Thanks to my local dispensaries, which excel at stocking their shelves with a wide array of international beers, I have managed to get my hands on the latest from the Schneider Weisse brewery! This time around, it is a limited reserve known as Mein Nelson Sauvin, a specialized wheat beer that incorporated Nelson Sauvin hops and comes in a tall, wine-like bottle.
And I can honestly say that I’m quite impressed with how this old and venerated brewery – which is responsible for producing my favorite wheat beer and one of my favorite beers of all time – is branching out and experimenting. This would be the third special release beer of theirs that I’ve tried now, and I can honestly say that I think it’s the best. In addition to possessing all the characteristics of a fine Bavarian bottle-fermented wheat beer, it also possesses some decidedly barley-wine like characteristics.
Appearance: Dark golden, opaque, heady foam and good carbonation
Nose: Yeasty, sweat malts and sugars, fruity notes
Taste: Rich malts, barley-wine like sweetness, yeasty effervescence, notes of grapes, mild spice
Aftertaste: Lingering yeasts, lingering sugars and grapes
It also seems fitting that this beer comes in a wine bottle seeing as how it is in possession of a complex, spicy flavor that oftentimes tastes and smells like Riesling grapes. Oh yes, and it weighs in at a respectable 7.3% alc/vol, not quite what their Aventinus Doppelbock rates at, but still what one would expect from a barley-wine like specialty beer. Yeah, not a bad bottle of hefeweizen at all. Might just be a contender for the “Best Wheats” list.