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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 33.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 112 | 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: 74 | Hads: 419
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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..

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
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

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Photo of tone77
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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"!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. While retention isn't great, it's slightly better than other in the style. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass, as well. (3.5)

Smell: Hrm. It offers some of the usual hefeweizen notes (wheat, clove, banana) along with an additional touch of coriander, but there seems to be something off about it. Wait, now it hits me - this is cardboardy. Dammit. This would have been decent otherwise, but the cardboard tanks it. (2.25)

Taste: I'm happy to report the flavor profile seems less cardboard-esque. But I'm also sad to report I still get some of that unwanted flavor. It starts off with a combination of wheat and candied sugar, before transitioning into a slightly spicy finish. Think clove with a touch of supporting coriander. Cardboard is ever omnipresent, too. This isn't a very good hefeweizen. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: This doesn't seem that crisp or dry. The carbonation is good, but that doesn't help much. The whole thing just feels insipid and hard to drink. (2.5)

Overall: I love great causes. I don't love this beer. It tastes better than it smells - and that's about it. This is pretty low on the totem pole as far as hefeweizens go. I'll be hard pressed to even drink this again...and that's a shame - what a great cause to support. (2.5)

2.6/5: Good intentions don't equate to a good hefeweizen

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Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy golden pour with a huge effervescent white head on top. Minimal lacing but decent retention.

S: Big wheat presence with lots of cloves and bubblegum from the yeast.

T: Super clean and smooth wheat. Pleasant subtle citrus fruitiness, oranges and lemons mainly.

M: Light and highly carbonated.

O: Very simple and clean hefe. Nothing spectacular or complex, just a great drinking simple wheat beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow, white head.

Aroma/Flavor: Light banana character, and even a hint of pear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, and milky.

Overall: Not a perfect example of the style, but crushable.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.


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Photo of KYGunner
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.