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Thunderweizen - Lightning Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-22-2006)
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Reviews by SanDNigel:
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SanDNigel

California

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy golden straw with bright white head
S- Deep sweet wheaty goodness with some banana-citrus. Smells like a good Hefe
T- It is sweet and bready, but the fruity still comes through. Not as clean as some of the traditional German Hefe's but still delicious. I have had this beer both from bottle and tap and cold/fresh from the keg has consistently been much better.
M- Crisp, with good sized bubbles that don't whisk away the flavor too fast
O- Its a good beer. With style in mind I think Lightning did a great job and I will definitely buy this beer again when the situation presents itself.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 06:57:01 | More by SanDNigel
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3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Golden orange with a decent head.

Smell: I got subtle citrus in the smell.

Taste: My first taste was quite sharp. I didn’t really get as much lemon or orange as I would have thought from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Too much bite. A smoother hef where the flavors find balance is more to my liking. Perhaps not an ideal bottle of Thunderweizen?

Drinkability: Okay, I guess. Not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 19:00:21 | More by jjh19
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4/5  rDev +7%

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California

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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Really great appearance for a hefe. Cloudy and unfiltered, simple orange and light peach body color, solid, with some faint hues, some rising carbonation if you look carefully, but a real fantastic good white creamy head. Great retention and staying power.

Nose is interesitng. Lactic sourness and mild lemon, not much wheat chew dense malt though. It smells more like a Berliner Weisse hefe mix, but a faint hint of bubblegum like sense. Smells airy and subtle.

Wow what a great palate. Great balance of dense malt, and airy grain, but missing a bit of chew. Lemon dense finish, mixing with a Berliner like faint sour but so slight. Mild hop on the finish mixes with the lemon so perfectly, which I've never felt on a hefe before, mixing with a faint banana. A great mouthfeel with cream density.

Overall this is a real interesting take on a hefe, and it's really dam good and impressive. It's stupidly drinkable. A giant banana bomb, or classic hefe this is not, it's something truly unique I really dig it.

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California

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A: Pours a light burnt orange with a medium white head, which leaves excellent lace in the mid-day sunshine.

S: Banana and bubblegum esters, with some nice yeasty flair.

T: Heavy on the banana, but does have some clove and whole wheat bread to add to the overall flavour. Some mild lemon notes as well.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, light-bodied, not super crisp, but refreshing.

O: It's nice to see and American Hefe that's actually a hefe. Very much to style and very tasty. I've liked a lot the few hefes I've seen coming out of San Diego County; I think it's because in this style, freshness is extremely important. A beer like this is much fresher, especially on-tap, than what I can get from Germany.

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Thunderweizen from Lightning Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.