Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 355 | Reviews: 64
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
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

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of sommersb
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Photo of BeerDocT
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of godlessape
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev +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.

Photo of siege06nd
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, pale golden color. Beautiful, thick, fluffy four finger head from the pour. Slowly dissipates to one finger. Thick lacing coats the sides of the glass. Retention is very good. This one looks fantastic.

S: Ho hum. Faint orange zest, bready malt. Decent, but lacking in punch. Bit of a grainy profile.

T: Decent. Banana mash, candied orange. A slightly tangy and grainy finish, but the main body of the beer is quite solid. Not the most complex of Hefes, though.

M: Very good. Carbonation is fine. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Only nit is that the finish is a little grainy and sweet.

O: Fairly standard, but good nonetheless. A bit of a "thinness" to this one and some unusual flavors in the finish keep me from giving it a better score. Happy to support the cause for clean water, though.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.48/5  rDev +27.3%
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!

Photo of eclipse54
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of iadler
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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..

Photo of Phelps
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.