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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy honey amber color, lots of floating yeast and a few bubbles of carbonation. Creamy white head with excellent retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is a little disappointing, rather mild, very little fruit, strong grain and dominant clove and spices. Body is a little thin for the style, creamy, moderate carbontation, slightly watery like in the finish. Sweet banana flavors are present in flavor but not nearly as strong as other hefes, balance is thrown off a little by clove spiciness from nose, also a little tanginess, but overall fairly nice, if not mild.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:19:25 | More by yourefragile
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into my Harpoon UFO glass. Appears a cloudy muted straw yellow color with about an inch of quickly dissipating bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of citrus such as lemon, banana, mild spicy yeast, soft wheat notes, some cloves as it warms up. About medium bodied and amply carbonated. Worth a try. Also, gotta love those 16oz. bottles from a US brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 03:53:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a hazy blonde color with a rocky quick fading head

S - Smell of eyast and citrus hit the nose as soon as it is poured. Some hints of spice and clove.

T - Clove flavors are predominent. Sweetness of the eyast carries through the beer. Slight sour tastes are you continue through the beer.

M - Light bodied but flat and smooth

D - A decent session if you have it around.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 12:46:57 | More by drcarver
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one finger head that is white and fluffy. The body is slightly hazy, not as much as I would expect in a hefe but it has the golden yellow color. The head fades to a lace after a few minutes. Lots of carbonation present in this one as its poured.

S - Sweet, banana and clove hit my nose right away with a nice balance of cinnamon and wheat. There is a nice lemony, citrus scent that is also faint as well. Overall the coriander, yeast, citrus and wheat are all there but this isn't as intense of a smell as the Dancing Man Wheat.

T - Pretty solid hefe. All the components are here except for the full, smooth flavor I have had in New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat. There is a nice clove, coriander and citrus/banana complex that has a nice wheat and yeast backbone.

M - All the citrus, clove, banana and cinnamon are right up front with a decent transition over to wheat finish that is pretty smooth up front. Not as full as I would like, but I have been spoiled. Still pretty solid.

D - Again, not as full or complete as New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat, but this is still a great hefe. I could have two or three of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:30:15 | More by Wisconsin
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy gold/orange color with a huge white foamy 3 finger head. Leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - Lemon and orange. Some malt aroma also.

Taste - Lemon, orange, banana flavors present with some sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and clean.

Drinkability - A nice drinkable beer. Good for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 20:03:08 | More by hardy008
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

Orange color, slightly hazy but mostly clear with golden highlights. Head is medium height with largish bubbling. The nose is heavily reliant on phenols to push flavor across; clove overpowers any tendency toward pepper, banana, or other fruits that might be buried.

The flavor is also laden with spices and especially clove. Esters are more present in the body than on the nose, which is surprising but welcoming-ly nice to see. The malted wheat adds a hint of dryness and zing to the flavor, and balances the tendency towards sweetness as it gets towards room temp.

Not bad - a little unusual, but for an American hefeweizen it's really pretty good. Light bodied but offers itself to increased complexity as the beer warms. Definitely phenol-heavy, but not overly sweet, and it insinuates a certain level of Germanic authenticity. Nice beer for a mixed six pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 05:31:33 | More by BretSikkink
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Hazy golden color. Pours with a minimal head. Visible carbonation.
(S) Wheaty, with notes of lemon and citrus fruit. Also nutmeg aroma.
(T) Smells like it tastes - wheaty, but not thick. Mellow citrus flavor, with the spice of the added cloves.
(M) Clean and smooth. Light bodied not as much mass as other hefeweizens.
(D) Easy drinkability. Nice and smooth with a nice unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 16:56:55 | More by u2carew
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ommegoose

Illinois

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

16 oz. bottle.

I'm working with a 14 oz. glass, so the first pour doesn't hold the entire contents. Starts off very clear and pale gold with some carbonation. I didn't get much head, but in fairness, I don't have a weizen glass on hand. Head retention was minimal, leaving a little ring, and a slight hint of lacing. The color changed to a murky yellow. Lots of brown yeasties at the bottom of the glass.

