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Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 05-31-2002)
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a small head but it stays for good and gives off an amazing odor of sourdough bread. What an awesome thing for beer to smell like. The taste is super-tangy and has a strange mix of ester and phenol flavors that are kind of recognizable but come together in such a way that its far from "classic" hefewiezen taste. Banana stands out the most but I wouldn't say it dominates. This is definately different and probably the best domestically- produced hefe I've had yet. I drank it in like 15 minutes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours light orangy brown, cloudy, large bubble head,settles down to next to no head. Lemony/soapy nose. medium bodied and fairly low carbonation. Flavor notes I get are, lemon,coriander, soap and a moderatly malty base. Not a great tasty finish, sort of an ending wimper, middle of the road wheat. Doesnt do much for me.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ZAP for this offering...
A clear, golden yellow w/ a small amount of white head forms...very little lace.
Not much in the nose...a touch of banana and subtle sweetness.
Taste is decent...a touch drier than most heffe weizens I've tried to date. Slightly bitter lemons up front w/ very little spice...finished quite dry.
Mouthfeel is a little thin and more carbonated than I'd like to see for this style...still refreshing and one I'm glad to have tried.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a foamy head.

Smell: Some wheatiness with strong bananas and some cloves.

Taste: Mostly semi-sweet wheat malt, with nice balance of bananas and clove. Light hop spiciness at the end. Slightly watered down for a Hefeweizen, but pretty good overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light, dry finish.

Drinkability: Very light and easy to drink, but also a little light on flavor. I prefer other Hefeweizens, including Schell's, which is also local.

Edit: I changed this review quite a bit on May 1st, 2010, because this year's batch was better than last year's, which was weaker than normal.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ryanocerus
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a nice cloudy golden color with a short-lived white head. The aroma was wheaty sweet with spiced banana. The taste was more of the same with a little more citrus than the aroma. The mouthfeel was good with high carbonation, yet it was smooth. It is very highly drinkable and quite refreshing. One of the better American Hefes

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish orange with a big white head that has some good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of banana, yeast, clove, and wheat. Hints of lemon zest and spices.

Taste: Banana, yeast, and clove up front followed by spices and lemon. Lots of bready sweetness throughout. Hints of bubblegum in the finish. Nice combination of sweetness and tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Hef from Summit.

Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy light-gold color, 1/4 inch head that I was expecting to be a litle bigger and rolling in character. Nice fresh aroma, a little nutmeg. Neutral mouthfeel, a little lacking in flavor but leans toward the spiced banana estery with just a slight tartness at the end. Better than I remembered it, not off-putting or sour but not super flavorful. Certainly easily drinkable in quantity. Other than the Grand, this is my least favorite Summit brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cloudy unfiltered golden orange complemented by a foamy white head. Aroma has hints of spices, very mild banana notes, overall very nice just faint. In the first sip a sweetness mixed with all of the yeast tones, and this beer presents a good amount of hop flavor that I found uncharacteristic of a hefeweizen. This was almost like an Americanized version, a wheat ale if you will. Light to medium bodied with a pretty thin moutfeel overall. Pretty drinkable just nothing spectacular, I would like to try this one in the bottle to see if it differs.

Photo of soper2000
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another Summit single for me to try. It seems like I've been drinking Hefes nonstop, although i thought that i didn't really care much for the style. It poured a cloudy golden color with a 3 finger nice white head. Notes of yeast and bannana are heavy in the nose. Taste has a little grassy fill soon followed by a kick of lemony citrus. A slight bannana aftertaste follows. Certainly better than the tabernash hefe that I had last week, but I've definately had better.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A typical cloudy pale yellow Hefe Weizen color. Nice head with good retention.

Smell - Wheaty and malty with some nice banana and bubble gum scents in the mix.

Taste - Tastes like it smells, wheaty and sweet with nice tropical fruit and bubble gum flavors. Adding a lemon slice to the beer gives it an extra citrus kick that really brings out the flavors.

