High Five Hefe - Iron Horse Brewery

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RJLarse on 09-21-2008

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 59
Reviews by sam_bliss:
Photo of sam_bliss
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little white head caps the cloudy, light-orange liquid. Sparkling cider and honey smells waft over sweetbread maltiness and golden wheat, touched by a little ginger. The ginger flavor is much more apparent in the taste, along with tart apple. This brew has the light-bodied, clean flavor of the lower-alcohol content American blonde ales, such as Pyramid curveball. No, it is not a hefeweizen by any measure––do not be fooled by the name. When taken as a light pale ale brewed with wheat, however, it is an enjoyable beer. Ignoring my pet peeve of US wheat beers that call themselves "hefe" without conforming to any aspects of the style, I think this drinks alright. (673 characters)

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours clear orange-amber color with a one finger of billowy, just off white foam. The head of the brew is rather fast fading, giving way to almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite sweet overall with a good level of honey and some citrus smells of caramel and a bit of apple and banana. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of a yeasty smell as well as a bit of a spicy aroma of coriander and clove as well as a little bit of grass and hay, with these rounding out the aroma to produce a rather nice smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have let on, with lots of sweeter flavors of a fruity nature of orange, banana, and apple with some lighter yeasty tastes and a lighter bit of clove and coriander spice. As the taste moves on the spice grows stronger while the fruity flavors of apple and orange fade. The banana however remains relatively strong and is joined by more and more yeasty and spicy flavors as the taste advances. While the sweeter fruit flavors fade, some sweeter honey flavors all the while take their place, with these and a bit of a grassy taste, leaving one with a still fairly sweetened and nice yeasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. These are perfect for the style, as they really make for a nice base for the mix of sweet, yeast, grass, and spice.

Overall – I actually rather liked this brew. I think this is highly underrated when considering style, flavor profile and drinkability. I think this was a rather well done Hefe. (1,709 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz glass into a Stella stem glass. Body is a bright golden-orange with nice, zesty carbonation and almost no haze. A small flourish of bright white head appears briefly before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of sweet ginger and orange peel, along with some bubble gum from the yeast.
Palate is a mix of fruity hops and spicy ginger up front. A mildly sweet malt profile holds notes of orange peel and bubble gum. The ginger lingers on the finish, but doesn't impart a huge amount of heat or spice. Body is lively and just a little creamy, which isn't a big plus for a wheat ale. Still, this goes down easily enough, and the fruit and ginger provide more flavor than distraction. (696 characters)

Photo of DOCRW
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +21%

From a 12 ounce can with no date apparent. Pours cloudy gold with a huge foamy white head that leaves in about five minutes. Spots of lace. Not much aroma. Taste is orange, wheat, and some light heat from the ginger. Medium body with ample carbonation. Could not find any hops to speak of and was not expecting much in this type of beer. An interesting spin on a wheat beer. Not a big fan of flavored beer in general but I did enjoy this one. Good summer refresher. (467 characters)

Photo of Beardo
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap. Aroma of orange citrus, ginger, wheat, hint of clove. Flavor is sweet bready wheat, orange juice, ginger, honey, faintly floral. Medium bodied. A idiosyncratic take on a hefeweizen, much sweeter and with odd flavors like the ginger, but still clearly a wheat ale, and labelled as brewed with honey and ginger, so no surprises there. Not traditional nor following the hefeweisen profile, but an interesting American wheat ale, a bit on the sweet side. I'd get this again. I can see that it might be divisive; don't get this if you don't like moderate sweetness in a beer. (698 characters)

Photo of rrock44
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly of orange blossom honey. Faint ginger scent.

Starts out tasting of soda crackers. Mild bitterness and the cracker taste gets stronger. Orange is vague at best.

Mouthfeel is OK.

At best just an average wheat beer. (292 characters)

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sky2625
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a straight-side pilsner glass.

A - Poured a golden light orange color, with inconsistent swirls of cloudiness within. Head was less than a finger of small bubbles that lasted awhile. A little bit of fluid lacing.

S - A moderate sweet floral and honey scent accentuated by a note of oranges, with a subdued whiff of wheat. Not a powerful scent, surprisingly subdued actually.

T - The sweet floral honey flavor is dominant, complimented by a tiny bit of citrus. The ginger is hard to notice (that might just be me), and there's a subtle wheaty finish.

M - Lighter-side-of-medium body, soft carbonation, a bit of stickiness.

