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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Royal WeisseRoyal Weisse

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very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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 57md
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

Photo of victory4me
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

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.

Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of NYR_Rob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this one up for me over the summer when he was back in PA. I had the good fortune of drinking this one on the date that it was "best by." Review is from notes taken on 9/6/2010 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour looks like a honey/yellow tea color; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention that eventually fades to a firm, but incomplete skim; body is clouded and hazy, but still manages to show fast and strong carbonation; a nice curtain of lacing starts but eventually fades to just a few spots hanging around.

Smell: Nice sweet honey-like maltiness with a great presence of banana esters from the yeast; a bit of a clove-like spiciness comes in as well and makes me very interested in drinking this canned offering.

Taste: Really matches the nose quite well with the sweet banana flavors from the yeast and that mild but very present and pleasant clove-like spiciness; bit of a mild bitter grassy hop presence buried underneath it all with some dry tall graininess; a very refreshing offering and I wish I had some more.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-light in weight and the carbonation is quite strong and prickly/sharp; leaves a moist stickiness on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue -- a really well done beer here in the mouthfeel as it allows the flavors to linger for a bit.

Drinkability: This is really a solid beer and if it was available here in KY, it would definitely be a staple in the fridge in the hot summer months; nice and refreshing, yet flavorful and filling.

Photo of Jason1337
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jyoungsbcp for this beer. 12oz can into a NB Globe.

A: Hazy gold in color, maybe a bit on the dark side for the style, enormous white head, a good two fingers that recedes slowly leaving gobs of lacing all over the edge of the glass.

S: Pretty distinct nose of wheat malt and pilsner malt as well, no detectable hops in the nose. Not a lot of the trademark yeast profile that one comes to expect in a hefeweizen, but the banana does shine the more it warms. Overall, not bad.

T: Signature wheat malts are soft in the mouth with a bit of a zesty sort of lemon bite, from there the banana and slightly bubblegum profile of the yeast really starts to shine. Fairly grainy at the finish, nice long finish with lots of banana lingering in the mouth.

M: Fairly light bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation, fairly dry finish on the end. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this if available. Really a nice wheat beer, maybe a little out of season on this mid twenties day in Utah, but it still is very refreshing and enjoyable. Nicely done.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large hefe style glass: color is a bit darker than some hefes, gold or maybe copper, head presented very large then dissipated to a ring.

Smell is wheat, banana, clove, bread, some citrus/lemon, drier yeast notes.

Taste follows the aroma, wheat front, then nice banana, clove, bread and citrus flavors. Bread and wheat flavors form a solid backbone and the banana and clove provide quality hefe like notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, carbonation is not overpowering but the yeast leaves a nice dry presence.

Overall, this is one of the better american hefes, quality wheat and malt flavors with nice dry yeast and banana/clove flavors.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of curlybird
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Fat Heads, 20oz pour served in a big Hefe glass

A - very cloudy, almost orange color with a quarter inch of tight frothy foam which sticks around for most of the drink. very minimal lacing.

S - heavy on the clove, with some banana thrown in. a bit fruity with some green, almost sour apple as well. lightly spiced.

T - bready and yeasty, cloves comes through much more than the banana...fruity with some green apples and citrus rinds. doughy malt, gets more fruity and sour as it warms.

M - medium bodied with some tight carbonation, could use a bit more to propel the flavors. somewhat creamy, finishes with lingering fruity sweetness.

D - decent at best, misses the mark a bit by straying from classic and simple Hefe flavors. grew bored with it halfway through the glass.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.