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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.59%
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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 196
Photo of cmq103
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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!! (1,205 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of StaEva
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sly Fox - Royersford.

Well, first off, I do believe I was served the milky dregs of the keg on this pour. Wheat milk. Impenetrably thick sediment. I've poured this from a can a couple times and had it on tap one other time and it is still one of the cloudiest hefeweizens I've come across. And, still, it's pretty nice and one of Sly Fox's better core offerings. I'll give the average of my experiences with it.

The yellow-orange color reminds of hearty bundles of September grain (I dunno...). Excellent head formation, retention, and thick rings of lace.

Nectary, banana, fresh-baked doughy wheat bread aromas. No bubblegum, no clove of significance.

Banana a big part in the flavor. Wheat/yeast tang in excellent proportion. Bread as it's hardening in the oven, still soft on the inside. I'm sure there's also some fruity hop influence - it's Sly Fox.

Voluptuous body. Smooth and satisfying and substantial. Quite literally liquid bread. Maybe a bit too thick, but enjoyable anyway.

A worthy entry into the pantheon of splendid Pennsylvanian hefeweizens. (1,073 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky orange/yellow in color, bright white 2 finger head, nice lacing and decent retention.

Aroma is crisp citrus, light hops, and some banana bread.

Taste is tangy, crisp citrus, light banana notes, some bready, yeasty, notes and a bit of finishing hop bite.

Crisp, light feel, a tad over carbonated.

Solid drinkability, and overall a damn decent hefe! (360 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Royal Weisse on tap at Sly Fox Phoenixsville Location.

Appearance-a pale cloudy yellow with a dash of white, large white head, not sure why but they served it in a pint glass.

Smell-mix of fruit and the normal wheat smells, more mixed fruit than straight banana peel, cloves and alcohol round it out.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, cloves and banana comes back, the wheat rushes forward, crazy carbonation, finishes somewhat clean, flavored water consistency.

Drinkability-not that alcoholic, hits the right notes.

Overall-another fine beer from Sly Fox, doesn't knock it out of the park but a fine version of the style and I enjoyed it. (647 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jyoungsbcp for this beer. 12oz can into a NB Globe.

A: Hazy gold in color, maybe a bit on the dark side for the style, enormous white head, a good two fingers that recedes slowly leaving gobs of lacing all over the edge of the glass.

S: Pretty distinct nose of wheat malt and pilsner malt as well, no detectable hops in the nose. Not a lot of the trademark yeast profile that one comes to expect in a hefeweizen, but the banana does shine the more it warms. Overall, not bad.

T: Signature wheat malts are soft in the mouth with a bit of a zesty sort of lemon bite, from there the banana and slightly bubblegum profile of the yeast really starts to shine. Fairly grainy at the finish, nice long finish with lots of banana lingering in the mouth.

M: Fairly light bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation, fairly dry finish on the end. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this if available. Really a nice wheat beer, maybe a little out of season on this mid twenties day in Utah, but it still is very refreshing and enjoyable. Nicely done. (1,091 characters)

Photo of callmeclemens
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of jss38
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see hefeweizen in a can, other than Hell or High Watermelon I wasn't aware of many others, especially brewed in my home state.

A: Brownish orange with a thin head. Very hazy, the color is intriguing.

S: Clove, coriander. Sour fruit, remnants of wheatiness.

T: Quite smooth. A very solid mix of coriander and citrus (lemon I'm guessing). Too many beer mess up that balance. The spice is a little heavier than the fruit aromas but the complement nicely.

M: Light, decent carbonation. I drank it fast

D: I'm a fan. I did not see what I paid for it, but if its cheap I can see this being a regular for me. Something special about nothing special. (669 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (534 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a white wine glass.

Pours a very hazy murky orange yellow color with a big lacy head that recedes quickly. Looks dark for a hefeweizen. The aroma is estuary alcohol some bubblegum and a hint of artificial banana. The taste is a little off balanced and not typical of a hefeweizen love the lemony character as it makes it fresh tasting but it's not your classic hefe. The mouthfeel is a bit less carbonated than other hefeweizens but it's got a cleansing feel to it. The drinkability is high because it's so tasty. This is like a mix of a witbier and a hefeweizen. (592 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,580 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of Kwak
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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 (539 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of deapokid
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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! (851 characters)

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