Hefeweizen - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

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Beer added by: PSUDREW on 05-24-2004

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed light orangeish brown color with a white head and lace. The aroma has a bit of banana, lemony citrus, wheat and Bavarian yeast.

The taste has banana and citrus notes, clean yeasty flavor like a fruit smoothie. Faint but growing coriander and clove flavors. Light bready notes and a small bitterness round off the finish.

Medium bodied, accessible hefeweizen. Has a good level of strong carbonation and is a well balanced brew. I would have this again some time, but not in elite class.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

DATE REVIEWED: August 21, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstaphaner weizen... OCCASION: catching up on some DVRs...APPEARANCE: dark copper body; very little effervescence; snow white head settles quickly to a sudsy, thin consistency; no lacing... AROMA: warm banana and aromatic bubblegum, with a hoppy citrus dimension; secondary scents like pepper and vanilla can be detected ... PALATE: intriguing balance of soft and strong--smooth mouthfeel but slightly heavier at the throat--revealing an ale character... TASTE: rather nondescript flavor, with lemon hints late and bubblegum, mint and grass--some malty sweetness too...OVERALL: bought as a bomber from the brewery itself, this brew compliments the humid August night well; an easy-drinking, tasty beer that I will seek out when returning to State College next summer....

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otto's- Hefeweizen

A- Deep, hazy, light brown tinted orange with a thick foamy head.
S- Good strong fruity bubblegum, with clove and banana notes.
T- Strong wheat start with a big juicy fruity center. Bubblegum, banana, and clove really dominate the body, and a thick juicyfruit/ wheat flavor finishes this off.
M- Thick and sweet throughout with a good sweet (yet mildly dry) end.

Overall- Quite tasty! Really impressed with this 1, another good Otto offering!

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A full flavour hefeweizen. Thick thick mouthfeel and full of bannana flavour and aroma. If you like your hefe bannana like, this one is one to have. Great understated carbonation. Some cloves. A fruit shake with thick head and lace.Not incredible on the hops part but its there too.

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub. Into a Hefe glass.

Pours a hazy gold (with an orange sheen to it) and 3 fingers of poofy brite-white head. Shrinks down to a solid layer of retention that leaves big swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is a pretty lively fume of wheat, lemon, banana esters, yeast, and spicy notes of pepper and clove.

The taste hangs right in there with lightly toasted wheat base set against lemon zest, orange and bananas, and some light notes of spice and yeast. Finishes with some light notes of tang, spice, and sweetness on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation that glides effortlessly across the paltte.

Tasty, refreshing, and satisfying, this is a solid Hefe from Otto's. I'm glad that I decided to pick up a bottle of this.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Aroma yields a particularly chemical nose, with perky clove candy, rich fruity blossoms and nips of floor cleaning solution and band aids. A bit lively for me, but nice to see a strong aroma. Pours a clouded sunset orange, leaning toward and artificial shade of the color. Velvet foam sidles down the glass and forms into a vacuous pool. Flavor speaks of richness, but finds balance in a tart, wheat soda. There's a bubbly tingle that blends with a the curt acidity in the beer, keeping this one a little more towards a sipper. Reaching out for hops, I find only peach nectar and light spice in the smack. I figured something was off, but I enjoyed the lactic tang in wheat. It came out as confused but still drinkable and not nasty.

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at the brewpub.

A: The weizen sure looks like a pale wheat ale, pale and straw in color and remarkably clear. No haze to be found here. I poured vigorously into a weizen glass and conjured up a 6-7 finger hear that didn't lace.

S: The nose is clovey, sweet with bubblegum aromas. The ale has enough wheat to give off a lightly tart scent.

T: The ale is very malty, both bready barley and tart wheat. Citric flavors, principally lemon, and esters build upon the malt. Clove and banana flavors are present but not overpowering.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely transitioning between the wheat and ester flavors. The carbonation is not abrasive, allowing flavors to linger for a longer period of time.

D: A pleasant weizen, even if it looks like a kristalweizen. I'd be content with another bottle to sip on.

Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a layer of off white head.

Smell: Light and a bit sweet. Definitely getting the banana and clove that you would expect. Some mild lemon like citrus notes.

Taste: Banana and clove with some light wheat malt sweetness. The overall flavor seems to be a bit watery. The finish had a slight citrus flavor along with the banana, lots of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wish the flavor would have popped a bit more. The overall flavors were good, but I wanted a bit more.

Photo of mjc410
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raises a nice one inch head from the growler in my Weihenstephan glass, not quite up to bottled weizen levels, but still quite nice. It leaves excellent thick lacing from the off-white head. The beer is a dark golden yellow. The nose is very clovey, slightly peppery, and very wheaty. There's a light touch of banana bread, too. The taste is very light and sweet, very malty. The end is incredibly bready, and it truly does leave a light sweet banana taste in the mouth. This is a very fine hefe! The mouth is fairly light, and the carbonation is a little lighter than the usual hefe, but works well for this beer. It could be the growler, too, even though I bought it last night. Went very well with a Tony's (thanks, Townsend!) chicken caesar salad.

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellowish amber with a thin white head that disapated to nothing. No lcae left behind.

S-Nice aroma of banana, clove and lemon. Almost all being equal. A nice amount of of yeast esters and spicy peppery notes and a bit of hops. Good wheaty malt base too.

