Hurricane Hefeweizen - Foothills Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2005)
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Photo of nickss
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pulpy, completely opaque yellow. Looks like grapefruit juice.... a tad odd.

Faint banana and clove... a bit of citrus. Rich, yet light. My only desire is that it was a bit more pungent.

Something in the flavour is a bit off. Lots of banana, but the aftertaste is a bit coppery and corn-y. The copper becomes a bit less noticeable as the brew warms, but the corn flavour is still there.

Light and crisp mouthfeel... maybe a bit too much carbonation.

Too much carbonation to be a quaffer... still, certainly not bad.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of creamy brite-white head. Retains well around the edges with some thin wisps across the center, leaving some thick lacing behind. The aroma is not assertive at all but I still pick up notes of lemon, clove, wheat, and a bit of bubblegum yeast. I just wish that it was all a bit more prounounced than what it is.

The taste is a little more aggressive with a firm wheat base surrounded by notes of lemon citrus, spicy clove, some banana, and an underlying hop profile. Finishes dry with a touch of bitterness on the palatte. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm feel and poppy carbonation.

A decent Hefe offering from Foothills, I just wish that the taste, and especially aroma, where I little more memorable. Still, the crisp body and drikibility of this still remained quite refreshing and I wouldn't turn down a pint on a hot day.

Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Clear light golden color with a lasting white head.

S - Wheat, banana, clove, and citrus. Smells pretty nice, if a bit weak.

T - Wheat and pale malt, yeast, banana, and lemon. A little watery but overall the flavor is pleasant.

M - Very light and crisp on the palate, if a little weak.

D - Well, because it's a bit watery and is a fairly light style to begin with, this goes down like flavored water. So I have to give it points here.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a massively hazy pale yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, wheat, and slight skunk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, skunky, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not my favorite Hefe I have ever had. This one honestly felt a little more lager-ish to me with the skunk aspect going on. If it lost that and added more spice and more banana fruit flavors this one could be really good. Worth trying at least once, but that is about it.

Photo of aubuc1
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft poured in to a shaker pint glass at barleys.

poursyellow golden with steady carbonation

smell is lagery. hint of bananas

good balance of banana and clove. well balanced between crispness sweetness.

creamy smooth mouthfeel and nothing to keep it from being easy drinking.

Photo of nyrblue2
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Pretty clear golden in color. Just a touch of haze, but not quite as much as I'd expect or prefer. Sparse white head soon recedes most of the way.

s: This one's pretty bland overall. Citrus seems to dominate with a backing of clean wheat. Needs depth (more clove, yeast, etc.). Some might call it watery.

m: carbonation on the low side of the medium range, and the body lighter but not thin

t: Clean wheats with dominant chalky citrus notes. I seem to get some of the yeast and clove that was missing on the nose, but it's way back. Again, it's a solid hefe foundation but lacks that yeasty complexity I like so much. Lightly hopped.

d: easy enough

on-tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint hints of lemon yellow. The beer has a finger tall sudsy fizzy white head that fades rather quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thick film patches and a medium ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon/citrus, banana, clove, and wheat.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat and grainy malts. That is followed by light flavors of banana and clove with some slightly stronger flavors of lemon/citrus. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present.

M: Very light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: This is a decent attempt at a hefeweizen but not in the same class as the major German ones. A little too subtle with the banana and clove while a touch too strong on the grainy malts.

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light yellow amber with a small white head that quickly faded leaving behind no real lace. Visible carbonation was eveident in the clear liquid before me. Smell was light, with hints of a fruity citrus mixed in. Lots of grain flavors were pronouned. First impression was nice and lite with a good profile to it. Not slimey and not too light, really a good sit down session beer here. Could have been a bit more carbonated, but really a fine beer. Could definatly throw down a few of these on a warm night, and already have.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. The rocky/creamy head is big and lasts a long while, leaving lace as it slowly minimizes.

Super (white)bready nose, with polite citrus accents. Yeast far in the background. Pretty nice, but more like a witbier than a hefeweizen.

Flavor is watery citrus (mostly lemon), fresh white bread, a bit grassy, with very faint bubblegum in the finish. Grassy sourness and citrus hang out in the finish too, but it all fades pretty quickly. Lacks the yeasty goodness of a true hefe.

Spritzy feel, yet soft. Thinnish body, but not watery.

Refreshing and acceptable, but drinks more like a witbier than a hefeweizen. Tempted to say Foothills are better at big beer, alcohol and/or flavor-wise (Sexual Chocolate, Seeing Double, Hoppyum), but I had their Torch Pilsner yesterday and it was wonderful. So I guess Hurricane Hefeweizen isn't this brewery's finest, that's all.

Photo of krausenman
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served on-tap at the Foothills brewpub.

A-The beer was served with a lacy ring on the pint glass but had little head. The beer itself was a hazy light gold color.

S-There was a clove smell initially that evolved into a rubber/plastic like smell. There was a slight bubblegum aroma persisitant throughout the time it took to drink the pint.

