Drink of the Week: Braupakt Hefeweissbier

BraupaktA delicious collision between Old World brewing and New World craft, Braupakt Hefewiessbier is a collaborative brew between Germany’s Weihenstephan (the world’s oldest continually operating brewery) and U.S. craft beer pioneer Sierra Nevada. Brewmasters Tobias Zollo of Weihenstephan and Scott Jennings of Sierra Nevada developed the recipe over the course of nearly a year. Not quite a mash-up of styles, the beer pours lightly cloudy with pleasant aromas of banana and clove typical of a classic wheat beer. But the malty sweetness is complemented by a bright bitterness from the addition of Amarillo and Chinook hops, hinting at an American pale ale—Sierra Nevada’s flagship brew. The limited release beer will be available nationally through the summer. See weihenstephaner.com for distribution.