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Hefe Weizen - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Hefe Weizen
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89
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%


Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 06-15-2003)
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like a hefeweizen ought to - pale, cloudy orange body topped with a nice dose of white foam that leaves a distinct set of lace after each sip.

A bit one dimensional on the nose... it's all about dat malted wheat. There's a bit of honey and sweet yeast in the mix as well.

Creamy wheat flavors blend with clove, semi-sweet honey, a little citrus maybe?

It's an easy drinking beer, no doubt. I'ma make this growler my bitch.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2013 04:03:32 | More by yamar68
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

gowler into big-ass mug, review from notes

I'm not going to go into much detail, because it's not needed. The smell and taste were classic hefe: banana, clove, fruity esters, peppery spice. Very bright and colorful(?).

This was an excellent hefe, one I wouldn't mind getting again. The town hall brewery strikes again.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2012 02:43:31 | More by jimmah120
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange-yellow, absolutely opaque. Some pieces of yeast and wheat are a little large, but generally not. The head is bright white, and while if I really tried from the growler (I also got it on tap with similar results) I could whip up a good one, in general it was fairly small, only 2-3 fingers.

S: BANANAS! This beer definitely captures the banana esters of the hefe yeast fantastically. There's a little cloviness, some tropical fruits maybe and just a hint of malt, not hops though.

T: Again, it's like a banana milkshake. More of the tropical, almost citrusy fruit flavors (it went great with both BBQ Chicken Pizza and Snap Pea Chicken) that I'm not sure are from the hops or the yeast. Either way, it's great.

M: Texture was a little dense, to be honest. But for a hefe released this early, that's ok.

D: Quite. It's calling me back soon, I can tell you that much. It goes down easy and is a welcome change of pace from overly sweet or roasted stouts or any sort of pale or india ale.

Serving type: growler

04-06-2010 13:39:21 | More by mdwalsh
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DontCallMeSurly

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's weird, I never used to like hefes but a few days ago while visiting Town Hall a friend offered me a sip from his pint glass. My tastes must have changed drastically because I ended up walking out with a growler of it.

It pours out a nice light amber yellow with little foam on top. True to its style it is very hazy. Up front you get tons of bananas with a slight bit of spice in the background. Somewhere in between there are some delicious sweet malts along with some clove. The taste is pretty much the same, but with a bigger banana flavor. It's very smooth and extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2008 19:05:21 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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badbeer

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a weizen glass.

Poured a pretty nice hazy golden color with a soft, pillowy, white head. It left a nice lacing in the glass, with plenty visible carbonation bubbles rising to the glass, this one looked pretty tasty. Smell was of banana and clove, but I didn't find it to be amazing. Taste does have some banana and lemon zest, but cloves mostly dominate this one. Pretty good, just could have been better. Medium bodied, high carbonation, fit in well with this one. Drinkability was ok, but for a weizen I think it could be better. Pretty good, I just expected more.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2006 08:27:39 | More by badbeer
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dfried

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice cloudy, orange-yellow appearance. Not much of a head. The smell and taste of this beer go pretty much hand in hand, refreshing wheaty malt dominates, not as much fruity esters as some hefe's I've tried, and a definite spicy/clove presence. you can definitely taste some banana in the aftertaste too. Good mouthfeel and drinkabiliy, nothing really of note. This is a fine representation of the style, I have had better hefe's but I would not hesitate to order a pitcher of this on Town Hall's patio.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2006 17:57:09 | More by dfried
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hanco005

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a growler

A—thick, cloudy orange with a touch of yellow, 1 inch head that fizzles away almost immediately, light lacing for a short time, but that fades away, too

S—strong wheat, citrus and floral, banana sticks out, something else is there, too, but I can’t make it out…smells slightly nutty, but not really nutty.

T—sweet wheat and banana is dominate, mixed in with some vanilla that balances this one out nicely

M—medium bodied, a little slimy, the carbonation fades quickly as I drink it

D—very good. I wish I had more than one pint, but my wife has finished the growler by the time I finish my first one….guess that’s what I get for doing a review…

Serving type: growler

03-25-2006 21:14:12 | More by hanco005
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jamesdergen

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangey-gold into my Duvel glass with a nice foamy white head that dissipated after a few sips.

Smell: Big sweet wheat aromas with a sour background.

Taste: Huge malty-sweet wheat flavors up front with hints of banana bread in the background. Cloves and spicy hop notes round out the flavor. Excellent hefe.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium-to-high carbonation, but very well done. Not too thick or syrupy.

Drinkability: Delightfully refreshing, even during the Minnesota winter. Goes down easy with or without food.

