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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Royal WeisseRoyal Weisse

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very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-26-2002)
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Photo of BARFLYB


4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

32oz growler from Whole Foods into a tall Hard Rock Cafe glass.

Royal pours out pretty dirty with a unfiltered look. A bold orange/dark tan hue that can't be seen through. A nice bubbly white head that's not very thick, but retains a nice stick on the glass.

The smell is pretty much equal to a bunch of oranges and wheat. Not a lot of banana but a nice sweet malt base. I cant say how much orange is in here, it's abundant.

Being so close to the source at Sly Fox I know that this beer is fresh as shit. With that you think there would be some hops in here, but they don't register on my palate. Oranges and wheat takes up most of the spotlight, while banana and pale malt are in the back. Banana is real light.

The Royal Weisse is real refreshing easy drinking beer. The body is a tad thicker than most hefe's but this is the royal we are talking about here and it shows. A light carb and a short and bursting aftertaste.

I cant believe it took me so many years to warm up to this one. This is what beer drinking is about because you can drink tons of it with the low ABV and not get bored with it. Not your standard Hefe here.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2010 03:14:45 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of goindownsouth


4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the finer Weissbiers I have had in a long time. Very aromatic in the nose, this Weisse offered hints of lemon and some mild background spice at the first whiff. While there was little to be said for the head left behind after tapping, I was far from disappointed, as this Weisse was crisp, refreshing and very balanced without being whimpy. Good and malty with some chewy wheat goodness for good measure, this is one Bier I will be having at Sly Fox again, for sure. This one is on par with the best in the country and arguably on par with some of Bavaria's offerings.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2005 23:59:00 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2002 19:10:45 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Philly Rally 4

Body features dense clouds floating in pulpy orange juice. Bright white heavily frothed cream fills the top fist worth of a weizen glass. Outstanding lacing drips down the sides.

A good nose that is light on the cloves and bubblegum, and heavy on the bananas.

Taste is properly wheaty, with lots of lemon. Crisp, especially the finish. Light fruity aftertaste, with a bit of clove and pepper. Greatly refreshing.

Dances lightly across the tongue. Each sip cries for more. Superb for summer.

This is not your average (or below) American Wheat. If it's not quite a clone of classic Germans, it certainly shows it parentage well. I add my vote to those calling to bottle or can this.

Get some and share it with a friend.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2006 18:25:20 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of francisweizen


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky tangerine with a small head of foam that leaves some nice lace patterns. The aromas are classic hefe. Yeasty banana, bubblegum, fresh wheat, and more. The taste is all banana up front with some other lovely yeasty esters in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is super creamy and perfect for a weizen and the drinkability is pretty damn good. Wow, maybe this one is not loved by many, but this is up there with many German versions to me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2004 22:54:10 | More by francisweizen
Photo of dansteino


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2005 06:49:17 | More by dansteino
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clouded orange amber with a nice off-white head. Nose is a heavy yeast. Kind of an earthy tar tone to it. Flavor is earthy yeast and very strong at that. Robust. Thick. Deep. Feel is thick on liquid and nice on the carbonation. Overall I have to say this is a pretty tasty brew. Hearty and deep, but definitely worth trying. Especially with all this craft brew in the can stuff going on.

Serving type: can

12-31-2007 08:30:32 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of bierman2000


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 14:21:25 | More by bierman2000
Photo of PSUDREW


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMmmm, nice weisse right here

Pours a dark orange color, very very hazy in appearance. light, fruity smell, comes off very nice.

Tastes of rich, spicy wheat. Fruity esters and yeasty/bannana hints come with it, and has a nice, smooth, if not somewhat sour finish.

Glad I could have this for my 100th review!

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2004 00:42:58 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of bmills1608


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, deep orange color with a touch of rust. Not in the least bit clear. Smallish bubbly head, fades to a nice steady film.

Nose is sweetish wheat bread and lots of ripe banana. Very ripe aroma. Taste is full, I love that, an almost chewy fullness for a hefe, very nice. Taste is clean, with soft malts and wheat, lots and lots of fruity ripe banana, and a touch of bubble gum.

A good amount of tight carbonation and a medium mouthfeel really round out this brew.

Finishes real clean, with residual banana flavors and yeast. A real REAL good hefe. Packed with flavor yet still traditional in its overall approach and still extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2005 13:52:04 | More by bmills1608
Photo of pezoids


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a hazy and pale straw yellow, with a frothy and creamy head of foam that looks like meringue. Strong and sweet aroma of bubblegum, candied sugar and lemony grains. There’s something else I detect that’s almost like fresh blueberry jam? The taste is light, fruity sweet with a touch of strawberry/maple syrup. Light bodied and highly flavorful and estery. Some sourness from the wheat and just a small amount of yeastiness. An excellent Hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2004 13:36:10 | More by pezoids
Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall weiss glass

A: Pours a refreshing-looking straw yellow with loads of yeast cloudiness. Huge fluffy head and an amazing amount of lacing throughout.

S: Very rich yeast aromas with delicious hints of caramel and sweet ripened fruit.

