Review: Brasserie Vrooden Weizen White Ale
Brasserie Vrooden is one of Quebec's newer breweries, located in Granby, Quebec. They pride themselves on doing mostly traditional German-style beers which may be a bit boring for a lot of people.. but German-style beers are generally very solid, so of course there's a market for that! I discovered Brasserie Vrooden's beers while in Ange-Gardien at Marché du Village, a rural grocery store that boasts one of the better beer selections in all of Quebec.. a cage with vintage aged beer, a good deal of hard liquor and even a walk in cooler if you absolutely need a cold two-four of Bud Light right now. I grew up near towns the size of Ange-Gardien and Marché du Village would only be a dream out here in Manitoba. *sigh*
Since I was heading back to Manitoba the next day, I only picked up a bottle of their Weizen because the brewery was too new for me so I wouldn't know if I liked it or not.. so here we go!
Appearance: Vrooden's Weizen pours a cloudy, ambery orange ale with a good deal of head to start off with - a beige head that gently diminishes leaving by a finger's worth of head later on. This is quite dark for your typical German style hefe but so far it looks great!
Aroma: The very first thing that I noticed when opening the bottle was the earthy banana aroma.. so yep, this is a hefeweizen! Very estery, some herbal notes, a bit of clove, earthy hops, great deal of wheat and sweet dough in the mix.
Taste: Clove makes the very first impression for the flavour but it's quickly dominated by the banana zest. A mildly sweet, bananay beer with a hint of caramel. It's very easy to drink, light creaminess, minimal aftertaste that's mostly a cracked wheat taste to it.
Overall Thoughts: Very solid hefeweizen. It's very easy to drink and doesn't have that fake banana candy taste in it that you see in a lot of hefeweizens (phew!). Fairly creamy, a bit earthy a bit of a breadiness to it. I like the natural banana taste in here and I appreciate that it's not over the top like many hefeweizens you see on the market - it lets you know that there's notes of banana the second it hits your palate but it immediately mellows out.