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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
87
very good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau visit their website
Germany

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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wnh

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9%

9/10/09
500 mL bottle poured into a weissbier glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-tinted straw with a large, long-lasting, fluffy meringue-like white head.
Quite subtle on the nose: moderate clove up front, with mild banana, bubblegum, and yeasty bread in the background, but dominated on the whole by a lactic tart lemon citrus quality.
Soft but bright on the palate, with bubblegum-turned-orange on the entry, and a subtle undercurrent of clove throughout, all on top of a solid grainy bread backbone.
Light bodied, just barely leaning toward medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

09-19-2009 19:50:20 | More by wnh
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GordonQuid

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

Cheers!

09-18-2009 14:17:54 | More by GordonQuid
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

08-30-2009 23:56:39 | More by tone77
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bonbright7

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16%

This tall bottle of Tucher came off the shelf with a cloudy light orange appearance in my glass and a generous spongy looking head. It had a light scent to it and the first taste was a smooth taste of style elements such as vanilla, clove, and coriander.
The mouth feel was highlighted by a slightly sour taste to it, which came and went with further tastings.

08-24-2009 00:34:39 | More by bonbright7
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katan

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

08-14-2009 03:26:44 | More by katan
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Hazy golden yellow color with a white head that thinned pretty quickly once a wedge of lemon was added. Bits of yeast on the bottom were effervescent during at least half the glass.
Aroma is faint spices, malted wheat and yeast.
Taste is a very well balanced blend of wheat beer flavors and a touch of citrus-like hops which became more pronounced after adding lemon.
Lighter end of medium bodied with a crisp, clean carbonation feel.
Extremely drinkable brew.

08-09-2009 19:32:24 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ohmybock

Georgia

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
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

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).

08-01-2009 23:45:27 | More by ChopperSmith
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gpogo

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

A- Cloudy golden yellow with large white head.

A- Yeasty. Light lemony aroma. Light banana.

T- Semi sweet malt. Not much banana, very lightly fruity.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking beer.

D- Tasty. Seemed a little different than most hefeweizens.

07-15-2009 02:02:54 | More by gpogo
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

While shopping for Saisons last week that will soon be included in a blind taste-off, I couldn't help reaching for a hefeweissbier that doesn't break the bank, nor have I ever tried before. $2.29 at Cable Beverage, Bardonia, NY.

Served in a traditional weissbier glass at just over fridge temperature. The numbers 2 and 4 are notched on the label of this 16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance- A beautiful cloudy bright gold, this beer is a fine looking example of this wonderful style. The head peaks at about three fingers, then condenses down to a thick mat without much in the way of lacing. My glass is glowing with incandescence that beckons a first sip.

Smell- Excellent presence and subsequent balance of clove, banana, and wheat malt, finishing with a whiff of spice that places a razor's edge on the aroma. Sweet and fruity with that signature banana bread nose, It's elegant and full. There's even a hint of vanilla, like 'Nilla Wafers cookies coming through as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- A wonderfully balanced display of wheat malt, banana, and clove that carries a subtle sweetness which doesn't take anything away from it. The finish exemplifies this sweet character, more prominent than any hefeweizen that I've ever sampled.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- You could hold this beer is your mouth for quite a while and it remains slick and creamy, providing a pleasant canvas for the flavors to develop and show themselves. A very impressive and enjoyable Bavarian classic, again offering more of a dessert quality to the taste with its sweet, cookie-like personality.

06-29-2009 01:49:36 | More by yelterdow
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: Cloudy Orange

Smell: Coriander - sea salt

Taste: Coriander, witbier yeast, orange, citrus, mild grapefruit, sweet more than spicy.

Mouthfeel: spice mostly creamy

Drinkability: Great session beer, goes down easy - I could throw back three or four of these and go for a jog!

