Sudwerk Hefe-Weizen - Sudwerk Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 34
Photo of RyanK252
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of GoNowhere
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of MLucky
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Krevee
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HalfFull
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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...

Photo of vacax
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Troyone
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of nsw
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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