I’m working on an article about craft beer in cans for a southern California golf magazine, and therefore working my way through the cans themselves. The usual tough duty, and since I’m from Vermont I’m getting to try some west coast beers not normally found near home.
Enter the Golden Road Hefeweizen—as in entering my gullet—from the Golden Road Brewery, founded in Los Angeles in 2011.
Owners Tony Yanow and Meg Gill wanted to fashion a traditional southern German hefeweizen, and they traveled to Bavaria to learn about the style on its home ground. But when they returned home they added some California sunshine to their brewing vessels in the form of dried lemons and oranges (shown floating in the tank in the photo), to go along with the German hops and four different malts.
As might be expected, the beer is a zesty one, brimming with refreshment and the traditional esters associated with Bavarian hefeweizens, redolent of banana and clove. The citrus character is more evident in the tangy mouthfeel than in any overwhelming additional flavor. Nonetheless, no need to add a citrus wedge to your glass here; it’s already in it.
Packaged in a 16-ounce can, Golden Road Hefeweizen is a tall glass of invigoration, but at 4.6% ABV, no problem. It will agreeably cut a thirst on a golf course, or anywhere else for that matter.