Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen – Gigantic Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: [B],  I gave it a (3.2 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

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.”

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  • 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.