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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company

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71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 401
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 401
Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Hefeweizen. Has a slightly sweet taste with plenty of carbonation. Came high,y recommended from a local beer shop when I was visiting in Atlanta and I can see why. Nothing particularly surprising about it, but lit you like Hefeweizens you won't go wrong with this one. (278 characters)

Photo of godlessape
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours a gorgeous cloudy honey colored body topped with a creamy white head that hangs on strong.

The aroma is everything you should expect for this style; cloves, bubble gum, banana bread, cotton candy, with a touch of sugary apple tart.

The flavor is close to the nose with a hint of juicy lemon on the tail end. We have a light hop presence here, just perfect.

The mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is great hefeweizen, and I look forward to drinking this all summer long, and then some. (531 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & price is unknown (extra!). Poured from the bottle w/ a big Shark Skeleton on the front & "To Benefit Waterkeeper Alliance" on the front into my Mizzou Hefe Glass.

Note: No Freshness Date, but after enjoying this brew, it didn't matter!

Aroma- Has a VERY sweet, citrusy aroma with nice wheat character. Very clean and has a light bit of yeast as well. Refreshing aroma!

Appearance- Pours a 6+ finger head that is bubbly, frothy and has amazing retention. Stays almost the whole time drinking! Has a semi-hazy, golden color body that is perfect for a hefeweizen style. Has very thick lacing all down the glass.

Flavor- Light grains and lemon tastes from the start with a huge sweetness behind it. Has no hop bitterness, making it very smooth.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, HIGH Carbonation, Smooth, Refreshing, and leaves good grain/lemon tastes on palate.

Overall Impression- This has to be one of the most refreshing Hefeweizens I've had all summer (and its basically Fall)! Very refreshing, Smooth, and has huge lemon notes all the way through. If you can, find a bottle of this! Perfect for the style and thanks for the brew Curtis! (1,213 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen brewed by SweetWater Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.70% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell rich with flavors and sweetness. You pick up on hops and grains. This is a real inviting brew. Now for the taste it is rich a nice, smooth sweetness of fruits and grains. You pick up banana, and other fruits in the taste of this brew. The mouthfeel of Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen, is Bold, rich and Smooth. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a nice balance to it. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. SweetWater Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen, a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. (843 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thank you Jay for this great brew!

The pour generates a voluminous, outright massive, fluffy white head that lingers forever. I had to stop and wait for it to settle just to finish dividing the bottle amongst the three glasses for my friends and I. The body is a vibrant, hazy, straw color. It is so hazy, in fact, that one simply cannot see through it. The smell is of wheat, strong banana, straw, some hay, a burst of citrus (primarily lemon), and some faint pine. Very well done. Similarly, it tastes of straw, bountiful banana, lemon, hay, and a strong sensation of wheat. Again, well balanced, refreshing, and just downright enjoyable. The mouth is crisp, finishes clean (slightly dry), and is very refreshing. Overall, a phenomenal brew. I couldn’t find a date code (though honestly, I didn’t look that hard at this one), but I can only assume this thing was very, very fresh. (922 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a hazy, pure gold body.

Smells like a nice blend of bright grains and earthy malts.

I taste attributes of a properly constructed hefeweizen- clove, banana esters, and a touch bubblegum. These guys have done a very nice job at executing the profile of these style in the taste department. Great balance and finish to this brew

This beer's mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Nice job, "clean water" :)

Overall, I'll give Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company a 4.25. I hope to see this in individual packaging, as I got this out of Sweetwater's Tackle Box. (770 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%

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. (214 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at mellow mushroom out of a pint glass. Color was more gold than yellow and more translucent than opaque than I'd like in a hefe. The nose and flavor were full of banana and cloves, no weird aftertaste like you can sometimes get with this kind of beer. The mouthfeel was exactly how id want it, plenty of carbonation and nice and soft. Maybe slightly underrated. (380 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber pored into a Sweetwater Pint glass

A - A very yellow, golden straw color. Nice finger and a half of lace which recedes quickly, but leaves a lot of yummy looking lace on the top and on the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating up as well

S - Smells no different than any other Hefe. Lemon, bananas.

T - Wow, very tasty! Spicy, and bit of a hop kick. Lemon, bananas. Very good!

M - Highly carbonated. Light bodied. Very smooth throughout.

D - Extremely drinkable, especially on a hot summer's day. I can't wait to have this beer on draft at a local joint. Well done Sweetwater! (603 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (417 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 (522 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Charleston at the Beer Exchange. Great Place.

Huge head grows above the rim of the glass. Builds like whipped egg whites. NIce retention. Bright white. Beer is only slightly hazy and gold in color. Dull finish. Clumpy lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is bright, lemon, banana, spice, yeast, definitely a touch bready from the wheat.

I admit I saw that was rated as a straight B and I don’t get it. Straight “B” on BA is a pretty harsh grade. But this beer is better than that. Bright, fresh flavor. All the notes from the aroma are also here. THe light lemon sense makes it even more refreshing. Light banana and a nice spice note. Finish is wonderfully bready with a twinge of almond.

Light and bright in your mouth. Refreshing.

Made for a summer evening. I like this. (799 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,778 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass.

4.5 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Big ass four fingers of creamy/pillowy off-white head. Retention is very good like it's supposed to be and glass covering lacing is left.

3.75 S: Musty with herbal/earthy/grainy wheat from the start. Peppery yeastiness with notes of semi-bitter orange peel and bubblegum. The musty/earthiness is something I don't encounter too often in the style, but it sure does work well.

4.0 T: The taste is closer to the typical hefe. Big peppery yeast spiciness, banana, bubblegum, orange peel. Again grainy and not too dry and not too sweet; right where it should be.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good bubbly carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. A bit different from the typical hefe, but has all the required components as well. (861 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark gold body with a medium-large, foamy, white head.

Smell: Slightly tangy, faintly grainy and smelling, natch, of wheat malt with notes of effusive spice, banana, and dried lemon.

Taste: A tangy, lightly grainy taste from a harmonious merging of pale malted barley and malted wheat. Pinch of sugared sweetness. Hops lend a zesty, rustic spiciness. Medium-light bitterness. Modestly tart lemon and clove emerges with some slight banana and vanilla hints. Drying as you near the crisp, lightly tangy-tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Effervescent, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Reminds me of the Paulaner hefe-weissbier. A pleasant American-made hefe that'll serve for fine summertime refreshment, with proceeds benefiting the Waterkeeper Alliance. Always happy to do my great philanthropist efforts via copious amounts of drinking. Always happy to! (977 characters)

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,508 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light amber with a moderate white head. Nose to me says hefeweizen. Flavor talks banana and wheat, hence: hefeweizen to me. Gutes bier! (152 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color, with a very faint haze. Not nearly as hazy or cloudy as a beer of this style should be. No head retention, but thats okay with this one.

Smells like a decent to good hefe... just doesnt quite look like one.

The taste is of your basic hefeweizen, banana esters, pear esters, a bit of cloves.

SOLID carbonation. Thats the attribute of this beer I am most impressed with is the carbonation. Very fizzy, prickly carbonation throughout the session, which makes for a highly refreshing beer on a hot summer day. (535 characters)

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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
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