Hefeweizen - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Gagnonsux on 03-08-2014

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Photo of goochpunch
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out a murky dried apricot with a surprisingly thin head for a hefeweizen. Aroma leans more towards banana than clove, but I pick up a distracting amount of toast (crystal malts?). Flavor has the right hefeweizen yeast character. Lots of banana and bubblegum with the clove more in the background. VERY SWEET. This actually reminds me of banana Laffy Taffy. Maltier than your typical wheat beer. I long for drier, crackery malt and grain in this. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and full for my tastes, with sharp yet almost absent carbonation. It needs more fluffiness in the mouth. Overall, the flavor isn't bad, it's just missing the mark quite a bit. SUGAR BOMB.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours an opaque orange color with a large-bubbled white head. Leaves a little to be desired on he retention and lace.

Sweet bubblegum yeast, a little clove and less banana. Wheat is there, but more soft than crisp.

Wheat snaps back more in the flavor and the sweetness retreats to the background. The yeast does not throw down as many phenols as I would like to see, more clove and banana please! Mouthfeel is soft and full, one of the beers best attributes. Its not bad, but I think Real Ale should be able to make a better hefe than this. Middling at best.

Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Classic hazy golden body, crowned with a moderate white head, which fades all too quickly. Thin, fine-beaded lacing clings tto the glass walls in scattered patches.

Aroma: Grassy hops and banana esters mingle with a strong spicy and bready wheat backbone.

Taste: Opens with pronounced ripe banana and clove flavors, riding atop a solid bready and spicy wheat backbone. There is even a hint of bubblegum flavor. As the taste the banana notes intensify slightly, becoming the dominant characteristic of the taste, with the spicy wheat and cloves as a backdrop. The close of the taste is quite graceful, with a mild hop presence serving as a closing flourish.

Mouth feel: Full, with somewhat sharp carbonation carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice example of the Hefeweizen style, quite true to its German antecedents, and delightfully fresh, with a "best if consumed by" date of "05.22.14". Recommended, needless to say.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of champ103
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a beautiful hazed golden/yellow color. A large pillowing, white head rises in an instant with excellent retention. Plenty of lace.
S: Initially, this is an outstanding nose. Big bursts of yeast, banana fruity esters, spicy clove. Then, in just as quickly fades to nothing. A bit of cereal grains and then nothing.
T: The fruity esters are not as big as I was thinking, which is not a bad thing. Light banana and spice. Grainy and cereal like malts. Nothing lingers, and no big pop of flavor the better examples of the style have.
M/D: A light body with moderate to high carbonation. Bubbly, but light and thin. Easy to drink. Certainly something to drink when the temps start to rise.

Not bad at all, just a little on the bland side. Nothing pops, and not nearly the bright clean character of say Live Oak or Weisse Versa. It sucks that those are the competition here cause this might stand out a little more. I will certainly enjoy my sixer, but not something I will take over the other two.

Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

"Wheat ale." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired in Austin, Texas and served into a weizen glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed as a hefeweizen. "Best if consumed by 05.28.14."

Served at fridge temp. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Head: Seven fingers wide. White colour. Okay thickness. Lacks frothiness and creaminess. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.

Body: Hazy orange with yellow and copper hues. Nontransparent. Translucent. Appears adequately carbonated. Below average vibrance.

Overall, it looks decent for a hefeweizen, but is far from unique or special, and doesn't look anywhere near as good as most good hefeweizens I've had before.

Aroma: Wheat, clean barley, faint clove, and a hint of stale artificial orange peel. Lightly starchy. A bit too sweet.

It's not particularly appealing for a hefeweizen. There's no fresh citrus peel or full clean flaked wheat or rich biscuity yeast replete with clove - that's all absent, and in its place are sad attempts at replicating superior beers in the style.

An inoffensive aroma of average strength. Nothing about it suggests the taste will impress.

Texture: Smooth, wet. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. It isn't the crisp clean feel of a good hefeweizen; it's a disappointingly executed mediocre texture. Lacks weight or body on the palate, but it's still somehow not light, and has too much heft for what's meant to be a refreshing brew. Subpar presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Taste: Yeast attenuation seems surprisingly low; this still has unrefined and unfermented sugars and comes off to sweet. A faint hint of clove is present, but there's little else in terms of yeast. Any hop character is generic and vague - indistinct fruity notes I guess. Wheat, sure - but it's not full and fresh, just mundane and uninteresting. There's a kiss of banana, but overall the yeast notes here are underwhelming.

I guess I like it in a general sense, but I expected better from Real Ale brewing. It's pretty shallow in terms of depth of flavour, and has below average flavour intensity and duration.

Balance is okay. Build is lacking. This isn't a gestalt beer. I have no problem with simplicity in a hefeweizen - just four ingredients is the point, but there should be depth, balance, and subtlety, if not nuance - that's the art of the style. And this just isn't executed well.

Final Thoughts: Not really even worth trying. I'm a bit surprised by how lackluster this is. It's not that it's bad, it's just that it's insipid and uninspired. There are a myriad of superior beers in this style at or below this price point - even (dareisay especially) in the Austin, Texas area. You've got to bring far more to the table than this when you brew a hefeweizen. I won't be getting it again, and I'd caution friends from picking it up. Definitely below average.

Low C-

Photo of ruskatherine
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

What I order when nothing else is available... Too much citrus.

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

A: 4 Pale gold color, hazy, with a substantial inch-thick head.
S: 4 Great mix of the expected scents: very fruity banana with a light spiciness.
T: 3.75 Definitely more on the fruity side than phenolic, this tastes like it smells: sweet banana. Spiciness is very light, as is bitterness.
M: 3.5 could use more carbonation, like the best German examples
O: 3.75 generally a very good hefe, though I tend to prefer the phenol-strong variety. Still, quite quaffable.

Weighting: 20%, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.83

Photo of Robb_in_Austin
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was recently released in Austin. Poured somewhat aggressively from a bottle into a pseudo hefeweizen glass.

A- nice golden color, somewhat hazy. Nice head which quickly faded.

S- OMG! Typical hefe nose: some wheat-yeasty notes. I get some citrus too.

T- light wheat notes, lots of banana flavors. Appropriate amount of spice.

M- nice body, not too light, not too heavy.

O- one of the best USA hefe's I've had. Well done Real Ale.

Hefeweizen from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.