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Licher Hefeweizen - Licher Privatbrauerei

Licher HefeweizenLicher Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
84
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95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%


Brewed by:
Licher Privatbrauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 05-09-2006)
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 01:29:11 | More by NeroFiddled
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dar482

New York

4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a hazy orange, yellow color with a foamy head.

The taste is wonderful. Huge banana bumble gum, a smooth wheat mouthfeel, and a slight hint of lemon. A round complex flavor. There isn't much spiciness, but more of that bready banana fruity roundness.

One of my favorite hefeweizens.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 20:34:57 | More by dar482
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle, $1.99 less 10% discount at Wilbur's in Fort Collins. Best by date (I *think*) is August 7, 2007.

Slow pour into a 22-ounce Hefeweizen glass with an easy swirl at the end yielded a smallish bumpy white head (I'll make my next pour a bit more vigorous), over an almost-opaque milky orange-amber body. Pretty, very pretty. This is what a H-W should look like.

Smell is very citrusy, with grass, hay, a light clove and pepper note. Missing: banana esters. I wonder where they are. Maybe as it warms up -- I'll be back. (Note: a slight bit of bubble gum came up as it warmed, but no banana.) Fascinatingly, there's a very light horse-blanket funk note here. Some wild yeast? Interesting surprise.

Taste is bread and spices. Bready malts form a solid backbone to hang a wide variety of nice soft spices on: clove, coriander, pepper, all over a decent citrus palate. Again, no banana, but a hint of funk. As it warmed, some bubble gum, but no banana. I liked the subtlety of the bubble gum. On the sweet end of the H-W scale, and I like that.

Mouthfeel is quite rich and full for a H-W, with a fine carbonation spreading those spice notes around.

As a true H-W should be, this one is sessionable. Easy on the palate, easy on the stomach, easy on the brain cells at 5.4%.

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise, and apparently one that has not been regularly distributed in Colorado in the past. If you can find some, it's definitely worth a try as we go into the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 02:43:42 | More by ColoradoBobs
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought this in a three-pack of 500ml bottles at "metro" (mai4de2long2) in beijing.

dated ("best by"?) 11/28/08

hazy, golden straw color with orange tint. great foamy head slowly fades to thin layer. decent lacing.

good, typical weizen aromas. phenolic and fruity with hints of banana and citrus, and some apple and pear. yeast in the background.

taste is a little more phenolic and almost - almost - medicinal, but not quite enough to make it distracting. so it's still decent. some malty sweetness in addition to the fruit. mild bitterness rounds out the flavor profile.

creamy, smooth, with moderate and lively carbonation.

pretty good, and much better than erdinger, the more commonly-found weissbier in china.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 12:33:30 | More by tai4ji2x
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(On tap in Giessen, Germany)

Appearance
Cloudy, honey yellow, towering frothy head

Smell
Robust wheat beer smell of lemon, banana, soft grain

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wonderfully soft texture and a medium body but is not a heavy beer; so fresh, with notes of lemon, banana, and some spices (hint of clove maybe); finishes dry and tart

Overall
Was really impressed by this beer; was one of my favorites in Germany and really got me liking wheats again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 01:47:53 | More by JEdmund
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 20:16:55 | More by shbobdb
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, refreshing brew that pours a nice yellowish/amber color with a nice head that has some staying power... The appearance is great, and really looks like a great brew... The smell is above average and the taste is very appealing, with a strong wheat and citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is likewise very good and its easy drinkability make this a super sample that I really enjoyed. Copped a 16.9 oz bottle for $2.25 and it was definitely worth it... Too bad I can't find this one in a six-pack, as I'd certainly get it... Definitely recommended to anyone a fan of the style... Go for it...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 01:45:56 | More by dsa7783
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber body with a thick whipped-cream head. Swirls of smoky looking yeast residue after I swirled the bottle and poured the dregs. A vision.

Nose is sweet and spicy. Plenty of clove and banana, just like mom used to make.

Flavor is mild and sweet. Interesting hefe flavors are here in force, but do not overwhelm. Banana more than clove, I'd say. A really, really tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is slightly silky from the frothy head. Nice and easy on the palate.

A top-notch beer for a hot day, which it always is out here! Thanks to AAFES for finally bringing us something worth drinking. This will be an Oktoberfest to remember.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 06:16:04 | More by ghostwalker
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up case while I was in Germany last month.

Pours a very hazy, murky orange/copper with a two finger head that fades sowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick sheet of lace.

