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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Royal WeisseRoyal Weisse

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very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 97
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 garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

garymuchow, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of mcallister
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

mcallister, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

grub, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

wagenvolks, May 18, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +5.3%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +5.3%

brez8791, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mdillon86, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of markgugs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Chugs13, May 27, 2012
Photo of pootz
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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

pootz, May 21, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Phatz, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Chucker17, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mpalestino, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

number1bum, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

AltBock, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of garuda
4/5  rDev +5.3%

garuda, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

Damian, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

flyingpig, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Bouleboubier, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

asabreed, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

SixpointJMH, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

dgherm, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Foxman, May 15, 2007
Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +5.3%

civicm87, Aug 23, 2013
Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.