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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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85
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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:
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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Photo of Sneers
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Sneers, May 11, 2011
Photo of TequilaTom
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

TequilaTom, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

t0rin0, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.1%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of Mattyb79
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Mattyb79, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of markgugs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Zetcha7x
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Zetcha7x, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Mark5252, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Bavarian style Weisbier that needs better yeast character and less buttery notes.

An orange-golden hue brings about a mystic foggy haze and some yeast/protiens floating about. Light on head formation, retention, and lacing.

A lot of wheat beady flavor and aroma is followed by clove, apples, and butterscotch. Decorated with esters of appricots, papayas, and a light bubble gum note, the flavors are somewhat masked by the buttery notes that claim the body and finish. Sweet with malts are likely amplified by the buttery notes as well.

The body does have a delicate creamy note, but doesn't give that refreshing lemony finish. Instead, a mouth coating slickness gives the final impressions.

Royal Weisse is probably an above average American-brewed German beer. But that diacetyl (buttery) character really brings it down.

Thanks Bobfinkenaur!

BEERchitect, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of cfadams17
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%

cfadams17, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of HuaJiao
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

HuaJiao, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

cpetrone84, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

JunkYardJake, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

IPAchris, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of ZachKelly
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ZachKelly, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Jason1337, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

dgherm, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

rfgetz, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured with a huge foamy head, clear gold with beads of carbonation rising to the surface. The substantial head lingered for a while.

Nose- hints of straw, clove perhaps a bit of banana

Taste- a bit bland, clove is present, bitter hop finish

mouthfeel- thin bodied, small about of carbonation

DaggerEyes, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright blue and gold 12 oz. can that has a picture of a gold crown with barley stocks coming out of the ends. The side of the can list the ingredients and 3 of the beer's specifications, 13.5 Plato, 11 IBU, and 5.6% ABV. Not date stamped anywhere on the can.

When poured into Weizen glass, this Sly Fox is a hazy golden lemon yellow with the usual Hefe tall fluffy head of white foam. It had really good retention that left behind another tall head of white foam and spots of white lace. Also, I couldn't help but notice that I've never seen a Hefe before that contained a tornado of carbonation bubbles swirling in the beer itself. The aroma loved the orange peel. That was mostly the aroma with malted wheat and a touch of spicy citrus hops. While the orange peel was king in the aroma, the spicy hops ruled over this kingdom. Behind these dried spicy hops were malted wheat, a touch of orange peel, and a hint of juicy fruits at the end. The mouthfeel was light like a good Hefe should be, but this one had a faint aftertaste of malted wheat and dried spicy hops. A very unique Hefeweizen. Not only does it come in a can, but this Hefe loved the orange peel and spicy hops.

AltBock, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of devilben02
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

devilben02, May 21, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

wagenvolks, May 18, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Reagan National Airport. Who doesn't want a beer while waiting for a flight?

The beer is hazy yellow, though not quite as hazy as I was expecting for a weissbier. Aromas of wheat, bread, banana, light spice. Sweet snd grainy with banana and clove. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Refreshing and easy drinking. One pint was plenty, whereas the great German hefeweizens keep you coming back for more.

Huhzubendah, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 23, 2011
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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.