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

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78
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by madvermin:
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madvermin

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%

Pours a light yellow, lighter and a bit clearer than expected for a hefeweizen. Does have a murkiness to it, but really thin and sickly looking. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace. Looks like lemon juice.

Healthy wheat and banana clove on the nose is a good move away from the appearance. Some sour bready character and spice round it out.

Healthy punch of citrus at the start is refreshing, and that then leads to a mellow blend of wheat and clove. Very easy to drink and balanced. A soft touch of banana ends the beer and leaves a pleasant bit of breadiness behind to linger between sips. Really enjoyed the balance and controlled flavors in this beer; the citrus at the start was excellent as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, never too full, and nicely breezy the whole way through. Gets a bit heavier and creamy as it goes along, but never moves away from being light. Drinkability is phenomenal - low abv, great citrus, refreshing wheat character and just enough banana/clove to stay to style.

04-19-2011 03:48:21 | More by madvermin
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Dmann

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

09-05-2004 09:07:06 | More by Dmann
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magictrokini

California

2.65/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

12-08-2008 22:21:33 | More by magictrokini
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IntriqKen

California

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

04-01-2006 04:10:13 | More by IntriqKen
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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

Oregon

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
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Whyartwork

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

08-01-2014 05:59:35 | More by Whyartwork
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Troyone

California

4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

11-25-2004 12:16:12 | More by Troyone
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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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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

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

12-18-2007 18:18:49 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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danfix99

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -11.8%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +25%

03-17-2014 00:26:23 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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Topher78

California

3/5  rDev -11.8%

06-17-2013 18:47:21 | More by Topher78
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Boilermaker88

California

3.1/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

12-13-2003 00:13:16 | More by Boilermaker88
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

05-18-2008 23:31:44 | More by jasonjlewis
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Zorro

California

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

08-12-2007 23:32:38 | More by Zorro
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aracauna

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

01-14-2004 06:43:21 | More by aracauna
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rand

California

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
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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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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

11-12-2008 14:15:17 | More by hopdog
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -11.8%

05-28-2014 06:35:13 | More by KevMo84
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Patbrown2

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-23-2014 15:36:55 | More by Patbrown2
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justinbrown

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-13-2012 02:23:18 | More by justinbrown
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avaldivia

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

07-22-2012 18:44:51 | More by avaldivia
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Drake's Hefe-weizen from Drake's Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.