Buckwheat Ale

12oz single coutesy of casemw. RJ Rocker’s is a brewery with a growing reputation in my mind for some super beers and outstanding customer service. A nice combo!
This one goes into the Tucher, 500 mL Weizen glass.
Body is a little darker than your standard Hefe. A golden with a LOT more clarity than I was expecting. Carbonation also seems a little higher than expected. Head is small, and falls away pretty quickly but not without leaving some nice lace.
Nose and tastes are certainly authentically Hefe-like with banana notes, a touch of bubblegum and a little alcohol, but serious clove notes are missing and the beer is a touch too understated for the style IMO. Odd, since give an American brewer a classic style and it seldom ends up as a more subtle version! Light alcoholic soaked fruit in the nose.
A touch buttery with some diacetyl notes, but this is surprisingly not really much of problem. Drinks smoothly and easily.
All in all not really a classic Hefe by an stretch of the imagination, but still a drinkable effort and something I could see doing a nice job in the southern, summer months.

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01/18/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 5.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.55
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