- My Rating: [B], I gave it a (3.2 of 5) on
Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen – Gigantic Brewing, 6.1% ABV – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)
on the right-side front label:
“A refreshingly complex wheat beer. Aromas of clove and banana intermingle with light smoke imparted from German malt kilned over beechwood fires.”
- Style: (Beechwood) Smoked Hefeweizen
- Taste: Light smoky banana-lemon wheat malt soft-hopped bitter
- Where I got it : Bottle Jockey
- How much: $8 (after 5% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., July 2014
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, my first smoked heff
Visual: “Beer #18 in the endless series of limited edition artist and artisan beers”. Pours very cloudy pale orange with a smallish head, a nice layer of creamy retention, some lacing, quite a few spread out steady streams, the last drops contains sediment.
Nose: Somewhat muted. Light sourness, trace funk, lemon-orange curd. (lvl-3)-pungency
Attack: immediate smoke, background acidity
Mid-palate: crisp-tingly, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) banana, lemon, airy wheat malts, light yeast
Finish: light burpy, light-medium sourness, soft prominent bitter hops, clove exhale, citrusy-sweet crisp bitter hopped finish.
Summary: A solid-bodied heffy with a compatible initially smoky twist. The smoke isn’t overpowering but adds and extra dimension to an already decent body.