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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

52 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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BrewMaster

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As my ratings show, I feel this is a slightly above average beer, though not by much. The beer pours a vibrant orange color and the aroma is wrought with orange and wheat notes. The taste is the most disappointing part. The nose is great but the taste just does not back it up. Soem wheat and citrus flavors but otherwise nothing much to speak of. It finishes a bit sour. Don't got out of your way to try this beer, it's just not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 02:56:07 | More by BrewMaster
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3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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