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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
87
very good

443 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | 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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cpmau11

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy yellow color with a bright white huge foamy head that quickly fades.

S-At first it smelled like a pilsner but after it warmed there was a slight clove and banana scent with a touch of bubblegum.

T-Like the smell it was light on the clove and banana.The finish is a nice smooth light malt.Not as sweet as other examples I've had.

M-Light bodied,effervescent.

D-Not being very sweet makes this a very drinkable beer.Good example of a true hefe.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 05:03:30 | More by twbrewer
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:42:51 | More by Jeffo
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colts9016

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange yellow cloudy with a white thin head.
Nose orange wheat lemon yeast/
Taste orange wheat thin yeast lacing between the swill.
Finish nill.
Overall an okay beer, a pour foundation. I had hopes for this beer, it let me down. An okay Heffe..

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 20:32:54 | More by colts9016
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Murphious

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Poured from 500ml bottle into a tall Hefe glass, 1 1/2in off-white foam, cloudy yellowish-orange. Slight aromas of banana & citrus? Slight hop bitterness near end of finish, but a very drinkable brew! If an older bottle is opened, I have noticed a lack of banana aroma right away. Even past it's prime, this Hefeweizen beats a lot of other beers out of a tap!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:19:52 | More by Murphious
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 19:25:18 | More by bigkahunas4
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TheTrevor

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a fluffy single-finger head. The scent is fruity with some banana and melon, some spices. The taste starts off with some sweet lemon that gives way to banana and ends with some spices. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp thanks to some fairly aggressive carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer that's a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 00:04:17 | More by TheTrevor
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale, cloudy orange with a mountainous head that leaves lace patches as it descends. My stomach is already jealous of my eyes. Citric smell, lemon mostly, along with some spices. Standard hefe aroma, and good on this beer. The beer is fluffy and medium-bodied, real smooth, a good combo of citric notes and spices mix well as this beer passes over the tongue, leaving for a good, almost sweet finish that is refreshing. A standard hefe and a great beer overall...I could sit at the bar and drink this ALL day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 16:58:05 | More by clayrock81
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BierFan

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Poured with a very large white head. The body had a hazy yellow-orange color as to be expected from a beer of this style.It didn't have any depth to the smell. It was pretty much what one expect from a hefe as far as the aroma goes.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable. I think it would make a great session hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 20:50:37 | More by BierFan
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Bright yellow and cloudy with a towering white head; head lingers and lingers, looking like a dollop of whipped cream; healthy stream of carbonation; some lacing left

Smell
Strong yeast aroma with some banana/clove notes

Taste & Mouthfeel
Bright and lively flavors; fruity (apples, pears), tart (somewhat lemony), a bit o' honey, and a lingering sweet doughy finish; crisp carbonation, somewhat thin body but ultra smooth; no weak points to speak of; it doesn't pack a huge punch, but it shouldn't since it's a helles--still, full-flavored

Overall
Flavor from start to finish, nailing the style perfectly. A really enjoyable brew.

Serving type: can

09-23-2008 03:01:41 | More by JEdmund
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gabeerfanswife

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: cloudy and dark yellow. Head sticks around for a while like a merengue.

S: Mostly wheaty and bready. Not a terrible amount of cloves or banana. But still present.

T: slightly bubblegumish; vanilla.

M: very crisp and refreshing but the yeast gives something to chew on a bit. Smooth.

D: Very refreshing and a pretty good example of a balanced hefe.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:26:13 | More by gabeerfanswife
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a tulip glass from a bottle...
5.35 ABV, 137 calories
originally tasted 9/8/08, retasted w/ a more educated palate on 1/30/09

A-4.5, golden cloudy straw color, cloudy bright yellow, great 2 finger head and excellent head retention & growth on pour
S-4.5 lemon citrus & citrus TARTNESS, wheat in background, minoe
clove spice notes linger on nose
T-5.0 - TASTE IS THE LEADER ONE THIS TASTING, I DIG THIS STUFF, tart & crisp on palate, smooth but crisp wheaty-ness/bite
MF-4.5 tart but equally balanced for a hefe, not to overly carbonated like some can be, appropriatte wheat body as I would prefer....
D5.0- a solid session hefe brew for sure, you gotta like wheat & hefe tartness to like this one, but it's right on in my book!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 02:05:53 | More by unclejimbay
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mullenite

Florida

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

Poured from tap in to a shaped pint glass (think smaller weizen glass)

Cloudy golden amber with a very creamy white head that settled slowly with some of the best lacing I have ever seen. This beer is absolutely stunning in appearance.