I went to Town Hall to get a growler of their IPA, but found that they were out of it. I had tried the Hefe the previous night so I "settled" for a growler of that. It is a very solid, flavorful, refreshing Hefe.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2006 22:02:38 | More by jamesdergen
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy pale golden with a very thick white head. Retention is decent.
S- The aroma is definitely more peppery than banana or anything else. The spice notes are big, but one-dimensional.
T- There is only the slightest of fruit notes before being overtaken by a big spice kick that carries through to the finish.
M- Medium body, dry finish.
O- A decent hefeweizen but I was left a little underwhelmed by it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 04:02:54 | More by jsprain1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a little amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and three fingers of white head with decent retention. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat grains and bready pale malts with big esters. Good hints of bananas along with some bubblegum and clove. Funky yeast and some hints of citrus lemon. Light earthy hops in the background. Smells like what you would expect from a Hefeweizen.

Taste: A fairly sweet and lightly spicy taste. Wheat, yeast, and some bready pale malts. Big notes of bananas along with some cloves, hay, and bubblegum. Also some citrus with hints of lemon zest and orange. Light hints of earthy hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, zesty, and finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Hefeweizen. Nice fruity banana esters. Has some nice body to it while still being an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 08:05:17 | More by MattyG85
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birchstick

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy hazy straw yellow color without much of a head. Nose is lots of banana with some tropical fruits and a modicum of clove. Taste is soft citrus upfront that moves to an explosion of some banana flavors. Some clove and bubblegum round it off. Spot on for the style. Nice spritzy mouthfeel helps it go down. Pretty solid hefe from this side of the pond.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 02:23:42 | More by birchstick
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrives a dark orange color with a one inch dense white head that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of lemons, bright citrus, and clove with hints of banana. The taste is rather neutral for a hefe. There is some lemon and oranges, but little clove and no banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture. Overall, this is a decent hefe that I wouldn't complain about drinking again. However, it doesn't have the yeasty notes that I crave in a hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 21:37:56 | More by KarlHungus
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ccrida

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the Town Hall, their hefeweizen is cloudy dark gold, slightly brown core, with an off-white tight head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is classic hefe, very estery, lots of clove, some over-ripe banana, a touch sour.

Taste is similar, really clean grain bill, semi-sweet, perhaps a bit more banana then showed on the nose, very classic, delicious. I wouldn't change a single thing.

Mouthfeel is slick, light bodied.

Drinkability is high, this is a very tasty hefe, one of the best I've had in a while. There's a slate like mineraility here, perhaps just the spicy esters, but it really adds to the quenchability and overall taste. LOVE it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 20:24:24 | More by ccrida
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Glass: Poured from tap into Pint.

Appearance: Very cloudy orange with thick white head and loads of lacing rings left behind.

Smell: Major banana, some wheat and very light clove.

Taste: Banana and wheat dominates. Fairly sweet overall. There is some light clove and noble hops, but not enough for my personal preference.

Feel: Fairly full body with moderately high carbonation. Finish is not dry enough; a little cloying.

Drinkability: Despite my preference for a drier Hefeweizen, this is still a tasty, strong example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 21:49:36 | More by bsp77
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer (second was Potatoe Stout) while watching the Twins vs. Angles game and chatting with a pint club member.

Served in a pint glass (should have gotten the weizen glass...$10 for the full glass and you get to keep it!). Hazy orange, beautiful! Off white cap sits on top with good retention and leaves some decent lacing.

The nose starts out strong with bananas and cloves, bavarian yeast and citrus. Good stuff!

Holy moly, I was expecting a smooth, yeasty bavarian weizen, but the most noticeable thing about this is the blast of citrus! Really wasn't expecting that at that intensity level. Typical clove, banana and bavarian yeast are also there. The citrus is tart and almost sour, and the more I thought about it, I started to see why the Gose and Berliner Weissbier styles became popular at one point in time!

Mouthfeel is a good contrast between smooth and yeasty, and sharp, acidic and citrusy. Good carbonation level. Drinkability is solid, a great session beer.

I beleive the menu said this years version of the Hefe was 5.7%, but I could be thinking of a different beer.

Overall, yet another solid beer from Town Hall. My reviews of Town Hall are begining to become redundant, but it's just not fair when it comes to their brews. They don't make bad beer, it's that simple.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 00:39:49 | More by Mistofminn
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happilysurly

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange. Wow, the banana aroma is huge. I also get orange, cotton candy and cloves. Really interesting smell. The banana comes out even more in the taste than on the nose. It is thick and sweet with mild carbonation. The sweetness lingers in the mouth and the banana flavor is carried through to the end. Very nice I think.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 00:58:31 | More by happilysurly
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Ragingbull

California

3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy white and gold color. Banana and cloves on the nose. The initial attack is consistent with the nose. The clove flavor is heavy but it cleans up surprisingly well before the finish. The appearance is really more similar to a white ale in my opinion. The malt is much more pronounced in the flavor than I accustomed to in a hefeweizen. I can't say whether I favor this or not, but I do know that it ranks in the middle as one of the many in the hefeweizens I have had. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 14:39:17 | More by Ragingbull
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap about two weeks ago (took notes).

