Lindy’s Weiss, Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)

Posted by  Alex Hannagan   in  Beer Reviews     1 year ago     839 Views     Comments Off on Lindy’s Weiss, Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)  

I will say this about a forced year-long separation from Virginia beer:  everything old is surprisingly new again.  I remember what I liked a lot (with the occasional help from Untappd, friends, and the VBR archives themselves), but having been inundated with another region’s take on all my favorite styles – generally with a little less success on the whole – has reminded my taste buds that Virginia beer is so. damn. good.  The Midwest has lots of German and British influence; Kansas City, a short drive from where I was living, has the national World War I museum for a reason.  Some spots do a decent to great Hefeweizen, while some others…not.  Now I find myself at Mad Fox and I’m not feeling up to a flight even though it’s a Friday, so I do a delicious cask ale and then look at old favorites.  For some weird reason, I almost always miss when their Hefeweizen is on draught, but I knew I liked it.  After my sojourn in Kansas, I like it a lot more for all the things it does that places out there couldn’t.

Lindy’s Weiss, Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)
Hefeweizen, 4.4% ABV

Presentation:  Draught pour into Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance:  In darker lit areas it pours more like a Kellerbier, with frothy head you could eat with a spoon.  If you let the sun give it some backlight, though, it’s a semi-transparent banana.  Beautiful beer.

Taste:  The nose gives you a Hefe’s banana notes quite well forward, with a surprising amount of yeast as well.  The body is all about those same unfiltered  particulates.  It also gives you some nice zest reminiscent more of lemon than orange, the acidic part of citrus rather than the sweet.  The cloves really shine in the finish, and once again the yeast masks the acidity that can spoil flavor in Hefeweizens.  The first half of the glass is an amazing beer.

Mouth Feel:  Since this is a fresh pour, likely more towards the top of the keg, that balancing sediment actually starts to run out towards the bottom of the beer.  That’s when the acidic parts of the carbonation take over more, and the effect isn’t as pleasant.  It’s the one mark against this beer, and for that reason I would love to see a bottle-conditioned version.
Overall:  The yeast is the best part.  It’s why good Hefes are so far above the rest of the pack, and why I tend towards unfiltered “Central European” beers when you’re looking for wheat and yeast to play a significant part.  They’re luscious beers that sit mildly on the palate, don’t hit the liver too hard, and you find yourself downing in just a handful of gulps followed by a few raised eyebrows and a satisfying belch.  That is the kind of Hefeweizen I couldn’t find in the Midwest, save one fantastic exception.  Out here I’m really quite blessed to have a superlative one over at Lost Rhino, and Mad Fox gives it quite the run for its money.  My sole critique of this beer is simply one that my snobbish, amateurly-honed palate notices.  And my sole critique of the brains at Mad Fox is:  why don’t you have this around more often?!
Score:  8.6

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