1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Royal WeisseRoyal Weisse

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 189
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006

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: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours from a can a golden orange color with a frothy white head and moderate lace.

Smell: Wheat and yeast along with a light dash of lemon and cloves grace the nose.

Taste: This beer is built more for easy drinking than for deep contemplation. It has a light touch of dry wheat, lemon banana phenols and zesty spices.

Mouthfeel: Lively yet light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I think good craft beer in cans is a great convenience. A winner at parties this summer. It is a beer that we can all agree on (macro drinking friends and myself). very approachable and sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass a hazed peachy-like color a large frothy white head atop leaving a trace amount of lace behind,big bold aromas for the style in my mind clovey and smokey with a real lemony burst quite nice and again in your face.Full flavors like the nose toasty and wheaty with big clove notes and phenolic smoke the lemon stays underlying in form but its presence is always there.A very solid full flavored weizen I had this in the past at the Phoenixville location,quite nice.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is lemon, orange, banana, and plenty of wheat. Really nice American version of a German Hefe. Super clean. This is a beer that I could easily do a six pack of.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very excited to try this new canned hefe from Sly Fox I love all of their other canned offerings so I was amped when I heard such a drinkable summer beer would be available. Appears a heavily clouded deep golden orange forms a large white head with effervescent carbonation leaves behinid chunky sporadic lacing around my glass. Aromatics contain citrus, banana, clove and a touch of vanilla great yeast esters going on along with some caked yeast doughy tones, of course sharp wheat with mild herbal hops in the finish. Flavors a sharp flow of acidic wheat and citrus notes, mellow banana/clove combo nice yeast accents combines to make an authentic Bavarian hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied even but fine carbonation bubbly feel is really nice and refreshing. Drinkability an all out summer beer I can't wait to get some for a BBQ or concert this coming summer, good stuff.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sly Fox- Royal Weisse

Appearance- Poured a cloudy orange/ yellow with a thick white head. 2 rings of lace along the top of the glass.
Smell- Clove, banana, and nutmeg.
Taste- Nice big clove, banana, nutmeg, and a light touch of citrus (lemon, orange)
Mouthfeel- Big bold and crisp flavor throughout. Sweet and bubblegummy in the end.

Overall- By far the BEST hefeweizen in a can!!! haha probably the only hefeweizen in a can. Definitey find this and buy it! Good sh!t!!

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Sly Fox and their canned beer. Good canned craft beer needs to be more readily available. Thankfully, around here, I can try all the Sly Fox stuff.

Appearance: Dirty, hazy, mucky yellow, which I love in a Hefe. Good and frothy and creamy-looking head with decent retention and lacing droplets.

Smell: What I'd hoped for, all the good soft wheat malt sweetness, a bit of clove and banana, mild bubblegum, and some lemon citrus hop bite.

Taste: Solid soft wheat on the palate, with the banana and clove and vanilla coming full swing. But what I love is the hoppiness to balance everything out, for one, and also curb the possible sweetness from the wheat that can sometimes be off-balance with domestics. The finish could be longer and more nuanced, but this is very solid.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, though more with the latter, and fairly creamy, with a nice surge of raucous carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: For a domestic and canned craft Hefe, this is the real deal in my opinion, and the hoppy nature of the finish adds an interesting domestic facet to everything. I'll be drinking a lot of this in NY; I know that for sure.

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Fat Heads, 20oz pour served in a big Hefe glass

A - very cloudy, almost orange color with a quarter inch of tight frothy foam which sticks around for most of the drink. very minimal lacing.

S - heavy on the clove, with some banana thrown in. a bit fruity with some green, almost sour apple as well. lightly spiced.

T - bready and yeasty, cloves comes through much more than the banana...fruity with some green apples and citrus rinds. doughy malt, gets more fruity and sour as it warms.

M - medium bodied with some tight carbonation, could use a bit more to propel the flavors. somewhat creamy, finishes with lingering fruity sweetness.

D - decent at best, misses the mark a bit by straying from classic and simple Hefe flavors. grew bored with it halfway through the glass.

