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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Waterkeeper HefeweizenSweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
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156 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%


Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 05-23-2011)
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 19:51:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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witster18

Tennessee

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 22:11:27 | More by witster18
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Phelps

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed poured into a New Belgium globe. This one was brewed to benefit Waterkeeper Alliance, a group of citizen advocates focused on cleaning and protecting rivers, streams and coastlines.

Clear honey almond. A large, merengue-like head of pure white remains for a long while, eventually dissipating to a frothy ring. Not a ton of retention.

Tangy, sweet nose. Bananas, peaches, pears. Sweet, wheat-laden and kind of Belgian.

The flavor mirrors the aroma. Clean and sweet, relying heavily upon fruity flavors like pears and lemon peel, with grainy wheat making up the backbone. Drying finish.

Light in body, with prickly medium carbonation that pretty much erupts in giant-bubbled fizz. Refreshing, but a bit too effervescent.

I’ve never been impressed with American-made hefs, and this is a prime example of why. Too light, too fruity and one-dimensional. Good for quaffing on a summer day, but nothing I’d seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:37:03 | More by Phelps
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Heischman

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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-

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 21:32:23 | More by Heischman
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:24:34 | More by KYGunner
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n2185

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:38:46 | More by n2185
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iadler

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 04:21:27 | More by iadler
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wedge

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:41:35 | More by wedge
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a sweet lemon undertone. It pours a clear yellow, not inspiring though the white head is thick and fluffy and leaves a little lacing. Flavor is crisp and wheaty with yeasty and citrus undertones, the latter mainly lemon with a whisper of orange. Texture is smooth and tingly, leaving a nice yeasty and summery finish. Not Sweetwater's best, but it's for a great cause. Bottoms up for the "Hooch"!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 20:38:23 | More by Cyberkedi
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mattkoon

South Carolina

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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 04:29:23 | More by BEERchitect
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:08:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, fluffy, long-lasting head, Pretty good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of wheat, malt, and bubblegum.

T: Tasted basically like it smelled: A shot of wheat and a little bubblegum up front and a good deal of malt in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but not quite as dynamic and vibrant as some of the other beers of this style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a decent beer, but the greatest example of a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 12:04:26 | More by avalon07
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a very nice head though, as it descends, not much lacing is left behind

Smell: Bready, with lemon and banana elements

Taste: Bready, with a little lemony tang, some banana and a spicy bitter element which, after the swallow, turns a bit metallic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately spritzy carbonation

Overall: Not a bad stab at the style, but lacks the banana presence and creamy mouthfeel of the top examples of this style

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 21:30:04 | More by brentk56
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells more like a witbier than a hefeweizen. Some banana and clove, but there is also a lot of coriander and orange peel. A bit of sweet citrus, definitely some bread and wheat.

T: The flavor is quite similar as there is some sweet banana and citrus to go along with the sweet malt and bread. A bit too much lemon peel character, maybe some orange peel bitterness. Might even be a little apple.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A weird combination of witbier and hefeweizen. Not really a great example of either one.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:26:34 | More by womencantsail
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:37:40 | More by MacQ32
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jsanford

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:37:13 | More by jsanford
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer from Sweetwater, and basically this is a real hefeweizen- with one exception: it's too highly hopped. Pours a straw color, and at first I thought it was appropriately hazy, but I believe I'm just seeing mostly chill haze, because the beer clears up a great deal after warming up. Appropriate head, and good carbonation, even some lacing. Fairly light in the nose, but starts with a spritz of lemon and then some hints of banana and clove as well as a bit of some graininess. The taste has those same notes of lemon and banana, and perhaps a little clove as well, but they are largely obscured by some dry piney hop flavors. Although the hops are pleasant enough, it seems a shame to generate the lovely fruit notes of a true hefeweizen and then obscure them in this manner. Light and spicy in the mouth with a short burst of citrus at the finish and a somewhat prolonged bitterness. Decent, but I'd like to see the hops toned down or a different varietal used. It's supposed to only be 15 IBUs, but comes off as more.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:34:25 | More by Georgiabeer
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hiphopipa

Maine

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 19:30:23 | More by hiphopipa
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 23:06:52 | More by richkrull
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barczar

Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium golden with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

Orange zest, lemon, clove, and floral notes form the initial aroma. There's a minerally character that surfaces. Banana esters round out the profile.

Lemon is strong and overpowering initially, fading to slightly earthy notes and grainy malt. The finish is somewhat dry, with hints of wheat and banana. Tangerine and clove add complexity. The minerally character emerges in the finish.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. There's a chalky character that's drying.

Lemon dominates, though wheat, clove, and banana play well with the bready malt backbone. The mineral character is offputting. Not bad at all, but not exceptional. A little too dry for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 18:14:21 | More by barczar
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 18:29:50 | More by sommersb
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professordoktor

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at an Atlanta Whole Foods and poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a moderately murky straw color with a good inch and a half of head that dies back quickly to just a whisper of lacing. Carbonation looks light and lively.

Mostly heavy yeast, wheat grain and straw with dry meyer lemon on the nose.

Man, this is one spicy hefe. It's heavily hopped, which seems to enhance the more robust spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and mace and downplay the more delicate fruit esters. There is a nice base of wheat bread and dry, tart lemon throughout. The finish is dominated by yeasty, hoppy bitterness and lingering lemon sourness.

Mouthfeel is typical for a hefe, though a bit on the full end.

Overall, it's interesting what the added hops and assertive yeast do to the taste profile of an otherwise standard hefe, but the level of spice and the heavy, bitter finish keep it from attaining the level of clean refreshment offered by more traditional styles. I would categorize this as an Americanized "Imperial" hefeweizen, without being quite as over the top as that name might imply.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:40:48 | More by professordoktor
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byrdman16

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetwater version of a Blue Moon. Pours hazy and golden. Small white head with spotty lacing. Smells of coriander and spices. If you like blue moon and you don't want to contribute to the monster that is Anheuser-Busch (yes Blue Moon is owned by them) then this is your beer. Also, love the fact that the purchase of this beer contributes to the Waterkeeper Alliance. Good beer overall. Great for the hot summer and an easy drink. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:32:30 | More by byrdman16
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Mojo

Alabama

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:20:30 | More by Mojo
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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
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