Tennessee Brew Works Nashweizen

The Tennessee Brew Works guys have produced other beers that I've tried, and I'm not going to sugar coat it - they haven't all been winners. The friendly Jeremy seems to think more highly of them than I have so far, and I like that guy and think he has a pretty good palate, so I'm going to go with this hops-infused wheat ale. Let's all hope.

The clear gold beer has a white head that has some impressive staying power, but it leaves little lacing. Still, the puffy cap on top of the beer is almost like how a child might draw a picture of a beer. That I'm forcing children to draw idyllic pictures of alcoholic beverages is okay, isn't it? I hope so. Otherwise, my master plan for taking over the world is ruined. The aroma is hoppier than I expected - with a kind of orange and wheat smell.

First sip is a whiplash of styles with a well balanced IPA and a slap of an outside-the-box hefeweizen with all that wheat and grains and ... it's really hard to wrap my head around how they made this beer and what they were thinking when they were doing it. I'm not saying it's bad, but a sip isn't doing it any favors.

Tip-in is oddly sweet with grains, grapefruit, and tangerines. The middle is ... sparkly? Is that a thing? It's strange that the carbonation overpowers everything right in the middle, and there are bright tingles of carbonation with some echoes of fruits and wheat under it. The finish is a lot harder hitting with the fruit and tartness and a strangely large volume of resin that kind of puts the finish off a bit.

Bottom Line: A beer with no clear sense of what it is.



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