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Sommer Vice - Steel Toe Brewing

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Sommer ViceSommer Vice

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very good

21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: morimech on 06-09-2012

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 90
Reviews by Greggy:
Photo of Greggy
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright white semi soapy head into a weizen glass. Body is opaque yeasty straw colored. The head recedes in a cap within a couple minutes. Lacing is almost zero in this beer clean glass.

S- Textbook hefeweizen here. Banana, clove, spicy yeasty and lemon rind.

T- Starts out with clove and lemon rind, a bit of banana, and then transitions into a medicinal warming clove and lemon note.

M- I think there is close to enough body but the carbonation feels a little too high which makes the beer feel a little too thin.

O- A good local hefeweizen which I wouldn't regret drinking again in the future. It needs a few tweaks but certainly goes down smooth.

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Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-orange with large white head; not quite as billowy as the authentic German Hefes.

Smell: Dry, crisp wheat, some clove and just a touch of banana. Actually, as it warms, the sweet banana becomes more pronounced.

Taste: Very fresh tasting wheat is the highlight here; not sure if I am unused to drinking such a fresh Hefe or if there is another reason the wheat is so good. Not the yeastiest Hefe, at least not when really cold, with light clove and very little banana. But, as it warms, the banana and clove climb in prominence. Maybe a hint of Noble hops at the finish, along with the clove.

Feel: Medium bodied, with a nice level of creaminess. Moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Very solid Hefeweizen that shows that Steel Toe can move beyond American-style Ales. Drinking this too cold makes it seem more like an American Wheat (albeit a damn good one), but that wonderful Hefe yeast becomes apparent as it warms.

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: An energetic hazy straw pour poroduces a quickly receding 1” white foam collar. S: Banana and light malts with a touch of citrus. T: Rich baguette flavored malt supported by a citrusy tang. Mild bitter finish. F: Creamy smooth O: Mild, easy to drink summer beer

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Photo of warmbier804
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and very hazy pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of wheat and yeast that you expect from the style. Bready pale malts with hints of biscuit and cracker. Big hints of banana, clove, and hay. Also some hints of citrus lemon and orange. Light earthy hops in the background. An ester driven but fairly dry aroma.

Taste: Big taste of yeast and wheat grains up front. Pale malts with notes of bready biscuit and cracker. Notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, and husk. Big citrus presence with a quite noticeable taste of lemon zest and orange. Also picking up some coriander spices. Almost tastes like a summer wheat ale as much as a Hefeweizen. Somewhat tart and sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth. Starts sweet and tart but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good wheat beer here. A little different interpretation of the Hefeweizen style as the citrus is noticeable stronger. Tastes pretty good anyways. Solid easy drinker.

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Photo of dc55110
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of B_G
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Republic on 7 Corners. Huh, reminds me of the old Summit Hefe (which I really enjoyed), as it's a crisp, spicy wheat beer with no fruity character. The clove almost tastes singed, and the dry toasty wheat and barley provide a great balance to the phenol spices. It's eas-drinking and quite refreshing on a hot day. Check it out.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive looking hefe after the pour. Cloudy yet bright yellow with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head never really settles but remains a finger high. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is on the estery side but the yeast did not give a lot of aroma. Banana and bubblegum from the yeast but the biggest contributor is the wheat malt.

A lot of wheat flavor with mild yeast flavor. Yeast esters add some flavor but not enough in my opinion. Rather bland and just better than average.

Carbonation is off. Bought the growler a few hours earlier so that is not it. Just feels so lifeless.

Not bad but just above average. Not as refreshing as I had hope on this hot day. Probably ranks number 5 or 6 in MN brewed hefeweizens.

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Photo of mkf629
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Deep orange apricot body, with a good opaque and dark brown to yellow edge. Head is fluffy and creamy white with a simple top of two fingers, and a somewhat rich looking foam. Settles to a half finger puck ready for consumption. Looks like an inviting hefe.

A real solid classic hefe nose. Nice hints of bubblegum softness, and a bit of lemon. Clove and some phenolic brown spice character, and wheat density malt coming up. Just about bang on.

Palate unfortunately lacks a little in flavor and body. Slightly wet, with a faint flattened mineral carbonation a bit, and a quick fleeting finish. Missing a lot of the hinted density of chewy malt that is on the nose. Mild lemon, but with no dough or bakery quality. Kind of a seltzery palate as well, with a little bit of banana warmth slightly.

Overall it comes off a little disappointing, but still decent.

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Photo of yamar68
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking pale honey gold - hazy, clearly unfiltered, topped with a three finger mound of creamy white froth. Beautiful beer.

Admittedly, my palate is a bit tainted so I won't get into too much detail...

On the nose there are breakfast cereals, malted wheat, slight honey, smells very clean / crisp.

Very refreshing. Faded wheat, cereal, pale fruits - banana, finishes very clean.

At 4 dollars a bomber, I'll happily drink this all day.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dbriesemeister
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler at the brewery's two-year birthday party!

Look - hazy yellow color, decent head (that dissipates quickly) and limited lacing

Smell - strong banana notes, light toast smell

Taste - citrus and banana flavors, some sweet maltiness, yeasty flavors

Feel - smooth start, balanced carbonation, medium bodied, limited trailing bitterness

Overall - very tasty hefeweizen

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Sommer Vice from Steel Toe Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.