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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
87
very good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | 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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Ratings: 503 | Reviews: 292
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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+

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extreme head with a rocky return. It leaves ring lace without a sip. Completely opaque from the cloudiness. Light will shine through the gold color, but barely.

Clean and surprisingly light wheat smell. A little bit of band-aid here. Lemon peel and clove.

Strong wheat smell; relatively dry finish. Lots of caribbean spices: all spice, nutmeg. The lemon zest shows up in the swallow. The aftertaste is very short. It's a refreshing drink. Full bodied and highly carbonated.

Not my style, but still one of the better wheat offerings I've had.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a very pleasant wheat scent with the aroma of banana and cloves. The taste is good. It has a crisp and refreshing flavor with a hearty wheat core and a fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine hefe. It has good flavor and aroma. It goes down easy and finishes with a nice wheaty aftertaste; a good sessions ale.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2007 at the Stuffed Sandwich
Pours with a hazy, straw, pale amber color and is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma has notes of banana, clove and some interesting tart lemon rind notes. There are some nice grain notes here as well, whit touches of fresh crushed pale malt tempered by a bit of straight forward malt sweetness.

Tart flavors of lemon somehow combine with a soft, creamy mouthfeel and make this beer quite drinkable. The flavors in this beer make me think of hints of banana & clove (not as much as I might like in a Hefe Weizen though), a touch of something like vanilla and a nice fresh grain flavor. The beer is quite light feeling, yet definitely does project a soft creamy sensation as it goes down the throat. When paired with some food a sweetness is brought out in this otherwise dry tasting beer. This is really nice and refreshing; a perfect beer for a hot day.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, $1.79 at the Long Beach BevMo,

A: Pours a golden cloudy yellow, with a full white head with good retention, light lacing, sticky carbonation.

S: Bananas, pineapple, a bit of other trpical fruit.

T: Very fruity with ripe bananas and yellow apples dominating. No real clove element, on the sweeter side, but quite tasty for the style.

M: Light, crisp, a little watery, but overall nice.

D: One of the best hefes out there for sure, read about it in Michael Jackson's book and tried it. Inexpensive, tasty German beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is now available in all Wetherspoon's pubs in the UK. I had mine in 'The Dragonfly' at Birmingham Airport.

sadly they had no correct Weizenbier glasses, so it was poured into a tall pint glass.

Looked as good as any Hefeweizen, cloudy and murky, with a huge pure white head.

Cracking aroma of banana and vanilla, just like most Weizenbiers do.

Not as tastey as some, but still very refreshing, sharp and citrusy in flavour.

A good example of the style, a long way from a classic, but never-the-less well worth trying.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chinchill
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Berwick Brewing pint glass.

A- Bright yellow with a darker shade once the dregs leave the bottle. A bright baby teeth white head on top with a sturdy base that leaves no lace.

S- Freshly peeled banana with a nice wheat backing. Some pale malt action with a small amount of lemon. Miniscule spice and earthy hop aroma.

T- A blast of small citrus, lemon, orange and such. Wheat up next with some small grass. Malty middle that is not too sweet, thank you. Bananas show up, but less than the smell. Spice is kept low, a bit of honey here qnd there.

M- A very light bodied beer with a taste that makes you think the body is bigger. Carb is there but does not bite the tounge. I can tell this is a 'fresher' bottle as it is not overly over run with sweet malt and dead hops, the green cones keep things in check.

D- One of the better hefes out the bottle in recent memory, I love finding fresh German beer which is sort of hit or miss with me.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On to round 2 of "Tucher Day". On to the beer:

No surprises with the body, which is an attractive cloudy banana peel color. The frothy head does stay up well. Full of aroma, this hefeweizen is loaded with lemon, clove, bubblegum, and banana bread.

Bakery in a glass. Bring on the lemon, banana bread, slap of alcohol, and loves. There's some phenolic activity in there. More intense with the flavor than the brand's kristalweizen, though not quite as balanced. It's light-medium bodied with modest crispness.

Delecatable hefeweizen.

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a hazy lemon yellow body that is a bit darker at the top of the fluted glass and a thick soft peak white head that is supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The soft wheaty bubblegum aroma has notes of light lemons and a dry flowery honey hint in the finish.

T- The smooth taste of white wheat bread has a slight tartness to it and a warm clove quality with a bright tart note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a clean finish and a bit more body as long as the head last.

D- This beer is a smooth light flavored beer that has a nice bright lemon quality and doens't make me feel like I have just eaten a 5 course meal when I'm finished.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.41/5  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.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of spices and cloves, a hint of banana. Taste has mild banana and spice, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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