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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.59%
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 Viggo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with coriander/clove and lemons. It also has a bit of an apple juice flavour which I haven't tasted very often in a Hefe. It has a slightly metallic taste and also some notes of corn and lots of banana. It ends with a banana and lemon aftertaste with a touch of spice.

Overall – Nothing that will blow you away but it is a nice highly drinkable non offensive Hefe. Probably one of the better ones that I've had from a can. (753 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 rfgetz
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color, surprised with the relatively small head on this. Scent brings notes of Belgian yeast with banana, bubblegum and some clove, faint presence of dried grain. Taste follows scent, light all throughout and lacking character from the grain bill, a very light tasting beer showcasing mostly yeast, mild banana and bubblegum and some spice. Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, maybe low for style. Another ho-hum beer for the masses. (468 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick creamy white head. The nose is a little messy and has lots of banana. It is a bit sweet and fruity with little else. The taste is singular, hints of clove and yeast underneath a dominant banana and lemon type hefeweizen flavor with a light bitterness in the back. The body is soft and creamy, lower carbonation for a hefe but a clean crisp finish. This is easy to drink and full of flavor, very simple and lacks the carbonation and spicy balance of a great hefe. (501 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange-yellow color with a small one finger fizzy white head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving very little lace and a somewhat persistent thin white film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is quite nice. It is rather sweet with lots of orange citrus and banana smells. Along with the citrus is a big smell of a yeasty and wheaty smells as well as some lighter aromas of a little bit of grass and herb.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather wheaty and fruity taste with lots of banana. As the flavor advances a yeast cake taste come to the tongue along with some quite light notes of clove. All the while the banana gets even stronger and is joined by flavors of an orange and lemon nature. Some very light grassy and haylike flavors come to the tongue at the end, leaving a sweet, yeasty and fruity hefe flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side for a brew of only 5.6% abv with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are quite nice for the yeasty flavors of the brew giving it a very sweet wheat bready feel.

Overall – A rather pleasant Hefeweizen. While nothing out of this world, it is easy drinking and a good blend of sweet, fruit and yeast producing a good drinker overall. (1,360 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is lemon, orange, banana, and plenty of wheat. Really nice American version of a German Hefe. Super clean. This is a beer that I could easily do a six pack of. (168 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-amber, almost going ruby, with steady rimming off white froth that speckles and replenishes from a trail of bubble up the middle.
Ripe banana, maybe a bit of mango, some candle wax, and Wheatena on the nose.
Sweet challah dough, a sharp jab of yeast, some appley esters, a bit of woody cinnamon and buzz of noble hops.
Yeasty comeback in the form of bubblegum hit and wood pulp linger.
Lt-med, some chew, lively, crisp, creamy.

Northern Brewer on can.

Everything it should be. Bananas over cloves, and maybe a tad thin, and not very complex (citrus, vanilla, etc. missing) so perhaps not quite up to German standards. But not fair off either.
Classic Hefe, and way drinkable. (695 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 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 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 thecheapies
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nonic pint. Dark orange and murky. Dimpled inch of head. Great retention. 4.0

Aromatic clove spice with hints of mixed berries and banana. Light lemon pairs well with heavy wheat bready tanginess. Slight pear note, as well. Appreciated complexity. 4.0

Surprisingly refreshing tartness with a tart apple and quince fleshiness. Not banana-heavy. Juicy pomme, tart raspberry, and spicy clove top the charts here. Green banana flashes in the finish. Unique and fresh. 4.0

Soft and creamy. Almost buttery. Light carbonation. Very sessionable. 4.0

Excellent local hefe. Possibly my favorite Sly Fox beer. 4.0 (606 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 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 NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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!! (478 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (807 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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Cloudy orange colour with a large, 2cm tall head that is creamy and foamy whilst holding well.

Yeast and wheat with banana smell and plenty of clove too. Citrus plus a hint of bubblegum but not too much really. Quite a sweet aroma with touches of spice towards the end.

Clove and banana upfront that is backed by plenty of wheat and to a lesser extent some yeast as well. There is a bit of spice and bubblegum around the middle that just about equal each other out and the finish fruity with some citrus and possibly some orange too.

Medium bodied with a light citrus tang and a creamy feel that is quite smooth and goes down easy with a soft, sweet finish.

Very good for my first hefeweizen from a can, a lot better than I was expecting to be honest and the beer is a very easy one to drink. It has a good banana and clove taste that is more German than American in style. (927 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a finger of head that enjoyed some healthy retention. The nose has notes of both lemon and funky yeast. The flavor is pretty standard for a hefe – basically there is nothing bad here but nothing particularly good either. (257 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can:

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 (552 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.
Cheers! (626 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)

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