Braupakt is a collaboration brew between Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, considered the world’s oldest extant brewery, and California craft-brew pioneers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.  Braupakt, in fact, literally means “brewing pact”.

Released in the US this past Spring, Braupakt is a limited-edition brew.  (I am reviewing a sample bottle I received from the PR company.)

Braupakt is  a light amber, 6% abv, ~35 IBU beer.  It is somewhat hazy, as befits a wheat beer.

Poured into the glass it immediately raised a beautiful cream-colored rocky head, but the beer itself is not aggressively carbonated.  I got coriander and in the nose upon first approach, and some peach, with banana emerging a bit later in the aroma.   At the end there is a distinct malt aroma.

In the flavor, meanwhile, I detected peach, bananas and cloves, with some floral characteristics emerging as the beer warms. I’m thinking: violets, or perhaps roses.

Braupakt has a bit more hop bitterness than I might have expected in a German hefeweißbier.  The beer is brewed with German Hallertauer hops and finished with the very-American Amarillo and Chinook hops.  While all that might turn off some style purists, I think that in Braupakt it harmonized pretty well.

I found Braupakt to be in fact quite lovely and, I think, worth checking out.  And, you should look for it now, as it is likely to be a one-off.