Sometimes new and old come together in interesting ways. Take for example this photo with a very modern piece of deathstar art with an obviously very old building in the background. The juxtaposition makes us both intrigued and uncomfortable at the same time. Well that is kind of how I feel about the collaboration between Schneider Weisse Brewery in Germany and Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver. The brew is both inspired and shameful, traditional and modern, old and new…
This beer is truly a collaboration that makes an impact. Not that it made huge waves in the beer world, but it definitely made a big impact on my tongue! Basically Garrett went to Germany and brewed this beer using local hops and ingredients and then Hans-Peter Drexler from Schneider Weisse did the same for a Brooklyn version. This is the Schneider version and it is an interesting rendition of a super hoppy Weizenbock.
This brew was dry hopped (a lot) with Hallertauer Saphir hops from hop farms that are within a couple miles of the brewery. This takes an old world Weizenbock and “Americanizes” it by being rather heavy handed with the hops. I’m not sure it is a great idea to get heavy handed with Hallertauer Saphir hops. They have a very sharp citrus quality that reminded me at first of an orange breakfast bread of some sort, but ultimately turned into a lemon pledge type flavor.
It poured an orange color that was very cloudy with a thin head that was somewhat uneven or lumpy. Left some lacing on the glass too. The nose was amazing, very floral and zesty.
Overall, and despite the lemon pledge flavor, I would buy this beer again. It had some really worthwhile qualities. It was light and crisp, and had some refreshing qualities, and at 8.2% ABV it had a nice buzz factor. All in all a good beer but perhaps not a great one.