D - A very nice mild, sweet beer if you're into that kind of thing. Good summer evening patio beer. Personally, I tend to like something with a sharper flavor punch, so it's not my favorite, but its still decent...and better than the C average it's earning. Not a hefeweizen, though, important to note.

I think this beer gets a bad rap. Sure the label says "High Five Hefe", but "hefe" simply means "yeast". Perhaps one shouldn't judge this against hefeweizens. (1,122 characters)

Photo of Harimad_Sol
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of chrisfallon83
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%

Thanks to Donkster46 from Washington State! I get to try one of your home state brews!

Serving style : 12 oz can poured for appearance

Appearance (3.75) : I really like the depth and opacity of this beer. It's got an apricot-mango colored body with depth not unlike a good Wit. The head is nice and more like a crown with a 1 finger topper that's receding at a slow pace. Little licks of lacing left on the sides. It's the body that gets me here.

Smell (4.25) : Beautiful ginger honey aroma that permeates your olfactory. This smells damn good. Almost lemon limey, but more like ginger ale. Some hints of spearmint in there. Aside from that it's clean wheat and light apricot. Wow.

Taste (3.75) : A little funky but I kinda like it. The honey is muted and the ginger is numb. Carbonation/seltzer is quite loud and up front, with wheat dancing around it. That's the best description I can give. I can't muster anything else. The finish is sort of like Ricola Honey throat lozenges. Not exactly what I pine for in a beer, but interesting nonetheless. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Super carbonated and washy, drinks easy though so that gains points. I could pound this like any regular Bud Light or something similar.

Overall (3.85) : I like this beer because you can taste the art and craft that went into it. It has soul. So many beers just taste like, well...beers. This one tastes like an art project and because I'm attracted to that sort of thing, I'd have no problem drinking these regularly if they were available in my area. It may not be the most amazing tasting beer, but I have to say - it's got its own thing going on and that's pretty impressive. (1,667 characters)

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of froghop
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head, and some lacing.

smell is of ginger, wheat, and some spice.

taste is a little tangy on the tongue, light ginger, better than most beers with ginger in it, wheat, and some sweetness to it, ends a little tart, and somewhat dry. (278 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described as "unfiltered Hefeweizen brewed with ginger and honey." 6% ABV.
This is slightly spiced and totally drinkable variation on the flavored wheat theme. It pours a little hazy in the Blanche de Chambly glass with a slight mustache of foam. The abundant carbonation in the mouth, however, goes nicely with the tangy mouthfeel.

Plenty of wheat flavors with some malty sweetness. The ginger is not overdone, but it does add a hot taste as well as the spicy aromatics. It's just not so strong as a flavor. The honey seems to play along well with this combination. Plenty of mellow sweet tastes, but the zingy sharpness offers some balance, even without any actual hop flavor. There is a little bitter aftertaste, though I couldn't say if it's the hops or something from the giners.

Quite an outstanding spiced Hefe, but you do need to be in the mood for it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. (953 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.32/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured at Brews on Washington in Spokane, WA.

A: yellow on tannish. Less than single Finger of white head quickly falls to a sheet of the same. Turbid - not as cloudy as I would expect this beer to be. Spotty lacing.

S: bananas, cloves and plastic. Fairly low in intensity all around. The yeast is not as well highlighted as it should be, neither is the wheat.

T: banana, lemons, distant clove. It's like the water was poorly assessed for the style. It has a sharp, chemical flavor. Not good.

M: thin for the style. Carbonation is the right intensity, unfortunately the viscosity does nothing to compliment.

O: man, this is not a good beer. I'm sad as this is a local for me, and I like to see them do well, but this beer is no good. (743 characters)

Photo of irishgreensoda
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of LilTobyRuby
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. There is a light citrus nose. Ginger and citrus are apparent in taste, but faint. Overall a solid beer that would be very refreshing in the summer. (209 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a nice light amber, with a hint of orange to it. Small off white head disappears almost immediately. Minimal retention/lacing.

Smells of straw, as I feel hefes do, but there's certainly some ginger and some oily orange as well.

Surprisingly decent body, the medium thickness pairs with the post-honey flavour well. The ginger isn't as noticeable here as it was on the nose, and the orange is less the sweet oily promise of the nose and more like... dried orange peel, fairly muted.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not one that particularly stands out from the crowd. Refreshing on a hot afternoon. I'd drink it if it was offered, but won't be seeking it out... (672 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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High Five Hefe from Iron Horse Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.