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Hefeweizen - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

Hefeweizen
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%


Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
13 IBU

(Beer added by: Gusler on 09-21-2003)
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Auraan

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow with almost no head. The body looked nice, but I would've liked a bit more head. Scents of cloves, wheat and some banana. The typical hefeweizen scents. Flavors include a nice hit of clove spice, crisp wheat malt and yeasty bread. There is a slight sour acidity, but that may be because they put a lemon in the glass. A part from that it was quite true to style and pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Again, true to style. A good hefeweizen, pretty true to style, but the sour note was unwelcome. I'd drink it again and ask for no lemon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 05:15:24 | More by Auraan
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blinnal

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the Four Peaks Brewery in N. Scottsdale, AZ.

The appearance was cloudy and light golden.

The taste was superb. There is a distinctive, pleasantly sour character that I usually only find in homebrewed Hefes and this beer has it. Many of the finer German bottled hefes available in America don't have it. I was very impressed with the subtle breadiness and citrus though I don't know if there was citrus added or just the character of the yeast. In any event, a perfect balance in a uniquely perfect brew for an 80 degree Arizona day.

Overall, one of my favorite commercial hefeweizens tasted to date.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 04:59:30 | More by blinnal
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downhilldrift

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Four Peaks Hef sports a great golden look right off the bat. A bit cloudy, and a bit more orangy than yellow. Huge flavor, with a hint of fruitiness to it. Slightly sour as if there were a lemon in it, but of course was not sporting one. The smell of it is great, and goes well on a hot sunny day in Arizona. Also a bit versatile, pairs nicely with more than a few of their menu selections as well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 10:31:51 | More by downhilldrift
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mactrail

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large, rich flavor hits you right away. Lots of German esters. Finish is more like an American wheat-- hoppy and a bit harsh. Quite malty and mouth-filling. Very fragrant with cloves and fruit. Bitterness takes the edge off the usual sweet Hefeweizen taste.

Starts out mellow with a crisp finish. Light golden color. Rather spritzy in the mouth. Very decent tap version of the style. Loads of flavor but less finesse, it that matters.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 05:03:38 | More by mactrail
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rjochman

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a small amount of white head and leaves small traces of lacing.

S: Get a lot of banana and nutty tones.

T: Get a lot of flavors that coincide with the smells. Wheat, banana, and nut are the strongest flavors but also get a good amount of spiciness to the beer.

M: Light and smooth body.

D: a solid hefe and yet again another good beer from Four Peaks.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 16:54:10 | More by rjochman
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Phelps

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the Tempe brewpub and served in a standard pint glass.

Looks: unfiltered. A completely opaque yellow-orange liquid the color of overripe tangerines sits beneath a substantial, pillowy head of white that sticks around for quite a while and shows no signs of ever leaving. Some sparkly webs of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

Smells: like fruit punch. Lots of pear, banana, coriander, bubblegum and pineapple. Very sweet, very fruity, very nice.

Tastes: follows the nose nicely. Banas and pear juice again, with an accompanying pale malt dryness that shows itself at the finish.

Feels: subtly carbonated, smooth and medium-light-bodied. Just a little on the watery side.

Drinks: like one of the better American-made hefeweizens I've had. My second-favorite beer from Four Peaks.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 19:09:58 | More by Phelps
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unclejimbay

Florida

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the 4P Brewery

This is quite possibly the most cloudy Hefe I have ever seen. Fluffly head, very cloudy, milky lemonade in color.
Banana and hefe yeast aromas are dominant. Appropriatte hefe flavors, but seems low carb and overly yeasty for a true Hefe. I know, I know Hefes are yeasty, but this one tastes like it came straight from the primary... on day 1!

Seems like it has some good potential, almost good but seems young, not impressed.

I think this may have been the bottom of the keg sediment, or maybe served to young. I followed up with the bartender and he said it seemed normal. If so, this one is not for me (and I love Hefes). Maybe I will try it another time if I visit again. Worst FP offering to date IMO.

I noticed it looked the same later in the week at the restuarant, I dont know, I am sort of turned off by this one.

I will stick with one of the other 7 fine offerings, most definelty the Hop Knot!

