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Tabernash Weiss Beer - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-16-2001)
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Reviews by HogHill:
Photo of HogHill
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack from Groton Market for $6.99.

Appearance: I poured this into my weiss glass, it was very effervescent, a large 3 finger white creamy head sat on top of a pale and somewhat hazy straw body of liquid.

Smell: Aroma is mostly composed of bubblegum and a bit of banana. Banana bubble yum ?

Taste: The yeast brings out huge fruit flavors here, with the wheat taking the back seat. Sweet but not cloying

Mouthfeel: Extremely carbonated which works for a beer this fruity, light to medium body.

Drinkability: A very refeshing beer, could be drank in session no doubt.

Overall: this was the last one of my six pack, I really enjoyed this brew and thought it was a terrific value. I will be picking up more of this for those hot summer days.

HogHill, May 17, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really had thought this beer was gonna be better than it was,pours a hazy orange/yellow with a big pillowey head,aroma is lightly clovey and yeasty.The taste is fruity at first with some banana flavors with some light smokiness finishing spicey.Pretty average compared to some better nes out there wont look to get it again.

oberon, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with bottled on date. Even has proper weissbier pouring instructions. 1) pour 2/3 of bottle into glass, 2) turn bottle upright and swirl [the yeast around], 3) pour remainder into glass.

Appearance: Pours a light coloured straw golden beer, cloudy with healthy carbonation. The head is creamy, thick and pillowy. Retains very well.

Smell: Nice soft aroma of clove spice, banana, faint nutmeg and grain.

Taste: Very crisp and sharp initially with a lemon bitter twang (a bit puckering). This is soon quelled as the mouthfeel goes creamy (from the fizzy carbonation) with more spicy clove, banana and dry grain flavours. Malt sweetness is moderate, with a medium body and light caramel malt flavours that pull-thru as the beer warms. Beer ends fairly clean with a touch of dryness and yeast flavour.

Notes: A very refreshing and traditional tasting Weisse beer. Damn tasty! Let this one sit at room temperature for a bit.

03/25/02 Notes:

Very pale golden in colour, and very fizzy, creating a thick tight foam white head w/good retention. Touch of caramel, spicy clove, medicinal and must in the nose. Taste is smooth and easy on the palate. Caramel, touch of sweetness, some must (yeast), suggestions of clove and a slight lemon hop bite. Nicely balanced. Good drinkin'.

Even though the bottle on stated 04/07/01, this beer is still in excellent shape. Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Todd, Sep 25, 2001
Photo of soper2000
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a mixed six pack at the VBS in West Lafayette. I've never had any Tabernash/Left Hand products, so it's a new brewery for me. It pours a cloudy (unfiltered thank god) yellow/light golden color with a head that disappears too quickly for a Hefe. Smell is full of bannanas and a little bit of citrus. Taste is full of citrus. Large lemon notes with surprisingly little grassy flavor. A little bannana is detectable, though it is faint. Finishes very sour as well. Not a very assertive beer, it's mildly bland. BMC drinkers should have no problem with this one. It could be a decent crossover beer. Worth a try? yes. Worth a repeated buy? from me, no.

soper2000, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basic weizen, perhaps a bit restrained for the mainstream crowd. It's not as I remember it from the early days. Basic slightly hazy golden body beneath a bright white head. The aroma is limited. The flavor is limited, and leans a bit towards bitterness - or is it just that it's lacking in malt? Phenolics are stunted as well. There's not much banana. ... more clove. It's OK, but far from great. I'd love a cold one from the ice at a backyard BBQ, but in the bar I'll reach for a fuller flavored hefe.

NeroFiddled, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter golden color. You can a good head on this one. The "beer of the year 1996" is pretty lame. The taste is there, but not as up front as I would like. The yeast is definitely German. A good "banana" taste. Overall a good, not a great, Weiss.

bewareOFpenguin, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Softly cloudy, hazy honey sunrise hue, smallish white head, less than a finger's worth, solid retention, very little lace. Decent nose, some strong characteristics of a Bavarian-wheat… supple banana notes, yeasty, weak clove aroma, kind of musty too. Refreshing palate, more wheaty that the nose indicated, slightly musty… yeasty. It is too simple tasting to be authentic. Very crisp and abrupt finish, little lingering enjoyment, disappointing. Well carbonated, ideal, medium body... right on for the style. This is a good beer; I’d drink it again if were available in Nebraska and since it is not, a big thanks to StevieW for the bottle!

bditty187, May 02, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy typical wheat beer appearance, but the head quit very quickly. Smell was pleasant and wheaty, not overwhelming. Taste was good...malty and hoppy in a balanced way. Left a pleasing dryness on the tongue. Mouthfeel was dry throughout, including the finish. Very easy on the drinkability scale. Very well carbonated which added to the somewhat lemony tartness. A good spring/summer brew.

