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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
87
very good

295 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 527
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 32
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-2001

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold from 500ml bottle into Schneider Weisse glass.

L) Pale orange-yellow colour, very hazy, very fizzy. Dense shaving foam head. Looks as good as any other weisse. Not much brown yeast in there though.

S) Light sweetish clove. Background honey and orange juice. Pretty standard weisse smell, i.e., apertising.

T) Nicely acidic orangey-banana milkshake. Light bready yeast lower down the list.

F) Good acidic fizz, slightly dense drink, no skanky aftertaste in fact the acidity gives it a nice clean finish. Very nice.

O) If you want to be fair to a beer when reviewing, do it at the right time of year. Drinking this in August showcases what the purpose of the beer is; pure refreshment. This one is well above average and in the top tier of Bavarian weizens. (784 characters)

Photo of J_Chavez15
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Its like Blue Moon but for some reason the Tucher beats it by leaps and bounds.
I like the spicyness. Banana and citrus are there. Smooth and refreshing.
Clove and some spices. Really good Hefe its up there with Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier, Paulaner Hefe, Weihenstephan Hefe, Sierra Nevada Hefe. etc. Cheers!! (336 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This malt-forward hefeweizen pours to a very thick creamy white head on a cloudy, straw-colored body with moderate amounts of yeast sediment. The typical hefeweizen banana/clove spice is present on both the nose and the palate, as are bitter grapefruit and other citrus notes, but all are rather subdued, with the beer's malt character being more prominent. Alcohol flavors are also noted. The medium body and moderately creamy texture are enlivened by the strong carbonation, and the finish is characteristically clean if a bit malty. (535 characters)

Photo of beersoles
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I started drinking this beer in 1979 after working in Germany for a few weeks. After returning to the U.S. I found it at a local German restaurant. This beer is what got me on the craft beer movement 36 years ago when there really wasn't much around. I still love drinking this stuff. I feel it's the Hefe Weizen that all Hefe Weizens should strive to compare themselves to. (374 characters)

Photo of Clockwork420
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy yellow, fluffy frothy peaky white head. Smell is that of spice. Maybe white pepper. Coriander. Bubblegum. Taste is light but spicy. Has a nice earthy balance. Taste got better as it warmed up. Feel was thin, lightly carbonated. Very nice. Overall, as this beer warmed up a bit it was clear that this is highly sessionable. Flavor profile changes once it his optimal "euro" temp. Solid brew. A go to all year for me, and a steal at $1.99 a bottle. (456 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold to light copper in color. There's a fingernail of off white rests on top. Light lacing in the glass. Nice aroma of banana esters. The flavor is pale wheat and gentle banana esters. The mouth is light and smooth. (226 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

An interesting unfiltered appearance, with a golden lemon to chestnut brown moving towards the top. Paints like a nice brush stroke with the hues cascading and getting darker as you move on up. Light and fine carbonation and plentiful, capped with a creamy bright white three finger head. Slowly settles as the head deflates like a slow balloon with no lacing. Good looking hefe.

Excellent aroma going on. Hints of sweet lemon drop candy, mild fruit citrus zest and a good sense of chewy malt. Hints a little bit of vanilla and cream with just a bare hint of banana. Excellent bouquet on this really nice.

A real surprising flavorful brew, but with a light texture unlike most hefes. Mid palate washes with a light cream and a spicy quality on first sip. Mid palate comes out much more dense, but then gives to lemon like flavors on the finish. Almost crisp lager like finish with a candy peppermint like action on the aftertaste.

Real interesting take on what seems truly a lighter hefe by design. Real refreshing and nice. (1,086 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like good german hefe, so its always cool to have a new one, and this beer was the perfect compliment to a true authentic chicago deep dish pizza pie. some light contrast to the heaviest meal on the planet. pale pale yellow, and super clear for a hefeweizen, until the last few drops of the bottle come out. the head is tall and white, rich, almost too rich looking for the light beer it rests on, and it lasts forever. the nose is all banana and watered down wheat malt, not nearly as creamy and textured as some of these, which i do enjoy, but i also like the lightness of this one, especially in the context of my meal. the carbonation is also really charged up, helping it wash down the heavy food and cleanse my palate perfectly every time. the banana esters are strong in the taste, but its not a candied sort of thing like it can be, its just a real delicate thing, really soft and clean, not distracting or obnoxious. i have not had a german hefe this light i dont think, i could power slam these all summer long, and maybe i will now. great compliment to big rich food. (1,080 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; straw colored - SRM 2.3; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: clove and banana; note getting any real malt or hop characteristics;

T: banana is predominant up front, with a little clove a bubblegum in the background; a citrusy tartness toward the end; virtually no bitterness; the clove re-appears after the swallow;

M: light bodied; highly carbonated;