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from WoodyChandler, review from notes

Pours an effervescent & hazed honey color with 2 fingers of beige head. Minimal head retention 7 lacing

S: Apple & pear blossoms, plus bubble gum

T: Green bananas, bready notes yeast bite & peppery spiceyness up front. Green apple peels, dryness, a bit of pear, faint lemon, cloves & juicy fruit once warm. Finishes a touch dry with more juicy-fruit & a bit of lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & nicely balanced

Drinks really easy, a nice hefe that quenches the thirst

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a few fingers of foamy off-white head. Fizzles down pretty quickly into a thin, sturdy retention that leaves some good spotty lacing behind. The aroma is a mix of bread & wheat, some earthy hops, lemon grass, a bit of clove, and yeast.

The taste matches the aroma with some bready sweetness and wheat notes, yeast, spicy clove, a splash of lemon zest, and finally, a nice dry hop bitterness in the backend. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp yet easy carbonation that goes down very well.

A nice American take on the German style Hefe, this is perfect to quaff on a hot summer day. Coming in a can for easy mobility is also a plus!

Photo of tkelley
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from my third beer-of-the-every-other-month club. Poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A -- Deep golden color. White head, not as much as I would think on a weiss. poor retention and lacing.

N -- Bananas and cloves, generalized fruitiness and malts.

T -- Very good taste. Really liked this on the tongue. Sweet aftertaste.

M -- no complaints

O -- I greatly enjoyed this. Really good warm weather offering. I don't think I can buy any of Sly Fox's stuff around here though... oh well.

Cheers!

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that this is my first "craft brew in a can." I was very impressed and I look forward to tasting more of this good beer in a can stuff....

A- Bright cloudy orange color with a HUGE hilly head.

S- Smell was of spices and wheat with a suttle fruit hint to it, possibly a juicy apple.

T- Peppery spices (cloves?), wheat, lemon zest, hoppy fruit finish.

M- Light bodied but exactly what I am looking for in a hefe. Thirst quenching and desirable.

D- I could easily drink this one all night long. Bring on the summer!

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at phoenixville.
Barvarian wheat beer with hersbrucker hops.

A: Poured a beautiful golden-orange that was cloudy by nature and was topped off by a bright white fluffy head that held up nicely leaving a moderate trail lacing.

S: The nose yielded a strong sense of wheat, bananas, cloves and some light bubblegum hints all combining for a very nice aromatic experience.

T: sweet and spicy with lemony wheat, bananas, pineapples, and zesty dry oranges. There was some spicy citrus notes along with a light breadiness and good yeasty attributes.

M: light, creamy leaving a nice slick coating on the tongue of wheat and citrus all brought on by a crisp carbonation.

D: Overall a very nice spicy and sweet drinking weiss that you don't want to put down, very refreshing wit a nice lemony tang. Could drink this all night.

in can 8-16-10.

A: A cloudy nectarine orange pour produces a foamy and patchy headwork. Some sloppy patches are left for a lacing. Nice coloring but not much else to go on.

S: Bananas and wheat are dominant on the nose with a zesty orange zing with a light to medium delivery and a bit of fruitiness (whole oranges and nectarines).

T: A nice mixture of semi-dry oranges and wheat for the flavor. A zesty zing of hoppiness intertwines but still allows the fine german pilsner malts to be highlighted. Some signs of carbonation but not much but enough to deliver some crispness to be recognized.

M: Medium bodied with some bubbliness and creamy wheat feel on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability. Another warm weather quencher that goes down with little hindrance. Fairly crisp on the swallow, six-pack worthy and relaxing to kick back with.

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

A hefeweizen in a 12 oz can. I'm curious to say the least. Purchased at Al's of Hampden.

A: The ale is a hazy, a golden color that you just can't see through. A finger and a half of white head threatened to overflow my glass before receding. Light lacing resulted.

S: The nose has wheat tartness but little in the way of hefe. On close inspection, there is a touch of clove but none of the bubblegum or banana that I'd crave.

T: The weizenbier has a solid flavor that emphasizes the wheat. Light tartness starts things off before citrus makes an appearance. The citrus is orange and lemon, sweet with a zip. The wheat is paired with a bready pale barley malt that changes the mood of each sip. Clove is plentiful, but beyond that there is little else in the way of a weizen. That being said, the wheat presence is very enjoyable.

M: The mouthfeel is decent, driven by the wheat's tartness. Clove is prominent as well.

D: A low alcohol ale, I'd be happy with a six pack. In fact, this could be perfect for next week's Homecoming tailgate at PSU. Hmmm....

Photo of MmmIPA
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a SLY FOX variety case.Drank from a Erdinger glass.

Typical Hefe appearence.Cloudy yellow with a small white head that fell pretty fast.Leaves no lacing.

