Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
16 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 8/16/2012. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of ripe banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, clove, wheat, honey, bread, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of ripe banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, light clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant complexity and robustness of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice hefeweizen. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with good robustness for the ABV and very smooth drinking. A nicely enjoyable offering.
03-03-2014 01:24:18 | More by superspak
3.16/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weiss flute. Served chilled...
A) Cloudy golden brew with a big three finger soapy head. The head settles to a dusting. Nice lacing... An attractive beer.
S) An aroma of wheat, yeast, light fruit, mostly underripe banana, and a heavy amount of spice. Mostly clove.
T) Starts out okay, at least it's similar to the nose, but gets dicey from there. Gets real chemically, like a solvent or cleaning product. Finish is banana peel and grass. I've had this on tap at Sprecher in the past, and don't recall this in the taste department at all.
M) Medium body with lively carbonation. An unfortunate chemical zest clings to the palate.
O) This isn't likely as bad as the bottle I just opened. At the same time, even from memory, it's average at best. I strongly prefer to stick with the German imports for this style. Admittedly, I didn't bother to finish this one. Not so much because I couldn't, but because I have much better beers to consume on New Year's Eve. Cheers!
12-31-2013 20:45:51 | More by RoamingGnome
3.66/5 rDev +0.3%
From a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A-The brew is medium-gold and clear until the yeasties make it in to the glass, at which point it clouds up considerably and picks up some orange hues. The head was a thin for the style with poor retention.
S-Lots of doughy, bready maltiness, banana, and clove spice here. Thick-smelling, even. Very little wheat or lemon to cut the banana bread flavors.
T-The taste is also heavy on the dough, banana, and clove. The wheat mostly gets lost, but the banana bread is tasty and I have had worse examples of the style.
M-The carbonation is moderate and medium to chunky feeling. The brew feels a bit chewy, but not too heavy.
O-I don't know if I've ever had a hefe with this much banana bread flavor. I would certainly have liked more wheat and spice to balance things out on the flavor and feel side of things, but I I found myself strangely content while drinking this on a sunny August afternoon.
08-17-2013 22:28:23 | More by spoony
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, but "39334FL 111331403" stamped on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass
Sadly, Sprecher's hefeweizen does not strike me as particularly appealing in taste of aroma. Missing the banana, bread, and lemon-like flavors. Somewhat boring, tepid, not hearty, complex, or really enjoyable to me.
Pours a tall, dense head of off-white colored foam, made up primarily of small bubbles. Head retention is fairly good, taking several minutes to recede to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Leaves decent lacing, thin streaks that are replenished with each swirl. Body is a hazy-opaque brown-gold-orange color out of light, pale orange-gold with yellow highlights in it. Fairly vigorous carbonation with small to medium-sized bubbles.
Aroma of sweet wheat malt, brewer's yeast, faint apple cider, and very mild esters like fresh apples and pears.
The tip of the tongue picks up on cooked grain cereal with slight sweetness. This proceeds to the front of the palate, which finds continued malt sweetness, malt cider, slight fruity esters (more apple and pear than banana). Mid-palate of wheat malt, mild-boring citrus fruit, and mild phenolic spiciness. Back of palate is somewhat medicinal, band-aid, phenolic spiciness. and mild wheat malt. Closes with a flash of spiciness on the throat, with an aftertaste similar to pasta, with a bit of phenolic spiciness and mild fruity esters.
Beer is medium bodied, with medium carbonation that foams this up on the palate, making the mouthfeel smooth and fairly creamy. Carbonation is slightly effervescent on the palate. Semi-dry finish with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.
06-08-2013 17:46:35 | More by falloutsnow
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.