Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
3.98/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2013 04:51:32 | More by BeerDocT
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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.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 23:28:09 | More by mattkoon
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
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
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SweetWater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen
Serving type: on-tap
10-20-2013 00:48:25 | More by Jadjunk
Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
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