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Hefeweizen - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 139
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: JamisonM on 09-24-2010

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
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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 139
Photo of Auraan
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy golden orange with a big white head

S: mostly banana with some wheat malt in there

T: Banana Orange peel Lemon Peal no clove very interesting and good taste drink this more to the 60 degree side and the orange and lemon come out drink it really cold and banana comes out much more interesting beer. Its finish is dry makes you want to take another drink.

M: light mouth high carbonation

D: real drinkable

overall: wow a very good Hefe and not the same old same old well crafted interesting unique beer that has its own take on a Hefe I was wondering why the hell they put an orange and a lemon on the can but now I know it really is there but its all the yeast they don't but any orange or lemon peel in this. A must try for any Hefe fan to be sure! (765 characters)

Photo of AEArider
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

VERY impressed. Maybe I'm an elitist, but I tend toward skepticism on interpretations of this style from outside Bavaria. I'm ambivalent on the aesthetics, as it poured a gorgeous billowing head that disappeared far too fast, leaving frail remnants and little lacing. Smell? Wonderful. Taste? Lovely. Both smell and taste are very fruity and citrusy, and pretty much embody all the best characteristics of high brow hefeweizens you can import. . . yet this is out of AZ, REPRESENT! (481 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden color with finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Most Hefes that I have had have seemed to be more cloudy. The aroma consist of bananas, cloves, orange and some coriander thrown in on the side. It is a complex aroma. There is definitely a spicy clove taste followed by a more mellow banana. Again, there is a touch of coriander thrown in there. Heavy on the banana aftertaste. It is a good beer but seems to be a little more heavy on the cloves than other Hefes. (512 characters)

Photo of swthomas55
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in a sampler at the brewpub 4/8/11.
Pours cloudy and yellow, with a small head (but it is just a sampler sized glass.)
Big banana in the aroma, with a hint of clove and maybe some peach? The flavor follows through with lots of banana and sufficient cloves to balance and a beautiful fruitiness. Bready wheat puts in an appearance, too.
Medium bodied, but feels full in the mouth with plenty of carbonation.
A great example of the Bavarian hefeweizen style. (463 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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. (635 characters)

Photo of bambam2517
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - hazy golden to straw-colored with about a half inch of stark white foam on top that quickly fades. Looks fairly clean and pretty well filtered until I dump the remains of the can into the glass and all of a sudden all that yeasty goodness appears and this looks more the part.

Aroma - bananas, cloves, bubble gum. The usual suspects are present and accounted for upon first whiff. Some sweet and spicy notes are there as well as some biscuity aromas. Definitely smells like a well put together hefeweizen.

Taste - one sip and the subtle flavor of cloves and bananas are right there. It's truly amazing what yeast can do for a beer. Super clean and crisp with a touch of honey-like sweetness, a bit of citrus zip and a semi-dry finish that prevents the bottom of the glass from making contact with the table.

Overall - excellent wheat beer and just about perfect for the summer months or any month in the Arizona desert. Flavorful, easy drinking and low ABV. Sometimes those things come together perfectly. Well done SanTan! (1,034 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a weizen glass.

L - hazed dark yellow color with a white head that thinned out and left a few spots of lacing.

S - good wheat beer spiced aroma.

T - taste is banana and spices with some citrus thrown in and a solid malted wheat backbone.

F - medium bodied, it goes down smoothly.

O - a good example of a canned hefeweizen. (346 characters)

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. (1,630 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've now had this beer a couple times, including from the can at last summer's 'Cans Fest' in Portland, OR. The most recent time was in the shade last week (still 90-degrees) at Hotel Palomar (Phoenix), poolside ~ first pour off the brand-new tap line. Reviewed from notes: 6/12/12.

12 oz. pour to a bulbous glass.

A: Appropriately hazy wheat-golden hue, glows nicely when backlit by reflected sun. Not much head, a short quickly-fading whitish foam. A few flecks of lace, though I'll blame the glass a little here... nothing seems to stick. Modest rising carbonation, turbid appearance.

S: Robust spiced-sweetness of cloves and orange blossoms, grassy herbs, a bit of bubblegum. Straight up good-smelling Bavarian-styled weissbier... any fears I had of this being 'Hefeweizen' in name but 'American Wheat' in style were quickly laid to rest. Better and better as it warms.

T: First taste was a little 'muddy' - overwrought with wheat - but the second and on were pleasantly sweet and spicy. A touch of orange and lemon, a bit zestier than expected. Grassy/hay-like, even a little peppery. I like it.

