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A Slice Of Hefen - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 144
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 24.51%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States | website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RattleheadKV2 on 06-18-2012

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 144
Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With an opaque straw color, it contains nice splotches of banana, nutmeg and clove with muted citrus taste and boasts a nice bready aftertaste. Along with Karl Strauss’ Hefeweizen, this is one of the best hefeweizens outside of Germany. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber color with plenty of foam. Sudsy in the mouth. Fragrant with cloves and the usual German estery spices. More banana than I've encountered lately.

Sweet with malt in the classic Hefeweizen style. The carbonation dissipates some, leaving it more of a malt soup at the finish. Faint bitterness. The aromatics last to the end. From the 16 oz can purchased at Susan's Fine Wine & Spirits in Santa Fe.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark hazy golden hazy color and no lacing ring and no carbonation. Doesn't look very wheat beer like.

S - Bananas, cloves, .

T - Follows the nose with bananas, cloves, lemon, and bread.

M - Medium body light carbonation, coats the mouth with banana and clove.

O - A nice American version of a traditional German beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Opaque orange color with fast fading finger head. Pleasant Hefe aroma. Very easy drinking with a good balance between the wheat and banana/clove taste, finishes smooth with just a little zest and yeast at the end. Overall good brew for the style, would have another.

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Photo of bfranks
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent take on a traditional German style beer. Excellent cloudy appearance, copious amount of banana and clove on the nose. Feels substantial in your mouth while at the same time feeling easy to drink. Delicious!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

followed the instructions on the can for the perfect pour in a hefr glass. murky orange yellow, he'd didn't hang. nose is spot on what with big banana and clove. taste to match. SUPER refreshing, great summer beer

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ONovoMexicano as part of his NBS BIF #2 box. 16oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nicely cloudy pineapple yellow-orange color, but lacked the big, fluffy, white head expected in the style. Matter of fact, there was no head at all.

The nose was full of the expected banana, clove, and bubble gum scents presented by the standard-bearers of the style. The was a gentle wheat aspect in the background. On the tongue, the wheat was a bit more prominent, and the bubblegum less so. The flavors brought by the yeast played nicely off the wheat.

The body was light-medium, smooth, even, and finished clean. Drinkability was very good, my lone can was gone quickly, and I would drink more these during the current hot spell we're having in the PNW. Overall, a very good example of the style. A must try if you see it, and worth seeking out.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-looks pretty carbonated and the head went away pretty quick but nice hue
-smell is of very mellow grains
- a creamier hefe in my opinion but very smooth with subtle spice
- slight carbonation at the start but it mellows out really quick to a smoothness unmatched
-good hefe from here in my state one of the better i have had

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Weihenstephaner half-liter glass from a can.

Golden and blonde in body. Magnificent head, clarity and lacing.

Banana bread with hints of lemony zest. Smells like I could eat it.

I'm just drinking banana bread here. Tastes like sticky banana a tad spicy like clove, and has a goat's whisker of nutty sweetness.

Refreshing mouthfeel of measured sweetness, earthy spice feel from the clove, light carbonation and a touch of zest. Drinks easily.

Call me a homer but this is a good brew.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer glass. Orange, golden color with visible sediment. Slightly underwhelming note of of clove and banana in the smell. Good yeast flavor with light hints of sweetness and spice. The alcohol comes through at the end. It has high carbonation and a medium-light body. A pretty good hefe that finished right but could have had a little more of the traditional hefe taste at the beginning and in the middle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2%

Can brought back by David and shared tonight at the Christmas Party.
Rich bready malt with light citrus and lots of banana and clove to counter. Smooth rich flavor, light yeasty flavors. Nice Hefe!

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Photo of brongladest
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

A: orange and hazy
S: yeasty, orange citrus, wheat
T: wheat, orange, lime, yeast
MF:medium light body, medium carbonation, smooth
overall: classic hefe

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Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, no canning date. Poured into a hefeweizen glass 7/18/2014.

A- Hazy straw yellow body, with a fairly thick white head that is short-lived, but you can see tons of carbonation rising up from within the beer to the surface, it's pretty much just like if the beer was in the primary. No lacing.

S- Banana, cloves, bread. Pretty much everything you expect from yeast. Pretty good smellin' hefe, as good as anyone can expect.

F- A bit of a letdown actually, up front it's fairly bland and the cloves and spices don't really kick in until you're past the halfway point. It gets a bit better as it warms up, but still, it's a bit of a letdown up front.

