Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau
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1.78/5 rDev -54%
Live review. Poured from the 16.9 oz. brown vertically oriented bottle that I received as a Christmas gift from Mat & Christine into my Ayinger gold rimmed 0.5 L Weizen glass. I must say, this is the perfect glass for this beer.
A Sediment which was visible before even opening the bottle is chunky and floating about the orange/yellow body. The head was white, 3 to 4 inches but dissapeared all too quickly and now is non existent (some 3 minutes later). I wish the head stuck around but it remains an interesting look. 3.5
S This is not a good smelling beer. Repeated whiffs brought to mind a freshly chlorined pool, some stale Pine-Sol in a dirty bucket, some wet, rotting barley malt but none of the qualities that I value in this style. Amazingly, I get no light wheat malt smells. Very dissapointed. If I chose beers to drink on smell alone I would simply not try this one. 1.0
T/M A flat, thin mess of organic grain tastes and again none of the qualities that I have come to love in this style. The complete lack of carbonation reduces this beer to thick water with some unpleasant grain tastes. 2.0
D Not good. There is no reason in my mind that you would want such unpleasant smells and tastes in a beer and there is no surprise to me that I did not want to drink it. 1.5
Notes: This will likely be my lowest rated beer of its style for a long time to come. Normally I really go for beers in this style and that is why I am so dissapointed.
01-21-2010 14:12:59 | More by adamette
2.58/5 rDev -33.3%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. It pours a quite pale straw color in the glass until the yeast is added. The normal clove, banana, spice aromas I enjoy are almost non-existent in the nose. There's something else in the aroma which almost makes me think this brew may be past its prime, but I'm not sure. Flavor is mostly wheat with very little typical hefe spice/fruit. Drinkable? Yes, and it's better than most light beers, but it's certainly not memorable. Is this normal for this beer or is it past its prime? This brew seems to be bordering on "American wheat ale" territory, which is pathetic for a true German brew. For now, I'll assume this is how this beer is supposed to taste. Unless I can find an easy-to-decipher date code on a future bottle of this beer (so that I know it's fresh), I won't be buying any more. Still, I would easily take this brew over any American macro brew or other light-ish offering.
08-08-2009 20:04:37 | More by ohmybock
2.58/5 rDev -33.3%
Poured into a hefe glass.
Appearance: Had a straw maize body, with minimal head.
Smell: Nose was complete citrus.
Taste: Taste was extremely sweet citrus, which moved to some spice and metal. This was far too sweet for me.
Mouthfeel: Light and smooth
Drinkability: Too sweet for me. Though refreshing and easy to put down.
11-08-2008 19:25:18 | More by bigkahunas4
2.68/5 rDev -30.7%
500ml bottle into a perfect pint. Tasted as part of a five-way hefe comparison.
A - Huge pillowy three fingers of head, with great retention and plenty of lacing. Slightly hazy straw yellow. Great looking, even for the style.
S - Plenty of the usual banana esters, with lots of yeastiness. Not as bready as some hefes, but still has that banana-nut muffin aspect nailed. But points off for not having a very strong aroma -- it's definitely much more faint than the best in this style.
T - It doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose. The flavors are there, with banana and yeast, and a nice nuttiness that I haven't gotten out of a hefe before. Nutmeg and clove. But it's faint. And it's dry as a bone, which detracts from the flavors more than I'd like.
M - Solid carbonation and a reasonably full feel, but finishes with a slick feel that is unsatisfying.
D - I could usually drink this style all day, but for some reason this one isn't really doing it for me.
O - Wow, what a difference a couple of years of trying new beers makes. I used to drink the hell out of this beer, both on tap and by the bottle. It used to be one of my favorites. But now after having some of the best (looking at Weihenstephaner here) it pales in comparison.
11-07-2010 15:39:04 | More by djmichaelk
2.85/5 rDev -26.4%
A- the classic hazy gold colour. A perfectly white head spreads up quickly and there's decent retention
S- Wheat malt is of course present, but i can feel mostly citrus, maybe some clove. Too much sweetness
T- Not much going on to be telling the truth. The classic bread-like flavour that is usual with weizens is a bit subdued, but does not seem to be replaced by something else. You may find some citrus and a fruity aftertaste but they are quite weak
M- The mouthfeel is nothing heartbreaking but still good. This is bodied enough and still refreshing, with a nice crispness. The main issue is an unpleasant metallic aftertaste on the palate
D- Sure drinkable and refreshing, but not an "i want another sip right now" beer
A weizen with not much personality, really average
02-18-2011 17:31:55 | More by Cozzatoad
2.85/5 rDev -26.4%
This seemed to me like a fairly basic and mild mannered German Hefeweizen which lacked the heavy spiciness of a Franziskaner, and just didn't provide me anything else to really recommend itself to me. It was OK, but not something I'd seek out or am likely to have again in the near future.
The beer poured a pale and slightly hazy yellow into a Tucher branded glass. Head was less than I expected, maybe 1.5 cm worth. Aroma was lightly floral/spicy perhaps with some very slight fruitiness but with a malt backbone that to me smelled a touch more oxidized than resilient. Flavor was very much the same...a bit watery, a bit of spice, a bit of fruit, and without much malt backing it up (and what there was tasted a bit off or old or oxidized). Mouthfeel was unexceptional, and a touch on the watery side.
Definitely a very mediocre hefeweizen. There are others that are better (and more popular, at least in the US) and I would recommend seeking out instead of this one.
I had this on-tap at the Abbey Brewing Co in Miami Beach.
02-23-2008 13:26:06 | More by BeerBelcher
2.88/5 rDev -25.6%
Cloudy, jaundiced pale yellow topped with a nice, coarse head that fades (seems like all heads fade except Guinness on tap or bottled with widgets). Not much smell, perhaps a faint yeast and beeriness. Taste just as nondescript: pretty one-dimensional astringent beer with just the memory of wheat and yeast.
05-19-2004 03:00:45 | More by marcellaproust
2.9/5 rDev -25.1%
Picked this up at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.
Into my weizen glass.
APPEARANCE: Pours relatively clear, but then quickly becomes more opaque. A cool effect indeed. A lighter yellow-orange, lighter than most weizen and looks a little pissy. A big fluffy white head eventually settles into a film. Medium carbonation with very little bubbles. Good lacing as well.
SMELL: Wheat malt with a decent amount of clove as well. A little bit weaker on the banana and lemon hops. Decent.
TASTE: Some wheat malt but a little weak overall. A bit of mild sweetness at the end, but pretty much lacks any punch. Nothing off, but nothing to talk about.
PALATE: Medium body and goes down creamy smooth with low end carbonation. No bite and finishes rather dry. Pretty good feel actually.
OVERALL: Not bad of course, but there was nothing much to the taste. That disappointed what was otherwise a good looking and feeling weizen. It doesn't offend at all, so it's definately drinkable, but I wouldn't go back for this one.
12-20-2008 18:42:51 | More by Jeffo
2.98/5 rDev -23%
16.9 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a goodly-hazed, dark golden body with a tall, airy, whitish head.
Smell: An underpowered aroma, as no amount of eager sniffing reveals more than faintly bready hints of malted wheat with a sweetish hook to it.
Taste: Malted wheat with sweet inclusions of honey candy and a small, small hint of light caramel. Hops present pressed flowers in a young girl's diary and a minute spiciness. Low bitterness. Faint lemon, even fainter hint of clove, and nearly nil 'nanas. Lightly sweet, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation, somewhat fluffy mouthfeel.
Overall: THHW goes down just fine, but it came across as a bit lacking, sadly, and woefully washed out in its overall flavor.
07-24-2011 17:28:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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