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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial HefePeak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 24.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Weiss Principal is the international love child of a German Hefe-Weisse and an American Double IPA. This unfiltered wheat beer employs a traditional German Weiss yeast, providing engaging banana and clove flavors. A stern dry-hopping of a pungent American hops provides pronounced citrus, pine & fruit notes.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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1/5  rDev -70.3%

chrispoint, Feb 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.3%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

largadeer, Aug 10, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of cskollmann
1.75/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw this while browsing in Whole Foods. Front of the bottle says it's an Imperial Hefeweizen style, which sounded interesting so I gave it a try. Should have read the back of the bottle where they explain it is a cross between an IPA and a hefeweizen, but lets try it anyway...

Appearance looks like a hefe, cloudy straw gold with a huge creamy white head. I rolled the bottle to suspend the yeast. Pretty nice looking.

Aroma is a clash between cloves and dank hops, with some yeasty bread flavor underneath. There's a lot going on, but in a very muddled way.

Taste...oh yuck. The clove and hop flavors do not play well together. Very bitter, but not in a good way.

Ugh, hard to even classify the mouthfeel, as I just want it OUT! I can't drink this. I rarely drainpour, but the thought of finishing an entire bomber is torturous. 5 sips is enough...

Glad this was less than $6. The concept of this beer just doesn't work for me. Very disappointing.

cskollmann, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.1/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Ale+Witch. There are a lot of bad beers out there, this is just one of them. It pours a turbid yellow-golden hue and is capped with a frothy white head; it has a good and sturdy appearance. The nose, however, is just not melding its various elements very well, and is something of a wreck. Basic notes of banana are to be found in the aroma, with maybe a bit of bubblegum, cut grass, and chlorophyll, but those associations are quickly usurped by the familiar stench of wet latex paint. Ugghh. Bitter unripe banana and overripe orange juice is generally suggested in the flavor, atop of sweet and somewhat chalky wheat. The feel, well, it is not its fault. Overall this brew is a tremendous example of how flavors and elements can clash and produce negative results. Bad.

ktrillionaire, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of 7ways
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice looking beer, mildly hazy and warm orange-gold with a hefty head and some decent lacing.

The aroma is a little off putting, but not bad. It's discombobulating, there seems to be a fight and no one is winning yet. Kind of smells like bananas and fruit snacks.

This is bad. To say the flavors a clash just doesn't do it. Reminds me of a past-its-prime mango I recently ate a bite of by accident. With hurty bitterness, artificial sweetener, and chalk.

Mouthfeel is weirdly soft and very sticky.

Different hops or less hops may have saved this beer. I wonder if German brewers who attempted this kind of schtick centuries ago were punished. IMO many high gravity wheat beers are a joke, a corruption, and a waste of good ingredients. This is one of them. At first I could taste a solid Hefe in there and then it was choked to death by hops, sugar, and booze.

7ways, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up this new offering after being pretty impressed with Peak Organic thus far. 22oz bottle split into two tall stemmed glasses.

A= Pours a nice cloudy golden copper hue, sits hazy golden orange in glass. A good foamy white head forms and lingers pretty well.

S- Lots of fresh banana, some hay, light bready cloves and nutmeg. A nice bright aroma.

T- Upfront taste is very similar to the aroma. Banana is most prominent. The yeast notes start to come out. Then the beer takes a turn. Lots of grassy and vegetal hop flavors take over. The hops bitterness overwhelms the other flavors and it becomes an unpleasant hoppy mess. Its not a hop bomb by any means, I mighty have liked that. The interplay between the mellow traditional wheat beer flavors and off-hop flavor kills this beer. Like really bad green tea.

M- Medium body. Starts nicely then goes bad. The mouth feel becomes very harsh and unpleasant once the hops come through. Alcohol sits on back of palate. Kinda metallic.

