4 pines hefeweizen | tried & tested

Do re mi beer!
Sing to the tune of “Doe A Deer”

DOUGH… the stuff…that buys me beer…
RAY….. the guy that sells me beer…
ME…… the guy… who drinks the beer,
FAR….. the distance to my beer
SO…… I think I’ll have a beer…
LA…… La la la la la la beer
TEA….. no thanks, I’m drinking beer…
That will bring us back to…(Looks into an empty glass)

I don’t consider myself a big beer drinker but I definitely enjoy a beer or two now and again. I mostly drink pilsner, pale lagers and wheat beer (ales).

Which brings me to a new beer I discovered on the weekend with my cousin Matt and his girlfriend Jules. 

pic from their website

Based in Manly, this micro brewery was established in 2008.

Their company logo is based on the Norfolk Pine Tree and it’s history; which Captain James Cook discovered in 1774 when he discovered and named Norfolk Island. The tree is native to Norfolk but were planted along the Manly coastline in the 1850’s.

In 1941, four (4) of the Pines were removed from the foreshore to install machine gun emplacements to protect our shores during WWII. A plaque at the site on one of the stumps reads”

“This and three other trees were removed for defence purposes in December 1941 when these shores were threatened with invasion. Their absence is a reminder of the many greater sacrifices made to preserve this fair land for the people of Australia”. 

pic from their website

Over the years deforestation for development and toxicity from pollution have impacted the Manly Norfolk Pines, so in 1994 the Manly Pines were placed on the National Estate. The 4 Pines local brewery pays homage to this history while making a grande entrance into the brewery scene!

According to their website, their mantra is to create “handcrafted beer brewed naturally”. They abide by the German beer purity laws, which mean the beer only has 4 ingredients: hops, water, yeast & malt.

I find that these 4 ingredients are rarely put together well with micro-breweries, but 4 Pines is a beautiful exception. 

The beer is cloudy and pale in appearance. It has a hint of sweetness along with the characteristic hop-iness of  the wheat. The alcohol content is 5.2% for the 330ml bottle. I find the after-taste has a slight spiciness. Overall it’s smooth and light and really easy pleasurable drinking. I am a convert!

Restaurant & brewery onsite (I’ve gotta go!): 
29/43-45 East Esplanade Manly NSW 2095


  1. Benjamin Franklin wrote: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” here, here!

  2. I wonder if this will be exported to the states. You know, German beer purity laws are really a wonderful thing. I just found out that Guinness and Harp are made using isinglass finings (fish air bladders) to help the clarification process. I’m vegetarian and have been up until now drinking lots of Irish beer. Yuck! Give me cloudiness any day! Go 4 Pines!

    1. ew! fish bladders!? I know that some of the beers & wines use egg white in finishing, but fish air bladders….gross! I hope 4 Pines export to the states, its so good 🙂

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