In 2013, I created my first legitimate batch of home brew—a hefeweizen.

For the first beer I have ever made, I'd say it turned out pretty good. All 48 bottles were consumed relatively quickly. It made for a nice summer beverage on those hot days... I could really use one of those right about now, actually (both the beer and hot day).

A Hefeweizen is a south German style of wheat beer (weissbier) made with a typical ratio of 50:50, or even higher, wheat. A yeast that produces a unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples. Little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol. The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", hence the beers unfiltered and cloudy appearance.

I definitely plan on making more in 2014, and maybe this year you can try some of my newest batch! See a close up below.