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Hefeweizen - SanTan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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)
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

t0rin0, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Crafted on 4/15/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, spice, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, caramel, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing too memorable in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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

brentk56, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

mactrail, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +22%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour from the can into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a lightly hazed, bright gold color when held up to the light. Spicy clove notes are noticeable as soon as I pop the tab and this is backed by a nice grainy character that reminds me a bit of dried grassy and barley husks. The nose has a light tartness to it and the clove accentuates a sweet fruitiness that is a bit like green apple or perhaps some sort of melon, but the fruit is definitely secondary to the clove. Soft banana like notes struggle to be noticed underneath the clove and there seems to be a touch of a tin like note to the nose at times.

Dry up front as it first hits my palate, but as it rolls across the tongue it picks up a perceived sweetness from an ample clove character. The finish has a touch of tartness and wheat character, but really it is the clove like phenols that seem to stick to the palate. Fairly light and refreshing, but this does have some body and texture to it; it is not as creamy as the best versions of the style, but neither is this too thin. Having said that, the texture seems simplistic somehow, though I really think it is the bland malt character that this is really attributable too. This has a bit too much of a green apple flavor to it and this seems to accentuate a touch of something that reminds me of a macro lager.

This is not horrible as this is a serviceable HefeWeizen. It just doesn't really integrate all together and it is missing much of the complexity and richness that is needed in a good example of the style.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

orangesol, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  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.

tempest, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: banana, clove, biscuit, citrus,

taste: muted citrus, toast,

mouthfeel: light carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: not impressed. not sure if it's my can or if it's the way the beer was intended. But I've had much better beers in this style.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

GraduatedCashew, May 31, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bsuedekum, May 25, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

drpimento, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cdwil, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Gatordaddy, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

crobinso, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

msubulldog25, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Hefeweizen from SanTan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.