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Royal Weisse - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Royal WeisseRoyal Weisse

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very good

91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-26-2002

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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 174
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large hefe style glass: color is a bit darker than some hefes, gold or maybe copper, head presented very large then dissipated to a ring.

Smell is wheat, banana, clove, bread, some citrus/lemon, drier yeast notes.

Taste follows the aroma, wheat front, then nice banana, clove, bread and citrus flavors. Bread and wheat flavors form a solid backbone and the banana and clove provide quality hefe like notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, carbonation is not overpowering but the yeast leaves a nice dry presence.

Overall, this is one of the better american hefes, quality wheat and malt flavors with nice dry yeast and banana/clove flavors.

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Photo of tkelley
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from my third beer-of-the-every-other-month club. Poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A -- Deep golden color. White head, not as much as I would think on a weiss. poor retention and lacing.

N -- Bananas and cloves, generalized fruitiness and malts.

T -- Very good taste. Really liked this on the tongue. Sweet aftertaste.

M -- no complaints

O -- I greatly enjoyed this. Really good warm weather offering. I don't think I can buy any of Sly Fox's stuff around here though... oh well.


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Photo of devilben02
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy sunny orange-yellow color, with a big, rocky, foamy head. The aroma is a lovely combination of slightly-caramelized bananas, yeast, and a hint of peppery hops. The flavor similarly has more of the semi-sweet, yeasty, banana-like wheat malts, along with a little bit of earthy hops that doesn't quite meld with the fruity malt base. The very-fine, soft carbonation allows the medium body to get a little (tiny) bit syrupy, while somehow also being a bit prickly on the tongue at the same time. Overall, an above-average hefeweizen for my taste.

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Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a sweet aroma on this. Good amount of banana found on the nose with a hint of citrus. A delicious smelling hefeweizen.

The taste doesn't let down. It's one of the more fruity, banana forward hefe's I can recall drinking. For me this is a positive. I love that. Cloves are also present in the passenger seat. Just a hint of citrus and wheat comes along for the ride, but in the end this is a fairly sweet beer. Also, carbonation seems to be pretty high in this one. Just an observation.

I did a taster at Sly Fox, and this is one of the two beers I bought to take back with me. I think it's their best I have tasted. Top notch!

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Photo of constantine_272
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: First hefeweizen out of a can for me. Poured a bright straw yellow with about a finger coaxed out of it. Foam had big white bubbles that faded fast. Thick cloudiness and medium light carbonation.

S: Big sweet banana smells. Spice or coriander and nutmeg. Big yeastiness. White bread and crackers.

T: Starts off very bready with bread yeast. Fruity pineapple sweetness rounds out the wheat. Finishes zesty and tangy with orange, spice and saltiness. A whole lot of tang at the end with coriander and an herbal basil sort of flavor. More wild yeast funk follows up.

M: Big and viscous. Lots of mouth coating unfiltered particles. Finishes tangy which really cleanses most of the big yeast and heavy bread notes.

O: This is a great hefe. I really like the how big and bold the flavors are, yet without overpowering and leaving a heavy feeling at the end. It's all about the finish with this one.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange-yellow color with a small one finger fizzy white head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving very little lace and a somewhat persistent thin white film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is quite nice. It is rather sweet with lots of orange citrus and banana smells. Along with the citrus is a big smell of a yeasty and wheaty smells as well as some lighter aromas of a little bit of grass and herb.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather wheaty and fruity taste with lots of banana. As the flavor advances a yeast cake taste come to the tongue along with some quite light notes of clove. All the while the banana gets even stronger and is joined by flavors of an orange and lemon nature. Some very light grassy and haylike flavors come to the tongue at the end, leaving a sweet, yeasty and fruity hefe flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side for a brew of only 5.6% abv with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are quite nice for the yeasty flavors of the brew giving it a very sweet wheat bready feel.

Overall – A rather pleasant Hefeweizen. While nothing out of this world, it is easy drinking and a good blend of sweet, fruit and yeast producing a good drinker overall.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A real nice orange pale amber, opaque with some cola sticking bubbles but a real nice mix of pinhead rising carbonation also. THe head billows large and in control at four fingers, with lots of pin head sized even dancing bubbles, with a nice creamy white appearance and huge retention. Great looking Hefe.

Nose has good citrus lemon, airy dry yeast and a good wheat malt density to it. Light it seems but with some heavy qualities, curious to see where this goes.

Palate fills with a nearly rich but clean feel. Moderately carbonated with a hint of sweet cream but a large lemon and citrus body washes over with a chewy feeling. No banana or cloying sweetness. Malt density is there but has a light feel. Sweet tangerine whaffs over on the swallow with multiple sips from fruity esters.

Overall this is a great hefe, and I like the fact it doesn't have much banana like esters to it and it's so easy drinking and refreshing. Very impressed.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-amber, almost going ruby, with steady rimming off white froth that speckles and replenishes from a trail of bubble up the middle.
Ripe banana, maybe a bit of mango, some candle wax, and Wheatena on the nose.
Sweet challah dough, a sharp jab of yeast, some appley esters, a bit of woody cinnamon and buzz of noble hops.
Yeasty comeback in the form of bubblegum hit and wood pulp linger.
Lt-med, some chew, lively, crisp, creamy.

