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El Hefe Speaks - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Swift989, Jan 26, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

spoonhawk, Aug 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

brpendergast85, Sep 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

cysiam, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with a frothy, two finger white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very light colored for the style and possibly over carbonated. The pillowy white head takes forever to finally settle leaving chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with a strong peppery clove presence that's followed by earthy hops, bready yeast, malted wheat and ain't light fruit. The clove character dominates the nose and overpowers most of the other wheat beer notes. Underneath, there are some stale, soil-y hops, bread, bubblegum, banana and apple. No citrus character or much else of interest in the nose. Other than the clove, the aroma is kind of bland.

Light bodied and a bit more interesting than the nose suggests but still somewhat pedestrian. Some dry, earthy clove and zesty citrus rind countered by bread, wheat and banana. Finishes with earthy hop bitterness that is fresher and more flavorful than the hop presence in the nose hinted at. The citrus character which was missing in the aroma shows up strong in the flavor with slightly tart lemon juice and zesty lemon pith. The flavor and mouthfeel fall off mid-palate resulting in a watered down, mediocre beer. Very easy to drink but not all that interesting.

corby112, Dec 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

mjh0527, Jul 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

st9647v3, Oct 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

JoeyCc0922, Jul 14, 2014
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2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Nice hazy color with the right amount of lacing. Unfortunately, the appearance is the best part of this beer.

S: Slightly fruity smell, nothing too prominent.

T: A little bit of spice followed by some lager-y sulfur taste.

M: Very smooth and clean, well carbonated.

O: Average.

gabrielsyme, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Zonian1, Jul 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

apasternak, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

fritzparker, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

dharmabum1102, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

themind, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

michaelfcasey, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Geech, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

ldhughes3, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Kyrojack, Jun 09, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can courtesy of joshdykema, thanks again!

Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a very nice white head. Looks pretty good, but I like Hefeweizens to be cloudy.

Aromas are spicy, with notes of cloves, light lemon, and yeast.

Taste is light, slightly spicy, with some yeast, clothes, and mild lemon zest. It's a decent tasted beer, but the flavors are suble and muted.

Mouthfeel is thin, and almost a bit watery.

Overall, a decent but flawed hefe. This beer need some tweaking to be good.

flexabull, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

macesq, Jul 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

CraigTravor, Jul 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

yuenglingade, Sep 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a mostly clear bold body with a tight frothy white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nice hefe flavors of yeast, light banana, and citrus. A tad flat in the flavor compared to some better German offerings.

MrIncognito, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Dave_Treat, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

dugly2ugly, Sep 28, 2013
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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.