Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Royal WeisseRoyal Weisse

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BA SCORE
87
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-26-2002

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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unfiltered, this beer pours to a cloudy golden hue with a frothy head of white- colored foam. A good whiff reveals scents of wheat, herbs, spice, cloves, and banana peel. A positive impression greets the senses long before taking the first sip.

Tasting this beer continues the positive vibes. Flavors of wheat, yeast, clove, honey, and some dough form the backbone of the flavor. Bitterness is low, at least based on IBU, and other fruit flavors like orange and lemon become more noticeable with each drink.

This is a tasty hefeweizen overall with some good complexity and interesting nose and flavor. I wasn’t so sure with my first can, if I really liked this beer as much as I should, but my second can quickly won me over. The herbs, spice, fruit, yeast, etc., make this beer an enjoyable one and keep you guessing. It’s definitely a beer worth trying of you get the chance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a hearty wheat beer for sure,poured a deep hazy copper color with big rocky head.a very spicey/clovey smell to it,the taste was of bubble gum and cloves real nice weiss.A little filling for the style but this one had alot of substance real nice.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass, the beer was a hazy orange color with little to no head.

Pleasant aroma. Banana and citrus. Some sweet malt, and a little wheat.

Taste a little more muted. Banana and orange. Wheat.

A sweet, malt forward beer.

Pleasant enough, not great. A session beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. This is my first beer from Sly Fox.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is banana, cloves and circus peanuts. The flavor is wheat and banana with some clove notes. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hefeweizen.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/17/10...Appears a golden sunburst hazed in all it's unfiltered wheat beer glory, large bright white head with fine intricate lacing. The nose is packed with citrus, banana, clove, and a slight vanilla tone, a bit of bubblegum thrown in as well. Bottom line a ton of esters and sharp expressive wheat notes, liquid bread is great. The first true hefe I've had canned. I was excited to see this show up at Robinson Beverage best by date of 8/17/10 canned all summer long baby. It's like a banana smoothie going down, citrus and wheat bite blends nicely a bit of vanilla/bubblegum and a touch of clove adds to some dryness. Yeast sediment is suspended evenly no big chunks but cloudy as hell. Mouthfeel is nice sturdy but no cloying carbonation light to medium bodied smooth drinking beer that I'm glad to support in their new 24 pack sutcases they're selling, damn they look good.

Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up 12 of the new cans to do some tailgating for the Phillies home opener. The game sucked but the beer was good. Sampled a can at home for the review. The beer poured a cloudy golden color with a thick head that runs away pretty quickly. The nose had some nice citrus tones in it. The taste was a refreshing wheat flavor with citrus notes and a touch of hops on the back end, all making for a well rounded and refreshing summertime beer. My new tailgating favorite and being blue, it may pass as a soda can in the parking lot of a game or concert.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Whole Foods in Glen Mills PA. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy light yellow color with a small white head on top. Medium retention, slowly reducing to a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Lots of wheat, some yeast, and a good bit of banana. There is some light pepper and coriander as well.

T: Similar to the aroma with a good bit of banana and some doughy malt. More spice from the yeast as well.

M: Light to medium body with bubble carbonation. Drinks easy.

O: A pretty good hefe. If it were readily available where I lived I could see myself keeping it in the fridge.

Photo of emsroth
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

App: super cloudy dark gold, almost amber in the wide areas I'd the glass

Smell: divine. A bouquet of fruit, malted wheat, slight herbal hops, and a decent dose of yeasty funk

Taste: a well rounded flavor combining elements of bread and grapes. Ends with a low but firm hop bitterness that essential to a good hefe.

Medium body with the tight carbonation found in the style. This one happens to be a little under carbonated for my tastes, but perhaps it is the batch.

Great stuff. On tap it's my favorite hefe. Good in cans but lacking consistency, so 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light body with vast quickly disapearing head. The aroma was a bit funky yeast to me, with lots of spices to come. A medium mouthfeel, I have had some thicker hefeweiz, but do not recall such a spicey one with a spice rack full of corriander, cinammon, nutmeg, et al.Why there is two of everything on reviews of Sly Fox is much confusing.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy ruddy orange body rests beneath a frothy bright white head that holds well but eventually drops to a thin creamy surface covering. The body is medium (@ 3 Plato/1.012sg) with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The nose offers bold aromas of apple, extremely ripe banana, and mildly spicy clove. These carry over into a rich flavor that also includes some light phenolics: a mild touch of vanilla, a gentle smokiness, and some minimal acetone. The bitterness is appropriately low, allowing the phenolics and the sweetness of the malt to act as the centerpoint, and yet it finishes short with just a thin lingering sweetness and very mild clove note. An exceptionally well done beer for the person who prefers a richly estery and phenolic weisse. Not to be missed.

