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Licher Hefeweizen - Licher Privatbrauerei

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

beerthulhu, Jul 16, 2008
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!

NJpadreFan, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hefe pours a cloudy yellow, with a nice frothy head that sticks around. It smells very, very sweet and citrusy, with hints of pear and green apple. The taste is good. It has a bit of cloves, prominent banana and a little bit of bubble-gum taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, this is a very good hefe--it does not stand out from others too much, however it this is a very solid beer.

birchstick, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  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.

DoubleJ, May 15, 2008
Photo of reddomino
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

reddomino, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

tai4ji2x, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

AltBock, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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!

botham, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

BleedBlueUSAF, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

jwc215, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

dsa7783, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

wl0307, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of bushbeer75
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

bushbeer75, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a vast amount of carbonation and produces a good light tan head, which is a little over two fingers thick. The body of this brew is golden and of course, hazy.

The aromas in this weizen are that of orange rind, some ginger, and a snap of regular flavor bubble gum.

This tastes a bit more than a typical Hefe. It has more of a bubble gum flavor to it, more so than an orangish hint.

This has a mellow smoothness, somewhat a melt in your mouth feeling. This is very quenching as well.

This brew goes down great and quickly. Not too bad to finish a warm day off with.

TheSarge, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

ColoradoBobs, May 30, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured carefully into a pils glass it forms a huge creamy loose head that has amazing staying power. Tons of fine carbonation play a supporting role. Yellow body with some copper towards the core. The appearance is very appetizing and the crowned mountainous head is a sight to see, like a lump of mashed potatoes sitting atop on a float.

After the head settled a bit I went in for a closer inspection. First whiff had me thinking of Weihestenphaner Hefe, a world class Hefe by most standards. The fruit bill is dominant and can be somewhat syrupy sweet at times. The wheat profile is also rather large for a Hefe. A big Hefe? this seems to fit the bill and it works well. Subtle spices give this a bit of a backbone. Bready malts tend to minimize the clove presence.

Notes: While its rich and deep it is a bit too sweet for my palate and some more spices would have been welcomed.

DogFood11, May 26, 2007
Photo of shbobdb
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

shbobdb, May 15, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Frozensoul327, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

daliandragon, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.7/5  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.

peabody, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of biergeniesser
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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

biergeniesser, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

RedHaze, Aug 21, 2006
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.63/5  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.

Ego, Aug 02, 2006
Licher Hefeweizen from Licher Privatbrauerei
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.