edchicma, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. Okay, this is my second beer from Left Hand & Tabernash that has raised doubts in my mind just be looking at it. It says on the label that this is true to the German style of hefeweizens. Why then, does this cloudy peach colored brew look flat and lifeless to the point it can't even muster a miniscule head that could last longer than a couple seconds? No big, fluffy, billowing white head like I get from my favorite hefe's; just a limpid, lethargic skim. Not a very promising start...
The nose had some of the qualities I like in a good German weissbier: nice bready malt and some banana and clove aromas. Problem was the banana aroma was real mild and was easily overpowered by the robust clove (and maybe nutmeg) notes.
The taste had some interesting elements. Sweet, slightly yeasty malt flavors set the tone initially. A fruity, banana-laced taste kicked in and was carried back to the back of the palate by a crisp, zesty clove flavor. A curious thing I noticed was a faint peachy flavor far back on the palate. Different, but not bad. The feel was light, but not the airy, almost feathery lightness I've gotten from some of the better hefeweizens out there.
Overall, this is a passable attempt at the German style but nowhere close to top-tier.

Boilermaker88, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A re-rate on this beer, which I thought was a dog the first time I tried it. I believe it was an old bottle, since it was fizzy, bland and lifeless. My current bottle is much more lively. Bright with banana yeast flavors and quite tart a refreshing. Not an earth shaker, but a drinkable semi-German take on the style.

Brent, Aug 16, 2001
Photo of StevieW
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on date 1/28/03 clearly marked. Poured a standard golden yellow color with cloudy yeast sediments. Nice big foamy head, white and rocky. Smell is a bit on the yeast side, some cloves, and metallic, hard water smells sneak in. First taste is pretty good and right on for the style. Yeast dominates and creates the anticipated bananas and cloves. Tangy sweetness and bubbly highly charged carbonation is noticable. After the first sip, a noticable thinness sets in. Watery with the body falling apart. The flavors are there, it just doesn't hold together.Metallic water taste lingers. Still a refreshing hefe, not quite as good as Uncle Otto's though. That one is still the best American Hefeweiss in my opinion.

StevieW, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden amber color before decanting, with a “Moderate chill hazing” after decanting, the head is portly in size, bright white in color and semi-creamy in texture with a fine coating of lace to seal off the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp, light and fresh, star is nicely malted, sweet and the top a bit thin even for a “Weiss” beer. Finish has a light to moderate carbonation, hops mild in their spiciness, sweetly dry aftertaste, an average beer, nothing more, nothing less.

Gusler, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of jcalabre
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draught at the Left Hand Tap Room in Longmont, Colorado while enjoying some brews with Ringo.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow color, no surprise for a hefe
Aroma: Boy, this baby has a nose full of banana and cloves!
Flavor: tangy, crisp. A very nicely done hefster

jcalabre, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded sunny gold wheat beer with a puffy pillow of snow-white head. High Carbonation level and never dying head. This looks very good.

Smell is cloves and bananas and allspice with some faint Band-Aid and cinnamon.

Taste is very doughy and not sweet with lots of spicy HefeWeizen flavors. Banana and cloves are in a good balance without one wiping out the other. Band-Aid scent does not show up in the flavor. A bit of juicy fruit gum flavor is in here as a supporting flavor. After you drink it a while a mild sweetness shows up in the taste. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, good wheat beer body combines with a very fine bubble texture to a very pleasant effect.

Extremely pleasant drink experience here. Too bad there isn't a 4.25 score to give but I have already given this beer three 4.5s so I will balance it out a bit. A completely lovable HefeWeizen that I do recommend.

Zorro, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be the last Tabernash I have as Left Hand is now fully divested of the Tabernash name. I believe this is coming out as Haystack wheat in it's new incarnation. I'm a bit sad over this. When Jeff Mendel started Tabernash down in Denargo market fresh from Germany with his german weiss yeast he really added something to the beer scene in Denver. He had a lot of personality, and great beers. I really enjoyed working with him to benefit Crone's disease.

Color of a ripe wheat field with a good 2 inch meringue that salutes and stands at attention. Smells of bananas, bandaids, dusty flour bins, old spice cabinet and shortbreads.

Tastes spicy, a little vegetal, banana slices, vanilla wafers, large carbonation bite wears out after a little bit. This has a quaffable mouthfeel. I always drink two at a time. This has suffered a little over time, probably an old bottle, although I think the beer has less character then it used to when it was in Denver. Thank you Tabernash for your years of service to my palate. I salute you.

gbontrag, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a rather unfortunate experience with another beer from this brewery, it was hard to come to this beer without preconcieved notions. Its bottles' design is quite tacky, and has no indication of ABV. Annoying already - but i'll give it a fair chance.

This was one of the first beers i've ever poured properly that has almost absolutely no head at all. Even after a thorough swishing, the beer had head only during the pour and left behind no lacing. GRRR...

The smell is a combination of elementary school paste and a rendering plant. The taste is a bit leathery.

