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Flood Waters Series: Highwater Hefeweizen - Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 46
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 30.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: mdfb79 on 10-29-2012

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 46
Reviews by wattoclone:
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4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark amber with loads of yeast sediment at the bottom which required repeated swirling to re-suspend. The fruity caramel aroma was strong and mouthwatering. The best part was the superb taste, like a banana foster. Although the head dissipated a little faster than a typical Bavarian hefeweizen, the potent banana-caramel flavor and thick mouthfeel makes it an excellent interpretation of this style. I actually found it dark enough to be a dunkelweizen. I liked it so much I ran out to the Blue Dog and cleaned out the shelf stock, hope they get more.

I picked up a case of this at the brewery along with a growler fill. I have to say this hefeweizen rivals, even surpasses any Bavarian hefe. Last time I was at the brewery they had run out of draft version due to the popularity. Thankfully, the bottled version is equally excellent and available.

Update 5-9-2014
Picked up a growler and bottles of the 2014 vintage. Not as dark or sweet as the 2013 brew. This year there is a considerable tartness and citrusy finish that overpowers the caramel and sweetness of the 2013 batch. Still enjoyable, but not as rich flavor. Seems slightly more watery as well. I kept several bottles of the 2013 version for comparison and confirmed the difference.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super hazed orange glow with puffy bright white head that slowly dies. Lots of banana and coriander, a little flowery on the nose.

Lots of banana sweetness up front creamy body. This bottles bottle conditioned but I heard from the rep future bottles won't be. Spicy coriander for balance. Refreshing and medium bodied, great well blended flavors. Very nice.

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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of ripened bananas are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bananas and also has some hints of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like bananas, you'll really like this beer. The only drawbacks are that it seems a little one-dimensional and the head retention is poor.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy gold with 3 fingers of fizzy, white head. Moderate carbonation and decent retention.

Banana bread, caramel, clove and sourdough.

Banana bread with drizzles of caramel. Tangy wheat and lemony citrus. Light notes of sourdough bread and clove.

Light-medium bodied, silky, smooth and refreshing.

Neshaminy Creek makes a damn good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Gavage
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: some citrus, banana, spices, and some yeast tones come through to the nose and are easy to detect.

Taste: wheat flavor is strong as the cracked pepper, banana, lemon and a yeast flavor round it out . Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent hefe, but I found this to be a bit thin flavored and not as refreshing as I would like.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a 22oz Blue Moon Hefeweizen glass.

AP: Nice looking dark gold/yellow colour with some orange hues. Big thick white head of 1.5" that isn't dissipating. This brew looks like it's got some hearty carbonation to it as the bubbles are still pushing their way to the top in a lava-like cascade. Almost Guinness-like in that respect.
AR: Banana, banana chips, wheat, grass, hay. Not much spice, which I find disappointing as some hefty clove or coriander would really make the mouth water. There is a hint of citrus, orange mostly.
T: Much like the nose but on the finish there's ample yeast notes and a hint of spice. There's just not enough spices in this, either the nose or the taste, for me. If there was a good shot of clove and white pepper in this to go with the banana and wheat notes, this would make this beer so much better. The hint of orange in the nose is a bit more prominent in the taste, plus some bready malts as well.
M: Good mouthfeel as it's a bit creamy for a Hefe. Not too carbonated as the appearance led me to think, which I prefer beers without too much carbonation.
OV: If only this beer had solid spice notes of clove and white pepper or coriander, I'd give it a higher rating. The malt flavours are pretty good, but the finish and aftertaste seems somewhat dull to me. Still, this one will go down rather easy on a hot Summer day.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with deep amber hues and a heavy, viscous appearance. Wheat malt and tart, yeasty aromas up front with a light pepper presence over sweet banana aromas beneath. Medium bodied with rich, full carbonation and a tangy hoppy, tanginess on the edges. Slightly tart, citrus hop flavors up front, with sweet banana down the middle and spicy, peppery flavors on the edges. Finished cleanly with a delayed, yeasty, slightly citrusy dryness. Nice hop presence compared to other hefeweizens.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Amber color, very dark for a hefeweizen, not far from a dunkelweizen along the lines of Ayinger Ur-Weisse. Golden highlights that almost glow in the glass. Thick white head that leaves nice lacing on the way down. Classic hefeweizen aroma with lots of citrus fruit and banana. Fruit forward flavor as well. Not as much spice or clove compared to other beers within the style. Drinkability is insanely good as it's very smooth on the palate. Medium bodied.

Overall, one of the better American-made hefeweizens I've had, possibly ever. Not exactly a carbon copy of some of it's German counterparts, but not far off either. Excellent beer from Neshaminy Creek! Hopefully they will consider switching it from a seasonal to a year-round offering.

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Flood Waters Series: Highwater Hefeweizen from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
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