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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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86
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%


Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An unforgettable Bavarian-style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. This beer is unfiltered and served in a traditional wheat beer glass at our pubs. Medium bodied, honey in color, fruity.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006)
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange-yellow color with a small one finger fizzy white head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving very little lace and a somewhat persistent thin white film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is quite nice. It is rather sweet with lots of orange citrus and banana smells. Along with the citrus is a big smell of a yeasty and wheaty smells as well as some lighter aromas of a little bit of grass and herb.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather wheaty and fruity taste with lots of banana. As the flavor advances a yeast cake taste come to the tongue along with some quite light notes of clove. All the while the banana gets even stronger and is joined by flavors of an orange and lemon nature. Some very light grassy and haylike flavors come to the tongue at the end, leaving a sweet, yeasty and fruity hefe flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side for a brew of only 5.6% abv with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are quite nice for the yeasty flavors of the brew giving it a very sweet wheat bready feel.

Overall – A rather pleasant Hefeweizen. While nothing out of this world, it is easy drinking and a good blend of sweet, fruit and yeast producing a good drinker overall.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 01:39:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A real nice orange pale amber, opaque with some cola sticking bubbles but a real nice mix of pinhead rising carbonation also. THe head billows large and in control at four fingers, with lots of pin head sized even dancing bubbles, with a nice creamy white appearance and huge retention. Great looking Hefe.

Nose has good citrus lemon, airy dry yeast and a good wheat malt density to it. Light it seems but with some heavy qualities, curious to see where this goes.

Palate fills with a nearly rich but clean feel. Moderately carbonated with a hint of sweet cream but a large lemon and citrus body washes over with a chewy feeling. No banana or cloying sweetness. Malt density is there but has a light feel. Sweet tangerine whaffs over on the swallow with multiple sips from fruity esters.

Overall this is a great hefe, and I like the fact it doesn't have much banana like esters to it and it's so easy drinking and refreshing. Very impressed.

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 15:24:09 | More by smakawhat
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StJamesGate

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-amber, almost going ruby, with steady rimming off white froth that speckles and replenishes from a trail of bubble up the middle.
Ripe banana, maybe a bit of mango, some candle wax, and Wheatena on the nose.
Sweet challah dough, a sharp jab of yeast, some appley esters, a bit of woody cinnamon and buzz of noble hops.
Yeasty comeback in the form of bubblegum hit and wood pulp linger.
Lt-med, some chew, lively, crisp, creamy.

Northern Brewer on can.

Everything it should be. Bananas over cloves, and maybe a tad thin, and not very complex (citrus, vanilla, etc. missing) so perhaps not quite up to German standards. But not fair off either.
Classic Hefe, and way drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 11:18:22 | More by StJamesGate
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Cloudy orange colour with a large, 2cm tall head that is creamy and foamy whilst holding well.

Yeast and wheat with banana smell and plenty of clove too. Citrus plus a hint of bubblegum but not too much really. Quite a sweet aroma with touches of spice towards the end.

Clove and banana upfront that is backed by plenty of wheat and to a lesser extent some yeast as well. There is a bit of spice and bubblegum around the middle that just about equal each other out and the finish fruity with some citrus and possibly some orange too.

Medium bodied with a light citrus tang and a creamy feel that is quite smooth and goes down easy with a soft, sweet finish.

Very good for my first hefeweizen from a can, a lot better than I was expecting to be honest and the beer is a very easy one to drink. It has a good banana and clove taste that is more German than American in style.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 21:27:12 | More by flyingpig
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HuaJiao

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow beer which glows apricot in the light. Quite pretty.

Smell is promising. Slightly boozy, but with a prominent yeast profile. More spices than fruit in the scent.

The flavor falls short. It's rather bitter and lacks the sweet-n-creamy wheat flavor I expected. I also hoped for more fruity tones, but bitter is really the only impression I'm left with.

Mouth is OK, but a bit watery.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 00:14:13 | More by HuaJiao
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Weizen glass, of course.

A- Hazy, unfiltered wheat beer look all the way. The brewer calls the beer a 'tan' color, and it fits. Looks a little bit golden-orange, too, depeding on the light. The right glassware makes for a big fluffy white head. It lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Bananas, pear, some light citrus and spice. Yeasty funkiness.

T- Just like the aroma, spot on. The citrus is light and lemony.

M- More body than I expected. A light tasting fruit and spice flavored brew could easily pass on any feel, this one does not. It even has some chewiness from those funky malts. Refreshing.

O-A good effort and version of the style.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 18:07:28 | More by NiceTaps
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bubble gum and bananas in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the banana flavors from the yeast are more prominent and there are hints of clove in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really nice wheat beer in a can, especially if you like the traditional flavors of bananas.

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 18:06:54 | More by metter98
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Some banana and clove with a rather strong tart lemon presence. The yeast seems to dominate.

Taste: Light and quite yeasty. The lemon like tartness is a bit overwhelming. The banana and clove notes are there, but aren't dominant enough. The finish is slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The tart notes are too strong but it still wasn't bad. I don't think I would want any more.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 03:21:04 | More by oline73
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a stein, beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head, some lacing, moderate retention, and moderate carbnoatoin.

