Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev +2%
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
07-22-2011 21:30:04 | More by brentk56
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
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!
07-30-2013 04:29:23 | More by BEERchitect
3.58/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-17-2011 04:26:34 | More by womencantsail
3.93/5 rDev +12%
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!
06-01-2011 19:26:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.8/5 rDev +8.3%
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..
07-13-2011 15:23:26 | More by oberon
2.98/5 rDev -15.1%
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
08-16-2013 19:51:52 | More by barleywinefiend
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-08-2011 23:34:25 | More by Georgiabeer
3.98/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
07-15-2011 02:03:47 | More by glid02
3.58/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-21-2011 12:04:26 | More by avalon07
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-11-2013 02:08:39 | More by twiggamortis420
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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"!
06-12-2011 20:38:23 | More by Cyberkedi
Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.