Smells pretty nice when I pop the cap. A little grassy with some clove and banana sweetness. More like overripe banana.

Strong wheaty flavor with a slight twang to it. Not much sweetness evident. Vanilla. Some very mild grassy hop bitterness. Finishes with clove and earthy yeastiness. The finish is actually more interesting than how it tastes on the tongue. It's just not real exciting, and none of the flavors really pop on the tongue. Banana is rather faint. Still an alright example of the style, and no real flaws jump at me.

Carbonation is a little too abrasive. Hefes should really be smoother than this. Does have some body to it.

It's ok. This just bores me, to be honest. I'm having a hard time remembering that I have a beer in front of me, which is not an encouraging sign. It's fine in some aspects, but not something I'd look twice at in the cooler again. If I just wanted to drink, I could down a few, especially because the abv is so low.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 06:12:19 | More by ommegoose
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow color, pretty cloudy, a fair amount of sediment visible. The white head begins at about 3 inches.Then recedes to a thin watery layer with some decent lacing.

Has a somewhat spicy, lemony, yeasty scent. Detect a hint of clove and some spice.

I do taste a bit of banana in this beer, then the clove, and some mild maltiness. The flavor stays with you, a sweet banana-like flavor, which isn't altogether bad.

Pretty light body, nice carbonation, refreshing quality. Easy to drink. A good summer beer I suppose, but even then there are other Hefeweizens I would easily take over this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 02:32:24 | More by Soneast
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a solid one-finger head that retains its head and lacings well. A great citric smell on top of some sweet malts and clove and pepper. While there is a sharp coriander and clove kick in this beer, found it to be overall very smooth and with the right amount of lemon and orange peel kick, and it seems to pass over with a hint of sweet malts. I never heard of this hefe and couldn't even tell it was an American brewer until I read the label; a must-try for any hefe fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 17:17:57 | More by clayrock81
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light orange to light caramel colored liquid topped with a stark white pillowy, two-finger coating of foam. The head stayed around for a very long time and only receeding to a 1/2 deep after many minutes.

Smells of bananas, clove and citrus. There is also a hint of spicy hops and black perpper in the nose

Citrusy, lemon, lemon rind, and orange. The banana are much less pronounce in te flavor than they were in the nose. The Cloves are less too. There is defintiely a strong spicy character though, some coriander, and the balck perpper from the nose come through.

Medium body, crisp refreshing carbonation. Mouthfeel thins out significnantly, becoming almost watery on the finish.

Overall this is quite a nice Hefe. Not my favorite style but I could have a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 21:51:32 | More by jackorain
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dbtoe

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass

Look cloudy yellow with a 2 finger white head that slowly reduced down to a cap.

Smell fruit, spice, and yeast.

Taste Like the smell citrus, spice, yeast with a dry sour finish.

Feel crisp mild body with good carbonation, lively.

Drink Very drinkable all flavors combine together well. I drank both bottles I had from the sampler pack.

Comment this style isn't one of my Favorites. I'll drink it now and then but I don't go out and get it for myself. However, I think this is a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 17:14:28 | More by dbtoe
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a cloudy, very light body. Smelled of hops, clove, citrus, and a touch of banana. No bitterness in the taste, typical "wheatiness", with the clove, citrus and banana barely making appearances, although the banana became much more pronounced as it warmed. Good thickness, and extraordinarily smooth. A good brew, very easy to drink, but a bit unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 19:44:01 | More by ibashmuck
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blakesell

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16oz twist off cap bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a 2.5 finger head of bone coloured foam that quickly dies down to a slight level of carbonation across the top. Beer is clearer than would be expected of a Hefeweizen.

Smell- Rich spices and cloves upfront with a lingering banana on the finish. Wheat content is ample and sticks to the upper nose hairs as well. Hops are slight and noble, not really jumping like the yeast and malt. This is the most perfect smelling Hefeweizen I've ever smelled brewed in America.

