Licher Hefeweizen - Licher Privatbrauerei

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Globetrotter on 05-09-2006

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Photo of RoyalT
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

Photo of reddomino
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy gold with a nice, frothy, off-white head. Smells of bread with citrus and spice undertones. The taste is surprisingly heavy on the citrus, given the strong bread notes of the scent. Hints of banana and honey are also present. Pretty heavily carbonated for a Weissbier, provides an unexpected carbonation burn on the tip and sides of the tongue.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange, one finger of a compact foam, quite beautiful, but a bit scarce for the style.
Classic weizen smell, with banana, yeast, cloves. Quite balanced.
The taste is a bit more on the banana side, but not too much.
Standard, average, onest weizen.
Average body, aftertaste on the banana again.

Photo of AltBock
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle that was poured into a Weizen glass. It has the usual bright lemon yellow color and the usual massive creamy head of white foam. It had pretty good retention that left behind a small white film and just a few spots of lace. The taste started off innocent enough with citrus fruits, a hint of banana, a few cloves, and a small trace of spicy hops. The real surprise was at the end when it got smoky with beechwood and sweet smoked malts. Was this Hefeweizen brewed in Bamberg, Germany? I could detect a little smokyness in the taste, but there wasn't as much here as there was in the aroma. Besides the light smokyness, there really wasn't all that much after it. The only other flavors that were in the taste were cloves, subtle banana, and bready malts. The mouthfeel was light of course, but this beer had a minor aftertaste of bready malts and spicy hops. In the end, this beer is really nothing out of the oridinary. Well, maybe not because I've never had a Hefeweizen that had a smoky aroma to it.

Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having this bottle that I got at a store in Santa Ana, El Salvador which carried 3 kinds of beer, all German and had a total stocked inventory on the shelf of 6 units. Its sell by date is today. Poured with a smallish, off white, fine head that slowly settled down and no lace. Color is a hazy, slightly dirty amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is fruit, some traditional Bavariah Hefe Weizen qualities and wet cardboard. Flavor is the same and has sweet fruitiness coming out against the tartness/bitterness of yeast. Body is good and carbonation crisp and zesty. Finish is like flavor, loses the wet carboard thing and is short in length. Not bad, I think it'd be a whole lot better fresh. Want to try it again when I can get it that way.

Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into my Erdinger glass.

It pours a hazy gold with a huge, almost uncontrollable foamy white head. The head is fantastic, not a bad looking beer.

The smell is definitely sweet. It is banana-y with some strong malt and wheat. The clove is also there.

The flavor is okay, mostly wheat. There is some banana too. It is a bit bland, the mouthfeel is way too watery. This beer is only a day from its best by date so that might be why.

It is decent.

Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmm. Thought this was one i've had. Probably had and never reviewed... Its sitting in front of me. And its a muggy night. Being great for hef but an awful night for getting a good head on a beer. Looks like a wonder bread loaf cloudy. With about two fingers of head that are rendered slippery to the weather. A ring soon enough. A good frothy feel of almond and flowers. Marzipan and chalk. Nose of husk, lemon, that expands into apple. Palate is bready. Not as bright as i would like right now. A tad sweet. Feel the cotton candy on the teeth. Some clove notes that are yeast driven for sure. As it flattens that apple is the dominant animal.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of woosterbill
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Delaney's into a weizen glass.

A: Surprisingly (but not totally) clear pale orange body topped with two fingers of fine white head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not bad, but no better than average.

S: Clove-bomb. Light wheat + banana. Clean and approachable, but a bit simple.

T: Wheat malt sweetness, clove spice, and a pleasantly piquant finish. Simple and effective.

M: Soft medium body, moderate carbonation. Delicate and enjoyable.

O: This is a decent, highly drinkable beer, but it pales in comparison to some of the better ones available - both from Germany and the US. Give me a Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pshorr, Schneider, Live Oak, or New Glarus weizen any day.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of atlason
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Hefeweizen vase.

A: Slightly hazy pale gold, generous head with some small amount of lacing.

