hefewizen that I brewed came in under my anticipated gravity, rather than hurting the beer it only made it easier to drink. You might be wondering, how an already easy drink can become easier? Decrease the alcohol so you can drink two. There are a few things I’ll change for the next time, along with not being horribly inefficient so I can hit my target OG.
Appearance: Very light, opaque pale yellow to white
with a large fluffy white head about 2 fingers thick that lingers and
leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. I was hoping for a little
more orange in the beer so I might up the Munich malt next time.
Aroma: Huge peach aroma with a touch of pineapple
and guava. I was really surprised with the peach. In the back ground
there is a touch of spiciness from the yeast.
Taste: A touch of citrus and spicy yeast. I would
honestly say it is a touch too bitter, but that is probably because I
hopped it for a 1.050 beer and ended up with about 1.030 so the IBUs are
much more apparent. The spiciness helps balance it out and it’s only
about 20 IBUs to begin with. I would say it’s between a regular
Hefeweizen and a white IPA.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy and refreshing, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.
Overall: Very easy to drink, great aroma, and
refreshing. Everything I was targeting, besides the OG. The reason my
efficiency was so off was because I miss calculated my mash/sparge
water. I ended up using too much sparge water, which in return, watered
down my beer. Luckily this is an easily correctable situation. I’ll
definitely brew this beer again. Perhaps when I get my keggle finished
I’ll brew a double batch for next Summer (assuming I can find more citra
hops) and do a regular batch and a dry-hopped batch.