We recently had the opportunity to sample two new summer brews, both of which fall into the wheat beer category. Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit was the first to hit our lips, followed closely by Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen. Although both of these savory selections are made predominantly from wheat, they share many differences. The Satsuma Harvest Wit goes along the Belgian wit path with its profound essences from spices like coriander, while the Kellerweis Hefeweizen takes a German weiss path with its yeasty banana soul.
Abita Satsuma Wit
This one is more true to the wit bier style than we thought it would be. Satsuma Wit has the typical Belgian yeasty and spicy notes on the nose. Spices like coriander govern the palate, while the anticipated mandarin like satsuma flavor takes a back seat. There is a faint tang and bitterness from the wheat and hops. A smooth and crisp finish tops off this easy going and highly drinkable beer. Satsuma Wit is an enjoyable alternative to wit beers such as Hoegaarden and Blue Moon; we would consider it a must try if you are fans of either of these beers.
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
Sierra Nevadas last offering of Torpedo Extra IPA was an immense hit, and they without a doubt scored again with Kellerweis. Kellerweis has everything going on that a first tier Hefeweizen should. Lemony zest, spices, cloves, bananas, yeast, and citrus are all detectable in this masterpiece. Its crisp and tart with a clean and refreshing finish. Kellerweis definitely opened the eyes of us who were biased towards American style wheat beers when juxtaposing them with German Hefeweizens. At $8.99 a six pack with a sale point of $6.99, Sierra Nevadas latest offering should be on everyones shopping list.
Rest assured you will not be disappointed with either of these flavorsome brews. While the Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen is slated to be offered year round, the Abita Satsuma Wit is a seasonal and will only be available for a modest amount of time. Will you be relishing some wheat this week?