Every week, we take a look at a craft beer brewed in Florida. Follow #FloridaBeerFriday for more reviews of Sunshine State brews. Get out there and #DrinkLocal.
This week, we're taking a look at one of the newer canned offerings from Orange Blossom Brewing, the Weisse Weisse Baby, a Bavarian-style wheat beer from the Orlando-area brewer.
Orange Blossom Brewing, in the past few years, was stuck on making the Orange Blossom Pilsner and OBP^2, brewed on a contractual basis out of Thomas Creek Brewery in South Carolina. Last year, it teamed up with the newly opened Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida, to brew not only its original two beers but three more, including this one.
The brewery describes this beer as somewhere between a "kristal and a hefe." The kristallweizen style, for those unfamiliar, is basically a filtered pale weissbier or hefeweizen. It should hold the same wheat beer characteristics but lack the turbidity common with unfiltered wheat beers. Unsurprisingly, Weisse Weisse Baby follows through with that promise.
The beer pours an almost crystal-clear light straw-yellow color with a billowy stark white head that lingers a bit. Aromas are big and yeast-full with a push toward the banana-forward scents of a hefty German wheat ale. The flavor begins with a banana and bubblegum up-front, which makes way for a clean lemon and lemonade-like second half that brings with it an almost toasted white bread quality as well. It ends fairly clean with the lemon holding itself through.
Don't come into this thinking it is a Berliner weisse; no, this is a straight-up variant of the classic wheat beer. At 5.25 percent alcohol by volume, it falls into the average range for wheat beers as well.
Weisse Weisse Baby can be found at a few of your more discerning beer stores. Check those known to have a good Florida-based brewery stock. It's available in 12-ounce cans for your poolside pleasure.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.