Northern Brewer on can.

Everything it should be. Bananas over cloves, and maybe a tad thin, and not very complex (citrus, vanilla, etc. missing) so perhaps not quite up to German standards. But not fair off either.
Classic Hefe, and way drinkable.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.80):
Cloudy orange colour with a large, 2cm tall head that is creamy and foamy whilst holding well.

Yeast and wheat with banana smell and plenty of clove too. Citrus plus a hint of bubblegum but not too much really. Quite a sweet aroma with touches of spice towards the end.

Clove and banana upfront that is backed by plenty of wheat and to a lesser extent some yeast as well. There is a bit of spice and bubblegum around the middle that just about equal each other out and the finish fruity with some citrus and possibly some orange too.

Medium bodied with a light citrus tang and a creamy feel that is quite smooth and goes down easy with a soft, sweet finish.

Very good for my first hefeweizen from a can, a lot better than I was expecting to be honest and the beer is a very easy one to drink. It has a good banana and clove taste that is more German than American in style.

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Photo of HuaJiao
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow beer which glows apricot in the light. Quite pretty.

Smell is promising. Slightly boozy, but with a prominent yeast profile. More spices than fruit in the scent.

The flavor falls short. It's rather bitter and lacks the sweet-n-creamy wheat flavor I expected. I also hoped for more fruity tones, but bitter is really the only impression I'm left with.

Mouth is OK, but a bit watery.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slyfox, a brewery in my own state and one who I think puts out a solid lineup for the price.

A- Cloudy orangish yellow with a puffy, rocky 2 finger head.

S- Clove, light Banana, and wheaty biscuit.

T- Refreshing and clean, with the yeasty esters and wheat malts playing nicely with each other.

M- Thick for the style, but not too terrible.

Overall, worth picking up a sixer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Weizen glass, of course.

A- Hazy, unfiltered wheat beer look all the way. The brewer calls the beer a 'tan' color, and it fits. Looks a little bit golden-orange, too, depeding on the light. The right glassware makes for a big fluffy white head. It lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Bananas, pear, some light citrus and spice. Yeasty funkiness.

T- Just like the aroma, spot on. The citrus is light and lemony.

M- More body than I expected. A light tasting fruit and spice flavored brew could easily pass on any feel, this one does not. It even has some chewiness from those funky malts. Refreshing.

O-A good effort and version of the style.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Some banana and clove with a rather strong tart lemon presence. The yeast seems to dominate.

Taste: Light and quite yeasty. The lemon like tartness is a bit overwhelming. The banana and clove notes are there, but aren't dominant enough. The finish is slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The tart notes are too strong but it still wasn't bad. I don't think I would want any more.

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Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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...

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Photo of IronLover
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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).

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a stein, beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head, some lacing, moderate retention, and moderate carbnoatoin.

Nice grainy banana aroma, light on the cloves.

Beer is light and wet with a nice banana flavor and wheaty body, it finishes nicely. Wet and clean. I'd have this again.

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Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nonic pint. Dark orange and murky. Dimpled inch of head. Great retention. 4.0

Aromatic clove spice with hints of mixed berries and banana. Light lemon pairs well with heavy wheat bready tanginess. Slight pear note, as well. Appreciated complexity. 4.0

Surprisingly refreshing tartness with a tart apple and quince fleshiness. Not banana-heavy. Juicy pomme, tart raspberry, and spicy clove top the charts here. Green banana flashes in the finish. Unique and fresh. 4.0

Soft and creamy. Almost buttery. Light carbonation. Very sessionable. 4.0

Excellent local hefe. Possibly my favorite Sly Fox beer. 4.0

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color, surprised with the relatively small head on this. Scent brings notes of Belgian yeast with banana, bubblegum and some clove, faint presence of dried grain. Taste follows scent, light all throughout and lacking character from the grain bill, a very light tasting beer showcasing mostly yeast, mild banana and bubblegum and some spice. Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, maybe low for style. Another ho-hum beer for the masses.

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Photo of keanex
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce can, no freshness date. Poured into a tumblr.

A: Hazy honey colored with a creamy white head.

S: Belgian yeasts with slight overripe fruits. Pretty spot on for a typical Belgian beer.

T: Clean wheat body with light overripe fruits and slight spices. Very drinkable with good flavor.

M: Med-Full bodied with a lot of fizzy soft carb.

O: Well priced ($6.99 a 6 pack) with good flavor to boot. Well worth buying.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with coriander/clove and lemons. It also has a bit of an apple juice flavour which I haven't tasted very often in a Hefe. It has a slightly metallic taste and also some notes of corn and lots of banana. It ends with a banana and lemon aftertaste with a touch of spice.

Overall – Nothing that will blow you away but it is a nice highly drinkable non offensive Hefe. Probably one of the better ones that I've had from a can.

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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.