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Rothaus Hefeweizen - Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 56
Avg: 4
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-26-2004

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Photo of RickyS
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly dark yellow/orange color, very cloudy with medium head that leaves quite a long time. Very typical aroma of banana, bubble gum, clove, yeast. The taste reveals a bready character, not so sweet, actually even a bit bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with little bubbles hitting the tip of the tongue lively.
Not sure I am getting very excited on how complex this is, but I would say it's pretty common for the style and very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 50cl bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, creamy and fluffy white head with good retention. Gamboge orange with medium carbonation. Fades to a full cap and leaves lots of lacing on the top of the glass. A film cap remains with touches of lacing falling down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of wheat, some clove and banana aromas on the nose. Nice bubble gum as well. Medium strength but nice and typical for the style.

TASTE: Follows nose with wheat and clove up front. Nice, wheat and banana finish with a medium and lingering aftertaste of wheat, banana, clove and bubble gum Solid stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes a touch dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This is definitely my style of weizen. Well balanced b/w wheat malt and the yeast esters with a solid feel to support it. Good looking beer too. This is perhaps not quite as bold as some of the others in the style, but it's definitely got all the characteristics that I look for in the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weiss glass in Heidelberg, Germany.

L: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with thick creamy and long lasting white head.

S: Lemony citrus and apricot. Freshly baked bread and yeasty goodness.

T/F: A delicious and classic German Weiss. Zesty citrus notes, peaches and apricots, and a little spicy. Nice complexity from the yeasts. Great carbonation and body.

O: One of my favorite German weiss-beers. I loved it and will definitely seek it out in future.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review: 0.33 l Bottle of Rothaus Hefe Weizen , Weizen Zapfle 5.4%ABV

The Rothaus Hefe Weizen Zäpfle, a typical wheat German beer with alcohol content of 5.4% but with an interesting and refreshing fruity flavour

On pour a very large foamy head appeared and took forever to settle. Once it eventually settles you are left with a dark cloudy colour of a beer, which has a good head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass.

On smell I get a lot of citrus and banana tones with the expected yeast and grain smell that is particular to Hefeweizens. A nice citric fruity smell!

Even though I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizens I found the taste was very smooth and creamy and quite enjoyable. The overall taste was sweet, with fruity flavours and a sour depth to the beer. The aftertaste was pretty bitter as you’d expect, the citrus kicking in. I enjoyed it and its a very drinkable and good tasting beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge foamy head, cloudy orange, no floaters, perfect hefeweizen pour.
Nice smell of sweet banana, wheat, buttery yeastiness, clove, mild citrus hops.
Nice and fruity taste, with a bubblegum fruitiness: lots of banana, mild citrus(tangerines, lime), faint tropical notes and orchard fruit, really tasty, especially with a nice clear sweetness that is not syrupy in the slightest. Hints of honey.Wheat malts are bready and fluffy, a nice rich foundation. Spicy yeasts, big clove, faint pepper. Some nice green hops in the finish, with a mild bitterness, to cut off any lingering sweetness.
Medium body, not chunky and clumsy, but a bit creamy and fluffy, it's actually quite perfect. Low to medium fizz brings a nice prickle.
This is German brewing of the highest quality, one of the best weizens i've ever had (and that probably are out there). In the big league, with (maybe even better than) Weihenstephan and Ayinger.

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Photo of Tomais
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

BB 10.1.14 (January)
Pours a big frothy head, cloudy, lightish yellow. 33cl bottle in a 33cl weizen glass - what with the big head, the last bit of the bottle has to wait. Temperature is somewhere between cellar and fridge.
Smell reminds me of bannana ice cream(!) Taste is sweet yet astringent. Bannana, clove; it's not full, there's a metallic finish which doesnt help...
Just added the end of the bottle. Smell improves noticeably - more body, nicely rounded - peppery spicy with cloves. Taste is much better too. Theres a really lovely velvety mouthfeel; the astringency comes through later; the finish is no longer metallic but still a bit thin. I wish I had another - to pin down those tastes a bit bit better - but also cause I reckon I'd enjoy another...

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish; cloudy; large head that lingered entire glass

Aroma: Spicy, normal wheat beer aroma

Taste: Smooth, but watery; good dinner wheat beer, but not that inspiring

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of mick303
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a large white creamy head. Pretty good retention, excellent lacing. Colour was an orange gold, strong carbonation, not too noticeably hazy, the yeast addition adds a hazy burnt amber.

Smell has a lot of fruity banana and wheat malt. A bit of a bubblegum note. Quite a dry fruitiness, bit acidic. Some nutiness and a present bitterness, rich banana bread, butter. Delicious.

