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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

Tucher Helles Hefe WeizenTucher Helles Hefe Weizen

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very good

414 Ratings

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-2001)
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Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

whoa, this one had a monster pillowy white head that stood strong for a minute or two and then quickly died to a lace, but it did leave its mark on the sides of the glass. the beer is as you would expect: straw colored with good cloudiness. there is yeast and a bit of citrus in the smell.

there is not a whole lot of flavor to this one. it has some flavors of citrus (lemon) and some bread and yeast flavors. actually, it has a lot of lemon. the one thing i will say about this brew is that it is very refreshing. it just quenches thirst incredibly. it is light and crisp, and very drinkable. not a great hefe, but it is a good beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 10:59:58 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of BierReise


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2003 17:19:22 | More by BierReise
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden, orange with a big white frothy head. Tiny streams of bubbles and moderate lacing.

Smell: When cold, its smells of adjuncts, corn and rice. As it warms scents of wheat, coriander, and citrus come out, but they are very, very muted.

Taste: Sweet wheat malt with mild citrus tones. Not great, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly sticky.

Drinkability: Nothing above average. Not bad, but there are much better choices.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 23:58:51 | More by Loki
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2005 03:15:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of xav33


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen
Half Liter bottle
Medium pour in a weizen glass
Notched 1,2,8 and 16, prosit 11/06

Poured a hazy bright golden yellow with a large frothy white head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate banana, dough, grain, light lemon.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet bananas and cloves with light lemon meringue feel followed by a soft spicy and doughy taste on an average length finish. Palate was light bodied, watery, overly fizzy.

Overall, another possibly great tasting brew ruined by the tingly prick of overly tiny bubbles of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 06:15:41 | More by xav33
Photo of pmcadamis


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light blond semi-transparent honey color with a gray tint. Huge fluffy white head rises uncontrollably over the top of my glass...excellent and expected for a hefe. Soapy lace is left on the glass as the head slowly recedes

S - Dusty yeast, pollen, outdoorsy hay and grass. Hints of clove. Nice. Smells very fresh and floral to me.

T - Sweet and mild honey, clove, and green banana peel. Nickel-like metallic notes and a gluey aftertaste. This is pretty lemony and twangy for a hefe. Sort of disappointing after such a nice aroma.

M - Watery, thin, and a bit over-carbonated. This feels more like a cheapo wheat beer than a real German hefe, even though it is a real German hefe.

D - I'm not really impressed with this one, but I sank two half-liter wiesen glasses of this at Billy Baroo's with no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 14:35:14 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of scoobybrew


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head

S - wheat malt aroma with some cloviness

T - light wheat malt flavor accented mostly by hops, but also with some clove-like character

M - light, creamy body with high carbonation

D - This is a decent German wheat, if not a little average. I think a little more banana aroma and flavor would be welcome. However, this also might be a function of the age. It's quite thirst quenching on this warm day.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 22:54:09 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of bobhits


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours light yellow with some haze from the yeast. The head is thick creamy bodied. There are some floaters in here as well.

Smells of french vanilla and bananas blended in some yeast and spices. I really like this nose it is a bit off the style but I'm ok with it. Also this rather strong smelling which is nice for a lot of reasons.

Rather different flavor here. Opens with a rather tame sweet hint of hops beer. Things then finish with intense bananas, sugars, ginger, and yes bubble gum. This isn't anything like a normal hefe by any stretch. The flavors are all close, but they don't blend the same way most do, the bubble gum is very different with intense flavors at different times.

Thick density, but lacks the thickness and creamy impact for the style

This is an interesting beer.. A lot of style, but it doesn't work well together.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:15:31 | More by bobhits
Photo of Absumaster


3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky orange yellow beer with an incredible stabile head and a lot of carbonation.

Smell is phenolic of the yeast with fruity notes of banana. A grainy smell of the wheat.

Taste is wheat-like and has mild fruity notes of banana. The phenolic smell is less present in the taste, the typical yeast components are subdued and it seems as there is not that much wheat in here. Aftertaste is mild fruity and short.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 18:48:32 | More by Absumaster
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy, pale gold with floaties and a pure white head.

S: Bananas, earthy wheat, cloves and a citric note. Nothing to set this aside from an average hefeweizen.

T: Very clean, refreshing wheat body with a nice earthy malt backbone. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

D: A six-pack candidate for a football night or a summer bbq.

Value: Easy to find and good price make this brew a good go-to hefe. When you just wanna drink some decent wheat beer without thinking about it too much, this is a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 16:38:17 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter bottle into a tall Weizen glass

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden. Small foamy head that didn't retain long.

