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Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%


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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This hefe poured out pretty clear actually, very surprised about that. The head was a little foamy but looked pretty good on this beer. The color was yellowish gold. The smell of the beer is a little sweet, has some fruity aromas and some grain in there too. The taste of the beer was a little on the weak side I thought. There was some yeasty flavors in there with a light citrus too. The mouthfeel was pretty light. Overall not really impressed here, glad I tried it but won't need to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 06:50:53 | More by Knapp85
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witster18

Tennessee

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most of Sprecher's offerings have that fig backbone... almost that Sammy Smith's cask quality to them. I wasn't sure if the Hefe would too, but it did... AND IT actually works.

I don't care too much for Sprecher's stuff... that's just my opinion. But, this Hefe has some originality to it. It starts a little sweet and sugary, then goes to lemon, then fig. It's weird, but good.

The odd fig/prune/raisin backbone to a otherwise normal clove, banana, spice hefe is unlike any other hefe... I think I will revisit this... not session... but revisit...

For me the is the best of the 4 or 5 that I've tried from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 17:22:48 | More by witster18
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle. Served in a Russian River pilsner glass.

Pours a quite hazy light golden color with a several-finger white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose has a bit of light bread plus some banana and bubblegum; cloves seem to take a back seat. The flavor is along the same lines. Body is thin, lending to the almost candy-like flavor attributable to the bubblegum and banana. Light bread as well. Something a bit odd about it that I don't particularly care for. I think it's just got too much candy-like flavor and there's no real clove to put everything in perspective. Moderate carbonation. Close, but didn't quite do it on a hard to nail style.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:24:43 | More by Thorpe429
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Retsinis

California

2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new beer for me to sample, along with a few friends this past Sunday.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange color, with a quarter inch white head that fizzled out, and formed a ring of bubbles, no lacing.

S: Light wheat barley, mild orange peel, some mild yeast.

T: Semi sweet wheat, malted barley, mild orange peel.

M: Light mouth, medium carbonation, semi-refreshing.

O: Average for me. I didnt get any banana, or lemon zest, or clove. Hefeweizens are something, for me, that can be awesome when done extremely well, but also be made average when just made strictly to recipe. This one just didnt hit the mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 23:45:44 | More by Retsinis
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mactrail

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard wheat beer with hints of German style.

Not much of an aroma, though a little of the banana comes through in the nose later on. Some fair carbonation, but more coarse and less creamy than the best examples. Bit of sharpness, touch of the orange acidic flavor. Low on the expected esters and German flavors. Watery but not unpleasant mouthfeel.

A style I like a lot, but not my favorite from Sprecher. For lower-alcohol beer, though, it has a lot of flavor and is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 05:32:05 | More by mactrail
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 16 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas andcloves. Taste is very good, banana, spices, some wheat, very flavorful and refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a top quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 15:00:34 | More by tone77
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output01x

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. bomber into a glass tumbler (all I had available at the time).

Nice white head at first, however it quickly diminished. Golden cloudy wheat-colored body with a good deal of sediment. A lack of rising bubbles is a little concerning for this style.

Strong wheat scent with notes of fresh green apple.

Harvest wheat is immediately noticed (of course), giving way to a slightly sour yeast. Slight orange notes are also apparent.

Medium carbonation gives this a somehwat thicker mouthfeel (for a hefeweizen), but keeps it crisp.

Like most hefeweizens, I could certainly have a few more. The lack of complexity doesn't make me want to continue exploring this beer, but the decent flavor and low ABV (4.20) makes this a great thirst-quencher.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:37:07 | More by output01x
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in early 2011.

Pours a cloudy yellow amber color with a mild scent of wheats. Has an almost organic like wheat and grain taste to it which is rather bold along with firm hints of orange. Rather filling and heavy in comparison to many heheweizen beers. Definetly a good taste here, the only complaint I could really see anyone making is about the thicker volume the beer has.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:24:21 | More by Lemke10
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WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild banana/clove aroma. The esters aren't too pronounced, but there's also a bit of lemony zest. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity hefe yeast character. The banana/clove character is mild at best. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not as good as a traditional hefe, but it's still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 22:40:32 | More by WesWes
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a mostly cloudy yellow-orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of lemons, and bubblegum. It is a very acidic aroma. I like acidity, but this aroma just doesn't do it for me. The taste is of bubblegum, and tangy wheat. It is a very faint taste too. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and watery. This beer has all the classic characteristics of an American Pale Wheat Ale, and none of a hefeweizen. I can't see myself drinking this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 18:19:18 | More by KarlHungus
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like unfiltered apple cider in the glass - very murky with a slightly burnt orange color. Minimal head, though what there is persists and lacing is very persistent.

