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El Hefe Speaks - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

djrn2, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a very cloudy bright yellow color with a very nice white head and plenty of lacing on the way down. Great retention. The nose is fairly tame, bringing notes of light clove and bubblegum. Mild wheat comes through in the flavor in addition to the traditional German yeast presence. Light body and slightly chewy with good carbonation. Finish asks you to drink more. Pretty good overall and a nice first attempt at a German style.

Thorpe429, Sep 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

nmann08, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey amber sheen; the creamy head leaves a nice webbing of lace behind

Smell: Vague elements of banana and wheat with a twist of spicy rye

Taste: Banana and wheat, up front, with a spicy rye twist in the middle; the flavors flatten out in the finish, which is a bit of a demerit

Mouthfeel: Rather thin and watery, lacking the creamy body I like in the style; moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a half a hefe; starts out interesting but the finish and mouthfeel are lacking

brentk56, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GRG1313, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ygtbsm94, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SocalKicks, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

drabmuh, Aug 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

oline73, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mendvicdog, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/09/12 notes. Had on cask at Meridian Pint during their/BA/DC Brau Drink Local event. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, spices, citrus hops, bananas, lemon, wheat, bread, and grains. Nice nose, lots of bananas and oranges which I like a lot.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, citrus hops, bananas, bread, grains, wheat. Some lightly bitter hops in the taste; again quite nice.

m - Light body and no carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good hefeweizen. Glad to see them tyring new things and another good beer from DC Brau. Lots of oranges and bananas, and easy to drink, I look forward to having this one again.

mdfb79, Jun 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

oriolesfan4, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

InspectorBob, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +10.5%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the CAN: “Limited-Release German-Style Wheat Beer”; “About ‘El Hefe Speaks’ [:] This traditionally brewed German-style wheat is our collaboration with Chris Frashier and John “Solly” Solomon, who are both well known for their delicious brewing work in the Washington DC area[.]”; “Please Recycle – Pack In, Pack Out”; “Serve in a Tulip, Goblet or Enjoy from the CAN[.]”

The CAN spoke to me in the form of a loud Crack! I decided to speak back in the form of an inverted Glug, which resulted in both a pseudo-cascade and the formation of two-plus fingers of bubbly, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Nose was heavy on the banana esters, filling my kitchen with a banana bread-like smell. Color was a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Dense lacing began to line the glass as the head fell. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. The taste, while quite banana-like, was also balanced by a pleasant clove spiciness. I frequently rail against hefeweizens due to their (usually) banana heavy esters when I know how to make one that could be clove-forward, which is what I prefer. This was quite good! I may never be a big fan of the style, but I do like to note when I find an example that I find drinkable.

woodychandler, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

yourefragile, Apr 05, 2013
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

BARFLYB, Nov 23, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is hazy and yellow hued, with a half inch of fluffy, white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is pleasant, but understated, even weak. Fortunately, the flavor picks up the slack a bit. Nice balance, with soft wheat malt and light notes of banana and clove. This beer really shines in the mouthfeel category. Creamy, soft, and smooth, this brew goes down effortlessly. Overall, a solid brew. It's a good omen to see more quality brews emerging from our relatively new local brewery.

Huhzubendah, Sep 03, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

smakawhat, Sep 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Terrapin glass. It poured a hazy, light golden yellow color. A dense, foamy, inch thick foam filled the top inch of the glass. The head did fade almost completely away though after a minute or so.

The aroma shows a lot of the sweeter, wheat malts. Banana, clove and a little lemony citrus all come out in it as well. Pretty nice aroma for the style, it's light, crisp and refreshing.

The taste has a lot of the sweeter wheat malts showing up throughout. The banana is pretty prominent as well, while the clove spice seems to make an appearance more towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is towards the lighter side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it's a pretty good beer of the style. The wheat malts may have felt a little dominant and sweet at times, but I liked it overall. Pretty easy drinking and refreshing beer for this hot afternoon.

billab914, Jun 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

sendbeer, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ShanePB, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rhettroactive, Sep 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.