/ Doug's Beer Republic / Review: Gallia Hefeweizen
Posted: 11 October 2015
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
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
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.