To Weiss or not to Weiss?


Greetings and salutations, my fellow bloggers.  For my inaugural post I have chosen to talk about the brew that most strikes my fancy, and that is wheat beer.
I have realized long ago that given a choice, I will most often pick it over others.  To this day, I remember the very first one I tasted even though many years have passed, and I knew right then and there than I was on to something.  From light to dark (yes, for those new to wide world of beers, wheat beers can be dark! ..I remember being quite surprised by that back in the day when I started broadening my beer horizons.), the spectrum of flavours wheat beers offer has yet to disappoint me. 
Whether it’s a Hefeweizen or a Belgian Wit, or perhaps some unique fruit blend, the notes of coriander, cloves, or citrus always keep me coming back for more. 
Sure, the hops are not as present in this style of brew, but I think that’s part of the attraction for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate and enjoy beer in nearly all incarnations, but I’ve noticed that I tend to side with those that keep the bitter hops flavours more subdued.
I have observed that wheat beers tend to evoke fairly strong reactions when tasted for the first time.  Most often it is those who don’t stray too far outside of their chosen brand that are caught off guard by the unique flavours.  Some love it, while others write if off completely, in preference to more traditional (for lack of a better word) types.  Either way, I find it’s always a good idea to offer to show this delicious style of beer to anyone who is willing to try, because even if they don’t fall in love with it as I have, they now know that there are options out there to explore.  And let’s face it, it’s that exploration of all that beer has to offer is what keeps us coming back for more.
To me, there is something spectacular about a warm summer afternoon on a patio with a cold, refreshing wheat ale in hand.  I highly recommend it to everyone!