Drunken Speculation

#26 4 Pines Hefeweizen

4 pines hefeweizenIt’s the end of May already, huh? Shit, better get on with it. Today’s review is of another 4 Pines beer, after #8 and another hefeweizen, after #2.

A hefeweizen is a traditional, unfiltered German wheat beer. It is normally associated with a strong banana aroma, which is a product of the weissbier yeast. They’re becoming increasingly common in the local market and if 2012 was the year of the IPA and 2013 the year of Belgian beers, I’m going to call it now that 2014 will be the year of the hef.

(But probably not)

Let’s take a look at label, shall we?

Hefeweizen: a German born wheat beer. Cloudy, pale straw in appearance. Mild sweet nose with hints of banana exhibiting a well rounded palata showing characters of banana and spice.

Dammit, we have got to stop doing 4 Pines reviews. Their notes actually reflect the beer you’re drinking. How novel!

The beer is very attractive looking. It’s bang on the light straw colour and there’s a bit of cloudiness but it is not too opaque. It’s got a pretty decent, white head. The banana esther is very much on the nose and there’s not too much else getting through that vapour.

With a sip and the banana flavour is apparent. Very apparent. I don’t really know where they’re getting “spices” from but I’m getting a decent level of malt. It’s a bit as if the banana had been cooked with brown sugar. The bubbles are a comfortable size. The beer feels silky smooth in the mouth, perhaps in contrast to #2. This is a surprisingly pleasant aspect of this hefeweizen and certainly adds points.

Overall, I quite like this beer. It is a perfect example of the banana hefeweizen beer with a good balance of flavours. It’s probably a bit heavy on the syrup and so won’t please all drinkers and I don’t think many will drink it beyond one or two at a time. The upside is that it’s well worth savouring the one or two that you do have.


  • Website
  • Genre: Germano
  • Regionality: Manly, NSW
  • Strength: 5.2%
  • Rating: 2 / 3 taste + 1.5 / 2 ancillaries = 3.5 / 5
  • Plus: Pretty much bang on the mark for it’s type.
  • Minus: A bit sickly sweet during extended sessions.
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