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Thunderweizen - Lightning Brewery

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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 d0ggnate:
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d0ggnate

California

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I find this beer to be very mellow and extremely overdrinkable. A nice flavor and quite crisp.

A: light golden to yellow with a tight laced head that disappears almost as quickly as the beer in my glass.
S: strong banana, noticable citrus and overall sweet nose.
T: sweet wheat! very smooth banana and lemon flavors. a slight bitterness at the finish.
M: a bitter aftertaste is around just enough for my battered palate to notice. leaves my mouth salavating for more... beer that is.
D: i could put these away all night. it isn't my favorite beer, but the drinkability I describe is based on how easily this beer is to finish.

i could imaging myself enjoying a few thunderweizens on a smokin hot day or possible even night. a decent offering, but very smooth and true to the style it is offered in.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2008 05:23:33 | More by d0ggnate
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Timmmmaaayyy


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-29-2014 04:07:06 | More by Timmmmaaayyy
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retry4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

06-24-2014 08:40:49 | More by retry4z
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jjh19

California

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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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SoCaliC8

California

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-17-2014 11:53:01 | More by SoCaliC8
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eulerthegrape

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2013 21:33:35 | More by eulerthegrape
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sd123

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-16-2013 21:32:24 | More by sd123
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-13-2013 02:42:05 | More by PhillyStyle
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SanDNigel

California

3.76/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 06:57:01 | More by SanDNigel
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midnitesun11

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-02-2013 04:33:08 | More by midnitesun11
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-28-2013 17:06:03 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Jeysun23

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-18-2013 00:21:15 | More by Jeysun23
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-23-2013 03:50:58 | More by Eriktheipaman
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-28-2013 22:28:49 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Devinph

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-07-2013 02:43:03 | More by Devinph
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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +21%

10-21-2012 12:36:49 | More by t0rin0
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

10-15-2012 19:57:27 | More by onetwo_sipofmybrew
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-21-2012 18:11:44 | More by OriolesFan1008
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 00:34:39 | More by smakawhat
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martyjhuebs

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-13-2012 17:45:42 | More by martyjhuebs
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 21:57:29 | More by Halcyondays
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-10-2012 05:59:15 | More by Irrationalist
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

07-25-2012 23:45:05 | More by TheSilentQ
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pkalix

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-05-2012 02:27:32 | More by pkalix
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spice, yeast, and some slight banana aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel is lacking in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 03:16:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thunderweizen from Lightning Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.