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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from brewcrew76, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat, lager yeast, bananas, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat, yeast and light malts. There are flavors of citrus, bananas and spice in the background as well. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, It's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while but there are certainly other Hefeweizens that I would select first.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice cloudy yellow color showcases beautiful effervescence. The one finger head was a little dissapointing for the style but the wisp stuck aroud nicely.

S- Very citrusy even for the style. Strong but pleasing very fragrant.

T- Mostly citrus with banana and then very light clove coming through in the background. Different but tasty.

M- Quite light for the style, but nice nevertheless, great for summer.

D- Very refreshing I'd easily have annother.

I'm starting to warm up to this style quite a bit. This is surely one of the more unique versions I've had to date.

Pauly2X, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

pmcadamis, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jredner for this one.

Poured into an Ayinger glass a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, one finger creamy white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly tangy, with some corinander, little touch of caramel. The taste is malty, nice yeasty/tangyness, corinander/caramel. This is a nice smooth brew, but not that great of a Hefe. Medium body. Drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try though.

Wasatch, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nice hazy yellow color with about an eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves very little lacing
s: sweet malty grains, kind of reminds me of grandma's homemade bisquits, cloves and spices also present
t: citrus flavor as well as a very bisquity taste that is accomponied by cloves and other spice notes
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little more than average carbonation very crisp and refreshing

overall i really enjoyed this brew very refreshing

happygnome, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of botham
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich amber, with a few fingers of white frothy head that stays for the duration.

smells fruity, with a creamy base and bready character. embodies just what a good hefe weizen should be.

tastes bready and fruity. the yeast is well complimented by the fruitiness, which is less pronounced than the smell would suggest.

aftertaste is creamy, with a bit of bitterness from the hops, leaving a little to be desired.

mouthfeel is initially a bit sharp from the carbonation, while remaining creamy and medium-bodied. it goes down smooth and finishes well.

drinkability is good. this is a solid example of a hefe-weizen, which are rarely undrinkable by any means.

overall this brew is not special in any one area, but is a good example of the style. for fans of the wheat beers, this one will not disappoint.

botham, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of supercolter
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer at all. Appearance is good with some head and a bit of lacing.
Smell and taste are similar and both seem to be missing just a bit of something extra- a fruit or spice to set it apart from a one sided flavor that isn't much different than a quality macro.
Mouthfeel is good.
This beer drinks very easy, but at 4.2% feel free.

supercolter, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour from 16 oz bottle into pint glass. I will have to do a "do over" with this beer as something doesnt seem right about it. Bottle says "best buy 120 days of bottle by date on shoulder" but I could not find a date. Heavy sediment in the bottom, much much more so than any other hefe I've ever seen. Very little head, smell was virtually non-existant and taste was poor. Very bitter and that was about all I could taste. In fairness to the brewer I will give it another chance down the line, as of now I have to say no. I hope this bottle was bad as I love this style and most people really seemed to enjoy this particular beer, I could not finish the bottle.

bunnyhustle, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 WJVII
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice golden yellow color, a little cloudy. The head comes on strong, but fades quickly. This beer has a wonderful smell, there is a nice blend of malty and fruity flavors. There was some orange and banana smell mixed with a wheaty bread like smell. This beer has a nice taste, not to over powering and fresh. There was little more of a malty after taste not quite balanced out by the fruitier blend that you smell. This is an ok beer, but not my favorite. Always interesting to buy Sprecher in the 16 oz bottle, knowing the story about the brewery told on the tour. Not my every day beer, but worth a try.

WJVII, May 25, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

brdc, May 22, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mildly hazed bright yellowy golden color with a lavish head of white foam. No lacing in the glass. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation.

S: Distinct aroma of sweet grains, malt and wheat. Traces of biscuit and earthy herbs and spices. Marked essence of clove is present throughout. Nice.

T: Mild citrusy flavors bloom into a sweet malt note that presents the clove and wheat aspects of the brew. The flavor seems to progress as the beer diminishes, making me think that after a couple i'd really be diggin' this one. Overall, the flavor was a bit turned down, but if this one was "condensed", with the flavor cranked up a notch, this would be top flight suds.

