Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Hefe WeissHefe Weiss

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BA SCORE
82
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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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice straw color, pours with great head. Appears to be overly carbonated however. Aroma is a creamy blend of citrus and clove yeast. Very inviting. Excellent balance of clove and citrus as well in the flavor. Slightly crisp, but thick and full flavor. An excellent American version of the style.

Photo of chris1919
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of blakesell
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16oz twist off cap bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a 2.5 finger head of bone coloured foam that quickly dies down to a slight level of carbonation across the top. Beer is clearer than would be expected of a Hefeweizen.

Smell- Rich spices and cloves upfront with a lingering banana on the finish. Wheat content is ample and sticks to the upper nose hairs as well. Hops are slight and noble, not really jumping like the yeast and malt. This is the most perfect smelling Hefeweizen I've ever smelled brewed in America.

Taste- The yeast is upfront on the flavor with cloves and high wheat flavors. Slight citrus rind lingers on the finish with a hint of sourness and hoppy bitterness. Banana sweetness midway through makes this a pretty excellent wheat.

Mouthfeel- Slightly thin, creamy, light bodied, highly carbonated, not astringent, effervescent.

Drinkability- This is an excellent lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Refreshing, invigorating and just low enough in alcohol for sessioning.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: A very distinctive squat, short necked, yet larger than normal brown glass bottle. The label has a Teutonic looking Coat of Arms and the word Sprecher in Germanic font. This is repeated in the bulge of the neck, where the word ‘Sprecher’ in raised lettering is molded into the bottle at two locations. A twist crown cap is not unusual, but the 16 fluid ounce, equal to 1 US Pint (a.k.a. One UK “Jessie” Pint, or a 20% short measure) is not. Packaged Date is 06/18/03.

Appearance: A beautiful looking golden straw color, more hazy - than cloudy. A lovely smooth tight head comprised of compacted small bubbles rest atop the beer throughout. It looks great and very appetizing. Solid inherent carbonation.

Nose: Fantastic. A mix of freshly peeled Banana’s and Cloves that are the classic traits of this style, but they are here in perfect balance. A very comfortable warming feel, akin to that which you get when you sit inside your first New Car, you just sit and continually breathe it in. Wow!

Taste: Gorgeous. A really well-balanced, appetizing Wheat Beer. Banana’s & Cloves lacerate the beers appeal, whilst a slight hop bitterness and some citric hints hide in the background like an unassuming person caught in the periphery of the lens of a filming Camera Crew, they want to enter the affray but fear for their imminent exposure. As such the citric hops seem to stay firmly in the sidelines.

Mouthfeel: A light body is aided by the fruity banana-ery aspects of this Weiss beer. Light but wholesome somehow, weird!

Drinkability: Easily dispatched, I had no problems whatsoever hiding the full US pint on my own. Refreshing and well-balanced.

Overall: I am quietly impressed by this Hefe Weiss, mainly because was I expecting a very yeasty Teutonic offering. In reality, this is a very ‘fresh’ tasting Germanic Wheat Beer. Solid, fresh, inviting, floral, yet fruity at times. Very nice and highly quaffable!

“Danke” to BigHuge for this One.

Photo of kevbie
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Michael_Wall
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of sammyt728
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Moe55
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack at a local liquor store. Pours slightly cloudy golden color. Nice white head that leaves some lacing. I can smell the clove spices and citrus. Worthy of calling itself a Bavarian style brew. Nice wheat taste and just the right amount of clove spices to give it a refreshing taste. I can also get a bit of banana at the end. Not as watery tasting as other craft wheat beers. This is the perfect beer on a warm, summer day. I am yet to be disappointed by Sprecher Brewing Company.

Photo of zaraspook
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Profane
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy golden with a nice fluffy white head. Really nice vanilla aroma on the nose. It smells delicious. The vanilla is dominant on the palate as well and it is delicious. There's also a tad bit of spiciness. It doesn't seem to be a hop type of spiciness however. More like a subdued pepper taste. Light to medium bodied. Great beer for poolside lounging. A nice effort from Sprecher.

Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy yellow-golden body with a thin finger of white foam that yields little retention. Good score based on fine color. Wonderful aroma--lots of clove, banana, vanilla, and a hint of lemon. Great taste as well, with vanilla, banana, and a dash of pepper most prominent. Creamy, smooth, delicious, full of flavor, this went down in a matter of minutes without thinking.

More and more I'm greatly impressed with Sprecher, producing one fine beer after another. My favorite sleeper brewery, this is excellent, one of my favorite Hefes.

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

Picked this up as part of a mixed 8pack of pints. The pack come with this booklet about the brewery's line of beers: what they put into them and what temps they should be served, a nice addition to the pack, very thoughtful.

A: 16oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours a hazy pale orange and bananna with a nice fluffy white head with minimal cratering.

S: Even as I was pouring this out of the bottle I could smell the yeast on this baby, very sweet and bready almost like cake batter with hints of bananna and lemon. My mouth is watering.

T/MF: Real nice and smooth mouthfeel, very creamy as to be expected with a nice bite from the hops and carbonation. Finishes pretty clean with just the smallest bit of hop oil on the tongue at the end. Tastes of bananna bread and mild clove spice upfront coupled with a lemony and orange citrus finish. This beer needs to have a decent head to be fully enjoyed, I couldn't fit all the beer into the snifter the first time around and gave an aggressive pour the second time around and gave the beer a whole new demention. The lemony character is more pronounced and even creamier than before, this is one refreshing brew.

D: One of the better hefes I've tried this summer, certainly better than Sam Adams version, and holds up pretty nicely if not better than Ayinger.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had a quarter barrel of this at a Brewer Game yesterday. It was a sunny and hot day and this beer couldn't have hit the spot anymore. It has a wonderful cloudy appearance with a nice fluffy head. What I really like about this beer, besides the fact that it tastes great out of a boot, is the clove presence. The subtle hints of spice and cloves rounds this out perfectly. Great beer!

Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one comes advertised in the bottle as producing a big head, which unfortunately does not happen, but the significant flaws end here.
Very hazy, golden with a small white head.
Pleasant nose includes wheat, clove, banana, bread, orange and perhaps a hint of lemon.
It is medium bodied and refreshing, with a very nice taste, malted and sweetish without going overboard, with some balancing hoppiness that can sometimes be entirely missed.
Comparable in taste to some good german examples, missing mostly on carbonation/head formation and retention, this one will be a fixture of my summer.

Photo of tone77
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 16 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas andcloves. Taste is very good, banana, spices, some wheat, very flavorful and refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a top quality beer.

Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium apricot color with massive white puffy head. Good retention.

Smell demonstrates nice notes of bananas, citrus, and cloves.

Taste has a strong banana flavor. The citrus and cloves blend nicely with the bananas to presnet an above average taste sensation.

Great retention of the banana flavors. Very refreshing.

Truly a nice example of the style with good drinkability.

Photo of Jables
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright appearance, high yellow gold color with solid white head.

The smell is brilliant yeasty bready yet fruity.

Taste has some fantastic flavors of banana, clove, and spice, works well in the summer and the fall, winter, and spring.

I highly recommend this Hefe, I've had few that are this tasty let alone at the availability of this beer.

If you've had other Sprecher and been disappointed, i.e. the Abbey Triple, Maibock, or Imperial Stout, you should try this and the black bavarian, it will reaffirm faith in this brewery.

Photo of Lemke10
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in early 2011.

Pours a cloudy yellow amber color with a mild scent of wheats. Has an almost organic like wheat and grain taste to it which is rather bold along with firm hints of orange. Rather filling and heavy in comparison to many heheweizen beers. Definetly a good taste here, the only complaint I could really see anyone making is about the thicker volume the beer has.

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of tencents
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In 2001 I visited this brewery and was astounded at how true to style their German beers were (I had spent ten years in Munich). Unfortunately, living on the East Coast, it was the last time I had been able to find Sprecher beer until last week when I was in State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD.

A solid example of the Bavarian brewstyle particularly in taste and appearance. Really, its only drawback was that the mouthfeel faded as the beer lingered, so that the final sips, although still fully delicious, lacked the same experience as the first sips.

Photo of Buggies
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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