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Berkshire Hefeweizen - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire HefeweizenBerkshire Hefeweizen

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120 Ratings

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-18-2006)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.6/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color weizen with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of some light banana ester with a huge amount of DMS (overcooked vegetables). Taste is also dominated by some weird overcooked vegetables notes with some light notes of banana. Extremely bad and way off style for me to enjoy. I rarely drain pour beers but this is one that I could not drink the whole bottle.

Phyl21ca, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very straw-like, hay color. 2/3 finger head doesn't stick around too much. Decent carbonation.

I get a light banana ester but I'm also getting a bit of ashes here. Don't like it a whole lot. Not a whole lot of other texture or scent here...needs a little bit of hoppiness.

Taste is similar. Bananas and cigarette butts. Not working too well. Maybe the carbonation exacerbates this but it started somewhere.

Palate has that ashy feel mixed with maybe excessive biting carbonation. Extremely dry and scratchy.

Not hating on this one; it doesn't work for me. Pulling the ripcord. Drain pour.

IBUnit63, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of yossarian14
2.25/5  rDev -38%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Billowing white head that quickly reduced. Big coarse bubbles. Somewhat clear golden color. The head was gone pretty quick and left it looking a little plain.

Spicy cloves dominate the nose. A little yeasty and slight bit of orange, lemon, and banana comes through.

Taste is overly sweet. Spicy cloves again with a splash of wheat. Maybe a little soapy. Tingling carbonation. It finishes like seltzer on the tongue.

Hoped for a cheap refreshment on this 105 degree day but it ended up being a dud. This is probably the only offering I haven't had from Berkshire up to this point. It is definitely one of their very few bad beers.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 22oz with an atrocious lime green label. oh well.

pours an iffy orange that varies in shading from bud light yellow to an amberish gold. two-finger, airy head flattens out quick leaving lumpy pillows of dreamy foam and solid, mountainous lacing. lots of bubbles.. just disappointing in its lack of cloudy, hazy hefe sludge. there is something lurking at the bottom of the bomber though, and we'll see about that later.

nice, yeasty nose. what starts with a slight band-aid whiff which transforms into a nice, fresh-baked biscuit aroma. a tad on the sweeter, lemony side to accentuate the doughy personality. traditional, fresh.

oh wow, i don't think this tastes very good. the plasticy phenolic is mouth-coating, and disrupts the creamy pleasantness of smooth, just underripe banana. there is a peppery clove element here which also plays for the winning team. it seems to break free from the off-flavors mid-sip.. which is a relief.. but each sip brings another blast of that bitter rind and bandage. i take a few more sips, and i become used to it. this tolerance allows for drinkability, but is a disappointment to say the least.

once i am steeped in the flavor, i kind of warm up to this beer. i don't hate it as much, but all i can taste is a buttery pale ale. still, the coating aspect of the body is too much for this sort of beer, and enjoyment suffers as a result of the sloppy conglomeration in this bottle. perhaps this one was bad? but why so soon?

i am sitting here, haven't taken a sip in a few minutes. my mouth is still full of a bitter nutshell aftertaste with a cool slathering of banana puree. i can still grab those phenols if i really try. somebody get me some crackers.. and some coffeehouse porter.

goodbyeohio, May 22, 2006
Photo of DirtyPenny
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the 22 oz bomber but poured a little into a 3 oz sample glass just to get a better look at it.

A: Hazy gold with a 1-finger white head.

S: Earthy with dank root smell. Reminds me vaguely of magic hat's Wacko. Faint citrus scent.

T: Musty with a notable citrus undertaste which gives way to whispery, bohemian notes of bubblegum and clove with a crisp pale malt finish. Flavor is a little dank and weird on the front end, though nice enough at the back. Again, something in this reminds me of Magic Hat's Wacko. No clue why.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy. Foam tends to stick to the top of your tongue for a while.

O: Eh. Maybe I shouldn't have had Weihenstephaner before moving on to rate other hefeweizens. Then again I've had this before and didn't remember being impressed with it way back when. Not awful, but there are better options out there.

