Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Sweetwater Waterkeeper HefeweizenSweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 327
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 05-23-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 327 | Reviews: 56
Photo of tone77
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, wheat. Taste is delicious. Banana, cloves, spices, some wheat, glass is becoming empty quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

Photo of bubseymour
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%

This is a fine and well executed Hef. Nothing spectacular in the flavor profile but it was done very well to the style. Body has a tinge of fizziness which distracts a little. Otherwise, flavorful and enjoyable.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%

Favorite style of mine. Decent smell with a good taste. Something is a little off but I can't put my finger on what it is. Just not as clean and smooth as many hefe. Sweet but not a lot more to offer in the taste. Overall this is a pretty good beer but nothing special. Would certainly not turn this down if offered but not one that I would seek out.

Photo of Sungal
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Light, crisp flavor that is nice after crossfit or working all day!

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours an orange to copper color in a weizen glass with a nice head that dissipates slowly leaving a little lacing down the glass.

Smell is of spice, clove, orange and banana. Smell is not overpowering but there is enough that you can appreciate it.

Taste is of the spices and clove with the orange and banana coming in during the middle of the taste then a biscuity bread taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is a little watery but with enough body to appreciate. Carbonation was decent when I poured the beer but was pretty tame by the end of the glass.

Overall, a really nice beer but nothing to write home about. I like the beer and would be willing to buy it again if I was looking for a craft Hefeweizen.

Photo of Steve_Kearney
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Not a hefe fan....

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen has a thin, white head (small shelf glass), a very hazy (powdery sediment suspended throughout), yellow-gold appearance, bubble streams, and a small amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of spiced white bread, coriander, and a touch of lemon peel. Taste is of those elements, with some banana pudding, orange chutney, a shade of hop bitterness, and white pepper. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Sweetwater Waterkeeper finishes dry, easy going, and refreshing.

RJT

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $15.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 30, 2014
Consumed: July 30, 2014
Misc.: Enjoy by Sept. 22, 2014

Poured a honey, golden hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top.

Smelled banana, cloves, kiwi, caramel, slight butterscotch, melon, Circus Peanuts and green grapes.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Got cloves, banana, Circus Peanuts, kiwi, green grapes, caramel, melon, tropical notes and sweet candied notes.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, fruity finish.

Really liked this Hefe.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale golden yellow; effervescent; big frothy long lasting white head

Smell: smells great; normal Hefeweizen notes, but something is a little off for the style. Can't figure out what it is; smells good though

Taste: Good malty start with Hefeweizen yeast notes; some banana, clove and citrus, too. But finishes with a bit of cream corn flavor; throws it off, but the beer is still tasty

Mouthfeel: fairly malty for the style with a bit more lingering sweetness than normal for the style

Remarks: you can tell it's not a true Bavarian Hefeweizen, but I liked it pretty good; I'd definitely buy it again

Photo of BurningTreeMufen
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Yellow, hay colored with a small head and slight retention. Not as hazy as your standard hefeweizen.

Smell- Light smell with banana in the forefront and some clove.

Taste- Well balanced with no flavor completely dominating the palate. Banana and wheat in the forefront.

Mouthfeel- Light body with a somewhat sour aftertaste that is not unpleasant.

Overall- A well balanced and drinkable hefeweizen. A very solid beer that I will certainly buy again.

Photo of JLSIV
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, not as hazy as typical hefe's; I would almost call this a Krystalweitzen, much more clear than typical American craft attempts at this, and I am ok with that.

the aromas is not overwhelming, also a plus compared to the over the top nonsense usually out there. Some of the usual banana, clove, citrus, but definitely more subtle than most

The taste wins it for me, almost background notes only, which I like, some banana and clove, but not overwhelming

crisp and very drinkable, refreshing as most wheats are or should be.

Kudos to an American Brewery that has several entries besides IPAs!!!

Photo of Paincane
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden body with a white head and great lacing left behind.
S: Wheat, clove and spicy aromas.
T: Bread and wheat flavors end with a peppery finish. A hint of clove is noted.
M: Refreshing, smooth and crisp brew.
O: A nice Hefeweizen that is very drinkable and perfect for summer.

