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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Hefe WeissHefe Weiss

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BA SCORE
83
good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 242
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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +3%

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher weizen glass.
4.2% ABV, 14030 Julian date.

A - This hefe is a gently hazed pale yellow that displays the beer's abundant carbonation with ease. As the volume becomes greater in the more bulbous part of the glass the pale yellow changes to a golden honey where the billowing white head is formed instantly and slowly settles to a rocky skim of foam below heavy lacing.

S - The tall, rocky head does a great job of retaining this beer's classic aromatic yeast esters. Dusty earthiness and crumbly white clay emerge from the yeast but it also brings fourth clove spice and notes of bubblegum and banana that gently wash over the soft wheat base.

T - Pungent with husky wheat, earthy clay, and faint white pepper esters, Sprecher's hefe is a lot earthier than some of the more fruity German counterparts. However, some banana and bubblegum yeast characteristics make it through with a refreshing lemony citrus zest adding a twist to this hefe.

M - While the carbonation is strong, this hefe remains pretty creamy and lighter bodied, trailing off with just a slight crispness. Sprecher's hefe is a little more coarse on the tongue, finishing with a bone dry earthiness.

O - Crisp and refreshing overall, Sprecher's Hefe Weiss brings plenty of the classic German yeast to the foreground of this beer but the majority of it focuses on some of the more earthy characteristics of clay and white pepper as opposed to the fruity bubblegum and banana notes others exhibit. The earthiness is amplified by the huskier grainy wheat flavor, which makes the beer ever so slightly more coarse on the tongue but in the end, it's one drinkable summertime beer I'd be happy to put back on a hot day!

04-09-2014 22:01:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a weizen glass:

Pours hazed to clouded golden with a creamy white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana-clove - leaning more towards the clove.

The taste is of sweet banana upfront. Clove soon comes in and surpasses the banana in the dry finish. Just a hint of noble hops mix in, while keeping the sweet and tangy character that fits the style stay forward. It has a tangy finish.

It is crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink.

This is enjoyable brew. Sweet banana is noticeable, though it is more clove forward, as mentioned. Fits style and drinks easy!

04-04-2014 00:26:44 | More by jwc215
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hochief

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-18-2014 21:50:21 | More by hochief
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superspak

Michigan

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
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2014 16:25:28 | More by Hendrick24
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-29-2014 02:22:10 | More by DCdevyl78
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-23-2014 03:46:12 | More by jaydoc
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sammyt728

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

01-18-2014 19:53:11 | More by sammyt728
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2014 19:55:25 | More by Eaglefan344
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-03-2014 16:58:41 | More by drbenderdo
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.16/5  rDev -13.4%

Sprecher Hefeweizen

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
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-29-2013 02:44:33 | More by jdkitchi
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-01-2013 15:30:09 | More by Buggies
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-10-2013 18:53:24 | More by atone315
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Michael_Wall

Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

11-06-2013 18:36:30 | More by Michael_Wall
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Dammer-licht

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-05-2013 16:45:05 | More by Dammer-licht
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.8%

10-04-2013 00:09:40 | More by ejimhof
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

09-26-2013 04:40:45 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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zaraspook

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

09-13-2013 19:09:36 | More by zaraspook
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tommy5

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.8%

09-04-2013 02:02:24 | More by tommy5
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spoony

Colorado

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
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-05-2013 02:25:51 | More by BrownAleMale
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Daffron24

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

08-04-2013 19:52:19 | More by Daffron24
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beersimmons

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-19-2013 02:19:03 | More by beersimmons
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beernads

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

07-03-2013 08:22:46 | More by beernads
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.