DirtyPenny, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of bjohnson
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hot summers day in the city hazy. Golden straw color with a slight orange hue. Frothy one and a half finger head holds nicely with a thin skim on top. Tight lacing down the glass. Banana and clove spices are refreshing and not overpowering. Wheat and grass notes play a secondary role but round out the aromas. Starts of thick and hefty, but ends with a thinness. Aromatic.

Slightly thin with a lageresque mouthfeel and taste. Wheaty flavors with cloves and slight pepper and a twinge of banana notes. watery on the palate with a bready lager finish and aftertaste. A bit too thin for the style. Almost wants to be a hybrid American wheat hefe with a tiny bit of lager in there. Not very complex or imaginative. Not the best offering I've had from Berkshire and one I'd pass on in favor of a bigger fuller hefe.

bjohnson, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of squezey
3/5  rDev -17.4%

squezey, May 28, 2014
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -17.4%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -17.4%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ryan1788a5, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of hopley
3/5  rDev -17.4%

hopley, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -17.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a tall pilsner glass. The last few ounces were put into a tulip for closer examination.

A - The best part of this beer. Deep golden hue and somewhere in between clear and cloudy. The head was a bit of a let down though.

S - From the glass I get yeast, wheat, some light bannana, clove, bubblegum and lemons. Tiny bit of hops as well. However in the tulip, after a nice swirl I got this almost chemical smell. Not the best smelling hefe, and a bit off putting actually.

T - Wheat and belgian yeast. There's the usual bannanas, clove, and bubblegum from the smell. This is one of the weakest hefe's I've tried.

O - I love BBC, but in my opinion this is one of their weakest offerings. Ill be sticking with their regulars during the summer.

davey101, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of dturchin
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale light orange, much more translucent than what youd expect from a traditional hefe, with a thin white head, smells of citrus, cereal, faint banana and clove, relatively thin mouthfeel but solid flavors keep the beer on the tongue, crisp citrus upfront (lemon, hint of orange) quickly dissipates to green/young banana (as opposed to the overripe/banana bready flavors you get more often with the german style) hint of band-aid and faint clove towards the back and sides of the tongue...buttery aftertaste dissapoints... very light for the style, a very drinkable sessionable beer, ideal for a hot summer day...though there are much better options out there in style (left hands haystack is a personal favorite if you want to stay in style)

dturchin, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden yellow without the usual murkiness of a good hefe. Small head faded very quickly and left minimal lacing. Smell of bananas, cloves - not bad. Taste has a hint of banana, clove but leaves a dry, lingering bitterness on the tongue. Carbonation stings the tongue a bit, mouthfeel is on the thin side for a hefe. I was really looking forwards to a good hefe today, but this one was somewhat of a disappointment. It's not bad, but there's much better hefe's out there. I doubt I'd buy it again.

LarryV, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of mlazzaro
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle
Only slightly hazy yellow with a touch of orange in the color. Pretty dismal white head. Very low head retention, especially for a wheat beer. The aroma is all pungent yeast smell. Not the best flavor. Mostly yeast flavors. Some tartness and citrusy notes, which are the interesting aspects of the beer. Body is nice and full, really the best thing going for this beer. Not hugely impressed. Its a drinkable American Hefeweizen nothing crazy awesome.

mlazzaro, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on May 21, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Extremely phenolic aroma packed with the typical esters and clove-lemon profile. Pour of half clouded yellow, slicked with white. Flavor is very thin to me. A distant glow of lemons over some spicy yeasts. A touch of breadiness. Overall, a little too light and thin. Although, this would probably be highly refreshing. Smack of apples.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of abgba121
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy golden color with very light head that recedes almost immediately and leaves near to no trace of a lace

S: fruity, especially banana

T: tastes sweet and fruity and slight yeast

M: good mouthfeel and carbonation, along with the appearance, this is the beer's top qualities

O: and overall decent summer beer, very light and easy to drink, nothing spectacular, but I may have again from time to time.

abgba121, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of albern
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice hazy yellow with a decent white foamy head and some lacing. The smell is very enticing: bananas come to mind, lemon, citrus, and spice clove yeast. The taste became a little disappointing as the beer warmed a bit. It started out as a sharp yeasty wheat beer reminiscent of very good European hefes, but it faded too quickly, and for that I took away some points. You'll get the sweet lemon flavors, banana, cloves and hops with this beer. It lacks perhaps that champagne yeast bite that I look forward to in a hefe. This beer is a little thin, not overly carbonated, and the after taste is so so. Not bad but you can certainly find more authentic hefes out there.