O: refreshing; well made; a good representation of the style; (461 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite styles so I am generally above the average with Hefe. But this a very good one. Everything you want in a hefe, Smooth and clean with just a little pop and some sweetness but not a lot. Very tasty and easy to drink, excellent hefe and one wheat beer lovers must try. (296 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.
I like this a bit better than my earlier tasting/tasting indicates, but then it has a very low tasting. This time, I am more confident I have a fresh bottle. Still, Very mediocre beer with nothing standing out for recommendation. But then, this is not a style I particularly like. (295 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle
Prominent head slowly settles down leaving a thin layer of foam and minimal lacing.
Beer is a pale orange gold in color. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, but not unpleasant, though it is somewhat lacking in classic banana/clove/yeast notes.
Taste is nice and refreshing, but once again too subdued for my liking.
Very faint citrus and yeast notes are detectable.
Mouthfeel is fuller than I expected with nice tight carbonation keeping things moving along nicely.
Overall this is a lighter take on the style than I prefer but it still is a decent brew.
Would probably serve well as an introduction to the style. (643 characters)

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

my housemate had this brew ready for me when I got off work. What a treat. anyhow this hefeweisen has a nice golden cloudy glow to it, smells grainy, like a light yeasty barley and wheat, the taste is incredible, light yet full of flavor. Very faint hints of citrus. ITs like your mouth is smelling it.
Mouthfeel is not the best attribute though overall this beer is a 4 (371 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a finger of white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat, lemon, banana, slightly spicy and quite pleasant.Flavor follows, with bready wheat, light lemon citrus and hints of banana. Dry, slightly buttery finish with a hint of hops. Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. I've been spoiled by Weihenstephaner and approach new hefeweizens with caution. Even when they are good, they seem not to live up to that great beer. This one was not quite up to that flavor standard, but was not dissapointing in any way. Nicely balanced, mildly sweet start and semi-dry finish are perfect for the style. Very nice aroma and tastes great. I'll get this again. (748 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

5.2% ABV per the label on my 500ml brown glass bottle. It has a flashy label which initially turned me off to buying it; it looks like a graphic design major went batshit crazy, and doesn't exactly call to mind storied German brewing tradition. But I digress...

BB: 9/14/16 if I'm reading the odd notching system correctly. I picked up this bottle in a Carrefour supermarket in Kardamena, Kos, Greece, and the label has Greek as well as English ad Deutsche text.

Served cold and side-poured into a pilsner glass in my hotel room. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. White in colour. Okay complexion and consistency. Decent thickness. Not a real full, frothy, or creamy head. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Cloudy bright yellow. It's not the hazy unfiltered appearance I look for in a good hefeweizen, and approximates the body of a witbier.

Not a great looking hefeweizen by any stretch, but it's above average outside of style conventions. It has my curiosity.

AROMA: Full fresh wheat, lemon zest, lemon peel, citrusy esters, banana and clove from the yeast/hefe, and clean barley. A fresh, clean, and appealing aroma of average strength. The wheat itself is lovely. I'm looking forward to the first sip. Any hop aromatics are quite tame - which is to style.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Fresh wheat, lemon zest & peel, citrusy esters, and plenty of banana from the yeast. It's pretty much the beer you'd expect based on the aroma, but the clove is much more reticent than anticipated. Interestingly, lemon zest dominates, veering this wheat beer more towards witbier territory.

It's well-balanced and has the trademark simplicity of the style, but lacks the elegance and subtleties of world-class examples thereof.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

It's hard not to like. The quality of the wheat is evident, and when that's the foundation of the beer, it's bound to be good.

TEXTURE: Fresh, crisp, clean, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Light to medium-bodied. Neither too thick nor too thin. Has a good overall presence on the palate. This texture complements the taste rather well, even if the beer is a biteen overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: It's a nice hefeweizen and I'm glad it's available in Greece, but when in Germany I doubt I'd reach for this with other superior hefeweizens on the shelf (Ayinger, Franziskaner, even Erdinger). Absolutely worth trying and very enjoyable. It's not quite the orange-peel heavy type of hefeweizen I personally prefer, but it's not the clove-laden type of hefeweizen either. More a compromise between a hefeweizen and a witbier. Very drinkable.

High C+ (2,834 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Gave an inverted pour from a 16.9 oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

Nice hazy goldenrod color with a fluffy, foamy 2" head. Settles to about 1/4", leaves persistent spotty lacing.

Smells very "wheaty", lots of fresh ripe banana, a little bit of clove- less than a lot of other hefeweizens I've had. A little bit of a sugary tang I can't quite describe. Smells nice, fresh and inviting.

Tastes of lush wheat, a little lemon, then sweet creamy banana and a touch of bubblegum. It almost tastes like banana pudding. Still, it's not too sweet. Ends with more ripe banana/pudding and some soft wheatiness.

Pretty full bodied for a hef, but soft and smooth. Nicely carbonated, but could maybe stand a bit more. Ends fairly clean.

Overall a well made and pretty well balanced hefeweizen with a bit more going on than your standard malty bananas & clove. Sells for pretty cheap around here too. Not quite as good as Weihenstephaner or Live Oak, but stands out from most hefeweizen offerings. (990 characters)

Photo of CASK1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love hefe's in the warmer weather. Enjoyed the Tucher Krystal Weizen, and the Hefe is just as good.