Smelled mainly of wheat and banana with just a little bit of clove peaking through. Almost pastry like smell.

Flavors were very similar to the smell and all of them lasted throughout the palette with wheat dominating up front and balancing with banana in the end.

Medium body with light carbonation, no real aftertaste and a very clean finish. This is extremely drinkable and makes for a very good beer to have a few of.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 19:04:42 | More by mullenite
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy blonde color, champagne-like bubble streams. shorter head than paulaner, but good lace.
aroma is fresh clove, but not metallic like penn weizen.
taste is fresh banana bread, and it's even easy to imagine tiny bits of walnut in there. excellent.
not slippery smooth like paulaner. carbonation a little prickly and scrubby, but pleasant enough although the body leaves a slightly watery impression.
refreshing and fairly crisp with a great banana bread aftertaste. more like hacker than paulaner. this one is VERY hard to drink slowly!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 15:01:36 | More by brewmudgeon
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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
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changeup45

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real solid German Hefe. Hazy yellow color with a thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, spices and some grassy malt. Very nice crisp tasting beer, citrus banana flavor with some spice. Nice and full and very refreshing. Can't go wrong with this on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 18:07:28 | More by changeup45
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle. Pale and hazy yellow in color, this Bier offered up a huge head with a sticky white lace all throughout. Snappy and banana-loaded in the nose. Fruity notes all over. Smooth and refreshing with a nice carbonation. The balance between the malt and yeasty esthers was really good. Great bready, yeasty flavor. Overall, fantastic. I have passed this one over for years, yet I have no idea why. One of my favorites available here in the States right now. I will reach for this one again in a heartbeat. Highly drinkable, refreshing, and yet still with enough "umph" to make veteran quaffers say "wow".

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:38:08 | More by goindownsouth
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy pale yellow with decidedly more of an orange hue at the top than the bottom. The head is a massive rocky mass and hangs around forever.

Aroma is bready and yeasty with a ton of complex spices. certainly nutmeg and corriander. Notes of lemon grass, orange peel, and banana.

Taste is milder than the nose led me to expect. Grainy and bready, light fruit and a touch of yeast funk. Spices are quite mild, with a rather peppery aspect. Finish has a touch pf lemony zing and leaves a residue of banana and spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. I would prefer a richer feel.

Overall I expected more depth and complexity of flavor. The nose was very rich and interesting, but the taste fell short. Still this is a worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:08:51 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow with a bit of cloudyness, and a huge pillowy head, great lacing and retention.

Has a nice bit of light citrus and banana in the nose along with some yeast and wheat.

The taste has a nice mild bit of wheatyness along with some light sweet orange, banana, and mango flavors has just enough light grassy hops to even out the fruity sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy but a bit on the wattery side.

A pretty decent hefe, a bit thinner on flavor than some others, but and easy drink on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:03:31 | More by bashiba
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cbros

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- 16 ounce bottle poured into a hefe glass.

A- Pours a dirty, muted golden blond. At time of pour there is a nice one finger head that dwindles down to a white lace.

S- Smells of lemon and spices, mainly pepper. Also hints of bannana and other fruits.

T- Nice and smooth taste that ends with a crisp aftertaste. Nothing overpowering about this beer,it has a nice flavor combination with the spice and fruit flavors. Good malt and wheat presence that carry the beer at the beginning of the taste.

Picked this up at a local grocery store and was glad to have given it a try. A good solid German hefe that is a pleasure to drink. I have tried other German hefes before and while Tucher does not equally stand up to them this is still a good beer, that if available you should try.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 14:01:56 | More by cbros
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 03:19:31 | More by Halcyondays
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