Smell: Yeasty with scents of clove and sweet fruits. Also a noticeable alcohol whiff for a relative lower ABV beer.

Taste: Thinner and spicier than most Hefe's and not quite as sweet. More spice than fruit or bubblegum. Not one of the better Hefe's I've had, but not terrible either. Fairly mediocre. It's interesting that they call it a "Helles" (or "bright") HefeWeizen, because "bright" is not a flavor profile I would associate with this beer.

Mouth feel: Thin and low carbonation. Somewhat lifeless.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but I prefer other German Hefe's (Weihenstephaner or Franziskaner) slightly over this one. There are even some American made Hefe's I like a little better (Sprecher or August Schell's).

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 23:45:27 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of ramseye4


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a thin, wispy, nearly headless yellow straw color, nearly the same color as a lot of BMC adjunct lagers. Very, very weak appearance. I have seen some amazing looking hefeweizens but this it not on the same level.

S=Far better than the appearance. Wheat, yeast, faint orange and banana, typical hefeweizen fare.

T= Banana, a bit of clove, banana, faint orange, and wheat. Not terrible for a hefeweizen, but not great either.

M=highly carbonated, medium bodied, highlight of the beer.

D=Outstanding for the style, despite the subpar taste. Can't quite put my finger on why, but I could down several of these.

I was expecting more. Completely average in every way. Still, if you can find it for cheap then it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 06:18:02 | More by ramseye4
Photo of RoyalT


3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color with some good carbonation and a big, white head.

Smell – The traditional big yeast aroma came out nicely in this effort at a very difficult style. I passed this glass around the table and everyone to the person commented on the sharp, yeasty aroma.

Taste – All the flavors of a traditional Hefe Weizen were here, albeit a bit muted. The soft sweetness also helped to make this one a very soft example of the style.

Mouthfeel – There was good carbonation to this light-bodied bier, which puts it above average for the style.

Drinkability – This was a nice example of the style and went down reasonably well.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 01:17:40 | More by RoyalT
Photo of trbergman


3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy pale gold with plenty of carbonation and about one finger of soft white foam. Some floating hop particles in addition to the yeast sediment.

S - Loads of ripe banana with some grainy cereal aroma.

T - Tart cereal/wheat flavor with banana and just the barest hint of clove. It's not bad, but kind of thin.

M - Light bodied and smooth, but lacking the creaminess of a good example of the style.

D - This is a tolerable hefe, but not very exciting. It's definitely worth spending a little extra for Ayinger or Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:48:46 | More by trbergman
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, big fluffy white head forms, takes a while to go away. Smell is very citrusy, clean smelling, little bit of yeast. Taste is citrusy, little bit of apple, some banana near the finish, not very flavourful. Pretty refreshing however, goes down smooth but lacks complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 00:21:32 | More by Viggo
Photo of jokelahoma


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint shaker at Ft. Myers Ale House in Ft. Myers, FL

Came to me a lovely cloudy yellowish gold, but with very little head. What little there was seemed in a hurry to leave as well.

The aroma on this one is surprising in its absence. There's a good note of the wheat maltiness here, but missing is 99% of the clove aroma you expect from a German hefe, and 100% of the banana ester. Just the faintest hint of clove, no banana. In fact, this smells a bit like an American wheat beer, which is not really a compliment in this context.

Thankfully, the taste is quite a bit better than the aroma. At least some of the clove shows up here, and even that wallflower banana ester decides to dance to this tune, albeit meekly, in a corner, and by itself. Even though there's more here than there was in the nose, it's still very, very subdued. This isn't a bad beer, mind you, it's just, well, timid. It isn't strong in areas where it needs to be strong in order to fit the expectations of the style. A bit of a letdown, really.

The mouthfeel is light, both due to the reduced esters and the higher carbonation. This is crisp, no doubt about it. That's not a bad thing.

Overall, this really isn't a bad beer. I want to stress that. It would likely be a good gateway for those who are just trying to sneak across the border into German Hefeweizenville. If you're already living in that burgh, though, you're probably going to be disappointed with this. It's decent, but it just doesn't stand up and claim to be what it is with quite enough pride. Still, it would make a good lawnmower alternative to most American macros. Worth a try once, although probably not twice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 02:46:00 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weihenstephan heft weizen glass.