Smell; bananas, cloves and wheat are all there as they should be in a good Hefe-Weizen. There's also a nice spiciness in the nose that I'm really digging.

Taste; ripe bananas, cloves and wheat. The spiciness that I liked in the nose comes out just as nicely in the flavor. I don't know to describe the spices other than slightly peppery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and definitely on the creamy side, and I find this to be very drinkable.

I picked this up on the recommendation of a local that started talking to me about beer as I was browsing the selection of Hefe's. I'm glad he talked me into this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 23:31:18 | More by RedHaze
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 01:03:14 | More by twiggamortis420
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy grapefruit orange and pink and is topped with a large, thick and bubbly white head. After a few moments the bubbles pop and the head slowly fades, leaving a thin sheet of wavy lace behind. Clove, yeast, banana; all the usual suspects, rise to the nose in sublime fashion. Mouth-feel is a bit thinner than what you would expect, since the aroma was so perfect and thick. However, it's still top notch in the taste department with more cloves, banana, some squirts of citrus and some sweet malts in the background. Big carbonation and a good mix of drinkability and taste make this one exceptional hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 20:41:25 | More by stephens101
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mactrail

California

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber in the pint shaker-- it's the classic look. Rather modest head for a Hefeweizen, but quite spritzy and sharp in the mouth.

This one is a little more tart and edgy than some of the bubblegum monsters. It does have a pleasant mouthful of the German esters. A nice banana tang. More fruity than most with a great nose of peaches and cherries. Just a hint of cloves. Seemingly untouched by hops, but somehow perfectly balanced.

Another example of the Germans knowing what they're doing with these classic styles. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 03:15:22 | More by mactrail
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drizzam

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this brew in my fridge for some time now so I figured it was high time to try it and see what I've been missing by just letting it take up space there.

A - I poured an aggressive pour and had to slow it down due to the huge head that formed from the heavy flow. It's a good thing I did it because I looked at the half glass I poured and noticed that the beer was crystal clear...no cloudiness that I expected to see from the hefe variety. I was quick to stir that accumulated yeast up from the bottom of the bottle to pour it into the half glass I had already poured. Much better...the beer was as it should have looked...a cloudy dark orange with a nice white foamy cap. Good lacing from the foamy head.

S - Fresh banana and lemon smell with the usual wheat scent encountered with any good Hefe.

T - This hefe is light and fruity, lacking a bit in carbonation in my opinion, but that's not a negative trait for this style...in fact it lends itself to the creamy mouthfeel. You also have your clovey finish you would expect from this style of brew.

M - As I said earlier, the mouthfeel is on the creamy side due to it's lower carbonation...and it finishes dry.

D - I like the hefeweizen style and this is a solid contribution that any fan of the style should sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:20:41 | More by drizzam
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Gmann

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 20:57:03 | More by Gmann
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a hazy, dark golden orange colour... Slightly off white head poured with typical hefe foaminess and a nice thickish layer lasted until near the end...

Aroma - Nice strong typical Hefe smells... strong cloves, banana and hints of vanilla, floral, spicy, light sweet malts, some grassiness, little or no malts...

Taste – Definite cloves and banana, peppery, creaminess, some light honey sweetness, light biscuity malts, citrusy (lemons), some spiciness, light oranges, faint hops... all come together very nicely...

Feel - Initially smooth then spritzy after... medium body... very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... A nice find as i'd never heard of this one before... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 09:21:14 | More by mdagnew
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a hint of cloudy. Big ball of white foam fills weizen glass.

Big clove aroma with a banana back-up.

Taste starts with clove, then a big wheat tang. Banana background.

Light bubbly mouthfeel.

A refreshing and enjoyable hefe. You would be weisen to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:00:09 | More by RonfromJersey
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's always nice to find a previously unheard of, authentic weizen brew, kindling hopes that you've stumbled across a hidden gem. Of course, there coould be a reason it's so little known. At 1.69 for a 500ml bottle at Grapes and Hops (Fayetteville's best store), the price was right to find out.

Beautiful light amber color with the requisite two inches of fluffy snow on top and translucent body. Nose is a blast of sweet wheat with candy banana flavors and a little light on the clove. Still a definitely enticing experience.

Gaudy blast of malt up front with the sweet banana flavor from the nose followed by a moderate bite from the clove and a heavy wheat wave of an aftertaste that drenches the palate in wet, sweet, yeasty, wheat flavors. Mouthfeel could stand a little thickening. A little over the top flavorwise for me to be perfect but a nice efffort and deserving of greater reknown at a bargain price.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 04:08:06 | More by daliandragon
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 13:14:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This .5l brown bottle of Licher Weizen had a freshness date and poured a deep gold to orange with an appropriately large fluffy white head which dissipated slowly.