S: Malted wheat

T: This brew is more on the clove side than banana. Classic orange, malted wheat

M: Medium attenuation and carbonation levels.

Overall a good example of the style.

Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hefe...not top tier, but tasty and refreshing anyway. Pours a hazy dark dull gold with a really big delicate, bubbly head. Head retention is good, lacing minimal.

Aroma is just a bit better than average, cloves and banana

Taste is better than average as well. Some wheat bitterness with bananas, cloves and not as much yeast presence as some of the really good hefes.

Mouthfeel is about right for a hefe. Crisp, astringent characteristics, rich enough.

All in all a good hefe, just not in the Paulaner etc. class.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a banana and orange milkshake. Very cloudy and hazy, with a lively white foam head.

S: Laden with banana esters and clove notes, a biscuit like malt is noted with a touch of a yeasty character. Wheat aroma is rather reserved.

T: Loads of wheat and banana flavors unload onto the tongue, with elements of buttery malts, mild grain and sweet refined sugar in the background. Nice.

M: Not bad. Smooth, with little carbonation on the palate. Could be more dense or heavier, but it's still appropriate for the style.

D: Good. I'd have another. Not a bad German hefe. Worth a try.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter bottle from Mattern Sausage, on to the beer:

We have a partly cloudy blonde body with some hues of sunrise and a big billowy head at first, but then drops into thin lacing. The aroma is nutty major banana bread (banana nut bread?) notes. Moving onto the liquid itself, the body is light, but undercarbonated. The flavor screams banana bread, and there's a fume of alcohol that follows it. There's some hop extract flavoring between it all. Hint of sourdough bread too. A bit nutty with slight phenolic notes.

Notes: This hefe gives people a reason to say beer is liquid bread.

Photo of Psilo707
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a mug, this beer produces a thick creamy head that is almost overwhelming. Lacing is erratic and scattered but looking pretty good. The smell is one of bananas and honey and is very inviting.

Taste is pretty good, a very "high pitched" taste. No dark undertones whatsoever. Very fruity and stinging in a good way. Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty good, as well as the drinkability. I could see myself drinking many of these no problem.

Overall a decent Hefe.

Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

half liter bottle poured into a weizen glass. poures a hazy light golden color with a few fingers of tight off-white head and amber highlights.

aroma is fruity and aromatic, with fruit notes including cirtus and a distant banana. a bit of apple and pale malt is present as well.

taste is fruity, with the same notes as above. a grainy character from the malts comes through after a couple minutes, alongside a more pronounced banana in the finish.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a tart texture and a smooth finish. a mild CO2 bite is present as well.

drinkability is good. a standard weizen. refreshing and fruity, while remaining satisfying. prost!

Photo of Jeffo
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis

Bottle into weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Huge four finger medium-thick fluffy white head mounds out of the glass. Very bubbly with big pops and lots of fizzy cracking noises. Colour is a golden poppy or orange peel orange, opaque, with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a thick foam cap that remains, but no lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Good bold nose. Lots of wheat malt, clove, and banana and citrus overtones. Bold and interesting with lots of citrus notes.

TASTE: Wheat malt, some clove, but lots of sweet banana and citrus fruit in there. A sweeter weizen than the norm, especially in the long lasting aftertaste.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with higher levels of carbonation. Not quite as creamy as others, but goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Could be a little creamier and smoother for the style.

OVERALL: Decent taste profile. Bold and interesting. The rest of the experience is pretty average unfortunately. I wouldn't turn it down, though I wouldn't go out of my way either.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got to love Hefeweizens!

This beer pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with a gorgeous two inch frothy top that refuses to go away. Through the clouds I can see long lines of carbonation that fuel the head, and a few minutes later the head leaves behind slight spotting. This hefe isn't too lacy, but that's nothing out of the ordinary with this type of brew.

A prominent banana-wheat smell that's twisted with a citrus tingles the senses.

When you empty the glass into your mouth the wheat hits you first and leaves behind a tingly citrus aftertaste in the mid to back of the tongue. A smooth clean brew in my opinion. Though not as refined as the more expensive hefeweizens, this drink definately holds its own! Highly recommended!

Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BB 19/06/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark orangey-yellow golden, murky, topped with a superbly-lasting off-white froth supported by constant streams of moderate carbonation.
S: mildly grainy, soft wheatiness, sticky sugar-ness and an elegant banana-ish esters make a smooth entrance, while mango-sorbet, green-asparagus juice and sugar-cane juice play the second fiddle. Just a faint touch of clove-ish spiciness comes in to accompany the soft aroma. Overall, well-balanced, soft, quiet, but enticing...
T: semi-dry as well as mildly-flavoured upfront, featuring mainly tartly sweet tropical fruits, a dirty-cloth like yeastiness, and rather light spiciness as of white pepper and clove. The light finish has more sour-sweet fruitiness and wheatish aroma lingering.
M&D: the texture remains consistently ultra-soft, with very fine fizziness to match the light and refreshing body. Alas, a quality product as it is, its flavour profile gears towards the boring side, showing relatively little enticing flavours to make it stand out as a delicious and more-ish hefe-weizen.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a hazy yellow with lots of carbonation. Head is tall and thick. Retention is excellent. Aroma is a standard combination of the hefe aromas of clove and banana. Smell quality is strong and sweet. Taste is more of the yeasty flavors of banana and clove. Wheat flavor provides a nice base. Malt sweetness is higher than expected and inhibits a depth of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, as is the beer, however, there are hefes out there with much more flavor than this one.

Photo of Ego
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
White Afro? here we go... 3 fingers of head on a pretty carefull pour, soapy head, this is nice and hazy, carbonation is evident but hard to pick up unless you have one of those cool amish tin candle holders.. well, not really, but goddamn that sounded good. to see the carbonation you need to hold it up to the light, oddly the lacing is spotty as the head is HUGE, still, this is an impressive looking hefe, it has the classic haze and color (dull golden to bronze) and a nice white head. It takes about 5 minutes to settle down to where your nose is not wearing the head.

nose...
funky wheat? biscuity more so than other hefes (and damn did I down some this weekend, thanks e and dan!), a very husky wheat smell is dominant with subtle bannana tones and a hint of spice, the more I smell it the more I want to... eh, I dont want kids reading that, but anyway this improves with sniffing... if that makes a 'lick' of sense. in some strange ways my brain says "aventinus". this smells really good.

taste etc...
active carbonation (too be expected) and a bit more prickly than some hefes.. but yet oddly smooth. Not a big wheat taste is delievered, the bannana is more apparent, also the lemon component in some hefes seems absent here. the wheat flavor is there.. and a nice mild bitterness and lingering carbonation.. but the wheat does not fully coat like some (leaving that dough tasting goodness and dryness to wish for another sip). This is a bit gassy also. This drinks heavier than most hefes.. I like it though but I have to judge for the style... too heavy for the style (if you think hefes are too light try this one). This is a hefe with alot of character but is somewhat underwhelming in the overall flavor.

verdict?
worth a try for sure. not your typical hefe... and certainly not good for a day like today (sweltering).. it just isn't crisp and refreshing... but for someone who likes darker things (grace jones?) this is your hefe, it drinks heavy but does carry most of the traits of a regular hefe. For the price a very interesting and good beer.

Photo of peabody
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out into my Weisse glass a slightly cloudy pale yellow/brown with lots of suds due to the extreme carbonation in this beer.
The smell is pretty good as I am comparing it to Weihenstephaner
HefeWeissbier. I can detect banana and clove and a yeasty fruity smell that stands up pretty well to the Weihen.
First taste is citrus and clove and banana. The wheat is back behind the citrus and I only can taste it after the brew has warmed a bit. The Weihen is a better and more complex hefe.
The mouthfeel is a bit dirtier than the Weihen and there is not as much diversity of flavor.
I could drink the Licher but if the Weihenstephaner is available I would spring for it.
Pretty good otherwise.

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Licher Hefeweizen from Licher Privatbrauerei
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.