May 15, 2015

Beer of the Weekend #680: Hanna

Well, I didn’t really want to buy a whole six-pack of Hannah, brewed by the Exile Brewing Company of Des Moines, Iowa. But I want to try it — an LV deadline is right around the corner (hint, hint, hint) — and sixers were all John’s had.


Wow. It has been a long time since I used my small weizen glass.

Hannah pours a cloudy amber. Two fingers of buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipates evenly. The aroma is very hefe-like with scents of banana, apple, wheat malt, yeast, clove, a little bit of strawberry, and bubblegum. It smells like an authentic Bavarian hefe. There is also a hint of citrus. It has a nice, full-bodied mouthfeel and the flavor mostly mirrors the aroma, though the banana tastes a tad bit under-ripe. Clove is also prominent, but apple, wheat malt, yeast, a touch of strawberry, caramel, and a hint of citrus.

Fun facts about Hannah:

•Style: Exile calls it “Bavarian Wheat.” Basically, it’s hefeweizen.

•Price: $8.99/sixer at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

•Alcohol content: 5.2 percent ABV.


The Quiet Man’s grade: B.