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Old 04-26-2005, 12:52 PM   #1
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Mandarin Hefeweizen


Bert Grant's Mandarin Hefeweizen

I just got some of this at Trader Joe's yesterday and I must
say it is fantastic! It's beer with an orange taste.
Price point was really good - around 5 bucks for a 6-pack, I think. Just thought I'd pass this on

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Old 04-27-2005, 07:58 AM   #2
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Thanks jkath!

I'll have to keep an eye out for that one. My wife LOVES hefeweisen.

The funny thing is, as you describe it, it would have the purists howling! A hefeweisen is a german (mostly bavarian) wheat beer (weizen) with yeast (mit-hefe), hence the hefeweisen name. The traditional flavors in a hefeweisen range from bananna and clove to hints of bubblegum, usually with a slight tartness from the amount of wheat used. It's commonly served with a lemon slice, or sometimes an orange (which is why this beer doesn't seem like that much of a stretch to me). The purists HATE the fruit being served with a the beer. Don't bother me none, though....

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Old 04-27-2005, 07:05 PM   #3
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Let me know if you do find it - there's 3 TJ's in your state, but I'm not sure if you're near any of them. Here's a link about Bert Grant (his obit, but quite interesting)

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/33616_obit02.shtml

and their official site is www.grants.com
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Well, MI isn't on the list of states on the website - but I'll check with the people at the beer store. They know some people who know some people, if you know what I mean...


This is where we usually grab a lot of our beers...
http://www.merchantsfinewine.com/

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:20 AM   #5
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I will have to check my local Trader Joes for this. I have tried some of their other beers and for the price I have been very happy with them

ronjohn I have a question for you that I have wondered about for a while now. What is the proper pronunciation of hefeweisen? Is it weez or wise?
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Hi GB!


Let' see if I can spell it out phoenetically here.

It would be Hay-fah-vize-en, or some reasonable facsimle thereof... (although some people also pronounce it Hef-fah-vize-en) (Either one works fine)

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:45 AM   #7
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Thanks man! Now I don't have to sound uninformed when I order it at a bar
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Thanks man! Now I don't have to sound uninformed when I order it at a bar
Glad to be able to help! The REALLY fun one is Hoegarden. If you check the six pack holder, it'll show you that it's actually pronounced Who-garden. So whenever I go to the bar I make a point to order it like that, only to be asked You mean Ho-garden?

Then I get to inform the bar staff that yes, I AM a beer snob...

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It's days like this that I wish I lived out on the other side of the country!
(although I DO have the mandarin here...heh heh heh)


ronjohn, TJ's says they've got 3 stores in your state

http://www.traderjoes.com/locations/search/MICHIGAN.asp


(or did you mean Grant's?)


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Hi jkath,


Yes, I meant Grant's. Michigan still runs on the common prohibition era three-tiered distribution system for beer - which means that regardless of if you're Sam's Club, or Sam's Corner Market, you have to buy all of your beer from a local distributor. If none of them have it, then you can't get it.

But, like I said, I know some people who know some people, so if I REALLY want to get a six pack of it, well, there's a way or two....

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