Saturday, May 17, 2008

Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat Beer - A Microbrew Review

Spring's here!! Even though it hasn't felt like Spring the last couple of weeks, it's May 17th and summer's just around the corner...I hope! Now's a good time to start sampling and selecting some favorite summertime style microbrews and craft beers to enjoy during the upcoming sweltering hot months. My wife was kind enough to bring home a local Pennsylvania microbrew from our friends at Troegs Independent Craft Brewery out of Harrisburg, PA. This microbrew is none other than Troeg's Dreamweaver Wheat Beer (one I've somehow never tried before).

Anyway, I wasted no time in cracking open the 12 ounce chilled bottle and poured Dreamweaver Wheat agressively into my 14 ounce pilsner glass which just happened to be the only clean beer sampling vessel in the cupboard at the time.

Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat Beer revealed itself as a musty straw colored liquid with much carbonation bearing a one finger marshmallowy head at the surface which remained for all but only a short minute or two. Very cloudy, chilled haze was the predominant visual from this unfiltered wheat craft beer.

The aroma was strongly reminiscent of bananas and clove, very sweet with just a mild hint of allspice in the far background. This was a very nice scent for this microbrew and not unexpected being a wheat beer by nature.

Troeg's Dreamweaver Wheat Beer tastes great in a nutshell. The beer is zingy on the tongue and vibrantly bright. Bananas do overwhelm the flavor in my opinion, but in a sweet and sensual way for this style of beer. It's smooth and velvety with its natural oily sensation slickening and coating the back of the mouth before swirling down into the gullet. This microbrew does have a little bit of weight to it for a summertime beer but I like it. There's not a lot of hops to be noted but that's also to be expected and the lack thereof didn't disappoint in any way or distract from the beer.

In all honesty, from my past experiences, wheat ales have never been my absolute favorite style of microbrew. But Troeg's Dreamweaver Wheat Beer is one of those beers that just might change my mind in the long run. I could definitely sit out back on the porch after a hot July afternoon of mowing the grass and easily see myself putting back two or three of these well crafted Pennsylvania microbrews one after the other. And with the convenient 4.8% alcohol by volume rating, this is a craft beer that won't get you in too much trouble too quickly. That's a real change of pace from some of my other favorite beers that are heavy on the ABV.

Troeg's Dreamweaver Wheat Beer is a champ in my book when it comes to wheat beers specifically and summertime style beers in general. I'll definitely be keeping an eye open for another couple of these brews to grace the beer fridge for the warm months ahead. I'm going to give Dreamweaver Unfiltered Wheat Beer a 7.0 on the microbrew Richter scale and throw more kudos to the fine beer brewing brothers at the Troeg's Independent Craft Brewery in Harrisburg, PA. Those guys know what they're doing when it comes to brewing no matter the style or season. Pick up some Dreamweaver Wheat now while you can before it's gone like leaves on the trees in the fall.

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