Weihenstephaner collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Crafted in: District of Freising, Bavaria, Germany
HopShock Brew Review by Jayme
“This naturally cloudy amber Hefeweizen has a firm, creamy head and reveals fragrances of peach, apricot and citrus on the nose. The initial impression on the palate is of a bouquet of aromas, including subtle touches of banana plus refreshing grapefruit from the American Chinook hops. The fruity peach and apricot notes from the Amarillo hops are balanced by the gentle sweetness of the caramel malt. The beer has a delicate tartness that melds into a harmonious mouthfeel on the finish.” https://www.weihenstephaner.de/en/our-beers/braupakt/
Style: German Hefeweizen
Availability: Limited Release
Global Untappd: 3.67/5
Hailing from the Fatherland is this new, craft twist on an European legend. The Braupakt’s German malts provide the brew with its beautiful, hazy amber body while an ample supply of carbonation rises like smoke throughout the glass. The top third of the glass is taken up by the creamy, white head which is the distinguishing feature of all hefeweizens.
Unlike most hefeweizens, the Braupakt’s aroma comes from a magical combination of Weihenstephan yeast and Sierra Nevada hops. A large, sweet wave produced by the yeast punches you in the nose while grapefruit notes lie in the background due to the presence of American, Chinook hops.
Inhibited by the German purity law (Reinheitsgebot),the Braupakt is crafted only with malts, water, yeast, and hops but this is more than enough to make a killer, drinkable brew. Like all German Hefeweizens, the taste of bubblegum and banana linger in the mouth due to the high fermentation temperature while piney, spicy tones are presented by the Chinook and Amarillo hops. This hopped-up hefeweizen was a treat for my taste buds as all the unique flavors blended into something truly remarkable.
When you hear that the oldest brewery in the world and one of the oldest craft breweries in the United States are collaborating together, you know the beer is sure to be exquisite and the Braupakt is no exception. In my honest opinion, this unique, German hefeweizen is one of the best brews I have ever tasted. The mix between the fruity esters, the German malts, and American hops combine into one helluva brew that will surely satisfy any beer nut, regardless of style preference. If you would want a more traditional hefeweizen, I recommend trying Paulaner Hefe-Weizen or Erdinger Weissbier for your wheaty needs.
Jayme’s Rating: 4.75/5 – robust, unique, and smooth