By Iron Chef Leftovers
A trip to Reuben’s yielded a few new beers, one of which was a new hefeweizen. Hefe is not a style that tends to be my first choice when ordering, but is definitely a style I do enjoy and appreciate. Being a new Reuben’s brew also means that I needed to try it. The beer brings in a miniscule 14 IBU and a healthy 5.4% ABV.
Hazy pale yellow in color with heavy notes of wheat and light notes of lemon, apple, pear and banana. Very crisp to drink, the beer starts out with a strong wheat flavor before mellowing out and transitioning into strong flavors of banana and ginger (mild spicy notes, but not a hard ginger flavor) before finishing slightly sweet an clean with a lingering banana note reminiscent of banana bread (I keep looking for some nut flavor in the beer) and just a hint of spice. A very hearty hefe, much deeper than what you normally get from NW breweries, and one that I am not sure that most hefe drinkers would appreciate, but one as an advanced beer drinker that you would appreciate.
Reuben’s German Hefeweizen bunches into the picture with a slippery 3 banana peels out of 5.