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El Hefe Speaks - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 08-27-2011

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.
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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (270 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (Please Please Me / DOB 7/3/14)

A: Hazy blonde copper color with no lacing, but a nice thick head upon pouring, which sticks around just long enough.

S: Yeasty goodness, lots of bread and cracker notes. Some nice slightly fruity esters when you pour and smell the foam.

T: The smoothness inherent in this is a key part of the flavor. It is like liquid wheat. If you like Hefeweizens then you will love this.

M: Smooth all the way through.

O: So much wheat. Got it to keep up with DC Brau. I know some people that will surely love this beer. (588 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw color with a creamy-ish white head. Head has moderate retention and some nice lacing. The aroma is spot-on with nice esters and fruit. The taste is a little washed out, like it had some water added after it was brewed. The flavors are there, they're just muted. The body is thin, as well. It's not bad and definitely an easy drinker. (359 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice golden color with decent white head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Nice noble hop and wheat aroma

Taste: Wheat, clove, spice flavors up front. Next is some hop bitterness and noble hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Good but not fantastic or special hefeweizen. Could get much more yeast and wheat flavors in this. Not disappointed though. (382 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (1,276 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.86/5  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 (1,062 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,915 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy straw/orange juice color, head is 1+ finger airy head, bubbles are huge, retention is poor lacing slides down the glass quickly. Color of beer itself is appealing but the head leaves a lot to be desired. Constant carbonation travels to the middle of the service all the way until I finish the brew.

S - Really nice. Lots of banana, clove, lemonish citrus, wheat, and bready aroma.

T - Tons of banana up front, which I dig. Banana and clove spices transition into a nice kick of lemon zest/fruity esters and a nice soft but well pronounced tart funkiness at the finish.

M - Well carbonated, medium bodied/thickish relative to the style, which I quite like. Quite drinkable but not as much so as most hefe's I've had.

O - Hate the look. Smell and taste is more pronounced than other hefe's which I really like. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for what it is, which I kind of like but that the same time it kind of defeats the purpose of a hefe. Don't regret drinking it, and would maybe pick it up if I had to pick up a 6er of hefe - hefes arent really my thing but if i want more flavor but am stuck with a hefe this isnt bad. (1,140 characters)

Photo of GoodOmens
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can date on the beer is 06/07 and poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with one inch of bright white head. My can seemed fairly carbonated but the head dissipated after a few minutes.

S - Smells of oranges, spices, citrus hops with a strong presence of banana.

T - A little disappointed here vs the tap I recently drank. Again the strong presence of bananas but the can doesn't seem to have the punch the on tap has.

M - Light body with a tingle of carbonation. Very easy to drink. A perfect hot day summer beer.

O - This will be my new goto canned DC brau if I can find it. A very refreshing summertime beer. My GF, who typically hates Hefe's, loves this. (683 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose I get banana, wheat, and a nice breadyness, also are spices such as clove and something reminiscent of rye.

The beer is a really dark yellow to a light orange color with a crisp white head which laces lightly down the glass. Lots of carbonation visible in this one.

The flavor is like a punch in the face of banana right up front. Biscuits and a nice earthiness take shape in the mid palate but it finishes again with banana. Those are honestly the only two things I get from this beer, but it's well balanced and quite memorable.

Heaps of carbonation in this one just clean your palate, the body is on the medium side, allowing you to sip this, or quickly pour it down to beat that summer heat. I'm enjoying this beer a lot right now. (750 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a .5L weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a dense orange-ish color in the thick part of the glass with a more yellow haze in the thinner part. Cloudy. 2.5 finger frothy head with retention that just won't quite. Sudsy lacing and legs all the way down.

Aroma: Banana, lemony citrus, cloves, and wheat

Taste: banana fruity esters. clove spiciness. bubblegum. lemon zest. wheat. a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: light on the palate. Soft carbonation creamy texture. Wet. Finishes clean.

Once again. A solid brew from DC Brau, even if it's a slight departure from their flagship brews. (595 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of malloyca
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dingy yellow or light caramel color, with a prominent, frothy white head. Well-balanced aromas of banana, clove, orange cream and yeast. The banana and clove aromas carry into the flavor and are similarly well-balanced and not too sweet. This mildly carbonated beer stood up well to pizza and sandwiches but would also be excellent on its own, with or without a twist of lemon. (383 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice fresh take on a Hefewiezen, a tad too sweet but very, very quaffable.

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dryboard with general growler offering notes. Tasting room staff offers a nice and diligent description of the brew, with an enticing free sample. Notes Alc. by Vol. (5.3%) Served in a Weissbier glass.

A - Very hazy deep gold pour, towering frothy head, fair retention, with good surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice nose, wheaty with a sweet character… Banana and clove start to emerge…

T - Sweet wheaty malt at first, maybe a bit too sweet but luckily never cloying and quickly followed by nice yeasty notes, with good banana and clove esters, characteristic bubblegum touch… Rich malty flow with that sweet fruitiness… Hint of cloved lemon peel in the finish…

M - Medium… Medium/light body with soft carbonation and a creamy sense.

O - It probably deserves the A- because ultimately it flows like a charm, with a pleasing range that lingers asking for more.

Notes: Kicking things up a notch. It is great to see this kind of operation take place in the district… The overall brewing experience, tour, tasting room, change of legislation to fill growlers, etc is quite remarkable and welcome. The pricing for a growler fill of this quality feels right ,and one can only hope that this venture solidifies and becomes a reference with this energy and bracket of quality. (1,428 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery poured into Rhettroactive's Bruges hybrid glass...

A: Pours a very cloudy straw gold color. Beautiful. A two finger eggshell head erupts from this golden deliciousness and gently settles to a quarter finger. Some gobs of head swirl on top of the beer while a fine coat of lacing slides down the sides of the glass. The only hefe I've seen that looks better is Dancing Man Wheat, and that's a huge freakin' compliment.

S: Banana, clove, and the faintest of orange and apple. A creamy spiciness. Really good.

T: Clove, allspice, and creamy banana. Also some light pear. Creamy, smooth, very well balanced, light yet savory. Doesn't linger as nicely as the best of this style, but it's certainly better than most.

M: Light, creamy, and delicious. Cotton candy like. Medium carbonation. Very smooth. Very well balanced.

O: It's getting redundant, but DC Brau hits it out of the park (again). This is really a delicious hefe, so much more than what I am accustomed to from the style. The balance of the light and refreshing with the creamy and savory is just perfect. Smell and taste are absolutely delicious. Great job Brandon and Jeff!!! (1,164 characters)

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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.