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Licher Hefeweizen | Licher Privatbrauerei

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Licher HefeweizenLicher Hefeweizen
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Brewed by:
Licher Privatbrauerei
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 05-09-2006

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hefeweizen! Pours a cloudy amber body with an orange cast beneath a quick-to-settle white head of foam. It's darker than most, but that's just an observation. The head retention could be a little bit better though. The nose expresses caramelish malt and fruit, including bananas; but it's soft and clean with limited spicy or plastic-like phenolics. It's also a little fuller in the mouthfeel than most. The flavor follows the aroma, and wow, there really is a caramelish accent to it's maltiness. Very nice! There's a little more phenolic to it than the nose suggests, but it's restrained. And it's a touch sweetish, but balanced in the end. Well done!

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color. It poured into a weizen glass with a perfect bright white head that quickly died down, but a quarter finger high head consistently remained on the surface, which was fed by a high amount of rising bubbles from the carbonation.
S: The light aromas in the nose mainly consist of wheat malts with some hints of lemons.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is mainly dominated by wheat flavors; there are some notes of bananas and lemons.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with lots of bubbles from the carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching. I could easily put back a few of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My local German owned supermarket (an Aldi) had a few packs of this a couple of weeks ago, five 500ml bottles and the glass, had to get the pack. Never seen it before or since.

Looked good, the normal cloudy, murky, dull yellow you'd expect from this style of beer. The lovely clean and bright white head set it's looks off perfectly. Plenty of carbonisation, bubbles rising up through the brew could clearly be seen in the misty beer.

Have to knock the smells though, no banana or vanilla esters, well not enough for me anyway. Wheat smell, more than the regular Hefe-Weizen aromas I prefer.

Refreshing, crisp and dry taste, the wheat taking centre stage in the flavours, as it did in the aroma.

Lacks a yeast presence and the aromas normally associated with this style, OK but not one I'd push other Hefe-Weizens over for.

An 'also ran' sort of beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly hazy medium yellow color with a thick, airy white head. Retention is decent and not much evidence of lacing.

Alot of ripe banana and citrusy orange on the nose. Not so much clove, but a hints at sweeter spices like cinnamon and cardamom. A good smelling beer.

Mmmm, this is a good hefeweizen! Nicely balanced yeasty esters with the sharp wheat tang. Smooth and refreshing. Even a mild saaz or hallertau hop bite comes in at the end. Might be a step below the greats of the genre, but I could drink this all day. Very glad I bought a bottle of this, I would recommend trying this to and hefe fan. What a bargain at $1.79 for a .5L!!

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Photo of jamesroses
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle

Appearance: cloudy orange, builds a 2-3 finger head that leaves some lacing. Intense carbonation.

Smell: banana, clove, wheat, a fruity and spicy.

Taste: strong banana flavour backed up by a spicy wheaty aftertaste. Maybe other fruit is in there. It's more tasty and sweeter than Schofferhofer Hefe, for example.

Mouthfeel: pretty intense due to the carbonation and more boozy than I'd expected. Medium bodied.

Overall: I really liked it. Simple and effective, well balanced, not light nor overly sweet.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard Hefe. Has some great flavors of wheat malt, spicy esters, bready / doughy-ness, bubble gum, banannas, and cloves. Nicely sweet and woven with a great deal of finess. No doubt a solid recipe. If it had a fuller, richer body, then I would rate it up there with Brauweiss and Weinstephaner Hefeweizens. Still, a solid summertime choice.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From Hipercor, in sale. In Paulaner glass. Playing Memoria. Its body seems bigger than in the typical hefeweizen. Really good in its style, with great aroma and flavor.

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Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy dark amber orange color with an abundant thick head with good retention.
Predominant aroma of banana and yeast. Hints of pine and wheat.
Interesting that the flavor is more citric then the suggested banana in the nose. Light notes of cloves and some pine hops. Wheaty aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation with a mild spicy sensation in your tongue.
A thirst quencher hefeweizen, less complex than average for the style. I found it a bit bland. Though, I haven’t tried it that fresh.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy dark amber with a generous infusion of orange; one of the darkest, richest hefes weizens that I've seen. Now let's hope that all those yeast are packed with flavor. The cap is toasted ivory in color and is heavily creamy--as was the sound of the beer entering the weizen glass--with a honeycomb surface when viewed from above. Although it doesn't appear as if much lace will be forthcoming, I like the look.

And I like the nose. Licher Hefeweizen smells like banana cream pie (with a hint of clove in the custard) because it's more vanilla-intensive than most versions. In fact, I don't usually appreciate vanilla at all in the vast majority of hefes that I drink. Given the sound of the pour, the head and the nose, I'd say that the theme here is 'cream'.

This is a wonderful beer. As expected, there's a huge amount of yeasty flavor with oodles of banana and caboodles of clove. I haven't had a more hefeish hefe in months. My banan-o-meter score is a more than respectable 3.5/5.0 and might even hit the rarified air of 4.0 with warming. I got an impressive zing of ground clove with the first mouthful. For some strange reason, clove isn't tickling my taste buds in quite the same way as I get into the middle of the bottle.

