Aroma: Spicy, anise/clove. First taste: The bottle label only said "wheat beer", but upon first taste....surprise, Hefe Weizen. Very rich, thick, and sweet with traditional "clovey" spice taste. Overall: My full disclosure is that I am not the biggest fan of the hefe weizen style.It's my prejudice against overally flavored brews, esp in a style that's typically intended for the summer months. But, this brew won me over with another surprise. After drinking a bottle, I logged into New Glarus's website and found out the alcohol level was 7.2%. Wow, couldn't detect that because of the tremedous balance. I have nothing but respect for New Glarus Brew Co, both for the skill they bring to their craft and their business model. So, I hate it that I don't totally love this beer, but it did grow on me. My issue is that it's like eating a rich, sweet pastry on a 90 degree day. But, this is a very artful take on a distinctive german style. If you love the Hefe weizen style, you will love this beer.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers