Summer is here and ready to be had, in drink form, with the Summer Haze Honey Hefe from Hoyne Brewing out of Victoria, B.C., Canada. After picking up a bottle directly from the brewery I decided to put it through its paces and see how tasty it really is (I did get a sample off the tap but not enough to truly judge it). This summer offering of a hefeweizen is a very tasty venture away from the traditional tasting hefeweizen.
Once you pour it into the long and tall glass it is meant for, you get to take a nice look at the amber gold colour of this cloudy drink. When pouring it, don’t forget to swirl around the yeast in the bottle before pouring into the glass so you get that perfect summer haze in your glass! Once in your glass you’ll notice the bottom of your glass being a nice gold hue and the upper portions a darker almost amber colour with the cloudiness from the yeast. A summer haze indeed.
Bringing it up to your nose the aroma sends out some nice wafts of fruitiness associated with a hefeweizen and the feeling of walking on a farm. A kind of wheat, grassy, outdoors, grains all over smell with a few farm animals mixed in for good measure, all in a good way of course, and it can instantly place your mind out relaxing on the farm. The more I smelled it I also got a hint of peaches.
What really makes this hefe stand out from others of course is the taste. If the traditional hefe is a kind of in your face bananas, fruitiness, and yeasty flavours, then this hefe goes the other direction. Instead it is subtle on the fruitiness, no banana, and if anything has a stronger malt and honey flavour to it, hence the name. With a few more sips you should pick out a bit of orange, more malts, and that down on the farm wheat taste that makes it oh so good. At the very end it is a little bit sweet which I would attribute to the honey. As you slowly drink through your glass your tongue should hopefully start to pick out some more flavours that I associate with apricots and peaches, but just enough to keep your tongue interested as you drink a nice wheat beer.
When you’ve set the glass down between sips the aftertaste of the fruitiness sticks around for about 15 seconds then settles into a nice cereal and wheat flavour with just a hint of the hops bitterness for the next minute or so. This changing of flavours could allow you to drink this on a hot day in the summer for a very long time before finally having to take that last unfortunate sip where there is no more beer left 🙁
This is a great summer hefe to try if you don’t like the banana flavour of a traditional hefe but want the nice wheat flavours of a hefe, and the way the honey sweetens it makes for a nice touch as well.
When pouring this from a bottle do this. Swirl the beer up at room temperature, then chill in the fridge, once chilled to your liking, swirl it up again before pouring. Pour into your wheat ale glass, reserving the last inch or so for one last swirl to get the rest of the yeast. Remember making all the yeast go into the beer and make it cloudy is the whole point of a hefe, you want to taste what those little guys are doing!
The Beer Breakdown
Aroma: 6/10 – not too much there, but nice and inviting
Taste: 9/10 – but not traditional hefe flavour, so 5/10 if going for what has come before.
Aftertaste: 7/10 – lasts a good amount of time and is pleasant and malty.
Carbonation: 10/10 – just right.
Drinkability: 44/50 = 88% – Perfect for a nice summer day
Drink again? Yes, any hot summer day, but I wouldn’t want it in winter, it has its place in the year.