O- The beer starts off good then goes way south. Perhaps could have been good if Peak didn't try to over hop it. The beer leaves a gross taste in mouth. Drain pour for sure. Stay away from this unless you have ever though that it would be good to steep green tea and old grass clippings into a good hefe or wheat beer.

busterthecat, Jun 16, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

jmilo64, Apr 12, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Halluxone, Nov 17, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Evil_Pidde, Nov 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

tickingtimebomb, Sep 12, 2013
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2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weiss Principal has a very cloudy, yellow-gold body. The head is large, several fingers tall, and both the retention and lacing are great.

The aroma has a good bit of wheat, a punch of hops, and a dose of alcohol.

After trying Peak Organic's Summer Session Ale on-tap the night before and thinking it needed a little more “umph,” this one seemed like it had promise. I was wrong about that. A little bit of wheat twang leads things off, and it also brings a little bit of a bready taste. The yeast makes a short cameo in the middle, with bits of bubble gum and clove, but the yeast is quickly strangled by hops. The hops add a little bit of citrus flavors, but mostly they bring a lot of bitterness. I'd like some more fruitiness from hops. The real problem with this beer is that the finish is brutal. Not only is this beer hot, but it tastes like rubbing alcohol in the finish.

Big and burning.

This one tastes a little bit like poison. I recommend staying away.

Hojaminbag, Jun 20, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Hazy gold with a decent head

S-Sweet and bready

T-Disappointing. All I tastes is hop bitterness with some noticeable alcohol. No wheat beer/Hefenweizen flavors at all. The hops are strictly for bittering and add no complexity. Very one dimensional.

M-Medium mouth feel

O-What I said in taste sums it up. This beer is just a high ABV hop bomb. Nothing else. After drinking about 10% of the bottle, I had no desire to have any more

beancounter, Jun 10, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

orcrist_cleaver, Jun 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Crumpetsnbeer, Jul 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

IrishColonial, Aug 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

BigTrubble, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled in 2011. Drank in June 2013.

Poured a nice golden color with a one finger foamy white head. Leaves a nice solid lacing down the glass. After being in the fridge for two years, much of the hop profile is gone though there is a strong bitterness left in the finish. Some cloves and bananas up front. It has a strong bready base with a spicy middle. Strong carbonation. I bet this would be really nice with the full hop profile when it was fresh. I'm digging a nice bitter wheat beer on a hot day.

VoiceOfTheSoul, Jun 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

ms11781, Jul 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Smells of clove and allspice with hints of banana. There's lots of spicy yeast esters and a bit of lemon in this one and I heard tell there's some malt in here too, but I can't find it in the nose. Oh there it is. First sip proves there's some sweet malt in there. Taste is tart spicy phenolic-y. There's malt up front followed by an unpleasant alcohol burn then some clove and nail polish. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn mixed with lemon pledge and a bit of earthiness. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium to full body and a spirited level of carbonation. Wow after the last few Peak beers really impressing me, this was quite a letdown. I don't think the high level of hops the spicy wheat, yeast, and alcohol meld very well in this one. One and done.

johnnnniee, Jul 16, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Murky pale amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose, flavor is lemon and yeast, with a lingering pine hop aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.95 for a 22oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

jdhilt, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber bottle, purchased at beers of the World, Rochester, NY

Pours cloudy, a warming orangy shade of apricot amber. The head is dense, rich, large and lasting. Then leaving respectable webs of sheeting and lace.

Bananas and lemons in the nose.

Fruity, with more bananas, wheat malts, yeast as well as quite bitter with citric and grainy hops.

Not in love here, seems disjointed and in search of a theme. Sometimes what seems like a good idea, doesn't quite come together in practice. A bit dissappointed with this one.

Billolick, Aug 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22 ouncer with a tin foiled, screw-off cap. I cannot believe how milky it looks. It is pale yellow on the whole but it is so milky and cloudy that it is opaque. A good sized head. On the nose I get a good supply of wheat with a bit of yeast and white pepper. They say there's clove in it but I did not notice that. The body is about medium. The taste has a generous dose of wheat with a solid but sour hoppiness thrown in. The higher ABV is masked pretty well. It is good for what it is but it does not represent the style as well as I had hoped. I don't expect I would buy it again.

puboflyons, Jul 02, 2011
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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe from Peak Organic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.