Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
3.98/5 rDev +13.4%
My friends and I brewed many hefe/wheats this past Spring and by June, I was sick of having to drink them. Fast-forward to one of my buddies bringing a Sweetwater 12 pack to our brew day last week and finding one of the beers was...a hefe/wheat. Grr! More wheats? I went into this expecting nothing and was pleasantly surprised.
Appearance 3.5: The head is a bit off for a hefe/wheat. Not enough little bubbles and the look is a bit off as well; too golden and not light yellow. This brew is a little hazy though, which is good. Not a bad looking beer, just off for the style.
Smell 4.0: Wow, lovely bouquet on this beer. I smell cloves, slight banana and a big hit of wheat. Kind of a golden, sunbeam of wheaty goodness shooting in your nose. In a good way.
Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet, but also tart. Middle is where a nice, big wheat and clove-banana taste comes in, but this balanced by a slight malt taste. Finish is slightly dry and I detect a low-level hop here. More of the slight sweetness and the malt along with wheat at this taste level. Finish is of medium length and is somewhat dry and overall very refreshing.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Really spot-on for this style. It could have been a little less thick feeling in the mouth, but the smoothness makes up for any deficiencies.
Overall 4.0: Excellent hefe/wheat. I could almost guarantee you that this is not a 100% wheat beer. It reminds me of the results I had brewing a wheat/malt mixture called "Seeker's". Makes me wonder if the guys at Sweetwater did that too, maybe even rhyming "Seeker" with "Waterkeeper"? Regardless, this is a great hefe/wheat and is entirely sessionable, refreshing and a great surprise. Try it if you like wheats and try it if you do not. I think you will become a fan of this one.
07-29-2013 04:51:32 | More by BeerDocT
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +8.3%
Split a bottle with my wife las night.Poured into a weizen glass a deeply hazed brownish infused golden with a nice fluffy egg shell colored head atop.Toasted wheat really stood out in the nose,banana and clove aromas are somewhat light compared to most of the same style.Toasty with banana being more pronounced on the palate,lingering clove in the finish.The wheat malt profile plays a big role in this beer wich in alot of the beers of the style gets lost.Not bad,good for the hot summer days..
07-13-2011 15:23:26 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +14%
22 ounce bottle pours a hazy yellow gold body with a large white head. Good retention with patchy lace.
Aroma has lemon, banana, clove, and grassy hops.
Medium body and carbonation.
Taste has bready wheat, clove, banana, lemon, and bitter grassy hops that kick in midway through.
An excellent and very drinkable American hefe.
07-31-2011 22:55:18 | More by merlin48
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into a pint glass from a 22-ounce bottle.
Light golden straw and slightly hazy with an impressive head that climbs up the glass.
A lot going on in the nose! Yeast, Lemon, banana, clove and bubblegum.
Taste is as expected from the aroma, with the flavors balanced and smooth. Unexpected is the creaminess with and hop bite at the finish. Interesting and good Hefe for a hot summer day.
06-25-2011 19:30:23 | More by hiphopipa
3.98/5 rDev +13.4%
Bottle purchased from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a white head that leaves light lacing.
Smells of smooth light malts with good amounts of soft banana aromas. Also present are slight amounts of wheat twang and bready aromas.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malts up front are joined quickly by moderate amounts of breadiness. Midway through, light banana flavors come into play, before ceding to slight clove flavors that fade out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.
Overall I thought this was a light and solid beer for the style. Worth a shot if you see it around, especially given the price.
07-15-2011 02:03:47 | More by glid02
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with tons of fluffy white head on it.
Smell is full of yeast, cloves and some banana at the end.
Taste has much more banana flavor in it. Decent flavor but doesn't knock my socks off.
mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly. Easy to drink.
Not a bad beer but there are a couple Wisconsin hefes I like better and are easier to acquire. I'd drink this again if I had one though.
07-23-2011 23:06:52 | More by richkrull
4/5 rDev +14%
just a great beer overall...the color is cloudy such as a hefy should be...the smell was just as of a regular wheat beer....nothing too fancy...the nose contained a small amount of the banana esters....
but the taste had it all...really creamy feel...the taste also had a touch of american yeast as well as a german yeast....really weird....i love the creaminess of this beer....goes down very smooth....awesome hefy
06-07-2011 00:25:45 | More by nickthegun12
Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.