Nice grainy banana aroma, light on the cloves.

Beer is light and wet with a nice banana flavor and wheaty body, it finishes nicely. Wet and clean. I'd have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 19:13:56 | More by drabmuh
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nonic pint. Dark orange and murky. Dimpled inch of head. Great retention. 4.0

Aromatic clove spice with hints of mixed berries and banana. Light lemon pairs well with heavy wheat bready tanginess. Slight pear note, as well. Appreciated complexity. 4.0

Surprisingly refreshing tartness with a tart apple and quince fleshiness. Not banana-heavy. Juicy pomme, tart raspberry, and spicy clove top the charts here. Green banana flashes in the finish. Unique and fresh. 4.0

Soft and creamy. Almost buttery. Light carbonation. Very sessionable. 4.0

Excellent local hefe. Possibly my favorite Sly Fox beer. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 02:18:04 | More by thecheapies
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color, surprised with the relatively small head on this. Scent brings notes of Belgian yeast with banana, bubblegum and some clove, faint presence of dried grain. Taste follows scent, light all throughout and lacking character from the grain bill, a very light tasting beer showcasing mostly yeast, mild banana and bubblegum and some spice. Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, maybe low for style. Another ho-hum beer for the masses.

Serving type: can

04-27-2012 19:14:13 | More by rfgetz
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keanex

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce can, no freshness date. Poured into a tumblr.

A: Hazy honey colored with a creamy white head.

S: Belgian yeasts with slight overripe fruits. Pretty spot on for a typical Belgian beer.

T: Clean wheat body with light overripe fruits and slight spices. Very drinkable with good flavor.

M: Med-Full bodied with a lot of fizzy soft carb.

O: Well priced ($6.99 a 6 pack) with good flavor to boot. Well worth buying.

Serving type: can

01-13-2012 17:46:13 | More by keanex
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick creamy white head. The nose is a little messy and has lots of banana. It is a bit sweet and fruity with little else. The taste is singular, hints of clove and yeast underneath a dominant banana and lemon type hefeweizen flavor with a light bitterness in the back. The body is soft and creamy, lower carbonation for a hefe but a clean crisp finish. This is easy to drink and full of flavor, very simple and lacks the carbonation and spicy balance of a great hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 15:32:06 | More by cpetrone84
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with coriander/clove and lemons. It also has a bit of an apple juice flavour which I haven't tasted very often in a Hefe. It has a slightly metallic taste and also some notes of corn and lots of banana. It ends with a banana and lemon aftertaste with a touch of spice.

Overall – Nothing that will blow you away but it is a nice highly drinkable non offensive Hefe. Probably one of the better ones that I've had from a can.

Serving type: can

12-13-2011 20:29:28 | More by spinrsx
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox : Royal Weisse

12 oz can. Bready and wheaty upfront with some faint citrus aroma. In the taste, wheat malt, astringent and grainy at times, light citrusy hops, and a small yeasty fruityness in the finish. Medium bodied with a grainy bite to it. Closer to an American Pale Wheat Ale than a true Hefe, as the flavors never really cross into the banana/bubblegum/clove range that is typical of the better Hefe's out there. Still, not a bad effort, but this ones a bit harsh and there are many better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 17:07:52 | More by Stinkypuss
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cmq103

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice 1/2" frothy white head with a murky brownish-orange color body. A little darker than I expected for a Hefe. The head size shrunk in by half before my first sip. Average lacing as my glass emptied.

Smell: Mild banana and cloves, followed by citrus yeast and a faint touch of spices. I found myself having to inhale deeper to pull the aromas from the glass.

Taste: Again, mild banana, cloves and lemon citrus yeast. I'm pleasantly surprised by the moderate "pilsner style" bitter finish, as I expected it to be more fruity sweet. With that said, I would have appreciated a touch more banana esters typically found in a Hefeweizen beer.

Mouthfeel: Decent body with the perfect level of carbonation for the style. I really enjoyed how easy this one went down. This is a very crisp and refreshing beer.

Overall: I'm glad I picked up two cases when I went to Joe Canals since it was on sale for $21.99 per case. This is a perfect summer "session" beer with a reasonable ABV. Royal Weisse is much better when poured out of the can into a beer glass. I can see myself drinking many of these poolside on a hot summer day. Well done Sly Fox!!

Serving type: can

07-15-2011 00:00:03 | More by cmq103
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is good, there is bananas, some clove. Taste is the same, banana and clove, a touch of wheat, easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Serving type: can

07-09-2011 15:21:47 | More by tone77
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can into weizen glass.
Smells tasty. Ripe banana and a little spice. Looks a bit clear for a a hefe. Maybe the yeast they used settled too much. The head is nice and big however, the rention is subpar. Palate is a bit rough and ragged around the edges. The fruity esters don't shine as they should. Mouthfeel is quite nice. Creamy and lively. Overall, this is a drinkable wheat in a can, just not what I look for in a hefeweizen.

