130. Hargreaves Hill Hefeweizen

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Australian ales
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Hargreaves Hill Hefeweizen

Company info:
Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company Pty Ltd
Yarra Glen, V.I.C


Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 4.9%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: $3.99

Label info: ‘A traditional German style wheat ale, this beer is brewed in the Yarra Valley with 50% wheat and 50% barley. It is lightly bittered with noble hops grown in the Hallertau region of Bavaria. Conditioning occurs in the bottle, and provides some prominent estery notes of cloves and vanilla’

What the label really means: Sounds great – especially those ‘noble hops’. I’m already picturing hops getting about on neatly primped stallions, perusing their property, a monocle in one eye, and a large cravat billowing out from ‘neath a red hunter’s jacket. Tally forth dear hops, tally forth.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: For what I think is the first time in Hell-Cat’s Beer Blog history, I see blue on a beer label and am not immediately inclined to prank-call Tracey Curro. It’s a very mellow, peaceful blue depicting a hill amidst a sky of washed blue. It calms me, relaxes me, makes me put on a pair of tight jeggings and prance about the kitchen. What has it done to me? I am inspired, I am entranced by the raised lettering, I am eating a gummy bear I found down the back of the couch.

I give it a label rating of 7.5 out of 10.

AROMA: Smells good…it’s hoppy and a tad citrus tinged.

Taste: GLASS – A deliciously earthy brew with citrus undertones and a whole swag of hop-busting wheaty goodness. It’s considerably dry in consistency but very, very drinkable. Good stuff.

I give it a beer from glass rating of out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – It becomes even more hop-heavy, a tad more bitter, and, I’m afraid to say, not quite as good. It’s difficult to explain but the more I drink of this from the bottle, the more I am hit by pangs of bloatiness. Still good, just not great.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Drinking Hargreaves Hill Hefeweizen, I have a real hankering for Lebanese food. Bring on the hommous, the tabouli, the sweet caressing lady fingers.

Best season to appreciate: A genuine Summer beer-garden, barbie brew.

All-nighter beer? It’s a little too dry for me to say I could comfortably sit on this brew all evening. I also note the more I drink of this, a growing tangy propensity, lingering as an aftertaste. I’d have to have more to see if this sticks around long.

Other: Happy 2012 everyone! My apologies to all my readers for being AWOL for so long. Between now and my last post, my wife and I welcomed a little baby girl born on Elvis’ birthday with a pre-prepared quiff. Stay tuned in the coming months for the launch of my new section on this site ‘A word from the kid…’.

NEXT WEEK: South Pacific Lager Beer (our first beer from Papua New Guinea)

  1. Captain Pugwash says:

    Hellcat! Congrats on the birth of your baby and the rebirth of your blog. If that is what you did in January, I’m not sure how you are gonna follow that in February. South Pacific Lager Beer has got a lot to live up to. Bring it on…

    PS When it comes to wheat beer, I’m with Sir Foozalot all the way. I just can’t get my head (nor my chops) around it. Though I hear it’s quite the thing on the continent.


  2. Glen says:

    Love a wheat beer, will give this one a go. Mase, I think you review the Resch Draught they are doing in tins as a limited edition.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Nice one Glen.
      Will keep my eyes peeled for the limited edition Resch Draught can. Sounds good.


      • Radio Snivins says:

        Sadly, neither South Pacific Lager nor Reschs Draught – it would be nothing short of ale racism for me to dismiss it just because its first name is Reschs. That’s how holocausts start – are available here in Vic. It looks like Radio Snivins will be sitting on the sidelines with the fat wheezy boys and a note from matron for next week’s review.


  3. Radio Snivins says:

    Congratulations, ‘Kazoo.

    I nearly had to give this return guzztest a miss. I hid my wallet for a lark on new year’s eve, and I still haven’t found it. Fortunately, with my penchant for ill-conceived, yet well executed, military-grade capers, it takes more than hidden lettuce to stop Radio from getting on the outside of a ‘Kazoo review brew. Yessirroo, it do. Nine out of ten.


    • Radio Snivins says:

      On a seriouser note, I’m not a fan of wheat beer. I’m glugging an HH Hefweizen as I write this, and I taste no reason to change my opinion. I home brewed a wheater once, and it was bloody awful, so I tried some Murphett procured wb’s for comparative purposes, and they were even worse. No, the only way I can take the stuff is in Belgian white form, and even then after seven or eight my gob develops an immunity to the orange and coriander and that dreaded wheaty margungle beast returns. So, in conclusion, it would be incorrect to say that Radio Snivins is a fan of wheat beer. He is, however, a fan of this blog, and it’s good to have it back.


      • Radio Snivins says:

        Also, ‘Kazoo, I think you should include an under-the-cap section in your reviews. I’ve been foozling a lot of Summer Bright Lager, Carlton Draught, and Tooheys Old during the off-season, and their caps contain really useful stuff like rock/paper/scissors, and trivia about vegetables, and, in the case of Tooheys Old, chess pieces. In fact, I made a new year’s rez to drink myself a complete Tooheys Old chess set, and then to learn how to play it.


      • Mason Hell-Cat says:

        1) Excellent video once again Snivelly
        2) I agree the HHH is definitely not going to appeal to drinkers not keen on wheat beers
        3) Good suggestion RE caps….I just can’t recall seeing that many that have had anything under them. Will keep my eyes peeled for future ones.


      • BargeDave says:

        Tnanks Sniv, I share your view on Hef so you’ve saved me the trouble of expending $3.99.


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