Taste is a fruity mix, banana, rich malt, some definite toffee sweetness. Good countering bitterness, light herbal hopiness. Some light cinnamon spice, almond, herbal, some tannic leather. Finishes really full and satisfying. Dry and nicely crisp. Yeast addition adds a firm yeasty, banana feel, dramatically improves the beer.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation, and a light body throughout. A firm biting yeasty edge is noticeable and pleasant. Comes together nicely at the end. Really drinkable and sessionable. Satisfying with a good balance of sweetness, malt and yeast.

This was a good hefe, interesting. I made the mistake of starting my review before getting to the bottom of the bottle and incorporating the yeast, which made a drastic improvement and took it to new heights. A good example of this style, tasty, and to the point. A nice mix of flavours and pleasant to drink, its nice to find a hefe that is more than just banana and bubblegum, a good example of the style.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful head, three fingers above the glass! Hazy dark orange colour. Predominant citrus smell with less banana than usual for the style, which is good news, for a change. Taste follows aroma, very citric. Very efervecent that explodes when left on your tongue. Light sweetness, makes it with a superior drinkability compared to other hefeweizen.

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

Pours hazy orange with huge and creamy white head, excellent retention with beautiful patchy lacing. Aroma is fresh spicy yeast, grains, as well as fruits.

Taste is a pleasant mix of subtle sweetish wheat malt, fruit (lemon, orange and banana), bits of bread, hints of pepper. Mouthfeel is heavy and full with lively carbonation.

Amazing Hefeweizen, certainly the best I have had in a few years time.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased in La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : clear yellow orange color with white foamy head.
Smell : wheat and moderate yeasty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity flavours with yeasty and wheaty notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the German style Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of sfprint
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the smaller 33cl bottle:

A: Soapy sudsie, 1.5 finger head. dense apricot in color like a slightly darker creamsicle color, completely translucent, no visible rising carbonation.
S: Like an average German hefeweizen, i get mostly a fresh yet slightly heavy yeast flavor, ghost of bananas.
T: Very subtle sweetness, mild well blended flavor. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, which isn't my favorite, but yet isn't "bad" either. The aftertaste also has a watery quality.
M: Fluffy which gives it a light quality, but it's body I would consider average in girth. Mild yet sharp stinging.
O: A nice one but not my favorite.

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Photo of JoeyV
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, cloudy orange/amber with a large foamy head that dissipates slowly, leaving a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

B: What can I say other than the perfect example of it's style? Strong yeast and grain smell that's particular to Hefeweizens, with just a bit of orange and spice.

T: Wonderfully balanced malty sweetness - again reminiscent of oranges, as well as light toasted bread. I get just the slightest warmth at the end from the alcohol.

M: Thick and rich, slightly foamy. Carbonation doesn't become prominent until the malts have given way to the lighter, crisper aftertaste.

O: Hands down one of the best Hefeweizens I've drank from what is quickly becoming one of my favorite German breweries. Well done, guys!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken on 16 Apr 2011 in the 'Swarzwalderstube' Berlin.

Once I'd stopped stroking the glass I noticed the beer was a murky dull orange colour, on top sat a pure white head, soon to be a wispy covering as the bubbles died away very quickly.

The smell was of vanilla pods, corriander and cloves, banana esters also in the mixture of aromas.

The taste was of peppery banana, along with the vanilla picked up in the smells.

An OK beer, but I thought a little thin in body depth and lacking in flavour compared to many other Hefeweizen biers I've had and reviewed.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a hazy light straw yellow colour... White head poured typically big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, very little malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, fairly strong clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, good fruitiness (lemon, pear and sweet banana), salty, quite floral - hints of lily, honey grassy and peppery hints...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent German hefe... up there with the best...

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Photo of JWU
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained through a family member who was stationed in German for a short while with the U.S. Military. He bestowed many a German Hefe upon me (very, very appreciated)

A - A cloudy orange, pretty, billowing white head.

S - more Banana tones than bubble gum. nice citric/spice component.

T - has more going on than most German Hefe's. Very complex, follows the smell pretty much. The spice/clove element is more up front than most.

M - more carbonation than most, but good.

