High Five Hefe - Iron Horse Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
04-08-2014 19:04:03 | More by mactrail
3.88/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
06-30-2011 23:51:31 | More by Sky2625
3.74/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
08-01-2014 19:35:10 | More by LiquidAmber
3.7/5 rDev +13.1%
Appearance has a hazy light golden color with a nice crisp fluffy head. Smell of ginger and light fruit. Taste has a lightly tangy sweet ginger flavor thats not overpowering with the wheat. Mouthfeel has good body and carbonation. Not what I expected from this Americanized hefe, it is quite nice and refreshing with a twist of ginger.
08-04-2009 01:15:47 | More by Bookseeb
3.43/5 rDev +4.9%
On tap at Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille. Served in a pint glass.
Appears a bright yellow/gold color and is slightly hazy. Chill haze perhaps. A small wispy white head is somewhat sticky and leaves a little lace on the glass/
Smell is a faint fruity aroma.
Taste is a dry sweet bread flavor, with a little citrus taste and a dull hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is light crisp and clean.
A drinkable brew, but IMO more of a wheat ale than an authentic hefe.
09-21-2008 21:16:48 | More by RJLarse
3.38/5 rDev +3.4%
On tap at the brewery
A pours a cloudy orange with lots of lacing but not much head.
S cloves and a spicy Ginger note. Also a bubble gum note appears
T very strong Ginger bite accompanied by some light Citrusy fruit and more bubble gum.
M the mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Easy to drink.
Overall this is a decent wheat beer, nothing special but its a great beer for a summer in ellensburg.
08-07-2011 00:21:37 | More by beerandcycling88
3.25/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
06-27-2009 03:15:09 | More by froghop
3.15/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-19-2010 06:22:49 | More by ElGordo
High Five Hefe from Iron Horse Brewery
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