Photo of mattkoon
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ive really started to like hefeweizen's lately so when i saw this one i picked it up- it says it benefits the "waterkeeper alliance." i havn't ever heard of the waterkeeper, but bc of this beer i looked it up- so it succeeded in raising my awareness. also this isnt a bad beer either. it has all the crispness and spiciness of a hefeweizen and it supports a good cause- cant go wrong with that.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This free flowing Hefeweizen is our tribute to the great work of Waterkeepers across the globe, and a reminder that we all need to pitch in to protect one of Earth's most vital natural resources: clean water. Drink, skinny dip, brew, fish. Help save our waters." This charity ale finally reached full-time summer seasonal status in 6 packs for 2013 after spending a few years in incredibly limited-release bombers. A portion of the proceeds goes towards the Waterkeeper Alliance that work to keep local rivers, like the Chattahoochee clean. Brewed in the style of a Hefeweizen.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sizable crisp frothy head of an ivory complexion over a pale gold amber body. Despite very mild haze, this beer has high clarity for a Hefeweizen. Carbonation is light and mellow. Retention is above average, with light spotty lacing. It's a pretty solid beer in terms of appearance, despite not necessarily falling in line with the style. 4

(Smell) Very reminiscent of a hefeweizen, with a moderate banana bread yeast profile, clean spices and very low esters or off flavors. A wheat base profile with a mild cracker malt peeking through. Balance is slightly sweet over light, but not cloyingly so. Lack of flavor diversity may be a valid concern, but in terms of simple, quaffable and clean German styles, this one does a fine job. 3.75

(Taste) Wheat malt is far more pronounced in the flavor, very clean, mildly sweet- arguably the centerpiece of the flavor. Yeast characters are further subdued- banana is toned down, leaving room for a now balanced clove-like spice and a dash of honey to add some welcome depth to the flavor. Highly drinkable, not overly sweet and the texture is not heavy nor thick. This beer dodges nearly every unenjoyable caveat that the Hefeweizen presents to an aspiring german-style brewer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mild- a smooth, soft wheat malt profile with some yeasty acidity and spice. Carbonation adds a touch of crispness to the texture. The body is medium for a hefeweizen, medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is low. 3.5

(Overall) A tasty Hefeweizen albeit a simple one that doesn't take any chances. If you're not a big fan of the German wheat styles, especially the ones with overdone yeast notes, this one is a fair homage to the simplicity that a Hefeweizen can maintain. If for nothing else, a donation to a charitable cause is a good reason to try this beer. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
SweetWater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen
3.8/5.00

Photo of Mojo
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Wheat Beer Glass

A - a vigorous pour yielded a massive overflowing head which slowly receded. Color was a beautiful crystal clear gold. Retention was pretty amazing and there was substantial lacing left behind. A beautiful beer.

S - mostly bananas and clove with some grassy notes too. The smell is not overpowering at all, but kind of gentle and pleasant.

T - taste is simple but appealing. The wheat notes are there along with the clove. The finish is dry and yeasty, but not pronounced.

M - a little thin and watery

O - I'm not really a wheat beer fan but this one is very drinkable, just the flavor is not particularly bold.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a surprisingly clear-esque gold color with a massive, fluffy white head. Meringue-like retention and lace.

Nose seems more American wheat than hefe, there is a strong wheat base with a floral-grassy hop but is lacking in yeasty phenols. There is some banana and clove, but not as much as I would like.

Taste throws down some more clove, banana is still light and the accompanying wheat and mild hop is well played. Maybe think of this as a hefe-light? Its a decent beer, but seems to fall a bit on the watery and "not yeasty enough" side of things. It is quite refreshing and quaffable, the drinkability is off the charts and I think I could grab a sixer or two in the summer. It would be hard to pick this over some fresh Franziskaner though.

Photo of MacQ32
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright, fairly hazy yellow with 2 fingers of dense white head, very good retention and lacing!

S - Lots of lemon citrus and light clove/banana esters.

T - A little heavy on the lemon IMO, not grainy/spiced enough. Citrus lemon up front, some light spices quickly fade into a mildly sweet caramel malty flavor, aftertaste is mostly lemony.

M - Very refreshing, light bodied, decently carbonated.

O - Not bad by any means, good flavor - i just feel the balance is quite a bit out of proportion to what I would like it to be. If you want a less spiced more lemon refreshing hefe, I'd point you this way.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Appears a bright hazy straw gold color with a cream white head. Retention and lacing are below average.

S - Classic hefeweizen yeast aroma notes, mostly focused on clover rather than bubblegum and banana. Does have a nice grain note in the background similar to corn.

T - Flavor begins very light and crisp, which works into sweet flavor from grain bill in the middle. The finish really compliments the nose and fruity aromas. Aftertaste is short and clean.