M: Smooth and creamy, gently carbonated but with a cleaner finish, sharply tapering off. A bit 'soft', 'light-medium' body if I'm being generous, but HIGHLY refreshing on a day that would soon reach triple-digits (although the local overheard at the next table mentioned that the patio would be great 'once it gets hot'!)

O: Enjoyable, an easy-drinking session-worthy hefeweizen. Pretty true to the style. Have it again? When in Arizona... (1,546 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (447 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear honey color with a surprisingly modest head for the style; the foam fades quickly and only leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Bananas and citrus, with an earthy aspect and a hint of clove

Taste: Wheat bread and banana, up front, with white pepper and orange peel developing, in the middle; citrus peel dominant, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: Not a bad hefe as domestic versions go (and most domestic versions are much worse); while it dials the banana in nicely, some of the other flavors are out of whack; the mouthfeel also lacks creaminess;

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity (690 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color,with a moderate, quite dense off-white head, and scattered, thick and patchy lacing.

Aroma: Prominent spicy wheat, earthy yeast, ripe bananas, and lemon.

Taste: Opens with spicy wheat, yeast, caramel, ripe bananas, and a modest amount of cloves. As the taste progresses, there is a significant orange rind presence. Later, some earthy hop flavors manifest themselves, bringing the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, fairly full, with a bit of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes:A pleasant and well-crafted example.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass. (707 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

On draft at The Perch Pub & Brewery, Chandler, AZ.

Hazy, yellowish body with a small white head. Aromas of grass, wheat, floral notes. Light in body with mild sweetness and subtle citrus. Pretty standard hefe flavors. Decent. (226 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of mmciz
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this really the first time I've had one of SanTan's beers in a can? I think so -- odd considering how much I enjoy the Chandler craft brewer's offerings on tap. Picked up a can from BevMo in Tempe, hoping it'll impress as much as this beer does on tap.

A: Like a cloudy Pils, straw yellow without much head.

S: Far less banana than I remember, this is a sweet and citrusy Hefe.

T: I SWEAR I CAN TASTE THE METAL. I know it's probably psychosomatic and they brew the stuff in big metal kettles but, really, I feel like I can taste a hint of it. Otherwise very good -- obviously lots of wheat, but also little wisps of honey and smoke.

M: Pretty hefty considering the style, which I enjoy.

D: Gimme a sixer! (712 characters)

Photo of aval89
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.. (422 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color with a nice foam when poured enthusiastically in the Duvel tulip. This has a pretty good sudsy mouthfeel as well. More substantial mouthfeel than a lot of the wheat beers. While not outstanding, there is a pleasant spicy aroma.

Quite sweet as well as spicy. Malty and warm. Plenty of the banana and cloves, with something like a citrus, orange peel flavor. More than a hint of bitterness in the finish. Thoroughly pleasant Hefeweizen and a nice quaff.

From the 12 oz can bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler. (529 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can version fall 2010. Pours with little to no head, hazy straw color, from a colorful can. Some yeasty bready aromas are noted along with banana. On the palate light wheat cracker, banana, and clove near the end. Light and drinkable, and carbonation seems quite high. (268 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Poured with a decent, off white head that settles down to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a hazy, dirty amber. Aroma is a weaker version of the real Bavarian Hefeweizens. Flavor is like aroma, with a very strong grain component. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium length. Ok for a local brew and if it's competitively priced. (390 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My thanks (and that of The CANQuest (TM)) to bennetj17 for some more CANs to keep the madness moving right along.

From the CAN: "This product does not contain orange or lemon flavoring"; "Craft Beer For Beer Drinking". Plus, it is made in ChANdler, AZ and if Ballast Point ever begins to CAN, maybe Cousin Colby and I CAN meet at their CANvention.

The Crack & Glug produced only a finger of soapy, off-white head that dissipated like it had somewhere else to be. I was left with a cloudy orangish-amber beer with a modicum of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose was heavy on banana, leading me to wonder why my homeboys didn't mention that fruit in their disclaimer. Did they really add banana flavoring? I jest. Seriously, though, very heavy on the banana esters and light on the citrus and almost no evidence of clove. No clove?!? I weep. Mouthfeel was on the watery side (what is it with the wheat beers today?) with a big up-front banana flavor underlain with some citrus. Finish was still fit for a barrel of monkeys until the etreme finish when I caught a hint of clove spiciness. I seem destined not to be a big hefeweizen drinker. (1,135 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (334 characters)

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Hefeweizen from SanTan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.