Hidatakayama Weizen is a German hefeweizen that is a regular 5% beer from Hida Takayama Beer. It is available in both bottle and can form through their website site and also came highly recommended from Hiro, thanks YET again! Hida Takayama ramp up this beer by using 50% wheat in the mash along with regular pilsner malt to take the flavour over and above what is expected of a weizen beer.
Hidatakayama Weizen Aroma and Taste
Weizens don’t come more potent than this one it seems. 50% wheat WITH wheat yeast left me thinking why not go the whole way and make it 100%? Well besides the beer not taking, that’s by the by yet Hidatakayama Weizen was pure weizen and proud of it. It poured out a hazy golden colour with minimal head – strange for a weizen in my experience. The head reduced to about a finger’s worth whilst drinking and stayed that way until the end. The aroma though. The aroma was pure weizen and beautiful. Bananas, cloves along with some soapy wheat that alluded to some herbal punch of coriander.
Yet the body is where it’s at. Hidatakayama Weizen had the softest, most beautiful first draw to a beer that I can remember. Smoother than a silky stout yet more soothing than a barley wine. The creamy banana-esque levels of fruit are neither overpowering nor oversweet and are reminiscent of some homemade milkshake with full fat cream and fresh bananas. The only downside to Hidatakayama Weizen is that the body needs to be fuller as it seemed a tad thin to handle everything going on in it.
Hidatakayama Weizen One Line Review
Hidatakayama Weizen is, hands down, one of the best weizens I’ve had and would be a great way to convince someone to drink weizens.. I am.