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.