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Donner Weiss - Kutztown Tavern

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Donner Weiss
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79
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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kutztown Tavern visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002)
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tigerpaws:
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3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good hefe, as my friend says a nice unfiltered cloudy appearance with a nice thick foamy head. I myself prefer my hefe's with lemon but with or without this beer is good. Faint aroma and as he said not much on the hops, but this hophead can overlook that when drinking a hefe................CHEERS

tigerpaws, Jul 25, 2002
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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow-gold body displays slow-moving streams of steadily rising bubbles beneath a short cap of creamy bright-white froth and a shining wedge of fresh cut lemon (that's the way they serve it at the pub). The lemon probably affects the head retention, and it drops shortly to a wide collar but still leaves some splashes of lace. Lemon dominates the aroma, but traces of light phenolics and sweet malt make their way through. The body is medium-light and smooth across the palate with a very fine and just lightly zesty carbonation. The lemon is less intrusive in the flavor, and it returns to a more traditional character with a sweetish, wheaty malt that's accented by gentle notes of clove and bubblegum. It's well-balanced by a low-key bitterness, and it finishes with dollop of lightly sweet malt and a delicate note of lingering clove. A really refreshing, lighter version of the style that's well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a small pure white cap that slowly fades into a collar. Little streams of carbonation pump their way up to the top of the glass.
Smell is of Bavarian yeast, banana, cream, clove, and sulfer dioxide. I asked the brewer, Chris Rafferty, about the sulfer smell and he agreed that it is there. He also said that he felt that it belonged there with the style.
Taste is of the banana, beautiful wheat, bubblegum, clove, along with that funky sulfer that is slightly obtrusive but not overly offensive.
Mouthfeel is sweet, crispy, smooth, and semi-dry.

weeare138, Oct 24, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

tvghost, May 30, 2014
Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -10.4%

justintcoons, May 07, 2013
Photo of rydev24
3/5  rDev -10.4%

rydev24, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a white lace head. The aroma is outstanding. It has a very refreshing wheat scent that is sweet to the nose and explodes with banana and cloves. The taste is good. It has a dry wheat flavor with a refreshing banana and clove aftertaste. It goes down smooth with a crisp and fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good weiss beer. It has awesoome aroma and flavor. The appearance could use some work, but it drinks well.

WesWes, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy yellow-gold with a fluffy white head that dissapates somewhere mid-pint. Served with a lemon. The smells are of yeast, faint spice and even some light citrus though the lemon in the glass may have swayed that opinion. The taste is very smooth, with a nice body of yeastiness, perhaps even a bit overpowering. The aftertaste is all spice, most notably clove and nutmeg. A slight taste of hops seems to be lurking, and this may contribute something to the unique aftertaste. The seasoned finish was a nice departure for an unfiltered wheat, but I wonder if this is something they tinker with from batch to batch. The mouthfeel was excellent, as the cloudy look translated itself onto my palette. All in all, a very solid summer beer for the Golden Avalanche, but not necessarily the best weiss or hefe (the beer itself lacks a true definition) I ever had. Great brewpub and food by the way.

99bottles, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy, golden-rod colored body with a thin, white head...the retention wasn't the best as it quickly fell into a broken bead...few spots of lacing

S - The nose is heavy on the clove...banana is also in the forefront...underneath I pick up bready malt, yeast, and cinnamon

T - The flavor starts with the clove...it's letting you know it's there and never becomes too much...there are some other spices lingering around (corriander and cinnamon)...the banana shines in the middle with some pale, bready malts...I'm also picking up a hint of lemon citrus...the yeast finishes the beer with a little bit more of the spices

M - Medium bodied...I liked the mouth feel...it was a bit chewy from the yeast and the spice content was nice...but then there was this metallic twang that I would pick up

D - They served the Donner Weiss with a lemon slice which I nicely put to the side...I've been to the Tavern many times and this was my first time having this one...not my favorite GABCO beer but a good try at the style

thain709, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a cloudy apricot-colored beer with thick white puffy head. Smell is significant for bananas, cloves and wheat. Taste is light and refreshing, being a bit milder than other beers of this style that I have tried. Somewhat thin at the finish but still enjoyable. A nice interpretation of the style.

tgbljb, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite obviously unfiltered hazy lemony hued pour which, incidentally, had the ubiquitous lemon wedge on the edge of the glass.

Some basic delicate banana aromas.

Unfortunately, even though the lemon wedge was tossed, the lemon flavors pervavded the taste department.

Thin bodied weiss.

Although I admit that Weiss is not my most academic style, this Weiss lacked a bit of bawlsiness, if you will, to be a standout.

blitheringidiot, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a pale hazy yellow color. The head vanished once the lemon was added to the rim of the glass. The smell of the beer has a typical banana/clove and lemon of course. The taste of the beer has the soft wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness too. The mouthfeel was light, soft and a little watery. Overall it's a very average wheat beer to me.

Knapp85, Oct 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

millerbuffoon, Jul 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped into the Kutztown Tavern on Thursday, 02JUN11 for lunch prior to heading to the Reading WWII Weekend. Donner Weiss was my first bier of the trip, a pint for $4.25.

Served in a regular shaker glass, with a slice of lemon (pass!). Donner was a cloudy, pale golden straw color. It had a thin, fine white head, a light layer at most, though it did last and left nice lacing. Aroma was crisp and wheaty, with light clove and some banana. Nice so far... It was medium-bodied, and a light, airy prickly feel on the tongue, just as a Hefe should.

Flavor had some solid wheat character, with a solid clove/banana backbone. Had a little bit of bubblegum esters, and finished dry, crisp and refreshing. Not a killer version, but quite well-made all the same. Prosit!!

4 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bierman9, Jun 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

DLS168, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of goindownsouth
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

NOt a bad Bavarian style beer. It is brewed well and unfiltered for a great appearance out of the tap. It is served with a slice of lemon, but I tend to discard it. Not much in the way of hops here, but that is ok. This beer has a great mix of wheat malt and pilsner malt. A good weiss bier. Prost!

goindownsouth, Jul 04, 2002
Donner Weiss from Kutztown Tavern
79 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.