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, obtained via the pre-season football bif...consumed during the arizona-phili playoff game

appearance: poured into a lakefront pint glass, hazy orange-copper body, fluffy white crest with nice strong retention

smell: saison-like funk, yeast, green apple, clove and white pepper

taste: sweet and fruity, yeasty funk, green apple, corriander and white pepper. lacks a real punch

mouthfeel: oddly foamy throughout

drinkability: good

Photo of bierman2000
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice German style wheat beer. It goes with any food or alone and is very smooth and has a bit of citrus that lets it cut through the dry mouth and quenches the taste buds. It is good in the spring or summer since it is light and not as carbonated as other wheats. A great refreshing wheat.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barvarian wheat beer with hersbrucker hops.

A: Poured a beautiful golden-orange that was cloudy by nature and was topped off by a bright white fluffy head that held up nicely leaving a moderate trail lacing.

S: The nose yielded a strong sense of wheat, bananas, cloves and some light bubblegum hints all combining for a very nice aromatic experience.

T: The flavor was sweet and spicy with lemony wheat, bananas, pineapples, and zesty dry oranges. There was some spicy citrus notes along with a light breadiness and good yeasty attributes.

M: light, creamy leaving a nice slick coating on the tongue of wheat and citrus all brought on by a crisp carbonation.

D: Overall a very nice spicy and sweet drinking weiss that you don't want to put down, very refreshing wit a nice lemony tang. Could drink this all night.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, PA.

A: The ale is a cloudy autumn leaves of auburb yellow-and-brown hues. No head whatsoever.

S: The nose offers up some wheat, lightly tart, with a just a bit of weizen-like clove.

T: The weizen's flavor comes through more vibrantly in the taste. Banana and clove stand out, sweetening up the mild tartness of the wheat. Bready malts follow the wheat, adding body to the ale without siphoning off the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel gets the job done, offering me enough wheat and yeast to get away from the pale wheat ale territory.

D: Another glass or two wouldn't anybody.

Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger's worth of tightly packed perfectly level slgihtly off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to nothing mroe than a slight collar and and splotchy veil of lacing... The color is an extremely pale bronze... There is a slight haziness... A moderate bit of carbonation that starts a bit sluggish before ending briskly...

S - Slightly over ripened bananas... Light cloves... Pleasant wheat base... Orange zest... A hint of bubble gum... A hint of tobacco...

T - All the flavors from the aroma materialize on the palate, but are a bit more muddled... The clove and bubble gum take a bit more priority... The banana takes a bit of a back seat... Some candied sugars as well...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light but brisk carbonation... A bit sticky... The finish is slightly hard to place, but its a bit off putting...

D - A solid and respectable hefeweizen from the fine folks at Sly Fox... An outstanding aroma and just a slight notch above average in all other facets... Tasty enough that I'll have no trouble finishing off the six pack I invested in...

Photo of tpop
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bar Americain midtown Manhattan.

Poured a nice hazy yellow/orange with 1.5" head. Nicely laced as I drank.

Decent nose, banana and clove noticeable but not pronounced.

Muted flavors, however, limited this hefe for me. Alcohol bite at the end not expected (and not welcomed, really).

In the end, this is an average hefe at best.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ba Review #278
Served On: 07/17/2013
Glassware: Weizen Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.6%
Date/ Code: 7/14/13

This was a 24 pack case of 12oz cans I grabbed from Brewskee's of New Oxford.

Look: Poured a hazy yellowish color with some deeper gold tinges toward the center. Head was a 1-finger of spongy white foam, reduced to a thin film within seconds. Carbonation level was decent with a steady flow of bubbles rising upwards. Had some lacing, but not much.

Smell: Sweet banana with some tropical mango. Also some bubble gum.

Taste: First up was banana with a crisp carbonation bite up the tongue. The middle was some pineapple and more banana. Not much in the way of clove in this brew, no complaints here though. The finish was fairly clean with hints of the tropical notes returning along with a slight bitterness. The aftertaste was similar to what one would have after eating a banana.

This was a very enjoyable Hefeweizen. The lack of clove seemed to enhance the drinkability. Perfect beer for a 90 degree summer day out in the sun. I approve!

Photo of rdrummer
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, it's like this. I went to Sly Fox expecting to drink the Cascade IPA and fill my growler with it and leave. Just as I was going for the growler, my wife says, "You have to try this beer." Wow! What a Hefe!!. Not only ordered one to drink there, but got the growler filled and enjoyed it for two days afterward.

It poured the lovely hazy gold of a true Hefe-weizen. The head was huge and long-lastign; the lacing went all the way down the pint. It has a huge nose that reflects the wheat fields of middle PA, but adds to that the tropical fruitiness of citrus, banana, clove, and some other spices. The beer just explodes in the mouth with the wheaty earthiness and citrusy aftertaste. There is some yeast flavor, a hint of other fruit, and finally a mixture of spices. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and pleasant. The drinkability is huge. I was tempted to move in.

