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Oberdorfer Hefeweizen Hell - Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

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Oberdorfer Hefeweizen HellOberdorfer Hefeweizen Hell

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2001)
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Reviews by Jarod:
Photo of Jarod


2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown swing top bottle, no freshness date, 16 oz.
Premium Bavarian wheat malt liquor, light in color.

This beer poured a pale yellow straw color, that was slightly clear and decently carbonated. When first poured it had a white head, but it quickly fell to nothing but a weak ring on the edges, it had no outstanding qualities and no lace was to be seen. The aromas that came from the glass were faint and on the sour side, notes of honey, light malts, grain, earth tones and some yeast tones at the end, but again all real faint except the honey, but even it had a off smell to it. The flavors that I tasted were on the bitter side to start off with, like sour fruit or honey, some wheat grains came through in the middle along with yeasty bread and it finished kind of off and slightly bitter. No real aftertaste except a honey wheat note. Not at all what I expected in a Weiss beer. The good thing I can say is that it was crisp/different tasting and fairly drinkable if in the right mood and that night I was in the mood so I had 2. Let me just say that I probably would not get again in any future, but glad that I had the opportunity to try. I think next time I will try the dark.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 22:01:46 | More by Jarod
More User Reviews:
Photo of wahhmaster


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice!! This beer looks positively spectacular in a weizen glass. The head is thick and foamy and sticks around for a while leaving considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty good. Bananans and cloves come out strong in this one.

Taste: Kind of disappointing for a beer that looked and smelled so good. Tastes kind of flat with almost none of the notes that came out in the smell. Kind of a sour aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with just a little bit of noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely not the best weissbier I've had, but not the worst either. I probably won't buy it again unless it's the only choice, which isn't likely to happen.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 19:31:13 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this to re-use the bottle for homebrewing. Pours bright yellow with big ass poofy white head.

Aroma & taste is wheaty, fuzz sweet, really slight clove, grainy. Mostly wheat dominates.

Has an odd sweet & sour finish that lingers a bit. Overall just okay. Maybe freshness is an issue with by time I am consuming this.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 17:42:40 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of atis


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange yellowish with large, but somewhat fizzy head that soon dissipates to rather thin, but dense and stable layer. Some downsliding lacing.

Aroma is light sour wheaty banana. Taste is better, slightly nutty and fruity (mostly lemon) banana with limited spices and amazingly well balanced sweetness and lemony sourish aftertaste. Very, very refreshing.

Although I did not have high expectations, because of the rather low price, the beer is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 13:35:16 | More by atis
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like levered, swing-top, canning-style (what the heck is the name???) bottles. They make me feel classy. The label, however, not so much. Freshness date indicated. On a related note, can anyone tell me why a beer bottle purchased and consumed in Budapest (poured into a weizen glass) with everything written in either German or Hungarian includes the U.S. government warning?

Anyway, the beer poured with a massive white head, though it dissipated quickly. Some lacing. A film of head sticks around on top of the beer, which is a hazy dark yellow. It isn't entirely opaque, and the haziness looks more sickly than enticing, I must say. Dried, sweetened bananas on nose, but with clove and a slight pepper-y bite.

A dull, almost forcefully-blunted flavor, it certainly does not stand out. Some banana, and I will say that a certain hoppiness makes itself known at the end and the palate (alongside banana). I think there was a certain metallic flavor that I don't appreciate that is, in my eyes, what blunts the other flavors.

Light in body (somewhat unfortunately) as well taste (very unfortunately), well-carbonated, and somewhat refreshing, it is certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 21:19:44 | More by TheMistler
Photo of animal69


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Sailer brewery flip-top, i love their packaging ! I didn't care for this one, though (i don't really like wheats, so i may be prejudiced) poured a cloudy light yellow w/ a nice white head, some lacing; really yeasty/ bready aroma; very wheaty taste w/ a faint hop flavor, almost a "bile" kind of off-flavor, too; very thin w/ much more carb. than their dunkel version ( tho i've noticed drastic differences in carb. levels between these types of swing top bottles,esp. the Oberdorfer ones); not too undrinkable, i've put back a few of these during octoberfest before..

