Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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86
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Reviews: 100
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 9
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 asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of chefmonty
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (381 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Phillyduke
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (1,428 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of cpn920
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a pretty dark wheaty color with a good amount of head
S- like wheat, lemon , citrus, and carbonation

T- like it smells, a little heavier that a wibier , it doesnt have that banana smell which I am not crazy about anyway

M- Pretty smooth, a good amount of head

D- very good I dug it , a great anyday session beer , esp to go with dinner and a nice refreshing beer on a hot day

and the can is nice for when you go places in which glass is not allowed

recycle people (480 characters)

Photo of SuperWhite92
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of TheTrevor
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy copper with a single-finger head that didn't last very long. The smell is your fairly baseline wheat with some banana and spices. The taste is pretty close to the smell with some sweet citrus up front that gives way to some fruity banana in the middle and spices in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty satisfying with a good thickness for a wheat beer and a basic amount of carbonation. This may be a little less drinkable than some wheat beers, but I think it makes up for it with some very nice fruitiness and spices. (545 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (715 characters)

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kempleton for this one
Can poured into a pint glass produced two fingers worth of head on a cloudy orange body. The white head quickly turned to a thick lace that topped the glass

Aromas of bananas and bubble gum filled my nose

Flavors of wheat and spices filled my mouth a real nice pepper finish to this one. Light boded with good carbonation

A good American Hefe another great summer beer (406 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 bubbles....cool. 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. (567 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,678 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a SLY FOX variety case.Drank from a Erdinger glass.

Typical Hefe appearence.Cloudy yellow with a small white head that fell pretty fast.Leaves no lacing.

The beer smells very fresh,notes of clove,citrus,cant smell the bubble gum.I also smell yeast.

The taste is spicy(peppery),yeasty,its sweet upfront and then leads to a spicy finish.

Mouthful is alright,carbonated,spicy and easy going down.

Not a bad hefe for the price but I dont think it can contend with the big guys from germany.I would buy it again though. (524 characters)

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