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Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Hefe WeizenSummit Hefe Weizen

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BA SCORE
82
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172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%


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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budgood1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2002 15:56:40 | More by budgood1
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 02:31:35 | More by kmpitz2
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 23:30:59 | More by morimech
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brewdub17

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 20:37:35 | More by brewdub17
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ZAP

Minnesota

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2002 21:42:25 | More by ZAP
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drizzam

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 09:46:00 | More by drizzam
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marc77

California

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 18:12:34 | More by marc77
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 03:01:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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teg8612

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 15:29:34 | More by teg8612
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joedon

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 21:55:09 | More by joedon
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 12:33:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
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kruse

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 17:39:36 | More by kruse
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 06:12:29 | More by MattyG85
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Brian700

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 05:17:01 | More by Brian700
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dogger6253

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 04:05:54 | More by dogger6253
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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

Harder to do reviews while at a bar/resturant with all the stimulus and distractions, but here goes. Also, wasn't expecting this sample to be as fresh as it was considering the location of the resturant.
Anyway, the aroma came across a little light overall and it was hard to pick up specifics, but mostly noting light clove qualities. Looked good with firm 1/2 inch head with good lacing. Cloudy yellow. Classic looking for style. Taste was quite nice. Strong on the clove but with noticable wheat malt backing that blended nicely. Stayed flavorful from first sip to last. Enjoyable soft mouthfeel. I enjoyed this more that I expected, or more than I remember, as it had been a couple of years since my last Summit hefe.
Went very well with my walleye and fresh green beans.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2003 02:37:21 | More by garymuchow
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 04:30:20 | More by GeoffRizzo
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: One of those squat looking 12 ounce bottle that Summit seems to like using. The main label has a dark edged light brown background which has the dark green Summit logo top center with the words ‘HefeWeizen’ in black font inside a yellow rectangle. The crown cap is color coordinated with the yellow rectangle whilst the neck label replicates the logo. Lists the ingredients as ‘Water, Barley Malt, Wheat Malt, Hops & Yeast’. No strength listed, but I did notice as held the bottle to the fading sunset that the shoulder of the bottle is marked ‘Enjoy By Jul 27’.

Appearance: Fantastic liquid gold color that reflects, refracts, bends and twists the light from my Apartment desk lamp in all directions. Nice thick white collar like head that’s comprised of small bubbles and hangs around with a decent retention at first, but I soon settles to a thin barely unbroken covering. Decent carbonation levels are exhibited though.

Nose: Very common Hefe-like nose, it has all the classic components of banana, cloves, wheat, yeast, some fresh dough and a light but sharp citric element with some lemon juice in the latter part of the aromas.

Taste: I could just cut and paste the Nose section here, but the tastes have a bolder feel than the nose. Some spices and a light pepper feel in the mouth are also evident in the dry bitter finish that’s leaves an adherent Bubble-Gum twang on the tongue long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Decent light body that has character and is far from thin thanks mainly to the decent levels of carbonation. Solid Hefeweizen with a strong clove presence in the finish.

Drinkability: It’s been a long day at work and a warm night in Long Beach, this was the first beer of the night, and the 12 ounces were son dispatched.

Overall: A very refreshing beer and I’m sure a great Summer quaffer, well if you had more than one 12 ounce bottle anyway.

Thanks to the FeloniousMonk for this short-lived Hefeweizen from Minnesota.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 04:57:10 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 05:30:32 | More by tempest
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

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

A- Pours a very golden cloudy color with a thin head.

S- Very spicy citrus aroma, almost smells like a fresh pear.

T- Good tasting Hefe, refreshing beer on a hot summer day. Some zesty spice notes along with a nice level of carbonation on the tongue.

M- The feel is thin with a clean smooth finish.

D- This beer is very drinkable on a warm summer night, such as tonight. Good refreshing Hefe and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 00:26:05 | More by pmccallum86
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle- No freshness date

A- Pours into the weizen glass a murky golden orange color. Head is a fluffy off-white with minimal retention, spotty lace.

S- The citrus I am detecting is grapefruit. Cloves are present and the faintest trace of banana.

T- Is much as expected of a hefe with the added tartness of grapefruit. Suprisingly, not unpleasant.

M- Medium-light body. Gently glides over the palate. Crisp. Finishes clean.

D- Enjoyable. I know it sounds cliche but, refreshing. I could see these being quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 00:15:50 | More by EvilKeith
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice cloudiness with a 1 finger head that recedes into a very thin cap.

S- A great nose for a wheat. Very reminiscent of Weinstephaner. Nice banana, clove, light pepper, pear, and a touch of fresh apple.

T- The buck stops here. The taste here, although refreshing, is pretty light. I get some light clove, banana, and a very slight pepper, but it's pretty thin. The finish is mainly clove, slight banana, and eventually a touch more pepper.

M- Mouthfeel is low carb but works well for a weizen style.

D- This is a refreshing summer beer that is easily sessionable, especially @ 4%, but it just doesn't have a strong enough taste profile. Because of the great drinkability, I must boost it to a 4.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 02:59:57 | More by Greggy
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear, golden-wheat color. The bottle may have been a bit old, because there was definitely some settling of sediment at the bottom.

Smell is refreshingly wheaty without being overdone. Maybe a zing of lemon to complement it.

Summit's HW does a good job of balancing the strength of the flavor. It doesn't come off as too aggressive, nor is it too weak -- and this lends itself to both great taste AND drinkability.

The mouthfeel just leaves something to be desired. I can't put my finger on it, but it doesn't have what I expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 14:22:25 | More by AmberMan22
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 18:34:05 | More by ChopperSmith
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap at Burrito Loco and Sally's, most likely because it was the most appealing thing they had on tap.

Served in a standard pint glass. Golden in color, with a hint of orange, served with a lemon. I was asked by a friend if it was Blue Moon, as it does resemble it. Half finger head that shrinks to nothing quickly. No lacing.

The nose is typical of a Hefeweizen, nothing special. Light citrus and clove scents, as well as very yeasty.

The taste is much better, in my opinion. More pronounced, with the ever so subtle hop spiciness that kicks it up a notch. Actually pretty good tasting.

Mouthfeel is light, with a bite from the carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid american Hefe. Not by any means a great one, but a solid one. I sort of like this beer, and think it's underrated. If I'm at Sally's or Burrito Loco again, with their less than spectacular tap list, I'll have this gladly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 04:31:12 | More by Mistofminn
Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.