Hefeweizen Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A true Bavarian wheat yeast, sixty percent wheat malt, and German hops make Santa Fe Hefeweizen Beer as true to the style as any American rendition can be. German Hefeweizen, with its hints of banana and clove, its delectable, spicy, hops, and its pale golden color, is becoming increasingly popular in America’s craft brewing world, and with good reason: hefeweizens are both light enough to please light beer drinkers, and complex enough to please true micro-brew connoisseurs. To mimic a classic German Hefeweizen, after pouring your Santa Fe Hefeweizen into a glass, swirl the last few drops in the bottle to loosen the yeast from the bottom, then pour the yeast over the top of your beer.

(Beer added by: DousedInStout on 12-27-2009)
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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

curious hefeweizen here. pours oddly clear, urine looking yellow. where is all that sediment i am used to seeing in these? settled on the bottom? hardly. average white head. smells of sweet caramel, which is weird, because that isnt in the taste at all. candied fruit yeast notes and some sturdy wheat malt are most evident in the nose and the taste. none of the soapy feel some of these beers have. in fact, its very smooth and incredibly easy to drink. a 6er of this is no problem at all, especially after a hot day of working outside. feel works. its crisp for a hefe, refreshing to the max, and less than medium bodied. i wouldnt necessarily call this a conventional hefeweizen, especially based on the look, but i like it a lot. good beer as far as im concerned.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Yet another stop on the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender express. It pours a pretty clear pale straw topped by a thick white froth. The nose comprises wheat, corn, banana, light clove, and a partial stick o' bubble gum. The taste is similar, with a bit o' coriander and orange peel added in, but the bubblegum comes in again at the end. Odd. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is a decent hefe, but not one I would recommend in high esteem.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something new from a brewery that I like..

Pours a semi-hazed straw/honey color with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Average lacing & below average head retention

S: Breadyness a touch of orchard fruit & not much else

T: Breadyness, slight lemony hops, grassy hops & a touch of apricot & appleskins up front. Fruittyness & honey malt are there as this warms, plus some dryness, some signs of juicy fruit gum. Finishes fruitty, slightly spicy with lemony & grassy hops & grainy bread

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks very easy, but not a purist's hefe by any means, lacks aesthetics, but I could down a few on my porch in the summer

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow amber; yeast sticks mostly to the bottom of the bottle. Malty with some spicy notes but not much of the traditional German estery flavors. Light body. Slight bitterness. Nice carbonation.

Not a bad beer but not a good Hefeweizen.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clearish beer becomes cloudy as the sediment is poured into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer starts out almost two-fingers thick and a pale tan hue. The beer is a hazy, straw, pale amber hue. The aroma smells most predominently of clove up front with hints of apple, some grassy grain notes, as well as some tart wheat character in the finish. My wife picks up on the phenolics a bit more than I do and said it reminds here a bit of paint.

Clove flavors up front accentuate a percieved sweetness even though this beer finishes quite dry with a soft tartness. The finish also sees a lingering, cracker-like and hay-like grain quality that provides a toothsome malt quality to this beer. The texture has quite a bit of fizz to it due to a fair amount of carbonation. The body of this beer has a touch of viscousness to it, but overall is fairly light. Definitely quaffable, but as with most Hefeweizens it is not the lightest summer beer out there. This is light on the banana character, but does have a solid wheat note that works well with the clove and soft fruitiness. There is a nice spiciness here that is part of the grain and yeast character. The yeast sediment also contributes a dough-like earthiness to this brew.

This is a nice Hefeweizen, definitely one to try for those that like traditional ones. Having said that I like a bit more lushness and depth of flavor in my ideal version of the style.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of drpimento
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This just doesn't quite meet the promise. Poured with a small to medium off white head that fades to a light cover quickly, and little lace. Color is a hazy, dirty amber. Aroma is a mild yeast, malt, plus hint of fruit. Flavor is like nose, plus some of the Bavarian spice, but very little of the fruits. On the dry side and kind of boring. Gets a better rating than I thought it would. Finish is fairly short and forgettable.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and golden in color with a fair white head. Smell is of slight citrus, some tin, maybe a hint of zest. Taste is pretty much the same. The feel is thin and crisp and it's not a hard drinker. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but it's true enough to it, just nothing that stands out about the rest.

Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty solid Hefe from Santa Fe. Not overly complex but it had enough citrus notes combined with the banana esters to make it true to style. When it gets hot in Santa Fe is makes a great patio beer. Had it on tap and in the bottle. The bottle actually tasted better

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Santa Fe's Hefeweizen Ale (is the "Ale" really necessary?) pours more like a pilsner, as it fills the glass with a clear, brassy-golden liquid. Hefeweizens should be more hazy than this, as the chunks of yeast are too large and detritus-looking. Body is scantily adorned with a a fizzy cap of white bubbles, supplied by a few steady torrents of carbonation from below. Thankfully, the aromatics are a substantial improvement, as a pleasing bouquet of clove, banana, and light citrus notes greet the nose. German malts provide a solid, biscuity backbone.

A thin, fizzy body meets the mouth with a standard refreshing yeastiness and lightness for the style. The fruit/spice combo shies away from the typical banana and clove, and instead delves into the realm of green apple skins, lemon zest, and white pepper. In this respect, Hefeweizen Ale reminds me more of a Saison. They should call it "Saison-Lite"...could be catchy! Anyway, the mouthfeel needs to tone down the carbonation and amp up the creaminess--too spritzy and dry with a finish of minerals. Still, this is a fairly tasty interpretation of the style, and a beer I'd be glad to have again if I ever visit Santa Fe.

Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy gold with active carbonation. A dense and foamy white head has very nice retention. The beer leaves a little lace behind.

S: A healthy dose of lemon and biscuit dominate the nose. Banana and clove are there, but they're subtle.

T: A pretty straightforward Hefe. A dry yeast bread flavor dominates. A lemon and clove spiciness provides balance. Finishes with lingering biscuit and clove flavors.

M: The body is quite smooth and has the high carbonation I've come to expect from Hefes.

D: This is a nice and light summer beer. Perhaps not the best example of the style I've had, but a solid offering.

Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kvgomps
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Belittle
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice layer of yeast in the bottle. The color is a hazy light straw. The head is almost perfectly white and large; almost two inches.

The aroma is predictively full of banana and crisp lemon peel. There is some spice to it in there as well.

The taste starts out with a nice touch of wheat with a refreshing banana finish.

This is very refreshing. The taste is pretty authentic to style for fans.

Photo of delta490
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Naugros
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While in Arizona I was looking for offerings from this brewery and only came across this one...not my choice since I was looking for the pale ale. Oh well, here goes.

Much lighter in color than typical for the style and very clear. The color of your pee after four or five beers. Sudsy bubbles muddle about the top of the beer but never really coalesce into a cohesive head...again, like your pee after four or five beers.

The usual cast of characters approach with banana esters, clove phenols and grassy wheat scents. Nothing bad, but nothing extraordinary either. These scents do continue in the taste, but the phenols take over and throw the beer out of balance.

Despite the light body this beer manages to not be crisp, clean or refreshing. This is not a great example of the style. On my trip to the West I have had three pretty substandard hefes, but this was the worse. It's now obvious that this is not the part of the country where you want to taste a hefeweizen. Maybe there aren't enough Germans there to tell them to stop ruining their most famous style.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Shock Top weizen glass. No obvious date. Numbers stamped on neck.

Appearance - Bottle leaves opaque white residue on bottom. Pours small white head with low to no retention and low stick. Slightly cloudy pale gold body.

Smell - Sweet banana malt. Thin and fruity. Smells like an actual hefe and not one of those American wheat beers they call hefes sometimes.

Taste - Wow. An honest to god hefeweizen. Weihenstephan would be proud. Taste very much like the godfather of hefe. The only main difference is the...

Mouthfeel - Head dissipates quickly. The body carbonation suffers a bit as a result. It's still light and enjoyable and really doesn't really isn't that much of an issue. But when you're rating in style, ever peculiarity of a style is scrutinized with a magnifying glass. While enjoyable, it doesn't stack up.

Overall Drinkability - Not bad at all. If only for the carbonation and retention, this would be a pretty legit hefe.

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Hefeweizen Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.