M- Medium bodied, just about right, and despite the lack of head, there is plenty of bubbles to be had on the mouthfeel. Just about what I would expect from a good hefe in terms of mouthfeel.

O- Smells great and feels great on the palate but the palate of the beer itself is missing something on the front end that I would find in a bottle of Weihenstephan. Now that stuff is magic. Still, this is a good hefeweizen that is better than the majority of the local Hefes I get here in Wisconsin.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Chico1985 for bringing this back from NM for me. Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier NP, MT. Full notes taken to my phone.

A- Murky wheat and yeast hazed golden peach orange body. White cap rises to two fingers with a frothy fizzy texture and decent retention. Small ring leaves spotty lacing.

S- Mostly yeast fruits like banana and apple esters with some lemon zest citrus tones and spice. Certainly some wheaty bread hints.

T- Spiciness picks up here and becomes more of a presence to balance the banana esters and lemon citrus. Notes of clove, pepper, apple, wheat crust, coriander and cereal grains.

MF- Highly carbonted light end body but the bubbles go down fairly smooth thanks to a silky, creamy texture. Finishes with a light spicy bitter feel.

I just had a good American Hefe by New Glarus but this one is one of the best USA produced examples of the style. Great balance of yeast slice, fruity esters and grains to produce a very smooth quaffable brew.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resuming the La Cumbre goodness, hefeweizen on a summer Sunday afternoon with lunch.

Appearance - Breakin' out the good ol Hard Rock Cafe weizen glass for this one. Beer is light orange colored with haze and some floaties. A tall white head slowly falls to a very thin ring.

Smell - Banana taffy, wheat, clove spice, bubblegum, vanilla yogurt?. Seems maybe a little on the cloying side of things, but pretty nice and fragrant.

Taste - Though not as intense as the nose, still prevalent banana and clove with some apple, herbal and grainy tones coming into play as well.

Mouthfeel - Good body with medium-low carbonation. Pretty drinkable and refreshing.

Overall - For an American hefe this is pretty good, nails a great banana/clove flavor for sure, though I would've liked more bread/yeast presence to balance it all out.

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Photo of M_chav
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

banana bread yellow pour.. tons of yeasty goodness aroma.. getting lots of 'soft'/fruit/yeast. really nice looking orange/yellow translucent pour. Tastes like a Hefen in Heaven.. seriously good. If you have ever had Live Oak, then you know a good Hefe. this is there without a doubt. awesome taste, perfect on a hot summer day. this is delicious.

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Photo of JonesArtGlass
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love how sexy this beer looks in it's glass. Presentation wise it's creamy, and a distinct banana smell is present. I truly enjoy sweeter beer and the Heffen is easy to have a couple of without feeling to sticky sweet. It's a great hot summer day beer.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy, cloudy, and creamy appearance with a bright two fingers worth of head. Looks really nice.

S - banana bread, wheat, some clove and spice.

T - everything a good hefe should have - banana, clove, coriander, a refreshing wheaty breadiness.

M - creamy, smooth, medium body.

O - I've had this on tap many times and loved it. Glad to say the canned version is just as good.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light golden color with a big fluffy white head and good lacing

S-bananas, wheat, coriander, very fragrant

T-wheat, light malt, bananas, coriander, light clove

F- light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- a hefe with good flavors and great drinkability, wish it was available in cans

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy golden color with some banana and clove on the aroma. It’s light, banana-y, estery, with a spice and a kick. The smooth, wheated flavor is a highlight. It has a delicate, light finish. As it warms it develops a banana bubblegum flavor with some cloves rounding it out.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at brewery, reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Served in a traditional 23oz Hefeweizen glass with about 2 fingers of a white, thick, creamy, meringue like head that stuck around til the end. Very hazy pale golden color, very traditional.

Smell: Tons of banana, and clove notes everywhere here. You also get some very nice, peppery, bready, yeast character as well, though somewhat subdued compared to the banana, and clove.

Taste: Pretty much mimics the smell, tons, and tons of banana, and clove flavor, it almost tastes like they brewed this with banana, insanely tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very nice and thick mouthfeel, pretty much what you'd expect from a Hefeweizen.

Overall: Very, very tasty brew, and I'm not a fan of Hefe's either, but I always make sure to get a glass of this every time I go to La Cumbre. Really glad they brought this on year round now.

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A Slice Of Hefen from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.