The smell is fairly sweet with lots of cloves. Some banana/bubblegum as well but mostly cloves.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. Cloves are very evident, some banana as well. There's a lemony tartness that's a little overdone, as well. Mostly, though, it's just a bit watery. A little more sweetness would have made this much nicer.

The mouthfeel is rather nice - smooth, ever so slightly viscous with creamy carbonation.

It actually drinks fairly well considering the flavor is less than I'd hoped for. Not my favorite hefeweizen but it will do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:43:54 | More by mariposafan
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farrago

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick pour, fills half the glass before settling down to about two fingers of bone white, wispy, delicate foam, given the looseness of the foam, the lacing displays very nice stickiness. Unblemished, clear golden straw color, turns to a noticeably bright yellow around the rims and glass bottom, given the head almost zero visible bubbles. Remarkably soft nose with minimal wheat or grain presence, banana, bubblegum, clove and cinnamon, ripe apricot and peach fruit scents, raw baking dough, lemon juice, more width than length. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation, swiftly sinks into your palate. Ginger, cinnamon, clove and flowers team up with the same banana, peach, apricot, pear fruit to keep this one friendly beer. A touch more wheat, hay presence here, aided by more sourness in the lemon, orange citrus. Develops a light minerally edge as it finishes. Extremely easy to drink, however, comes off as simpler than it might otherwise be.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:08:17 | More by farrago
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GhostMtnAbbey

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice big billowy head.

Immediate hints of banana and light citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin but still pleasant and drinkable.

The clarity is opaque but not as hazy and swirly as I'd prefer in a wheat beer.

It could definitely use a more pronounced wheat flavor.

My experience with the three or four beers I've had from Sprecher is that they are a competent "work-a-day" mircobrewery. They offer beers a few steps up from the big commercial breweries but don't expect the advanced artistry of a Dogfishhead or Victory.

This is an affordable Hefe that would be a good introduction to the style for those used to conventional commercial brews. No surprises but nothing bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 01:50:25 | More by GhostMtnAbbey
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Resurrection Ale House in Philly. Served in a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high. Looks good.

Mild banana esters, some wheatiness. Overall a little weak but it smells OK.

All downhill from here. Beer is thin and grainy. Very watery. Carbonation in the mouth is not helping this beer at all. Almost a harshness on the back end. I love hefe's, this was one of the poorest examples (taste wise) I've come across in a while. Will not drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 12:59:04 | More by drabmuh
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association330

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Cloudy, golden pour with yeast in suspension. Brief, soapy white head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles with trace amounts of lace.

S - Wheat, yeast, and lemon dominate, with bits of the expected banana, clove, and bubblegum-like character.

T - Follows the nose. Finish is too brief and flat.

M - Very light bodied, even for a hefe. Not effervescent enough and leaves the brew feeling flat. You could easily chug this if you wanted to.

D - I've had worse attempts at the style, and this is drinkable, but it's not a great hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:48:41 | More by association330
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another quality Sprecher brew. Not the haze I hoped for, but always mega carbonated, yet does not form much head.

Good banana, wheat, lemon flow to the nose, and then that is exactly the taste. Very pleasant, light body. Very easy to drink. 16oz bottles at a great price, rarely disappointed with these guys.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 23:21:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Moe55

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack at a local liquor store. Pours slightly cloudy golden color. Nice white head that leaves some lacing. I can smell the clove spices and citrus. Worthy of calling itself a Bavarian style brew. Nice wheat taste and just the right amount of clove spices to give it a refreshing taste. I can also get a bit of banana at the end. Not as watery tasting as other craft wheat beers. This is the perfect beer on a warm, summer day. I am yet to be disappointed by Sprecher Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 23:07:12 | More by Moe55
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with straw colored hues when held to a light source and a thin frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Spicy aroma with hints of clove and coriander along with some crisp citrus fruit and ripe banana. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel.