Served in the new Town Hall Pint Glass.

Pours a 1 and 1/2 slight yellowish off white head. Head fades down after a few minutes, but still leaves good lace. Color is a fade form hazy light orange juice color on the bottom to a light hazy golden orange on the top. A good looking beer.

Aroma: Orange, banana, and clove. Some nice zesty spices. A lot of bready malts. The obvious wheat. Very zesty smelling.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Very malty. Bananas, cloves, and orange peel. Very bready. A good representation of a Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and zesty. Smooths out a lot at the end. Medium bodied and a medium level of carbonation. A good mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall, I am really liking this beer. It is a solid hefeweizen. Easy to drink and damn refreshing on this hot day. This beer sure went fast. If you stop by TH and it is hot out, don't pass this one up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 20:22:52 | More by mothman
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came with a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated slowly. The beer is hazy orange in color.

Smells of wheat, malt, bananas and cloves.

Tastes like the smell... wheat, bananas, cloves and malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth, fine carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Clean, smooth finish.

Drinks very easy. A very refreshing beer on this warm summer day!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2009 04:20:01 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/yellow body, almost like orange juice. The half-inch of pillowy, white head fades quickly into a thin layer. Great lacing left behind, really inviting.

The main smells here are cloves, banana, wheat, and corriander with some more spiciness on top of that. Little bits of lemons added in there too...

Taste isn't much different, the bananas and cloves take ahold of your palatte, not allowing the other flavors to really come out. A decent spiciness to the taste though, wheaty and sweet.

I thought this beer was medium bodied with high carbonation. It tastes great and is very refreshing. One of my favorite beers to grab from T-Hall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2007 02:31:07 | More by dogger6253
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icemonkey908

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy opaque appearance. Smell is very sweet with hints of banana and vanilla. When tasted the banana becomes much more pronounced. Tasty beer. Classic hefe style and similar to other's I have had of this style. Easy to drink, fun to drink, a good all around hefe weizen.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2007 02:28:23 | More by icemonkey908
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid, opaque, slightly mustard, yellow, with not much head and sheets of bubbling lacing. The aroma is pretty solid, quite nice, spicy and yeasty and oh so wheaty, but I'd also describe it as smooth, as in not one to attack the olfactories with zing. The taste classic, beautiful, hefe-nly goodness, very fresh, very clean, very drinkable. There isn't as much banana or clove as I might have figured, some lemon citrus which may be from brewing or more likely from the wedge that I threw out as quickly as I could. In all, I thought this was a good one, and I'll probably have it a few more times here soon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2007 14:30:46 | More by objectivemonkey
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-Review-

My tastes in hefes must have changed because my thoughts remain the same on the flavor profile of this beer but my scores are higher....this is exactly the type of hefe I like now...big on the bananna and vanilla characteristics...sweet but enough of a late lemony kick to make it about right....the problem with a lot of the foreign hefe's is freshness...my thought is why take a chance? this is as good or better than most of those anyhow...excellent beer...



7-4-03
Bright yellow color...not much lace....sweet banana's on the nose....mashed overripe banana's on the taste...sweet and malty....full bodied with medium carbonation....almost a bit oversweet....lacks some complexity and that drops the drinkability a little as it could use a stronger clove, or lemon note to make it more quaffable...

This is solid, but lacks some of the dimensions I'd like to see to rate it higher...still a good beer I'd have no trouble drinking all summer...

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2007 04:44:52 | More by ZAP
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a foggy peach and gold that seemed a little dark for the style.

Smells of sweet corn syrup and confectioners sugar with some peaches and doughy yeast. I’m also getting a little mandarin orange and lemon. Too sweet!

Tastes of sweet cantaloupe that picks up a little lemon and turns to a musky, sour yeast. Finishes a little bitter.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation.

Not too hot for the style, but not entirely terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2006 19:27:25 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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beckje01

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a pint glass at Town Hall

A- Yellow Gold very opaque and still, really a good looking Hefe Weizen

S- Semi Sweet Malty good level of the smells not overpowering

T- Sweet a nice taste, with some very wheaty attributes

M- Just as expected from it just average nothing jumping out at me.

D- Nice and refreshing I would only have one in a night but I would order it agin.

Notes: Overall it is a very sold Hefe Weizen offering and worth a try to anyone who likes the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2006 00:47:36 | More by beckje01
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Hefe Weizen from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.