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Sudwerk Hefe-Weizen - Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002)
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Photo of HalfFull


2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Served up from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This beer pours rather clear and light yet offers lots of yeast chunk. Decent color but thin.

Nose is rubbery and medicinal. If this is yeast, it's yeast gone wild, aka, bad. Can't quite make out a freshness date on the bottle though there is surely an '09 involved.

Rally's a bit in the taste department but still comes up a bit short. Feel and drink are ok if you can shut down the nose. I can't.. Drain pour in the end...

04-14-2010 04:51:03 | More by HalfFull
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

05-27-2013 03:32:52 | More by tzieser
Photo of MLucky


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

I hate to rank on little guys, but I also don't want to fall into a thing where I only review beers I like. So...

Straw color with thin foam, little if any lacing.

Scent is not unpleasant, but definitely lacking the yeasty aromas I expect from a hefe.

Taste is equally low key. Just a bit of wheaty sourness, very little yeast flavor, a bit bland, really.

An easy drinking beer, I suppose, but only in the way that American light lagers are: there's nothing offensive here, but nothing very interesting either.

It's disappointing that a brewery supposedly dedicated to classic german styles can't muster a tastier hefe than this. Easily outclassed by any number of American and German entries.

An addendum: Some weeks after I wrote this review I visited the brewery, and had several of their beers on tap, including the Hefe. The fresh tap version of this beer was much better, with an ample but not overbearing clove flavor, nicely cloudy texture. I'm going to stick with the low grade for the bottled product, but add that I can heartily recommend the tap here.

10-16-2010 05:46:13 | More by MLucky
Photo of vacax


2.93/5  rDev -19.5%

On-tap at the brewpub. Pours a light yellow, nicely clouded with yeast, good retention, though little lacing for a wheat. Aroma of wheat, slightly tart, basically no clove or banana esters, severely lacking there. Tastes of malty wheat, yeast with few esters, sllight banana, bit of clove and bitterness. Needs more malts sweetness or fruit esters, instead is tart and a bit soapy. Medium body with too prickly of carbonation. For a German style brewery this is definitely not up to par.

04-07-2010 01:42:12 | More by vacax
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-17-2012 22:55:08 | More by Tumble
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-14-2013 02:58:14 | More by caverog
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-07-2012 03:10:42 | More by littlespeaker
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-27-2013 02:16:01 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-09-2014 08:55:01 | More by PaulAndrew
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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cloves, grassyness & green banana, all fade as this warms

T: Green banana, wheat artness, grassy notes, sone clovey notes up front. More grassy/hay notes as ths warms, along with medicinal cloves & watery notes. Finishes with slight grassyness, some metallic hints & lemon. If this would've finished as it started this would've worked for me more

MF: Light/meduim bodied, very little carbonation, starts skewing thin as this warms

Not a bad hefe, a little less stingyness with malt bill would've helped this a bunch

08-30-2011 13:12:28 | More by russpowell
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3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

04/18/06- Received via trade with BA member SethB2.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an expiration date on the front label. Poured into my Red Nectar pint glass.

Appearance- Clouded golden pour. Minute specks of yeast hoover about. Decent 3/4 inch billowy head with decent lacing left behind.

Smell- A tad stinky. If you can get through the odd funk, there is a good amount of yeast with a bit of lemon rind and maybe a wee bit of clove.

Taste- Heavy wheat flavor, something off about it though. Mild fruit flavor, not as much lemony goodness and only spotty amounts of clove.

Mouthfeel- Heavier carbonation level.

Drinkability- No better than the average US made wheat beer. Even so, it was pretty refreshing, so I guess it's at least worth a try...on a warm day.

04-19-2006 16:03:14 | More by GClarkage
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-26-2012 20:59:50 | More by Nage37
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-08-2013 00:49:56 | More by Michael_DaBeers_IV
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-03-2014 20:41:01 | More by GraduatedCashew
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3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a slightly hazed golden color. Aroma of banana like fruityness, wheat and mild floral hops. In the taste, green banana and a grainy wheat note. Mild bitterness and citrus, nice banana like flavor. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an average hefeweizen.

09-29-2013 22:33:34 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

A dark and glowering Hefeweizen. Not the usual warm and sunshiney fruit bomb. Starts with a promise of sweetness, ends with a bitter spicy note. Meaty and savory notes are nice. Rather hoppy in an understated way. Weird smell is the jarring note, like someone needs to get these dirty clothes out of here. Looks very nice, served in a tall Weizen glass at the Linkery in San Diego. Head refreshes itself when you take a pull and it sloshes back down the long glass.

I have fond memories of this on tap in Davis in the 1990s, but it doesn't seem to be up to the standard of so many great German-style hefes these days.

07-27-2011 05:22:21 | More by mactrail
Photo of Rave


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-21-2014 10:30:00 | More by Rave
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

The beer after its extraction from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a chill hazed gold color with a prestigious sized creamy white head and as it depletes, the lace forms a thin sheet of lace to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malted grain, citrus like in crispness, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is somewhat sweet with a nice grain profile and the top light in feel. Finish is mild to moderate in acidity, the hops light and pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate.

08-18-2004 21:01:55 | More by Gusler
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-31-2012 03:12:34 | More by prisdefer
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-02-2014 07:23:48 | More by leeuwenhart
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2013 02:39:30 | More by dmorgan310
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and a grape-like fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some aromas and flavors I don't usually get from a hefeweizen.

09-26-2012 04:00:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

09-26-2003 03:27:14 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Krevee


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Drank on 5/10/10
Poured on-tap into a pint glass

A - Medium yellow with a hint of orange. Quite a bit of haziness. Some white head with a little bit of lacing goes away quickly.

S - The smell is of wheat and lemon with some clove and banana.

T - Is similar to smell. Some bitterness at the end. Citrus becomes stronger as beer warmers. You can also taste the clove and citrus. Also has some banana flavor at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is very light with higher amounts of carbonation silky in mouth.

D - Easy to drink pleasant all around. A nice hefe and would be a nice beer on a warm day.

05-12-2010 02:58:56 | More by Krevee
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

10-18-2007 01:56:07 | More by DoubleJ
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Sudwerk Hefe-Weizen from Sudwerk Restaurant and Brewery
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