Friday, November 25, 2005

Angel City Vitzen


Pours from the bomber a nice golden yellow with a faint hint of orange and a bubbly white head that's light and airy. Aromas of sweet pale grains and wheat initially along with a big peppery, clove spiciness with an underlying hint of light fruit...banana. Quite enjoyable with a fresh, aromatic spicy nose.

First sip brings a grainy pale, wheaty maltiness that explodes across the tongue with lots of tiny bubbly carbonation. Peppery spiciness comes in midway through along with a hint of clove..but it seems much more muted than the nose led on. A hint of lemon zest and a light banana round this out with an astringent aftertaste. On a whole I found this quite underwhelming for the style...seems like a watered down hefeweizen that comes off more like a spicy American wheat.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slighty creamy with aggressive carbonation. It manages to go down smooth and is somewhat refreshing. Overall, just boring for a hefe and not one I will be seeking out again anytime soon. I honestly can't say I'd recommend this as there are far too many better options....choose wisely.

Overall I gave this beer 3.05 out of 5.

Check out Angel City brewing at www.angelcitybrewing.com