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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
88
very good

469 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of granger10
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking shiny golden pour with a sturdy white head that holds for a bit. Aroma is very lemony with a spicy hop precense. Taste brings about more of that citric flavor but the main part of this beer is the wheat malts. This is a very refreshing beer, the body is rather light as well which makes it an easily quaffable beer. Finish is almost nonexistant. This tastes more like a Belgian White Ale than a German Hefeweizen which isn't necessarily a bad thing and actually was probably a good thing for what I was wanting at this moment. Good beer.

granger10, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An all-round solid example of the style. Poured a moderately hazy peachy-caramel, with a gigantic, tight head. Both aroma and flavor were tinged with yeasty clove and banana flavors - neither to excess. Sweet white bread aspect to the malt with full mouthfeel cut with a bit of yeasty spice. Well done.

Brent, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Sammy, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tasting glass. It pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of head. Just a touch of lacing. The smell is very spicy, with lots of clove and nutmeg, just a hint of banana. The taste is spicy as well, with more of the clove coming through. A touch of banana sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice and thick for a hefe-weizen. The drinkability is pretty good too. A decent weizen!

SheepNutz, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I have not reviewed this beer. Its a hefe that I have enjoyed for a while now. It pours a slightly golden yellow color with the requisite cloudy appearance. A small head sat atop this one, but it was poured to minimize head. The aroma is bananas and cream, slightly sweet, but from the phenolics, not the malt. The flavor is wheaty, and full of banana, cream and clove, very well balanced and very nice. The feel was moderate with a light and lively carbonation that danced across my tongue. I think this is a fine example of the style. I highly recommend it.

kmpitz2, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark-cloudy yellow, dirty/murky pond cloudy in nature; a thin pure white ring that maintains a decent cap on this beverage. There are some noted bananas and somewhat of a peppery aroma; both of which will come into play in the flavorings. Up front, a decent come and go blast of bananas, cloves and some black pepper; lemon peel and some tart to the body. Very well rounded and balanced; the sharp flavorings make this very easy to drink; perhaps an underrated hefe!

GeoffRizzo, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Labeled as a 1 [obviously US] Pint brown glass bottle. Labels look exactly like that in the BA Database Avatar. Has a best before date, one of those side label numbered nicked types, but it makes no sense to me.

Appearance: Lots of streamers punctuate the ever so slightly hazed golden body. Big white head forms easily and stays put after the pour. Nice thick lacing on the glass edges. Low-ish carbonation when swirled.

Nose: Cloves and bananas with a light yeasty feel that has some tart lemon and sharp tingle on the nose.

Taste: Very much a reflection of the nose. Soft bananas and cloves, nice yeasty middle, sharp lemon finish that rasps at times. Clean lines throughout and a very good Helles Hefe Weisse.

Mouthfeel: Rather light, but not lacking at all. Soft on the tongue to start with, but with a sharp tart ending to finish with. Nicely done!

Drinkability: Very tasty brew, and a really nice quaffer. The sharp aspects in the back end take a little getting used to but are easily taken on board, nevertheless I could manage a couple of these quite easily.

Overall: Sure this is a rather pedestrian style with more Teutonic producers that stars in the skies it seems. Nevertheless, I was rather taken by this one in the long run, it does stand out from the other "more average" versions. I will most certainly drop $1.90 for this one again, and any other Tucher brews that I come across. Great value!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a svelte 16oz bottle like the one pictured and poured into my Paulaner hefeweizen glass. This brew had a hazy golden color topped by a towering foamy white head. The head was surprisingly durable and left nice lace behind.
The smell was predominantly grainy, dusty malt and clove with some lighter fruitiness. The banana aroma was missing, or at least so subdued I missed it. Instead, I noted some other tropical of melon-based notes.
The taste was quite satisfying: wheaty, lightly bready malt and fruity sweetness up front followed by the flavors of clove, a touch of coriander and a light dusting of pepper for a modestly spiced finish. The feel was light, with a nice creamy carbonation that made it very refreshing going down.
Overall, I was quite impressed with this hefeweizen. Drinkability was really good as the pint disappeared in short order. A real tasty brew with a lively feel. Worth picking up if you like wheat beers.

Boilermaker88, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Either hazy or cloudy, tough to tell with this one, straw colored brew, big white hefe head. Similar hefe scent, not as great as the best though, slight banana/clove, some wheat malt. Pretty nice clovey, bananay, wheaty, hefey tastes, though thinner and wetter than you would probably hope for. Youll find worse, but ive some id recommend over this.

Tballz420, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden body topped by a decent head of off-white foam. The flavor is definitely fruity with a mixture of banana and some spicy overtones.