06-20-2009 14:45:59 | More by LauraAlberts
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rtepiak

Poland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

a timid sweet hef that has the characteristics more so of a helles. looks like a hef with a golden yellow cloudy color and a pancake head that has more lace than most hefs. nose is 'bright'. there is the banana and clove and bubblegum but there is also a delicate citrus and honey malt. the nose even has a pilsner crisp odor which transfer over into the palate as something very minimal... its all there on the tongue but simple and crisp. the bitter is in the finish but more as a balancing agent of the sweet. an excellent hef/helles blend and a must for one's that are not particular for the over sweet hef.

06-15-2009 21:34:33 | More by rtepiak
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher weizen glass. L 1 4 8 16 notched on label.

A - Giant white lumpy 3 finger head with fantastic retention! Ever-so-slightly hazy straw yellow that's profusely effervescent.

S - Clove spicing with a small citrus aroma and banana esters. The aroma is somewhat weak and minerally.

T - Light, sweet malts and wheat flavors with low spicing and fruity esters. Extremely moderate hop flavor. Unlike any other hefe I've had in terms of flavor.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing, this beer goes down just a tad harsh with the carbonation but does well for the style.

D - Nice and light, it's a fantastic clean and refreshing summer beer!

06-09-2009 19:46:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Naugled

New York

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

05-16-2009 16:17:38 | More by Naugled
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Durge

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Found this cold in bottles at the Mayfair Country Club 19th hole in Sanford, FL. The color was a very light yellow-gold as it poured energetically into a frosted pint glass. Very high carbonation with a giant white fluffy top and decent lacing. The aroma is a bit metallic wheat and cherry gin? Not so bad really, but a tad different. The flavor is crisp wheat bread and pumpernickel along with a touch of grainy clove. The feel is a bit more full than the crispy bubblage would imply. I still pick up a little metallic something in the flavor but it's subtle enough to keep from disrupting things and overall it's a satisfying refreshment as is usual for the style. It's highly drinkable and I would drink it again but there are better choices out there, of course.

05-13-2009 23:48:29 | More by Durge
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kshankar

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance is a cloudy orange with a thick head with good retention.

Aroma: Banana, yeast, spices. Pretty typical hefeweizen aroma..which is to say, good

Taste: Yeast, wheat, clove, banana...spices are just right...all the hallmarks of an excellent hefeweizen

Mouthfeel: Light and somewhat creamy, goes down well

Drinkability: No question..excellent.

Recommended

05-12-2009 23:15:13 | More by kshankar
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Appearance - The beer has a very cloudy yellow glow. The head was about 1.5 inches before it slowly began to flow into the beer.

Smell - The small is not as flavorful as I hoped. There are hints of fruit, although mostly a smell of yeast and banana.

Taste - This beer fits the style very well. It starts with a warm, smooth wheat taste but ends with an almost tart finish

Mouthfeel - The beer is medium in body and moderately high in carbonation. very smooth taste.

Drinkability - Drinks VERY well. would definitely purchase this beer again.

05-08-2009 22:39:13 | More by Anthony1
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sammyadams617

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Had this in Rothenburg ob der Tauber while on vacation in Germany at outdoor restaurant. Honestly, perhaps the best beer I have ever tasted. I really can't think of any ways to improve this beer.

Wonderful foamy, thick head with beautiful golden color. The smell was heavenly, and would have been perfectly content just smelling the beer for a while without taking a sip. The beer is wonderfully complex and about as smooth as anything you'll ever drink. Tremendous finish leaves you wanting to take the next sip asap. The only negative is that it's really hard to get in the States. Absolutely recommend it to anyone who knows beer.

04-30-2009 02:28:07 | More by sammyadams617
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Had on tap at TND in Wayne, PA served in a Weizen glass

Really light and bright with a big and think dense head that lasts and lasts.

Fabulous nose - strong banana and wheat nose backed by clove, spice, yeast and some sweet malt.

The taste follows the nose very well, some lemon with sweet malt and some grass.

Good carbonation in the finish, crisp and clean - good beer

04-26-2009 14:11:14 | More by mhatters
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Poured a lemonade-like, cloudy, dishwater yellow. Three fingers of thick foam developed at the top and settled to a less dense cap about a finger thick before it thinned to a lacing.

