Hefe Weiss - Sprecher Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-28-2011 22:40:32 | More by WesWes
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
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-20-2011 02:37:07 | More by output01x
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
Not a bad beer at all. Appearance is good with some head and a bit of lacing.
Smell and taste are similar and both seem to be missing just a bit of something extra- a fruit or spice to set it apart from a one sided flavor that isn't much different than a quality macro.
Mouthfeel is good.
This beer drinks very easy, but at 4.2% feel free.
06-20-2007 02:34:42 | More by supercolter
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz bottle. Pours a very light cloudy straw yellow. Soapy plain white head and plenty of doily like lace. Aromas of grassy hops, banana and lemony citrus. In the taste, light and lemony, with faint banana and a mild bitterness. Light bodied and a bit thin for style, which does make it easy to drink quickly. Overall, a pretty solid, very light hefeweizen.
01-17-2012 01:04:44 | More by Stinkypuss
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Mildly hazed bright yellowy golden color with a lavish head of white foam. No lacing in the glass. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation.
S: Distinct aroma of sweet grains, malt and wheat. Traces of biscuit and earthy herbs and spices. Marked essence of clove is present throughout. Nice.
T: Mild citrusy flavors bloom into a sweet malt note that presents the clove and wheat aspects of the brew. The flavor seems to progress as the beer diminishes, making me think that after a couple i'd really be diggin' this one. Overall, the flavor was a bit turned down, but if this one was "condensed", with the flavor cranked up a notch, this would be top flight suds.
M: Medium-light bodied, refreshing, slightly crisp. About right for a American Hefe.
D: Yeah, this is a drinkable brew. Not the most flavorful hefe i've had, but a respectable cross-over brew that would be a solid choice when having swill drinkers over for a summer grill out. Worth trying.
05-06-2007 01:10:50 | More by Frozensoul327
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
A- Nice cloudy yellow color showcases beautiful effervescence. The one finger head was a little dissapointing for the style but the wisp stuck aroud nicely.
S- Very citrusy even for the style. Strong but pleasing very fragrant.
T- Mostly citrus with banana and then very light clove coming through in the background. Different but tasty.
M- Quite light for the style, but nice nevertheless, great for summer.
D- Very refreshing I'd easily have annother.
I'm starting to warm up to this style quite a bit. This is surely one of the more unique versions I've had to date.
12-04-2007 20:10:42 | More by Pauly2X
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
3.81/5 rDev +4.4%
Christmas in a Glass!!! This smell of Cloves and Grandma's Kitchen at Holiday time permeates this entry. I love it and it was a Beer of the Month offering.. Weird for July, But who am I to Judge??
Anywho, the smells, the flavour, the colour is just bursting with Holiday Cheer!!! Sprecher, your Root Beer Rocks, but your Hefe is out of this world. Thank you for fairing out into the Craft Beer world and blessing it with a Reindeer Inspired, Grandmas Kitchen, Peace on Earth Beer Perfection.
God Bless us, Everyone!!!! Tiny, sMc
~Carry On Citizens!!!~
07-31-2014 00:43:38 | More by Hergestridge
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
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
A 16 oz bottle purchased at BevMo (Redlands) in January 2006 for $1.99 per bottle. The first time I have seen anything but their root beer in California!
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a good dollop of fine grey-brown sediment, a 2 inch crowning white head brings the presentation alive.
Aroma is lemon, clove, and to a lesser extent, banana. Some off organic notes that I've smelled before, but not in a Hefe Weiss. Overall pleasant. Much more complex than most American Hefeweisse-style beers, and reminds me more of the cousins from Germany.
The flavor brings a slug of lemon goodness, not real sour lemon, there's almost a sweetness in the malts that keeps it from overpowering. The spicy organics are there too, but to a lesser degree.
Mouthfeel is light and bright, but not overly thin, as one would hope for the style. This should be a nice drinker on a summer evening.
02-08-2006 02:21:33 | More by Dukeofearl
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
09-28-2010 01:50:25 | More by GhostMtnAbbey
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-27-2009 05:31:33 | More by BretSikkink
Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.