Sommer Fling

Virginia
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Sommer Fling is as easy and satisfying as a summer love. Clove and bubblegum dominate the aroma of this traditional German-style hefeweizen, which boasts a hint of banana on the tongue. It pours cloudy with the pale golden tone of a setting sun. This effervescent brew, full of no-strings-attached deliciousness, will linger until the carefree summer turns to autumn.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
11
Hops: 
German Tettnang, Magnum
Malts: 
Two-Row, Wheat, Munich
Judges Review 
Michael McGuire's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Sommer Fling by Smartmouth Brewing Company is a hefeweizen judged as a weissbeer (BJCP sub-style 10A). It poured a pale straw color into the glass where it set up distinctly cloudy with a thick white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma featured both intense banana esters and grainy wheat notes. Banana and wheat were also the dominant flavors up front with muted clove phenols arriving later. There was no hop flavor or aroma, only a small bittering contribution to balance the sweetness from the grains and yeast. Palate sensations included modest carbonation, low alcohol strength and creaminess on the tongue. Overall, this hefeweizen was simple, clean, and refreshing.  Its easy drinkability is undeniable, confirming that some beers make simplicity a virtue unto itself, as long as they are brewed well to style.