albern, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of deepsouth
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with a small bit of head. loos like a typical hefe.

the smell is VERY sweet. bananas and some citrusy notes.

the beer tastes as it smell. slightly bitter (not a good bitter) is going to pull this down for me.

the mouthfeel is typical of a hefe as well.

overall, this is a good summer beer and i was pleased to have the chance to try it.

deepsouth, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of loftisCT
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No freshness date, enjoyed in a pint glass on July 2, 2010

A: Pretty looking beer. Bright gold color with a slight haze, but clearer than I would expect from a hef. The head is bright white, composed of tiny bubbles, and is a sight for sore eyes. Tiny bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass giving the beer a nice alive look.

S: Very sweet and yeasty to the nose with phenols all over the place. Really strong juicy fruit bubblegum jumps out off the glass. Never distinctly smelt bubblegum before but this is unmistakable. Bananas are also very apparent and they are backed up with some nice wheat malt. It smells nice but the bubblegum is a little too strong for me.

T and M: Banana and Bubblegum flavors open up nicely and smoothly roll over the tongue with an appropriately high carbonation. As the phenols lesson a wheaty malt backbone is reveled and is surprisingly accompanied a bit of sourness. The mouth feel is slightly thinner than average. The sourness is slightly but is apparent right up too the finish where it gives way to a sweet wheaty aftertaste. This beer does not finish quite as dry as I could have expected, as the sweetness seems to linger in the mouth.

D: This beer is about average in drinkability for a hef. It has a nice high carbonation and fairly light body, but I wish this beer finished a little drier. The slight sourness is interesting. It does add a little complexity but I tend to like my hefs with a nice yeasty opening and a simple, crisp finish, so I think I could do without it. Not my personal favorite, but certainly an interesting beer, and I'm glad I tried it.

loftisCT, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a big white fluffy head. Some lacing.

Decent yeast and sweet wheat aromas. No real spice, but maybe some banana.

A real love it/hate it brew. Up front, nice yeast, wheat, touch of spice. Then as your palate clears this one thins right out to a watery disappointment.

Flavors are thin, but the body is correct. Lighter and carbonated.

I don't hate this, but this brew has some flaws. A bit weak in a number of key areas; it will keep me from having this again.

OtherShoe2, May 28, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, just barely tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a dark gold color that shows a touch of haze and a bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of clove as I pour it, but a closer inspection yields more of a focus on tart, green apple. A touch of grassy grain and some metallic hop notes in the finish round things out before a solid cracker like grain kicks in.

Nicely carbonated this has a pepper carbonic bit and foams a bit as it first hits the tongue. The carbonation seems to carry a flavor of clove with it as this is the most noticeable flavor during the first sip. The beer has a touch of herbal, almost tin-like hop character in the finish as well as a touch of hop bitterness. This beer is very light bodied, even a bit too much to stand up to the ample carbonation. A touch of sweet graininess is present, but only just barely as this is pretty dry. There is also just a touch of cracker like malt character, but not quite as much as the aroma would have suggested. There is a bit of tart fruitiness in the finish that reminds me a bit of pear and green apple.

This is not bad, but fairly bland. It could really use a lot more grain character (both malt and wheat) and if you threw in a decoction or two, well then we would really be talking.

Gueuzedude, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear honey color. Very little head that diminishes right away, and little carbonation. Seems thin and lifeless for a hefe. Lacing?

Smell: Strong Banana and bubblegum scents hit the nose first, with some wheat malt coming in later. Very mildly spiced, with cinnamon being the strongest

Taste: Malty, almost stale taste on the first few sips, but after that it goes away and smooths out. Banana flavors are the strongest, with mild spices just blending in the background. Not very complex at all. Pretty much a single flavor, with not much subtlety.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, with little carbonation. Easy to drink, but lifeless.

Drinkability: An alright tasting hefeweizen that is a bit too malty and plain. It does have the right look at all, which detracts from the hefe experience. Average really.

jonziefle, Aug 07, 2009
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Berkshire Hefeweizen from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.