Tangy wheat is present and accounted for as well, it's just that it's not as flashy as banana and clove and lies low unless looked for. This really is a nicely balanced version, both in terms of flavors and flavor sensations. I'll give the nod to tart with sweet hot on its heels and bitter bringing up the rear. As expected, the flavor profile is emboldened as the beer warms. This is tasty stuff.

Getting back to our theme, I was expecting a creamier than usual mouthfeel and didn't get one. It's no lightweight, but it isn't what I'd call full or silky smooth either. With a bit more dextrinousness, I'd be in heaven. Thankfully, there isn't a fly in the ointment in the form of an overabundance of carbonation. The mouthfeel is lively without being hyperactive.

Licher Hefeweizen is a pleasant surprise. I knew absolutely nothing about it when I plucked this bottle off the shelf, but I'm a sucker for a German hefe with a colorful, classy label. I'm glad that my roll of the dice panned out and I wholeheartedly recommend this beer to banana and clove lovers everywhere.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.29/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance -This poured a muddy brown in color with a decent head.

Smell -There's a bitter malt aroma, almost like an English bitter, that is way out of place here. I wish I could list additional smells but this bitter malty aroma has me scratching my head.

Taste - I can get some yeast and light banana at the taste but that English bitter is still there. It's almost like a light toffee.

Mouthfeel - This HW is bigger than light-bodied but not medium. It has a heavy feel though in the mouth and little carbonation.

Sinkability - This is nothing like a traditional Hefe and regardless of style classification was not enjoyable at all to drink.

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Photo of Mllibre
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I prefer to others of its kind, for its softness and for a very balanced feel of aromas and flavors. The slightly sweet tone gives greater enjoyment in the mouth, without being annoying.

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Photo of Robertas
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elBecko
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's in New Haven, CT. Served in a .5L Weizen glass.

Nice dark golden color to this one. Great opacity with moderate lacing and ample carbonation.

Typical hefeweizen aroma, a little heavy on the clove.

Pretty much mimics the aroma. Nice wheat tang at the beginning, cloves abound, with a lasting sweetness and spice. Very good example of a hefeweizen.

Slightly wet, refreshing carbonation.

Easy drinker, perfect for a spring day, but for the summer I would like it to be a little sweeter.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Licher- Weizen

A- Clear golden orange with a huge foamy head. Quick dissipation and no lacing.
S- Very strong wheat and yeast notes. Slight banana bread aroma comes through.
T- Moist banana bread with wheat and bread crust. Just a touch of clove and a bit of cherries.
M- Good thick yeastiness with a dry flavorful finish.

Overall- Bought this on a whim and pleased I did. Not as big and bold as other Hefe's, but solid and enjoyable. $2.50 for a 500ml and worth it!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a .5ml bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured into a Sam Adams glass, its a clear gold at first, followed by a haze when I get down to the bottom of the bottle. This was a relatively clean hefe. It still had the trademark banana and clove, but it was much more subtle than say, a Franziskaner. Overall the flavor is surprisingly light, with a dry mouthfeel. Not bad to sessioning I suppose.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is banana and lemon with a sharp grapefruit injection. Nice though.
The taste is very "wheaty" with some banana, finishes with a slight sour note.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A tasty hefe with a bit different taste, but still nice.

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a big pure white head that settled into a puffy cap.

The aroma has the typical bavarian hefe characteristics; dominate banana and clove to go along with a bready wheat malt. Some overripe apples.

Light banana and clove flavors. Nothing too strong. The malt is very smooth and a bit bready. Nothing sharp or sour that some hefe's can get. Perhaps a touch of grain. A dash of pepper in the end.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Quite smooth and refreshing. Has a nice neutral finish.

This is a fine hefeweizen. The yeast flavors aren't the strongest but they are enjoyable. The malt profile is quite neutral thus it lets the yeast standout more than it would have.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is nice.

It pours a few shades darker than most Hefes, but still within the style range. It is a very pleasant orange with a huge, everlasting head.

The smell is muted for a weizen, which I really like. I'm not a huge fan of overly estery beers, and this one has a nice light apricot and banana nose with just a faint whiff of clove. The taste follows the smell with a nice bready character added.

The mouthfeel is a little watery. The carbonation helps beef it up a little, but overall the mouthfeel is lacking.

But drinkability? This is a great hot-weather beer. I really like it. Not too extreme, just pleasantly drinkable. I think it might get boring after a a liter or two, but it is still nicely quaffable.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden orange color, off tan head.

S: Fresh banana bread on nose.

T: Light and fruity, creamy bread palate and flavor with some cloves. Light carbonation that still brings out the spices and yeast flavor nicely. Nice complexity.

M: creamy mouthful. Spicy phenols finish this beer out with some fruity tones.

D: Great drinkability, big flavor and another great example per style. Overall a definite recommend.

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Photo of Robemaco
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of astrickland
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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