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Licher Hefeweizen - Licher Privatbrauerei

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84
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

10-21-2012 12:26:00 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/26/13.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, fermented banana, and some earthy spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct caramel covered banana flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:06:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 14:00:12 | More by metter98
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-25-2011 23:17:28 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-22-2013 04:31:02 | More by largadeer
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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-08-2013 06:03:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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mactrail

Washington

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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle - poured into a weizen glass.

Pours golden with a large, pillowy white head that settles to a hazy cover, leaving minimal spots of lacing.

The smell is of banana/clove with wheat tang.

The taste is banana/clove - plenty of clove. As it progresses, the clove diminishes giving way to wheat tang. If the initial part's characteristics held throughout the duration, I would have enjoyed it more, I'd say. However, as it is it holds its own and has a pleasant enough taste.

A nice, traditional HW.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 01:22:26 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 11:54:18 | More by BlackHaddock
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 13:18:12 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 16:26:33 | More by wl0307
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DoubleJ

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 05:32:17 | More by DoubleJ
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 23:24:14 | More by beerthulhu
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-25-2014 03:05:00 | More by Latarnik
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-28-2013 22:15:51 | More by dmorgan310
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-22-2012 03:48:31 | More by rolltide8425
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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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stcules

Italy

2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 20:06:14 | More by stcules
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 03:46:04 | More by RoyalT
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-30-2013 13:59:58 | More by mrfrancis
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Durge

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-06-2014 02:59:41 | More by Durge
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 18:21:49 | More by woosterbill
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Licher Hefeweizen from Licher Privatbrauerei
84 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.