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Hefeweizen - SanTan Brewing Co.

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84
good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
SanTan Hefeweizen is an unfiltered Bavarian wheat bear, effervescent and sweet, with an unmistakable banana-clove character. Often paired with a lemon or an orange, SanTan embraces this American enhancement of the beer however we still believe it is the best the way it is brewed.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: JamisonM on 09-24-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bambam2517:
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4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a cpl pints on the patio, served in a frosted glass. I've had this many times and it is far better on tap than from the can IMO.

A - Pretty representative of all craft Hefes, cloudy gold-tinged orange body with a good amount of stiff froth. Decent lacing.

S- Mildly sweet and grassy, alot of clove and light on banana esters. Slight citrus tang also. Very good.

T - Dialed back a bit from its German counterparts, (Franziskaner, Paulaner, and Erdinger are all top-flight Hefes to me) but it makes for a really versatile and pleasant beer. All of the flavors on the nose are there, none very prominent but they mingle well and keep it interesting enough to have a few. The scaled-back approach doesnt weigh too heavily on the palate either. Well done.

M - Smooth and creamy, slightly sweet and oily finish.

O - I like having this one around for hot summer weather, very good local offering.

bambam2517, Mar 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

A swirl of the last splash of beer and in goes the yeast; cloudy pale amber with two fingers of head that stay. Banana taffy and faint powdered clove rest on a bready, malty nose. Smooth, with a slickness on the medium body--the palate was hoping for more crispness. Maltiness flexes right away with a straight bready flavor, and nuttiness from the yeast compliments this. Fruitiness and spice easily balance. Toward the finish, the brew goes a little lemony and earthy. Throw this one into a blind tasting and you'd never know it was American brewed. A gem from the Southwest.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

FMetzger, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Jeffwildcat, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

JohnLynch, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Auraan
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a a cloudy orange/yellow with a one finger, fluffy white head, dissipating to a ring of white foam. Looks very nice, like a hefeweizen should. Scents of clove, banana, slight citrus and German yeast. Very true to style, a nice surprise for an American-brewed hefeweizen. Flavor is mild, with notes of bready wheat, some clove, slight banana and some herbal hops and slight orange peel. Very true to some of the good German examples I've sampled, again a very pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Yet again, true to style. An excellent hefeweizen, which compares well with actual German brewed versions of the style. A nice surprise from Arizona.

Auraan, Aug 08, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick hazy burnt yellow golden colored beer doesn't wait long for a medium to small head to die into a thin lacing above it.

Light banana and cloves are the most dominate in the aroma on this hefeweizen.

Light and pleasant cloves and banana taste that is a little on the lighter side but for some reason it seems to be just about right. Some times hefeweizen's and wheat beers seem to have an overkill of banana, cloves, and spices whereas this beer is made to be drank on a hot summers day and in slightly more quantity than most of its contemporaries.

A light to maybe a light medium bodied beer that has a very light clovish dry aftertaste.

I'm not the biggest fan of hefeweizen beers that have a ton of rich banana or cloves taste and I think that that is why this beer appeals to me more, it has those tastes but not to the point of being a turn off for me.

LXIXME, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Thanks be to my friend Derek, who snagged this at a grocery store in Phoenix while on snow-bird duty this past month. Is the label actually supposed to depict a lemon/orange yin and yang sort of thing?

This beer pours a hazy medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with one flabby finger of loosely foamy, fleetingly foamy eggshell white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet, somewhat grainy wheat malt, banana chips and the cloves that love them, some further orange rind fruitiness, mild Hubba Bubba notes, and herbal, weedy hops. Like the offspring of the best German and German American brewers, so far. The taste is more sweet, unassuming wheat malt, middling banana and clove esters, subtle, but at the same time quite noticeable orange and lemon (of course) fruit fleshiness, and quite understated earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is generally adequate for the style, i.e. present but not obsequious, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, a slight tackiness taking a chink out of that particular armor. It finishes off-dry, the graininess of the wheat still rather prominent in its inherent sweetness, and the other implied essences holding fast in their allegiance.

Another well-wrought hefe from the depths of the American south - something tells me that those German expats just have a knack for this sort of thing, in that desert heat. My previous experience with this kind of affair was in Texas, so not exactly the same thing, but enough for this far-flung northerner to start making apophenic connections, maybe.

biboergosum, Feb 24, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange.. one finger head..

S: sweet banana.. almost like a banana candy.. wheat. Clove/spices to round out the nose. Faint citrus..

T: again sweet banana upfront.. takes up a lot of the flavor.. the clove flavors come in next.. then u get more wheat.. maybe just a hint of citrus on the back end.. semi dry finish..

Mf:light-medium body with good carbonation.

O: a decent hefe.. light, crisp, & refreshing..

aval89, Jul 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

avisong, Jun 22, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple 6-packs at AJ's. A tasty beer, but clearly a more American take on the style. There's more clove and orange than Widmer's Hefe, but considerably less than Franziskaner. The clove is heavy and followed by light, crisp wheat. Then a juicy orange undertone rolls through. I can certainly say this is the best canned hefe I've had. Overall, a respectible wheat beer. Worth a try.

tempest, Feb 08, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a two finger head. Lemon peel, bit of banana and clove on the nose, along with a nice yeasty breadiness. Flavor follows suit with a refreshing tartness. Overall a nice American Hefeweizen with a bent towards the German style. So far, my favorite offering from this brewery.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Steve_Oldrati, May 20, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz can). Pours cloudy yellow with quickly disappearing white head. Aroma has yeast, wheat, banana and clove present. Taste has a sweet malt with a bit of hop bitterness. Thin bodied with oily texture. Finish is smooth. This is a very easy to drink beer and I’ll be looking to pick up some more as the temps climb here in Arizona.

trappistlover, Apr 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Carena, May 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ClayO, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bhuff10, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

tzieser, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Geuzedad, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

GABrew, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

rrski198, May 15, 2014
Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Le Mondial.

Poured from a 12oz. can.

Appearance: A very generous head with lots of lacing draped all over. Color is a light orange-banana.

Smell: Wheat with some cloves, banana and lemon. Very zesty.

Taste: Sweet orange with light cloves and a lemon zest. The finish is breezy and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Real good carbonation, crisp body and quite refreshing.

Overall: A nice hefeweizen from a place i wouldn't figure would have some

papat444, Jun 07, 2012
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Hefeweizen from SanTan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.