Drake's Hefe-weizen - Drake's Brewing Co.
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3.29/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a finger of head on a hazy yellow colored body.
The aroma is light and airy; mostly dry grain.
The taste has lemon bitterness throughout and some grain without going sweet.
The texture is nice and fizzy without high carbonation.
Drinkable but not memorable.
06-16-2014 00:12:04 | More by Fatehunter
2.7/5 rDev -20.6%
From tap to pint glass
A: The brew appears a hazy yellow-orange in color, with a small wispy head that leaves almost no lacing.
S: The nose is bananas and cloves, typical phenolic aromas from the Bavarian yeast. Subtle, a little thin with a crackery backdrop.
T: Typical banana-clove flavors, but the profile is thin, watery. Grainy, dry, bread notes usher in an earthy hop balance, but the overall palate remains wanting. Finishes short with few lingering flavors.
M: Light-bodied, watery. Dry, doesn't have the oily slickness you'd expect from a good Bavarian hef.
A big dissapoinment. Has the basic flavor profile of a German hefeweisen, but there's it lack tone and pronouncement.
09-17-2013 02:34:01 | More by rand
2.93/5 rDev -13.8%
Finally found a single bottle of this to try. Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle.
My God, is this thing is thickened in the most ridiculous way I've seen a wheat beer to be yet. With all of the wheat syrupy maltiness and yeast, no light actually manages to shine through this thing - although if I observe close enough I see tons of bubbles that rise up and keep the head going strong. Not too thick in body, nevertheless - only super cloudy and hazy. There's sediment hanging around the edges. Lots of lacing, but really grimy - after each sip it sort of sticks to the glass in a snot-like, sludgy texture that isn't very pleasing to look at. Granted, I poured all of the yeasty residue in here, but it shouldn't look this bottle conditioned. Looks like a hefeweizen homebrew, but knowing Drake's standards, they can do better than this!
The aroma is good, and isn't too muddled with all of the wheat or yeasty phenols. Instead, there's a crisp, sharp toasted banana aroma combined with lemon, coriander, earthiness, apricots, and a bit of subdued graininess. Not as crisp as I like 'em, but not too much to complain about here. No soapiness or off green apple aromas. Slightly spicy at the finish. Very refreshing, a polar opposite of my expectations based on the appearance.
The flavor starts as a classic wheat beer flavor, but some slightly strange things happen at the finish. At first, there's the crisp, banana aroma, coated with juicy malts, hearty yeasty characteristics, and a slight fruitiness consisting of apples, apricots, lemons, and a bit of grassiness. Then, there's a sudden off hoppy flavor that, when combined with these fruits, becomes very sourish. This couldn't possibly be a bad batch, as nothing tastes "wrong," but this final flavor is the equivalent of someone squeezing a lemon right on your tongue, and then having you down it with something containing a boozy stinging sensation. Absolutely lacks any subtlety I love in this style. Sludgy, gooey, and filled with a foamy characteristic that coats the back of my throat in a mucus-like sensation. The aftertaste lingers in an acidic manner. Bizarre - this may be a bad bottle, but I have a feeling it's not. In fact, I think that pouring in the extra yeast did nothing to improve the beer.
I have no idea what happened here - I love Drake's, and I'd always swear by them as probably my favorite brewery on the East Bay. But this is a weak excuse for a hefeweizen, let alone an American wheat beer. Way too yeasty, gooey and sludgy, and far too acidic in the finish that mutes all of the fruit-filled aromas. I'll see how much further I can get drinking this, but I'm afraid it might make me sick or something. A complete disappointment.
05-26-2013 05:05:07 | More by magictacosinus
Drake's Hefe-weizen from Drake's Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.