Sudwerk Hefe-Weizen - Sudwerk Brewing Company

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good

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THE BROS
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 65
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 65
Photo of jcalabre
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled 31 January 2002. I thought that this beer was an excellent example of the hefeweizen style. Nice crisp taste w/ the banana aroma that is characteristic of the hefeweizen style. W/ summer now approaching, I'm sure I'll be resampling this one (259 characters)

Photo of nsw
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sudwerk Hefeweizen remains my favorite hefe of all time. Perhaps my rating is affected by memories of sitting out on the bricked and tree-shaded beergarden with friends at UC Davis drinking copious amounts of this out of heavy dimpled liter steins as a warm afternoon faded into a cooler evening. But that's not it -- this is a sweeter hefe, and it's easy to drink.

A: On the clearer side for a hefe, a beautiful honey-straw color.

S: Floral hops and sweetness.

T: Nectar of the gods.

M: Oops, that went straight down.

O: Surprisingly harder to find in bottled form, despite the fact that we live 13 miles from the brewery in Davis. I have had some bottles where I could swear I taste a bit of metal, and other times it tastes straight from the brewery. If you're ever in Davis, CA, Sudwerk is worth the trip. Bump through a less-than-promising gravel parking lot, drive past the UC-Davis-affiliated brewing school and you'll soon find yourself in a wood-paneled beerhall with a brick beergarden that you'll spend hours in. (1,040 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very nice clouded yellow golden hue with a big bright white head filling my glass. Aroma is full of chalky banana/clove yeast notes with a sharp citrus note going on. Flavor wise traditional German hefeweizen from UC Davis these guys know traditional styles, another awesome brew. Loads of banana clove and bubblegum making through with the esters, balanced citric sharp wheat notes. Mouthfeel higher carbonation effervescent medium bodied a bit of sticky residual sugars but not bad overall. This nails the style excellent version I could drink a few of these. (571 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden-apple color with a minimal white head, smells a bit like apricots. Great crisp taste, fruity and lightly clove-spiced with a lemony finish. Goes down like water, very drinkable. Someday I hope to see this on the East coast, as I'm writing this review with the last bottle I was able to sneak back on the plane (sniff.) (332 characters)

Photo of GoNowhere
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice cloudy yellow with a short lived foamy white head.

Smell: Banana bread. A little grainy. Cloves.

Taste: Banana malt breaks way for a nice clean coriander wave. Refreshing to say the least. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Malty but clean and refreshing.

Overall: I really like this beer. Would make a great lawnmower beer. Would be awesome if it were available in a can. Then it would be an awesome lake beer. (423 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw yellow with a good haze to it and a reasonably long-lasting one finger head.

Smell: Sweet and spicy. Plenty of signature banana, but this is more of a sweet, overripe banana smell.

Taste & mouthfeel: As the aroma suggests, this is sweeter than your average Hefeweizen. The combination of banana-like phenols, spice and chewy wheat immediately bring to mind banana bread, though there's an undertone of bubblegum-like sweetness as well. Crisp carbonation and a light body make this ideal for Summer quaffing, and the clean dry finish ensures that it doesn't get cloying after a pint or two.

Notes: Surprisingly nice stuff. I'd say that this is one of the better American Hefeweizens I've tasted. (715 characters)

Photo of Troyone
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a lemon color with a sticky white head and hazy with action.

Wheat malt aroma with some banana and a hint of esters.

Banana and wheat grain taste with a slight butter background.

Light bodied, slight butter and watery/resin feel, lively soft carbonation that seems to be almost flat maybe this beer was krausened.

Easy to drink in fact I'm having fun with the "Hefewiezen pour" as this sticky head and drinkability is perfect for practice. (456 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed straw color. Virtually no head and no lacing. Very odd, as this beer shows no other characteristics of being an old or bad bottle. Aroma is very yeasty and spicy, with a banana bready sweetness. Flavor is clovey with some banana pith, vanilla, and a touch of peppery hop bitterness in the finish. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing. Dry and drinkable. (365 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy pale pineapple yellow with a nice finger of fluffy head and good retention leaving some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. I could detect spice upfront on the aroma with sweetness from the malts and faint banana notes. The taste had more banana character alongside spice and coriander accents but still had good sweetness from the malts. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, but spice prickly finish. It drank good and was a solid hefeweizen. (522 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, light yellow body is capped by a short head of creamy, bright-white foam. Hundreds of tiny bubbles race towards the surface, enhancing it's appearance and helping to maintain its thin surface covering throughout the glass. Lacing is limited, but OK. The nose is clearly not as pronounced as most Bavarian versions, but it's very nice with some delicate clove, a touch of soft vanilla, and a very subtle banana that's sometimes visible in between flashes of lemon! It's light/medium body is accentuated by its fine, effervescent carbonation with a crispness on the tongue that softens to become creamy and smooth as it warms in the mouth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a gently sweet malt that's softly clovey, vanilla-ish, and a bit tart with a lemony/citrus note. The banana flavor is hardly noticeable in the mouth, but there is a light touch along with some bubblegum in the finish. Well-balanced, delicate and refreshing. It's quite easy to drink, and leaves you wanting more, but it's overall drinkability is hindered a bit by it's limited character. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is apples and clove with some ginger aroma. This tickles my nose making me wonder if there is some real ginger in this, I am allergic to the stuff.

