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El Hefe Speaks - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Jonada
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no freshness date. Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Decent retention and light spotty lacing. Body is lightly hazy with some visible fine yeast particles. Medium levels of visible carbonation

Smell: Banana taffy, wheat, big yeast character, medicinal band-aid aroma, bubble gum.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma. Banana, spicy wheat/yeast character,lemon rind and a light tartness in the finish that I'm not a huge fan of.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. The wheat contributes some body, but overall it has a somewhat watery feel.

Overall: Not bad by any means, not impressive either. I wouldn't say avoid it, but I see no reason to seek it out.

Jonada, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Swift989
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Swift989, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of mcsauter82
3.25/5  rDev -10%

mcsauter82, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -3%

BeerForMuscle, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10%

djrn2, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
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
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -10%

BARFLYB, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of bbrown12
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bbrown12, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of ethanmc12
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ethanmc12, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
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
Photo of themind
3/5  rDev -16.9%

themind, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of kasubot
4/5  rDev +10.8%

kasubot, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

st9647v3, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

robwestcott, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Organic_Sam
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Organic_Sam, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of cw13
4/5  rDev +10.8%

cw13, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

notchucknorris, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of MNishCT77
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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

MNishCT77, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ldhughes3, Oct 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

WorldOfBeerCraft, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

dugly2ugly, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

tgatort, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of abkayak
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

abkayak, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of yuenglingade
3.25/5  rDev -10%

yuenglingade, Sep 21, 2013
El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.