149. Bridge Road Brewers Hefeweizen

Posted: July 11, 2012 in Australian ales
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Bridge Road Brewers Hefeweizen

Company info:
Bridge Road Brewers
Beechworth, V.I.C


Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: $TBC

Label info: ‘Bridge Road Brewers have created their own German style hefe-weizen that conjures up memories of German bier halls, giant pretzels and busty Bavarian girls. We have sourced the best ingredients from Germany to provide you with a great hefe-weizen brewed here in Beechworth. This cloudy beer, with low bitterness and banana aromas makes for a great match with seafood and mild curries.’

What the label really means: I am impressed at the lengths these guys have gone to in creating an authentic hefeweizen brew. Sounds good.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Again, sticking to their paper-bag inspired labels, the good folk at Bridge Road Brewers have created a fine label. I love the font (and accompanying eagle) of Hefeweizen emblazoned across the label that looks strong, resilient, and inspirational. My only gripe is that I wish this part of the label was bigger, bolder, and took up more space. Alas, it’s a good label, and the matte feel of the label is always pleasant.

I give it a label rating of 7 out of 10.

AROMA: Wheaty…mellow…fruity…smells good.

Taste: GLASS – Bridge Road’s Hefeweizen contains delicious fruity melon hints over a base of strong wheaty swirls. There’s a flavour sensation behind every mouthful and it’s a zesty, refreshing drop. It’s also very fizzy, perhaps a little over-carbonated for my tastes. All in all a fine drop.


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

Taste: BOTTLE – Those same zesty, refreshing flavours are bursting through with every sip. From the bottle the Hefeweizen becomes a little earthy or dusty and this is a nice element to introduce.

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

Accompanying food: I really believe this would sit well beside a Lebanese feast.

Best season to appreciate: Thanks to the zesty fruity tones I’d suggest this would make a good Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? On account of the carbonation, I’m going to say no, this is not an all-nighter brew for me.

NEXT WEEK: Red Trolley Ale

  1. BargeDave says:

    As usual, I’ll be giving the hef a miss on a personal taste preference basis, but I’ve found Bridge Road beers can have carbonation issues. Following some, err, helpful suggestions made at some volume by the long-suffering Mrs Barge while she was standing in a puddle of their Beechworth Pale Ale, I open any product from this mob over the sink.


    • BargeDave says:

      Further to previous, there was considerable discussion about carbonation when Bridge Road’s Beechworth Pale Ale was reviewed on this very blog in December 2009. Come on Bridge Road Brewers, just a little less priming in the bottles or a bit longer in the fermenter (or make the caps looser so the pressure doesn’t get too high).


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