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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Hefe WeissHefe Weiss

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BA SCORE
83
good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
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.

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Naes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 01:37:16 | More by Naes
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 15:40:50 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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bnuttz

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale cloudy golden color with a fizzy white head. Smells of spicy cloves and banannas. Taste is spicy with a twang to it. Not as estery as some other examples. The sweetness is kept in check. Very tangy for a hefe. This one is a great summer thirst quencher, glad I have it readily available. Nice mouthfeel for a hefe, and quite drinkable to boot.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 01:14:28 | More by bnuttz
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light amber color with a moderate head that has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is typical for a hefe: banana, cloves, lemon. Very nice and right on for style. The flavor has a nice wheat malt backbone and flavors of banana, clove and lemon. Slightly spicy from the yeast. Very well-made hefe.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 19:24:37 | More by clvand0
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pale gold and sits a foggy orange gold in the glass with a small white head which is soon gone to the sides of the glass.

Smells nice and malty, filled with bananas, cloves and a light buttery, almost smoky aroma.

Flavor is well balanced, malts and hops balance out very well, and you're left with a light hint of banana, cloves and a nice wheat background. Some hints of lemon zest and light grassiness also present. Finish is well bittered and easy to handle.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with bold and assertive carbonation. Medium bodied and tantalizes every corner of your mouth.

A very delightful Hefe with plenty of character to back it up. The 4-pack makes a great afternoon lounging activity.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 21:46:35 | More by Skidz
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a hazy medium gold color with three fingers of foam. There is a good amount of lace. The smell is classic hefe, lots of banana and cloves. Some wheat malt and yeasty character. The taste is malty and sweet, with more banana and clove. Nice and refreshing, with a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong as it glides across the tongue. The drinkability is nice as well. A damn good Hefe-Weizen!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 04:40:02 | More by SheepNutz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a 2 finger head that sticks around a bit. The nose is nice banana wtih some citrusy notes in there too. There is a nice creamy banana flavor with a bit of lemony zest in the finish. This is a nice flavor. The beer is moderate in thickness, with a nice creamy texture. I dig this one. I could sit down and drink a few of these. Nice session Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 23:35:32 | More by kmpitz2
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 05:14:00 | More by mobyfann
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice straw color, pours with great head. Appears to be overly carbonated however. Aroma is a creamy blend of citrus and clove yeast. Very inviting. Excellent balance of clove and citrus as well in the flavor. Slightly crisp, but thick and full flavor. An excellent American version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 14:42:25 | More by BobLuvBeer
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sweethome

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 02:58:22 | More by sweethome
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 20:20:10 | More by Popsinc
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden color but unfortunately there was a very small head that faded quickly (old bottle?). The smell was very bready and yeasty with a grainy edge to it. The taste was sweet upfront from the grains and wheat. The spices came out next mostly being clove. The base seemed to come from the yeast and that lasted until the finish, which was dry and slightly tart. There was a slight hoppiness in this beer as well but it didn't really stand out to me. This was a slightly sweet, very smooth beer but it didn't quite have the bite that it's German brethren have that make their hefe's so amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 15:23:37 | More by granger10
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2004 23:13:56 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling gold that grows hazy when the yeast is swirled and added, hints of orange. The head was only two fingers tall, and quickly crackled away leaving no lacing, very disappointing for a Hefe, when it was there it was white in color.
Clove, tobacco, spicy, wheat aroma.
Crisp taste, grass, fruity and spicy, banana aftertaste.
Light bodied, maybe a bit too spicy of a flavor to enjoy too often, and the head was awful.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 20:08:11 | More by mschofield
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John

New York

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice start to this brew, hefty head, promising looking yeasty haze. A swirl and pour of the bottle's last remains helps substantiate the beer's medium body. The aroma is citrusy with lemon and some banana. However, there's a bit of funk in here. Some strange farm, horse blanket notes are detected in the aroma and flavor. Hmm...this is a Hefe Weizen and not a lambic (?) - curious. Mouthfeel is spot on for a Hefe. Though this brew seems to be well regarded, it seems as though I'm not enjoying it as much. I'm a fan of a good Hefe but this is a bit off.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 03:01:34 | More by John
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Medium carbonation. Cloudy amber color. Nose is yeasty. Light bodied, I expect a little more beef with a hefeweizen. Starts with a wheat/yeast flavor and finishes with a yeasty aftertaste. It is though, a good summer beer. $1.95 for a 16oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 21:22:57 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 8-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4 inch tall white head which quickly faded to almost nothing. A pleasant cloudy lemony-gold in color, average lacing present. Good malty, grainy smell like you should have in a hefe. Flavor consistant with aroma and style, pretty much it is what it is advertised as. Would have no problems enjoying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 22:37:38 | More by ppoitras
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yankeeheel

Maine

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

Pours a hazy yellow with a billowing explosive white head, with huge bubbles, from the fat 16 oz bottle.

Lemon, grasses and a little pollen come through with the big yeast rush.

Chuck full of yeast and a little bit tart to start. Sits a little thin on the tounge but is by no way bad. Finishes slightly dry with a lot of that sweet flowery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just a little on the "not chewy enough" side for a Hefe.

