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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

257 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 17
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mildly hazed bright yellowy golden color with a lavish head of white foam. No lacing in the glass. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation.

S: Distinct aroma of sweet grains, malt and wheat. Traces of biscuit and earthy herbs and spices. Marked essence of clove is present throughout. Nice.

T: Mild citrusy flavors bloom into a sweet malt note that presents the clove and wheat aspects of the brew. The flavor seems to progress as the beer diminishes, making me think that after a couple i'd really be diggin' this one. Overall, the flavor was a bit turned down, but if this one was "condensed", with the flavor cranked up a notch, this would be top flight suds.

M: Medium-light bodied, refreshing, slightly crisp. About right for a American Hefe.

D: Yeah, this is a drinkable brew. Not the most flavorful hefe i've had, but a respectable cross-over brew that would be a solid choice when having swill drinkers over for a summer grill out. Worth trying.

Photo of stephendr
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AltBock
1.6/5  rDev -56%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle that I got to try at my local beer store. I didn't really get a good look at the bottle, but it's the same as the one pictured on BA. When poured into a weird shaped glass, the beer had a nice head of white foam to it, but I really didn't care for the color of the beer. It's color was a very pale clear yellow color. It looked liked clear yellow water. The smell was almost nonexistent. I'm sure you know what a good Hefe smells like (bananas, cloves citrus fruits), but this one had none of that. The only smell was that of spices and a pinch of watered down wheat. It tasted like it smelled, but with more watered down wheat and with a pinch of spices and cloves here and there. The spices and cloves are really not that noticeable. The mouthfeel was light and very weak with an aftertaste of water to it. There was no body to it. I know I won't try it again or even buy it for that matter. If you can find it cheap, good for you, it will make it easier to pass it up for something with more body and flavor to it.

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New in town. Aroma is yeasty, bready and holds mild bannana notes. Body is a cloudy pale yellow and holds a slowly diminishing, two finger thick, white head. Fore is creamy on the palate and possesses yeasty notes, sweet bannana bread some very mild clove notes and a sweeter bannana cream and bubblegum finish. Not a bad Hefe at all though the overall flavor of it isn’t exactly traditional as a whole...the basic flavors are there.

Photo of shivtim
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy gold/orange color with a thin bright white head. Nose is yeasty and sugary orange. Taste is very subtle uncomplicated wheat with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel is smooth yet sharp like a hefe should be. Pretty drinkable, just not terribly exciting.

Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz stubby bottle, Woodman's - West

appearance: poured into a hefe glass....watery golden-orange, rather cloudy, big foamy white head with good retention

smell: spicy yeast is the main driver, clove, banana, touch of honey, pretty typical to the style

taste: I'd call this a middle of the road hefe...spicy yeast flavour, lemon zest, clove, banana, orange citrus, touch of vanilla and honey...a little watery

mouthfeel: medium body, lively

drinkability: good

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aromas of spice, banana and paper, clove, banana and lemon flavors. Medium bodied with a very nice luscious mouthfeel with a mild sourness in the background, hard to believe this is from the US.

Photo of thaichile
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a soft, white head. Citrus notes all over the nose. Taste continues with lemon and then some spice. Banana essence is limited to a back seat. Creamy and quenching, but too much citrus to be a really good hefeweizen. None the less, it was enjoyable. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-rate 2006-

I've had this on and off the last four years and for the most part my opinion remained the same as the 2002 review...this year it is different...more watery...not as much banana and maltiness...more of a peppery flavor to it....still decent but wouldn't sit anywhere near my top 5 hefes....probably wouldn't make my top 10 anymore either..


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2002-I feel like I'm rating this too high but this is really a fantastic Hefe Weiss....splendid nose of banana's and cloves...cloudy yellow in color...a real nice maltiness and body....not at all watery...good sweetness with a great banana like finish..almost like drinking liquid banana bread...I really like this one...and now that I think of it have had very few beers from this Brewery that I didn't like...

Rating=4.4

Photo of evanackerman
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hefe-Weizen poured a nice cloudy light orange into a Franzisakner glass. Nice big head that lingers.

smell is wheat malt and citrus.

Flavor is very similar to German Hefes, perhaps just a bit more lemon character than most and with a slightly more pronounced bitterness at the end. hints of clove, banana, and citrus.


mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, medium viscosity, nice carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good, could session these for sure.