D - a bit better than the normal Hacker-Pschorr's, Franziskaner, or Paulaner offerings. Likely the best sampling of the style I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rothaus makes in my opinion one of the best German Pilsners in the world. Thier beers are somewhat hard to find in the US, but here in Germany, its right next to the Becks! I have never seen the Hefe in the states, so I couldn't wait to try it. In living here, I understand German beers better now. A true exibition of standard, perfection, and repetition in every bottle.
Rothaus's offering pours out a light apricot-yellow color, little more on the orange side than usual, beautiful light orange-tinted head, absolutly billowing with aromas. Frothy, rocky pock-marked head, rises out of the glass, then slowly settles, looks extremly tasty.
Strong aromatics here. Big upfront cloves, musty yeasts, hay, tangerines, lemon zest, spicy black-peppercorns, tart musty funk of a great Hefe. Big on the Banana, clove, great balance of fruits and grain. this is seriously banana-bread good smelling.
Taste is really good, but intruguinly different than the smell short. Upfront tart citrus, carbonation adds a nice spiciness, a long lingering tartness from the yeast. The flavor leaves your tongue tingling with zesty citrus-peppery flavor. However, from the smell, I was expecting a little more banana-like creaminess, and instead a more spicy citric profile, with a high carbonation level. This is really good Hefe, a combo of two ends of the possible flavor spectrum
Upon my first sip, I was a little dissapointed in the seemingly uncoordinated aroma/taste, but after a few sips its really growing on me. I find that I like the rich,creamy smell, and then experinence the light, zesty drink. Its makes you eager to take the next sip, and the beer is extremely drinkable.
I really enjoyed this brew, it was different than expected, but delivered in the end. This would go great with a spicy, peppery arugula salad, of a nice creamy pate' or pork terrine infused with orange zest. Rothaus is definalty 2/2 in my book.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one on tap in the Sloany Pony in London recently and must say what a beer:

A - A cloudy orange like all Hefeweizen

S - Banana, spice, hint of orange and clove

T - see above and naturally sweet yes NO sugar added (brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot von 1516) like most German beers - I love Naturally fruity and sweet beers

M - Yep very good like most Hefeweizen

D - I drank this one way too quickly it s a must try

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid, almost tan orange with yolky yellow highlights with a nice, smooth and soft white head with good retention. The classic Hefeweizen banana aroma launches itself from the glass and dominates the nose, but not without letting some subtleties through. Light clove and apple spice along with some unexpected caramel notes combine for a nice caramel apple undercurrent. Hints of lemon, coconut, and wheat bread are also present. The flavor is tangy and smooth, with lots of round, wheaty goodness. Very fresh and fruity with notes of orange, banana, bubblegum, earthy yeast, and somewhat floral hops. Really dry and clean with a mild finish and lingering yeasty tang. The airy and light mouthfeel matches the flavor well, with soft carbonation and bone-dryness to make this refreshing, if not exactly crisp. There is an interesting depth to this beer and a sort of Belgian character to it. Refreshing, complex, and delightful.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle served at the porterhouse in covent garden, london. Weissbier glass

A- Cloudy, orange amber with a 3 finger creamy head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S- Typical clove and banana combination.

T- Once again typical weizen flavours of clove and banana, has good flavour retention, not watery in the finish.

M- Carbonation a little too aggressive, although it has a nice body, not watery.

D - A good weizen in my book although a little unsettling on the stomach due to high carbonation, good stereotypical weizen flavours.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large flute glass. Copious head, very nice and fluffy. The head sticks around better than other hefeweizens I've had. Nice cloudy gold color.

Taste is subtly sweet with a good fruitiness. Some serious banana flavors that come through on the nose as well. A bit of spice and cloves as well. Good bubbles and quite refreshing. Very drinkable and smooth. The Rothaus hefe is every bit as good as the more common and popular Weihenstephaner and Schneider-Weisse stylings.

An excellent german wheat with a great pour/head and smooth flavor.

*Reviewed in Berlin, so freshness/flavor may deviate from imported bottles.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Things are getting a little blurry as I try so many ales and lagers while on vacation, everything is exellent but not everything is mind-blowing... this is a exellent hefe, like many others here.

Straw-orange ale, murky from yeast. Aroma is a little sour and citric, some notes of hay and fresh yeast. Flavors : citrus, slight sour twang and a hoppy edge. Simple and refreshing.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very murky orange beer with a thick, creamy head that stays on the entire beer.

Smell is wonderfull, there is the obvious banana and grainy wheat, but also a citric, fruity smell. Reminds me of pineapple and somewhat orange.

Taste of ripe bananas and exotic fruit. Great taste, pineapples, mango's, lychees, everything. Almost like a tropical island. The wheat comes in second and adds to the complexity of the beer. The present yeast makes the beer taste yeasty (duh!), but also makes the mouthfeel a little chewy. Mouthfeel is also a bit astringent and slightly sticky.

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Photo of Derek
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mindestens haltbar bis: 02.06.06

A: Murky, golden straw. Fizzy white-head, little retention, some lace.

S: Bready with a little pineapple and citrus.

T: A little bread with lemon/lime tartness. Quite refreshing, but not full of flavour.

M: Light, somewhat creamy body, slighly acidic. Moderate to highly carbonated.

D: Good.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Bier Spezi Hamburg. Typical hefeweizen enormous head which lasts "forever", very cloudy golden. Typical h.w. aroma of cloves and ripe bananas. Flavour is relatively dry with the typical hefe character, notes of cloves and herbal spices, moderate hops. Another very nice and refreshing h.w.!

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Rothaus Hefeweizen from Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG
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