The appearance and aroma were okay but the mouthfeel and flavor of this beer are seriously lacking. Slightly creamy mediu body that's on the lighter end of the spectrum with a prominent spice character. The clove and coriander notes overpower what little citrus fruit flavor there is. Subtle hints of banana and lemon peel. Zesty dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 02:53:46 | More by corby112
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HalfFull

California

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle, this Hefe Weiss will conclude my three wheat beer evening. Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat was a fail, as was Sudwerk Hefewiezenl My last chance is afoot..

Suddenly I notice that this is a twistoff bottle. Oh no!

Pours light in color and with a weak yeast presence.

Nose is bubble gum and sour yeast. Not bad yet unexciting to say the least.

Flavor follows and finishes swiftly. Finish is chalky and lacks the lingering finish one would expect from the style.

Yet another hefeweizen that should not be called as such. Not enough oxygen for them yeasties.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 05:15:52 | More by HalfFull
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Sallerj

Illinois

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

This beer is slightly cloudy orange-- actually a little clear for a hefe. It smells like grains and honey and orange peel. The aroma doesn't hit you in the face, which I like in a hefe, but it's nice. The flavor is more citrus-y than banana-y, with plenty of clove-y esters and a long, spicy finish. This is a very nice, very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 03:25:52 | More by Sallerj
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arkurzynski

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold and yeast hazy with very little head. I'm not sure if this is an old bottle or what? Aroma is lemon, vanilla, clove, and sweet wheat malt. Just a hint of sourness in the nose. Overall decent aroma. Very light on the palate with a lot of fizz. Sweet wheat malt taste, some banana, some lemon. Light on the flavor. I've had this many times before this rating and the conclusion is still the same - very drinkable, but nothing special. Prefer their lager selection.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:16:44 | More by arkurzynski
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the gift shop at Sprecher Brewery in Glendale, WI. Poured into a weizen glass it shows a hazy, pale golden body with a thick white head. Aroma of banana and clove. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation level. Flavors of bubble gum and fruity peel. Very refreshing. Great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 03:35:55 | More by blackearth
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass from the tap. The beer pours a bright cloudy yellow. With a decent amount of head. After dissipating it leaves a fair amount of lace, that sticks to my glass. The aroma is relatively light for a hefe. Banana and clove are present but, they aren't very strong. A slight hint of lemon is there as well. The flavor is dry banana and clove. With a biscuity wheat finish. Tart fruit comes through in the end. Light to medium body with emphasis on the light end. A moderate amount of carbonation mixed with the dry finish makes this almost chardonay like on the palate. Not my favorite american hefe but, a decent beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 01:16:18 | More by beerwolf77
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a dark brown bottle into a tall Weizen glass

Appearance: Cloudy deep golden almost amber color. small foamy head that didn't retain long.

Smell: Yeasty with scents sweet banana and cloves. Nice yeasty sweetness with banana and bubblegum phenolics. Better nose than most American made Hefe's.

Taste: Sweet wheat up front with nice spice on the finish. Not as sweet as some of the German Hefe's and a bit dry, but in a good way. Not bad at all for an American Hefe.

Mouth feel: Slippery on the tongue and nice carbonation.

Drinkability: It's very good, and I picked up a four pack at my local store for four bucks. Can't beat that price!. Will look for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 23:50:33 | More by ChopperSmith
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in Feb. 2009.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Lots of thick off-white foam that simply wont diminish! Bits of thick sticky lace cling to the inside of the glass here and there.

(S)- Sweet lemon curd surrounded by wheat, yeasty clay, and a bit of spice; clove?

(T)- Tons of wheat and lemon going on. Some bananna too. It almost has a pale ale aspect to it. Definitely some clove in the taste.

(M)- Its kinda thin in body, but great in texture. Crisp and fruity.

(D)- A damn good refreshing beer for the summertime! Light and crisp, and just overall good! A superb example of a Hefe Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 23:03:41 | More by sweemzander
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
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