Review: KBC Hefeweizen

Review of KBC Hefeweizen from Kretschmann Brewing Co. in Webster, MA.

Beer Type: Hefeweizen  ABV: 5.5%  IBUs: 15  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “A German wheat beer, pale and hazy, traditional banana and clove notes.”

The Reality: I must give them credit for the brevity and accuracy of their description. The scent of this beer is a mix of citrus, wheat and banana. It has a mellow wheat flavor with notes of citrus, banana, clove and spice. It finishes with a touch of tartness, but the aftertaste is of spice. Overall I found it to be very smooth and refreshing.

Final Verdict: When I was sitting at the KBC tasting room, deciding what to order, I have to admit I was hesitant to order this hefe. For those who know me well, you know that I really dislike banana and anything with the taste of banana, therefore the description made me leery. Then I took the plunge and ordered it anyway, and the faint scent of banana coming from the glass made me even more leery, but it was too late, I had to drink it now. Then I tasted it, and boy was I wrong. This beer is excellent, and I don’t know how they did it, but they managed to incorporate the slightest of banana flavor into a beer that I actually like! Are these guys magicians? Possibly, or they just understand how to balance flavors, like citrus, wheat, clove, etc. with the banana to make an interesting hefeweizen that isn’t like every other hefe on the block. The other thing I enjoyed was that this hefe had a smoothness and roundness to the mouthfeel that I really enjoyed. As for my aversion to banana, many have speculated that it comes from my youth, when I was subjected to watching hours of a creepy cartoon know as “Bananaman“.