The aroma of this beer was dominated by clovey phenolics, but had a slight citrusy tone and a toasty malt component as well.

The flavor of this Hefe Weizen was quite unique; it contained elements of toasty malt and wheat malt, as well as slight malt sweetness which were balanced nicely by citrus notes and clovey phenols. This beer also had a nice acidic bite and a slight alcoholic flavor as well.

A medium bodied Hefe Wezen, Licher Weizen had a good mouth coat and a mellow degree of carbonation for a Weissbier. A slight warming character was also detectable, likely due to the phenolics.

Altogether, Licher Weizen is a great Hefe Weizen. In my opionion, it is quite different than the Munich Hefe Weissbiers, as there seems to be a little more emphasis on malt character as opposed to a narrower focus on fermentation characters. I was surprised to find this beer in the states. Well worth it if you can find some… a definite if you are a fan of the style

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 01:21:42 | More by biergeniesser
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this German standard brown half liter bottle features a yellow, green and gold label depicting a monastery in a forest above the name. Purity law applies. Best before 3/24/07, I opened it on 5/9/06 (Happy eastern Victory Day).

Pours a cloudy brownish gold under a thick two finger creamy white head with some big bubbles. Just a few spots of lace are left on the glass. The nose is full of clove and yeast - very pleasant. The mouth is light and very prickly, but still manages to coat the tongue extensively. Nice yeast, clove and butterscotch taste, well blended and smooth. A hint of apricot may also be lurking in here somewhere. There is a very slight floral hops presence - can't say it's bitter, much closer to dry. The butterscotch wins out in the aftertaste, and becomes very pronounced. This one is a very nice effort, perhaps a bit too heavy on the butterscotch, but very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 13:08:02 | More by Globetrotter
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 14:19:29 | More by BEERchitect
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CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a half-liter at the local grocery store for $1.19. I've never heard of the brewery before. Franziskaner goes for $1.89 a bottle at the same store.

Pours a cloudy brown, instead of the orange color prominent in other hefes. A nice, foamy white head that doesn't last as long as I expected.

Nice banana aroma and a full, fruity taste with very low hoppiness. A sweet, grainy finish with moderate carbonation. An excellent mouthfeel, just the right consistency to coat the mouth and linger after each drink. This bottle won't last long.

One of the best values I've seen, and I factored that into the ratings above. If it were the same price as Fanz. or Weisensteph., I would have rated it slightly lower.

Aroma: 8, Appearance: 2, Flavor: 14, Mouthfeel: 4, Overall Imp.: 7 (35/50)

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 00:22:04 | More by CH3CH2OH
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle

Licher Hefe Weizen poured an orange golden hazy color with a big [approx. 2”] fluffy white head that has staying power - A good appearance that is inviting. Smell and taste is of citrus, clove, yeast, a little bubble gum and slight banana at the finish. Mouth feel is smooth and richer than an average Hefe.

Good refreshing easy drinker. This is a Hefe Weizen that hits the style and I sure will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 16:22:01 | More by bushbeer75
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another of my ALDI, Dublin purchases. This was a gift pack of 5 x 500ml bottles with a free Licher weizen glass for €9.99. Great value!
Reviewed 06.10.2008 (best by 16.08.2009).

Poured into my Licher glass, a classic hefeweizen in appearence with an orange-ish colour and quite a lot of haze topped with a generous fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell was a little subdued banana with a touch of smokiness.

The taste was pretty nice; more of a solid hefe without a lot of complexity. Mellow citrus feel.

Overall; very drinkable and better than I expected

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 08:53:52 | More by JohnfromDublin
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scottoale

California

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. brown bottle with foiled labels(3) and
some sort of bottling date code on the back label. It pours an apricot-orange gold with just the slightest bit of haze to it. Just 1/2" of white foamy cap that settles rather quickly and not too lively of carbonation is visible.

Sweet doughy malt, wheat, banana and a hint of lemon come to the nose. A nice citric fruitiness.

Starts off sweet and fruity, with the maltiness turning wheaty, then winds down with a lemony tartness. Very nicely balanced and one of the better Hefe's that i've tasted.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation that leaves a little tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. An easy drinkin, sessionable warm weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 20:00:49 | More by scottoale
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Licher Hefeweizen from Licher Privatbrauerei
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.