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 22:30:43 | More by JunkYardJake
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of ShanePB via the Hotter than Hot BIF, poured into a Kloster Andechs weizen glass.

Nice cloudy appearance with a orange meringue hue. Head is well retained and creme-colored. Yeasty bananas and wheat in the nose with a pinch of herbal hops. Traces of tropical fruit and lemongrass in the background.

Mineral-rich flavor with a wheat malt backing. Gone are the banana esters and hefeweizen fruitiness. Copper and sulfur on the back of the palate make for an unimpressive profile. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with carbonation with a thin, creamy body. All in all, a decent shot at a canned hefeweizen, but Sly Fox missed the mark with this one.

Serving type: can

05-18-2011 05:04:13 | More by wagenvolks
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Sneers

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 31 August '11

This appearance on this one is fairly unusual for a hefe. It's a honey-brown in the middle with lemon juice edges. Beyond just cloudy, this is downright opaque. Disappointing white head, especially for a hefe.

The nose is more on the money, however. Banana and clove are up front. Slight orange and butter notes are present. Later, a graininess emerges.

The taste starts out right, with banana and clove with a honey-like sweetness, but quickly turns somewhat harsh. A slightly acidic twang rolls over the sides of my tongue, which is soon followed by hint of alcohol. I think it's safe to say the presence of alcohol in this style is a no-no. With the finish comes a mild, flat, pith-like bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but the finish is very dry: it actually feels tannic.

Some aspects of this beer show definite promise and are just what I look for in a good hefe. On the other hand, Royal Weisse is otherwise riddled with what I consider flaws.

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 01:22:46 | More by Sneers
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into weizen glass. Beautiful cloudy, pale golden color, with a great head—about two full fingers; creamy and white; fine bubbles giving off good banana, clove, and yeast aromas along with plenty of that classic dull lemon-musk as well.

The first sip is all yeasty wheat, prominent clove and hard spice flavors along with a saliva-inducing citrus tang. Good balance, a little high in carbonation, but that's just the style and my personal preference battling...the mouthfeel is a little slick from all the saliva induced, but again, that's the style and it served its purpose well. The spice flavors are very prominent, but integrated cleanly and well balanced. A finely crafted beer, for sure.

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 01:04:39 | More by StaEva
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sly Fox - Royersford.

Well, first off, I do believe I was served the milky dregs of the keg on this pour. Wheat milk. Impenetrably thick sediment. I've poured this from a can a couple times and had it on tap one other time and it is still one of the cloudiest hefeweizens I've come across. And, still, it's pretty nice and one of Sly Fox's better core offerings. I'll give the average of my experiences with it.

The yellow-orange color reminds of hearty bundles of September grain (I dunno...). Excellent head formation, retention, and thick rings of lace.

Nectary, banana, fresh-baked doughy wheat bread aromas. No bubblegum, no clove of significance.

Banana a big part in the flavor. Wheat/yeast tang in excellent proportion. Bread as it's hardening in the oven, still soft on the inside. I'm sure there's also some fruity hop influence - it's Sly Fox.

Voluptuous body. Smooth and satisfying and substantial. Quite literally liquid bread. Maybe a bit too thick, but enjoyable anyway.

A worthy entry into the pantheon of splendid Pennsylvanian hefeweizens.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 06:20:36 | More by Bouleboubier
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky orange/yellow in color, bright white 2 finger head, nice lacing and decent retention.

Aroma is crisp citrus, light hops, and some banana bread.

Taste is tangy, crisp citrus, light banana notes, some bready, yeasty, notes and a bit of finishing hop bite.

Crisp, light feel, a tad over carbonated.

Solid drinkability, and overall a damn decent hefe!

Serving type: can

02-05-2011 19:41:53 | More by EgadBananas
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TheDeuce

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Royal Weisse on tap at Sly Fox Phoenixsville Location.

Appearance-a pale cloudy yellow with a dash of white, large white head, not sure why but they served it in a pint glass.

Smell-mix of fruit and the normal wheat smells, more mixed fruit than straight banana peel, cloves and alcohol round it out.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, cloves and banana comes back, the wheat rushes forward, crazy carbonation, finishes somewhat clean, flavored water consistency.

Drinkability-not that alcoholic, hits the right notes.

Overall-another fine beer from Sly Fox, doesn't knock it out of the park but a fine version of the style and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 17:06:12 | More by TheDeuce
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox Royal Weisse, A Bavarian style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat Malts, and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. Medium bodied, tan in color, fruity. OG 13.5 Plato, 11 IBUs, 5.6% by Vol."

Very clouded, dusky orange, you could say "tan", slimmish head, not quite what I'd want in this.

Aroma: banana and cloves, very airy and light. Some citrus in there, a little orange and lemon. Lemon meringue, banana cream pie, mmm, mm, mmm.

Taste: soft, malty, a little spritzy. A bit juicy. Wheat malt flavor prevalent, ...very drinkable, but...lacks...a lot. Nice, but fairly average. No zing, no zang, no ...I'm about to get silly again, best to stop now.

Serving type: can

01-23-2011 06:40:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.