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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Hefe WeissHefe Weiss

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BA SCORE
83
good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 16
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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Photo of jpro
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Aroma hints at clove and light banana. Taste leaves a little to be desired - flavors expected from the aroma are pretty light. It's OK.

jpro, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

nitter, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of ttylicki
3.25/5  rDev -11%

ttylicki, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Donkster46, Jul 31, 2014
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 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 Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Schmuckles
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Schmuckles, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

allstar255, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Kevinpitts, May 30, 2014
Photo of jackorain
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jackorain, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wheatyweiss, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of NJB145
4/5  rDev +9.6%

NJB145, May 27, 2013
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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!

ALESwhatCURESya, May 29, 2004
Photo of blakesell
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

blakesell, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Caskaway
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Caskaway, Dec 23, 2012
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 Naes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 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 Retsinis
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Retsinis, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of MsRif
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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 sweethome
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

sweethome, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of TheDM
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

TheDM, Jun 08, 2003
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.