Heff By Black Cherries – Chapter 2: And In The Darkness of Cherries Bind them by Nubis Sanctum Ales

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Heff By Black Cherries – Chapter 2: And In The Darkness of Cherries Bind them by Nubis Sanctum Ales is a 5.6% ABV German Hefeweizen brewed with Organic Black Cherry juice.

==Introduction==

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Project # 16 pays tribute and the return of an old favorite from last year. I brewed this recipe last year as a Dunkelweizen and this year I brought it back making some slight adjustments to the recipe and using the Weihenstephan Weizen Yeast strain as well as different malt and hops. This is the results. In an attempt to make this beer, as it was dubbed a winner among many of my family and friends who typically drink light beer, I had to bring it back. In this project, now coming from several batches in, I hope it is still as great as what I remember. It is still dark heff like before but I think falls more towards the regular heff style. Let’s see what I find, cheers!

Aromas:
Bananas, dark cherry notes, stone fruits, honey, citrus, fruity pebbles hints, coriander spice, clove spice, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel.

Flavors:
Dark fruit raisins, dark cherries, figs, dates, Bananas, banana cream pie, clove spice, tart raspberry hints, coriander spice, clove spice, candi sugar, vanilla, honey, orange peels, citrus, toffee, caramel, stone fruit peach, apricots, earthy hop notes, crème brulee, dark cherry preserves on rye toast and flan.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with a minor tart yet citrusy hop finish with the notes of dark fruit raisins, dark cherries, bananas, clove spice, peach hints, earthy hops and honey. No alcohol in the taste, honey colored hazy full body, crisp, refreshing, smooth and an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A very good hefeweizen and definitely better than the one I made last yeast. I think by slightly adjusting the recipe, it did pay off as there seems to be more of a balance between the sweet, bitter and tartyness. Right off the bat, the brew is sweet and tart and balanced. As it warms up, that’s where it gets much better with in regards to the banana split like flavors. I think the flavors of the cherry really blended well with the banana clove spices of the yeast making a beer that I could definitely call a flash ship for sure.

Anime Corner:
Ruby Rose from RWBY was used in this pairing to mainly to represent the Black Cherries of the beer. She was used similarly in chapter one but since the beer became so delicious, by making a return, it would entice the drinker into wanting even more since the recipe would be better this time around. You see, the name of And Through the Darkness of Cherries Bind Them, goes so well with the second picture where she is about to decapitate the wolf as the wolf is so bound by her, “Heff” is inevitable. The name Heff By Black Cherries is a pun at Death By Black Cherries as since Ruby carries around a scythe, I thought it was perfect as she is the “Black Cherry Death that causes the Heff to be Heffed.” So for those that drink this beer, they are immediately enticed and cannot escape Heff!! Rose petals represent the cherries swirling as the beer is surrounded in cherry flavor. Lots of great things going with this beer!

Sources:
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Big Bend Hefeweizen by Big Bend Brewing

12698391_10103065598278440_2825074395920745767_oRating: 3.5/5

Big Bend Hefeweizen by Big Bend Brewing is a 5.5% ABV Hefeweizen

Label:
Our Big Bend Hef embodies the openness and unique character of a region that’s all its own. West Texas is the secret ingredient—take a swallow and put yourself in the heart of it. The spirit of West Texas, now in a can.

==Introduction==

Got this brew from my friend Aaron Mendiola of BeerMetalDude.com. First time I try a brew from Big Bend. While dark hefs and weizenbock or eisbocks are my favs of the hefs, the basic hef is something I started trying long ago and was one of my favorite styles. I still pay tribute to is since it was my first unfiltered beer experience back in the day. Especially when I started trying the clovey banana heffs, that really stuck with me. These may differ from the American Hefs but I guess we will find out how this one. Let’s take a look. Cheers!

Aromas:
Stone fruit notes, citrus, bubblegum, banana, clove spice, cane sugar, oranges notes, coriander spice and waffle cone.

