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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 24.33%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Fruity colour, a nice bitterness,some lemon, creamy mouthfeel. Altogether a good summer beer. This brewery has not disapointed us with a standard product line.Pleasant fruity and fresh yeast aromas. Decent drinkability. Fairy high abv though.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has an interesting mix of banana, citrus and clove aromas.
T: Unlike a typical weizenbock, the taste has a light amount of bitterness and lots of spicy cloves in the finish. There are also some notes of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be intense but is something interesting to try if you like weizenbocks and IPAs.

metter98, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%

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

largadeer, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a very clear, golden-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Peppery yeast notes of clove and pine hops with a malty backbone of caramel and toffee.

T - Bready malt with lots of spicy clove character up front. More phenolic character appears in the middle and intensifies to the point of becoming medicinal. Surprisingly strong bitterness in the finish with a pith, grapefruit character that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - This one starts out very promising with an excellent, bright and peppery aroma of hops and spices. The flavor profile, unfortunately fails miserably in its attempt to live up to the promise of the aroma. The spicy notes have become an overwhelming and medicinal phenolic yeast character that just overwhelms everything else. If that weren't enough, the bitterness is excessive and pithy; to the point that it would seem harsh in a DIPA, let alone a beer like this. I am always a bit skeptical of Imperialized versions of wheat beers and lagers, but I have had so many surprisingly good beers from Peak that I though this one just might be one of the rare exceptions. Sadly, it was not.

nickfl, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big fluffy 2 finger fluffy head that petty much never fades but leaves lots of sticky lacing when it finally does, over hazy wheat golden orange color.

Nose has some wheat, light citrus, light spices, sweet malts but quite a bit of malts, hints of more fruit, banana, apricot, some spices and touch fruity citrus hops, but fairly sweet malts and somewhat plain somehow.

Taste starts sweet and malty, a but of a sweet candy flavor, lots of light wheat, light spices, citrus, fruit, coriander, bit creamy, then a bit of hops, fairly bitter and light citrus fruity hops. Finishes still Sweet, sticky, some citrus and wheat, quite bitter with an orange peel bitter rind.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, decent carb, sticky mouth, and bit off booze warmth.

Overall kinda meh, way too sweet, too bitter, not the kinda beer that should be imperialized.

jlindros, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of hefe yeast esters and bitter hop aroma. It's sweet and fruity with some subtle banana/clove character. The taste is decent. It has a good hefe flavor; pale and wheat malts, fruity yeast esters. The hop character adds a good deal of bitterness, which seems to muttle the flavor, but it's still quite tasty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's half hefe, half IPA. I didn't think the two would work together, but it kinda does.

WesWes, Aug 10, 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
Photo of jdhilt
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 billab914
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

billab914, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange amber. Large white head with decent retention.

Not your typical aroma for style; there is relatively little in the way of spices, and morehops. Light malt and hops dominate.
Some yeast in the aroma, but rather faint compared to a Belgian.

Lacking the pronounced wheat flavor or [masking] spices I usually find objectionable, I enjoyed this more than the usual weissbier.

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

PEIhop, Apr 26, 2012
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
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -11%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The colour is orange-yellow, the liquid clear (there is some yeast in the bottle). The finger thick off-white head sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell got phenolic spices and fruity-bitter hop notes. Orange juice and a grand bitterness.

The taste is bitter and very citric (lemon-lime soda). Thick fat hop flavours and spice hefeweizen-yeast. The aftertaste is very bitter with notes of fruit candy.

The carbonation is strong and fresh. The liquid sticky and sweet.

Not a bad beer at all, but I rather enjoy a DIPA and a hefeweizen on their own.

bark, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Evil_Pidde, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber pours a fairly hazed gold color with a dense, creamy tan froth. Retention is excellently weissbier-esque and lacing nice as well.

Nose is...huh...hoppy? Definitely getting some fresh and citric hops to go along with an abundance of cloves. Balanced aroma between the hops and the yeast, but I am not so sure how well this combo is going to play out on the taste.

Taste is clashing, I dont find the banana/clove flavors to mesh well with the firm bitterness/hop flavors. Tastes more hoppy than anything and the yeast esters just muddle and confuse my palate. No bueno para mi.

twiggamortis420, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
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
Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dang, this is good beer! Maybe not the Weizenbock style it says here, but its label is spot on: "An Imperial German-Style Hefe-Weisse". At a very good temperature it poured with a grand off-white, thick, foamy, frothy, billowy head that lasts a long time and some lace. Color is a hazy, apricot amber with particulates and a few tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, banana, clove, orange, malt, hop. Flavor is similar to nose with some pine and grapefruit along with carbonic tang. Body is a little soft and yet just right for this hybrid. Finish is like flavor and of average length, ending with a little sweetness at very last. Excellent beer!

drpimento, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a weizen glass the beer was a hazy apricot color. The head was thick and white, resembling whipped cream. Sheets of lace. Very pretty.
Banana aroma, some spice. Fresh, floral.
Banana taste, some clove. Piney hops, a little grapefruit. Couldn't appreciate any malt.
I thought this little experiment worked rather well, even with the widely divergent tastes.

lordofthewiens, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this yesterday at my local Shaws for $5.49 and enjoyed it out in the 'Zebo last eve.

Popped and poured into an Oberdorfer Weissbier glass... It was a cloudy, hazy, muted honey color. A healthy, cream colored head toopped things off, fine and fluffy, slowly ebbing down from 1" high. Lacing was quite nice as well. Light clove was present, but the predominant aroma was wheat and rindy hops. Fairly smooth for a hefe, with a decent, solid body.

A touch of toasty malt sweetness is evident at the start, with subtle banana joining in. Far and away the leading flavor is rindy, pithy, puckery hops, with the clove and banana very restrained. Dry and crisp at the finish, the rindy character really stands out. Interesting offering. I assumed it was an amped-up hefe, and not something like Schneider-Brooklyner... Near the end I swirled in all the bottle sediment, which really clouded things up. Nothing wrong with a healthy dose of yeasties, though!! Prosit!!

4.03 rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1353

Bierman9, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

smithj4, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of IrishColonial
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

IrishColonial, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +18.7%

KevMo84, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Hanzo
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Hanzo, Jun 28, 2012
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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe from Peak Organic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.