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

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 12-13-2003

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer as it is one of the better american interpretations of a Hefe that I have had in awhile. The beer looked great with a nice cloudy golden color and lots of yeast floating around for sure. The smell was quite sweet and inviting with a sugary scent and a slight bananna scent as well. The flavor was very good but a little sweeter than a traditional hefe IMO. The bananna flavors were there for sure and there was a slight grain flavor as well but that was about it. A good stab at a difficult style.

Photo of magictrokini
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sadly disappointing beer. Cloudy yellow pour with a surprisingly small head. Fruity, spicy, yeasty aroma with a flavor that does not deliver. Watery wheatiness destroys any bananas, clove or anything remotely resembling a Bavarian hefe. Sorry, Drake's, they can't all be winners.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a very light head that disappears quickly.
Aroma is faintly banana and faintly lemon with a wheat-yeast sweetness.
Mouthfeel is good due to the amount of carbonation that stays in the glass....drying wheat is pleasant.
Taste is light lemon and banana with a very, very slight bitterness coming either from hops or the wheat.
Aftertaste is merely wheat dryness.
An above average American wheat...I really enjoy the refreshing dryness and light banana compaired to more traditional German wheats where the esters are (in my mind) overpowering.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Troyone
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is approx. 95% covered with authentic local historic art work and hand craft information that gives one a feel of quality.

Pours a hazy lemon color with a wheat hue and frothy white head with moderate action.

The smell is of lemon and wheat grain with some barley malt tones.

Lemon/lime flavored hops with some barley tones and a traditional wheat bite for a Hefe.

I like the crisp mouthfeel dry finish with lively soft carbonation.

Very easy to drink, goes down smooth with a minimal wheat bite and lemon/lime after taste. Would like to try this on tap.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a smaller hefe glass, The liquid is a cloudy dark orange with good carbonation. The head is nice, a big 2 fingers, white and it leaves some nice lace.

The smell is good, this is a very interesting west coast hefe, hops are a bit piney and there is not much in the way of banana and cloves.

The taste is nice, a very slight banana taste and a bit more spice but the hops are very interesting. A bit piney in the finish. Certainly not a traditional hefe but quite worthy in it's own right. I am glad I was able to try this.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and a good carbonated hopy bite in the finish.

The drinkability is good a very good choice to finish lunch with.

Prosit, MK

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty by the book hefeweizen. Has all the characteristics present that you would expect. The unfortunate part is that with hefeweizens like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen so readily available, I would probably go for those. This one is not easily attainable for my area. The one strong point of this one is that it seems a bit lighter in body than the above mentioned varieties.

Will not seek out but would purchase again if available. Not easy to get in my area though, so probably will not.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a 12oz bottle courtesy of that long-traveling BA, Barleypop, when he came down from the Bay Area for the Strong Ale Fest at the Carlsbad Pizza Port last weekend. Poured into one of my trusty hefeweizen glasses (because this is supposed to be a Bavarian-styled hefe, not some American wheat beer), this brew had a cloudy dark golden color and a wispy white head despite the large amount of carbonation billowing up.
The smell was right along the lines of a good German hefe - nice banana-and-clove aroma over a yeasty malt nose. A little more spicy in the nose than most. The taste was not at all anticipated - slight metallic bitterness up front, some modest bready malts mid-range, followed up with a spicy bitter finish. A light clove aftertaste and virtually no banana flavor. The feel was light, clean and crisp.
Damn, and after smelling this hefe, it had so much promise. Too bad it had that unpleasant bitter bite. Drake's hefeweizen has some of the traits inherent in a good Bavarian hefe but the taste profile was just too wrong for me to want this again when I can get an imported German-brewed hefe instead.

Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +14.6%

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head that fades and laces nicely.

S: Lots of banana, some Belgian yeast funk, a little clove, and a little wheat malt sweetness.

T: A little light citrus followed by the traditional banana and yeast funk combo with a little clove spice in there as well.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Just what you'd expect from the style. Pretty solid example.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger head with nice retention and a cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of banana phenol. I smell a light citrusy twang all the way, but this smells like a real hefeweizen loaded with banana phenol.

Banana nut bread in liquid form with some citrus undertones. Not enough bitterness to balance. My tongue yearns for more on the back. Still it's decently ok. I am not a huge fan of banana nut bread, so It's hard for me to say. If you like that flavor profile. you may rate this beer higher than me. As the beer warms slightly, the beer has some noticeble tannins and grassiness.

The beer clings to the palate decently. Somewhat crisp and very refreshing.

The banana flavoring is over the top on this one. For me it would get old fairly quickly, but for others it might make for a decent session.

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

VERY dark for the style this is an Ultra cloudy dark tan colored ale bordering on being outright brown colored.

The smell is sweet and malty with a spice cake aroma. Lots of vanilla, banana and brown sugar aromas this definitely is like smelling cookies or cake.

The taste begins a little sweet and strongly malty with a mild spice flavor. Very mild taste this tastes like mild spice cake but not really like Hefe Weizen.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Sort of mediocre and not really Hefeweizen tasting. I probably will never try this again.

Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber body is topped by a wet, white head. The head really could be bigger to be true to style, but that's the only flaw in the appearance The aroma is bubblegum and a hint of wheat. The flavor is loads of bubblegum, not as much as Schneider, perhaps, but this is obviously using really hefeweizen yeast and not just another American wheat beer. Low on the clove. A bit chalky, but not excessively. The body is creamy and smooth. One of the better American attempts at the hefeweizen style.

Photo of rand
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of cloves, lemons and bananas. Tastes of lemons with lighter bananas and cloves. Light wheat in the tastes as well. Refreshing.

Notes from 5/20/05

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Drake's Hefe". 4.5%. No best before date. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Erdinger weizen glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a hefeweizen.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of some cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a dull hazy gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Old orange peel and stale wheat. Background floral hopping. An unappealing aroma. Moderate in strength.

T: I get orange peel, wheat, some cream, background floral hopping, and even some unexpected yeast. A pretty standard hefeweizen. There's no real fresh or crisp quality to it at all. Simple, boring, and bland. Some banana and clove from the yeast, but little of interest besides. Not particularly subtle. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some needed coarseness on the climax. Slightly overcarbonated, but nothing too problematic. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I'd get it cheap at a bar on-draught, but elsewise it's just not up to par to warrant buying again. This is a hefeweizen you can safely skip.


Photo of DogFood11
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pounder glass it formed a nice sized loose head that falls to a solid covering, leaving behind marginal lace. Kind of an odd color on this one. Similar to Wittekerke in that its kind of a light straw bordering on white. The usual unfiltered haze.

This comes across like a very subtle German style hefe. It has the yeast strain that makes these beers what they are. Bananna of course comes to mind along with a sugared pear mixer. Nice crispy carbonation comes through in the middle lending way to some lemon and again back to the fruits in the finish. Slightly peppered.

Notes: A very easy drinking beer. It was one of those brews where I sit back and enjoy and not alot to think about but enough to keep my interest and not overboard in the sweetness department. Straight forward goodness.

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would call this a Wit. It's very light, pale in color, and distinctly lemony rather than the usual big sweet wheat esters and spices. Very lovely in the tulip glass with swirling lacing all around. Rather tart with a distinct hoppy touch, even a hint of Berliner Weisse acidity. Once you get over the expectations of the style, it's quite tasty. Crisp, nicely spritzy in the mouth.

Full of flavor and pleasure for a lower-alcohol beer. I just wouldn't compare this with typical German-style hefes. Even with what is supposed to be 60% wheat malt and a Bavarian yeast.

Since no one has mentioned this updated version, this is the new bold yellow label with DRAKE'S in giant letters. ABV is listed at at 4.5% and it's "Hefeweizen," one word.

03/11/2013 update: Had this on tap at Pizza Port. Quite watery and acidic. The single note of cloves, minus any malty mellowing gets rather tiresome. I'd rate it lower than my bottle review.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a very colorful and nicely decorated crown cap. Simple brown glass bottle is covered in one of those plastic shields where the see through parts lend the impression that the bottle has separate front, back and neck labels, when in fact it does not. My bottle looks just like the one pictured here on BA. Standard “Drake’s” 12oz design is differentiated only with the words “Hefe-Weizen” against a black background. Described as “…spicy fruity beer has hints of clove and banana and is crafted for easy drinking” and listed at 4.9% Alc/Vol.

Appearance: Faded cloudy orange with a turbid marmalade body. Off-white head clings throughout, it remains at 1/8” thick and often looks like it may break, but it never does. A feisty milky haze is induced with the gentlest of swirls.

Nose: Yeast, lemon, wheat, sweet fruit and some banana, but the overall aromas are of “Hefe” with a rounded edge.

Taste: Sharp tangy yeasts with some feint banana and a reasonable backdrop of cloves. Finishes with a little metallic edge and a yeasty tangent, yet the definition is blurred and the texture in the swallow is somehow softer than it projects in the entrance.

Mouthfeel: Decent feel and a confident package overall given the carbonation and taste profile.

Drinkability: The well polished edges take some shine of the taste profile but inadvertently add an easy going aspect to this Hefe.

Overall: Tends to pick up on the Bavarian Hefe tradition. The soft edges add Drinkability but I think that this detracts from the overall feel. This did not take too much concentration. So-so, but not one of Drake’s better beers, an average effort.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Keg of drakes hefe drank.

Photo of ronricorossi
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Better than its BA Score. Sweet and cloudy, not too much of a citrus bomb, refreshing and tasty, very satisfying overall.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium pancake head. Smells of lemon, banana, and spice, particularly clove. Pretty well balanced between those various aromas. The taste is heavy on the lemon with some clove following and maybe even some coriander in the background. Very late there is some sweet banana. This is definitely lighter in style than many hefeweizens, and quite soft- I'd even say a tad watery. Refreshing enough, but not a very serious beer- there are many better examples of the style.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color when poured, was of a thick hazy wheat yellow. Not much foam and no lace on the side of the glass. The smell of cloves was very evident, but lack the aroma of wheat. This wheat beer had an overpowering bitter/sour clove flavor, that lacked to taste of yeast or wheat. The bottle said cloves and banana. Where was the banana flavor? Not to my liking in the fact it was to bitter and had a very sour finish. And, to much clove flavor.

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