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American Hefe Proper - Breckenridge Brewery

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American Hefe ProperAmerican Hefe Proper

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 21.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 05-20-2003)
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Reviews by patrick16o:
Photo of patrick16o


2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy sunshine gold with a genorous white foamy head. The aroma was faint, but the presence of citrus/lemon was detectable. Not a deeply complex aroma. The flavor was very bland. I had trouble picking out any flavors at all. It was light and somewhat clean, with a light bitterness and a refreshing citrusy flavor at the end. The beer doesn't feel alive on my tongue, it goes down easily but doesn't have enough to make me want to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 02:49:22 | More by patrick16o
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

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2/5  rDev -27%

03-23-2013 18:23:52 | More by ejimhof
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

10-16-2012 07:18:50 | More by bzach
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

09-01-2012 19:19:32 | More by netshark
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1.5/5  rDev -45.3%

01-14-2012 21:50:04 | More by Stoutsman
Photo of hopdog


2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wheat and citrus (lemons). Tastes of wheat and the same citrus/lemons, with a very light tart finish. Thin body.

Notes from: 12/14/06

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 20:49:49 | More by hopdog
Photo of 1fastz28


3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a really pretty cloudy orange color with a big white head, and some sediment floating around, smell is nearly non existent, some slight slight citrus scent but thats it. taste is average, not alot going on but it does have some nice hoppy flavor to it and, its has a really easy drinkability to it, would probably be great on a hot day

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 04:37:11 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of iceball585

New York

2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, thin ring of head around the glass, lots of sediment floating throught

S- Pale malts, lemons, pepper, spices

T- Heavy spices, pale malts, salty, wheat, grass, hints of citrus

M- Medium body, slightly fizzy, lingering flavor, oily finish

D- Not really a fan of this one

This was an interesting beer. Not really something I'd choose to get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 23:00:48 | More by iceball585
Photo of enfield249


3.45/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, cloudy yellow. Almost looks more like a whit. Small head.

S - Slight spicy smell, coriander or pepper.

T - First thing that hits me is the slight sourness. Then, I get some of the spice.

M - Slight aqueous quality that I noticed right off. Kinda thirst quenching, if thats what you want.

D - Meh. Not awesome, not bad either. A different take on the style for sure. Low alcohol which I like, and you don't see often enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 02:17:03 | More by enfield249
Photo of BretSikkink


2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden brew, head is short and very frothy light. Lacing is good, however the retention is quite poor. Too clear to be a Proper hefe.

Diacetyl and pale malt, I suppose a whiff of wheat chaff. No hopping detected. Flavor is more of that, little hopping and an off lemongrass flavor. Weak and thin, a little watery. They could play up the tart character, but I would switch recipes. Boring.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 21:13:09 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright lemony amber topped by an airily soft eggshell colored head. Large bubbles form on the bottom and sides of the glass and take turns zipping rapidly upwards. Although the meringue-like foam leaves a good bit of soap sudsy lace, a lack of visible hefe hurts the appearance.

The nose is most reminiscent of a macro lager. No way, no how does this beer smell like an APWA. It's primarily pale malty with a whiff of buttered toffee. The brewery isn't lying when they say that it's 'hopped sparingly'. I can't appreciate the Fuggles or Cascade at all.

The scores just keep on tumblin' downward. If the flavor profile had mirrored the nose, I wouldn't have been too disappointed. Unfortunately, American Hefe Proper has that sour, lemon juice-added flavor that some beer of this style is known for. I can't begin to guess why it tastes like this, I just know that this is yet another Breckenridge beer that doesn't measure up.

Maybe more barley malt and less wheat is the answer. More sweetness and/or more bitterness would at least have covered up the mouth squinching tartness that almost reaches the level of a Flanders red. The final pours murks thing up nicely, but it doesn't change the flavor profile one whit. I guess that's what one gets with a bland ale yeast.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and lacks any sort of volume at all. In fact, it borders on watery on the swallow. I doubt that even a perfect amount of carbonation would have been able to pull it above average. As is, it's definitely below average.

American Hefe Proper is not a good version of a style that has a hard time impressing me on a good day. However, I've had too many Breckenridge beers to have had my hopes up. It might be okay as a food washer-downer, but solo... never again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 14:43:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BadRockBeer


3.95/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12oz. Brown crown-top bottle. Label includes “Bottled on Date.” Label reads “A hefeweizen style ale, hand brewed for exceptional Drinkability, enjoy with lemon”

Appearance: Pours golden & cloudy, as I got to the last third of the bottle I give it a swirl in true Hefe tradition and dump it in. In turn I get a dense 2 finger head. Little head retention leaving a light lace.

Smell: Sour dough bread, wheat, yeasty

Taste: Light wheat malt, slight hit of fuggles. Very light simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, spritzy almost over carbonated.