M - Medium body. Decent amount of carbonation for style.

O - Definitely worth a try. Seeing this style come out from SweetWater is very exciting. It is great to see them move away from a majority of their new beers, which seem to be standard versions of styles with an higher content of American hops.

Photo of KYGunner
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

There is a very clean haze to this Hefeweizen with cloudy dingy yellow color. The head was bubbly, loosely settled an quickly dissipating.

The scent is strikingly Clovish, but more aromatic than the typical clove. There is also a fruity Esther aroma that is sweet and fragrant.

The taste is a little more fruity than clovey but there's phenolic aftertaste, ie Band-Aid. The fruity esthers simply can not over power the medicinal phenolic flavor that mixes with a weak bubblegum-like taste.

The feel is sharp, seltzer like and fills the mouth with bubbles. This is not Sweetwater's best entry.

Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hefeweizens don't get any better looking than this: Cloudy straw in color with huge white head, thanks to swirling the bottle.

Spicy clove aroma.

The taste is classic too: spicy with typical banana and clove flavors.

Soft body.

Overall one of the best hefes in America.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy yellowish color with a small white head

S: Big whiff of sulfur on the nose along with your typical ehefeweizen traits: banana, hint of clove and wheat

T: Thank goodness the taste did not carry as much sulfur as the nose but it was there. A little bit of spice, banana and wheat.

M: Lighter bodied, sordove efferevescent, not much to talk about it

O: Average American hefe

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sunny, hazy gold with a really nice, thick, foamy head that lasts awhile. Very dry banana and tangy lemon aroma along with wheat, mustiness, and a little coriander. Banana, wheat malt, peppery citrus, light on the clove. Medium bodied and properly creamy. Solid, but not particularly memorable.

Photo of sommersb
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 08-06-2013
Freshness: Best by 09-30-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Kroger

A: Beer is a hazy, honey yellow color topped by a towering head of off-white foam. Head retention is super with an OK amount of lace.

S: Light wheat malts yield a slight sweetness in the nose, with some typical yeast aromas of banana, plus spices.

T: Starts lightly sweet with also a bit of tartness, as in lemon. Bitterness is low. I also taste some spice/pepper flavors.

M: Mouthfeel has a high level of carbonation with a medium body. The finish is semi-dry with a tart aftertaste.

O: All in all this is a good tasting beer, but doesn't seem like a classic hefeweizen to me. It tastes like it also has elements of either a witbier or a saison with the citrus tartness I get.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweetwater Drafthouse at ATL concourse B. Served in a shaker pint. Poured to a thin head (too gently?) and hazy orange-gold color. Nice balance of banana and clove in the nose. Flavor leans toward clove and spice with a nice wheat bite. They served it without a lemon, and I didn't have to ask. God bless them. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly and a bit soda-like. On the balance, this hefe is damn tasty in spite of its lame visual.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's so sad that in order to support a good cause, that I have to succumb to drinking a beer. But while my arm has been twisted, I feel good inside knowing that I saved the planet today!

The Waterkeeper Hefeweizen opens with the classic hazy golden appearance for which the style is known. A towering white head soars up the weizen glass- as soon as it reaches the top, those loosely knit bubbles begin to collapse onto itself until it settles into a loosely interspersed sheet across the glass.

Although the appearance falls slightly short, the aromas are spot on. A mix of bready wheat and musty malt kick things off. But a follow of the classic banana to clove balance really sings the beer's praise. Complementing citrus, white pepper and delicate herbs waft about the periphery heading into taste.

Sweet to taste, the malt focus is once again all about the wheat, bread, and sugar cookie flavor. But once those banana, apple, orange and lemon acidity kicks in, they easily slice through the sweetness. Couple that with the counterparts of clove, white pepper, and tea-like herbal hoppiness and the beer balances out very well. Finishing with a delicate taste of vanilla and mint and we have ourselves one tasty wheat beer.

Medium bodied- there's something about the hearty sweetness that causes the beer to be a touch fuller than what's typical. But as the strong carbonation builds it never gives the malts the lift that's needed to ensure the high rate of refreshment that the ale deserves. But as it finishes, the minty-cool, alcohol warmth interaction plays out in with a quick bready finish.

So there! I take one for the team to support a worthwhile cause. It just so happens that the cause is also supported by a worthwhile ale that's best suited for sea side enjoyment. Good job Sweetwater!

to view more.
Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.