Starts out wheat malt and spices, there is a little doughy flavor here. After the flavor settles in you have light sweetness and vanilla with mostly clove and wheat malt flavor. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Mild tasty hefeweizen here. Stronger on malt flavors than clove, but it is decent. Would buy again. (527 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured the color was of a hazy wheat yellow, with no foam. The smell was of a yeasty, wheaty nature with a hint of hops on the nose. The flavor had a bitter/sweetness of spices and yeast. I find this Hefe Weizen from Sudwek very pleasing and a pleasant suprise. (266 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ah sudwerk from adopted hometown of davis. After a trip to germany i realized how close the beers of sudwerk are to the actual german beers. they are actually beyond close but in fact dead on. Sudwerk was opened by German's blah, blah. Anyways for us West Coaster's we can try German styles much fresher than from Germany. As always these beers are much better on tap.
Appearance: uh weak point. head fizzle's very quickly, leaving a flitered looking hefe
Smell: bananas..mild smell..spices..
taste: spicy..this ain't no american wheat. pretty complex for such a light style. this is the real thing that's for sure. i taste bananas, mild sweetness, light malt flavors, even a bit of mild bitterness(nice). for style this is number one for me....i'm just not really a hefe fan in general. for my money this is tops.
mouthfeel: nice and mildly chewy.again this a light refresing beer but the mouthfeel isn't watery at all. I;ve had ipas more watery than this.
drinkability: its fantastic. if you feel like having a few of these, this a good beer. Better yet go get a liter at the brewery.. (1,097 characters)

Photo of misterscooter
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in Davis, CA on 6-24-05. Bottled on date of 5-16-05. Recommended to drink within 90 days of bottling.

It pours a straw yellow and clear, nothing floating around so it must be filtered. The small, thin head is almost not worth mentioning but there is enough carbonation in it to keep a thin lace on top.

There is a slight spice smell with some definite lemon/citrus aroma with it. Also lurking in there is a taffy smell, possibly a subtly sweet strawberry.

The flavor is a mild, mulling spices taste that mellows as it warms up a bit. The lemon is also there and some light, dry hops and a hint of sweetness. Just a bit of wheat in there.

This guy feels good and is great for drinking any time of the year. The carbonation isn't distracting and you can easily want another after finishing one.

My first time drinking a hefeweizen was on tap at the brewery in Davis. I remember it being a bit different, perhaps less/not filtered and maybe a little more spicy. Or maybe it is because of the lemon they put in the stein and pieces of citrus were floating around in it. Anyway, this is still a good beer out of the bottle. (1,158 characters)

Photo of Lahoi
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a good Hefe. Pale straw, but I expected a little more head. Retained a minimal head throughout. Very minimal lacing. A little cloudy.

I smelled florals in a big way. I'm surprised not many others have noted that.

Tasted floral, peppery, spicy, fruity. Fruits were citrusy, but also others.

Feels like a good Hefe. Dry feel is nice. Carbonated nicely.

I enjoyed this beer. For personal preference, however, it's a bit too floral for my loving. (460 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle with a “best within 90 days of bottling” and a scored bottling date on label.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, natural haze from the wheat and being unfiltered. Thin crisp looking white lace that does a decent job of sticking around.

Smell: Blended aroma of mild spicy clove, fresh milled grain and a faint fruitiness of bananas and ripe apple / mild lemon.

Taste: A profound dry maltiness with complex layers fresh grain to form a bready flavour throughout. Moderately bodied with an ample carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Perfect amount of fruity esters that leave a trail of banana. The yeast character of spicy clove and a mild nuttiness round the brew out. Faint whisper of phenols and a drying grain finish the beer off.

