Today on the Daily Drop, I’m tasting Mildura Brewery’s Honey Wheat, which sits at 4.5% and no published IBU measurement. Wheat beers are something that I’ve avoided for nearly 20 years because I overdid it with hefeweizen and I couldn’t take the wheat for a while. Now I’m coming around again to the delicious full-flavoured German favourite.
Honey wheat beers are generally light golden in colour, and sit between 4-5.5%, and light on hop bitterness. I could sit here all day talking about what honey wheat beer should be, but let’s bee reasonable…
Light golden straw colour with a slight wheat beer haze. First pour head was very mild but had a soft sudsy look, and dissipated rather quickly.
Very subtle sweet aroma with light floral notes and a gentle presence of honey. Almost indistinguishable as a wheat beer. There is a slight hint of honeysuckle. Not very pungent and left a bit more to be desired. I could hardly smell anything upon bringing the glass to my nose.
The bubbles are definitely sparkling in this honey wheat. The instant it hits my tongue there is a definite jolt of almost English-style carbonation that is immediately followed by an almost too-light body of the beer.
The wheat is the first thing I tasted after the bubbles settled down, followed by soft sweet floral notes, which were then followed by mild honey and a trailing hop bitterness. The flavour is on the sweeter side of things, and although it had a pleasant flavour, it was not strongly flavoured. Almost too weak.
A light bodied honey wheat that is refreshing and pleasing to the palette. It takes me back to the days of my innocence with beer, before I was ruined (for the better) by ales with massive grain bills and several giant helpings of hops. When I close my eyes, I am taken back in time to a BBQ on a hot lazy summer day, with the light refreshing flavour of a cold delicious wheat beer tickling my tongue. If I had only had known the joys of _honey_ wheat beers back then, I may never have been tainted by those damnable IPAs. Okay that’s a lie. I wouldn’t put it up against the strongest competition in the style, but this is a really good honey wheat beer.
Hot summer days, swinging in hammocks, casual patio drinks, picnics in the park.
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