The nose is hefe all the way with the faintest whiff of fruit to be had as well. The mouthfeel is good, with decent crispness and a good sense of full body. Drinkability is good.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

filabrazilia, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurred gold with a bountiful, rolling white crown.
Perfumes of banana bread- all wheaty and fruity- drizzled with vanilla frosting and augmented with clove.
Begins dryishly wheaty with, perhaps, some bicuity pils/pale malts included. Banana is next, and is generally light. Vanilla is interwoven. Clove is the dominate yeast-driven hue. Watermelon, pear and apple fruitiness arrive, especially as it warms. Traces of lemon peels too. Ends with lingering vanilla-fruit and dead grass hop puncuation.
Light bodied, structured more like a witbier than a hefeweizen.
And generally, it seems like a cross between the two.
Plenty drainable and nice enough.

cokes, Jul 22, 2004
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.

WesWes, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of marcellaproust
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

marcellaproust, May 19, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A ghastly white coloration graces this beer - fortunately the lace its huge head kicks up scares away the macro fear. The bubbles are holey cheese.

The nose is fully of mellow sweetness, hints of grainy nuttiness, vanilla ice cream, bubblegum. No grit like some hefe's are cursed with.

The yeasties held off until the end. When the yeast consolidates towards the end of the beer the banana-meter runs to 11.

There's something about this beer that the creamy mouthfeel solidifies. There's alot of different fruity esthers in competition with dry wheat, brought together with the clove/banana yeast character. It just works.

Clearly not the hefe Holy Grail, but a good standard nonetheless.

GreenWBush, May 09, 2004
Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy lemonade yellow. An expansive multi-finger pillowy white head swells rapidly and dwindles slowly to a soft pad of foam. Brows and loops of lacing adorn the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a tart grainy sweetness that's soon befriended by clove and coriander. A mild peachy essence drifts wantonly in the distance.

First sip brings a veritable but somewhat restrained grain sweetness leavened by a proportionate tartness. A spicy character, studded with cloves, works the center of the room, along with a blended fruity yeastiness, revealing perhaps peach and banana. A very gentle dryness lingers on the center of the tongue at the finish. Overall, the flavor is balanced and pleasant enough, but also rather dimensionally thin.

Between light and medium bodied, the elements play on the tongue and wash away quickly and utterly, leaving little memory of themselves in their wake.

Well, maybe I won't loudly sing the praises here, but I'll at least hum them audibly. Sure, it's simple, light, somewhat thing, and it goes away fast. but what's there tastes good and the fresh wheat identity makes it smooth and very drinkable. I'll grant you, it will never be my first choice, given a decent selection, but if I find one in my hand, I'll be happy enough. I mean, there may not be a huge smile on my face, but there surely will be a beaming grin.

Foxman, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best Hefes I've tried. Nice lemony aroma with a grainey touch and a slight earthy note. Color is a pale straw with a long lasting thick white head. Medium-light mouthfeel, about average for the style. Crisp carbonation and a light flavor of lemon, clove, bannana, and a peppery finish.

Sixpack595, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

BeerManDan, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Loki
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Loki, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of Chsyhkr
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Chsyhkr, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of BierManVA
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely attractive. Nice orange color with a full whipped cream head similar to a nice Pilsner. The smell is not as aromatic as I would like. But pleasant none the less.

Flavor is crisp and clear. No hiding. Flavor of a light wheaty orange comes to mind. Earthy, yet not complex. This is a Helles bier which explains it well.

An early morning bier on a hot summers day.

John

BierManVA, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a standard brown half liter bottle with a light blue and dark blue label of little actual appeal. Purity law applies. Best before 7/31/04, I opened it on 2/15/04.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color under a big snow white head that turns watery but leaves a bit of lace. The nose is full of sweet spices and yeast. The mouth is not quite as prickly as it could be, and fairly heavy. The taste is good: spice, malt, fruits. There are very little hops here - pretty much undetectable, in fact. The aftertaste is mainly sweet and spicey. This is a very pleasant drinking beer, but by no means extraordinary. My wife, who likes wheat beers, thought it was boring.

Globetrotter, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle pours a hazy, pale yellow color with an enormous, foamy, white head that sits atop the pils glass like shaving cream. Nice aroma of spicy hops, lemon/tangerine, and a hint of light chocolate and bananas. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and the beer is light to medium bodied. Taste is excellent and well balanced. Mandarin orange, grass, and coriander sit comfortably atop a mildly sweet malt profile. Very well crafted weizen that is highly drinkable with its assertive and well balanced taste.

merlin48, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this hefe on tap at Big City in Alston, MA after a suggestion from the bartender steer me towards it. This is quite a good beer and I look forward to trying the entire Tucher line. Was light and crisp with pleanty of wheat for the wheat heads. Poured with little to no head, but this was more the result of a neglected keg than the beer itself I believe. Tangy on the palate. Well balanced. A quality brew.

EmoBeerGuy, Dec 24, 2003
Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
88 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.