Notes: Not bad at all, a great stab at the German Hefe-Weizen style. Perhaps a bit more carbonation could liven up the brew a little more but it is just fine without it. Certainly a beer I would love to have beside me during a hot sunny day. (1,027 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from our lab fridge (on the outside of the fridge it says "chemicals only in refrigerator" and has the word FOOD with a big red X through it). Pours a clear yellow-orange with a vanishing single layer of bubbles that makes it look a bit soda-like, quite frankly. Banana and mild yeastiness on the nose. More banana and some bread flavors in the flavor, mixing with tangy malt and a touch of fruity ethanol on the finish. Fairly clean taste, good reflection of the style. Medium bodied, slightly chewy. Drinks easily and smoothly. (536 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lightly cloudy yellow, with a soft white head with fair retention.

S: Cloves and bubblegum.

T: Bananas, spice and some sweet cake batter type malt, light noble hop character.

M: Crisp, clean, light-bodied, spritzy.

D: Another solid good German style beer from Sudwerk, quite refreshing and enjoyable. (331 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding appearance with thick, creamy head that is delightfully white. Plenty of haze with that appetizing pale golden color. Nose was quite appetizing with some bready and yeasty aromas. Nice mixture of malt, wheatyness, and typical banana/clove qualities. Medium bodied and nice drinkability. However, not quite as sexy and alluring with aromas and flavors as fresh German examples of the style. (401 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date of 04.03.07, Sampled September 2007
This beer is quite hazy and pours with a definitely opaque, yellow-straw color. It is topped by a frothy, pale, just barely off-white colored head that starts out at three-fingers in height. The head dissipates a bit faster than I would like. The aroma has the nicely characteristic nose of clove and banana, in that order of noticeability too. A nice malty grain character is in the nose too; grassy grain, tart wheat, bready malt & yeast notes and a toasted pale grain (a sort of soda cracker like note) are all definitely noticeable, though they do play a secondary role to the spicy esters and phenolics created by the yeast strain.

Sweet tasting, with a nice grain character to it. The sweetness accentuates a soft clove character and a very soft banana note, both of which are not as prominent as they were in the nose. The beer is lightly tart as well, and this helps to make this light, effervescent brew even more quaffable. The carbonation, along with the tartness, provides a bit of balancing sharpness to the softer yeast & malt derived notes.

This is definitely a well made Hefe Weizen, it has most likely lost some of the characteristic flavor notes since being bottled, but is still quite tasty. I'll definitely have to get a fresher sample, as I find that Hefeweizens are best drunk within a month or two of bottling. (1,383 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sudwerk Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours faintly hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles and laces lightly before disappearing.

S: Standard bready wheat and fruity yeast notes, floral, light citrus zest, and a little spice.

T: Grainy wheat, honey malt sweetness, fruity yeast notes, floral, hints of citrus, and a little clove spice.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: The smell and taste are fine, but I wish it was a little lighter in body and looked a bit prettier in my glass. (534 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms, served in a 22oz nonic.

Cloudy, lovely gradient of citrine and gold. A white head fizzes away rapidly to nothing.

Bananas, sourdough biscuits, and faint lemon zest in the nose - not much spice though.

There is a lactic tartness on the palate with a doughy backbone that prevents it from biting too hard. The finish hints at a vague minerality. Straight-forward, no off notes.

Slick, and could use a little more heft and carbonation.

A nice sessionable beer that goes well with spicy food, though not one I'd bother seeking out again. Like most domestic versions of this style, it doesn't quite add up... (631 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a thick white head and moderate lacing. Deep, hazy gold color. Aroma is Super Bubble, bananas and cloves. Flavor is typical hefe with strong esters and wheat sharpness and a mild finish. Mouthfeel is light but pleasant. Pretty good Bavarian wheat. (256 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You might guess this was a German import with the array of German words on the label, but in fact it's bottled in Davis, CA. On to the beer:

Partly cloudy blonde with a thin head that fades to a paper-thin one. Bubblegum, ginger, and spice in the aroma. The taste begins with strong yeast, bringing along a trail of cloves. Phenolic action is minor, it's mostly about the spice in this one. Dusty bitterness is left on the palate after it's all said and done. In my book, this is solid. (487 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold color, very cloudy, small head. A light bodied Hefe-weizen. Mildly malty. Nice flavor, subtle banana and clove flavor. Smooth and light taste. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is fruity and slightly sweet. Light and refreshing, a very nice hefe. (272 characters)

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