Grizzly Paw Grassi Lakes Hefeweizen

Reviewed by on July 13, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 13, 2018

  • Best Before: canned May 11, 2018

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hefeweizen

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Canmore’s Grizzly Paw Brewing has produced this traditional Hefeweizen, so named after the Upper and Lower Grassi Lakes near the town, I presume.

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered frilly lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, subtle damp banana chips, some clove and black pepper spice, faint generic citrus rind, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, banana pudding, some muddled earthy spiciness, a hint of estery yeast, and more well-understated leafy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and mixed fruity notes seeing us out with style and aplomb.

Overall – this turns out to be a rather engaging and ably-rendered Hefeweizen, nicely old-school, with all the boxes duly ticked.  A nice summertime quaff, and if I had German heritage, I would use a whole lot of this to drown my sorrows when considering the World Cup results this time around.

Brady White

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