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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 198
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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.
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Photo of Manoftyr
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours an absolutely gorgeous hazy orange-amber into the glass with two fingers of fluffy white head. As the head recedes it leaves a thin film of white along the top and a sticky ring of lacing; a real beaut of a hefe.

Aroma-Mmmmmnm, oooh wow this has an awesome aroma; cloves, banana, citric zest, funky yeast...it's pure hefe bliss really.

Taste-Follows the nose entirely starting off with the typical hefe banana/clove fare which is nice in and of itself but then it's joined by that same pleasant citric character from the aroma. Finishes off with a touch of sweetness and an alcoholic bite; nice.

Mouthfeel-Medium-plush body with a nice crispy carbonation; couldn't imagine a better mouthfeel for this beer.

Drinkability-Just one six pack of this isn't enough, hell, two sixes might not be enough between two people; this one is absurdly drinkable and goes fast.

Notes-Sly Fox *REALLY* nailed it with this one, this Hefe is, in my opinion, easily on the same level of Hefes like Weihestephaner and Schneider. Major props to Sly Fox for brewing such an awesome Hefe.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange with three fingers of white head. It had good hed retention and OK lacing.

S: Cloves and banana dominate but plenty of citrus notes (mainly lemon zest) as well.

T: Orange and lemon immediately jump out, then the banana and clove and then a light hop bitterness on the tongue.

M: Very clean and dry but a tad thinner than expected.

D: This was a beer that quenched my first hot day of the year thirst. It was true to style with just a bit of hop kick and was all banana and clove and not any creamed corn/huskiness.

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Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) can
Served in a weizen glass

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a super cloudy, burnt sienna color (darker than average for the style) with a tight, light tan, three-finger head that quickly faded to a frothy film. Clumps of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was rich and potent. Fruity and complex with a terrific sweet/tart quality. Bubblegum was immediately noticeable. Possibly some cotton candy and some Belgian candi sugar too. Super spicy and wheaty with dry, powdery notes. A bit of smoke was detectable as well.

The taste was wheaty, crisp and yeasty. A nice mix of sweet and tart fruitiness. In many ways, quite similar to the aroma. Sweet and malty up front. Notes of bubblegum came through strong. Spicy (clove-y) and citrusy in the center. A kiss of hops appeared on the crisp, spicy, tangy, semi-dry finish. Overall, rather interesting and complex.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with an average carbonation. Decent but not quite as creamy or as full as I expected.

Drinkability was terrific. This is a super tasty, balanced and refreshing beer.

Many American wheat ales disguise themselves as true hefeweizens when indeed they are not. This unquestionably is not one of those beers. Overall, I consider this one of the most impressive hefeweizens I have tried to date and definitely the best one to come out of a can!

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Photo of Schmidts
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a can bought 4 miles from Brewery!
A - Pours with a nice head that leaves fairly quick. Color Amber yellow and a bit of haze.
S - Smells of Citrus and banana pleasant smell.
T - This is a very Good Weisse Beer one of the best I have had in many a day. Tastes of Citrus with a nice grain balance very creamy and pleasant to drink.
M - It is a very refreshing Beer in Your Mouth
D - This is a very Nice Beer to sit and drink a few goes down real nice leaving a refreshed feel in your mouth.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clouded orange amber with a nice off-white head. Nose is a heavy yeast. Kind of an earthy tar tone to it. Flavor is earthy yeast and very strong at that. Robust. Thick. Deep. Feel is thick on liquid and nice on the carbonation. Overall I have to say this is a pretty tasty brew. Hearty and deep, but definitely worth trying. Especially with all this craft brew in the can stuff going on.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap during happy hour at The Library.

A - Poured a hazy amber color with an inch of impressive head. Nice looking Hefe

S - Mostly citrus and lemon with mild hop and very light bread.

T - Overall the taste starts kind of bready and works its way to being mild lemon and touch of citrus with a mild bite of hops at the end. Very good.

M - A very great body for this beer and kind of heavy for a hefe which I enjoyed. ABV is spot on.

D - I don't know how but I seemed to like it more out of the can and may pick up a six pack since it's only 10.25 for one at my local place.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - this beer poured a very cloudy golden hue with a nice white head which left stripes of lacing along the glass

s - the clove aroma is very evident along with a citrus spice

t - huge flavor. banana, clove, citrus, malty wheat goodness all around. intense flavors but all very balanced.

m - medium bodied with high carb what one would expect of the style

d - its a hefe by definition it should be very sessionable and this is one of the best american hefe's i've had. i would love to find this in can to see how it differs from on tap.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can, Royal Weisse pours a rich and hazy straw-orange hue with a modest head and nice lacing.

