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Berkshire Hefeweizen - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
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

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Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-18-2006

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy, slightly darker than golden color with tall, pillowy, slightly off-white foam that settled, and clung to the glass. The smell was citrusy with light cloves and mild banana. The taste was tart citrus and wheat malt with very, very light banana flavor. There was a note of cloves and a hint of cinnamon. Very low hop presence as per style. The mouthfeel was smooth and tangy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The citrus flavor lingered. This was OK, but did not live up to the promise of the smell.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: This aroma is very yeasty with banana, wheat & a little bit of lemon & hops.

T: A bready but very refreshing taste of wheat & yeast with some banana & lemon. Wheat & lemon stay behind in a faint after-taste.

M: Very crisp & smooth, but a little watery, high carbonation, light body, clean finish.

D: I drank this one down very quickly. It’s tasty, refreshing and not filling at all. Excellent summer brew and a good representation of style.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- The head looks like tidal foam left in the sand ... great retention. Hazed gold with a tinge of orange.

S- Starchy banana, bubble gum phenols and faded clove. Lots of fresh wheat malt as well.

T&M- Watery lemon, juicy fruit bubble gum and faint clove up front. Crisp and smooth medium body ... refreshing. Phenols are pretty strong with a medicinal flavor with more bubble gum in the end. Hint of ripe bananas mix with the maltiness.Finishes semi-dry.

D- Not a bad stab at the style, I'll certainly try this again next summer.

Photo of Estarrio
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, golden color with a medium/small white head. Not much retention, or head despite an aggressive pour. I was also expecting a cloudier, unfiltered beer.

Nice aroma. Clove, honey, bubblegum and a slight, floral bouquet.

Lightly sweet flavor with very little clove and spice. Huge bubblegum presence. If Bazooka Joe made a beer, this would be it! Some earthy, wheat tones, along with a bit more spice, become more apparent as it warms but nothing jumps out like the bubble gum. Good overall taste but I'd like more. Also, where are the hops?

Nice, light body with fizzy carbonation lends to a great mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, unless you don't like bubblegum. Unfortunately, the high drinkability comes at the expense of any big flavor. This beer seems like a diluted form of something great, albeit a good beer.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a weisen glass

A- banana yellow and cloudy with a big white head.

S- big big banana/ clove smell. tons of nose on this beer

T- banana in the begining and in the end. A bit tarter than I expected. Very bold banana taste which differs from the more subdued taste found in german hefes

M- balanced with a bit more carbination than I expected

D- not as refreshing as I would have liked from this style and the banana flavor is too " in your face".

notes- overall a decent beer from one of my favorite american brewerys.

Photo of dturchin
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
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)

Photo of gotbeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for a hot summer afternoon. An excellent interpretation of the hefe style. It pours a nice orange amber with a decent head. The taste includes bananas, clove, and some citrus (orange). It is quite refreshing and has great drinkability. A summer session brew if I ever had one.

Photo of LarryV
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of kelticblood
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

White and very light soapy head when poured. Spotty traces of lace with a cloudy golden color. Aroma is complex with hints of citrus,banana,yeast,and malt sweetness. Very bitter and DRY finish. Has a crisp lemon bite and is highly carbonated. Not the usual wheat beer i'm used to. I prefer a much more creamy texture that goes down smooth with less of a bite.Leaves a long lingering dry bitterness in the throat. Can a beer be too carbonated I ask? The carbonation seems to detract from the taste.Has almost like a seltzer water mouthfeel and only a bitter sweetness to round the taste off. I'm not real impressed .

Photo of Litterbean
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I didn't know this was from Massachusetts, I would swear this was from Germany. A spectacular interpretation of the hefeweizen style, done nearly to perfection. All the clove and banana notes are there, plus every last refreshing nuance. Delicious and highly recommended.

Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold straw color with the appropriate amount of murkiness to it for a hefe. Good head that disappears quickly but a good solid film of foam covers the entire top of the beer. Nice lace remains on the side of the glass.

Aroma is pretty subtle but it is the standard clove banana bubble gum like scent. Also a hint of saltwater but no sulfur essence whatsoever and that can sometimes be a problem with hefes.

Taste is right on as far as style goes but it might be a tad milder than what I really enjoy in a hefe. The mouthfeel is pleasant--proper amount of carbonation--some chalkiness but nothing major.

Pretty drinkable. One of the better local hefeweizens.

Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Hefeweizen
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Cool looking label sporting an interesting shade of green. BBC produces such quality looking labels on their bombers.

