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Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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82
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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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Photo of slyke
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a hazy bright yellow color with a generous (1"+) white head.

Smell: Initially the aroma is pretty lemony. As the head fades, the aroma turns to more banana and spice. Very inviting.

Taste: Good here, some of the lemon flavors come through, but there is more spice in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This one is decent in the mouth, but not as good as some other Hefes.

Drinkability: With a good flavor and lower ABV, this is a beer you could while away the afternoon with.

This is quite a tasty beer as are all of Summit's seasonals. Recommended.

slyke, Jul 05, 2005
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.

morimech, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of budgood1
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is one beautiful beer! deep golden color, the addition of all the yeast provides a very cloudy appearance and makes the head big and rocky...and it sticks around for the entire glass. aroma is somewhat muted, with the usual wheat and yeast spice characteristics, plus a touch of summit (northwest) hops which gives it a quite citrusy smell. a nice big mouthfeel and full body! although not huge in the taste department...enough of the bubble gum and vanilla flavors to make up for the lack of the big clove and banana flavors that make weizens so delectable. another summit winner! this is a great minnesota summer delight.

budgood1, Jun 17, 2002
Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately cloudy straw color with a finger of white head that falls to a fair coat over top. Nose is impressive for an American hefe. I get a bit of banana, clove and solid wheat. Very solid for an American made hefe. Flavor is much like the nose, but a little light on the banana fruityness. Its mostly wheaty with a background of clove and banana. A pretty good tasting beer. Feel is a solid creamy moderate with a moderate carbonation. Very active yet still with the body I want in a hefe. By far a highly drinkable beer. Nothing wrong with it. This will be in my fridge again from warmer weather.

kmpitz2, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of brewdub17
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-Transparent Gold hue. Nice white lacing with weak head retention.

Smell: Very light fruity smell, close to a banana like.

Taste: Malty light smell with a taste of the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation mixes well with the malty flavors.

Drinkablility: Good session beer with low abv and could allow for good food pairings.

brewdub17, May 11, 2010
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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of marc77
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully turbid pale golden hue. Topped by a loosely frothy, pitted head that readily settles into an unremarkable, thin, muddled layer. Middling, tattered foam trails. Ripe banana esters with a citric twang hit the nose upfront, then taper to allow stately notes of doughy, underbaked, clove studded bread to surface. Mild candyish bubblegum and faint yeasty tartness adds a sweettart contrast. Well rounded and enticing aromawise. A combination of breezy, grainy, wheat and pale malt derived sweetness coats the palate intitially. It is then ensued by a bated snap of lemony tartness along with concomintant, well blended, judicious hop bitterness. Sapid suggestions of herbal clove and overripe banana emerge late, lending a rounding, quinessential weizen ester presence. A bit lightly bodied; perhaps a notch shy on proteinaceous viscosity. Finishes lightly sweet and mostly clean, with a fleeting impression of banana bread and lemon. Quite an authentic and enjoyable hefeweizen. Although subpar overall to some of the great German examples, Summit Hefe Weizen possess a refreshingly soft, agreeably sweet malt presence, well rounded ester profile and is thus balanced all around. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery! It's inherent quaffability makes one bottle quite a tease...

marc77, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of largemouthdmb
4/5  rDev +10.2%

largemouthdmb, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +10.2%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of smogfood
4/5  rDev +10.2%

smogfood, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a big soft rocky head that coats the glass as you drink...nose is of cloves primarily...this has a fairly nice maltiness to it..banana notes emerge ever so slightly as you drink it...not a bundle of flavor, but it is easy drinking, thirst quenching and a nice soft malty flavor....A great summer beer, but not an all-time great HEFE..Very solid though...

ZAP, Jul 17, 2002
Photo of teg8612
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw-yellow with a strong head that drops down to a thin layer, eventually.

S- Sweet banana, spicy herbal notes, and wheat malts. Somewhat lemony.