A - Pale gold, moderate haze, huge, fluffy white head that lasts forever.

S - Complex mix of bread, toasty wheat malt and banana esters. Little clove or other phenolics. No hops.

T - Similar to aroma. Bready wheat malt with low but enough hop bitterness to support. Noticeable tartness adds to the refreshing quality. No hop flavor. Plenty of banana ester, little clove.

M - Medium-light body, high carbonation. Tartness dries out the finish.

O - One of my new favorites of this style. Would like a bit more clove, but really nice as is. (644 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

.5L pour into Weizen glass, JFK airport

A- Golden yellow, hazy. Some white highlight. White head doesn't retain.

S- Bananas, clove. A bit of booze, actually, and some yeast.

T- Wheaty, grainy. A bit of fruit and yeast. A tad spicy.

M- Carb is more apparent. Smooth and wet though.

O- Decent. I think the CO2 from the draft takes away from Weizens. (352 characters)

Photo of Curtis
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At first i was a little disappointed in this one. Poured super chunky with lots of little floaties. As a homebrewer I am used to sediment, but this was excessive and crossed into unappetising. The head disappeared within 2-3 seconds. Unfiltered, it settled quikly to a hazy gold that helped improve initial reactions. Nice fresh and clear aroma of banannas, but little if any hops odors. Mouthfeel is mild..slight carbonation tingle. Taste is citrus, not overly so, but that is about it. No malt, no bitter hops, some yeast flavors. Mild, just not exceptional. It got better once it settled and halfway throught the glass i finaly got a clear taste, but nothing really stands out about this beer. Would go decent with chinese, especially washing down hot mustard or extra spicy general tsaos chicken... other than that, i would try something else next time. Maybe i got a bad or srale/old batch? Will check the date and if so try again. (936 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light straw yellow body. Big Hefe head.

S: Completely generic hefe smell.

T: A good amount of sweet banana. Slightly more bitter than your average Hefe. Nice and tart. After a while a peculiar chemical bitter flavour is present a bit like what you sometimes get in cheap cider.

O: If not for the chemical flavour this would have been a sound Hefewezien. (359 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow-orange colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of malt and about equally strong of clove and banana. Pound cake malt aroma. No off scents at all, this is a German Hefe.

Starts out malty and a little sweet. Clove kicks in pretty quick and banana is the weaker flavor. Quite mildly flavored with no off tastes like Medicinal that sometimes shows up in Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a solid Hefeweizen. (455 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tucher's helles Hefe Weizen is definitely good, but for me, not the best I have had.

Out of the bottle, it pours a very bright and cloudy yellow hue. Its head is white and puffy, but no staying power and no lacing. Good scents of oranges, wheat, and hops, mixed perfectly well. The mouthfeel is good, not too much carbonation, but there's a little water feel to it (IMHO). Taste is great, same as it's smells which I always find as a plus. Overall, an outstanding beer, I didn't find it as great as the top ratings on its page, but it is nice to know I've tried something the website holds in so high regard. (609 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Sellow with great crown white lace .

Smell: Spicy banana, melons, cloves and bubblegum

Tste: Out of this world ! It is silk and nice carbonation holding this medium bodied brew together. Grain and wheat in beginning and fruit and rounding spicy flavour that leads to a restrained hop bitterness. An underlying rich and cream ending. It is diffreent

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a fresh, lively carbonation. Finishes with a touch of dryness. Entirely smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Top notch for the style. Balanced is undbeleivable with nice rich and creaming. It have you come back for more water. Great beer from a great brewer! I love Hefeweizen! (669 characters)

Photo of sajaffe1
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had it for the first time at Egan's in Tuscaloosa, AL when it was on special.

A- Cloudy with some yeast sediments in the glass. It looks like a typical German weizen.

S- Some yummy banana comes across with a bit of clove.

T- Delicious. On top of the wheat flavor, there was bit of banana, clove, as well as hints of apples and bubblegum.

M- Just great. Flavor and carbonation went great together.

O- I was glad I tried this beer. German weizens have a tendency to be very good. (487 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9 fl oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a typical cloudy gold color. This doesn't have an amazing head for the style, but it's still a two finger white shade with decent retention and a good creaminess to it.

S: Fairly banana-heavy, with some crisp wheat and bubblegum esters. Touches of clove and coriander also come through. Aromatically, it's well done, but not a standout in the style.

T: Pleasantly mellow banana esters start things off. The finish is mild wheat malt and the faintest 'ping' of earthy noble hops, but perhaps my favorite feature is the note of milky cream that ties the midtaste It's not particularly bold, inspiring, or complex, but like I said - pleasantly mellow.

M: I could use a creamier finish here - the astringency is a bit too coarse for my tastes. Having said that, this ticks many good qualities I expect from the style: nice dryness/crispness, light in its texture, high (not overbearing) carbonation, and superb drinkability.

O: Good stuff. Don't know what else to say apart from this being a solidly good weizen. (1,061 characters)

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