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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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85
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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 GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a De Glazen Toren tulip. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

BY 09/18/10

A: Pours a gorgeous looking, murky and chewy, apricot nectar color. Sitting on top was a creamy, bright white head that stuck around for a bit before settling down to a thin skim and thick unbreakable collar.

S: The usual Hefe aromas are covered here. Banana, clove, lemon, and a hint of sourdough.

T: Assertively spicy yeast is represented by flavors of clove, cardamom, and banana. Biscuits and sourdough bread crusts come on in the middle before leading into a lightly lemon-y hops flavor.

M: Right out of the fridge, I thought this to be a bit too harsh. Warming it up to cellar temp did it a world of good. Thick, chewy, sticky, prickly, and spicy. Nice.

D: Pretty sure this is my first CANned Hefe and I was impressed. A very nice BBQ/picnic/block party/beach beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Kwak
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 dasenebler
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of deapokid
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American take on the hefeweizen comes in a handsome blue and silver can and pours a gleaming deep orange. The head is a thin white with a hint of lacing and the liquid is hazy, but sediment free.

As for the smell factor, bold citrus, whipped cream, a little rind and summer spices make for a light and playful aroma.

Taste is buoyed by a doughy, yeast back end, preceded by strong citrus notes and an unexpected dryness at the conclusion, which adds more depth to the flavor.

What makes this one a bit different is the balance on display. It seems like most American wheat beers focus primarily on the sweeter citrus notes. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's nice to see a brewery make a distinct wheat beer that boasts the sweet and the bitter.

Although it may not be as authentic or supremely drinkable as its German counterparts, this is a standout American example of the style and the polar opposites on display make for an intriguing experience.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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!

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this ontap at Flip and Baley's in Rosemont, PA. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy gold color. The head is a white, fluffy two fingers tall, good retention and lacing, small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are wheat, sparge and pepper.
Taste: The flavors are wheat, sparge, orange and hot spicy.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.
Drinkability: This is highly drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

General impression on this beer is that it is a decent but not incredible weisse beer.

Hazy with suspended yeast. Peach coloring. Lots of carbonation according to style.

There are bananas and the usual weisse flavors. But they don't seem to merge quite as well as other examples of the style.

All in all, a decent beer, but the best thing about it is that it comes in a can.

Photo of chefmonty
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours hazey yellow with a 1 finger head that disapated quickly leaving a thin white cap and minimal lacing.

Smells of bready wheat and yeast, some pepper clove and banana with some citrus

Taste of yeastand wheat up front with slight spice and clan finnsh

Smooth mothfeel with light carbonation makes this an easy drinker. Highly drinkable on a hot summer day and very refreshing

Photo of Schmidts
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Phillyduke
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a generous two fingers worth of purely white, very frothy white foam; hazy yellow-orange hue; decent head retention

S - Citric, yeasty, faint hint of clove; tart. All good and within the style

T - A bit citric and tart; faint hint of bananas and clove; touch yeasty and sour dough at the end

M - Medium to lighter, very sparkly carbonation

D - Decent enough, but not as quenching as the top examples in the style. Not bad, but just not good either in terms of the flavors.

Overall, not a bad stab at the style at all. I would easily pick up a sixer of this for the next party/BBQ/outdoor event that I attend. Worth a look.

Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Lexluthor33
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

pours orangey amber with a touch of haze. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. wheat bread. cracker. touch of alcohol. hints of banana and clove. bit of orange peel and faint citrus.

taste is nice. hint of alcohol. low bitterness level. white bread and cracker. touch of orange peel and a hint of clove. a bit fruity. hint of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. not super exciting, but decent.

Photo of cpn920
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.