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 21:13:51 | More by animal69
Photo of Suds


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a ½ liter swing-top bottle, this beer is a milky, dark straw color (bordering on a drab tan) with an enormous white head. The head is marvelous, lasting, and notably firm. At once, upon popping the bottle, a citrus smell hits your nose. Lots of lemon, orange, and a bit of grapefruit. There's also a bit of spice, a little white pepper, and a touch of sugar. The taste is similar, although a bit sour. The beer also has a little more bitterness than other's of the style, particularly noticeable from the mid-taste through the finish. It's dry, and a little astringent at times. There's a yeast quality, but not as pronounced as the appearance advertised. Light in body, and quite satisfying and refreshing. It's a nice and interesting wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 14:10:44 | More by Suds
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great fluffy head. Unappealing colour. Not completly clouded - colour quite yellow for a weisse. Doesn't look the part. Decent aroma - passing grade. Mouthfeel a little thin - seemed so at first. Shortly, it would become thinned by alcohol. Flavour and aroma take some searching. Almost there. Some, but very little, wheat character in the flavour department. No sediment either. This is a weisse beer that's not worth recommending but was still well worth drinking - just too weak.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 16:34:59 | More by biegaman
Photo of benmiliron


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid 1.29euro for a 20 oz (?) bottle. Neat flip-top rubber stopper (Grolsch) lid. Very light translucent hay yellow color. Slightly grey? heavy foam, subsides fast with nice lace. Smell is too light for a wheat. Maybe too cold though. Taste is light wheat, honey, a bit much bubblegum flavor. Sharp carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but for the price a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 21:57:12 | More by benmiliron
Photo of swamiswamu


3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz swing top bottle
Pours straw yellow with a quickly dissapating head. There is very little smell. The taste comes on sweet and full and switches to a full lemon taste. The lemony taste is very defined and really seperates this beer from the pack. It is easy to drink and all in all pretty meh.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 05:15:34 | More by swamiswamu
Photo of kmpitz2


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a nice swing-top bottle. It opens with a nice pop. I was initially disappointed with the very pale straw color of this brew, but upon pouring the yeast into the beer, it darkened about a shade and a half and came together a bit better. The head poured large, making me wait to finish the pour, but fell rather quickly to about an eighth of an inch over the top of the beer. The nose is mostly wheat malt, with a hint of lemon/orange citrus. As it warms, the nose turns mostly to the lemon. The flavor is not what I expected. It is not as sweet as I had expected. The flavor is mostly lemony, with a sour finish that stays on my tongue. Interesting. The beer is moderately thick in my mouth with a high carbonation that is nice with the lighter color and body of this brew. The drinkability is pretty good on this one. Since it comes in a 16 oz bottle, one would do me, but a 12 oz would not be enough. It reminds me a bit of the Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse in the sour flavor, but the flavor on this one is not quite as complex and intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 20:35:05 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of inebrius


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky stuff this. Smells like a mango fritter.

The yeast plays a central role in this weissbier, more than most. It seems to be asserting itself by refusing to convert as much sugar as one would expect. Eating the elephantine head before it shrivels is akin to munching pineapple angel-food cake. Then the apples sneak up on you when you think you're contemplating hop bitterness. This beer is a Mexican fruit wagon at the end of the day. Drink it upside-down or under the table.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 01:14:39 | More by inebrius
Photo of SheepNutz


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mustard color with only half a finger of head. Almost no lacing. The smell is sweet and fruity, some citrus actually. The taste also has a bit of sweet citrus, like pineapple, which is weird for a Weisse. Cloying at times. The mouthfeel is fairly decent, as is the drinkability. Just an average take at a Hefe-Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 21:07:06 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big, white, fizzy, noisy head. Pale, pale yellow beer. Slightly hazy. Streams of fast carbonation. Turns hazy and slightly orangey (like melted butter) on last pour. Gunsmoke pop blows sugar, lemon, orange, butter and spice. Very good. Front is fruity, citrusy, light with a little pepper. Middle is fizzy and sours a little. Finish is light, somewhat dry, with buttery grains and alcohol. It's a nice, light, dry beer. Picks up some nice character with the yeast pour.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 22:17:07 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Quaffer


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. flip top bottle. Made a hell of a nice pop when it was opened. Picked this up in Dallas, as it is not available in Wichita.

Appearance: Huge amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle that produced and thickly clouded beer. The word cloudy doesn't even do this beer justice. Pale, yellow-white in color with a rough, white head that disappeared quickly. No lace on the glass.

Smell: Heavy on the wheat and grain, with a nice dose of banana and very light citrus. Kind of a heavy, thick aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly grainy. Very smooth for a wheat beer.

Taste: Like the aroma, the main segment of the flavor is dominated by grains, wheat, and straw. These flavors are thick and a little chewy. The middle is citrusy, but with a slight metallic twang that was distracting. Some sweet banana came through on the finish.

