Licher Hefeweizen - Licher Privatbrauerei
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4.45/5 rDev +19.6%
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!
10-13-2006 01:29:11 | More by NeroFiddled
4.36/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
04-29-2013 20:34:57 | More by dar482
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
05-30-2007 02:43:42 | More by ColoradoBobs
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
(On tap in Giessen, Germany)
Cloudy, honey yellow, towering frothy head
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
Was really impressed by this beer; was one of my favorites in Germany and really got me liking wheats again.
08-12-2008 01:47:53 | More by JEdmund
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
04-09-2008 12:33:30 | More by tai4ji2x
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
05-15-2007 20:16:55 | More by shbobdb
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
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...
11-21-2007 01:45:56 | More by dsa7783
4.13/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-20-2009 06:16:04 | More by ghostwalker
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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!!
03-27-2009 01:03:14 | More by twiggamortis420
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-20-2006 23:31:18 | More by RedHaze
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
07-01-2009 20:41:25 | More by stephens101
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
12-09-2012 03:15:22 | More by mactrail
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
07-10-2011 20:57:03 | More by Gmann
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
12-19-2008 02:20:41 | More by drizzam
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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...
07-03-2006 09:21:14 | More by mdagnew
Licher Hefeweizen from Licher Privatbrauerei
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