This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Uinta's Golden Spike Hefeweizen.
Its been quite a few years since I have had a domestic Hefeweizen that I appreciated. Often the brewmaster get too caught up with trying to bring out the phenols and the beer is overwhelmed with banana bread type flavors.
The Uinta Golden Spike Hefeweizen is not overly pretentious and does not attempt to impress by doing the euro style oversell. Instead, the beer is a mild American Wheat Ale with some wheat flavor but also a little bit of hop bitterness and a natural citrus tending towards lemon aftertaste.
I viewed the Uinta website to try to glean a little more information as to the way they intended the beer to taste this way and why they named it Golden Spike. In connection with the name of the brew, it appears that the Golden Spike name has nothing to do with the beer and how it is made and is instead a celebration of the famed Golden Spike which was used in a ceremony to link the railroad tracks across to the West. I say "appears" because the Uinta website cuts off the explanation for the name of the brew, so I can't be certain that the end of the description did not actually tie the beer to its name.
As for the reason that the Golden Spike taste so mild, the website indicates that this was intentional as they sought to make a medium bodied, American Wheat Ale. Although that does not qualify for Hefeweizen status, it does make the beer smooth and very drinkable.
Uinta Golden Spike Hefeweizen is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union and bears an OU on the label. For the experts' take on the Uinta Golden Spike Hefeweizen please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1416/5611 .
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