M: Medium-light bodied, refreshing, slightly crisp. About right for a American Hefe.

D: Yeah, this is a drinkable brew. Not the most flavorful hefe i've had, but a respectable cross-over brew that would be a solid choice when having swill drinkers over for a summer grill out. Worth trying.

Frozensoul327, May 06, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle- color of hazy golden honey , with a minimal cream colored head - nose of bright lemon zest , yeast , cereal, honey , spices , and dried wheat – taste of lemon , other citrus too , wheat , yeast , sweet could be honey , and spices - body is slightly acidic , and has medium carbonation – aftertaste of cloves , citrus , and sour – short

stephendr, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of AltBock
1.6/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle that I got to try at my local beer store. I didn't really get a good look at the bottle, but it's the same as the one pictured on BA. When poured into a weird shaped glass, the beer had a nice head of white foam to it, but I really didn't care for the color of the beer. It's color was a very pale clear yellow color. It looked liked clear yellow water. The smell was almost nonexistent. I'm sure you know what a good Hefe smells like (bananas, cloves citrus fruits), but this one had none of that. The only smell was that of spices and a pinch of watered down wheat. It tasted like it smelled, but with more watered down wheat and with a pinch of spices and cloves here and there. The spices and cloves are really not that noticeable. The mouthfeel was light and very weak with an aftertaste of water to it. There was no body to it. I know I won't try it again or even buy it for that matter. If you can find it cheap, good for you, it will make it easier to pass it up for something with more body and flavor to it.

AltBock, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque orange with medium meringue foam. Smell is faint, kind of dusty yeast. Taste is clovey, more spice than banana or yeast at first. Mouthfeel has a buttery smoothness that suggests the overall integration of yeast. Drinkability is good, a nice summer refresher...

One of the better domestic Hefe examples, rises above the crappy "american wheat" ghetto stylings of many US wheats.

emerge077, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold, 2 finger, creamy white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy wheat, clove, banana, bubblegum, and mild sulfer that is barely noticable.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas, perhaps a bit less complex though.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, a bit thin, and slightly sweet and sour with a clean finish.

weeare138, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 shivtim
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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

dirtylou, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncloudy orange-tinted amber beneath a large, whipped creamery head the color of sandstone. I added a few more ounces once the head had fallen far enough, but it looks as though there will be no visible hefe in this hefe weizen. Perhaps Sprecher's 'coarse filtering' isn't coarse enough. A slurred collar is the extent of the lace at this point and it doesn't look like any more is in the cards.

There's no question, even after one tentative sniff, that this is the cloviest hefe that I've ever smelled. In fact, it smells as if someone dumped half a bottle of ground cloves into the glass. Only trouble is though, the spiciness tends to cover up the monkey fruit to some extent.

It tastes pretty clove-like too. In fact, I can think of no other version that even comes close. If a hefe has to favor one or the other--and there's no reason to think that it does--I'd prefer that it favor banana. Surprisingly, it tastes much more banana-like that it smells and earns a respectable 2.5/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. It's hard to overlook the clove however; it permeates the flavor profile from top to bottom.

There's a fair amount of tangy wheat as well, underneath all the spice. Sweet and sour work well together, especially as the beer warms. In fact, I'm finding that all of the various flavors fit together more snugly as the beer sits. Either that or it's taking some time for me to get used to what is a spicier than usual version.

The body/mouthfeel is quality through and through. The beer is light enough to be easily drinkable--and sessionable--yet still possesses that light creaminess that I look for and that is often found in the best of the style.

Hefe Weiss is my third Sprecher beer and I've been impressed with all three. Although it doesn't put a scare into the Weihenstephaners, Ayingers and Kapuziners of the world, it's both good and distinctive. Especially if you like cloves.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aromas of spice, banana and paper, clove, banana and lemon flavors. Medium bodied with a very nice luscious mouthfeel with a mild sourness in the background, hard to believe this is from the US.

maxpower, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of thaichile
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.