Pours a hazy yellow honey color with a touch of orange peel on the body. Very little head retention and formation which also lends to little lacing down the glass. not a great start to this one. The aromas are lemon spritz, a touch of bubblegum and some wheat notes. Pretty straight forward, not over powering , though it does lack the "hefe" feel you get from the other germans. There is a very refreshing lemon and even some basil on the taste that sets this apart from most other hefeweizens i have had. there is a nice lightness to this that i also didn't expect from this. The overall mouthfeel was good and made this more drinkable than i would normally rate a hefeweizen that lacks such flavor. Not my go to hefeweizen, but a good alternative to blue moon or whatever macro version is at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:35:12 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of eric5bellies


3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darnk at Wetherspoons, Hornchurch.

A - Pours a hazy lemon honey colour with a white head that retains ok.

S - Wheat and sweet malts present

T - Sudued flavours of yeast and citrus banana, a little stick on the palate. Not great.

M - Medium body and carboonation

O - Better examples of heffe's out there

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:12:45 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 22:38:22 | More by ThisWangsChung
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 06:52:12 | More by Curtis
Photo of ngandhi


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While there are hints of banana on the nose and palette, the complexity of this weiss beer is masked by quality hops that compete, instead of co-exist, with the barley. One thing's for sure, this is real beer. You can trust most anything out of Germany and Tucher is no exception. In the bars, when I can't find Hacker-Pschorr and I'm in the mood for a good weiss, I'll often turn to Tucher. Unfortunately, it's rarely on tap. But, compared to other Bavarian weisses like H-P and Konig-Ludwig, Tucher leaves me wanting a lot more. The banana notes mellow out to a quasi-vegetable palate and, were it not for the strict German brewing laws, I could see a beer like this easily falling the way of domestics.

The aftertaste again reminds us that this is a decent beer and better than a lot of stuff you'll find. The bananas come up again and then give way to a delicate lemon. A nice lacing continues down the glass after the very rich and spectacular head dies down; out of the bottle, the head is so thick it looks like it came from a nitro-tap.

Still, I can't make amends with the competing flavors in this beer. They cause it to actually lose complexity and, in the end, that vegetable bite on the tongue dominates.

A good beer, well-priced (I paid about US$8 for a six-pack), and recommended. There's enough in this to please a lot of people. It pours gorgeously, drinks easily, has a decent abv, and, if you allow yourself to experience it, the banana note is lovely. But if you see Hacker-Pschorr or Konig-Ludwig, opt for those. And for anyone interested in intense fruits (galaxies beyond Tucher) go for Three Floyds' Alpha King or Three Floyds' Gumball Head Wheat.


Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 02:22:44 | More by ngandhi
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually found a good beer at Downtown Disney! Had it at the Raglan Road, the Irish pub.

Pours medium orange, a bit hazy, pretty standard for this style. Had an inch or so of fluffy head, looking standard again. Smells like a hefeweizen with hints of sweet bananas, cloves, and sweet breadiness. Taste follows with a yummy balance of sweetness, yeasty sourness, and heavy malts. Good beer. Good hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 16:55:26 | More by aquatonex
Photo of falloutsnow


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No obvious bottled-on date.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Beer has a huge off-white head that's very frothy, almost like meringue. Declines over many minutes to a constant 0.5cm cap. Leaves some good lacing on glass sides, streaks and blotches. Body is quite light, a golden yellow in the shadows and a faint yellow when held up to a light. Hazy from the yeast, though I can still see my hand through the glass. Not as yeast-intensive as other weizens? Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma is fairly simple: fairly watery wheat/barley malt, yeast, lemon citrus, applesauce. Compared to other hefeweizens, this is rather tame, almost lacking.

Taste opens with some light sweetness that fades into lemon, faint yeastiness and banana, all a bit watery, but still above average. Taste fades fairly quickly on the palate, leaving a fairly cracker-like aftertaste with very faint residual esters and sweetness. Tartness lingers in the back-sides of the palate.

Medium-bodied with a carbonation level that is satisfying for the moderate heaviness of this beer. Feels smooth and fairly creamy on the palate. Finish is dry and slightly tart. A refreshing beer overall.

While this was very easy to drink, it seemed lacking in aroma and taste relative to other hefeweizens that I've had. Overall, just above average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:30:07 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, clove, yeast, and banana. Taste is of wheat, clove, and caramel covered bananas. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen but not something I would look for again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 04:17:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of filabrazilia


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a large white head that dissipates after time. Pieces of sediment swirl and float in the beer.

The smell is pretty faint--banana and yeast.

The taste is a little stronger--nicely balanced with the right amount of fruit and yeast. Pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing with a slight dry and tart finish.

Not a bad hefe-weizen to enjoy on a hot summers day.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 03:28:28 | More by filabrazilia
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