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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 mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -11%

mdillon86, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Kunstman, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Will_Turner
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Will_Turner, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +37%

TimRasmussen, May 31, 2012
Photo of wakajawaka76
3.25/5  rDev -11%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of midworken
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden wheat body with a thick and creamy, off-white head.

Citrus orange aroma with vanilla, coriander and caramel background. Certainly bright flavors with the sweet background malts to fill it in.

The taste brings in more of the grainy wheat, leaving behind the strong citrus that is the showcase in the smell. Orange peel is reminiscent about half way through the taste - not really a strong orange flavor, rather the more mellow and bitter part of the orange peel. Not as many spices that seem to dominate other hefeweissens, but they are hiding in this beer as reminders of the multitude of flavors that hefes can bring.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Definitely wet, which makes it a great drinker on a hot summer day.

Overall an OK beer. If I'm in the market for a Hefeweiss, I will consider this one again.

midworken, May 29, 2012
Photo of pebbs
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

pebbs, May 21, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
1.88/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served on-tap at The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a respectable and expected hazy yellow color. It's got half a finger of white head. It looks like a hefe. Nothing more, nothing less.

The aroma? Not respectable. Thin wheat smell. I guess what I mean by "thin" is "barely there." It smells like wheat water. That someone dropped a lemon slice into, I suppose. The hefe yeast? It smells artificial or something. Like, there's clove but it smells fake. This whole thing smells fake.

The taste is even worse. The yeast flavors are seriously off-putting. Like an old, old bottle of stale cloves poured into my mouth through a melting PVC pipe. The beer itself is so watery tasting too. A massive failure.

It tastes watery, so of course it has a pretty watery mouthfeel. It's spritzy, which is good, but so insubstantial.

Overall, this is a failure of a hefewiezen. I will not drink one ever again.

Reaper16, May 02, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

CWhite, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of gomejar
3/5  rDev -17.8%

gomejar, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Cloudy brownish-orange color with a solid two finger foamy head, leaves behind concentric rings of lacing on the glass.

S. Bananas and clove aroma, some sweet wheat aroma, lighter amounts of lemon peel and grassy herbal hopping.

T. Lemon peel accents on a honeyed wheat malt. The cloves and bananas are quite a bit lighter than the nose had suggested.

M. Somewhat thinner in texture than I prefer my Hefeweizens, but it is quite nicely carbonated. (neither too much nor too little carbonation)

WastingFreetime, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of tencents
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In 2001 I visited this brewery and was astounded at how true to style their German beers were (I had spent ten years in Munich). Unfortunately, living on the East Coast, it was the last time I had been able to find Sprecher beer until last week when I was in State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD.

A solid example of the Bavarian brewstyle particularly in taste and appearance. Really, its only drawback was that the mouthfeel faded as the beer lingered, so that the final sips, although still fully delicious, lacked the same experience as the first sips.

tencents, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of SheboyganJake
3.25/5  rDev -11%

SheboyganJake, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

allstar255, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +9.6%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of lmundane
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

lmundane, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of jtd335
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jtd335, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an oddly curved pilsner glass from a bottle. (It's the closest I could get to an actual weizen glass very rich dark yellow (the color is nearly gold but not quite. Very murky with very little light

A- Pours a clear gold and upon resting in the glass, the beer is
very little light penetration in this beer, although it dose allow some through. While there is a very quick fizzy head that forms right upon pouring it into the glass it dissipated so fast that I didn't even really have much time at all to look at it. There is absolutely no trace of a head afterwords unless the glass is stirred around a bit. Even then however it doesn't last very long at all and seems to be more bubbly than foamy. Some bubbles appear on the side of the glass to show that it's carbonated but because of the murkiness of this beer no other ones are visible.

S- Upon opening the bottle you can immediatly smell the sweet scent of bublegum and banana mixed in with clove and nutmeg spiciness. It loses a little bit of it's spiciness and aroma however once it's poured into the glass. The remaining scent is fainter then the one caught straight from the bottle. with a smell almost reminiscent of old stale bread with a light candied sweetness to it. The smell is a bit musty and almost a little like cardboard at first as well.

T- The taste reminds me of Italian bread with an added sweet start and a sour finish which are both very light. Taste is a little bit watery. The sourness at the end is sweet somewhat but also very reminiscent of vegetables. For whatever reason the sourness reminds me of a dry red wine.
Very beady and grainy in between. A somewhat light tasting beer.

M- A bit chewy with a medium body and a bit of a crisp finish from the carbonation. This is another one of those beers that seems to completely coat your mouth when drinking it leaving a lasting dryness.

O- This beer was a let down. The smell straight from the bottle got me a bit excited but unfortunately it was all downhill from there. I won't necessarily say that it is a bad beer but It isn't one that I enjoy to much. The sourness came off very odd in this beer and the smell once it was poured into a glass wasn't the greatest. I just didn't like the mustiness. While I do think that some of the blame for the lack of head and the faint smell once poured, may in part be due to the glass I poured it in I don't think it had an incredibly major impact on my reaction's. However, it dose motivate me to want to go out and buy a heifweizen glass for the next time I review a beer like this. I definitely plan on finishing it but I doubt I would buy it again.

Edit: Upon my second pour a nice white foamy head actually did appear and stay for quite some time at about 1cm in height before it eventually faded into a thin layer just cover the top of the beer and the sides of the glass.

Zachtheporter, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Kahlerbock, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher
Hefe Weisse

12oz bottle. Pours a very light cloudy straw yellow. Soapy plain white head and plenty of doily like lace. Aromas of grassy hops, banana and lemony citrus. In the taste, light and lemony, with faint banana and a mild bitterness. Light bodied and a bit thin for style, which does make it easy to drink quickly. Overall, a pretty solid, very light hefeweizen.

Stinkypuss, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of PearlyGates
3/5  rDev -17.8%

PearlyGates, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of MsRif
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Profane
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Profane, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice golden yellow with a nice bit of haze and only a slight layer of sticky white head that turns into a sweet lace ring.

S - A bit more citrus forward with bread yeasts, clove, and maybe some banana

T - No banana in the taste (maybe a touch of banana skin) with slight bittering lemon, clove to balance, and an impressively smooth wheat like yeast making the finish crisp.

M - Light to medium yet it was still a sipper to me.

Overall not a bad version of the style at all. Not really worth the price I paid (4.17 for a 16oz bottle) or even distributed in my area but really not worth tracking down again. Pretty good beer though.

DrDemento456, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

KC9LDB, Nov 22, 2011
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.