The beer smells very fresh,notes of clove,citrus,cant smell the bubble gum.I also smell yeast.

The taste is spicy(peppery),yeasty,its sweet upfront and then leads to a spicy finish.

Mouthful is alright,carbonated,spicy and easy going down.

Not a bad hefe for the price but I dont think it can contend with the big guys from germany.I would buy it again though.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of cpn920
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker color than I'm used to for a Hefe, deep golden orange with a head that was gone quickly. No lacing. Smell was good with good dose of bananas and clove. Taste was very banana like with a sliver of sourness. THe feel was a little thicker than most hefe's I've had. Decent carbonation and overall a nice beer but not my favorite hefe in the world. Worth trying especially on a nice warm summer day.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Poured a nice pale golden yellow, lots of visible carbonation flying upto the top from the bottom of the glass. A nice large two inch plus head formed initially but then reluctantly settled back down to earth and left just a thin glaze of lace across the top.



S – Lots of grain, wheat with a touch of a light apple yeast to it. Maybe a hop in the back, but nothing really the discernable.



T – Very nice weiss indeed. Had a very light, corn, grain, wheat flavor, just about what you would have expected from it. But had a nice little hoppiness in there which is much different then most of your strictly german weiss. This was really a nice added bonus and made this that much tastier.



M – Super crisp and clear. Great carbonation kept going until the very bitter end. Had a good consisitency and really a nice refreshing quality to it.



D – About as good as it gets. This is perfect for a warm afternoon, you can really have a bunch and not really fill up so quickly. Just perfect one for the game or mowing the lawn, really nice.



Overall this was a great little surprise in a can, and just keeps the ball rolling on my canned goodness. I have yet to find a bad canned brew, they all come out tasting very fresh and just seem to have a better and more consistent carbonation then a bottle. I really enjoyed this one and would look forward to more slyfox in the future.

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

Pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a big frothy head that lingers for a while before quickly dissolving. Stickiness is kept to a minimum which is a bit surprising but this is nice looking overall.

The aroma is a nice blend of yeast, banana, some orange and lemon citrus and a hint of clove. It's essentially what you'd expect for the style but is done quite well.

Flavour hits on all of the aromas and is nice and balanced sip after sip. Banana and clove blend well toward the finish while the citrus notes come through more so toward the beginning of each sip. Yeast is present throughout. Mouthfeel is light bodied but also has a bit of a tin quality to it. I don't know if that's from being in a can or if it's just a subliminal thing (I'd lean toward the former as I tend to still notice it in most canned beers, regardless of new technologies used on canned beers to keep that flavour out). That said, it is minimal, not terribly distracting, and far less noticeable than in some other canned brews.

This is far and away the best of the Sly Fox canned family thus far. I've enjoyed their bottled offerings quite a bit but have been underwhelmed overall with the can products. This one hits the mark basically across the board and is a nice refreshing brew with good flavour and balance.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangey color, opaque, like the traditional unfiltered yeast was also mixed with some Tropicana Pure Premium, or something. Definitely caught me off guard. Not sure I was a fan of the appearance.

S: Smell is a mix of citrus and flowery hops. The cascade hops meld with the yeast very nicely.

T: The traditional banana of the hefe is replaced by an orange citrus, but the cloves are still there, just like they should be. It's an interesting combination, and I was a fan. The hops come through strong at the end, making it almost like a pale wheat ale, but with a ton more character.

M/D: Very light carbonation and a medium texture. Crisp and smooth hop finish makes the beer very enjoyable and drinkable. I would session this in a heartbeat.

Photo of devilben02
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy sunny orange-yellow color, with a big, rocky, foamy head. The aroma is a lovely combination of slightly-caramelized bananas, yeast, and a hint of peppery hops. The flavor similarly has more of the semi-sweet, yeasty, banana-like wheat malts, along with a little bit of earthy hops that doesn't quite meld with the fruity malt base. The very-fine, soft carbonation allows the medium body to get a little (tiny) bit syrupy, while somehow also being a bit prickly on the tongue at the same time. Overall, an above-average hefeweizen for my taste.

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured the typical hefe yeast esters - clove, banana and a lot of pink bubblegum.

The taste consisted of a biscuity wheat malt and a spicy yeast flavor.

The mouthfeel was normal for the style and the carbonation was good.

Overall a nice solid hefe. A good and quaffable rendition of the style.

Photo of oline73
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.

to view more.
Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.