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Gallia Hefeweizen 
Posted: 11 October 2015  Beer Republic 7.0 
Gallia Hefeweizen from France The Gallia Hefeweizen is the best of the three Gallia beers I tried, the best by far.  It was aromatic, flowery, and light all at the same time and stood out more than many of the other hefeweizens I've been drinking recently.  If it stays on sale for less than $2 a bottle, I won't hesitate to order more.    
Avg price/liter: USD 12.12   ABV %: 5.2  Type: Lager   
       


Isn't there an old saying:  we're saving the best for last?    

Craft French beers are so thin on the ground in Thailand as to be nonexistent. When French craft brewer Gallia showed up on sale, I eagerly bought two packs of the three varieties on offer.  Gallia Lager was a sheer disappointment.  Gallia IPA was a significant step up.         

I had a decent feeling about the Gallia Hefeweizen before trying it and came up with theories why the Gallia Lager is so mediocre.  The new Gallia is evidently trying to establish credibility it isn't old enough to have by latching itself onto the logo, name, and (in the case of the lager) an original recipe.  The Gallia of yore ceased existence in 1969.  The precise reasons why we might never know.  No one would likely ever admit that Gallia's recipes in the 1950's and 1960's weren't good enough to justify what they were charging in the face of growing cheaper large brewery competition.        

Hefeweizens and IPA's have existed as styles for hundreds of years, but it's safe to say that in old Gallia's brewing history, these two styles were not part of their product offering.  The explosion in hefeweizens and IPA's came about long after old Gallia's closure because of the proliferation of craft breweries.      

So it looks to me that founders Guillaume and Jacques and brewer Simon really do know good beer -- when they're free to develop their own styles. When trying to brew a recipe from the past -- necessary, I suppose, if they want to establish some kind of legitimate link to the old Gallia -- they're constrained by having to adhere to something that no longer seems so extraordinary in modern mouths.      

The Gallia Hefeweizen is the best of the three Gallia beers I tried, the best by far.  It was aromatic, flowery, and light all at the same time and stood out more than many of the other hefeweizens I've been drinking recently.  I wouldn't pay the full Thai price for each bottle (over USD 6), but if it stays on sale for less than $2 a bottle, I won't hesitate to order more.          

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