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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

245 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | 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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

pmcadamis, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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

dirtylou, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

tempest, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked up a 4 pack of this, smaller plump brown bottles.

Poured a foggy tangerine color, bubbles on inside wall of the glass, perfect two fingers of head. Head dissapated after about a minute, however, the remaining thin layer of head remained for the rest of the beer and didn't really leave to much lacing.

Smells like citrus, maybe some orange or grapefruit. A bit of wheat, some spice, clove, and yeast.

Taste was very smooth, mild and sweet up front with a strong bit of yeast at the finish. Hints of wheat and cirtus fruit. Leaves a nice taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel was good. My impression on my second sip was much better than my first. This was pretty dry and with a decent amount of carbonation, and the two are perfect together. Very balanced.

Drinkability here is average. Usually, this isn't my style of beer, and I honestly tried it because it was on sale. However! This beer was amazing and I have to say after this I'll be trying alot more of this style. To anyone else who hasn't had a Hefeweizen that particularly grabs their attention, try this, as I would have to say that this is the one that will.

LumpyGuitar, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of drcarver
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

A - a hazy blonde color with a rocky quick fading head

S - Smell of eyast and citrus hit the nose as soon as it is poured. Some hints of spice and clove.

T - Clove flavors are predominent. Sweetness of the eyast carries through the beer. Slight sour tastes are you continue through the beer.

M - Light bodied but flat and smooth

D - A decent session if you have it around.

drcarver, May 27, 2009
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

16 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 8/16/2012. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of ripe banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, clove, wheat, honey, bread, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of ripe banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, light clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant complexity and robustness of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice hefeweizen. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with good robustness for the ABV and very smooth drinking. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into my Harpoon UFO glass. Appears a cloudy muted straw yellow color with about an inch of quickly dissipating bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of citrus such as lemon, banana, mild spicy yeast, soft wheat notes, some cloves as it warms up. About medium bodied and amply carbonated. Worth a try. Also, gotta love those 16oz. bottles from a US brewer.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Very clear honey yellow with a nice, white head.

Smells spicy with a little bit of nanners in there. The spices aren't quite what I expect from most hefes. It also smells surprisingly dry.

Tastes sweet but a little soapy. Balanced but not quite right. The nanners are there, but there's none of the creaminess I usually look for in a good hefe. Also a bit too drew for my liking. Still, pretty well brewed.

mynie, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%

From a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A-The brew is medium-gold and clear until the yeasties make it in to the glass, at which point it clouds up considerably and picks up some orange hues. The head was a thin for the style with poor retention.

S-Lots of doughy, bready maltiness, banana, and clove spice here. Thick-smelling, even. Very little wheat or lemon to cut the banana bread flavors.

T-The taste is also heavy on the dough, banana, and clove. The wheat mostly gets lost, but the banana bread is tasty and I have had worse examples of the style.

M-The carbonation is moderate and medium to chunky feeling. The brew feels a bit chewy, but not too heavy.

O-I don't know if I've ever had a hefe with this much banana bread flavor. I would certainly have liked more wheat and spice to balance things out on the flavor and feel side of things, but I I found myself strangely content while drinking this on a sunny August afternoon.

spoony, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Naes
3.65/5  rDev 0%

This is a cloudy golden colored beer with a tall white head that subsides quickly.

Its aroma is of wheat yeast and spice.

The flavor is very citrus like, dominated by lemon. There is also a bit of clove and spice.

Mouth feel is light and bubbly.

It was super refreshing and goes down easily. Although this one did not knock my socks off, I just may revisit it in the future.

Naes, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Soneast
3.65/5  rDev 0%

Pours a straw yellow color, pretty cloudy, a fair amount of sediment visible. The white head begins at about 3 inches.Then recedes to a thin watery layer with some decent lacing.

Has a somewhat spicy, lemony, yeasty scent. Detect a hint of clove and some spice.

I do taste a bit of banana in this beer, then the clove, and some mild maltiness. The flavor stays with you, a sweet banana-like flavor, which isn't altogether bad.

Pretty light body, nice carbonation, refreshing quality. Easy to drink. A good summer beer I suppose, but even then there are other Hefeweizens I would easily take over this.

Soneast, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Troyone
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a hazy straw/wheat color with minimal white head and some carb action.

Has a wheat malt smell with a hint of banana.

Lightly sweet/acidic/bitter and grainy wheat malt taste with the same finish.

Light bodied, watery texture, some carb, and a smooth finish.

Although evenly balanced this hef is too light and watery however a good session beer, also the twist off cap is a turn off.

