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Moat Hoffman Weiss - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

Moat Hoffman Weiss
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49 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%

Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional Bavarian-style wheat beer, it is a unique unfiltered golden beer with both a fruity and spicy flavor profile derived from the traditional Bavarian yeast strain that is used. It has a low hop bitterness yet is big on flavor.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-31-2002)
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Photo of kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours with a nice yellow body, clouded with yeast, and a thin white head. It sports a wonderful citrusy and spicy aroma. The taste is pure Bavaria, like I had been transported back to the beer garden in Munich: sweet, tangy, and refreshing. Very smooth, very drinkable.

Seriously one of the best weiss beers I've ever had, including my trips to Bavaria. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2003 15:57:29 | More by kaszeta
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4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color, clouded with yeast, thinner pure white head than expected though it may have been the pour. Leaves quite a lace trail down the glass.
Aromas are all lemony citrus with some clove, and this is after ensuring that my bartender did not serve this one with a lemon like the one I had with VENOM after the Maine fest.
Great Bavarian Hefeweizen flavor, loaded with lemony-orange citrus with some clove and just a hint of banana.
Super smooth, refreshing and easy to drink, probably the best U.S. version of a German classic that I have tried. I hope they offer this in bottles by next summer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2002 20:33:05 | More by MaineBeerMan
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Portsmouth Brewery.

Cloudy straw color with fluffy white head.

Scent was unmistakable bananas, cloves and spice, citrus, yeast. I was breathing in the aroma before I even lifted the beer to my nose.

Taste again was unmistakable and clear: banana, lemon, cloves and other spices, ever so slightly sour yeast, wheat. Everything I expect in a hefeweizen and the flavors burst onto the tounge. Citrusy, spicey, yeasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel was nicely creamy and full.

Drinkability excellent.

I liked it so much I am planning a trip to Moat Mountain to try their other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 15:05:24 | More by sethmeister
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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Gaslight in Portsmouth. Poured in a pint glass by the time it got to me it had a light lace on a cloudy straw body

Aromas of Belgian yeast (banana bread and bubblegum with some light spiciness

Great American take on the style. Wheaty crisp nice spices, bananas along with some other citrus flavors filled my mouth nice and light made me feel like summer was here. Great texture as well as carbonation on it as well

Highly drinkable went back for more and more. Glad to see its back on tap in town this year. I will seek it out again. A definite recommend in my book

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 19:42:15 | More by joepais
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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a mug.

A: Hazy light amber hue with a thick foamy head, leaving a nice white lace.

S: Fruity sweet smell. Most noticeable would be the banana and citrus. Yeast can also be detected in smell.

T: A sweet malty and yeasty beer. Little hop presence.

M: Fully bodied, almost chewy compared to other variations of this style.

D: Very drinkable, a good beer all around.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2009 00:27:57 | More by Kinsman
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy yellow with light white head and nice scattered lacing.
Smell is of lightly toasted wheat, blended spice, and light bananas.
Taste is of the same blended wheat and spice with a smooth banana flavor floating in the background.
Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a nice medium body.
Drinkability is great. Everytime I've had this brew, I've enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 18:27:55 | More by weeare138
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice brew. I would say it's nothing fancy, just to style. But the style can be quite fancy.

Light golden pour, murky and full of spice. Thick white head, great lacing.

Typical; banana, clove, floral spices. Wet bread dough underneath

Crisp beer that has all nice things for a hefe. Coriander comes first. The clove and banana later and the dough at the end mixed with dandelion. Somewhat green is what I think of after the sip. Carbonation lifts everything up and out. D'lish

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 22:00:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a two finger white foamy head. Good yeast swirl. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong banana bread quality. Decent clove spiciness as well.

The taste was very wheaty and yeasty - essentially what a hefe should taste like.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice rendition of an authentic hefe. Very drinkable. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 15:37:14 | More by plaid75
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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a fluffy head that holds. I couldn't discern any significant odor, a light hint of bread maybe. Very wheaty and a tad of spice, not quite what I expected. Let me see if I can describe it.. as it touched your tongue chilled you immediatly sense a bit of spice. Then it turns to a mixture of wheat/bread/almost-apple.. it leaves a slightly bitter after-taste after going down smooth. Now, can we get it outside of NH?

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2002 20:39:52 | More by packetknife
Photo of BillyBrew


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A smooth and bananay weiss. Very hazey, pale golden colurwith shades of faded orange. A ton of creamy, sticky head that last throughout. Very strong and heavy banana nose with clove, yeast and wet wheat. Very smooth, heavy banana taste that is also clovey and wheaty with a grainy sweetness. Full-medium body that is fluffly(?) and mildly sweet and creamy.

Very bananramic, but not sickly so. Great body and sweetness. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2002 17:56:31 | More by BillyBrew
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Separated out the chaff with this one on 6/4/2005. 16-oz. shaker pour at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH.

Light foam, maybe a ¼ inch at start, that cuts down quickly to just a film. Kind of a neon yellow hue with musty haze that you cannot see through. Silty wheat on the nose with an almost overripe lemon aspect, light clover grass and a hint of cardamom. Nice wheat character on the mouth and a really surprising amount of malt, almost a cidery essence. Light body, but it stays, perhaps due to the malt presence.

