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And the Valley Drinks: Tin Roof's Yonder Hefe

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A newer local offering that fits the weather well.

Billy Gomila

We've covered Tin Roof a fair amount here, which of course makes sense. And to their credit, after a slow start they've made some nice efforts to not only diversify, but really improve what they already have. The tap room over at their brewery on Nicholson can be a lot of fun, with some specialty offerings available that they don't release and experiments. They have some TVs, games and host a trivia outing (usually with food via City Pork) on Thursdays. It can be a lot of fun.

Anyways, they recently released a new spring seasonal, their Yonder Hefe, which is available in kegs or six-packs around town. So what exactly is a Hefeweizen? To be honest, I've always kind of wondered myself, as opposed to a Whit or a Pilsner.

Courtesy of Beer Advocate:

A south German style of wheat beer (weissbier) made with a typical ratio of 50:50, or even higher, wheat. A yeast that produces a unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples. Little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol. The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", hence the beers unfiltered and cloudy appearance. Poured into a traditional Weizen glass, the Hefeweizen can be one sexy looking beer.

Often served with a lemon wedge (popularized by Americans), to either cut the wheat or yeast edge, which many either find to be a flavorful snap ... or an insult and something that damages the beer's taste and head retention.

So there you go. It's a wheat beer, but with a lighter, fruitier flavor compared to something like Blue Moon (probably the variety most people think of immediately when it comes to wheat beers). As for Tin Roof's own words:

Our take on a German Hefeweizen, this ale pours slightly cloudy with thick white foam, and aromas of clove and a touch of banana. This beer has a nice round bready flavor with a great wheat base and a touch of sweetness. A yeasty clove flavor transitions well to a slight banana, bubble gum with little to no hop presence. Well rounded classic flavors, soft on palate, easy to drink, and very enjoyable.


Enjoy most with seafood, muffaletta, spicy boudin, and crawfish.

Alcohol-by-volume on this one is 5 percent.

Review:

As you can see in the cover shot, the color on this is bright, but the beer's still kind of cloudy, like it has some body to it. Bouquet is kind of fruity smelling -- almost like banana or some other kind of tropical fruit, mixed with the aroma of the malts. On the opening, the beer's kind of light and thin, and you get something of a hoppy texture, sans bitterness. But then it rolls through the sweet malts in a very nice, warm way. It's consistent through the aftertaste. Not overly sweet, but kind of refreshing. Perfect for the season, when you're outside grilling or boiling some seafood. I give it a nice 3.75 (hey Untappd has added quarter points!) stars. Definitely something I'd enjoy again.