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El Hefe Speaks - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
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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Organic_Sam

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +24%

10-10-2013 17:56:05 | More by Organic_Sam
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WorldOfBeerCraft

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%

09-29-2013 06:23:59 | More by WorldOfBeerCraft
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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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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-05-2013 00:22:54 | More by Jeffrey2310
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-11-2012 02:48:00 | More by nmann08
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notchucknorris

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-02-2013 22:46:40 | More by notchucknorris
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-17-2012 16:26:43 | More by jacewg
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poiuytr

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-11-2012 23:55:10 | More by poiuytr
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Calleri55

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-08-2013 23:52:35 | More by Calleri55
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-06-2013 00:18:38 | More by pmarlowe
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fields336

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-29-2013 00:10:48 | More by fields336
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%

Growler from the brewery poured into Rhettroactive's Bruges hybrid glass...

A: Pours a very cloudy straw gold color. Beautiful. A two finger eggshell head erupts from this golden deliciousness and gently settles to a quarter finger. Some gobs of head swirl on top of the beer while a fine coat of lacing slides down the sides of the glass. The only hefe I've seen that looks better is Dancing Man Wheat, and that's a huge freakin' compliment.

S: Banana, clove, and the faintest of orange and apple. A creamy spiciness. Really good.

T: Clove, allspice, and creamy banana. Also some light pear. Creamy, smooth, very well balanced, light yet savory. Doesn't linger as nicely as the best of this style, but it's certainly better than most.

M: Light, creamy, and delicious. Cotton candy like. Medium carbonation. Very smooth. Very well balanced.

O: It's getting redundant, but DC Brau hits it out of the park (again). This is really a delicious hefe, so much more than what I am accustomed to from the style. The balance of the light and refreshing with the creamy and savory is just perfect. Smell and taste are absolutely delicious. Great job Brandon and Jeff!!!

08-30-2011 01:20:58 | More by siege06nd
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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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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Beer on draft at the brewery, also picked up a growler.

Beer is orangish and really hazy, nice thin white head of small bublbes, moderate to high carbonation, some retention, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is very yeasty, bready, lots of banana, some cloves, nice, a little grainy, I like the aroma a lot.

Beer is light in body and wet on the palate, the overall beer is quite fruity but finishes a little grainy but not dry. There is a minimal aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to the growler I have.

08-27-2011 19:07:08 | More by drabmuh
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

A nice fresh take on a Hefewiezen, a tad too sweet but very, very quaffable.

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dryboard with general growler offering notes. Tasting room staff offers a nice and diligent description of the brew, with an enticing free sample. Notes Alc. by Vol. (5.3%) Served in a Weissbier glass.

A - Very hazy deep gold pour, towering frothy head, fair retention, with good surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice nose, wheaty with a sweet character… Banana and clove start to emerge…

T - Sweet wheaty malt at first, maybe a bit too sweet but luckily never cloying and quickly followed by nice yeasty notes, with good banana and clove esters, characteristic bubblegum touch… Rich malty flow with that sweet fruitiness… Hint of cloved lemon peel in the finish…

M - Medium… Medium/light body with soft carbonation and a creamy sense.

O - It probably deserves the A- because ultimately it flows like a charm, with a pleasing range that lingers asking for more.

Notes: Kicking things up a notch. It is great to see this kind of operation take place in the district… The overall brewing experience, tour, tasting room, change of legislation to fill growlers, etc is quite remarkable and welcome. The pricing for a growler fill of this quality feels right ,and one can only hope that this venture solidifies and becomes a reference with this energy and bracket of quality.

09-04-2011 13:07:17 | More by Daniellobo
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GoodOmens

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%

Can date on the beer is 06/07 and poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with one inch of bright white head. My can seemed fairly carbonated but the head dissipated after a few minutes.

S - Smells of oranges, spices, citrus hops with a strong presence of banana.

T - A little disappointed here vs the tap I recently drank. Again the strong presence of bananas but the can doesn't seem to have the punch the on tap has.

M - Light body with a tingle of carbonation. Very easy to drink. A perfect hot day summer beer.

O - This will be my new goto canned DC brau if I can find it. A very refreshing summertime beer. My GF, who typically hates Hefe's, loves this.

06-12-2013 01:01:34 | More by GoodOmens
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +11%

From 64oz growler to Bruges hybrid glass of 8/29/11
*From notes

-- Thanks for sharing, John. --

A: Extremely cloudy yellow-amber. A good pour yields a 2.25 finger head and some incredibly thick and sticky lacing.

S: Banana, but there's a firm maltiness to it, unlike so many in the hefe style.

T: Traditional hefe flavors of banana, yeast and so forth. There's also a decent amount of clove here. But what really stands out is that damn malt, which adds a sense of balance to the beer that I've never encountered in a hefe. The finish is yeasty, as it should be, and there's no trace of liquid smoke (thank god).

M: Considering how dense the beer appears, it's a slight bit sharper then expected, though luckily it keeps the brew from being too cloying, and makes it that much more approachable.

O: Regardless of not being a hefe guy, DC Brau's El Hefe Speaks is one of the finest American Hefe's I've encountered. Supremely well done, Brandon & Jeff.

09-03-2011 22:05:37 | More by Rhettroactive
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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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ConradKenney

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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


4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-17-2014 20:28:08 | More by Oh_hai_shaluud
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Oasis

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-11-2013 15:28:32 | More by Oasis
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-14-2013 13:36:51 | More by ShanePB
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mchodge13

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-07-2011 16:30:43 | More by mchodge13
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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.