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 16:47:36 | More by unclejimbay
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great Heffe. Nice cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Good aromas of banana and cloves, plus the musty wheat. Taste is even better, almost a Belgian type Heffe. Very banana, cloves, spicy Heffe. Good balance and very easy to drink. Flavors keep you coming back for more sips. My first from this brewery, and its very good!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 18:59:37 | More by Liverpool08
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ontap @ the Four Peaks Brewery

Appearance: Standard hazed yellow and right to style. Lacing is abundant.

Smell: Big time banana and fruit esters. Wheat also apparent in the nose.

Taste: Well rounded flavors. Bavarian yeast provides the trademark hefeweizen banana/bubblegum. Hops are there too, providing a lemony, spicy effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, easy drinking.

Notes: A solid little hefe' here. Right on the mark and would be a suitable quencher in the hot AZ sun.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 09:23:51 | More by Stinkypuss
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap in Scottsdale (brewed in Tempe). Unfiltered grapefruit appearance, creamy mouthfeel from the majority wheat content, the yeast. Very lacey. The smell is bannana and cloves. The taste: the cloves are right there. Appropriate carbonation. A keeper.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 05:39:11 | More by Sammy
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at Four Peaks in Tempe, AZ. No one cares but this is my 400th review. Beer served in a shaker pint glass.

Beer is yellow / darker yellow and really super hazy, completely hazy. There is a lemon slice on the side of the glass and I get rid of it quickly. The beer is moderately carbonated but has nearly no head and there is no lacing on the glass (when I finished the beer I notice a little lacing at the bottom but really nothing before that).

Overwhelming smell of banana esters in this beer. I've had wheatwines that don't stack up to this smell. wow.

Medium to low bodied beer with a strong sweetness from a strong ester component. Overall the beer is really drinkable and has a nice clean wet finish to it. A great session beer no doubt. Definite clove flavor well balance and carried throughout the pallet by the carbonation. I really love this beer. Its a great hefe. I wish the lemon weren't there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 02:22:17 | More by drabmuh
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bennetj17

Arizona

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Frog and Firkin. Has a bright yellow appearance, hazy, but less cloudiness than your average Hefe. The head is a bit small though they did not serve it in a proper glass which didn't leave enough space. Carbonation looks average. The aroma seems a bit weak, I don't much except some light yeast notes and some lemon fruit.

The taste has a mild yeasty and bready character. There are also some notes of lemon citrus. There really isn't much phenolic spice at all, no banana flavors. Disappointing. The mouthfeel lacks the creaminess of a good Hefe. It has decent carbonation but still not on par with style.

This beer still maintained some drinkablity, perhaps due to the fact it was nearly 100 degrees outside. It is not a great example of the style, however. Not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 16:42:38 | More by bennetj17
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another review from notes, a Saturday afternoon visit to Four peaks on 3/28. A pint glass full, on draft.

A: A hazed wheat yellow-orange glassful, like a watered-down orange juice. Thin white head, speckled patches of lace.

S: Pleasant clove/banana aroma, decent spices, too. My mother (not a beer connoisseur by any means) picked up on these esters when she had a taste. As authentic a 'Bavarian' efewezen as I've had from a US brewer.

T: Wheaty and grassy, lemon and a decent spicing. Bubblegum sweetness. Tasty, leaning towards sweetness and lacing a spiciness or mild hopping for better balance.

M: A little bit thin, rather oily/slick. Grainy wheat gives a lasting coating.

D: Oh so refreshing. On a warm day, there could hardly be a more refreshing beer. Smooth, satisfying. May I have another - please!

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 02:23:46 | More by msubulldog25
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Casey Moore
Poured a golden color with a slight haze with a small white head. Unimpressive. Nose was rather light and flowery, with slight hints of citrus and clove but not to appealing or convincing.
Taste is light, wheat and minimal banana. The mouthfeel was crisp and had a slight bite.
Not an outstanding hefeweizen, but drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 01:17:28 | More by barleywinefiend
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magictrokini

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ Talking Stick Golf Course of all places. Pours a lovely cloudy gold with a frothy, thick white head. Nice lacing. Soft, perfume aroma of wheat, clove, and great banana from the yeast. Crisp wheaty taste up front which rapidly shifts to the Bavarian yeasty sweetness. Solid banana and clove in this one with a nice backdrop of lemon peel. A bit watery in the mouthfeel, but overall, a nice hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 16:52:34 | More by magictrokini
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AaronRed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I often don't think of domestic hefeweizen's comparable to their German counterparts, but this one was close. Poured from a tap, it had a nice haze of wheat and yest, and the aroma's of banna and grapfruit were present. Taste was smooth, with the tangy flavor you often expect from a good hefeweizen. Overall, I really liked this beer- it was also fresh, which I think makes a big difference with a beer like this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 16:46:32 | More by AaronRed
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the airport Sheraton, Tempe, AZ.

