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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

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BA SCORE
88
very good

475 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 26
Gots: 24 | 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 captainbearcat
3/5  rDev -22.7%

captainbearcat, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of TheBeerbarian
3/5  rDev -22.7%

TheBeerbarian, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy brilliant yellow color. Produced a good cap of frothy white foam. Fair retention.

(S)- A mildly dry profile with an awesome burst of lemon, banana, wheat, and bubblegum. Finishes in a dry biscuit aspect.

(T)- Very yeasty and dry. Earthy, with tons of wheat and a grassy clove-like bite.

(M)- A huge effervescent carbonation level. Very dry with a fairly aggressive grassy earthy bitterness for the style.

(D)- An in your face Hefe. On the far end spectrum of dry, earthy, and yeasty parts that carries a bitterness with it uncharacteristic of the style. Not bad, but far from the best of the style.

sweemzander, May 08, 2011
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 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.

BEERchitect, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of katan
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

katan, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of monkeybeer
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a little white head and some minor lacing. Light carbonation bubbles.

S- Smell is of wheat and spice with a slight beady quality and a slight fruity smell

T/M- Taste is of wheat and a slight fruit taste. Carbonation is light. Some banana

D- This is a nice drinkable beer, not too much to it and not too complicated but very easy to drink. Could easily drink a number of these.

monkeybeer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of GordonQuid
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

GordonQuid, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of TheDM
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour yielded a head that was very lively and almost overflowed my glass. The head was a mixture of small to medium while bubbles that clung well to the sides of the glass. It's body was a light orange transparent color with a hint of yeast and carbonated bubbles floating in it. The taste of this beer was rather uninteresting for me after the Kostrizer I had earlier this evening. A little watered down for my tastes. Not bad, but not a beer that I would go out of my way for.

TheDM, Jul 01, 2003
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 ZAP
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a hefe that leans heavy on the wheatiness. The nose is big on the wheat malt and also has some mild cloves.

The taste is sweet but crisp. Wheat malt and a good amount of lemon. Lacks banana notes on the nose or buds. Cloviness is very mild.

Body is light to medium. Definitely an easy drinker and thirst quencher but I don't care for its flavor profile as much as the classic hefes.

Definitely a decent drinker that would slide down nice after playing some tennis in the sun. Would pair nicely with Tuna on the grill. It definitely has some redeeming qualities but there are too many better hefes on the market for me to revisit this one.

ZAP, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden straw hue with a thick, 3 finger head. Decent retention, leading to a consisent, somewhat sticky lacing.

Smell - Perhaps my nose is failing me, but there's very little aromatic quality here. Scant notes of clove and, and to a lesser extent, banana.

Taste - Clean, but remarkably underdeveloped. Faint hints of clove. Even less are the banana and bubblegum flavor that make a quick cameo before darting off to a weak, bland wheat finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a fresh, lively carbonation. Finishes with a touch of dryness. Entirely smooth and drinkable.

Overall - While it displays a tremendous amount of smoothness, the lack of any kind of assertive flavor is disappointing. How mellow is too mellow? This beer crosses the line. Strange, because their krystalweizen shows considerably more character than this.

Maybe just a skunked bottle?

TheSixthRing, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of jackndan
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tucker Helles Hefe Weizen: half liter brown bottle. Freshness date marked on bottle Pale yellow, cloudy with very white dense head. (I left the yeast on the bottom, this time).Very light and refreshing hefe weisen beer, with sweet citrus/apple flavors. Dry crisp finish. Pretty good beer, right down the middle for its style.

jackndan, Apr 29, 2002
Photo of Naugled
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Naugled, May 16, 2009
Photo of mindbottling
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%

mindbottling, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of bonbright7
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

bonbright7, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Big T's in Lawton, Michigan. Served in a restaurant-branded pint glass.

Hard pour into the pint glass yielded a really nice three-finger head atop a hazy light golden brew. Plenty of sticky lacing as the beer made its way down the glass. The nose was a bit tame with only mild clove presence. Instead, the banana and bubblegum were more toward the forefront. Still, a bit light overall. The flavor was a bit bready with some mild yeast. Nothing too exciting. The feel was light to medium without the requisite level of spritzy carbonation I love in a hefe. Also, the lack of clove spice was a disappointment. Overall, this was a nice brew with dinner, though not something I would seek out again.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Sergio, Mar 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

moistnugget, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Kahlerbock, Sep 13, 2013
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+

kojevergas, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Donkster46, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of WhiteOak
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow color, and very hazy - almost cloudy. Meringue head with lacing.

S- Very faint, barely perceptible classic Hefe Weizen aromas, unfortunately.

T- Light, pleasant flavors, but far from the degree of pleasure afforded by Franziskaner, Weihenstephan, Schneider...

M, D- Good drinkability.

WhiteOak, Jun 27, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

whatsgoody, Nov 26, 2012
Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
88 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.