Back in November we wrote about an interesting variation on the Efes Dark beer theme. That was no ordinary dark beer. That particular beer was Efes Dark Kahve Aromalı; a dark beer with a hint of coffee flavouring. It’s not a beer we could drink all night, but it’s definitely a good winter tipple and we’ll no doubt be enjoying the odd bottle over Christmas and New Year.
Over the festive season we’ll be in Fethiye, and the fridge will of course be well-stocked with Efes Pilsen along with other festive liquid treats. We’ll also be making space somewhere on the shelves for a few bottles of another Efes production, Gusta Buğday Bira.
Gusta is Efes’s contribution to the world of wheat beer and, despite my love of beers, wheat beer is a drink that just does not suit my palette. No, Gusta will be in the fridge for the benefit of any visitors that care to call upon us – and as one of the beers of choice for Barry.
Whenever we go to Greece, we always make the most of the various choices on offer and enjoy working our way through a few beers from different countries. And Barry always goes for a wheat beer as one of his choices. When we were beer sampling in Rhodes Old Town, the choice was Paulaner. The weather was hot and sunny and a cloudy, murky looking beer just does not cut it for me in those temperatures. As soon as he poured it into the glass, I could smell those familiar fruity aromas that distinguish wheat beers from a refreshing pilsen. Not for me! Crisp, light and clear is what I’m looking for.
With wheat beer, as far as I’m concerned, you either like it or you don’t. For those of you out there that do enjoy the distinctive aromas and flavours of murkiness in a glass, Gusta is a perfectly good example of a wheat beer…according to Barry. It’s usually served in bars in Turkey in its corresponding tulip-shaped Gusta glass and at 5% it’s not as strong as many of the German wheat beers out there. But when it comes to the morning after, that’s not always a bad thing – especially if you’re like us and are likely to be mixing your drinks between now and January 1st 2012!
Are you a fan of wheat beer? Have you tried Gusta? If so, what did you think of it?