overall, a fairly good stab at the German style, nothing wrong with this one at all.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, pours a beautiful murky gold to orange with a beautiful frothy head, extremely long lasting, faint carbonation rising, and good lacing. Aroma is heavy on banana, cloves and grains and malts. Taste is good, but not spectacular, but would be if it didn't fade too quickly. Sweet and bitter, hops and malts, cloves and banana, all balanced out well, finishing nicely, if not too quickly. Body is decent, carbonated appropriately. Though nothing special, a good, standard hefe to have on hand.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 16oz bottle and poured into a Franziskaner hefe glass. Had a cloudy lemon yellow color, a bit paler than most other hefeweizens I've had, lots of carbonation swirling up from the bottom and a thick snow white head that left good clumps of lace.
Nose: immediate banana-and-clove essence that's essential for a German-inspired hefe. Nice doughy malts, hint of vanilla and tang of lemon.
Taste: straight-outta-the-gate pop of banana and clove. Vanilla extract and plentiful bready malt flavor lends a bit of banana cream pie taste. Finishes with a tart lemony taste that is almost puckery.
Feel: light, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Doesn't pack the creaminess of some top-tier hefeweizens, though.
Drinkability: pretty damn quaffable, truth be told. Easily one I'd reach for again. A good rendition of the Bavarian style.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16 oz bottle purchased at BevMo (Redlands) in January 2006 for $1.99 per bottle. The first time I have seen anything but their root beer in California!

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a good dollop of fine grey-brown sediment, a 2 inch crowning white head brings the presentation alive.

Aroma is lemon, clove, and to a lesser extent, banana. Some off organic notes that I've smelled before, but not in a Hefe Weiss. Overall pleasant. Much more complex than most American Hefeweisse-style beers, and reminds me more of the cousins from Germany.

The flavor brings a slug of lemon goodness, not real sour lemon, there's almost a sweetness in the malts that keeps it from overpowering. The spicy organics are there too, but to a lesser degree.

Mouthfeel is light and bright, but not overly thin, as one would hope for the style. This should be a nice drinker on a summer evening.

Photo of blackie
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a low white head that soon recedes. The beer is a very hazy golden straw color.

smell: First I get a moderate yeasty characteristic...not quite banana but almost. Behind that is an aroma of lemon peel...and even further back, some wheat. Seems pretty lightly hopped.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the border between medium and high, and the body is a heavy-light.

taste: Pretty clean taste. Definate flavors of wheat and yeast, just slightly sweet and pretty dry in the finish. Also a touch of lemon flavor...pretty considerable, actually. Often watery. Hop flavor and bitterness are at a minimum. Not bad, but lacking in character.

drinkability: Clean, refreshing, and easy to drink...but barely makes the "above average" cut in my book.

Received from Zorro in BCG BIF. The code 32633 FL S2981238 is printed on the bottle, though I have no idea what it means.

Photo of germaniac
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Wheat glass, a great looking cloudy yellow gold, with a big mound of frothy white head.

Smell is mostly grainy wheat, with a strong clove presence. No sign of fruity notes at all.

Malt and yeast sweetness with clove spice up front, with a transition into lemon zest backed up by a light hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, a decent Hefe, but really no different from a handful of other more readily available brews. For the price, I'd get a Pinkus, and enjoy it alot more.

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a proper Paulaner Weizen glass this beer does look like a good Hefe.

Cloudy golden color with a tall white head.

Smell is very strongly of cloves. Bubble gum and Banana aromas are missing. Very spicy scent without and detectable flaws.

Taste is mild. Slightly sweet with a bready backbone. Mild metallic flavor defect. Taste is lemony without a strong clove flavor that you can smell in the scent. I suspect that shortcuts were taken with the yeast in this with a large amount of "pacman" yeast was used to speed up production.

Mouthfeel is watery for a wheat beer.

Looks great smells great and that is about it for this beer. Worth tasting one but I will buy Franziskaner before I buy this again.

Photo of Troyone
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw/wheat color with minimal white head and some carb action.

Has a wheat malt smell with a hint of banana.

Lightly sweet/acidic/bitter and grainy wheat malt taste with the same finish.

Light bodied, watery texture, some carb, and a smooth finish.

Although evenly balanced this hef is too light and watery however a good session beer, also the twist off cap is a turn off.

Photo of ClearDog
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a weiss glass.

Appearance -- Poured hazy, golden, and yellow. Nice creamy, white, two finger head.

Smells -- Smells like a weiss . . . but weaker in a way. Musty . . .

Taste -- This is missing something. I'm not especially good at identifying what's going on with a weiss, but this is definitely missing that tart oomph.

Mouthfeel -- Medium feel to it. Not totally unpleasant.

Drinkability -- I made this purchase at the suggestion of my brother who likes this beer very much. I wasn't very impressed. I'll probably try giving the remaining bottles to my brother so I can concentrate on other beers that I'm fonder of. Not the worse beer I've ever had, but I won't buy it again for quite a while.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce bottle. Sprecher Hefe Weiss pours out a hazy dark yellow color into my Paulaner glass. The aroma is a tasty smelling mixture of banana, clove, lemon, and a little chocolate. Tangy lemon flavor. More bitterness than most hefes. The finish is bitter and spicy. The mouthfeel is not as creamy as I hoped. Decent drinkability. This is a pretty good example of the style, but it can't touch the better German versions.

Photo of Naes
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.