Drinkability: Great, complimented with an orange twist (sorry beer geeks), this is the best lawn mowing beer on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 06:31:09 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.5/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I light/medium copper, hazy pour. Good head strength, but not retainablility.
Lemon and grass aroma were predominant, some sweetness of malt, but only barely.
Tasted like a wheat pale, but light. Almost too much carbonation or something. Just seemed more fizzy than flavorful. However, it did have a pleasant taste, it was just thin.
Some crispness in the finish, easy drinking, but not my cup 'o tea

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 18:54:07 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of kimcgolf


3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a 2 ounce glass of this draft as part of a 6 beer sampler at the brewery. Honey-golden in color, with thin white head that diminished quickly, and no lacing. Had a pleasant wheat aroma, with a hint of citrus, mostly orange and lemon. Citrus did not come through on the taste, which was mostly wheat. Finish was dry and wheaty, but all and all, this was not a bad wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2006 20:02:54 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of russpowell


3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey to bronze with a 1" white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Slight wheat & yeast smell, plus a hint of lemons

T: tartness & hints of lemon & orange, followed by fruittyness. Finishes fruitty & slighltly dry

MF: Light to medium with okay carbonation

Drinks okay, just stuck between being a mediocre hefe or american what ale, not reccomended

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 05:03:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow brew with a half inch of head that all too quickly dissapates. Not very promising for a hefe, but with the American style so poor in comparison to true ones, it's not so bad. Aromas are hay, wheat, some sourness, a little spice and some citrus notes. Beer is particularly acidic, not balanced very well. Thin body and light flavor are what destroys it. Carbonation is high and appropriate for style. Overall, not a dissapointment since all American wheats seem to be bland and rather boring. Not particularly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 19:57:56 | More by dreadnatty08
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2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better freshness dating systems on the label, if only they would use it. I always find this odd.

Pours a pale golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. The nose is of bananas and other soft subtle fruit notes hidden behind an old musty smell. The head dissipates very quickly. The taste is okay. Drinkable. Nothing special with an unappealing bready aftertaste. I guess the flavor is decent. Much better than a bud light or miller, if thats saying much.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 04:08:08 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of zeff80


3.28/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. A pale yellow color with a small head...maybe 1 and a half fingers. However, it did leave lacing as I drank it. There is a slight hoppy aroma. The taste is rather non-descript. It's not a bad taste, but it's not a hefe. It has a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. I suppose it is fairly drinkable, although I've only had one per tasting. However, it started to grow on me.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 02:09:05 | More by zeff80
Photo of Bitterbill


2.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a hazy light gold with a smallish head of foam that dissipated quickly.

The smell is slightly of wheat but mostly..it smells like a macro lager.

The taste is all lemony..tastes more like an alcoholic lemonade than a Hefe. Sorry Breckenridge, this attempt at a Hefe Weizen misses the mark by too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 03:34:18 | More by Bitterbill
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2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a smallish foamy head. Nose is very subtle - a little musty yeast, and surprisingly, a little balsamic vinegar dominates, with a hint of citrus. Taste is on the bland side as well, musty yeast, a hint of bitter citrus, but overall dry and uninspiring. Mouthfeel bubbly and crisp, body is light to medium. A pretty lame attempt at a hefe weizen here, no clove or banana characters, wierd vinegar in its place. Not awful, but nothing special at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 03:21:07 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of mynie


2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice weizen pour into a wezien glass. Big fluffy white head atop golden hazy honey yellow bubbling like sunspots.

Bad smell. No spice or wheat at all, only dull macro pilsner grains. Is this Bud?

Tastes like a single sour malt. Sour up front, dull grain and metal in the back, ends slightly creamy and very dull. "Dull" is a good word for this beer, actually.

No way I would ever believe this was a weizen were it not for its nice pour. This would be a MOR macro, but it's a horrible weizen.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 04:53:52 | More by mynie
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2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has very little going for it. From the first observation, it brags about it's American Wheat style (which is inferior to other Wheat beers) and recommends that it to be enjoyed with a lemon. Though I've had worst American Wheats, none of them pretend to be high quality. This ones aroma is citrusy, lightly malty, and lightly wheat-ey. It looks lightly hazy, too low to be a legitimate Wheat. Carbonation begins promising, but quickly fades. Tastes nicely of wheat and barley, but then turns grainy midway through. What starts creamy, ends watery and thin. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying another one soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 19:07:48 | More by BEERchitect
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2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Credit must be given the brewery for calling this (in tiny print) an "American" hefe, which, for me, is advance notice that the beer is designed to avoid pretty much all yeast-derived flavors which should be the focus of the style. This was a case of truth in advertising. Poured a hazy gold tinged with amber. Very little head (and I decanted the sediment into a weizen glass, to no avail). Aroma was generic wheat malt. Flavor was likewise pretty anonymous, with some mildly tart wheat malt flavors and a touch of citrus. No yeast flavors other than a bit of breadyness. Not bad, but just another run-of-the-mill white-bread wheats.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 16:15:12 | More by Brent
Photo of objectivemonkey


2.35/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To start off with, I like the bottle. I'm surprised I'd even consider that, but I like the label design. And its nice they have a dating system, but too bad they didn't use it.

Then came the pour, and the head lasted about 5 seconds. Bad omen. Got a good whiff, didn't really like it. For a hefeweizen 'style' beer, it doesn't smell very hefeweizen-y. On first taste, not so bad. But thats the normal case, as I tend just simply like beer. After that, it got less and less impressive. Lacking the fizz I like in hefes. And can't really pick out any signature hefe flavors, as they're not there. Tastes too sour, like a one week old lemon was thrown in. Probably not what they had in mind when they said 'enjoy with lemon.' Pretty much just tastes stock ale-like, with hefe hints to it. Not really that impressed.

I've had other Breckenridge beers that I like, but I"m not gonna enjoy finishing this 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 03:21:07 | More by objectivemonkey
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American Hefe Proper from Breckenridge Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.