T-Full wheat malt body with a sharp, crisp banana and lemon zing. Not to banana, not to lemon. Well balanced. Clove bite in the ending.

M-Medium-light bodied with a smooth character. Bright and very refreshing.

D-Certainly a solid hefe, well balanced between the banana, lemon and clove. Nothing is dominate but all are present. A good bottle offering that I bet is even better on tap.

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderfully fruity pale and wheat malt scent along with some oustanding hefe yeast esters. It's not as strong as some, but it's quite nice regardless. The taste is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down without much effort and finishes with some yeast fruitiness. The banana flavor is subtle, but the earthy clove taste is in full effect. It's also a bit watery in the finish.
The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although I prefer my hefes with more body and banana character.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark golden body with some yeasties floating around in there. About two fingers of head that don't last long at all, leaving no lacing behind.

Smells very nice, the aroma is powerful as soon as the beer is poured. Lots of banana, some peppery aromas, wheat twang.

Taste follows aroma. Strong bannana with lots of peppery flavors. A little bit of wheat twang or bite in the end.

Mouthfeel is rather thin.

Pretty drinkable brew. This is a good hefe here.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a super hazy orange color with a nice billowy white head. The head faded relatively fast to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – Big aromas of yeast and a wheat-bready smell are most dominant. There are also some nice aromas of orange, lemon, banana, and a little bit of spiciness mixed within.

Taste – The taste has a very pleasing wheat backbone. The wheat bread taste is initially complemented with a good dose of yeast cake and some spice. The taste starts out more on the maltier side, but as the taste advances it sweetens as more citrus orange and lemon come to the forefront. Other fruit flavors of banana develop more toward the end. The spiciness intensifies again at the end and when mixed with the sweeter fruit flavors leaves a spicy sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Medium to just a bit above medium in body thickness with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. The lighter body and the higher carbonation complement the style well and make it a very drinkable brew.

Overall – A wonderfully flavorful session brew. This is one I think Otto’s should put on their permanent roaster.

Photo of treyrab
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at the brewery a while back and just decided to drink. Poured into my pint glass...

A: A pretty clear light copper with a one finger white head that lasts a while. Laces nicely to the glass.

S: Very spicy aroma. Tons of Belgian yeast, some banana, and a lot of pepper.

T: Similar taste to the smell...Very spicy. A lot of pepper in the taste and a pretty decent amount of banana as well. The Belgian yeast kicks in at the end and is very pleasant.

Overall, a pretty decent hefeweizen that is very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of PSUDREW
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Nice, hazy, light yelloy orange, with a small bit of bone white head, that dissapates quickly and leaves little bubbles. Smells crisp fruit sweet smell.

A very strong and thick mix of bannana and cloves, both interlace and dominate in a very very pleasing way. You can taste them both very distinctly, yet, there are very much together. Despite the heavy mouhtfeel, it is very light and very drinkable. IMO, only downside is the aftertaste, a little messy and thick, but still, a very nice hefe. They need to bottle this.

Photo of ski271
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy light amber with a medium-sized, white, frothy head with good retention. Very light lacing.

Smell: Banana, bread, yeast, clove, slightly phenolic.

Taste: Much more malty than expected, fruity, and lightly sweet. Floral hops and banana stronger toward the finish. The finish is lightly dry and slightly astringent with average duration.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, dry texture, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Much bigger than I was expecting. While a lot of hefeweizens are too thin and watery, this beer lies more on the opposite side of that spectrum. I’m really torn about this beer. I like it, but it’s not what I was initially wanting and expecting. I was expecting something more easy-drinking, but now that I know how full and well-rounded this beer is, I enjoy it more every time I have it. Not very highly sessionable, but still very refreshing. I like the dryness. 5.2% ABV

Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Otto's brewery in State College, PA - served in a pint glass.

L: This one pours a cloudy amber with generous white head.

S: Slightly fruity and sweet with the aroma of bananas and yeast.

T/F: A mild Hefeweizen, fruity and refreshing with banana and citrus notes dominating. Faint vanilla on the back end, and bready with wheat as expected. Moderate carbonation.

O: A nice sessionable Hefeweizen and a solid example of the style with a nice mild flavor. Great for a warm summer day. Light, and a beer that non-beer drinkers can get into.

Photo of thecheapies
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on the bomber.

Cloudy honey amber color with an off-white puff of an inch or more. The head retained for about a minute or so before leaving lots of surface foam and coarse bubbles.

Nice citrusy aroma of lemon and orange revolving around banana. Lightly toasted wheat, mild vanilla, and vibrant clove in the nose. Very big and bready and satisfying.

More grains in the flavor. The citrus element takes over the hefeweizen profile a bit. Lots of lemon and light orange peel. The banana is subdued and overpowered by the wheat malts. There's a slight hop zip that provides some mintyness. Somewhat out-of-character toastiness. The finish is husky, musty, and a little acidic. Pretty simple taste, quite the letdown after that fabulous nose.

Medium body, but lacking creaminess. Carbonation is pretty medium, as well. Not as drinkable as I like in a hefe.

Hard to match that aroma, as it's pretty phenomenal. Otherwise, it's quite a disappointment, in comparison. An average hefeweizen, after all.

Hefeweizen from Otto's Pub and Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.