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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

257 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Reviews by John:
Photo of John
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice start to this brew, hefty head, promising looking yeasty haze. A swirl and pour of the bottle's last remains helps substantiate the beer's medium body. The aroma is citrusy with lemon and some banana. However, there's a bit of funk in here. Some strange farm, horse blanket notes are detected in the aroma and flavor. Hmm...this is a Hefe Weizen and not a lambic (?) - curious. Mouthfeel is spot on for a Hefe. Though this brew seems to be well regarded, it seems as though I'm not enjoying it as much. I'm a fan of a good Hefe but this is a bit off.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the top three American wheat beers I have had the pleasure to try.Nice lemony taste with a touch of clove in it.Nice color,am a big fan of Sprecher products.It has nice flavors but is pretty non-descript for the style.Makes for easy drinkin wich is what I was looking for.

Photo of Popsinc
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: lotsa hefe in the hefe-weiss...good start. a cloudy orange pour but with only a small head. could be bigger on a wheat.

Smell: typically strong banana and clove here. a little citrusy in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: right away this beer is creamy and smooth with a light to medium body. citrusy off the top with lingering spice and a hint of banana. the clove has good staying power. watered down towards the finish but still had plenty of good qualities to go around.

Drinkability: im a fan this style anyway but having said that, this beer achieves hefe-weiss status. i enjoyed it and think it's a great summer time brew.

Photo of blackearth
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the gift shop at Sprecher Brewery in Glendale, WI. Poured into a weizen glass it shows a hazy, pale golden body with a thick white head. Aroma of banana and clove. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation level. Flavors of bubble gum and fruity peel. Very refreshing. Great drinkability.

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap @ The Gingerman, Chicago, IL.

Appearance: Cloudy caramel orange in colour with a tightly carbonated creamy off white lace that sitcks.

Smell: Sweet malt, touch of raw grain, clove and big banana aromas.

Taste: Slightly twangy upfront with a nice floral/citrus hop bitterness. It doesn't last long as clove spice notes quickly break things up, followed by the malt ... which is unexpectedly sweet and caramel-like, with an underlying fresh grain flavour and crispness. Notes of ripe banana blend nicely with the malt character, rounding them off. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick. Body is close to medium and consistent. Finishes with a touch of grain dryness on the palate.

Notes: The balance on this brew is perfection, and the malt richness stands out as a nice twist on the style. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended.

Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jsolack
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Hazy yellow color. Looks nice and cloudy. Head is gone shortly after beer is poured.

Smell:
Smells like a banana's and wheat... very sweet smell, like a banana split!

Taste:
Great wheat flavor. Everything I like about a wheat. Sweet banana flavor with great wheat accents. Bitterness is controlled by sweetness.

Mouthfeel:
I would like this to be a little thicker in the mouth. It's a little too water, carbonation doesn't give the smooth thick feel instead feels a little crisp.

Drinkability:
A very drinkable beer. Great flavor and a great finish. I could definitely have a few of these in one sitting!

Photo of yankeeheel
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a billowing explosive white head, with huge bubbles, from the fat 16 oz bottle.

Lemon, grasses and a little pollen come through with the big yeast rush.

Chuck full of yeast and a little bit tart to start. Sits a little thin on the tounge but is by no way bad. Finishes slightly dry with a lot of that sweet flowery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just a little on the "not chewy enough" side for a Hefe.

Drinkable to all.

Photo of jmbraxton
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another quality Sprecher brew. Not the haze I hoped for, but always mega carbonated, yet does not form much head.

Good banana, wheat, lemon flow to the nose, and then that is exactly the taste. Very pleasant, light body. Very easy to drink. 16oz bottles at a great price, rarely disappointed with these guys.

Photo of ADR
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy ochre color, head calms to a skim after 20 seconds. Honeyish aroma, yeasty. Heavy on the banana ester side, just a touch of citrus and a slight cotton-candy flavor and mouthfeel. Hops minimal. Some sense of cinnamon in the aftertaste. This is a good Hefe here, not a favorite style for me -- but very tasty.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded orange glazed sunrise gold unfiltered textbook hefeweizen brewed in Wisconsin, god I love craft beer. Off white head forms thick three fingers of puffy dimpled foam leaves behind speckled sporadic lacing. Aroma sharp lively citrus peel tickles the nose with cloves and soft vanilla notes as well. Esters thrive here authentic yeast strain of course a touch of bubblegum and banana here works well together. Flavors creamy banana, vanilla, clove, and bubble gum esters arise with a creamy malted wheat not much refreshing citrus zing to it. Lightly hopped with herbal German noble hops. Texture is great really reminds me of Penn Weizen with the creamy medium body yet the carbonation is effervescent enough to tickle the palate and the back of the throat.
Excellent authentic German hefe but too much vanilla and bubblegum esters arise for me making it a tad cloying and not as insanely drinkable as my favorite weizens tend to be, so just a couple points docked on drinkability.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a nice cloudy pale yellow body with a nice thick slurry of yeast in the last little bit of the bottle. There is a sticky snow white head that leaves sip rings as I drink. The head is supported by tiny little bubbles of carbonation that can only be seen when they trail up the side of the glass.

S- The soft bubblegum smell has a slight powdered sugar note like bubble-yum gum followed by a soft yeasty bread dough note and a clove warmth at the finish. These smells meld into each other and feel very natural unlike some over-the-top Weizens.

