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A Slice Of Hefen | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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A Slice Of HefenA Slice Of Hefen

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional take on a Bavarian classic. Poured into a 23 oz. Hefe glass, this beer is served mit hefe with a voluminous white head. The aroma is everything we love in the style; clove, banana and vanilla. The body is rich and creamy, yet finishes fairly dry and is as refreshing as any beer you’ll drink here or anywhere else. By popular demand, this beer is now a year-round offering.

Added by RattleheadKV2 on 06-18-2012

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 8-oz. tumbler glass
From: Trader Joe’s in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $2.38
Purchased: May 6, 2016
Consumed: May 7, 2016
Misc.: No BOD

Had a taster of this back in 2014 on a trip to Albuquerque at the La Cumbre Brewery and I remember really liking it. Passed on reviewing it on May 5 when I went to La Cumbre again, but picked up a can at an ABQ Trader Joe’s the final day. Hoping this one still holds up.

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of gray, fizzy head, which dissipated rather quickly. A good deal of carbonated bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor wet lacing. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled peppery spices, coriander, honey, banana, banana chips, cloves, vanilla and leathery notes. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste mostly followed the nose, getting banana, cloves, peppery spices, honey, coriander peel, hints of vanilla, some Circus Peanuts candy and green grapes. Very sweet. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Lively carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was just as good as I remember. A bit sweeter than I remember, but tasty nonetheless. (Overall - 4.00)

3.96 | 89 | B+

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the profound generosity of ONovoMexicano.
Poured a bright, lively straw to yellow in color. Mounds of white fluffy head in a vertical avalanche. Tapered back enough for the swirl (recommended on the can) and second pour. Mostly clear. Some tight lacing.
Smell starts with a bit of sulphur, then the gentle spice comes through. Pepperand clove. Followed by a wheaty banana meets lemon tart.
Taste is more balanced. The fruitiness of the banana, wheat base, and spice definitely goes in the banana bread direction. Hints of honey like sweetness, think bran muffins, nudges through a bit, but finishes more spicy.
Mouthfeel is active and fairly solid for style.
Overall, one of the better Hefeweizens I've tried.

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Photo of erk0607
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy, swirling yeast visible in a golden-orange tinged suspension. Lacing disappeared faster than I expected but the color is deep and vibrant.
Smell: Excellent. Sweet, banana-y, bready, a bit of a floral hop scent
Taste: Banana is the first thing you get, followed by the malt & grain, then your clove/nutmeg come into play. Very flavorful, although there's a little nip to it, I guess that'd be citrus zest. Bubblegum.
Feel: smooth, creamy, medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is minimally present.
Overall: Would get again if I saw it and had nothing else I really wanted to try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a big two finger white head that dissipates slowly to patches with light lacing. Aroma is classic hefeweizen: wheat, clove and banana, lightly spicy. Flavor is somewhat dry wheat, clove with light banana, then dries out quite a bit to reveal slightly astringent clove, then finishes with wheat and a nice light banana and mixed fruit flavor. Light to medium bodied with active carbonation. Nice domestic take on the hefeweizen style, almost dries out too much in the middle, but the nice finish with faint to light fruit flavors redeems it. Refreshing and enjoyable. Hope to see something else from this brewery in the future.

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Photo of tempest
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes, this is a great hefeweizen. It's heavy on banana up front, then is fades to let the doughy wheat step up, then gentle spice roll in for a balanced finish. The aroma can be a bit yeasty at first, it reminds me of too-fresh homebrew, but as that settles out the banana takes over. This is a real nerd's hefeweizen, tons to consider.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is one of the best american made example of the style i have seen. the body is so full. this is what wheat is supposed to feel like, and finally it does. not a nod of the cap to the germans, a full bucking of tradition, which i really super dig. hazy and darker than the import standard, it hand tough with the head too, which and ring lacing and lasting, awesome. hazy and heavy. some people say these smell and taste like a banana from the yeast, but they say generic banana. this beer, really and truly, from the yeast, tastes like a fresh bright yellow banana off a tree, peeled with some vigor, and smelling semi-green and almost perfect, just short of fully ripe, lively and real, as authentic as can be, jovial fruit, the real not the facsimile, and its awesome. incredible yeast here, and the taste matches the nose, and its not without hops either. a nip of honey sweetness here too, real and true bumble bee honey, and its classic and real. so these guys are famous for their hoppy beer, but for me, this stands as one of their best. as good as american made hefeweizen gets, i am in love with this. hope it sticks around...

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from Whole Foods -Indian Plaza. Solid weizen, only knock is a head which fades way too quickly. Aroma ànd taste on target, body almost heavy enough to match up with the Germans. One of the best American hefes I've tried.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tall glass. Thin head and light lacing, slightly cloudy yellow color. Smell is floral and strong. The taste is clove and banana with a bit of vanilla. Could have used a bit more carbonation. Had it fresh some time back at the brewery, better there. Overall, a nice beer.

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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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