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Hurricane Hefeweizen - Foothills Brewing Company

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81
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2005)
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2/5  rDev -44%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44%

StoutPreacher, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -30%

TheBigBoy, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of keithwalk
2.5/5  rDev -30%

keithwalk, May 12, 2012
Photo of bboven
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%

BRight gold but only slightly hazy body. You could really see right through the glass. There was also absolutely no head or lacing, which is a must for this style. Not quite what you're looking for in a hefe.

Big yeast action happening here, too much for my taste. The fruity undertones were more overtones and there was a pretty noticeable sulfur smell there as well.

All the flavors were there pretty well, except it was much too bitter for a hefe. It finished bitter instead of slightly fruity and that's just not what you want for this beer.

Mouthfeel was on-target.

There are a lot of things that are out-of-whack with this beer. It was palatable, but really a mutated version of the style.

bboven, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of locckdown
2.75/5  rDev -23%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of MuddyFeet
3/5  rDev -16%

My first disappointing experience from this brewery. Came fairly clear and not much of any hefe haze going on in the glass. Slight white head that dissipitated quickly. Nose was slightly wheaty but far from aromatic. Overall, rather lifeless.

Flavor was definitely a hefe but as if it had been heavily filtered or put in cold storage for far too long. Just all the heavy hefe tones were muted. Not much in the way of cloves or citrus either. Thin mouthfeel too. I will have to give this beer another shot to see if I just got a bad keg.

MuddyFeet, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of DuffDaddy
3/5  rDev -16%

DuffDaddy, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

On tap at World of Beers at North Hills

A - bright yellow; no head

S - faint lemon; cleanser

T - faint lemon, faint spice

M - crisp, very light

This is similar to a light beer that glows and has some faint citrus and lemon to it. It's rather forgettable. There are far better Hefeweizen's out there.

tdm168, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

Growler poured into a weizen glass. Hazy light gold body with a modest eggshell head and modest scattered lacing. Nose has plenty of clove and yeast, but seems to lack a bit of grain and wheat punch. Flavor's a bit more lively, and there's a somewhat juicy, refreshing finish. Lemon and wheat are more assertive than clove and banana. An easy drinker, but somewhat lacking in oomph.

PDXHops, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of kkipple
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

kkipple, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Falcone, May 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Lob, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

oberon, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

CrellMoset, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Snyper1984
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Snyper1984, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Strix
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Strix, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

Onenote81, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of krausenman
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

krausenman, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Metalmonk, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

mikesgroove, Sep 16, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

nyrblue2, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

blackie, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Lantern, Apr 19, 2012
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Hurricane Hefeweizen from Foothills Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.