Mouthfeel - creamy, not overly carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability - This is a very good interpretation of the Hefe Weizen style. It goes down very easily and is a nice summer refresher. Given that it is always available in Minnesota, it's one of my quick go-to beers in the summer if other choices are limited.

Serving suggestion: Standard pint glass with a lemon slice.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap! This thing has the most uncontrollable head on any hefe I've ever tried! This moster head, once unleashed, rose up from the depths like a science project and tumbled over the sides of my half liter pint glass! This beast of a head is rocky and chunky, and it calms down to a quarter finger after several minutes and stays at that level. All of this insanity is suspended over a murky orange brew.

This sucker is redolent of dusty yeast, brown bananas, old fashioned bubblegum (the kind that comes individually wrapped in a twisted wrapper), and lots of doughy bread. There is a solid hop presence in addtion to a dank dusty smell (not a bad thing). The warmer it gets, the more I smell ripe bananas and bazooka joe....dang, that smells GOOD!

Tates doughy, yeasty, and fresh. This has a bit of that glazed donut flavor that I experience in most good hefe's. Banana bread is definitely there along with an extremely dry and dusty sensation that I believe is the yeast (maybe I'm wrong)? The finish is very dry and tart from the adequate amount of hops.

The more I sip the more I am reminded of banana skins. Yes, I have actually eaten the skin of a banana....I just wanted to see what it tasted like (I was a weird kid). Also, more spiced qualities come out as the temperature of the beer rises. This definitely gets better towards the end of the pint.

Mouthfeel is tingly with carbonation and this seems to mask the heavier "slick and slimy" qualities that be present in a hefe. IMO this is the best hefe that I've tried so far....it's quite deep and comlpex, but not overly yeasty and doughy like the more traditional Bavarian hefe's which are a little too sweet and slimy for my taste.

This is damn good stuff. This will be a summer sessioner for sure!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The typical Bavarian hefe-weizen appearance remains intact with the exception of the normally hard-to-control over-sized head. That magnificent head retention is due in part to their mashing regemins, but also due in part to their higher levels of carbonation, while this American version offers only an "average" carbonation at around 2.6 volumes. It drops readily to a thin collar and leaves only minor lacing. The typical nose, however, is also present and quite nice with some slightly green bananas; lightly spicy cloves; a doughy, wheat-based malt; soft, sweet, bubblegum and lightly abrassive plastic esters; and a mildly tart citric note. The body is light and its very fine, median carbonation leaves it gently crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers everything that the aroma promises with a splash of lemony citrus and bready malt upfront; followed by some rising bitterness and gently spicy clove; and finishing with a rousing flourish of banana, plastic, clove, and trading-card bubblegum. It's a touch more bitter than one might expect, and it's dryness lingers in the mouth; but overall it's quite nice!

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not the best Hefe, but at under $7 a sixer, this is a heck of a beer. It matches a lot of the elements of a great german hefe profile, but not all of them. Looks great, cloudy golden beer with a white head and nice lacing. Smells of slightly sour wheat with yeast. A lovely german wheat and yeast flavor. If this beer only had a little mroe complexity, some more fruit, it'd be a great beer. If there's a cheap sixer near you try it. If not, stick to the good import stuff.

Photo of plfahey
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale yellow gold with a slight cast of haze. Fluffy ivory-white head of moderate size with good retention.

Aroma-Typical hefeweizen characteristics are present, though light. Clove leads, followed by banana, with some bready wheat notes. Smell is to style, though not very impressive.

Flavor-Slight clove note with a bit of banana, followed by bready wheat. Finish has a quick twinge of carbonic acid, but is somewhat bland, with a very faint banana flavor appearing in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, high, spritzy carbonation is almost effervescent on the palate. Leaves palate feeling refreshed.

