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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-14-2013 20:54:34 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

09-01-2011 22:32:44 | More by Thorpe429
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%

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

07-02-2013 21:40:04 | More by brentk56
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-29-2013 01:34:46 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-13-2013 03:42:05 | More by GRG1313
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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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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

06-20-2012 19:14:04 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-24-2013 13:20:21 | More by mendvicdog
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.59/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

12-01-2013 08:06:12 | More by corby112
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-26-2014 21:55:53 | More by oriolesfan4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-05-2013 02:34:20 | More by yourefragile
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-23-2013 19:04:13 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

09-03-2011 01:50:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-18-2013 20:37:52 | More by sendbeer
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

06-16-2012 20:58:25 | More by billab914
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-23-2014 03:38:08 | More by wrightst
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-14-2013 13:36:51 | More by ShanePB
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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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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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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-06-2014 02:11:22 | More by Boone757
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-25-2014 18:25:59 | More by atrocity
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flexabull

California

3.19/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

10-26-2013 07:00:43 | More by flexabull
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-05-2012 18:54:10 | More by thegerm87
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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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