloud Chaser isn’t a great representation of the style, but it’s not a bad beer, either.

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About the Hefeweizen

The Hefeweizen (known as a Weissbier in its native Germany) is hundreds of years old and was originally brewed for Bavarian royalty. The commoners began to drinking this wheat beer in 1872 but the typical pale straw to gold-colored version that’s enjoyed today only became popular in the 1960s. Also characteristic of the style is a tall, dense cap of foam while the unfiltered ale is usually cloudy. Its aroma and palate have a moderate amount of phenols and esters that impart a scent of clove and banana. Hops are mild at best and the smell and taste may also contain wheat bread, vanilla, or even bubblegum. Its feel is usually medium-light to medium, seemingly creamy, and should be effervescent with high carbonation.