T- The nice wheat bread flavor has soft but present bubblegum qualities and a soft clove note that is not sweet and is more of a warmth than a spic note. There is a soft carbonic acid note with a slight sweetness to finish the beer and it has a very nice dried lemon note.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and the body is not heavy like some Weizens that sit like a 3 course meal in my stomach.

D- This beer has a good body and great well developed flavors that all work together quite well. I would consider this one of the few Weizens inwhich I could have several at one siting without being full.

Photo of skloeff
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice stab at a hefeweizen.
Pours a heavily-clouded orange. Whipping cream-like head. Lasts the duration.
Banana and clove on the nose.
Taste is dominated by these as well. Big fruitiness. Underlying carmel. Hops balance things, but are not otherwise assertive.
Mouth is creamy without being too heavy. Carbonation keeps things quite lively.
This one is right up there with some of my favorite weizens.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a dark brown bottle into a tall Weizen glass

Appearance: Cloudy deep golden almost amber color. small foamy head that didn't retain long.

Smell: Yeasty with scents sweet banana and cloves. Nice yeasty sweetness with banana and bubblegum phenolics. Better nose than most American made Hefe's.

Taste: Sweet wheat up front with nice spice on the finish. Not as sweet as some of the German Hefe's and a bit dry, but in a good way. Not bad at all for an American Hefe.

Mouth feel: Slippery on the tongue and nice carbonation.

Drinkability: It's very good, and I picked up a four pack at my local store for four bucks. Can't beat that price!. Will look for this one again.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twist off bottle from the brewery. Hits the style, but not so drinkable. Big bannana,in the taste and in the aroma. average mouthfeel in fact a bit thin mouthfeel. Carbonation significant. More wheat, complexity needed. Have had much better examples of the style. Decent retained head.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - I like the size of the big 16 oz "true pint" bottle! This one pours a really lovely shade of honey-orange sunset gold that reminds me of fresh pineapple and mango juice. The head is a big three finger affair that reduces to a collar and haze within a few minutes, and lots of really foamy and thick lace is left on the glass.

S - Yeasty fresh bread, donuts, fresh orange-banana juice with some tropical notes too. Smells like a mango bagel that you can buy at Panera.

T - Oh yeah, that's really good! Much like the nose, it's really fruity and juicy...much more so than any other hefe that I've had. Mango, banana bread, orange juice w/ pulp. The yeasty flavors are there, but are very reserved for the style.

M - Highly carbonated and medium in body. It's on the lighter side of the hefe spectrum, but that seems to fit the summery fresh fruit and tropical notes. The finish is sweet and pretty clean.

D - This is a decent brew that is really focused on the summer fruit, and I think that makes it very quaffable for a summertime session! Nothing really special....sort of average. I wish it had more malt and yeast flavors....it's pretty much all fruit and yeast twang.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from General Mitchell International Airport - MKE - Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tuesday, 2 January 2007. Early afternoon.

Draft. Cloudy, deep golden amber with yellow highlights and an orange cast. Short head of creamy bright white foam drops readily to an average collar and whispy surface covering. (Bar glassware?) Nose is loaded w/ phenolics: plastic-like, clovey/bubblegum, mild green banana. Wheaty malt base. (Mouthfeel) Medium. Smooth. Very fine bubbled natural carbonation. Gentle bristle (on the tongue). Flavor follows aroma. Clove, phenols, mild banana, wheatish malt. Lightly tart. Very, very mild citrus if any. Sublime bitterness. Well balanced. Finishes slightly acidic w/ quick-fading notes of wheat + banana. A decent, average weizen. Some of the phenolics were a bit harsh to my palate. Acidity was OK - had several examples from Germany that were the same or lower in pH. Nice carb. Not as effervescent as some of the better known Bavarians, but then again, more examples from Germany... Enjoyable. Good.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this craft beer while I was in Florence (Firenze), Italy at a local craft beer bar. When poured into a weizen glass it has a chazy gold color, smallish head, little carbonation, and a yeasty aroma. It has a real yeasty and picey, with hints of cloves and oranges. It goes down easy, with no edge, and quenches the palate.

Florence, Italy May-July, 2013

Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz stubby bottle, Woodman's - West

appearance: poured into a hefe glass....watery golden-orange, rather cloudy, big foamy white head with good retention

smell: spicy yeast is the main driver, clove, banana, touch of honey, pretty typical to the style

taste: I'd call this a middle of the road hefe...spicy yeast flavour, lemon zest, clove, banana, orange citrus, touch of vanilla and honey...a little watery

mouthfeel: medium body, lively

drinkability: good

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Paired wonderfully with tilapia and asparagus.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a white head and starts with an interesting aroma that's extremely similar to vanilla cake. I suppose it's the combination of vanilla spice from the yeast with the aroma of sweet bready malts. The flavor is a bit light - though understandably so considering the 4.2% strength. Still, the wheat malt and yeast character need to be amped up considerably for this to be considered a great beer. I guess for what it is, it makes a great light beer and tasty beverage for hot days. Save this one for the summer and you won't be disappointed.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at the Berghoff, no less, in Chicago. A good thin hefe head with a nice lace. Body is suitably cloudy, like a lemon peel. Nice spice and lemon notes, or maybe that was the smell of the lemon slice they stuck on it. Still, very clean and refreshing, nothing to jump out and bite you, but an ideal lawnmower beer.

Photo of Dammer-licht
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of eliz108
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.