Some of my favorite American examples come from the country's larger craft brewers. VICTORY'S SUNRISE WEISSBIER has a fresh nose and pale, effervescent appearance. Banana, wheat, and phenols make this one very tasty beer. Another Pennsylvania-produced Hefeweizen, TROEGS' DREAMWEAVER WHEAT is equally flavorful and sessionable in the true sense of the word with only 4.8% ABV. SIERRA NEVADA'S KELLERWEIS HEFEWEIZEN weighs in at the same percentage and has a taste that hits all the key points: banana, wheat, lemon, spice, and, above all else, cloves. Both flavorful and well put together.

And for what it's worth, three of the best American Hefeweizen's that I've drank were at area brewpubs. So if you are near Portsmouth Brewery or Moat Mountain Smoke House and Brewing in New Hampshire, or Cambridge Brewing in Boston, stop in for a pint. But wherever you find yourself this summer, this easy drinking and flavorful style is worth a try.

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