Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 531
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.57%
Wants: 34
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-2001

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Photo of adamette
1.75/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of ohmybock
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
2.61/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of djmichaelk
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of marcellaproust
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

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

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Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow-orange color with a thick white head. Wheaty, citrus aroma. Resfreshing but flavor was kind of weak and the body was rather thin. Decent summer brew but it didn't really twist my pickle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not real familiar with this brewer.

This came in a sampler pack. Once people know you like beer, these packs appear as presents. The downside is how long has this beer been sitting around?

A Helles Weizen, a blond wheat beer, duh! Pours clear for the style. A more medicinal aroma than I would like, not exactly clove and little banana. Slight graininess in the smell, all ok, but not great.

Tight white head that almost disappears.

Grainy with slight fruit and clove character, drying wheat in the finish.

Not a bad beer but drink local. Beers like this don't always travel well, nor should they.

If it is fresh enjoy it in the warmer months, I was just killing off the last of the beers in a gift pack.

Nothing special, but not bad either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter version of most traditional German Wheat beers. Lighter in color, flavor, and alcohol. Looks lighter and brighter yellow, lemon like. High carbonation. Dense white persistant head. Laces well. Smells mildly on the citrusy side with yeast and spice tones. Tastes more citrusy than most. Light spices, pepper, clove, bananna, and bubble gum flavors. More cidery than most Wheats. Ligher body, perhaps falls a bit watery. Carbonation almost scrubs the palate. Quite refreshing, crisp, and not as creamy as expected.

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Photo of katan
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a hazy, bright golden color. head formation is strong, well retained at about a mm. Bright white in color. Unfiltered with a bit of yeast floating around.

S - A grainy wheat astringency is most dominant, with only the light amount of yeast banana sweetness in the background.

T - Starts off very dry, grainy, and edgy. Mid-stream is more of a bitter bite, but not as much to the flavors. In the final flourish a bit of banana clove yeast notes make an appearance, which quickly disappear into an astringent aftertaste.

M - Moderate to light body - edgy carbonation profile. Little sensation is retained on the tongue.

D - Fairly easy drinking, good summer beer - although I find its refreshing aspects to be minimal compared to others of this style.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a little white head and some minor lacing. Light carbonation bubbles.

S- Smell is of wheat and spice with a slight beady quality and a slight fruity smell

T/M- Taste is of wheat and a slight fruit taste. Carbonation is light. Some banana

D- This is a nice drinkable beer, not too much to it and not too complicated but very easy to drink. Could easily drink a number of these.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Chill haze straw in color with a rocky one inch head and ample lace.

Smells of ripe apples and cloves. As it warms I do detect a spicey floral note too.

Taste is crisp light spicey hop and fruity ester. Some bananna and clove but not too over-the-top with the yeast profile. A bit watery and slightly grassy earth note.

This is a quaffable brew. Very light and refreshing. I would say this is the "lawn-mower" Tucher.


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Photo of TheDM
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour yielded a head that was very lively and almost overflowed my glass. The head was a mixture of small to medium while bubbles that clung well to the sides of the glass. It's body was a light orange transparent color with a hint of yeast and carbonated bubbles floating in it. The taste of this beer was rather uninteresting for me after the Kostrizer I had earlier this evening. A little watered down for my tastes. Not bad, but not a beer that I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy brilliant yellow color. Produced a good cap of frothy white foam. Fair retention.

(S)- A mildly dry profile with an awesome burst of lemon, banana, wheat, and bubblegum. Finishes in a dry biscuit aspect.

(T)- Very yeasty and dry. Earthy, with tons of wheat and a grassy clove-like bite.

(M)- A huge effervescent carbonation level. Very dry with a fairly aggressive grassy earthy bitterness for the style.

(D)- An in your face Hefe. On the far end spectrum of dry, earthy, and yeasty parts that carries a bitterness with it uncharacteristic of the style. Not bad, but far from the best of the style.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The high point of this hefe weizen was the color when poured. It was a hazy wheaty yellow with a fair amout of foam. After that, it is all down hill for this hefe weizen. The smell was of a weak spice and yeast. The taste was even weaker. It lacked everything that a good hefe wiezen should have. What a big disappoint in this brew. Not much here for me. I gave it average and that was being nice.

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Photo of ZAP
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a hefe that leans heavy on the wheatiness. The nose is big on the wheat malt and also has some mild cloves.

The taste is sweet but crisp. Wheat malt and a good amount of lemon. Lacks banana notes on the nose or buds. Cloviness is very mild.

Body is light to medium. Definitely an easy drinker and thirst quencher but I don't care for its flavor profile as much as the classic hefes.

Definitely a decent drinker that would slide down nice after playing some tennis in the sun. Would pair nicely with Tuna on the grill. It definitely has some redeeming qualities but there are too many better hefes on the market for me to revisit this one.

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Photo of jackndan
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tucker Helles Hefe Weizen: half liter brown bottle. Freshness date marked on bottle Pale yellow, cloudy with very white dense head. (I left the yeast on the bottom, this time).Very light and refreshing hefe weisen beer, with sweet citrus/apple flavors. Dry crisp finish. Pretty good beer, right down the middle for its style.

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Photo of Naugled
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in wheat glass from bottle

a: average at best, the beer I poured had almost no head or retention. nice lemon straw color with haze

s: subtle fruitiness and spice, with banana and clove present but at very low levels

t: taste follows smell somewhat. banana and clove a bit more prominent in the taste but not much more. There is some tartness to it that saves it for me. That was the best part of it.

m: medium thin and carbonated mouthfeel

d: good drinkability. its just not a very interesting hefe for me.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden straw hue with a thick, 3 finger head. Decent retention, leading to a consisent, somewhat sticky lacing.

Smell - Perhaps my nose is failing me, but there's very little aromatic quality here. Scant notes of clove and, and to a lesser extent, banana.

Taste - Clean, but remarkably underdeveloped. Faint hints of clove. Even less are the banana and bubblegum flavor that make a quick cameo before darting off to a weak, bland wheat finish.

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

Overall - While it displays a tremendous amount of smoothness, the lack of any kind of assertive flavor is disappointing. How mellow is too mellow? This beer crosses the line. Strange, because their krystalweizen shows considerably more character than this.

Maybe just a skunked bottle?

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was not planning to buy a bottle of this, so sampling on tap at Abbey brewing in Miami Beach, courtesy of Raymond worked for me. This was OK, and quite average. The good thing is Abbey gets the carbonation right for their taps, and move so much beer that everything is always fresh.

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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+

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Photo of BierReise
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Usually I'd prefer a draught over a bottle but in this case i think the bottle was better. Maybe the keg I was drinking from wasn't fresh. Nice color and fluffy white head, a typical looking weizen. A bit more effervescent than the bottled version and not as smooth on the palate. Taste is slightly yeasty and a little bitter but lacking in malt flavors. Yeast flavor also lacking. I think the bottle fermentation might be the difference in that aspect. Still an ok beer.

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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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