When it comes to wheat beers, Schneider Weisse is most definitely the name that comes to mind for me. They make a wide range of Weisse beers, all with their own unique and distinct qualities. This, their Edel Weisse, is an organic wheat beer which just happens to suit the summer oh so perfectly. It is 6.2% abv and comes in a 500 ml bottle that was made available at the LCBO for the spring release.
Don’t let 6.2% scare you away if you are used to standard 5% beers. This wheat beer will show you what real beer is all about. Unlike the commodity grade wheat, or white beers that began to flood the market at the beginning of the summer, this beer has hundreds of years of heritage that go into its beers. This is a light and sweet version of the original Schneider Weisse we are used to. I expect that it is brewed primarily with unmalted wheat and produces a beautifully hazy golden orange and yellow beer with a big fluffy mountain of white head.
This beer can set the precedent for complete and utter refreshment. It is truly a remarkable beer in the heat of the summer. The nose is very floral with spicy scents of clove, coriander and orange zest. It has hints of banana and bubble gum softly floating in, and a freshness that will beg you to enjoy it. The flavor is much the same – very smooth and refreshing, it will wash over you with an effervescent and lightly sweet wave of vanilla, fresh wheat, and hints of spice. Then a smooth banana and bubblegum flavor does makes its way past your cheeks and brightens the already lively beer.
The finish is clean and lightly crisp, but mostly refreshing. The thing that gets me here every time is the overall mouthfeel. The calming fruit sweetness of the beer matched with an almost sparkling, yet somehow creamy texture makes it an astonishing drink. This is absolutely perfect on the beach, by the pool, at a BBQ, or anything in the heat. Try it with spicy foods, cheeses, fish, or grilled meat. Even snack food will be completely quenched by this summer treat.