Pours a vibrant orange color. Great fluffy head on top. Super foamy lace that leaves trails of sticky lace patterns.

The nose is what to be expected for the style. Whiffs of bubble gum, banana chips and cloves.

Juicy, acidic mouthfeel with a juicy gum flavor. Nice wheat presence. Pressured carbonation with a very intense sour citrus twang. Lemon-lime sour snap with a clove finish.

A nice drinkable and local hefewiezen for the summer, but this is a really difficult style to pull off with the true German hefes out there.

Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy tan orange body with a strong pillowy soft white head. The nose is cloves, spicy aromatics, banana, and a strong orange aroma. The inital taste is smooth, starts with a wheat twang that follows with a nice honey malt balance. You can really taste the citrus upfront, orange peels, banana followed by a spicy hop kick. The feel in the finish is somewhat rough, a little too acidic not enough malt balance in the end, but very good overall.

Photo of bignick
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Sunset 5/29/06. Served too cold in a weizen glass.

This is a very attractive beer. It is served with a very creamy looking head above a hazy, sunny yellow. As far as taste goes, it is a pretty standard, German-style hefe. Nothing special here. There is the classic clove taste although the bananas are a bit muted by the cold. It goes down nicely.

Photo of krantul
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, straw, with a bloom of orange. Pretty standard unfiltered hefe look. Frightening day-glo neon green bottle. Nice fluffy head.

Smell: Banana comes through with a bit of clove, though not as overwhelming as some examples of the style. A bit citrusy--again, par for the hefeweizen course.

Taste: I have a profound weakness when it comes to authentic german wheats, as I can't hack too much phenolic character without getting queasy. This beer presents a reasonable amount of the character without going overboard, yet isn't just a plain "American" wheat (like a Harpoon UFO or Sam Adams Hefe). It strikes me as, perhaps, a good gateway beer to the more authentic German styles.

Mouthfeel: A bit thicker than some wheats, a little puckering from the citrusy character.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability... carbonation is not as high as some utilize with their wheat beers. Somewhere between a light and medium-bodied beer, so more than one isn't out the question. I certainly had no problem killing a bomber.

Photo of steinlifter
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden. not much head to speak of, left a slight collar all the way through.
Aroma was faint, I detected banana, with a wiff of hops.
taste was pleasant, light, seemed more like a Kolsch, light hops, lemon, and ghost-like banana.
mouthfeel was crisp and bubbly.
all in all a decent hefe, but was hoping for something just a bit more special, from this tried and true, awesome brewery...

I've recently had this again, and perhaps they have tinkered with the recipe, but it is much better than the 1st time I had tried it really tastes like a classic German hefe,mouthfeel was full and head was tight and held some retention, nice clovey taste and aroma, very good!

Photo of kmo1030
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pale hazed gold with a white head. i think it should be a little hazier.
charactersitic wheat aromas with banana, clove, soft wheat breadiness, with faint funkiness (not the good kind), mineral-y sort of a smokey plastic. smells a little like lemon juice too. at times there is a whiff of watermelon.
heavy acidic citrus component, followed by the hefe characteristics. i get that watermelon once in a while in the taste too. a couple time i got a vitamin-y (like a multi) taste. a little more ripe banana and clove would be nice here to even out the acidity, as is, the banana tastes like it's under ripened.
the body is a little thinner than i'd like, and it has low to moderate carbonation.
pretty refreshing and not bad, but it's a little too acidic to get a good drinkability. passabl, but i might have done some things differently with this hefe. if your looking for a run of the mill hefe this isn't it, and thats a both good and bad thing here.

Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Eye-catching pastel lime green label, with the guys on the label striking an "American Gothic does wheat harvest" pose.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, and leaves large areas of white frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly spiced wheat. Taste is just as the nose indicated, lightly cloved wheat. Aftertaste gets a little funky, a bit of a weird lingering flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Mouthfeel is soft and easy, and drinkability is good for the summertime, thirst-quenching, and all that. Another nice brew from BBC.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BBC does such a fantastic job with their seasonals; this one may be one of the best yet. They seem to have stayed with the traditional style, very European in taste. Has similar characteristic to a mild Belgian Ale. The only area this beer lacks serious characteristic is in its appearance. No frothy head, and not very deep character in its body. Big musty blast, with floral hints on the nose. Big time fruits on the tongue, pear, and granny smith apples, simply wonderful.

The first "5" I've given in the drinkability category. Simply put, the beer goes down like water. No ABV listed, I guess not very high, but this sucker is tasty.

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Berkshire Hefeweizen from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.