Drinkable to all.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 23:29:56 | More by yankeeheel
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lampkins

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A few years ago, before the brewery started to pastuerize their products this Hefe Weizen was one of my favorites that could stand up against the best of the German imports. Now, it is kind of bland, in my opinion. Nonetheless here is my review:

The appearance of the beer is typical of your hefe weizen slightly cloudy with a decent foamy head.

Smells kind of like cloves/bananas and invites me to drink it.

Taste - although it still is a decent hefe, it just seems that it does not pack as much punch as it once did. Maybe I had a bad bottle, but it tasted almost like a maco's version of their hefe weizen. To be fair, I will try and find a freshly bottled version, but the bottle I had left me somewhat dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 11:56:58 | More by lampkins
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jsolack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Hazy yellow color. Looks nice and cloudy. Head is gone shortly after beer is poured.

Smell:
Smells like a banana's and wheat... very sweet smell, like a banana split!

Taste:
Great wheat flavor. Everything I like about a wheat. Sweet banana flavor with great wheat accents. Bitterness is controlled by sweetness.

Mouthfeel:
I would like this to be a little thicker in the mouth. It's a little too water, carbonation doesn't give the smooth thick feel instead feels a little crisp.

Drinkability:
A very drinkable beer. Great flavor and a great finish. I could definitely have a few of these in one sitting!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 04:12:54 | More by jsolack
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Jables

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright appearance, high yellow gold color with solid white head.

The smell is brilliant yeasty bready yet fruity.

Taste has some fantastic flavors of banana, clove, and spice, works well in the summer and the fall, winter, and spring.

I highly recommend this Hefe, I've had few that are this tasty let alone at the availability of this beer.

If you've had other Sprecher and been disappointed, i.e. the Abbey Triple, Maibock, or Imperial Stout, you should try this and the black bavarian, it will reaffirm faith in this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 06:11:08 | More by Jables
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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

Decent yes, good, not really! As a hug fan of this style the first thing I like to see is that great white head coming off the pour. Not here-just a little tease, then a little ring with nearly no lace. The color is near what it need be, but not impressive in any way. Aromas hint at banana and citrus. The mouthfeel is nice and zippy, offering good refreshment. The taste is above average but there are so many good examples out there, that this one just cannot be lumped in with the very good, and rather stiff competition. Clean and crisp with citrus and some rustic malted whole grain notes followed by a snappy finish-an above average effort-no more.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 02:48:24 | More by moulefrite
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 00:54:20 | More by feloniousmonk
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a nice golden haze, solid through and through, small thinnish tight creamy smooth white head appears then fades fairly fast to leave a thin but bubbly ring and drippy lace. Smell is of musty yeast and lemon, with hints of banana and clove coming through, not as strong of a nose I like to have in a hefe but is nice and becomes more noticeable as it warms. Taste is lightly playful of lemon and banana fruits with some small hops, yeast, and clove sparkling in and out as it dwindles down with a smooth easy start, well balanced flavors, and picks up some solid carbonation as the midway point makes for a dulled hop bite and leaves hints of banana at first in the finish but lends away to clove much later on the palette. This was remarkably easier to drink as it warmed, very mellow, calming yet lively enough for a twist in your senses saying "hello, your drinking something good here, so enjoy."

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 02:33:24 | More by tavernjef
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: A very distinctive squat, short necked, yet larger than normal brown glass bottle. The label has a Teutonic looking Coat of Arms and the word Sprecher in Germanic font. This is repeated in the bulge of the neck, where the word ‘Sprecher’ in raised lettering is molded into the bottle at two locations. A twist crown cap is not unusual, but the 16 fluid ounce, equal to 1 US Pint (a.k.a. One UK “Jessie” Pint, or a 20% short measure) is not. Packaged Date is 06/18/03.

Appearance: A beautiful looking golden straw color, more hazy - than cloudy. A lovely smooth tight head comprised of compacted small bubbles rest atop the beer throughout. It looks great and very appetizing. Solid inherent carbonation.

Nose: Fantastic. A mix of freshly peeled Banana’s and Cloves that are the classic traits of this style, but they are here in perfect balance. A very comfortable warming feel, akin to that which you get when you sit inside your first New Car, you just sit and continually breathe it in. Wow!

Taste: Gorgeous. A really well-balanced, appetizing Wheat Beer. Banana’s & Cloves lacerate the beers appeal, whilst a slight hop bitterness and some citric hints hide in the background like an unassuming person caught in the periphery of the lens of a filming Camera Crew, they want to enter the affray but fear for their imminent exposure. As such the citric hops seem to stay firmly in the sidelines.

Mouthfeel: A light body is aided by the fruity banana-ery aspects of this Weiss beer. Light but wholesome somehow, weird!

Drinkability: Easily dispatched, I had no problems whatsoever hiding the full US pint on my own. Refreshing and well-balanced.

Overall: I am quietly impressed by this Hefe Weiss, mainly because was I expecting a very yeasty Teutonic offering. In reality, this is a very ‘fresh’ tasting Germanic Wheat Beer. Solid, fresh, inviting, floral, yet fruity at times. Very nice and highly quaffable!

“Danke” to BigHuge for this One.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 04:37:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
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