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Thunderweizen - Lightning Brewery

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 10-22-2006

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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by SanDNigel:
Photo of SanDNigel
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchill's Pub. Cloudy yellow body. Big banana aroma.
Middling mouthfeel. Some creaminess, fizzy carbonation, lactic acid , a tad vinegar. Marginal for the style. Passable with few good characteristics. Sweet more than anything. Not so drinkable.

Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served up in a chilled pint glass, this brew pours a hazy lemon orange in color with a good bit of haze. Not as truly cloudy as many Hefe's and with a less robust head. Retention is also limited and the color and look are more typical of an unfiltered American Pale Wheat.

Offers a light and sweet banana liqueur scent, slightly unnatural, and some muted clove buried in the mix. This taste follows with the funny banana flavor and sweetness with some citrus on the finish. Light in body as the pour suggests giving the beer a thin feel for a Hefe. Rather refreshing nonetheless and with a decent drinkability. Banana flavors, while a bit off at times, never were really a detraction, yet I wasn't seeking another.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Quinnspub1
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of martyjhuebs
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of MikalMick
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Small Bar SD for their Lightning Showcase

Note: I've seen this around town and always wondered what the heck people were doing putting Sunny Delight in a beer...

A - Florescent orange colour, very hazy and opaque. Cream coloured head hangs around for a min or two.

S - Not as bready or wheaty as most hefes, this smells more yeasty.

T - Not a bad hefe, lots of wheaty flavour comes thru the yeast, though there is so much in here it affects the mouthfeel.

M - With the amount of yeast in the glass its no wonder that the mouthfeel suffers. Unlike most hefes - which are great on a hot day - this feels like it would be too thick and hearty for such an application.

O - A very unique take on the style, I would drink it again. Need to try it in the bottle to compare but feel like this should be crisper to really satisfy.

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeerBodisafa
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: When I poured this one, I was spiltting it with a friend in two glasses. The head was huge and fluffy, long time to dissapate, lots of lacing.

S: Strong banana when I poured it, sweet smell also.

T: Banana seemed to over power everything else, faint clove taste. Bottle reads that it was brewed to the Reinheitsgebot purity law and was naturally soured. It does taste fairly close to a German hef, but I did not notice the sourness.

M: Had a little more body than I expected, but still very easy to drink.

O: A good beer, but A good German hef is still better, and cheaper. I would drink it again, but probably will not buy another one.

Photo of beerwithoutpants
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - I think this a strong point for this one. Beautiful golden orange color that gets thick and dense towards the center. Thin but sticky lacing.

Smell - Definitely quite a lot of banana, alcohol and some malty character too but fairly minimal.

Taste - Banana, malts and alcohol would describe it pretty well. This isn't a very complex hefeweizen to me, although it's enjoyable. The sweet banana is prominent.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel. Nothing to complain about. Goes down smooth with a lingering taste of sweet fruit. Carbonation is balanced.

Overall - I enjoyed it. Appearance is a strong point, fairly average for the style. A little sweet for me, but I would get this again.


Photo of jjh19
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of yokken
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of GarretD
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a very hazy golden orange color with a mild white head.

S: The nose is quite spicy with plenty of clove. There's a slight citrus aroma along with some sweet wheat.

T: The flavors mimic the nose for the most part, with perhaps an even more intense spice character. The cloves are domineering and there isn't much else to balance it out (other than a heavy sweetness). Minimal banana esters but not enough to save the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: This beer was overly sweet and just not all that good overall. I was not impressed and don't plan on having this again.

Photo of whipp75
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beagle75
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a tall goblet at Stone Bistro.

A: Opaque golden orange with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely in the weisse beer spirit, with pronounced banana and clove very much on point. Bready wheat and yeast are also present, but more restrained, helping to round out the smell that even sports an occasional whiff of lemon citrus.

T: Begins off-dry, with thin wheat and some clove phenolics fitted in around the edges of bright but appropriate acidity. The middle sees a lessening of the early acidity and weak banana that cannot match the intensity of the smell. The finish is also mild, with authentic yeast and drying bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth on the palate not overly acidic, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This San Diego-brewed hefeweizen is the answer to all too many half-hearted attempts that end up entirely too limp and apologetic. At first sight this beer is breath-taking to see, thick and iridescent--unique. It smells as good as it looks, unquestionably a flag-bearer of the style. It loses some muscle in the flavor, enjoyable but lacking the wow-factor it had at arm's reach. Thunderweizen is a fun take on the style, more pleasurable than most American-brewed examples.

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. Light sediment. There was a large, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very wheaty smell, with some light fruit in it as well.

T: Tasted of wheat, a little malt, lemon, the typical hefeweizen bubblegum flavor, and even a hint of yeast. A decent flavor, if a little unfocused at times.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not the perfect hefeweizen, but certainly likeable enough.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance: Hazy orangey yellow color, reminded me a bit of orange juice. Not much head

Smell: Citrusy, wheaty

Taste: Citrus up front, then wheat flavors, not much in the way of traditional hefeweizen yeast flavors

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Somewhat disappointing. Not too much of a hefeweizen. Might be better classified as a different wheat style, though I still feel it is just an unusual wheat beer

Photo of Taologic
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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