Flavors:
Bananas, clove spice, cane sugar, oranges, pineapple notes, bubble gum, coriander, marshmallow hints, citrus, vanilla, caramel, stone fruit peaches, caramel, apple, wafflecone and biscuit bread.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with clovey and banana spice, stone fruit and coriander spice. No alcohol in the taste. Light golden body, Smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A decent Hef providing mild and light but fulfilling flavors. Might not be as full as the Hefs of Germany but sometimes if you just want something light, this seems to fit the bill well. Nothing too overpowering and yet still mildly complex. I like it for sure. This one is worth a try. Basically get several for sure and I think many who like light beers might enjoy this one.

Anime Corner:
Katniss Everden from the Hunger Games by Ilya Kuvshinov was used in this pairing as I wanted to use a character that could pair with the colors of the beer and the arrowhead on the can. While I have never done an animated character that came from a live action movie, it feels appropriate for this piece as the colors do pair well and it is an opportunity to branch out to different animations. Remember, anime is the Japanese word for Animation. While Japanese Anime is an inspiration for the site, it isn’t the exception.

Sources:
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/YPn23

Mango Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing

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Mango Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing is a 5.5% ABV Hefeweizen brewed with mango.

Label:
We believe in making our fresh craft beer from only the finest ingredients. And guess what? It’s really good. Winning a gold medal at the LA international Beer Competition in 2014 proved it. It’s so delicious, you’ll have to resist drinking it too fast.
==Introduction==

Obtained this beer at craftshack.com. By the looks of it, I was really intrigued as I thought how cool the flavors of citrus, banana, clove spice and coriander would play with mango. I definitely had to try this beer and so I got it. In fact this is my first beer from Garage brewing and I really think it will definitely be awesome. It may give me some home brew ideas and see what to expect with this beer. So let’s take a look and see what it offers. Cheers!

Aromas:
Good mango aromas, wheat, coriander spice, mild grains, orange, citrus, banana notes, clove spice, pineapple and cane sugar.

Flavors:
Coriander spice, wheat, citrus, mango notes, grains, mild yeastness, cheese hints, orange notes, pineapple, cane sugar, lemon peel and funky notes.

Aftertaste:
Coriander, citrus, funky notes earthy notes and mild mango. No alcohol in the taste, cloudy and hazy gold body, easy to moderate drinkability and a moderate mouthfeel.

Overall:
A less average beer. I don’t know why but this one just didn’t sit right with me. The mango aromas were awesome but the flavors were something else. It wasn’t bad, but maybe mango just doesn’t play well with heffeweizens. Typically, I love heffs and I love mango so it surprised me. I might have to try it again to make sure it wasn’t the bottle but like I said, maybe mango and heffs just don’t work. I’d recommend a try if you are willing. Maybe your palette may like this one.

Anime Corner:
Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown was used in this pairing as I wanted to show case some of the colors of the beer but also the use of tropical mango to show case the awesomeness of this German style heff. I think the colors really complemented the beers well even if the beer itself wasn’t what I thought it would be. Great pairing, okay beer.

Sources:
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Les Fleurs Du Mal by New Braunfels brewing

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Les Fleurs Du Mal by New Braunfels brewing of Texas is a 5.7% ABV Sour Hefeweizen aged on lemon grass and bottle conditioned with Texas Wildflower Honey.

Label:
The Flowers of Evil
Sans Cesse a mes cotes s’agite le demon

Good cannot exist without a little evil to define it. Right lives astride wrong destruction. Destruction creates rebirth. This beer started life as a sweet, refreshing hefeweizen last winter. After a hot open fermentation and cold winter’s breath of evil, this beautiful saur creature has bloomed to life.
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A special gem comes our way straight out of Texas from the special dark chapters of beer lore as provided by Aaron of www.beermetaldude.com. A sweet donation especially since there was only 11 cases of this beer released out to the public. New Braunfels brewing focuses on a variety of German inspired styles from what I have seen so far and the Shiva’s Tears I tried was very awesome. Now with this one, I really wanna see what this is about especially since it is a Heffeweizen that is aged as a sour, something that I have not experienced before. So let us try out and see what we can find.

Aromas:
Funky notes, lemon grass, sage spice, wine grapes, old mango, peppercorns, farmhouse hay, biscuit bread, vanilla, oak, honey, earthy notes, phenolic notes and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Lemon grass, flowers, lemon peel, biscuit bread, wine grapes, vanilla, citrus, oranges, peppercorns, funky farmhouse hay, earthy notes, old mango, pineapple, honey, oak, stone fruit tart apricots, hibiscus, toasted wheat bread, lavender, phenolic notes, mild bubble gum hints and clove spice.

