Sound Sommerweizen

Reviewed by on July 27, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Sound Brewery

  • Origin: Poulsbo, WA, US

  • Rated On: July 27, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kristallweizen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sommerweizen (‘summer wheat’ in German) is Sound Brewery’s current seasonal offering, and is made in the Kristallweizen style, which is a clear version of a hefeweizen.

This 22oz bottle pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually rather creamy dirty white head, which leaves some decently broad swaths of Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things genially recede.

It smells of semi-sweet wheat malt, banana pudding, buttered white bread, muddled white pepper and clove spice, earthy yeast, and a subtle mustiness.  The taste is more of a sharp, almost spicy wheaty graininess – very cream of wheat-like – damp banana chips, dry flocculated yeast, middling black pepper dust and clove spice, and more slightly musty, old-seeming dusty earthiness.  The carbonation is rendered as a fairly tightly held frothiness, and doled out on an apparent need to know basis, the body a sturdy middleweight for the style, and tacitly smooth, with a subtle airy creaminess.  It finishes off-dry, just, as the lingering wheat malt falters not, as opposed to the fruit and spice notes.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough, and (almost) clear hefeweizen – the full gamut of flavours informing this offering, if in a somewhat straightforward manner. Quite quaffable on this typically sunny summer day around here, as we cusping Leos start to get ‘er going!

Brady White

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