Taste- The yeast is upfront on the flavor with cloves and high wheat flavors. Slight citrus rind lingers on the finish with a hint of sourness and hoppy bitterness. Banana sweetness midway through makes this a pretty excellent wheat.

Mouthfeel- Slightly thin, creamy, light bodied, highly carbonated, not astringent, effervescent.

Drinkability- This is an excellent lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Refreshing, invigorating and just low enough in alcohol for sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 04:32:42 | More by blakesell
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mynie

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear honey yellow with a nice, white head.

Smells spicy with a little bit of nanners in there. The spices aren't quite what I expect from most hefes. It also smells surprisingly dry.

Tastes sweet but a little soapy. Balanced but not quite right. The nanners are there, but there's none of the creaminess I usually look for in a good hefe. Also a bit too drew for my liking. Still, pretty well brewed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 17:05:53 | More by mynie
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy yellow-golden body with a thin finger of white foam that yields little retention. Good score based on fine color. Wonderful aroma--lots of clove, banana, vanilla, and a hint of lemon. Great taste as well, with vanilla, banana, and a dash of pepper most prominent. Creamy, smooth, delicious, full of flavor, this went down in a matter of minutes without thinking.

More and more I'm greatly impressed with Sprecher, producing one fine beer after another. My favorite sleeper brewery, this is excellent, one of my favorite Hefes.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 01:26:04 | More by Gehrig
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Paired wonderfully with tilapia and asparagus.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a white head and starts with an interesting aroma that's extremely similar to vanilla cake. I suppose it's the combination of vanilla spice from the yeast with the aroma of sweet bready malts. The flavor is a bit light - though understandably so considering the 4.2% strength. Still, the wheat malt and yeast character need to be amped up considerably for this to be considered a great beer. I guess for what it is, it makes a great light beer and tasty beverage for hot days. Save this one for the summer and you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 23:42:19 | More by tempest
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

16 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale orange (and some floaties) with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white foam. Nice layer of creamy retention that leaves a good bit of lacing behind but it does a slide job down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly nice for a Hefe with tart lemon, bananas, oranges, yeast, clove, bubblegum, and some light wheat.

The taste is similar to the aroma but just doesn't get to the same level. Wheat, lemon, bananas, clove, yeast, bubblegum. It's all there but seems to be really subdued. The different flavors aren't nearly as easy to ascertain as the aroma was. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with OK carbonation but overall isn't as crisp was I would like to have felt. Even a touch flat maybe?

I nice effort that unfortunatley only gets about half way there. The aroma was fine but I just expected a little more from the body and especially from the taste that left me wanting more. I drank about 3/4 of this this and then left the wife finish it up for me so that I could move on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 16:38:30 | More by Kegatron
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16oz bottle poured into my hefeweizen glass

A: Light orange with a massive white head that recedes rather rapidly. Tons of carbonation churns the sediment like there's no tomorrow

S: Banana in a strangely yogurt kind of way. Surprisingly sweet, like a creamsicle. Hint of clove and maybe, cardamom.

T: Stale wheat with a sour twang. No real hefe characteristics here. Maybe an old bottle?

M: Vigorous carbonation makes for a great feel and the dry finish makes for a very thirst-quenching beer

D: I'm probably not going to finish this one. Oh dear

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 19:59:56 | More by DefenCorps
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a nice cloudy pale yellow body with a nice thick slurry of yeast in the last little bit of the bottle. There is a sticky snow white head that leaves sip rings as I drink. The head is supported by tiny little bubbles of carbonation that can only be seen when they trail up the side of the glass.

S- The soft bubblegum smell has a slight powdered sugar note like bubble-yum gum followed by a soft yeasty bread dough note and a clove warmth at the finish. These smells meld into each other and feel very natural unlike some over-the-top Weizens.

T- The nice wheat bread flavor has soft but present bubblegum qualities and a soft clove note that is not sweet and is more of a warmth than a spic note. There is a soft carbonic acid note with a slight sweetness to finish the beer and it has a very nice dried lemon note.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and the body is not heavy like some Weizens that sit like a 3 course meal in my stomach.

D- This beer has a good body and great well developed flavors that all work together quite well. I would consider this one of the few Weizens inwhich I could have several at one siting without being full.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 19:41:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

Poured a cloudy medium apricot color with massive white puffy head. Good retention.

Smell demonstrates nice notes of bananas, citrus, and cloves.

Taste has a strong banana flavor. The citrus and cloves blend nicely with the bananas to presnet an above average taste sensation.

Great retention of the banana flavors. Very refreshing.

Truly a nice example of the style with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 22:11:58 | More by tgbljb
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Second from the 8 pack sampler.

Appearance is light straw with heavy cloud. Rocky three finger head that recedes quickly and leaves sticky rings of lace.

Aroma is floral yeast. Fruity, citrusy wheat and sweet gumballs and band-aid. Lemon zest and all-spice. Weak aroma, even at room temperature.

Flavor is wheat and yeast, banana and bubble gum. Clove spiciness with a heavy bread. Sour saison like notes that are something I usually don't get in a hefe weiss. Honey and corn syrup. Light, barely discernable floral, fruity hops. Lemon peel and coriander notes. Banana bread with light nutty grains.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit harsh and unnatural. Nice stickiness on the lips and a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good I would have it again.

Revisited on 07-11-08

Aroma is better than I remember, there is a nice wheaty yeasty aroma as well as a phenolic band-aid aroma that is to me more representative of a hefe weizen.

Flavor is fruity and a bit sour, banana and clove, lemon and orange, bubble gum and a chewy grain profile that has sustance.

Maybe I got a bad bottle last time? Much better than I remember.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 22:21:34 | More by wheatyweiss
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A-Deep hazy golden yellow with a thick white head that faded into a heavy lacing.

S-Wheat malt with light banana and clove. The yeast aroma is light.

T-Bready wheat with a light zip of citrus, banana and clove. A bit of a hop bite in the end. All in all everything is quite muted and not as forward and bright in a "true" hefe.

M-Medium-light body with high carbonation. Quite crisp and ends with a nice clean finish.

D-Not too bad but overall everything is a bit lacking. Good...but there are certainly better American versions of this German classic that are better.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 12:28:47 | More by Deuane
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LumpyGuitar

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4 pack of this, smaller plump brown bottles.

Poured a foggy tangerine color, bubbles on inside wall of the glass, perfect two fingers of head. Head dissapated after about a minute, however, the remaining thin layer of head remained for the rest of the beer and didn't really leave to much lacing.

Smells like citrus, maybe some orange or grapefruit. A bit of wheat, some spice, clove, and yeast.

Taste was very smooth, mild and sweet up front with a strong bit of yeast at the finish. Hints of wheat and cirtus fruit. Leaves a nice taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel was good. My impression on my second sip was much better than my first. This was pretty dry and with a decent amount of carbonation, and the two are perfect together. Very balanced.

Drinkability here is average. Usually, this isn't my style of beer, and I honestly tried it because it was on sale. However! This beer was amazing and I have to say after this I'll be trying alot more of this style. To anyone else who hasn't had a Hefeweizen that particularly grabs their attention, try this, as I would have to say that this is the one that will.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 22:31:42 | More by LumpyGuitar
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DoubleJ

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint bottle purchased from Vendome, on to the beer:

The body on this beer is a semi-cloudy tangerine color. Not much head on top of this one and it doesn't hold well. The aroma is moderately spiced with a light brush-up of clove. The taste begins with a slap of fruit in the front. Carbonation is peppy and provides a little balance and crispness to the picture. There's an echo of banana, which is otherwise pretty clean for the style. Body is light and makes a good drinker.

Not bad at all. Though the unfortunate truth is there are better hefeweizens which can be had for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 17:55:18 | More by DoubleJ
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.