Aftertaste:
Funky lemon grass, tart pineapple, earthy notes, wet hay, wheat and stone fruit apricots. No alcohol in the taste, a sipping beer despite the low ABV, medium to full honey colored body and medium mouthfeel.

Overall:
This beer is very good if you enjoy sours and farmhouse ales as it borderlines that tart and biscuity area that hovers over the likes of the nice French Saisons. This beer reminds me of the Carnivale Ale from The Lost Abbey as it has some notes of that but this one takes it a different direction of flavor as it is technically still a hefeweizen. I have never tried anything like it but just the ability to move a heffeweizen into other territories of style is just and amazing feat. Highly recommending this one and thanks to New Braunfels Brewing Company for making this one.

Anime Corner:
Remilia Scarlet from the Touhou Project series was used in this pairing to pair with the skulls and the flowers and how the representation of evil flowers can be seen in the form that they look pretty but when you taste them like this beer can be really deadly. Dare to take a sip?

Sources:
http://www.imgbase.info/images/safe-wallpapers/anime/touhou/7468_touhou.jpg

Firebird by Gigantic brewing

10150639_10101820424855960_8816744483120056967_nRating: 4.65/5

Firebird by Gigantic brewing is a 6.1% ABV Smoked Hefeweizen.

Label:
Beer# 18 in the endless series of limited edition artist and artisan beers.
Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen
A refreshingly complex wheat beer. Aromas of clove and banana intermingle with the light smoke imparted from German malt kilned over beechwood fires.

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss”
-Douglas Adams
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A smoked hefeweizen? Never had such a thing but it sure does sound tasty. I got this one online on the bringonthebeer.com site. I have had Gigantic beers in the past and they really have some nice labels that pair awesomely with some of the anime art work. They do this in the name of beer and the arts, so to that, I say cheers!! Now let us see what this one is like.

Aromas:
Burnt sugar, grilled bananas, smokey campfire but doesn’t overwhelm the hefeweizen, sugar cream, oranges, citrus, coriander spice, brown sugar, waffle cone, biscuit bread, honey glazed ham, old orange, peppercorn and clove spice.

Flavors:
Smoked ham, grilled bananas, burnt sugar, clove spice, coriander spice, smokey campfire notes, old oranges, citrus, biscuit bread, brown sugar, honey, graham crackers, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bubblegum and BBQ.

Aftertaste:
Ending pretty dry at the end with a small bit of the smokey oak, banana and clove spice fading. No alcohol in the taste. Easy to moderate drinkability with a light to moderate mouthfeel.

Overall:
A very good hefeweizen if you enjoy hefeweizens and the smoked beer styles. If not, then this one you may not like. However, the way this is done, not one style over powers the other. It is pretty well balanced keeping the beer smoke and the sweetness in line. Definitely recommended if you can find it.

Anime Corner:
Youmu Konpaku from the Touhou series was used in reference to the beer label and the ashy smokey aspect of the beer that blends well with the hefeweizen style. The feather in the back of her sword suggests that she is the firebird referenced in the beer label itself. Any other things you can find from this beer that seem awesome?

Hefe-Weizen by Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus

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Hefe-Weizen by Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus is a 5.2% German Hefeweizen

Label:
In 1598, the royal Oettingen-Wallerstein family experienced the joy of brewing beer for the first time. Although the noble German family has gone through many changes over the years, their sacred recipes and brewing practices remain the same. All Wallerstein gourmet beers are made using local, natural ingredients and spend many weeks maturing in the brewery’s cellar to perfect their signature taste.
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Got this one at Total Wine and More of Redondo Beach California. Apparently it is exclusive to them, so if you have a TW&M where you live, give it a try. I was definitely intrigued by the label but I also love the old pass time style of the German Hefeweizen, can’t go wrong. So let us see what this is about

Aromas:
Bananas, clove spice, citrus, lemon peel, bubble gum, biscuit bread, vanilla, caramel, wheat, coriander spice, honey and peppercorns.