Quality stuff, and unusually yummy considering I don’t usually prefer this style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2005 11:24:55 | More by Truh
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright yellow in color, minimal head, cloudy

Smell: banana, orange, and clove

Taste: bananas, clove, wheat, and a bit of orange

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: By far my favorite of the beers I had at Moat Mt. I could session this as it goes down way too easy. Slightly complex for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 16:30:29 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A guest tap at The Portsmouth Brewery. Very pleasant beer. Served in a pint glass, it was a cloudy apricot color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated. Sweet fruit aroma, a little grain. Banana taste, a little bit of citrus. A refreshing beer, quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 22:16:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

guest tap at portsmouth brewery... a hefeweizen and my first beer from this previously unknown brewer. aroma is sweet and yeasty... taste is more in the banana / spice mode. chewy in body. almost seemed like more of a belgian style rather than a german one. impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 00:54:34 | More by joshsbeerblog
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub on October 9, 2012.

The pour was a cloudy golden pale color with a moderate white head.

The aroma was full of wheat, yeast, a little citrus zing, and even a slight pepper note. It was rather tempting.

The body fell into the light to medium range.

The taste had a wonderfully warming wheat character that seemed to evolve in a positive way as it warmed up. The finish was clean and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 23:48:16 | More by puboflyons
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a murky, darker golden color. There was not much of a head on it, or any lacing. A tart citrus nose is predominate. Some wheat notes. The taste is good. It has a tart citrus/lemon flavor, as well as some wheat. Nice body. A keeper.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 14:37:04 | More by Boto
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoffman pours a medium-golden color, and was fairly clear for the style. Head was thin and white, with a bit of wispy lacing. Nose, though a bit mild, showed banana notes and a touch of a spicy/yeasty character. Body was about medium, with the typical bubbly/prickly Hefe- feel on the tongue. Flavor had a nice spicy aspect, with a wheaty crispness to it. Banana was there, though not overwhelming, as well as a nice clove hit. A touch yeasty as well, and finishes dry with minimal aftertaste. Good Bavarian-style offering. Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2003 08:47:10 | More by Bierman9
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden and unfiltered appearance as you'd expect from the style. Mildly sweet aroma that was pretty appealing. Sweet and wheaty in taste that fades away from the taste buds in a timely manner. Pretty much everything you'd expect from the style but nothing that takes it to another level. Solid all around.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 21:41:20 | More by Kranders
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, unfiltered yellow-brown coloring with not a lot of head on the surface. Citrus and bready blend on the nose, with a slight spicing to it. The flavors are clove and banana initially, with a citrus blending at the end. The beer is kept light with the carbonation, giving the brew a frothy, light mouthfeel at the end. Tangy, sweet aftertaste. This is a decent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 04:12:39 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, lemon custard yellow. Came adorned with a thin skim ring. I've always had presentation problems here and I don't know if it's the brewer or that the bartender's just don't know how to pour a beer here but I'm going to go with that latter.

Aroma as a nice wheat character that reminds me of eggs and hash. Mild acidic twang. Tastes of light lemon (I don't know if it was supposed to be there or if it dripped in from the lemon that was rimmed on my glass) and light cloves. No banana though which I was hoping for.

Kind of a mix of an American and German wheat. It has the light, airy character of an American wheat but the subtle clove of a German heff. Nice work.

Moat Mountain is one of NH's most underrated breweries by the way.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 23:04:32 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange-tan, topped with a two finger white head. Leaves behind webs of lacing.
Yeasty aroma, banana, clove, herbs and a touch of vanilla, but mainly clove.
A bit sweet, clove again is strong in the taste, banana, wheat and grass round it out.
Light bodied, and easy to drink, but the clove got to be too much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2004 20:54:42 | More by mschofield
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow amber color and a healthy and loose white head rises fast with vigor and falls slow. She stays around without rambling too fast.

The aroma is classic hefe with sour and herbal green veggies maybe too much sour that seems like vinigar. Green banana and spices with mildly sweet red fruits too.

The flavor brings a vinegar and herbal banana flavor from the yeast and hops. Corriander with cloves and a sweet fruity malt all in decent balance. Feels lush slightly dry and refreshing.

This traveled well to my house of more than 60 miles away combating seasonal potholes and Tiberius bumps along the way so there's bonus points for that.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2011 21:15:42 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flatbread in North Conway.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a hazy golden color with no head or lacing.

S: Basic hefeweizen aroma, some wheat, a bit of banana, and faint spices.

T: Similar to the aroma, some banana, wheat, a bit of faint earthy hops and some spices - black pepper and coriander.

O: A decent hefe, not bad, but not something I am clamoring to get again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 02:51:14 | More by mdaschaf
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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Orange-yellow with a cloudy haze. Thin white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling with wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Typical taste of a hefenweizen, sweet tasting with wheat.

Overall: Refreshing brew, I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 22:13:57 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Moat Mountain - poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy straw yellow with one finger of fluffy white head.

S - Very aromatic. Banana, clove and bread. Little bits of citrus. Yeast is very present.

T - If you found this beer in Donkey Kong, you'd probably get another life. It has THAT much banana in it. Not sure what kind of yeast they're using to get this but it was too much for me. Other characteristics typical of Bavarian style hefeweizen - slight tart, clove, wheat bread, bits of lemon.

M - Medium to full bodied, nice chewy character with medium carbonation.

D - I can see how someone would love this beer. It has TONS of flavor. Unfortunately I just didn't really care for the characteristics of said flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 16:28:03 | More by charliedvrs
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