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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Waterkeeper HefeweizenSweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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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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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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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 19:26:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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..

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 15:23:26 | More by oberon
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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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glid02

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:03:47 | More by glid02
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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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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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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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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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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 22:55:18 | More by merlin48
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 22:16:16 | More by Reagan1984
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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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 21:45:56 | More by EgadBananas
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 05:37:05 | More by Dope
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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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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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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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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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DCon

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:28:05 | More by DCon
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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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Shaw

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:18:27 | More by Shaw
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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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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 00:37:18 | More by EagleTalon
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Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
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