Flavors:
Banana bread, cloves and coriander spice, toffee, caramel, lemons, oranges, mild peppercorn, honey, mild vanilla notes, bubble gum, pears and apples.

Aftertaste:
Aftertaste is of honey, wheat, banana, clove spice, and a bit of citrus. Refreshing, crisp and moderate;y easy to drink. No alcohol in the taste.

Overall:
A very good Hefeweizen but nothing too out there or new which I have not tried before. It is very sweet and delicious for sure either way so if you are willing to pick it up, go for it. Just know, there are other awesome Hefeweizens out there too. They are pretty new around these parts so I will definitely give them a fair shot as I try more.

Anime Corner:
An original artwork by Akizone was used in this piece to show case some good aspects of the Grman beer. A knight never leaves without his/her sword and this case it was easy for me to choose the art pairing. The colors of her armor compliment the colors of the label. Her hair goes from dark caramel to a light citrus yellow and orange along with the other colors representing some of the other fruity flavors. Can you tell of any other things from this artwork piece?

Lips of Faith series Coconut Curry Hefeweizen by New Belgium

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Lips of Faith series Coconut Curry Hefeweizen by New Belgium is an 8% ABV Hefeweizen brewed with coconut, herbs and spices

Label: 
The list of spices in this coconut curry hefeweizen is almost as long as the list of awards bestowed on home brewer, Remin Bonnart. Together we brewed up a traditional German-style wheat beer whose fruity estersand spicy phenols pair perfectly with the spicy and fruity character of curry spices. Pour yourself a plateful.
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So here is the fall release of the the Lips of faith series. A coconut curry hefeweizen. Indeed a unique sort of beer that probably has not been done before. I have had other coconut beers and the curry beer Indra Kunindra from Ballast point. Very good indeed. This brings forth something different though, let us see where this goes

Aromas are very unique and very different. Citrus, curry, toasted coconut, oak, campfire, spicy chiles, cinnamon coriander, bananas, cloves, walnuts, chicken and gravy, biscuit bread, herbs, spices, floral burnt incense, citrus and lime.

The flavors are definitely like curry, rich toasted coconut, marshmallow, coriander, cumin, cayanne pepper, citrus, lime, cinnamon, tangerine, banana, clove, pecans, biscuit bread, caramel, chicken and gravy hints, ginger bread, flowers, burning incense, barbeque sauce hints, spices of India and mango.

Aftertaste is almost floral, bready, lemon and spicy. It is quite the easy sipper. Definitely take your time with this one. It is very odd and different. 

Overall I am amazed as to how different this beer is. I have had a curry beer before which was more chocolate and coffee curry https://brewerianimelogs.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/indra-kunindra-by-ballast-point/. This one is taking a lighter style like the heffeweizen and doing something very different things. Very good beer for sure but very unique and different. May be off putting to some. A beer that taste like a fancy Indian dish?? unheard of.. LMAO!!! Speaking of which, wonder how well it would fare with a nice curry dish. Could we reach the utmost highest levels of Nirvana? Possibly, if not, this definitely fits as one of the more exotic beer pairings of taste, art and experience, ciyarsa !!! 

Kellerweis by Sierra Nevada

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Kellerweis by Sierra Nevada is a 4.8% ABV Hefeweizen

Label: 
Kellerweis is one of the few American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor complexity. Our hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavorful, refreshing and perfect for a sunny day. To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest.
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Long ago, they used to have it as a common beer near where I live until they decided to change things. I have seen this one in many other places and it is quite common. So I finally got around to getting this one to do a review.

Aromas are very nice. You get the really nice banana, clove spice and sweet biscuit bread you get with the Bavarian style, wheat, honey, coriander, orange, lemons, phenols and slight peppery notes

The flavors are of banana, clove spice, phenols, caramel, biscuit and doughy bread, floral hops, peppercorns, coriander, citrus, lemon and slight toffee notes.

The aftertaste is sweet and hop like bitter. This is pretty damn close to the good German heffs as they get. The best part, is that this is a common. So if you are a fan of heffs, especially German ones, definitely grab a six pack this is. Good stuff for sure.

