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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: 111 | 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 IchLiebeBier
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale golden yellow; effervescent; big frothy long lasting white head

Smell: smells great; normal Hefeweizen notes, but something is a little off for the style. Can't figure out what it is; smells good though

Taste: Good malty start with Hefeweizen yeast notes; some banana, clove and citrus, too. But finishes with a bit of cream corn flavor; throws it off, but the beer is still tasty

Mouthfeel: fairly malty for the style with a bit more lingering sweetness than normal for the style

Remarks: you can tell it's not a true Bavarian Hefeweizen, but I liked it pretty good; I'd definitely buy it again

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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Yellow, hay colored with a small head and slight retention. Not as hazy as your standard hefeweizen.

Smell- Light smell with banana in the forefront and some clove.

Taste- Well balanced with no flavor completely dominating the palate. Banana and wheat in the forefront.

Mouthfeel- Light body with a somewhat sour aftertaste that is not unpleasant.

Overall- A well balanced and drinkable hefeweizen. A very solid beer that I will certainly buy again.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, not as hazy as typical hefe's; I would almost call this a Krystalweitzen, much more clear than typical American craft attempts at this, and I am ok with that.

the aromas is not overwhelming, also a plus compared to the over the top nonsense usually out there. Some of the usual banana, clove, citrus, but definitely more subtle than most

The taste wins it for me, almost background notes only, which I like, some banana and clove, but not overwhelming

crisp and very drinkable, refreshing as most wheats are or should be.

Kudos to an American Brewery that has several entries besides IPAs!!!

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Photo of Paincane
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden body with a white head and great lacing left behind.
S: Wheat, clove and spicy aromas.
T: Bread and wheat flavors end with a peppery finish. A hint of clove is noted.
M: Refreshing, smooth and crisp brew.
O: A nice Hefeweizen that is very drinkable and perfect for summer.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This free flowing Hefeweizen is our tribute to the great work of Waterkeepers across the globe, and a reminder that we all need to pitch in to protect one of Earth's most vital natural resources: clean water. Drink, skinny dip, brew, fish. Help save our waters." This charity ale finally reached full-time summer seasonal status in 6 packs for 2013 after spending a few years in incredibly limited-release bombers. A portion of the proceeds goes towards the Waterkeeper Alliance that work to keep local rivers, like the Chattahoochee clean. Brewed in the style of a Hefeweizen.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sizable crisp frothy head of an ivory complexion over a pale gold amber body. Despite very mild haze, this beer has high clarity for a Hefeweizen. Carbonation is light and mellow. Retention is above average, with light spotty lacing. It's a pretty solid beer in terms of appearance, despite not necessarily falling in line with the style. 4

(Smell) Very reminiscent of a hefeweizen, with a moderate banana bread yeast profile, clean spices and very low esters or off flavors. A wheat base profile with a mild cracker malt peeking through. Balance is slightly sweet over light, but not cloyingly so. Lack of flavor diversity may be a valid concern, but in terms of simple, quaffable and clean German styles, this one does a fine job. 3.75

(Taste) Wheat malt is far more pronounced in the flavor, very clean, mildly sweet- arguably the centerpiece of the flavor. Yeast characters are further subdued- banana is toned down, leaving room for a now balanced clove-like spice and a dash of honey to add some welcome depth to the flavor. Highly drinkable, not overly sweet and the texture is not heavy nor thick. This beer dodges nearly every unenjoyable caveat that the Hefeweizen presents to an aspiring german-style brewer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mild- a smooth, soft wheat malt profile with some yeasty acidity and spice. Carbonation adds a touch of crispness to the texture. The body is medium for a hefeweizen, medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is low. 3.5

(Overall) A tasty Hefeweizen albeit a simple one that doesn't take any chances. If you're not a big fan of the German wheat styles, especially the ones with overdone yeast notes, this one is a fair homage to the simplicity that a Hefeweizen can maintain. If for nothing else, a donation to a charitable cause is a good reason to try this beer. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
SweetWater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen

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Photo of Mojo
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 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 DrinkinBoy
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 Shaw
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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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 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 sommersb
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 BeerDocT
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 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 godlessape
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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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 siege06nd
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 DCon
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

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