Hoyne Summer Haze Honey Hefe

Reviewed by on August 5, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Hoyne Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 5, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hefeweizen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Hoyne Brewing was started up in Victoria, BC by Sean Hoyne, the brewmaster, who previously had set up a couple other brewpubs in the city.  Summer Haze is their seasonal offering, for well, summer, duh.

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden amber hue, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of splotchy island group lace around the glass as things evenly melt away.

It smells of mildly spicy wheat grain, earthy, kind of dry honey, a muddled and faint pepper mill dustiness, lazy yeast, and tame leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is dry, crackery pale and wheat malt, still underwhelming honeyed cereal notes, subtle black and white pepper spice, and more plain leafy, herbal, and dead grassy hops. The bubbles are mostly just frivolous in their meek and ethereal frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, I suppose, a wee honeyed sweetness buoying things to a certain degree. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the hops turn musty, but still affable, while the mixed graininess and bee poop trundle on.

As I’m not a longtime (or recent, to really put things in perspective) hefeweizen fan, I felt a bit cheated by the rather understated honey character, and not quite lifted by the equally tame style adherence evident here. However, the end result is an easy drinking, um, beer, which apparently doesn’t have to give a whit about labels, and that’s more than enough for me to follow through on this bomber.

Brady White

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