ClubGonzo’s Ich Weiß

Ich Weiß by ClubGonzo, Hefeweizen, 5.0% ABV, 15 IBU.

This very German hefeweizen pours a very cloudy, quite dark orange body with a huge, creamy, very long-lived, white head that laces the glass well.

ClubGonzo's Ich Weiß, batch 27. The name is better than the beer.

ClubGonzo’s Ich Weiß, batch 27. The name is better than the beer.

The aroma is moderate to strong, with some unusual notes of rotten fruit in addition to the more common and pleasant notes of banana and hefeweizen yeast. I can’t say I really love the rotten notes, but they’re not as bad as it sounds.

The flavours are moderate, with vague fruity notes, hints of overripe banana and pleasant-ish yeast. But yet again I get solvent-like, medicinal, stinging, unpleasant alcohol notes that are completely unwelcome in such a light beer (if solvent is something you’d ever want in any drink). These notes make the beer almost undrinkable in big amounts, a 25 cl bottle was too much for me.

The texture is dry, with a very dry finish. The carbonation is moderate, I’d like more more bubbles in a hefeweizen. There is a light sweet taste and hints of bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Not a successfull brew. It has some of the right elements, but far too many off-tastes to make this pleasant.



Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:    6/20
Ratebeer score: 2.1/5.0

One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Ich Weiß

  1. Well, your take on Ich Weiss is a bit worse than I recall my own perception to be, but I more or less agree on the criticism – this beer ended up with too many strange yeasty overtones, and based on other homebrewed weissens I’ve had, I conclude that while this may be a rather straightforward and easy-drinking style, it certainly is no easy beer to brew! 😛 Next time, I’ll pay more attention to yeast and fermentation management, which seems to be utterly crucial to producing a drinkable weizen.

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