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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006)
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Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A real nice orange pale amber, opaque with some cola sticking bubbles but a real nice mix of pinhead rising carbonation also. THe head billows large and in control at four fingers, with lots of pin head sized even dancing bubbles, with a nice creamy white appearance and huge retention. Great looking Hefe.

Nose has good citrus lemon, airy dry yeast and a good wheat malt density to it. Light it seems but with some heavy qualities, curious to see where this goes.

Palate fills with a nearly rich but clean feel. Moderately carbonated with a hint of sweet cream but a large lemon and citrus body washes over with a chewy feeling. No banana or cloying sweetness. Malt density is there but has a light feel. Sweet tangerine whaffs over on the swallow with multiple sips from fruity esters.

Overall this is a great hefe, and I like the fact it doesn't have much banana like esters to it and it's so easy drinking and refreshing. Very impressed.

smakawhat, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

John_M, May 04, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured the typical hefe yeast esters - clove, banana and a lot of pink bubblegum.

The taste consisted of a biscuity wheat malt and a spicy yeast flavor.

The mouthfeel was normal for the style and the carbonation was good.

Overall a nice solid hefe. A good and quaffable rendition of the style.

plaid75, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

beerthulhu, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Viggo, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Can from Mr Barleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish quickly dissipating head. Earthy floral spicy with a hint of funk. Light sweet bready light sugary maltiness with light citrus and hints of earthy and funk. I could see some of these in my warm days future if they distributed here.

johnnnniee, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Boone757, May 06, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

tone77, Jul 09, 2011
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.

DrDemento456, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Dogbrick, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

spinrsx, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

IPAchris, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

rfgetz, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

cpetrone84, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

outoffocus, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

EgadBananas, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  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.

Darkmagus82, Sep 23, 2013
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.

deapokid, May 11, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Deuane, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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

thecheapies, May 23, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Exiled, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

StJamesGate, Jul 18, 2013
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.

GbVDave, Jun 26, 2010
Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.