I’ve written in the past about collaborations, breweries inviting guest brewers to mash up (literally) and create (potentially) interesting and exciting brews.
So when I read that Brewdog were getting together with Weihenstephan (the World’s oldest brewery), then I was genuinely excited. Two of my favourite breweries getting together? I was curious as to what they were going to create. And they’ve played to both brewery’s strengths, by producing an India Pale Weizen, they bring centuries of Weihenstephan experience – that culminate in brews like their hefeweissbier (reviewed here) and Korbinian (reviewed here) with Brewdog’s ‘in your face’ IPA hopping skills that are prevalent in brews like their Punk IPA (reviewed here) and Hardcore IPA (reviewed here).
There are a lot of four and five star beers in that paragraph, so the idea of a classic hefeweizen with modern IPA hopping sounds interesting, why hasn’t it been tried before? Or has it? Please let me know.
The nose is classic Weizen, cloves, banana and maybe a hint of orange peel; it pours hazily, if not cloudy, but thus far it’s a classic.
The flavour, well it’s in the flavour that this steers away from a classic Weizen. There are American hops layered above the normal Weizen flavours, providing an extra bitterness, but for Brewdog they’re quite restrained. The alcohol content (6.2% ABV) is not conspicuous, but there’s a warmth lurking in the background that reminds you there’s something potent going on.
It’s an interesting brew, but ultimately it disappoints.
As per my earlier eulogising, Weihenstephan brew better Weizens than this, while Brewdog brew better IPAs. This collaboration fails to capitalise on the strengths of either brewery. It’s not a bad brew – I maintain that no brewer ever sets out to make a bad brew – but it’s not as good as it could, or indeed should, be.
As such, I think this merits two and a half BrewClub stars. It’s a little better than our two star definition – “Drinkable, and not unpleasant, but not something I’d take to a friend’s house either.”