El Hefe Speaks - DC Brau Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
3.84/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. purchased in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., poured into a 10 oz. DFH glass, drank 10/1/13 over a half-hour.
A: 2/3 - yellow-to-golden coloration, slightly more clarity than other hefeweissbiers but still cannot see or read through, huge 3-4 finger head on first pour that settled into a rock frothy white head; moderate-to-high carbonation; no alcohol legs
S: 10/12 - lots of class hefe flavors pouring out...curaco orange peel, cardammon, coriander et al.
T: 14/20 - as expected from the nose, there are some classic hefe flavors to be detected here too...lots of wheat malt and spicy hops; slightly lingering aftertaste is exceptionally refreshing and, as crazy as it may sound, makes me long for the dog days of Summer in D.C. for a thirst quencher
M: 4/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation = refreshing; very pleasant
O: 7/10 - not crazy about the style, especially when I have brewed homebrew examples that supercedes this offering, but it's pleasant, refreshing and welcomes the Boys of Summer as much as Aidan Moffat croning away live
TOTAL = 37/50
Serving type: can
10-01-2013 08:39:36 | More by MNishCT77
3.81/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: can
08-22-2013 12:55:00 | More by hagbergl
3.51/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Not a bad hefe. Has all of the right touches, just not that pronounced or memorable. Pours the right hazy straw gold color with a delicately bubbly white head. More lacing than many of the hefes I have had. Aroma has some cloves, bananas and other spices, just not as robust as I would have liked.
Flavor is pretty godd, but once again, pretty subdued. I like a more astringent, spicy hefe flavor.
Mouthfeel is just right, a little bite in an overall crisp and smooth beer.
A good, well priced averagy hefeweizen. Just right for a warm day. There are better, just as easily available ones out there. Having it in a can is a bonus.
Serving type: can
08-10-2013 17:13:54 | More by JayQue
El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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