Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen
The minute I had unpacked a box of samples from Squatters and Wasatch breweries last week, I knew right away which one I was worried about. While I can go for a tasty hefeweizen when the mood is right, it’s not a go-to style for me. And I’m not the biggest fan of apricots. That’s why I’ve decided to have this Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen right in the middle of this string of reviews thinking that if I don’t like it, it wouldn’t be my last impression of the brewery.
Well, as it turns out, I’m not a huge fan of the beer, but it’s also not horrible either. I can certainly see a good amount of folks enjoying Apricot Hefeweizen on a warm afternoon or several of them as it weighs in at a sessionable 4% ABV. It does have a refreshing character about it, but I just couldn’t get behind the blend of banana, wheat and apricot. It’s interesting and unique, but just not my thing.
Apricot Hefeweizen pours with a short-lived, white cap of foam that fell quickly atop the hazy, pale yellow brew.
The Bavarian Altbier yeast that the brewery uses for this beer definitely leaves a solid impression on the nose. A solid yeasty character, banana and clove grab your attention first as a decent amount of apricot wafts in with a soft wheat component. It smells decent enough.
Well, it’s certainly a Hefeweizen a load fo wheat, yeast and banane coat the palate quickly as a solid amount of apricot flavor joins in. Clove and spices linger in the background. The apricot isn’t over-powering, but it’s certainly not a wallflower either. It’s a little on the light side and I personally like my hefes a bit crisper.
I’ve only had one other apricot-influenced beer in the past and that was a bottle of Dogfish Head’s Aprihop (a looooong time ago). That brew and Wasatch’s Apricot Hefeweizen are two completely different beasts obviously, but they both share the apricot bond. I wasn’t a big fan of Dogfish Head’s offering and I don’t believe that I’ll have another of these either, especially considering that the brewery has so many other tasty treats to explore.
This is a review of a promotional sample from the brewery.