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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 Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

Sammy, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle. Served in a Russian River pilsner glass.

Pours a quite hazy light golden color with a several-finger white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose has a bit of light bread plus some banana and bubblegum; cloves seem to take a back seat. The flavor is along the same lines. Body is thin, lending to the almost candy-like flavor attributable to the bubblegum and banana. Light bread as well. Something a bit odd about it that I don't particularly care for. I think it's just got too much candy-like flavor and there's no real clove to put everything in perspective. Moderate carbonation. Close, but didn't quite do it on a hard to nail style.

Thorpe429, May 03, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color capped by a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Wheat bread and clove, with a touch of orange

Taste: Bready and clovey, up front, with a distinct orange character arriving by mid-palate; some banana also arrives but the finish is dominated by the wheat bread and clove flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; limited creaminess

Overall: Very sessionable but the lack of dominant banana flavor makes it far from what I prefer for this style

brentk56, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +9%

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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

This hefe poured out pretty clear actually, very surprised about that. The head was a little foamy but looked pretty good on this beer. The color was yellowish gold. The smell of the beer is a little sweet, has some fruity aromas and some grain in there too. The taste of the beer was a little on the weak side I thought. There was some yeasty flavors in there with a light citrus too. The mouthfeel was pretty light. Overall not really impressed here, glad I tried it but won't need to have it again.

Knapp85, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

oberon, Apr 11, 2002
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

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%

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 Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

16 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale orange (and some floaties) with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white foam. Nice layer of creamy retention that leaves a good bit of lacing behind but it does a slide job down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly nice for a Hefe with tart lemon, bananas, oranges, yeast, clove, bubblegum, and some light wheat.

The taste is similar to the aroma but just doesn't get to the same level. Wheat, lemon, bananas, clove, yeast, bubblegum. It's all there but seems to be really subdued. The different flavors aren't nearly as easy to ascertain as the aroma was. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with OK carbonation but overall isn't as crisp was I would like to have felt. Even a touch flat maybe?

I nice effort that unfortunatley only gets about half way there. The aroma was fine but I just expected a little more from the body and especially from the taste that left me wanting more. I drank about 3/4 of this this and then left the wife finish it up for me so that I could move on to something else.

Kegatron, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: hazy orange color, thick, though heavily populated with floating yeasties, with a bubbly white head, a solid collar, that thins out rather quickly.
Aroma: banana notes come off quickly out of the nose, available from far-off, but let's bring it in, for a further sniff...there it is, soft, smooth, creamy, spicy, thick with the banana, lessening some as we go. Good ol' Bavarian character is in full effect.
Taste: nice, neat little hoppiness up front, solid body, very mellow and smooth, high drinkability factor on this one.
But a bit too mellow for me...really stand-out weizens make a bigger impression, and this one lies down too easily. Lies down, I say, but doesn't keel over,exactly. Very nice hefe weizen, all told.

feloniousmonk, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%

On tap at Resurrection Ale House in Philly. Served in a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high. Looks good.

Mild banana esters, some wheatiness. Overall a little weak but it smells OK.

All downhill from here. Beer is thin and grainy. Very watery. Carbonation in the mouth is not helping this beer at all. Almost a harshness on the back end. I love hefe's, this was one of the poorest examples (taste wise) I've come across in a while. Will not drink again.

drabmuh, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

First had: on tap at Trapp Door, Emmaus, PA

Poured a golden-straw color, typical near-opaque hefe haze going on, with a small soapy white head. Pungent aroma of bready yeast, clove, and some citrus notes. Similar profile in the taste, nothing unexpected, bready yeast, clove and a bit of pepper, lemon and orange peel, banana skin. Light-medium body, moderately carbonated, and generally drinkable, but far from the best I've had of the style.

Rifugium, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild banana/clove aroma. The esters aren't too pronounced, but there's also a bit of lemony zest. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity hefe yeast character. The banana/clove character is mild at best. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not as good as a traditional hefe, but it's still quite enjoyable.

WesWes, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Standard wheat beer with hints of German style.

Not much of an aroma, though a little of the banana comes through in the nose later on. Some fair carbonation, but more coarse and less creamy than the best examples. Bit of sharpness, touch of the orange acidic flavor. Low on the expected esters and German flavors. Watery but not unpleasant mouthfeel.

A style I like a lot, but not my favorite from Sprecher. For lower-alcohol beer, though, it has a lot of flavor and is quite drinkable.

mactrail, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a weizen glass:

Pours hazed to clouded golden with a creamy white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana-clove - leaning more towards the clove.

The taste is of sweet banana upfront. Clove soon comes in and surpasses the banana in the dry finish. Just a hint of noble hops mix in, while keeping the sweet and tangy character that fits the style stay forward. It has a tangy finish.

It is crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink.

This is enjoyable brew. Sweet banana is noticeable, though it is more clove forward, as mentioned. Fits style and drinks easy!

jwc215, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

oriolesfan4, May 26, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with straw colored hues when held to a light source and a thin frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Spicy aroma with hints of clove and coriander along with some crisp citrus fruit and ripe banana. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel.

The appearance and aroma were okay but the mouthfeel and flavor of this beer are seriously lacking. Slightly creamy mediu body that's on the lighter end of the spectrum with a prominent spice character. The clove and coriander notes overpower what little citrus fruit flavor there is. Subtle hints of banana and lemon peel. Zesty dry finish.

corby112, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%

This one is destined to make me feel sad and melancholy. It was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77 which then became a part of my interminable bottle backlog. I have come to the realization that I will be unable to attend the 2014 Great Taste of the Midwest this year. Boo hoo. Only my second miss in eleven years! I raise this beer in a toast to my MKE homies: Mike Romans; John & Laura Burke and the displaced Jurkowski, who I will see in two weeks.

From the bottle: "A cloudy appearance and an immense creamy head are characteristic of this lightly hopped Bavarian-style brew."; "This coarse-filtered wheat ale is fermented with a German yeast for a refreshing clove spiciness and hints of citrus fruit."

I agitated the heck out of this one in the bottle, then let fly into my glass, but I still only got a finher of off-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a hazy, not cloudy, deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a buttery, butterscotch odor. That said, I know that such is considered a flaw in most styles, but it is also one that I rarely pick up. Was it diacetyl? We shall see. Mouthfeel was thin. Taste was not quite right. I was getting the usual banana esters, but in a tangy way, not as sweet as I am used to. I was getting the banana/clove esters on the finish, but in a muted way. Not bad, but I have had better. Give my fond regards to MKE, Madison, and Wisconsin in general!

woodychandler, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

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