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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Hefe WeissHefe Weiss

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BA SCORE
83
good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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blackie

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

02-05-2006 03:44:38 | More by blackie
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germaniac

California

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

01-26-2006 22:45:35 | More by germaniac
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Zorro

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

01-14-2006 03:11:12 | More by Zorro
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Troyone

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

01-08-2006 23:08:26 | More by Troyone
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ClearDog

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

12-03-2005 03:19:23 | More by ClearDog
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

11-06-2005 19:55:57 | More by beveragecaptain
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Naes

New York

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
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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
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bnuttz

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

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!

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

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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

Ohio

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
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +31%

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.

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

Illinois

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
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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

Wisconsin

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
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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

New York

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

02-28-2004 11:56:58 | More by lampkins
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.