T&M- Body is medium with medium carbonation. Bready texture of the wheat malts is backed with some lemon tartness and smooth banana and clove spiciness. Very crisp with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Very clean. I am one of those who looks at you funny when I hear bubblegum flavor and I don't taste it here either.

D- I have grown to love this version of Hefe above most other American versions out there. This pretty darn good and a perfect summer quencher.

teg8612, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +10.2%

tbeq00, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +10.2%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you notice when looking at a bottle of Summit Hefe is the buildup of yeast inside the bottle...when pouring it into your favorite pint glass you want to make sure to swirl continuously so you get all of it that you can. The smell was that of cloves with an undertone of citrus. Once poured I noticed it had a thin head and a very cloudy appearance...pretty much expected for any Hefe. The taste to me wasn't as good as Paulaner but it was very good for an American hefe. Overall it was a highly drinkable beer and one I will be purchasing extensively in the future. I think I paid $6.75 for a 6 pack but it was well worth the experience.

drizzam, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of Timmah11
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Timmah11, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of psychotia
4/5  rDev +10.2%

psychotia, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. Enjoy by 09.14.10.

Thanks to my cousin Dan for hooking up a bottle of this from the mix pack.

A - Tall and vigorously poured, I emptied the bottle into the 20 oz weizen glass and it filled it to the brim with head. A full four fingers of sparkling white head expanded to the top then fell with moderate pace. Chunky lace only clung to about half the head height above the hazy straw yellow body.

S - An intoxicating aroma reminiscent of the very weizens that come out of Bavaria floods the air. Smooth and soft wheat flanks a generous banana ester nose and mellow clove scent. The smell signals the beginning of awesome summer beers to come!

T - The flavor takes a big step back in quality from the fantastic aroma to deliver only about half the goodness promised. The banana is much lighter and the clove comes through as an afterthought but yeast is brought out more. The wheat really stands out here.

M - Light in body, this hefe goes down very smoothly with a nice silky finish that dries out slightly. The texture is very nice.

D - Despite the drop in flavor quality from the aroma, this beer still remains awfully drinkable. It's a great summer offering that will quench a big thirst and refresh on a hot, sunny day.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of joedon
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow beer, starting with a big white head that quickly drops and no lacing.
Aroma mainly of yeast and a bit of citrus.
Tastes good; malty, yeasty, tangy. Good blend of wheat and malt flavors.
Very spritzy on the tongue and light body. Good summer beer and quite drinkable.
Respectable effort from Summit.

joedon, Nov 12, 2009
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.

MattyG85, May 23, 2011
Photo of kruse
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Summit brewery. Can't get better than drinking at the source.
A: Nice looking hefe - pours a cloudy gold with creamy white head.
S: Subtle maltiness with hints of banana, citrus, and clove.
T: Nice wheat flavor with a bit of yeastiness and fruit.
M: Good, but a little thin. (A common complaint I have about Summit brews)
D: Very drinkable. Decent, but not great, American hefeweizen.

kruse, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Brian700
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a cloudy yellow with a white head that settled to a thin layer in my glass. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is of citrus and fruity esters.

The flavor is of wheat malt, yeast, fruity esters, citrus (orange, lemon).

It is light/med. bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I've had many other Hefe's that were much better but this is still good and would make a great session brew.

Brian700, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of dogger6253
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong, yellow color, severely hazy. There is a 1/4 inch thick white head on top. Smell is of heavy coriander and cloves, with hints of banana and a dab of hoppy floral stylings. The taste is more balanced, if not a little bit further on the bitter side. There is a most notable hops flavor, but even still, it is dulled out by a vanilla-like malt. There is a little bit of lemon tang in the finish. Overall, this is pretty crisp and extremely refreshing. It's by no means my favorite HW, but it's still of pretty decent caliber. I used this to introduce a friend to craft beer, he liked it a lot.

dogger6253, Jun 10, 2008
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.

tempest, Aug 04, 2006
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.

GeoffRizzo, Oct 04, 2003
Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.