Note: I have had some bad experiences with growlers. (Finding the beer still when opened.) Sly Fox's bartenders know how to fill a growler. I opened it three days later, and it looked like it was poured fresh from the tap. The second day, it was mildly less carbonate. The third it was definitely noticeably so but it still tasted great.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow color coming through right away. A very hazy and cloudy look to this one I have to admit, as I was waiting to find some sediment, but none came forward. Nice three inches of white then topped out over the glass and settled down lightly into a nice little pillow of white, which was reinforced but lots of carbonation.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. Nice touches of grain, light wheat and a touch of a banana like aroma all coming through rather nicely. Some almost light grass like hops bouncing around in there as well. The flavor was very crisp, very clean with a well rounded profile that was very pleasing. Nice light rush of grass and grain, light bready malts and a touch of banana again coming through quite cleanly

Photo of boelker62
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer just brings pretty, soothing and welcoming to mind. I fluffy white head dissipates to nearly nothing, but leaves slight lacing from what is left.

S - bannanas in liquid form, (in a good way) with some pear, peach and light spices to boot. You just cannot beat the scent of this beer.

T - there is a slight departure for this as the canned prduct versus a freshly-tapped keg in Phoenixville. All who sample this in cans, I strongly urge you to make your way to the brewpub for the tapped taste. It really makes it a much better experience. This beer changes from time to time as well, they might not admit it, but when you are dealing with produce over which you have no control, it is destined to make subtle changes. A nice feature to see how good it is every time a fresh keg is tapped.

M - sorry, it's rare I feel a beer in my mouth that has a bad mouthfeel. It's just right...

D - many, many are capable. I have actually had to remind my wife at the brewpub, "that is your third 23oz.,..." You be the judge.

A staple of the Sly Fox they do, and should be proud of. There is so much more to this weisse than any others I have tried.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured from a can into a weizen glass with a finger high white head that quickly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of wheat and bubble gum in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of clove towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style, has great drinkability and is rather refreshing.

Photo of dansteino
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Very good. Dirty orange. Hazy with yeast. Beautiful head.

Smell. Wow. Wow. Intense smell of bananas and cloves. Remarkable.

Taste: Very good. Tons of malty banana flavor with a little bit of pepper and citrus (lemon).

Mouthfeel. Very good. Creamy. Some crisp wheat. Heavy but enjoyably so. Aventinus-like.

Drinkabiliy. A little heavy.

Just a wonderful drinking experience. I have to visit this brewery . . . now.

Photo of LunaChick
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the memphis tap room from a fresh keg. Very nice color--cloudy golden with a nice head that left substancial lacing. What struck me most was the sour aftertaste. It had a good start--slightyly bitter but overall refreshing. I think I'll have to try it again. Overall I think it was a very good representation of the style from color to overall apearance to presentation. It was late and I think my taste buds were on overload.
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My tastebuds muist have been on overload that night. The flavor is slightly spiced with clove,
citrus and leaves a crisp, dry aftertaste. Highly drinkable, nice medium bodied flavor, not too heavy.

Photo of ShanePB
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Wonderful golden yellow body, hazy, with a generous foamy white head, probably exaggerated by the tulip glass but nonetheless a gorgeous looking beer.

S: Citrus esters, lots of banana comes through, a faint hint of clove and some orange zest. As it warms, the wheat base becomes a lot more evident with cracked coriander in the end. Pretty good once it opens up and breathes.

T: Banana is dominant here but unfortunately it seems to be a rather dry banana taste, that sticks around in the finish - dry and a bit unpleasant. Orange and a hint of lemon are here too, a nice mixture of flavors in the taste that seemed to be there but not as strongly in the nose.

M: A really wonderful mouth feel here, creamy, maybe a touch too carbonated but still smooth and refreshing.

I have to be honest, this was *the* first beer to get me into craft beer and it's great to come back and revisit this almost 2 years later. It's still a very solid brew but not the same I remember after finally having that "Ah ha!" moment. Still, a wonderful local Hefeweizen I'm glad I can get year round.

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly cloudy golden orange with a frothy white head that seems to stick around. Again, the issue with no lacing. Is this the way the S.F. washes their glasses, or is it the beer being brewed at ROFO?
The smell is of artificial bananas. I'm convinced that they started using banana extract on this since last year. It was always that natural bubble gum-ish and banana aroma before then but now it seems to be nothing but bananas, which leads me to think that. If not, then perhaps they fermented this at a lower temperature before last year. Either that, or this has been doing some serious conditioning with a unique yeast strain.
Taste is of bananas with some crisp wheat in the background.
Mouthfeel is of a medium bodied wheat beer. This could be slightly lower on the carbonation but it's decent.

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