On a trip to San Diego, we stopped at one of the six Karl Strauss Brewing Company restaurants and I opted for the sampler. The first selection was the Woodie Gold. The second was the Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen.
From the Karl Strauss site.
“In the world of unfiltered wheat beers, what sets Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen apart is perfectly clear. We use a centuries-old pure strain of Bavarian yeast known for producing unique banana, clove, and vanilla flavors during fermentation. A mix of pale barley, white wheat, and Tettnanger hops gives the beer a full refreshing taste with no need for an orange or lemon.”
The Windansea has the following characteristics
- Appearance: Cloudy, orange color. Good foam. A lot of lacing.
- Aroma: A wheat and clove scent.
- Taste: Medium carbonation with a thick mouthfeel. Full body with a citrusy flavor leading to a mild finish.
- ABV: 5.1%
When sampling a craft brew, I try to pick a quality name product that the brewer is attempting to replicate. In this case, Karl Strauss may have been aiming for a Hoegaarden but made something a little closer to Michelob’s Shock Top.