HefeWeissbier by Weihenstephaner

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HefeWeissbier by Weihenstephaner is a 5.4%ABV World Class German Hefeweizen. Considered the best German Hefeweizen in the world

RATE BEER DESCRIPTION:
Nothing refreshes you more than this naturally cloudy wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. Goes well with dishes that do not have too intensive a flavour, especially that Bavarian speciality ‘Weisswurst’ or white sausage.
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What a perfect way to rate that the best Hefeweizen in the world is made none other than the World’s Oldest Brewery (Since 1040) in Germany. A very common beer in many of the most common craft beers stores and can you believe, this is the first time I am trying it and to put the cherry on top, Hefeweizen style was my first favorite style around the time I started beer reviews. Crazy huh? Anyways, on to the review.

Aromas are dead on rich Banana cloves, with this one seems to have honey, vanilla, bubble gum, toffee, caramel, citrus, lemon, wheat, banana bread, peppery notes, caramel apple and butterscotch. The flavors are of Bananas, draped in honey, caramel, lemon, orange, peppercorns, bubble gum, wheat, banana bread, banana cream and biscuit bread. Simply amazing. No chance for comparison, even people who fathom the idea of what an awesome hefeweizen is supposed to be like have no idea what a REAL GERMAN HEFF is supposed to taste like. This is the best Hefeweizen I have ever had, but my love still goes out to the Hefeweizen Dunkel. The one made by Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner are the best. I’m a nut for more sweeter beers.

Orange Wheat by Hangar 24

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Orange Wheat by Hangar 24 is a 4.6%ABV Fruit beer brewed with locally grown oranges, wheat and barley. Seems more like Belgian white style but I guess it is a different style all together

Label: 
Crisp, Tangy, and Refreshing. The citrus aroma, light airy mouthfeel, and tangy finish are this unfiltered beer’s trademarks. This is accomplished by adding whole locally grown oranges throughout the brewing process, which perfectly coalesce with the wheat and barley base.
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I have had this beer many times that I can’t count. This is Hangar 24’s flagship beer. In fact, first time I heard about Hangar 24 was because of this beer. 3 years ago I looked for this one for a while. Back then it was not as common to find it. The first I tried it, I was probably to me one of the best orange beers out there. Better than Shocktop and Bluemoon. So it was worth the try. I haven’t really done a review since this one became common but in all fairness I wanted to give this a review. Fragrances are a lot like a Belgian white but with more orange. Aromas of wheat, coriander spice, floral hops, honey, biscuit, lemon and lemon peel. The Flavors are of orange juice, orange aid, lemon, tangy lemon peel, biscuit bread, slight wheat and coriander, orange gummy bear flavor and floral hops. The beer is very refreshing. The beer does not have an overwhelming form and most of the flavors medium to light . This beer is very drinkable, crisp and refreshing. Taking this one over a lager definitely any day. IT is more like a session Hefeweizen or a session Witbier. Good stuff for sure that even lager drinkers can appreciate.

Old World Hefeweizen by Bootlegger’s Brewery

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Old World Hefeweizen by Bootlegger’s Brewery of Fullerton California is a 5% ABV German Hefeweizen

Label: 
Our German-style Hefeweizen is an unfiltered wheat beer that is handcrafted using only pure imported Hallertau Mittelfrueh noble German hops to give it an original old world taste. With its white creamy long lasting head, golden color, subtle aroma of bananas, and light hop taste, our Hefeweizen has a crisp refreshing taste. The smooth balanced finish makes this a perfect beer for everyday enjoyment!
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So the last time I tried this was a while back. I picked up a bottle out of curiosity since I really haven’t tried a lot of the Bootlegger’s stuff but do love hefeweizens. I was pleasantly surprised. The aromas are of bananas, apples, citrus, orange peel, coriander, almost like a peach, a bit of floral notes, cloves, wheat bread and mango notes. The flavors are of banana bread, caramel, cloves, apples, pears, bubble gum, orange, lemon, coriander spice, some flower notes like a nice saison as well as some peppery notes. There are also some peach and some what plum flavors still pull through some how which is really good. Unless this bottle has been properly taken care of because I think it still holds the old label, then giving it sometime in the yeast allowed to develop some extra fruity notes. Taste a lot better from the last time I remember it. Definitely a recommended good hefeweizen.