Berkshire Hefeweizen - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
Berkshire Brewing company is a small craft brewery located just a short drive north of here in Massachusetts. Released at the peak of Summer, their Hefeweizen is only available into the fall (usually). I'm a big fan of the seasonals from Berkshire Brewing Company so we often stock up a little extra at the store to enjoy these brews beyond their season alone.
This 22oz Bottle of Berkshire Brewing Hefeweizen pours a brilliant golden straw color. Just a touch of haziness fills the glass, with a thin layer of ivory white foam on top. Last time I had this Hefeweizen the foam over-flowed my glass, but this is a few months older so I'm not really surprised the carbonation has faded a little.
What really strikes me in this brew is the nose; every time I have the Berkshire Hefeweizen I'm impressed by the aromas! More than any other Hefe that I've had, this smells like a glass full of banana! There's a little bit spice in the background, but the aromas are easily dominated by the banana, citrusy lemon, and other light fruity aromas.
The Hefeweizen is as full on the palate as it was on the nose. There's a significant portion of that banana and citrus that I was picking up in the aromas, as well as a substantial portion of spice. Flavorful and full, yet easy-drinking and refreshing! Not exactly the best brew to keep me warm on a cold night, but I've been drinking so many big stouts lately that this is a nice change of pace!
01-29-2012 14:27:59 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
From a bottle into a weizen glass.
Pours a lighter golden color with a great head and lacing. Opaque from the cloudiness.
Nice aroma of crisp wheat and undertones of weizen yeast.
Really surprised here. The other reviews called this one weak, but it was actually pretty darn tasty. Nice wheat tang yields to strong yeast flavors of fruit, banana, and clove; all balanced. Nothing too strong or weak.
Nice light mouthfeel and refreshing carbonation.
Wow, really drinkable and a great beer from a great brewery. Add this hefeweizen to my summer beer fridge rotation!
09-30-2011 22:29:05 | More by BranfordBound
4/5 rDev +10.2%
A nice, slightly cloudy, unpasteurized hefeweizen. Nice white foamy head. Heavy on the citrus and spice notes. The flavor was a little more lemony than I'd have expected. Not my favorite hefeweizen but it was refreshing. Would have been perfect on a really hot night.
09-03-2011 18:26:12 | More by chefelf
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
On tap at The Mews, notorious for dirty tap lines.
A: Straw gold, hazy, lots of carbonation. Fluffy white head leads to thin sheets of lacing.
S: Heavy dose of wheat and hay, honey sweetness, a tinge sour.
T: Bready malt, clean and dry citrus hops, fairly yeasty, fruity with a hint of spice (mostly clove?). Slightest hint of banana.
M: Rather thin and somewhat dry, but really good carbonation going on.
O/D: An ABV under five makes this easy to drink, it's a solid "hefe" for the summer.
08-25-2011 02:39:03 | More by mostpoetsdo
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of ultra pure white colored crisp head... Faint retention gives way to a thin creamy lacing... The color is vibrant golden orange with a slight haziness... Some uber speedy carbonation bubbles can be seen rising within...
S - Clove... Fresh cut grass... Lemon zest... Orange zest... Some candied sugars... Perhaps just a slight touch of banana... A bit yeasty as well...
T - Lemon... Clove... Orange zest... Grainy... A bit of yeast... A very nice earthiness... A slightly metallic tinge...
M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light carbonation... Smooth... Fairly crisp... Refreshing... An ever so slightly dry and bitter finish...
D - A very solid and respectable Hefeweizen and one that has an ever so slight edginess to it... At 4.5% ABV this one is highly drinkable and I would welcome it in my glass on any occasion... Quite affordable to boot... A job well done by Berkshire...
08-15-2011 22:33:10 | More by philbe311
2.93/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
08-04-2011 20:11:11 | More by DirtyPenny
2.3/5 rDev -36.6%
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.
07-22-2011 23:43:06 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.38/5 rDev +20.7%
Pour was a nice golden hue with very little foam. The bouquet was more than perfect. Then the actual first taste was more than I anticipated. Honestly, I am not a big BBC fan, but this is one that I really LIKE
The wheat and hops was perfectly balanced and the mouthful was full of spices, orange, coriander, nutmeg and more
Nothing over the top, just a great balance between wheat, hop and spices.
A super summer brew
07-16-2011 20:18:23 | More by rdilauro
3.25/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
07-07-2011 03:04:27 | More by abgba121
3.03/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
06-27-2011 01:57:15 | More by davey101
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured from the supremely affordable 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Pours hazy medium amber. Foam dissolves almost completely, depending on the velocity of the pour. Foam dissolves almost completely. Quite picturesque. Wheaty smell, faint banana. Much more minor than I expected for a Hefe.
Delicious blend of wheatiness, some sour, into a smooth pleasing close. The finish makes me want to start again. Holds taste nicely.
06-25-2011 13:03:52 | More by KTCamm
Berkshire Hefeweizen from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.