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 MmmIPA
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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 DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that this is my first "craft brew in a can." I was very impressed and I look forward to tasting more of this good beer in a can stuff....

A- Bright cloudy orange color with a HUGE hilly head.

S- Smell was of spices and wheat with a suttle fruit hint to it, possibly a juicy apple.

T- Peppery spices (cloves?), wheat, lemon zest, hoppy fruit finish.

M- Light bodied but exactly what I am looking for in a hefe. Thirst quenching and desirable.

D- I could easily drink this one all night long. Bring on the summer!

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange with three fingers of white head. It had good hed retention and OK lacing.

S: Cloves and banana dominate but plenty of citrus notes (mainly lemon zest) as well.

T: Orange and lemon immediately jump out, then the banana and clove and then a light hop bitterness on the tongue.

M: Very clean and dry but a tad thinner than expected.

D: This was a beer that quenched my first hot day of the year thirst. It was true to style with just a bit of hop kick and was all banana and clove and not any creamed corn/huskiness.

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

Appearance: Pours from a can a golden orange color with a frothy white head and moderate lace.

Smell: Wheat and yeast along with a light dash of lemon and cloves grace the nose.

Taste: This beer is built more for easy drinking than for deep contemplation. It has a light touch of dry wheat, lemon banana phenols and zesty spices.

Mouthfeel: Lively yet light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I think good craft beer in cans is a great convenience. A winner at parties this summer. It is a beer that we can all agree on (macro drinking friends and myself). very approachable and sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

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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 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 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 ommegangpbr
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one took some time to pour. Even when gentle the foam wants to take over the world. When it finally did recede it left clumps of foam on the glass with a thin white head sitting atop hazy gold fluid.
One whiff tells you that this is a hefe weizen. Definite banana esters, a bit of allspice, some nutmeg... smells pretty good. Definitely within traditional style parameters.
Flavors are traditional and typical, if a little weak. Mouthfeel is too thin. It seems like all of the carbonation was spent in that initial burst of foam. Nothing really to complain about here. There are better hefe's out there but if you need one in can form this is a good option. Personally, I prefer Butternut's Heinnieweisse, but this guy might be easier to find for some.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation--can from Sly Fox brought to MN from my sister served in a pint glass.

A- orange yellow beer with a definate haze to it, and a white head popped up over the top of the glass in spite of a careful pour. Even started coming out of the car upon opening. Head feel quickly to near nothing.

S- very clean spice smell, clove and bananas, though more spice than fruit. Pleasant and spot on.

T- distinct carb bite on the front, and the fruity malt taste settles in and end with a light spice on the way down.

M-medium and lingers in the mouth.

D-easy but the carb in feeling and makes it self conscious.

Overall--the best of the three Sly Fox cans I've had tonight. A very good hefe that matches the style and can be enjoyed as such. I'll pour it in a more appropriate glass to concentrate the nose next time and make for an enhanced experience.

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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 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 barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow straw color with a solid tall white head.

S - light wheat, clove and lemon. Faint but there.

T - Taste follows the nose but with a moderate level of flavors rather than what the light nose would indicate. Well balanced and complimentary

M - light bodied, well arbonated, clean in the finish.

D - very nicely balanced and I could imagine having a few with friends on a hot day. As it was, my sample went well with a balsamic salad and lemon pepper chicken.

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass a cloudy golden light orange color with about three fingers of white head. Smells of spicy citrus (lemon and orange), cloves, and banana. Taste is mildly peppery as well as sweet. Notes of banana and clove are present along with bready yeast and lemon. A notch below medium in body with moderate carbonation. An excellent warm weather beer. My fridge will be stocked with this throughout the summer. Can't wait to take this to the drive-in.

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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 hoppymeal
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a milky peach in color, very cloudy, a good sized white head receds after a couple minutes. Aroma is nice and yeasty and soft grainy wheat sweetness, agitation produces some lemony aroma. Spices are present in the aroma, strong clove notes and subtle coriander. Yeasty in taste with some lemony tartness, as it warms there is a soft cotton candy, melon, and banana like fruity sweetness. A hint of grassy bitterness leads to a mildly dry finish. Very nice beer, easy to drink, perhaps not as full in body as i like a hefeweizen but very refreshing sessionable beer and kudos to the great packaging, cans are great for summer.

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Photo of pootz
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a clouded gold ale into the glass with only a modest cap..missing was the puffy cap one expects on a hefe.

Aroma: one of the most well defined and authentic Hefe aromas I have had from a NA Hefeweizen...cloves, bubblegum, Banana, cinnamon, some citrus light musty-sweetness....excellent nose to this.

Profile: Big on sweet malts up front , good body for a weizen...mid palate you get the spicey fruity phenols from the heffe mingling with the styrian hops...finished semi-dry and biscuity.

One of the better domestic craft hefes

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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 Foxman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very hazy and liberally carbonated orange gold, lemon yellow at the base. Three fingers of eruptive white head settle soft and slow. Hieroglyphics of lacing wrote along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet with wheat, and the yeast delivers tanginess along with estery clove, coriander, banana, and green apple. A hint of light mint joins creamy vanilla.

Upon tasting, tart wheat is again sweet, but less so than in the aroma, and a mild doughiness rounds the edges. Clove and coriander again spice the mellow banana. A small measure of residual sweetness is promptly dried by a crisp, nibbling bitterness that lingers casually. It's happily mainstream and happily solidly good.

Between light and medium bodied, the grain is creamy and the spice tingly on the palate.

I enjoyed it the first time a couple years ago at the goat race. I was cautious about the can, but there was no need. It may not be, technically, as fresh, but it's damned near as tasty. The refreshing nature means it goes down smooth and nifty. So there you have it- don't fear the can.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a big frothy head that lingers for a while before quickly dissolving. Stickiness is kept to a minimum which is a bit surprising but this is nice looking overall.

The aroma is a nice blend of yeast, banana, some orange and lemon citrus and a hint of clove. It's essentially what you'd expect for the style but is done quite well.

Flavour hits on all of the aromas and is nice and balanced sip after sip. Banana and clove blend well toward the finish while the citrus notes come through more so toward the beginning of each sip. Yeast is present throughout. Mouthfeel is light bodied but also has a bit of a tin quality to it. I don't know if that's from being in a can or if it's just a subliminal thing (I'd lean toward the former as I tend to still notice it in most canned beers, regardless of new technologies used on canned beers to keep that flavour out). That said, it is minimal, not terribly distracting, and far less noticeable than in some other canned brews.

This is far and away the best of the Sly Fox canned family thus far. I've enjoyed their bottled offerings quite a bit but have been underwhelmed overall with the can products. This one hits the mark basically across the board and is a nice refreshing brew with good flavour and balance.

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

Sly Fox- Royal Weisse

Appearance- Poured a cloudy orange/ yellow with a thick white head. 2 rings of lace along the top of the glass.
Smell- Clove, banana, and nutmeg.
Taste- Nice big clove, banana, nutmeg, and a light touch of citrus (lemon, orange)
Mouthfeel- Big bold and crisp flavor throughout. Sweet and bubblegummy in the end.

Overall- By far the BEST hefeweizen in a can!!! haha probably the only hefeweizen in a can. Definitey find this and buy it! Good sh!t!!

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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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