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Drake's Hefe-weizen - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Hefe-weizenDrake's Hefe-weizen

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 12-13-2003)
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danfix99

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-03-2014 13:57:23 | More by danfix99
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 00:12:04 | More by Fatehunter
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TGS

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%

06-12-2014 03:42:24 | More by TGS
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -11.8%

05-28-2014 06:35:13 | More by KevMo84
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4.25/5  rDev +25%

03-17-2014 00:26:23 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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Bmaximus

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

02-23-2014 22:43:37 | More by Bmaximus
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

02-16-2014 23:31:40 | More by Texasfan549
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SoCaliC8

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-17-2014 11:43:13 | More by SoCaliC8
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Moheban

California

2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

12-21-2013 05:35:00 | More by Moheban
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

10-19-2013 03:37:08 | More by mc4z
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2GOOFY

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-09-2013 03:37:58 | More by 2GOOFY
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pod

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-26-2013 03:55:12 | More by pod
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rand

California

2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 02:34:01 | More by rand
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-14-2013 04:28:54 | More by JohnnieNepal
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

08-28-2013 17:19:27 | More by GraduatedCashew
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

07-23-2013 22:07:27 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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OoReFLuXoO

California

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-17-2013 00:15:38 | More by OoReFLuXoO
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Topher78

California

3/5  rDev -11.8%

06-17-2013 18:47:21 | More by Topher78
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magictacosinus

California

2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 05:05:07 | More by magictacosinus
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OscarO67

California

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-15-2013 18:15:06 | More by OscarO67
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Therisse

California

1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

02-26-2013 17:32:58 | More by Therisse
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spice, and a mild banana aroma. Taste is much the same with a grainy flavor on the finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that exciting for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:57:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw yellow color with a white, foamy 2 finger head. Fair retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - The aroma is bright. More citrus forward than anything, though it doesn't overwhelm the banana and clove spice character, which hit decently enough.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong citrus character to start, then over-ripened banana and a touch of clove spice come thorough mid-taste, finishing with a hair more banana than citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with strong, biting carbonation. Finishes crisp, with fair dryness.

Overall - Good, but slightly too aggressive for the style. A bit too much citrus hop and carbonation, leading to a hefe that isn't quite right, though it isn't quite bad, either. Plenty of other American breweries have tried their hand at a "Hefe" and have failed. This one's like a B-, and for that I commend them.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:05:24 | More by TheSixthRing
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

11-19-2012 00:50:31 | More by t0rin0
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creez

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

10-22-2012 23:51:16 | More by creez
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Drake's Hefe-weizen from Drake's Brewing Co.
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