Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
07-20-2005 15:40:50 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Cloudy light orange to light caramel colored liquid topped with a stark white pillowy, two-finger coating of foam. The head stayed around for a very long time and only receeding to a 1/2 deep after many minutes.
Smells of bananas, clove and citrus. There is also a hint of spicy hops and black perpper in the nose
Citrusy, lemon, lemon rind, and orange. The banana are much less pronounce in te flavor than they were in the nose. The Cloves are less too. There is defintiely a strong spicy character though, some coriander, and the balck perpper from the nose come through.
Medium body, crisp refreshing carbonation. Mouthfeel thins out significnantly, becoming almost watery on the finish.
Overall this is quite a nice Hefe. Not my favorite style but I could have a couple of these.
09-13-2008 21:51:32 | More by jackorain
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Second from the 8 pack sampler.
Appearance is light straw with heavy cloud. Rocky three finger head that recedes quickly and leaves sticky rings of lace.
Aroma is floral yeast. Fruity, citrusy wheat and sweet gumballs and band-aid. Lemon zest and all-spice. Weak aroma, even at room temperature.
Flavor is wheat and yeast, banana and bubble gum. Clove spiciness with a heavy bread. Sour saison like notes that are something I usually don't get in a hefe weiss. Honey and corn syrup. Light, barely discernable floral, fruity hops. Lemon peel and coriander notes. Banana bread with light nutty grains.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit harsh and unnatural. Nice stickiness on the lips and a slick mouthfeel.
Drinkability is good I would have it again.
Revisited on 07-11-08
Aroma is better than I remember, there is a nice wheaty yeasty aroma as well as a phenolic band-aid aroma that is to me more representative of a hefe weizen.
Flavor is fruity and a bit sour, banana and clove, lemon and orange, bubble gum and a chewy grain profile that has sustance.
Maybe I got a bad bottle last time? Much better than I remember.
04-25-2008 22:21:34 | More by wheatyweiss
4.38/5 rDev +20%
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!
05-28-2004 23:13:56 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
4.58/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
08-02-2008 04:32:42 | More by blakesell
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
05-25-2007 00:47:26 | More by WJVII
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.
08-31-2005 01:37:16 | More by Naes
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-04-2007 20:10:42 | More by Pauly2X
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
I'm on vacation in Wisconsin and decided to give this local brew a try. Poured from a 16 oz bottle - unfortunately, the bar only has pint glasses.
Decent head, typical hefeweizen aroma. Definitely has the expected sweetness and spice, but missing a distinguishing flavor to make it stand out (i.e. banana, clove, etc.).
Beer became flat shortly after initial pour, but I'll blame that on the disparate glassware. Overall, a decent but run-of-the-mill hefeweizen.
Low % ABV and generic taste make this a safe, albeit unexciting, choice.
12-23-2012 03:22:28 | More by Caskaway
2.8/5 rDev -23.3%
Another new beer for me to sample, along with a few friends this past Sunday.
A: Pours a cloudy light orange color, with a quarter inch white head that fizzled out, and formed a ring of bubbles, no lacing.
S: Light wheat barley, mild orange peel, some mild yeast.
T: Semi sweet wheat, malted barley, mild orange peel.
M: Light mouth, medium carbonation, semi-refreshing.
O: Average for me. I didnt get any banana, or lemon zest, or clove. Hefeweizens are something, for me, that can be awesome when done extremely well, but also be made average when just made strictly to recipe. This one just didnt hit the mark for me.
04-20-2011 23:45:44 | More by Retsinis
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
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
02-18-2007 02:24:55 | More by stephendr
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
Pours with a traditional hefeweizen hazy gold color and fluffy white head. Nose is also traditional - banana/clove. Very yeasty on tip, a medium mouthfeel. Flavors fail to round out, leaves me with a bit of a burnt flavor. Has all of the qualities of a Bavarian Weiss beer, I'm just a bit turned off by that burnt flavor in the mid-mouth.
08-06-2004 02:58:22 | More by sweethome
2.68/5 rDev -26.6%
This brew pours a medium head of fine to large white bubbles and a slightly cloudy straw yellow body. It has banana clove aroma and a smooth initial flavor rush of banana and apricot. It finishes with a slight tingling mouth feel. The buttery notes of a Hefe-Weiss are just barely present. It is just an average at best Hefe-Weiss.
06-08-2003 14:05:23 | More by TheDM
2.45/5 rDev -32.9%
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.
06-18-2007 05:01:16 | More by bunnyhustle
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
07-28-2004 20:20:10 | More by Popsinc
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Paid under $2 for a sweet looking pint bottle...
The appearence of this beer was bad, typical golden base with a minimal head with no retention and no lacing, disappointed! The aroma was a little weaker then I'd expect for a Hefe, but it was still decent.
The taste is where it's at, this bad boy is fully flavored with a bold hit from the first swig, nice full floral-banana duo going on here. Mouthfeel works well with this, somewhat smooth but a touch harsh to the palette, but the drinkability is high because it goes down smooth and not-too-sweet.
Final Thought: If this poured and looked good, the BA score would be much higher... this beer is not well defined but with a few tweaks it could make an outstanding beer someday!
08-26-2004 05:14:00 | More by mobyfann
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.