Troyone, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

16 ounce bottle. Sprecher Hefe Weiss pours out a hazy dark yellow color into my Paulaner glass. The aroma is a tasty smelling mixture of banana, clove, lemon, and a little chocolate. Tangy lemon flavor. More bitterness than most hefes. The finish is bitter and spicy. The mouthfeel is not as creamy as I hoped. Decent drinkability. This is a pretty good example of the style, but it can't touch the better German versions.

beveragecaptain, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of thaichile
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a soft, white head. Citrus notes all over the nose. Taste continues with lemon and then some spice. Banana essence is limited to a back seat. Creamy and quenching, but too much citrus to be a really good hefeweizen. None the less, it was enjoyable. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

thaichile, May 28, 2006
Photo of Winter
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a hazy, light golden in color with a white delicate foamy head, that disappears after a few minutes. Aroma consists of cloves, fruit (mostly banana) and grain. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a thin body. Light wheat flavor. The spicy middle has a mild bitterness as it turns to the finish. Finish is light with hints of banana present. Not being a big fan of Hefe Weisse style, I do recognize this beer as quality brew, but this is just not my favorite style.

Winter, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

16ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 8-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4 inch tall white head which quickly faded to almost nothing. A pleasant cloudy lemony-gold in color, average lacing present. Good malty, grainy smell like you should have in a hefe. Flavor consistant with aroma and style, pretty much it is what it is advertised as. Would have no problems enjoying this one again.

ppoitras, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

New in town. Aroma is yeasty, bready and holds mild bannana notes. Body is a cloudy pale yellow and holds a slowly diminishing, two finger thick, white head. Fore is creamy on the palate and possesses yeasty notes, sweet bannana bread some very mild clove notes and a sweeter bannana cream and bubblegum finish. Not a bad Hefe at all though the overall flavor of it isn’t exactly traditional as a whole...the basic flavors are there.

Jredner, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of shadow1961
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Sprecher Hefe Weiss pours out a nice stiff head over
a hazy yellow brew. Carbonation is active and steady,
and the nose is clove and yeast. The flavor is clove, citrus,
and wheat up front with the slightest hint of grassy hop
in the finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy and clean. All in
all- a perfectly executed hefe- very refreshing!

shadow1961, May 29, 2007
Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy honey amber color, lots of floating yeast and a few bubbles of carbonation. Creamy white head with excellent retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is a little disappointing, rather mild, very little fruit, strong grain and dominant clove and spices. Body is a little thin for the style, creamy, moderate carbontation, slightly watery like in the finish. Sweet banana flavors are present in flavor but not nearly as strong as other hefes, balance is thrown off a little by clove spiciness from nose, also a little tanginess, but overall fairly nice, if not mild.

yourefragile, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of yankeeheel
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

yankeeheel, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Decent yes, good, not really! As a hug fan of this style the first thing I like to see is that great white head coming off the pour. Not here-just a little tease, then a little ring with nearly no lace. The color is near what it need be, but not impressive in any way. Aromas hint at banana and citrus. The mouthfeel is nice and zippy, offering good refreshment. The taste is above average but there are so many good examples out there, that this one just cannot be lumped in with the very good, and rather stiff competition. Clean and crisp with citrus and some rustic malted whole grain notes followed by a snappy finish-an above average effort-no more.

moulefrite, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of mschofield
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a sparkling gold that grows hazy when the yeast is swirled and added, hints of orange. The head was only two fingers tall, and quickly crackled away leaving no lacing, very disappointing for a Hefe, when it was there it was white in color.
Clove, tobacco, spicy, wheat aroma.
Crisp taste, grass, fruity and spicy, banana aftertaste.
Light bodied, maybe a bit too spicy of a flavor to enjoy too often, and the head was awful.

mschofield, May 20, 2004
Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

One pint bottle purchased from Vendome, on to the beer:

The body on this beer is a semi-cloudy tangerine color. Not much head on top of this one and it doesn't hold well. The aroma is moderately spiced with a light brush-up of clove. The taste begins with a slap of fruit in the front. Carbonation is peppy and provides a little balance and crispness to the picture. There's an echo of banana, which is otherwise pretty clean for the style. Body is light and makes a good drinker.

Not bad at all. Though the unfortunate truth is there are better hefeweizens which can be had for the same price.

DoubleJ, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of shivtim
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

A nice hazy gold/orange color with a thin bright white head. Nose is yeasty and sugary orange. Taste is very subtle uncomplicated wheat with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel is smooth yet sharp like a hefe should be. Pretty drinkable, just not terribly exciting.

shivtim, Aug 12, 2006
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.