A good Bavarian wheat. The metallic component of the flavor was a little annoying, but not enough to ruin the beer. Not a light, refreshing wheat at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 22:01:17 | More by Quaffer
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing wheat scent that reaks of fruity hefe yeast; very nice. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat flavor with a dry finish. The fruitiness adds a spice that is quite enjoyable. However, it is a bit too light for me. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. The beer drinks well. It is a fine hefe, but it's not the best I've had; a good sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 01:46:30 | More by WesWes
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours extremely light, looks like lemon juice. The banana flavor is pronounced. Has substantial flavor and aroma, but too tart and harsh. Very light in body, and ultimately not as smooth as the best hefe's. Has the cool "Grolsch-type" bottle, but it is not a significant entry in the hefe world (we have access to most of the great wheat beers down here, so I can afford to be quite discerning!).

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 04:52:12 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of byrd


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge fluffy white head that becomes rather rocky with loads of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. A good bubbly lace forms shortly after. Completely clear on the first pour and quite cloudy as yeast pours in. Light amber in color. Light crisp grainy malt aroma with notes of citrus. Can also pick up a slight white wine aroma. Light to medium mouth feel with a considerable amount of carbonation. Grainy malt start that is both crisp and clean. Lemony citrus finish that is more pronounced then other heffes that I’ve had. There is also a touch of white wine/champagne tartness towards the finish that is a bit unexpected, yet the banana or bubblegum sweetness that I’d expect in a heffe is lacking here. Nice refreshing summer brew, but there are quite a few heffes that I’d chose before this one. I do like the Oberdorfer bottles though.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 02:52:26 | More by byrd
Photo of TinusTime


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A bit more straw coloured than most hefes, with a tight bright white big head floating on top.. And speaking of floating, this seems to have far more bits floating around in it than most.. At first i thought i got an old bottle there was so much floating around. The nose is pretty standard with banana , cloves, although this one seems to have a vegetal green pepper hint to it.. The taste is a bit blander than i would have thought given the nose.. While all of the hefe components are there == this one seems subdued. The mouthfeel is good except for the fact that one might wonder why there are so many yeasties.. Drinkable, but not the best hefe ive had this season

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 03:02:38 | More by TinusTime
Photo of putnam


4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy electric yellow. No head to speak of.
There is, however, a fantastic perfume of grass and tree fruit: oranges, mango, lemon, papaya, apple. Powdery, talc-like texture displays a savory herb and cracker flavor profile. Peppery throughout and loaded with racy, crisp fruit and vegetable nuances: green grape, gooseberry, bibb lettuce. The finish is fricative and clean. Very refreshing and packed with quality ingredients. A slight wild edge may discourage some tasters, especially those loyal to other styles of hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 00:10:34 | More by putnam
Photo of BierReise


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was slightly cloudy with alot of floaties and a large white head. Big clove nose and yeasty aroma. Light to medium bodied and not as full tsting as some Hefes. Flavor was a bit sour but this bottle may be old. Damn why don't they put freshness dates on this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 23:30:42 | More by BierReise
Photo of avylover


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy looking straw pale yellow beer with a white head. Smell is mainly of cloves, with not a whole lot of anything else jumping out at me. Once it warmed up a very nice cereal-like grainy aroma showed up. Taste is also very clovey. No other fruity esters in this hefe, just cloves. There are some nice delicate grainy flavors here reminiscent of cheerios, but nothing overpowering. Nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, and a clean finish. Very drinkable, like most hefes. Could drink this all night. Nothing special, but there is something about this beer that makes me want to try it over & over again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 00:52:05 | More by avylover
Photo of ZAP


2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not one of my favorite Hefe's..Pours a bright yellow with a nice white head...This has a lot of floaties suspending and then collecting on the bottom...Nose is yeasty and sourish....flavor is yeasty....big lemon/citrus flavor.....no banana or cloves...mouthfeel is a little tart...Not a horrible beer but not one of my favorite Hefe's..

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 04:12:34 | More by ZAP
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: a hazy, rusty yellow color, replete with floating specks, boasting a big, blooming head tht fizzles down to size rather quickly.
Aroma: lively, spicy, citric, and sour.
Nice tanginess in the texture, initially, but it's dullsville from there on down.
All the proper earmarks of a weizen are in attendance, but there's nothing really going on, flavor is slight, body is small. I've heard good things about this beer, but they didn't come out of this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 23:50:10 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lighter shade of yellow with nice blooming head,the aroma is slightly wheaty and slightly spicey.The taste had a bubblegum flavor to it wich was a little different but not bad,I also got some clovey spice to it.Not bad pretty drinkable the bubblegum aspect was different,I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 11:39:34 | More by oberon
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Oberdorfer Hefeweizen Hell from Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer
80 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.