Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 05-23-2011

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Ratings: 327 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by Heischman:
Photo of Heischman
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

IBU – ??
DATE – 1 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE –22 oz Bomber Bottle (Bottle conditioned)
GLASSWARE – Dimpled mug
APPEARANCE – A murky golden orange
AROMA- Fruity as you would expect from a Hefeweizen
TASTE – refreshing fruity notes. It is a little malty for a Hefeweizen but not over the top. No bitterness at all.
MOUTHFEEL – A little syrupy but not too thick, goo carbonation that lingers on the tongue
CONCLUSION – Nothing to jump up and down for. It is a good Hefeweizen, but it is your typical Hefeweizen.
-JH-

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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..

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hiphopipa
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of richkrull
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nickthegun12
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 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 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 n2185
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Smells of cloves, coriander, and yeast at first with just a hint of a sweet citrus aroma in there. Some banana aromas bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, I get cloves, coriander, and yeast at first along with some citrus zest. The finish is crisp and bready.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and drinkable, though leaves an odd watery feel.

O: Not a bad beer and it's for a good cause, but I don't know that it's good enough to warrant another purchase.

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 EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow/light orange...looks like a mimosa. Head was white as can be, 2 fingers, very fluffy and left nice lacing. Big banana and clove aromas, with hints of citrus and bubblegum sweetness. A bit more citrus on the taste, slight bit of a hop zing. Nice and crisp on the tongue, light bodied, clean finish. Overall, a good solid hefeweizen...very well-rounded tasty, and refreshing in this Florida vacation heat.

Photo of jsanford
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a creamy 2-inch white head that settles to a nice cap. Looks pretty, but fairly typical for a Hefeweizen.
S - Strong aromas of banana, clove, and bubblegum yeast. Nice balance between the banana and clove, I don't feel that one dominates the other.
T - Nice Hefeweizen flavors of banana, clove, bubblegum and spicy yeast, with a nice little hop bitterness in the finish. Again, pretty balanced, I don't feel that one flavor jumps out, rather they all blend together nicely.
M - Crisp aand slightly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly watery, but still very drinkable as a Summertime brew.
O - A nice American take on the Hefeweizen that's very balanced and refreshing on a hot day, and it's for a good cause!

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 witster18
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

THis isn't a true hefe. It's half hefe/half witbier... leaning towards the ladder.

I just had a VIctory WHirlwind Wit and HONESTLY, I don't think I could tell these two beers apart. Both are safe, spritzy, light-bodied wits... It's truly sad when Blue Moon is more true to the style than 75% of the American Hefe offerings available. Come on Victory, come on Sweetwater - I'd prefer a Blue Moon over this, and that's a wee-bit depressing.

This has a touch more sourness and hoppy bitterness in the finish than the victory whirlwind, but it'd still be hard to tell them apart.

Both beers are average. This one's style in taste versus on the label is flat-out wrong.

And as for witbiers - I'm still waiting for anything to compare with Allagash or the retired Celis White... the u.s. is doing quite well with the dark beers IMO, but these wits and hefe's are seriously suffering in comparison to the German offerings. I don't mind a Allagash,Kellerweis, Sprecher Hefe, or Crack'd Wheat from New Glarus, but after that these styles in America leave much to be desired. Mothership Wit isn't bad. But, calling this 'Waterkeeper hefe' and comparing it to say Schneider-Weisse, or Hacker.. is like Florida A&M against Florida in College Football... a blowout!

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 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 BeerDocT
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of iadler
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Another one courtesy of jsanford. Cracked open with a large hiss.

A- Pours a light clear gold with a lot's of rising carbonation that creates a two finger head. No sign of lacing

S- Classic hefeweizen aroma with banana, vanilla, clove, bubblegum, bready malt and some peppery spice.

T- Similar to the smell with banana, vanilla, clove, bubblegum, bready malt, pepper spice and a bit of citrus hops.

M- High carbonation and medium body. Very crisp mouthfeel that finishes a bit dry.

O- Not a bad Hefeweizen that was easy to drink and pleasant on a warm summer night. The carbonation was quite high which hurt the mouthfeel, but other than that, a good offering from SweetWater.

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 superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Thanks to Sweetwater for the sample!

Pours quite cloudy, with a deep golden hue and a massive topping of rocky white foam that slowly fizzles away to a thick quarter-inch cap. Thick, fat rings of lace stick around on the walls of the glass as it drains away.

Notes of citrus zest, lemon, earth and distinct wheaty grain. There's also a whiff of a sour/acidic note, though it's difficult to place.

Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation. Up front, notes of citrus (lemon and tangerine) take hold early on, settling themselves upon an underlying base of slightly sweet, slightly bready and grainy malt. Following in the middle are spicy notes of clove and white pepper, faint notes of basil and sage, and some mild touches of banana. More lemon zest, grain and faint banana and clove notes fall into the finish, with a bit of sweet grain and a hint of peppery, clovey spice lingering in the finish.

A wonderfully drinkable Hefeweizen that, unlike many American interpretations of the style, is not that far off from some of the truer examples from Germany. Though the clove and banana notes typical of Bavarian hefeweizen yeast are apparent, they are a bit subdued and, combined with the bit of zesty citric character, help to form a wonderfully drinkable hefeweizen that can truly be referred to as such. A great ale for summer drinking and the perfect style to appeal to a wide consumer audience in order to raise funds for the Waterkeeper Alliance.

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 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.

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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
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