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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 metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this, my second Sly Fox, in another epic trade with Noslenwerd. Gotta love beers from a can.

A: Pours a very fizzy head that reaches a finger and holds mostly, breaking down a lot but being reinforced by the bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. It's a super hazy straw golden wheat colored beer with hints of orange hue.

N: Mostly wheat starting here, lots of fruit with that, a little banana, citrus, orange, touch of tangerine and peach even. A nice light malty sweetness.

T: Starts light, with lots of wheat again, it brings some sweetness to it, but not a lot. Then more fruits, some banana, citrus, orange, even a little apple. Some crisp lager flavors and touch of sweet malts. A hint of spices as well to blend along. A slight bitterness comes through too, I think hint of light noble hops and some orange peel.

M: Pretty light with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes a little more bitter with more orange peel, and hints of grassy hops. More fruit here too, mostly banana and orange now. A crisp finish as well not super clean but good.

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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 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 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 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 jwc215
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed 06-05-07 - moved from Phoenixville to Royersford after jcwattsrugger informed me that all packaging is done at the latter:

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded yellow with a large head that slowly descends to a one-finger rocky head that stays around as a lasting cover.

The smell is of whiffs of banana with a sharp clove spiciness.

The taste is of banana/clove and some sweet bubblegum. A metallic tinge is there, possibly from sitting in the can. Sweet, tropical fruity, finish.

Light and crisp body. Refreshing. A nice HW.
Serving type: can

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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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 GClarkage
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/3/07- Received as part of a trade from a former BA member.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Semi-clouded golden pour with a fuller 3/4 inch plus white head. Lacing was decent, a few patches here and there.

Smell- Really quite scentless. A bit of a bready yeast note and maybe a bit of lemon rind.

Taste- Taste becomes much better as the beer warms a bit. This one is not meant to be drank straight out of the fridge. Good clove and banana flavor with a backing of lemon. Quite yeasty in taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly brisk carbonation, but pretty smooth as well.

Drinkability- As it warms up a bit, this beer is a very nice american made Hefe. In a can to boot!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of Suzanne's "gifts". Hey, if anything comes of this, you lie that I took them when you weren't looking and I'll swear to it. I have a track record of doing that and I am still blamed, in some circles, for Heavyweight's demise.

Wow, what a huge, rocky, bone-white head. Two fingers' worth, no less. Big, yeasty nose with a bubble gum scent. The color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a lot of sweet fruitiness on the tongue. It was like Juicyfruit gum - banana (mostly), some lemon zest, much too fruity for the likes of yours truly. The finish had a slight black pepper/clove spiciness, but it was too muted to pull me back from the edge. I simply do not like hefeweizens. Sorry.

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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 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 johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Can from Mr Barleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish quickly dissipating head. Earthy floral spicy with a hint of funk. Light sweet bready light sugary maltiness with light citrus and hints of earthy and funk. I could see some of these in my warm days future if they distributed here.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during the goat races the other day at the Phoenixville pub.

The beer pours the prototypical hazy orange tan color with fair head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a pleasant aroma of clove, nutmeg and banana, though it's not over done and is a bit light. There is also someunderlying wheatiness, but again, it's fairly light. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer seems to have a very slight sourness on the finish. This is a very easy to drink hefe, and the beer is fairly light on the spice, but has enough flavor to keep things interesting. Alcohol seems pretty restrained and is not at all intrusive or obtrusive.

While nothing mind blowing, this was a nice enough beer I thought. Not bad at all.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Kegatron for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, grassy, with some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, with some grassy tones, and some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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....

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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