Smell: It smells like a beautiful summer day. A sweet mixture of apple and banana, and a squeeze of lemon adds zest. Floral and caramel malts are also present. A bread-like wheat also comes through.

Taste: Oh, sweet nectar! Tastes great, especially after not having a hefe since October. So great, in fact, I'm guzzling it, completely ignoring this review. The apple from the smell is more pronounced in the taste than the banana, and the squeeze of lemon is still in attendance. It is much more bread-like. Has a yeasty tail, which is a welcome variant to the normal hops tingle that usually trails my tastings.

Drinkability: The hefeweizen style is unrivaled in drinkability, in my opinion. It's not even hot out and it still hits the spot. I'm being biased, but Tuchers Helles Hefe Weizen will do the job regardless.

04-25-2009 08:03:19 | More by TheQuietMan22
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cpmau11

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a .3 liter weizen glass. Swirled around the last inch of beer to get the yeast active and top it off nicely. Cloudy as a bavarian hefe weizen should be. The aroma reminds me of a distinctive clove smell. The taste is very nice, smooth yet not bland, phenolic flavor. Compared to other bavarian weizens, this is not too far from the crowd but it doesnt get mistaken for something else. This helles weizen is a great beer for a hot summer day. Refreshing to the last drop.

04-16-2009 03:17:44 | More by cpmau11
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

(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.

04-08-2009 20:44:22 | More by rhoadsrage
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

I had this one on-tap at a random Irish Pub here in Boston, and I can't believe I have never tried it up to this point.

A pale straw colored body that is very hazy. A big, lumpy head that boasts some good retention and leaves a few strands of lacing behind.

Some bready and wheat aromas coupled with a touch of pepper and fruits including bannana.

Good flavor also. The bready characterisitcs that team up with the wheat to create a twang that is almost sour is the main foucs here, and it is very well done. But also in there are some fruity flavors like lemon and bannana. Just as in the aroma there is just a touch of pepper or coriander that comes through here. Well-balanced and adequately complex.

The mouthfeel is great. It has that almost creamy body that somehow still remains light and fluffy.

This sucker is pretty drinkable all right. A high quality wheat beer for sure.

03-18-2009 19:04:45 | More by Hojaminbag
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diabecktic

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance:
Man, is this head formation INTENSE. A good 3 fingers of creamy head forms quickly and regresses slowly - lacing is excellent. It's fairly translucent for a hefeweizen; the color is a very light gold with a hint of yellow-orange.

Smell:
The first thing that comes to mind is spice; I'm not sure which ones are present, but this is the most obvious smell. Aside from this, it's quite complex; though largely floral, it has a hint of what I would consider to be akin to a green banana. It's definately an experience, to say the least.

Taste:
Maltiness hits first and then fades into subtle hop tones. It's almost as if a banana-flavored biscuit turned into a hoppy grain of wheat (as odd as that sounds). That being said, the balance is excellent - not too sweet, nor too bitter.

Mouthfeel:
The carbonation is mild, but the body is fairly thick. It's slightly on the creamy side, but I'm not sure if that's the head I'm tasting or the beer itself. Either way, an amazing aftertaste remains - it's like a more intense version of the malt flavor(s).

Drinikability:
This is definately a beer you want to sip on. It's fairly thick, but the flavor is downright amazing. You do NOT want to pass it up - it's something quite unique (given the style).

Summary:
I picked up a pint of this for ~$3.00 at a local liquor store. Damn - am I impressed. This is probably one of the better hefeweizens I've tasted, even though it's largely devoid of the traditional wheat character. I'd love to try this on-tap. Regardless, it's a must-try if you've never had it.

01-14-2009 04:08:06 | More by diabecktic
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introvertedone

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Tucher Helles Hefeweizen was given as a gift of part of a 'Beers of the World' package from World Market. This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, golden color and presented with a spicy, floral aroma. It was a smooth hefe but not as spicy as others that I've had in the past. Shaped up to be a decent hefe but I prefer other spicier hefeweizens.

01-10-2009 19:52:16 | More by introvertedone
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