This beer decently represents the style, but I would argue that a Paulaner would be a much better bet. Only a little more expensive, and authentic and hits the spot. This beer leaves you wanting more.

This beer is decent, not good or bad. I am completely unimpressed with this brewery.

GreenWBush, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of ppoitras
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from I don't know who or where. Oops. Thanks for the opportunity anyways... Bottled on 2/17/04.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" bright white head over the clearish golden brew. Head fades faster than any I've ever seen before, literally disappears before your eyes, leaving a 1/8" coverage, and lacing is minimal to none. Aroma is wheaty, with a citrus tartness already apparent. Taste starts with a perceptible amount of wheat character, which is quickly overcome by tartness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay for the style, but I'm thinking this one would be better fresher. Have to try again later.

ppoitras, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. Nothing really wrong with it at all actually. Pours a murky yet somehow really bubbly consistency, light amber yellow color with a decent but quickly shrinking head. Smell is pretty nice actually, yeast, some sweet malts lingering, and a nice banana scent. Taste however is pretty one dimensional. I like a beer like this to be a little more complex. This one had some nice yeasty bread character to it and a nice banana taste, but some other fruity estery charachters I tend to look for weren't there. Like I said, nothing wrong with this beer, it tastes fine, but it doesn't really hold my interest for very long.

twelvsies, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold with a low white head, low carbonation and some lace. Clovey spicy aroma but not overly strong. Nice balanced fruit (banana) and spice flavor. Light finish but creamy.

Label states "German-Style Wheat Beer"

per TBCo website: Malt: Two-row, Crystal, and European wheats
Hops:Northern Brewer & Perle
Original gravity: 12.5 Plato (1.053)
I.B.U.'s: 11
A.B.V.: 4.90%

Bottled: 04/22/03
Tasted: 06/09/03

RBorsato, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of mobyfann
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $1.49 for a single...

The appearence is average, a nice pour reveals a hazy golden base with a nice medium white head, little retention and almost no lacing whatsoever. The aroma was a bit floral and that it is.

The taste is nice, but so sweet for a Hefe Weizen??? This contours somewhat like a rugged pilsener and really threw me off, it still tastes nice... Mouthfeel and Drinkability clear just above average, it felt a bit skunky in the mouth but went down smooth and the sweetness of the beer lowers the drinkability dramatically, this one had some promise...

Final Thought: This is my third Left Hand/Tabernash product and all were above average, which is how I view this brewery's brew as of today...

mobyfann, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow in color with a short 1/4" head that quickly disappears to a weak surface foam. The aroma was of wheat, grapefruit, and hidden banana tones. The flavor was dominated by a grainy wheat tone, as some vanilla, banana, and citrus were bringing up the rear. The bitterness levels were also quite mellow.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The wheat tone lasted briefly on the tongue. This didn't have the refreshing wheat beer experience I prefer. Not very impressive.

Gavage, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of dauss
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden clear yellow with a touch of orange until the yeast sediment started to mix up from the bottom of the bottle and made it very hazy. Small head with poor head retention. Nose has nice banana and clove aroma. Malt sweetness is upfront with banana and clove. Just a tiny bit of sourness. Sharp carbonation makes it very crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry with more banana. This is a good beer. Another fine offering from Left Hand/Tabernash.

dauss, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of silenius
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is actually a bit light in color for a Weiss that I am used to drinking. It is a rather bright yellow with a decent glow coming through. Adding in the yeast darkens it up a bit to a brown/yellow. Head is minimal.

Beer smells of very ripe bananas and bubblegum. I really got no hint of clove in this one. Some cotton candy as well.

Taste has a real citric zing with a substantially mouth-puckering lemon finish. Not as round as I would like. The banana comes through as well, but much more green than the smell.

Mouthfeel is not creamy and smooth enough. The carbonation bites and really takes away from the creamy smooth character of a good Weiss.

This drinks a step up from a macro. Maybe something along the lines of a Leinenkugel. I suppose this would be a decent beer to introduce someone to a non-macro beer since it has some of those annoying characteristics. Might be good to bring to a party. An accessible beer, but nothing much interesting here.

silenius, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeast-clouded yellow in color with a huge, billowy white head. Aroma is typical banana and clove plus a hint of some more tart fruit. The taste is a delicious blend of these same flavors, with the banana pleasantly understated, and some slightly sour fruit lingering in the background. Can’t quite place it, but it works! A nice summer beer.

mzwolinski, May 03, 2003
Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Either it's a very good American Wheat or a sub-par Hefeweizen. The lable states that it's a German Wheat, I expect better. Though it has a great barley / wheat malt balance, flavors, and textures, it leaves a little on the cereal-grain side. Light display of cloves, buble-gum, and esters, they should be bolder if trying to compete with great German Hefe's. Still, a nice soft texture and a very clean, lightly minty finish. A very nice beer, but expect a good American Wheat instead of a forgetable Hefeweizen.

BEERchitect, Feb 18, 2006
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Tabernash Weiss Beer from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.