Schneider Weisse Mathilda Soleil (Tap X)

Reviewed by on July 14, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

  • Origin: Kelheim, Germany

  • Rated On: July 14, 2015

  • Best Before: February 1, 2017

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Weizenbock

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Translating to something like ‘Mathilda of the sun’, this a nice ode to a matriarch (Mathilda Schneider) of the brewery from over a century ago.  Made in the weizenbock style, its apparent lateness of arrival, season-wise, is ameliorated by a dose of ‘specially cultivated hops’, ones which are intended to give this some fresh, summery notes.  Ok, enough marketing spiel, on to the brew.

This 750ml bottle pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden amber hue, with a slowly rising tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some random pared orange peel lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, banana cream, a tame white pepper spiciness, laid-back leafy, grassy hops, a subtly phenolic yeastiness, and some burbling alcohol heat. The taste is sweet, sort of doughy wheat malt, a further bready graininess, softly acrid yeast, fading banana chips, a twinge of juicy citrus, and some herbal, leafy, and weedy hops, with a more reserved booziness than that in the aroma. The bubbles are quite tight and testy in their persistently fizzy and frothy measures, the body an austere middleweight, and sort of smooth, the slick wheatiness making a case against the interfering yeast and heretofore shadowy green-ish hops. It finishes courting dryness, as the wheat starts to collapse under the weight of its balancing cohorts.

An interesting version of the style, as I gather the intent here was to produce a more overtly hoppy version, with fancy new-age varietals. Well, they’ve succeeded in part, as I duly noticed the hops, but more as worker bees, than the shiny queens that they perhaps were meant to be. Anyways, overall this is tasty, engaging in that old-school Teutonic manner, and stupidly drinkable for the purported strength.

Brady White

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