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Hefeweizen - Capitol City Brewing

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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 13
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Capitol City Brewing
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterLambic on 07-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 13
Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lightly cloudy, straw color with a slight turbidity. A 1" head dropped quickly in the standard pub pint glass. Scattered lacing as the beer disappeared.
Smells of citrus and hops present but not too strong.
Taste followed the smell, citrusy, hops and a light maltiness on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was good, medium bodied, smooth with a light effervescence all over the tongue.
A very drinkable beer, good flavor, very thirst-quenching, easy, smooth, very nice indeed.

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Photo of Calico
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap as part of a sampler flight at the Metro Center location. I was hot and sweaty when I got there and appreciated this and the Kolsch as the most quaffable beers of the flight, and the most to-style.

This summer seasonal beer was served with a lemon slice, which I removed. Pleasantly yeast-clouded. The head had been damaged by the lemon oils, but looked like it had been nice and fluffy when poured.

Because it was served in a mini-Pilsner glass, it was tough to get any aroma off it, but what I got was banana. In the taste as well, all banana and no clove. I would have appreciated a little more complexity, but this was a very good thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of jsanford
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the downtown location on 11/28/10

A - Very hazy brownish-orange. One of the cloudiest Hefeweizens I've ever seen, I wrote down "looks like pond water" in my notes.
S - Sweet roasted banana and some spicy cloves with a bit of alcohol astringency. Definitely a "banana-bomb", smells a bit messy.
T - Quite a bit of darker caramel malt for a traditional Hefeweizen, the amount of malt borders closer to a Dunkelweizen for me. Other then that I'm getting quite a bit of banana and more cloves. Again, very strong on the banana, not as balanced with the clove as I'd like.
M - Mouthfeel kills this beer, the carbonation level was way too low. I had two other beers while I was here, all with the same issue. Someone needs to get this fixed asap.
D - While I drank my glass fairly quickly, I wouldn't have another.

Usually one of my favorite styles, this was a poor introduction to the Capitol City Brewing Co.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at downtown DC location

This is the haziest most cloudy hefe I have ever seen or dreamed of. A low half finger of head sits on top while light carbonation bubbles drift lazily to the surface...

Smell is bananas, hops, and bananas

Taste: more bananas some clove along with a hint of biscuit, and yeast.

Mouthfeel, heavier than most hefe's slightly less carbonation than expected.

Easily drinkable, I could session this, the alcohol doesn't really come through at all.

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Photo of GZGMX
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented as a hazy amber colored beer wuth large white puffy head. Smell is notable for spices (cloves) and bananas. Also present is a pleasant summer fruitiness. Taste follows the smell with nice fruitiness, bananas and spices. Finish is very refreshing. A perfect summer brew.

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Photo of GFSchwab
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical pale yellow appearance, fizzy head made an exit quickly.

The taste was of cloves strongly, no banana. I notice a strong presence of the yeast as the bber lingered on my palate, with a clove like, yeasty finish, with notes of baked bread.

Very light bodied and refreshing, just not much complexity to it. It may have been thisi specific batch at the Washington DC Mass ave. location.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In keeping with the majority of Cap City beers I've had, the white, foamy head of this did not display much retention, though there was a nice film on top throughout, and decent clinginess and lacing. The beer itself was hazy to the point of being completely opaque, an orange-gold color. Darker than many weizens.

There is some banana to the nose, but overall a very yeasty aroma. It smells of sourdough bread. A tad distinct, I like it.

A full bodied banana flavor develops towards the end, taste-wise, with some fruity banana sweetness starting up front. The dry, threshed wheat profile lend itself to the closing, which is a drying, yeasty and doughy sensation.

This is a crisp, solid beer. A bit heavy though, and not quite as quenching as expected.

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Photo of
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at the 2 Mass Ave location. Taste dominated by stewed bananas with cloves. Very little head retention with a thin watery mouthfeel. Slightly off aromas are rather off putting. Very dark for a hefeweizen. Overall a poor hefeweizen.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head. Head becomes a thin layer of bubbles and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Smells of bread, yeast, banana, and a touch of bubblegum. Typical Hefe smell.

T- Taste pretty fruity mainly banana and lemon, bready and yeasty. Pretty good.

M- Light in body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink specially on a nice hot day.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer us yellow and mildly hazy with a pathetic head and moderate carbonation. Some lacing.

The aroma is a banana bomb.

Beer is light in body and has a banana flavor on the palate but has a grainy acidic finish that is not pleasant at all. It makes it hard to drink and very less enjoyable.

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Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught in Baltimore location: This one pours a cloudy, straw yellow color. It had some white head on it. The aroma for this was a fairly typical hefe aroma. There were some banana and clove notes. The taste was also fairly typical. This one was a middle of the road hefeweizen.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this Hefe on tap at the Capitol location at NY Ave, near the Metro Center.

Came in a shaker pint glass, with lemon stuck on the rim. 'Twas cloudy, a dull golden hue, with a thin, white, tenuous head and traces of lace. Lose the lemon! Light citrus aroma with some banana is evidnet, though not too strong. Body was a touch less than medium, but still decent. Mouthfeel also had a bit of roughness, though I come to expect this of this style, so it's not a put-off.

Flavor was crisp and wheaty, with light banana being the more evident characteristic, though some citrus also appears. Found no clove notes at all, disappointingly. Nonetheless, it was still a refreshing offering, especially after being out in the brutal heat last weekend in DC.


overall: 3.55
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Hefeweizen from Capitol City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.