Kuhnhenn Hefeweiss - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
On tap at Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. Murky, murky straw-yellow in color, so full of yeasty haze that it's basically opaque. A foamy and cream white head settles nicely on top, leaving full sheets of lacing as it makes its way down the glass. An ugly duckling compared to the filtered brews out there, but beautiful in terms of hefeweizens; unfiltered and raw.
You kind of know what you're getting when you order a hefeweizen, right? At least to some degree. It's just a matter of how well each portion of it is executed, and how the proportions are laid out. Kuhnhenn's take on the classic German style has a pretty classic nose that leans to the sweet-ish side of things - good for me, as that's how I like my hefes.
Big time yeast aromas; bubblegum an sugar with clove just behind it. Plenty of fruity esters; sweet banana, pear, and a heavy, earthy undertone that plays off of everything. An easel of soft wheat contains everything; soft, dry, and sweet with and ending note of some very mild, musky and leafy hops.
Sweet banana fruits explode with the first sip, among other fruit esters, the second most notable being a lightly tart bout of pear skins. Lots and lots of wheat, yeasty bubblegum flavors, and a bit of clove and finishing lemon zest. There's a strong bready flavor that comes in about halfway through and details a beautiful "rotten banana bread" finish - one of the best aftertastes I've ever found in a hefe.
My biggest complaint is the mouth feel - it's quite watery and a little lackluster, leaving quite a bit to be desired. Hefeweizens are typically lighter beers, true, and this one is only 5% ABV, but the mouth is usually a bit creamier, thicker, and seemingly heavier, thanks to the wheat and unfiltered yeast combo... Why is that not the case, here?
Kuhnhenn never fails to impress me with their ability to provide a wide range of beer styles at their brewery while concurrently doing a great job with many of them. Hefeweizens can often be too similar, unless they have "that little something" that just stands out or works. Kuhnhenn does it here with a beautiful aftertaste. All in all, great beer with great drinkability.
07-22-2013 11:26:59 | More by tectactoe
3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
On-tap at the brewery. Perhaps it has been around a couple of weeks too many. Creaminess in mouth and enjoyed bitterness, though sour on the wheat.Astringent lemon clove.
Had it 3 years later at brewpub and it was much better, upped the rating accordingly, yellow boddy with soapy Caesar head.
06-28-2006 19:25:36 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -8.9%
On tap @ the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company on 4/24/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a unfiltered burnt orange, with about a 1/2 finger covering of bright-white head. Retains with a thin yet foamy layer, which leaves some equal looking lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma consists of clove, citrus peel, and some sweet malted wheat. I'm also pleased to find some pretty full smelling estery notes of ripe banana and bubblegum present as well. Good Hefe nose on this.
The taste is sweet and fruity up front, with notes of toasted wheat and lemon zest. Bananas and bubblegum aren't quite as full as they were in the aroma but are still present. A light zip of spicy clove gives this some extra pizzazz on the tongue. Some moderate hops pack a light punch throughout the body. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creamy feel that spreads out nicely in the mouth. This actually feels a bit bigger than it is, with some underlying heft keeping the drinkibility back just a touch for me.
Totally servicable Hefe here from Kuhnhenn and while I would have liked a little more vibrancy to the taste and feel, this was still flavorful and crisp enough to keep my attention during the duration of the glass. Worth a look.
05-04-2010 17:03:33 | More by Kegatron
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with an off white head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of bananas and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of bananas along with notes of wheat and hints of clove.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice American representation of a German Hefeweizen and has lots more banana flavors compared to other beers brewed on this side of the pond.
03-04-2012 15:55:27 | More by metter98
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
On tap at Kuhnhenn, into a pint glass.
Unfiltered golden yellow, with some splotchy lace and mild retention. Nose has a good bit of bubble gum and banana, some wheat sneaks in as well. Taste of wheat, under-ripe bananas, very subtle spicy and sweetish finish. Slightly drying. Medium fell, higher medium carbonation with some wheaty texture on the palate. Nice but not a super exciting hefeweizen - wish I could've enjoyed this on a warmer day.
11-19-2012 18:21:12 | More by liamt07
3.95/5 rDev 0%
Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY
A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with an average sized foamy white head. The head reduces somewhat over time but there is very good retention as thicker layer of bubbles remain. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Lovely aromas of banana and clove with hints of vanilla, spices, and a light presence of orange.
T: Nice hints of vanilla upfront, followed by huge banana and some clove, and finishing with a nice spice and orange. Very sweet.
M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: What a great example of an American brewer doing a traditional hefeweizen without reducing the intensity of the banana and clove flavors - so many American brewers try to make the banana + clove more subtle but this one is just like a great German example. Easy and enjoyable drinker for a spring/summer day.
03-04-2012 15:35:33 | More by dbrauneis
3.05/5 rDev -22.8%
Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a single-finger white head that is fairly fluffy. Good retention and light lacing on the way down. The nose is very bready with a noticeable of bread-yeast character. A moderate amount of banana and clove as well. Flavor is bready with some German yeast. Too bready. Light body and fairly chewy. Not a huge fan, simply too much like fast-rising bread yeast.
08-13-2011 22:51:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
Got a bottle from Klipper. 12oz. bottle. First chance at this style.
A- Pours very murky. Very dull brown in color. Off white head that leaves fast.
S- Interesting nose. Some lemon aroma jumps out quickly. Hints of banana and clove come out from behind. A dull, musty wheat nose is noticed at the end.
T- Much more subtle in the flavors than I would have thought. Get some citrus flavor up front with lemon, maybe orange. Banana flavors very mild in the back. End of the drink comes through with a wheat taste that balances out the sweet fruity tastes at the front. Interesting!
M- Lighter body to it. Good carbonation. Smooth drink.
O- Interesting beer. A little worried after looking at it. The flavors were nice. All were a little more muted than what I think is expected. However, still a nice drink.
07-27-2011 02:41:11 | More by HosP
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
So now we're talkin'!
I reviewed the bottled version of this a few months ago and was really that impressed with it, not to mention that it was overcarbonated and half of the bottle ended up on the table.
This is a very, very good American hefe! Pours a cloudy gold in color with a thin white head. Nose is very inviting, slightly sweet, the banana and cloves making a full appearance, slightly wheaty. Taste is very full and rich with a very grainy mouthfeel. Banana, cloves and other spices abound. This beer went down very nice. This is as good of a hefeweizen as I've had, it's right up there.
09-04-2005 11:26:26 | More by Gaisgeil
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of clove, banana, (tootie-fruitie), yeast, slight hop, sweet malt, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of clove, banana, sweet malt, slight hop, and yeast. Overall, a great aroma, good body, and good blend. The carbonation hurts the feel, though.
04-18-2010 23:58:17 | More by Tone
British Columbia (Canada)
3.13/5 rDev -20.8%
Sampled at the brewery.
A: Gold, slight haze, a little head, nice lace.
S: Malt & fruity bubblegum (more like an American Wheat, brewed with British yeast).
T: Bread, bubblegum, slightly tart wheat. Again, more like an American wheat, though the tartness is a little odd.
M: Moderate body and carbonation.
D: It's alright.
08-12-2006 01:39:32 | More by Derek
Kuhnhenn Hefeweiss from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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