Pours a dishwater-golden body that's somewhat hazy, but otherwise unattractive. The fleeting white head leaves little in the way of lacing. The aroma's got lots of bananas, white chocolate, cloves, yeast, wheat, and a touch of earthy hoppiness. Quite nice.

The taste is initially sweet, with vanilla and bananas leading the way, backed by a biscuity, sweet maltiness. A spicy, clove/hop note round out the flavor, leaving behind a decent, if not ephemeral, aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but refreshing, and easy to consume. This isn't the best Hefe I've had, but I'd definately go for it over, say, Blue Moon.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2008 18:22:44 | More by wagenvolks
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Stoneman78

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Tempe brewery
A- Cloudy opaque yellow hue, minimal head and lacing
S- Big banana presence, cloves, citrus, very sweet!
T- Initial burst of sweet bananas, some subtler bread malts, underlying wheat, finishes sweet and dry
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Smooth and nicely balanced Hefe, nothing too complex or bold, just a solid performer for this style

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 02:26:40 | More by Stoneman78
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HotterThanHell

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had all of Four Peaks beers and am certain that this is their best. More than distinguishable amount of banana and cloves but not overpowering. I had three this afternoon and felt the beer improved with each taste. Don't let them serve it to you in a frozen mug unless you want a flavorless slurpee. Give the beer a few minutes in your glass, I know it's hard to wait, and the aroma and taste will balance wonderfully. Above average Hefeweizen from a local brewery here in the Phoenix area.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 01:45:08 | More by HotterThanHell
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sits a very hazy pale straw color in my glass and is topped by a thin pale white head. The aroma is a smack of banana followed by a dash of clove. The taste is sweet and spicy with an evident wheat character to it. There is some definite fruitiness, a by product of the yeast, evident through to the finish. Notes of banana and clove dominate the taste, as a good Hefe should. This beer is a light, refreshing, characterful, traditional Hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2005 06:13:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy yellow with a nice, fluffy white head that lasts. Smells pretty nice, of zesty citrus, wheat, and slight banana. Taste is a bit thin and acidic. It doesn't help that they served it too cold but no matter. It has some good points. I like the zestiness of this refresher. Mouthfeel is a bit odd. Slightly light feel with perhaps an alkaline like acidic taste. Overall, not a bad brew.

It's ok, dog.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2005 22:27:38 | More by weeare138
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klk

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a hotel bar.
The beer had a golden color with a slight haze. There was a little bit of head on top (1/4" ?). However, there was an attractive lacing as it went on.
The aroma was rather light and flowery, with slight hints of citrus and clove.
The mouthfeel was crisp and had a slight bite.
Not an outstanding hefeweizen, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2004 18:33:35 | More by klk
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Boto

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: Cloudy yellow color. There was some head but not much. I wish they wouldn't put a lemon in this type of a beer, since they are usually pretty good without it. Based on my notes, this beer was much better than the last time that I had it. There was a nice aroma of wheat and a slight breadiness and citrus hints to it also. The taste was slightly lemony, banana, yeasty and a good wheat body. A solid hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2004 04:15:34 | More by Boto
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Draught Only):
A lightly chill hazed golden amber color on the pour, the head is average in size, the color a bright white, the texture creamy and as it erodes a fine sheet of lace is left behind to seal the glass. Nose is sweetly malt, crisp and fresh with just a slight hint of the wheat; start is quite sweet, top a bit thin. Finish is mildly carbonated the hops present and understated, dry aftertaste. Drinkable and refreshing in this dry and dusty desert, makes a fine “session” beer, and is brewed year-round, meant for the lighter is better crowd, not that there is a thing wrong with that, just doesn’t do a thing for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2003 01:08:08 | More by Gusler
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange and hazy. The first pours were well fizzy, with dots of lacing. The nose has some green peppercorns, grassy hops, with banana and clove. A sweet flavor that has some banana upfront, pretty fruity and sweet overall. Light body, refreshing and easy to sip. Definitely worth filling up the growler.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2010 00:17:24 | More by BretSikkink
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Hefeweizen from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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