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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-26-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Sammy, May 21, 2007
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djrn2, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

metter98, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light apricot color with a beaten egg white head that retains reasonably well and leaves some lacing

Smell: Primarily yeasty banana phenols with a hint of coriander

Taste: Starts out with a doughy banana flavor that, after the swallow brings on some of the spice character; the finish has a bit of a bitter metallic element

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With the exception of the bitter finish, a very fine example of the style

Thanks, ClockworkOrange, for the opportunity.

brentk56, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

oberon, May 26, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has light wheat scent with a sweet, fruity yeast aroma; very nice and aromatic. The taste is good. It has a good wheat malt presence with a strong fruity yeast flavor that dominates the beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine weiss beer. It has great flavor and mouthfeel; another winner!

WesWes, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

duceswild, May 14, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving: on-tap at the Standard tap in Philadelphia, PA

Pours a cloudy gold color with thin white head. Aroma was kind of week with only a faint hint of citrus. Flavor was bland as well with a slight touch of lemon citrus. Very crisp with a very slight sour finish.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

weeare138, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of slightly thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of banana and clove, exactly what I would expect from the style. There are some lighter notes of orange citrus.

T: Like the smell, the taste is also dominated by the banana and clove flavors. There is some more subtle hints of orange citrus and wheat.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: This beer is enjoyable, easy to drink, and quite sessionable. This could become a regular in the summer beer rotation - especially since it comes in cans and they can go anywhere (even to the pool).

dbrauneis, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ejimhof, May 09, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

mdaschaf, May 01, 2012
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.

akorsak, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

BARFLYB, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of ShanePB
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

ShanePB, May 06, 2011
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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.