The aroma is of clove, with a bit of banana. Nothing spectacular.

The flavor is very nice. There is a big clove-like and medicinal note with this Hefe. Not so much fruity or effervescent as dark, spicy and yeasty. Slightest touch of earthy hops, but not bitter at all. It's not really a bright Hefe, but I dig it, especially with its lower carbonation and sturdy, bready, and yet drinkable mouthfeel. Pour a couple of these cans into your wheat beer glass and you're ready to go.

Royal Weisse tastes authentically German but isn't an obvious derivation of the classic Bavarian Hefes. Really nice brew and one of the better American-made Weisses available.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of callmeclemens
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap with a lemon wedge at The Cantina in South Philly.

Color was a nice foggy golden orange with a small quarter inch head, which led to a nice ring lacing around the entire glass.

Smelled of nice citrus with some clove and a hint of florals.

Tastedmuch like it smelled a nice citrusy orange with a hint of sour lemon.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large hefe style glass: color is a bit darker than some hefes, gold or maybe copper, head presented very large then dissipated to a ring.

Smell is wheat, banana, clove, bread, some citrus/lemon, drier yeast notes.

Taste follows the aroma, wheat front, then nice banana, clove, bread and citrus flavors. Bread and wheat flavors form a solid backbone and the banana and clove provide quality hefe like notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, carbonation is not overpowering but the yeast leaves a nice dry presence.

Overall, this is one of the better american hefes, quality wheat and malt flavors with nice dry yeast and banana/clove flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a weizen glass. Deep gold, almost amber, color and hazy. Tall, fluffy white head. Citrus fruit aroma with a little clove and bubble gum mixed in. Faint banana. Big fruity flavor but again more towards the citrus side than banana. Slight spice but nothing overwhelming. Refreshing despite being medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on.

This might be the only weissbier I've had from a can but it is damn good. Really impressed by this and wish Sly Fox made it year round instead of a seasonal.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this one up for me over the summer when he was back in PA. I had the good fortune of drinking this one on the date that it was "best by." Review is from notes taken on 9/6/2010 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour looks like a honey/yellow tea color; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention that eventually fades to a firm, but incomplete skim; body is clouded and hazy, but still manages to show fast and strong carbonation; a nice curtain of lacing starts but eventually fades to just a few spots hanging around.

Smell: Nice sweet honey-like maltiness with a great presence of banana esters from the yeast; a bit of a clove-like spiciness comes in as well and makes me very interested in drinking this canned offering.

Taste: Really matches the nose quite well with the sweet banana flavors from the yeast and that mild but very present and pleasant clove-like spiciness; bit of a mild bitter grassy hop presence buried underneath it all with some dry tall graininess; a very refreshing offering and I wish I had some more.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-light in weight and the carbonation is quite strong and prickly/sharp; leaves a moist stickiness on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue -- a really well done beer here in the mouthfeel as it allows the flavors to linger for a bit.

Drinkability: This is really a solid beer and if it was available here in KY, it would definitely be a staple in the fridge in the hot summer months; nice and refreshing, yet flavorful and filling.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very phenolic aroma with a nice spiciness. Seems more
Belgian than German. Slight banana. Fresh and nice.
Head is moderate and white, but really quite short-lived. Cloudy gold and a heavy look to the drink.
Boy this drink a lot more like a wit than a hefeweizen. Dry, spicy, malty character as well as wheat. Phenolic in flavor too. Strong yeast qualities.
Rather heavy mouthfeel combined with full, picky carbonation that provides a fullness.
I like this, but there are two things. First, the dryness is too heavy at times (not throughout the whole drink). Second, this is not a hefe. Beyond that, tasty and flavorful. Interesting mix of summer flavors with winter feel to the drink. Bell's has done a winter wit and this kinda' fits in that category.
This is scored on whether or not I like it and less on style issues.
Thanks Scott.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of keanex
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of StaEva
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of pootz
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a clouded gold ale into the glass with only a modest cap..missing was the puffy cap one expects on a hefe.

Aroma: one of the most well defined and authentic Hefe aromas I have had from a NA Hefeweizen...cloves, bubblegum, Banana, cinnamon, some citrus light musty-sweetness....excellent nose to this.

Profile: Big on sweet malts up front , good body for a weizen...mid palate you get the spicey fruity phenols from the heffe mingling with the styrian hops...finished semi-dry and biscuity.

One of the better domestic craft hefes

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.