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El Hefe Speaks - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
El Hefe Speaks! is a traditionally brewed German-style Hefe. It is fermented around 65°F and hopped with German Tettnang hops. 11 IBUs and 5.3% ABV make this one extremely drinkable. If you think it speaks to you as well, definitely try a glass... because it will be gone before you can say "sweater weather". “We’re tremendously excited to bring this specialty brew to the District,” said DC Brau Co-Founder and CEO, Brandon Skall, “Working with other local brewers on this project has made presenting the final product even better.” The beer was brewed at DC Brau in early August. “El Hefe Speaks” uses the Weihenstephaner yeast strain, a classic, popular German wheat beer strain used worldwide.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 08-27-2011)
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-03-2014 23:07:40 | More by devilfluff
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-24-2014 01:26:44 | More by GOBLIN
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mjh0527

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

07-07-2013 19:13:09 | More by mjh0527
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dmk91

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-09-2014 22:32:13 | More by dmk91
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +5%

I've been enjoying exploring DC Brau's lineup lately and picked up their hefeweizen, El Hefe Speaks. Few things go with summer as well as a nice, cold German-style wheat ale. Poured from the can into my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4/5): Huge, billowy white head. Three fingers. Reduces quickly to an eighth inch of foam. Straw colored and cloudy from the yeast, though it clears up somewhat as the beer settles and the head recedes. A good looking hefeweizen.

Smell (3.75/5): The yeast is, at first blush, a little odd smelling– somewhat like dentist's office toothpaste. It isn't a bad smell, just a tad more medicinal than I'm used to smelling in a German-style hefeweizen. Dominant notes are clove, bubble gum, and banana.

Taste (3.75/5): El Hefe Speaks is wheaty beyond belief. Each new sip brings on more wheat flavor in the foretaste. Clove is pronounced in the back. I'm slightly disappointed that there isn't much banana flavor to speak of in this hefe, but not every one of them can or should be a Weihenstephaner clone. The highly yeasty profile may turn some people off, but not me. A solid tasting beer, for certain.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): DC Brau really nails the mouthfeel on this one. Extremely well carbonated and has just enough body, while remaining light–some domestic hefeweizens really suffer from deficiencies in both categories; not this one. It has a nice creaminess to it right from the first sip. Very drinkable and quenching, though the dominant yeastiness of the beer may cause others to feel differently.

Overall (3.75/5): El Hefe Speaks is a very solid beer and a good one for DC Brau to keep in its summer seasonal rotation. I recommend this beer to anyone that likes hefeweizens. While not as great as Weihenstephaner's take on the style, it has its own unique strong points. This is a seriously wheaty, yeasty take on the style that really is a great summer quencher.

08-22-2013 12:55:00 | More by hagbergl
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Zonian1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-10-2013 01:47:41 | More by Zonian1
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Stokes_

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-09-2013 13:21:56 | More by Stokes_
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tclipse

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-28-2014 04:58:05 | More by tclipse
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blknikon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-19-2014 01:41:10 | More by blknikon
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-18-2013 15:19:15 | More by tabascosigned
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ConradKenney

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-02-2014 19:31:43 | More by ConradKenney
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nimrod979

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Bomber poured into a .5L weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a dense orange-ish color in the thick part of the glass with a more yellow haze in the thinner part. Cloudy. 2.5 finger frothy head with retention that just won't quite. Sudsy lacing and legs all the way down.

Aroma: Banana, lemony citrus, cloves, and wheat

Taste: banana fruity esters. clove spiciness. bubblegum. lemon zest. wheat. a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: light on the palate. Soft carbonation creamy texture. Wet. Finishes clean.

Once again. A solid brew from DC Brau, even if it's a slight departure from their flagship brews.

07-05-2012 22:48:48 | More by nimrod979
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California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -44.9%

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apasternak

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (Please Please Me / DOB 7/3/14)

A: Hazy blonde copper color with no lacing, but a nice thick head upon pouring, which sticks around just long enough.

S: Yeasty goodness, lots of bread and cracker notes. Some nice slightly fruity esters when you pour and smell the foam.

T: The smoothness inherent in this is a key part of the flavor. It is like liquid wheat. If you like Hefeweizens then you will love this.

M: Smooth all the way through.

O: So much wheat. Got it to keep up with DC Brau. I know some people that will surely love this beer.

07-19-2014 04:23:07 | More by gillagorilla
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of banana, some spices. Taste is refreshing, some spice, a bit of banana, some mild wheat, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good choice on a hot night.

08-02-2014 12:58:24 | More by tone77
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-16-2014 05:17:16 | More by macesq
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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smakawhat

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into a wheat ale glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

Classic creamy white head and dark lemon body with orange edged hues. Lots of sticky lacing too, looks super refreshing.

Nose has a muted mushy lemon sense and mild clove, bringng a classic wheat chew with just a hint of dry husky ripping grain.

First taste is unexpected. Sweet milk, and cream, with slight grain on fnish and mushed banana. Mild carbonation but noticeable giving to a lemon soda with light fizz, slightly wet but not too bad.

Overall, this stands with the best of them for classic style. Very enjoyable these guys just can't seem to do no wrong. I particularly dig this cream angle on this brew.

09-01-2011 17:49:56 | More by smakawhat
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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.