Several breweries are putting out more seasonals to drum up interest in their products and offer a variety; Shiner's Prickly Pear, Lakewood's Till and Toil, Deep Ellum's Neato Bandito and Four Corner's Paletero are just a few of the seasonals you will see this spring. Rabbit Hole Brewing in Justin has joined in with its spring hefeweizen, Tweedleyum.
Released on April 1 and on tap through June, the brewery describes Tweedleyum as being made with "100% natural strawberry puree to create a slightly sweet, easy drinking fruit beer." The name for this beer comes from two nursery rhyme characters, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, that Alice meets in Lewis Carroll's novel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
I went to Lakewood Growler during the glass giveaway to sample Tweedleyum. My first impression of the beer was the color, because it looked like I was handed a glass of grapefruit juice. The smell of the beer was very much what you would expect from a well-made hefeweizen: cloves and banana aromas, which come from the fermentation process. After taking a few swallows, my first thought was that this is a beer made for those who enjoy hefeweizens. The taste of this medium-bodied beer is a standard hefeweizen, but where the strawberry comes through is in the slightly tart aftertaste.
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So, if you are not too snobby about hefeweizens and want to try something different, this is a worthy choice. If Rabbit Hole hoped people would order this beer for its accent of strawberry flavor, then it is a success; it's a decent hefeweizen that at least offers something other hefeweizens do not. If you are a fringe beer-drinker who only orders Abita's Purple Haze or the like, this is probably not one you will enjoy much.