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
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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 Stinkypuss
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of HuaJiao
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of devilben02
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a finger of head that enjoyed some healthy retention. The nose has notes of both lemon and funky yeast. The flavor is pretty standard for a hefe – basically there is nothing bad here but nothing particularly good either.

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Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not much for hefe's but I really had a craving for a wheat beer a few weeks back so I picked up a 6er of this. It fit the bill pretty nicely.

Pours a cloudy, musty sort of golden color with a finger and a half of off-white head. Head is pretty creamy and retains well, leaving some good stick too.

Smell is a bit sweet with a good dose of clove and an interesting mix of fruity aromas. There is banana for sure, but also a tropical fruit aroma, pineapple perhaps. Also has a slightly metallic aroma, but otherwise it's clean and relatively pleasant.

Taste is a bit sweeter than the smell and a little more rough around the edges. It's a bit grainy and even a bit gritty, and definitely has an astringency to it that I'm not wild about. Fruit was more prominent in the nose; again there is some banana here and even a splash of pineapple, but I wish those flavors stood out above the grain more. Bit of a metallic flavor like there was in the nose, too. Clove was also stronger in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and relatively creamy but also on the cloying side. It's also a little rough given the astringent graininess, which also lends a dryness to it. The sticky sweetness gets to be a bit much for me.

This isn't too bad, but given that I'm not wild about hefe's to begin with I likely won't come back to this with any regularity. I hate to say it but it does smell and taste as though it came from a can. I enjoyed the 6er but it's on to the next.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Kwak
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance}hazy yellow,orange color poured nice with a thick frothy head that stuck around most of the way and left a lace mark on the glass

smell} sweet citrus and malt sent with a bit of cloves closing out the smell

taste} mild wheat flavor with the banana and cloves almost a strong bubble gum flavor with a touch of hopps that cut the sweetness and gave it more texture

mouthfeel and drinkability} were good it had a light feel went down easy not too much carbonation very drinkable not too much aftertaste easy to putt away a few

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze with an orange tint. Nice sized head with good lace action.

The aroma was of wonder bread and wheat. Mild citrus and very light banana and clove hints.

The taste was of bread,wheat,citrus notes and some spices.
A small bit of alcohol is present in the finish.
The feel is smooth,metallic notes with a mildly bitter finish. Medium carbonation and light body with decent drinkability.

Notes: Slightly bitter for a Hefe,but looking forward to these in hot weather. A good brew and you know metallic notes seem to be a given with cans. I would buy this again for the summer time.
Better as it warms.

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Photo of cmq103
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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!!

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Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy orange-yellow with a medium white head and a huge amount of CO2 Head left spotty lace.

S-Somewhat spicey with a fair amount of wheat malt aroma. In addition a bitof lemon zest.

T-Much as in the aroma....all flavours present but light.

M-Light bodied and crisp.Did border on thin.

D-Not a true German hefe....more like an American/German hybrid. Not bad but I like more clove and banana in my hefe...good "bridge"beer to lure folks from the "other side". I don't dislike it, but for a light summer drinker give me a Pikeland Pils any day.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can with a "Best By" date of 08/24/09 imprinted on the bottom. Served into a tall weizen/pilsner glass.

A: Beer is hazy (but not terribly cloudy) and pale orange in color. A fair amount of carbonation and suspended yeast is noticeable. The 2-finger head of fizzy white foam recedes somewhat quickly to a thin, rocky cap. Some fine lacing clings to the glass.

S: Yeasty, with a faint hint of citrus, banana...and a slight whiff of cherry?

T/M: Clean and citric with a nice malt/grain balance. Typical hefe banana/bubblegum flavors are muted, but they're there in the background. Mild hop presence. Smooth, velvety carbonation makes it go down very easy. Aftertaste is short, tart, and leaves a bit of a tingle on the palate.

D: A pleasant, easy-to-drink hefe, if not terribly complex. I'd prefer a bit more flavor. Even so, this is a great summer beer to keep around in cans for your Blue Moon and Hoegaarden drinking friends.

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Photo of Viggo
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, Sly Fox is always pretty decent!

Pours from the 12 oz can, cloudy amber/golden, thin white head forms, settles down fast into a thin layer, tons of lace. Smell is sweet, lots of banana, lots of clove, yeast, bread, pretty standard weissbier. Taste is thin, bread, touch of banana and spice, citrusy weak finish, slightly sour. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink but pretty mediocre weissbier.

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Photo of mcallister
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful Hefe poured into my Franziskaner Christmas Hefe glass. unfiltered, tangerine colored with carbonation and some floaties minglying and dancing erraticly. Pours with a nice large head of brilliant white. Leaves some sticky lacing and has long retention.

Aromas are nice. Not overpowering and not overly comples. Full of wheat with clove , spice and some banana character. Bits of floral hops show through. Nice and fruity.

Again not ovelry complex in flavor and actually a little one dimensional. A lingering carbonation spritzed mouthfeel is long long on the fnish. Flavor is mainly a wheaty, clove type attack with some pils malt flavors and lemon zest. A bittering hop on the finish does balance but maybe too much so. Easy to drink on this hot day but maybe slightly to much carbo and hop.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange copper color with a half finger width sized frothy white head. There's lots of carbonation sticking to the sized of my glass. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and has a hint of bubble gum and belgian spices. Taste is fruity and tangy with a nice cloviness to it. For a weisse though this is a lot drier than i would have expected. Feel is moderate and slippery smooth with sharp tingliness from the carbonation. Dry and tangier than i would have expected but that aside its still a solid canned hefe.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This beer is a murky yellow/gold color with a medium thin and fizzy white head. The head burns away steadily and there are sheets of lacing. Wheaty aroma that has notes of banana and spice. Medium, smooth body with wheat, fruit and spice flavors. The finish is on the dry side and is bitter at first with a clove aftertaste. Above average all around.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Recieved as an "extra" from BRDC. I was pleased, as Sly Fox does not distribute here in CO.

Pours a dark shade of "orange juice" with about the same transparency. Head is pure white and the beer is obviously heavily carbonated. Think pilsner-style carbonation.

Smells spicy with maybe a hint of lemon. Very classic wheat-beer. Lacks the banana/clove aroma of a german hefe though.

Taste falls somewhere between a hefe and a wheat, with maybe a pils influence somewhere. It's an interesting combo. However, once past the novelty factor, it's rather basic and uninspiring. Typical spice and wheat malt flavor. Hops are mostly forgotten. Hint of fruitiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is great. Very grainy and very gelatinous. Heavy without being obnoxious. Everything I could want from a beer like this.

This would be a very drinkable beer, especially on a warm summer day. It's rather refreshing, I would say.

I'm glad I got to try this- one of my more favorite wheat-style beers for sure.

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