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Licher Hefeweizen - Licher Privatbrauerei

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BA SCORE
84
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Darthmaul

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-19-2014 22:55:20 | More by Darthmaul
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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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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-05-2013 17:19:28 | More by dcmchew
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

11-06-2010 14:00:12 | More by metter98
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-06-2008 01:22:26 | More by jwc215
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DogFood11

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-26-2007 21:20:08 | More by DogFood11
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peabody

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

09-18-2006 01:34:09 | More by peabody
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BleedBlueUSAF

Germany

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

03-09-2008 18:53:23 | More by BleedBlueUSAF
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

07-15-2006 23:48:26 | More by Gagnonsux
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Ego

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

08-02-2006 03:25:04 | More by Ego
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Psilo707

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

02-14-2009 05:56:00 | More by Psilo707
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

09-07-2009 11:25:14 | More by Jeffo
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botham

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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!

03-27-2008 02:27:40 | More by botham
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DoubleJ

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

04-17-2011 06:25:54 | More by atlason
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JayQue

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

11-04-2011 23:42:34 | More by JayQue
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

12-23-2006 04:18:22 | More by Frozensoul327
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woosterbill

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

10-30-2011 18:21:49 | More by woosterbill
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-30-2013 17:43:03 | More by doremite
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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!

06-05-2008 20:03:33 | More by NJpadreFan
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astrickland


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-29-2012 16:16:37 | More by astrickland
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-25-2012 01:56:52 | More by BrazilianAussie
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-22-2013 04:31:02 | More by largadeer
Licher Hefeweizen from Licher Privatbrauerei
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