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Kawaba Snow Weizen

Weizenbock /5% ABV / Japan

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Suggested Glassware
Weizen Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product description

Refreshing and smooth. A 100% wheat beer, Snow Weizen starts with a soft subtle entry on the palate and develops into a round full bodies weizen.

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A Weizenbock (pronounced like “Vye-tsen-bock”) is a curious blend of a darker winter beer and a traditional wheat ale; the actual name is a combination of the German “bock” (a seasonal, aged lager) and the Hefeweizen (a bright German wheat ale). If you can imagine a classic wheat ale, but with a holiday season twist, you’ve got yourself a pint of Weizenbock. This unique Bavarian brew was an early 20th-century invention; while wheat beers were on the decline during the period, one brewer’s wife crafted a seasonal wheat beer (the Weizenbock) that embodied the styles of the region’s more popular lagers.
Weizenbocks may range from more of a honey color to a dark ruby shade and the aroma and flavor alter accordingly; lighter Weizenbocks are similar to a traditional German wheat ale but with perhaps a bit more caramel in the profile, whereas the darker versions present like toasted bread. No matter the color, brewers use Weizen yeast to craft Weizenbocks — Weizen yeasts are used in German wheat beers, an ingredient that adds distinct notes of banana, spice and even vanilla. Weizenbocks are medium to full-bodied, bubbly and creamy; they are typically unfiltered and, when properly poured, provide an impressive, foamy head.
Weizenbocks have a higher ABV than is common among the Bavarian wheat ale family; the alcohol content in these brews is typically between 6.5% and 9%, which is more akin to other winter ale styles. The respectable alcohol content provides you with some warming qualities, an effect that occurs in high ABV brews (it’s not magic, it’s just the booze) and makes these dark wheat ales a great addition to your holiday season events. You may pick up some notes of alcohol in a Weizenbock’s aroma, but it’s generally mild and less pungent than its more dominant smells like toast and spice.
The festive qualities in a darker Weizenbock — especially the notes of dried fruit, spice and malt — allow you to pair this beer with equally festive foods, especially roasted and grilled game meats like lamb or venison. For lighter Weizenbocks, you may pick up some slight hoppiness that goes well with menu items like smoked sausage or even some seafood. Like other dark beers, you might also consider serving a Weizenbock alongside classic German desserts like apple strudel, fruit tarts or even a slice of German chocolate cake; some even prefer to sip a Weizenbock by itself like an aged digestif following a heavy meal.
German wheat ales, like a Weizenbock, are typically served in a respectably tall glass called a Weizen glass; Weizen (German for “wheat”) glasses have an appealing vase-like shape with a wide bulb near the top and a slim base. A typical Weizenbock is unfiltered, and the vessel’s shape helps trap loose sediments at the bottom so as not to interfere with the creamy texture and foamy head at the top. Because of a Weizenbock’s high ABV and similarity to other strong European ales, you could also consider serving in a snifter glass; the snifter is much shorter with a wider bulb, which allows the drinker to swirl a Weizenbock and release more of its aroma while sipping.
German-style beers are not exactly recognized for their light nutritional content; Weizenbocks and other dark beers are meant to be enjoyed with equally indulgent foods like steak and chocolate cake, after all. A 12-ounce bottle of a 7% ABV Weizenbock is likely going to contain about 250 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrates, though these numbers vary depending on the alcohol content, with higher ABV versions surpassing 270 calories. It should be noted that the standard serving glass for a Weizenbock, the Weizen glass, holds at least 20 ounces, so you may accidentally consume almost double the calories for one pour.
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