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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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503 Ratings

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-2001

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Ratings: 503 | Reviews: 292
Photo of grindcore666
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass as required. A fistful of pearl white foam on a thick to pale cascade of gold. Lacing is OK. Aroma has oranges among other ranges of fruits: banana, lemon, and apples.

Tastes really good. Light and smooth. Oranges and banana creme, just as fruity as the nose suggests. Carbonation contributes to a nice and cool mouthfeel. Another addition to the A grade hefes.

Photo of radshoesbro
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - cloudy gold with a massive head and loads of carbonation. lots and lots of lacing.

s - wheat and faint fruits and cloves (bananas, lemons, etc).

t - lots of wheat with mild fruits. typical of a weizen. i could understand how one might say this is a little watery.

m - light bodied hefe with a good smooth texture. above average finish.

d - hell yeah i'd have this again. definately would go great with a pool and a warm summer evening!

Photo of PorterLambic
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lemon/straw color. Big, creamy head with great retention.
Smell is citrus (lemon, orange), spice (pepper, clove), yeast, hops, mild malt.
Taste is all the above and nothing extra. An admirable quality, IMO, bringing everything to the palate that the nose promised.
Light bodied, smooth, light effervescence, with a somewhat watery finish. A good tasting beer but it just washed off the tongue like a swig of H2O. Better on tap.

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

Lightly foggy lemon-amber with lemon yogurt edges. The head is aged ivory in color and is impressively creamy. It sports a rugged surface that looks like it would require an all-terrain vehicle to navigate, but isn't quite what I'd call mountainously rocky. A few wisps of lace manage to find a foothold on the glass.

The nose is full of husky wheat that causes it to be less soft and less well-mannered than some. Banana esters are too much in the background and clove spice is only slightly more prominent. All in all, the aroma is decent, although there's very little here that excites.

Helles Hefe Weizen is more forceful on the palate. The wheat malt still has a slightly raw graininess about it that, surprisingly, I don't mind all that much. It's a slightly different take on the style and not necessarily an inferior one. Having said that, I still prefer soft, creamy, lush hefe weizens. Obviously, flavor and mouthfeel overlap to some extent.

There's more banana and clove yeastiness than was appreciated in the nose. Sweet and sour run neck-and-neck throughout each mouthful, with sour winning by a nose at the wire. The mouthfeel is firmly medium with a pleasant airy expansiveness. Once the bubbles settle down, the mouthfeel improves substantially and is as at least as enjoyable as the flavor, if not more so.

Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen is a solid example of the style. Although it doesn't really compare with some of my favorites, it's delicious, impressively drinkable beer. I would love to taste it fresh from the tap in the land of its birth.

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 BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter version of most traditional German Wheat beers. Lighter in color, flavor, and alcohol. Looks lighter and brighter yellow, lemon like. High carbonation. Dense white persistant head. Laces well. Smells mildly on the citrusy side with yeast and spice tones. Tastes more citrusy than most. Light spices, pepper, clove, bananna, and bubble gum flavors. More cidery than most Wheats. Ligher body, perhaps falls a bit watery. Carbonation almost scrubs the palate. Quite refreshing, crisp, and not as creamy as expected.

Photo of danielharper
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Appearance: Poured a lemon-yellow cloudy body with a larger-than-expected foamy head. Nice presentation, although I found the color to be a bit lighter than I like in a good hefe. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Smell is weaker than I expected, without quite the same level of complexity that a Paulaner or Franziskaner gives you. Still, nice strong banana notes that are pretty inviting, and certainly nothing that makes me want to avoid the beer.

Taste it about the same, with a bit more citrus to be found here than in the nose, but otherwise very similar. Beer's a bit heavy on the carbonation, I think, but overall pretty decent.

Mouthfeel is very watery, and the foamy head hardly makes itself present at all on the tongue. Doesn't really coat that way I'd like it to, and overall I found the mouthfeel to be reasonably decent, yet somewhat disappointing.

Overall drinkability is high. Fairly low abv, easy to drink, and tastes pretty decent -- I could take a few of these if I had to. I'd prefer having a Franziskaner or a Paulaner or an Olde Towne, but the Tucher'll do in a pinch. Certainly better than the Kristal and the Dunkel, I believe.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, capped.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy, yellow color with creamy, white foam that settled. The smell was tangy (citrus) and malty with light banana fruitiness. The taste was mildly malty with light citrusy tang, mild banana, a hint of vanilla, and a touch of yeast. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and medium carbonation. This was a light and refreshing hefeweizen, though a bit thin on body.

Photo of aaronh
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a traditional Paulaner Weizen Glass, this beer was a cloudy lemon yellow, and topped by a rather modest (for a weizen) slightly off-white head. However, it displayed good retention and a decent lacing. Aroma was more banana than clove, and was very fresh. The flavor has a nice crispness to it, with more banana flavors. Mouthfeel was rather smooth, yet fully carbonated. Drinkability was very good, as I had 60 ounces in a short period of time. I actually expected this to be the pils, since there was absolutely nothing else worthwhile on tap. Nice surprise when a hefe showed up, and a good one at that.

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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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!

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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!

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!

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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 marcellaproust
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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.

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