Origin – United States of America
Kurt and Rob Widmer may now be living large as two of the founders of the US West Coast craft beer scene, however in 1984, when they decided that they were tired of working for the man, quit their jobs and turned a hobby into a vocation, in the back streets of Portland, Oregon it was an entirely different story. Like many brothers and indeed blokes, they often went for weeks without taking a moment to talk to one another. However, it was their joint love for beer that kept them close, and it was late one night after putting down a home brew, and enjoying a few cold ones, that the conversation turned to what most lads dream of, starting their own brewery. Perhaps it was one too many pints, but in an ‘if you build it they will come’ Kevin Costner type moment, the following day they punched the ticket for the last time and immediately began scrounging up parts wherever they could, to build what is now known as Widmer Brothers Brewing. And the beer started it all? The naturally cloudy, unfiltered Hefeweizen. Brewed continuously for the past 33 years, the Hefe, as it’s known, is an American-style wheat beer. Unlike German weisse beer, where there is little hop profile and most of the flavour comes solely from the yeast, the US style tends to rely more on a variety of ingredients to build out the profile. True to the theory this Hefe is brewed using 4 malts (pale, Munich, wheat, caramel) and 3 hops (alchemy, willamette, cascade), which on the pour delivers that distinct citrus and floral aroma. Take a sip, and surprisingly it’s not overly ‘wheaty’, rather the blend provides a balanced taste profile of pale malts, tropical fruits and just some hints of wheat, that finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. If you’re looking for a Hefe you could drink all day, look no further.