I've enjoyed this much more on tap at the brewery and found it there to be a decent hefeweizen, though from the bottle its a little bit lifeless in terms of flavor and aroma. Quite drinkable, but it just doesn't stand out.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice frisky weizen flavor. Not as much banana or spice flavor as expected for this style, but that just lets the fizzy wheat taste take the stage. A good cloudy body, thought its yellow is a tad darker than expected. Thin head, grainy lacing. I couldn't resist squeezing in the lemon slice, but that ain't no crime with this beer. Highly carbonated as expected; in fact, almost "seltzer water" gassy. Another surprise to be found at the bar in Marshall Field's basement.

Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summit Hefe Weizen: on tap. Poured a very yellow color, very hazy. The color was a little startling. Nice thick head, dense and long lasting. Very lemony flavor, which was a little surprising (and no, they did not put a lemon in it). The banana taste typical to the style were absent. After taste was long lasting, and fruity sweet. The brew was smooth though, with a creamy mouth feel. Unusual brew, not that authentic to the style, and not in my top ten of the style.

Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale yellow hue. A hard pour produced a modest white head (a true Bavarian Weizen should require a soft pour for a large head, anyway…), fair retention, it sunk slowly to a soapy cap. Minimal spotty lace. Well-constructed nose with the perfect invitation, cloves, wheat, spice, yeast. Not potent but pleasant. The palate is lightly spicy & clovey… fruity but not so much banana-like… sharp yeasty finish. Supremely refreshing. Definitely the abv you’re looking for in a summer seasonal. High carbonation does mask the flavors a little too much, medium-body. A pleasant quaff even if it is a little off style-wise, it has its charm. Thanks ZAP!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and cloudy yellow hue, thick, bubbly/soapy head, decent lacing throughout. Some lemon and yeast on the nose. Up front, some tartiness with some clove and wheat flavoring, quite nice, resembling the hefe-characteristics. Borderline medium bodied, with a spritzy, carbonated finish, tender spicy and banana flavors left on the palate; very simple, easy to drink, a decent hefe and another great product from the fine folks at Summit.

Photo of Magic
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a short lived white head. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. The beer has a clove aroma with a sweet maltiness. The flavor is the same with the clove flavor dominating. It has a decent flavor but nothing that will blow your socks off. It has a light body and maybe a little overcarbonated. Seems a little harsh on the tongue. A good local Hefe. Refreshing and low ABV makes this a good Summer beer. They go down extremely easy and in mass quantities so watch out.

Photo of trekbiker3000
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The appearance was slighty cloudy, with a very slight head. Pale yellow in color, what I would expect from this type of beer. The smell had a decent aroma of wheat, not overpowering but present. I actually had high hopes for this beer, but the taste had a metallic aftertaste. Not sure if it was from the brewing process or the fact the the bottle purchased may have been too old. In any event, the aftertaste took something away from this beer. I thought it was well carbonated and had a good mouthfeel. I just couldn't get past the aftertaste. I would try this beer again, but only if I could be sure that the beer was fresh. Never buy off the shelf marked for sale!

Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Active swirling pour... One fingers worth of crisp fizzy white foam... Only slight retention that when once faded leaves a full rich lacing... An orangish toffee color... Slightly hazy... Once the pour settles, there is no carbonation and its quite still...

S - Strong aroma or pale malts and grainy wheat... Some caramel and toffee... Some faint citrus notes... A pleasant enough aroma, I'm just not sure it fits the style...

T - Caramel... Toffee... Plastic... Some artificial banana...

M - Light to medium bodied... Moderate amount of carbonation that possesses a bite on the tongue and at finish... Smooth...

D - This one just doesn't resonate with me, especially considering the style... It's average at best overall not taking style into account, and a slight disappointment when taking style characteristics into consideration... I hate to say that I'm not a fan of a specific brewery, but this is the second time that I've tried Summit and have been severely let down in both instances...

Photo of aswaller
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.