T/M: Very tangy, lemony flavors dominate, with a hint of sweetness throughout, creating a solid balance. Slightly too carbonated, but overall quite tasty.

D: Incredibly easy-to-drink beer, would be a superb replacement at summer BBQs and get-togethers for your non-craft beer pals. Very well crafted!

Another winner from Sly Fox, recommended!

Serving type: can

05-13-2007 23:41:00 | More by markgugs
Photo of corey0212


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this beer from mikesgroove!

Pours a murky honey color, foamy tan head fades slowly, leaving some nice sheets of lacing behind. Great nose on this beer...lots of pepper and spice, banana, bready & yeast aromas. Taste follows right behind, a little more banana flavor than the nose would imply, some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bubbly, refreshing, and drinkable as hell. This is good stuff.

Serving type: can

11-06-2008 01:22:38 | More by corey0212
Photo of emsroth

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Serving type: can

09-17-2010 16:31:29 | More by emsroth
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2004 23:35:35 | More by rdrummer
Photo of dmarch


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a hazy gold color with a thin white head that leaves a nice lace along the glass. Aroma is mostly bananna and citrus. Taste is bananna with hints of apple and apricot. Very drinkable and refreshing. Definately makes the trip to Sly Fox worthwhile.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2003 12:42:40 | More by dmarch
Photo of DIM


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: The color was right, a hazy, murky straw color. Unfortunately this was served to me in a pint glass filled to the very top. I swirled myself a head after a few sips.

s: All the right aroams are here, not as sweet as some hefes.

t: Drier and less sweet than other hefes, very nice. Mild spice and flowers at the end.

m: Thick, chewy, and creamy. Spot-on.

d: These folks make a great hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 09:48:03 | More by DIM
Photo of Scoats


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Not your average hefeweizen; guess it is more of a weizenbock. Cloudy orange color, full Belgiany yeasty aroma, hearty taste. It's the full package. Might be too heavy for really hot weather, but an excellent fall or spring beer. Another homerun from brewer Brian O'Reilly.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2003 05:14:56 | More by Scoats
Photo of Dithyramb


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard some good things about Sly Fox. Purchased a pint at McGillin’s in Philly during a recent pub crawl.

The lighting wasn’t excellent, but this brew was decidedly dark, like some cheese on top of your pizza after its been in the oven for just a bit too long. Cloudy, with a decent finger of off-white foam on top and a spattering of carbonation around the inside of the glass. Reduced quickly to a sticky ring.

The expected yeasty nose is complimented by fruity banana that’s been on the table top for a day too long and some clove.

Sweet tasting weisse, with the banana and some apple mixing with pepper and clove. Medium bodied and creamy. Finishes sweet with a good bit of lingering flavor.

Those phenols and esters, mixed with a tingly carbonation and creamy mouthfeel, make for a very drinkable brew. Wish we could find this one a little further south.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2005 13:54:23 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2010 03:00:19 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of GnomeKing


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Enough to keep King Kong giggling. This one reminded me of the General Lafayette's Bavarian Hefe: Golden, a tinge creamy, and with sweet banana tastes from hear to eternity. Add in some sweet, baked cake flavors, and I'm all in.

If I'm being picky, the mouthfeel is a little thin, borderline watery, on this one, making it take second place to the General's brew. But Royal Weisse is great, and available year-round, so who's complaining about this golden-colored knockout?

(Swigged while dreaming of my Firewaters bartender.)

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2005 03:28:41 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of IronLover


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dirty, dull orange in color and very murky. Poured with a short white foam that quickly dissipated. Sweet banana and wheat malt aromas with a hint of spice. On the thicker side of medium bodied with a chewy middle. Sweet banana and yeast flavors up front that transition to a bitter hoppiness in the middle. Hop flavorsv open the door to a pleasant spicyness that intensifies to the end. A touch of citrus hop bitterness closes out the spicyness at the end and this slowly transitions back to a ripe sweet banana flavor.

Serving type: can

07-17-2012 00:21:22 | More by IronLover
Photo of tomthumbsblues


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this one home in a big lovely growler.

This weisse pours a cloudy dark orange color, similar to the color of iced tea. There is a thin head lasting head about the glass and few bubbles rising to the top.

Upon agitation this beer yields a pleasant aroma of peaches and bananas. The taste is similar definitely hinting at bananas and what I felt to be the flavor of warm peach pie with just a hint of clove.

Mouthfeel was very well balanced. The carbonation is just right. The aftertaste is very subtle, and is a bit bitter towards the end. This bitterness I likened to that of lemon rind.

This beer definitely held my interest and I'd gladly have another!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2004 19:46:30 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a dark cloudy orange.

Smelled of smooth wheat, pineapples, lemons and a hint of cloves.

The flavor was dominated by a pleasant thick wheat and was then followed by an invigorating lemon, banana and blueberry fruitiness with just a slight touch of hop dryness. Finishes with wheat and a bit of yeast.

Mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a full mouth of creamy carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2006 20:26:06 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of boelker62


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-10-2007 01:22:16 | More by boelker62
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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.