T-There was little to no malt sweetness with a slight grainy tast and a bubblegum like flavor.

M-The hefeweizen had a lighter body with lower carbonation rate than most wheat beers.

O-The beer is a solid example of the style but lacks in character. It is a drinkable session style beer though.

Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Foothills. Nice cloudy deep golden color. Absolutely no head to this at all; just a little rim around the top. Smells very citrusy with a little clove and strong wheat/yeast. Very crisp clean taste. Can definitely find the strong yeast taste, but it mellows out as I drink this. Fairly smooth and balanced. Not a bad brew from the guys at Foothills. Refreshing.

Photo of Snyper1984
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 8oz Sample Glass (Part of a 9 Glass Sampler)

Apperance: Medium orange in color with a bit of haziness. Small amount of head, but I suspect it would have been little to none if I chose to incorporate the orange slice.

Aroma: Without the citrus, I received the full aroma of the wheat, which still wasn’t very overpowering, subtle if you will.

Taste: Weak, more of an “Americanized” wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery for the most part. Goes down very easily though.

Drinkability: Overall, it’s a good summer wheat beer that is easy to drink on a hot day. The average beer drinker probably would enjoy this for the most part, even my girlfriend liked it (she doesn’t drink beer.)

Notes: I decided after review of the previous posts to go at this Hefe sans the orange slice.

Photo of Strix
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Cloudy golden with decent head.

Smell is muted, citrus, and yeast, not a whole lot else.

Taste is unfortunately also very muted. Citrus, wheat, the vaguest hint of something else in there, bubblegum and clove?, but it needs to come out more. A slightly metallic finish, perhaps even the same english-type hops flavor I get with many of the other Foothills brews (e.g., Pale Ale and ESB). In those, it's welcome, in this style, not so much.

Mouthfeel crisp.

This wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable either. The flavors in this just need to come out more.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Friday at the brewpub.Not a style I get very often but it was a pretty hot and a hefe sounded better than usual.Came in a standard pint glas a hazedlemony yellow with just a hint of orange,a thinner but well sustained head atop.Mild grainy aroams with a a slight banana and clove note,flavors a re pretty standard for the style light clove spice with some lemon,a sugary-like finish was a little odd.Foothills makes grat brews but this was pretty standard if that in my opinion.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hurran Hefeweizen, served with a slice of orange (ugh) at Foothills, Winston-Salem, NC. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Arrives with no head - thanks, orange slice - and presents a slightly-hazy-though-not-hazy-enough golden/orange-hued body. Only the thinnest ring of lace and only a few streams of large bubbled carbonation present themselves. Little to no lacing, either, probably indicative of poor head retention anyway, with only a few blobs sticking around for any extended period of time.

Aroma: Weak weak weak, with only faint citrus and a pale underlying sweetness making any effort to emerge from this one.

Taste: A little too citrusy, perhaps, with large and dominating orange notes and less strong but still in your face lemon notes. A few spicy overtones and a soft sweet wheat note round this one out. There's no nuttyness or banana yeast notes, unfortunately, making this more of an American wheat beer than a hefeweizen of any kind.

Mouthfeel: A thin to medium bodied brew with enough carbonation that it becomes a little explosive and uneven.

Drinkability: More of an American wheat than a hefeweizen - despite the haze, there's just not much yeast character here, which is really what makes the hefe such a unique beer. Also, the orange slice is a huge strike - I understand they're trying to appeal to a certain style of drinkers with that, but still, come on. Also, tou're a craft brewery - serve your beer properly. I can see this being moderately refreshing to some, but it's not really for me. Just a little too simplistic.

Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kkipple
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville.

Hurricane is a hazy, straw-gold beer, with a lean, still, white head. Tiny dark bubbles rise to the surface, when held to the light they're quite pretty. Your basic Hefe, could've done with more head, but that's how it arrived.

I'm slightly disappointed by the smell of Hurricane, it's just lacks the "oomph" I like in a Hefe. I get a mild orange / lemon citrus note, some yeast and malt, but everything is quite subdued. It really needs a little more sharpness, some spice (clove would be great) and a bolder wheat presence to roll with the big guys.

The flavor equally plays it safe, this is a watery Hefe (think Harpoon UFO instead of Weihenstephaner) with wheat, light malt and some banana and spice. Sadly, everything tastes muted, like I'm drinking a beer when I've got a cold. Foothills needs to crank the flavor profile on this up a notch and it'd be great. As it is, it's easy to drink, but is too tame.

The mouthfeel, as in all Foothills beers, is fine. Clean, crisp, smooth and very drinkable. If that seems like the word on all my Foothills beer reviews, it's 'cause it's true! This is one aspect they have no trouble with.

Overall, Hurricane is a decent, if bland, wheat, and would probably be a good intro to the style for beer neophytes. This could be a great beer, if Foothills decides to sharpen it up.

Hurricane Hefeweizen from Foothills Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.