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Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 05-31-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 179
Photo of kruse
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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...

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I wouldn't measure this head is fingers, I'd do it in miles. poured 12 oz into a 22 oz hefe glass and couldn't fit it all. The foam is white and creamy looking, beautiful. The beer itself though is a little too clear in some parts. Instead of really dissipating through the beer, the yeast is hanging in arms and wisps.

S: A very rich banana/clove mix, just about perfect. No hops, no nothing. Not even that yeasty smell you get on some hefes. It's a rich, creamy smell, if that makes sense, something I would expect from a banana milk shake or something. YUM.

T: Less perfect. Still a good banana/clove mix, but I get some off flavors as well, not many, but some. Maybe something buttery? Still no hops, but no malt really either. Not even a biscuity or wheaty one. This beer is really dominated by the yeast.

M: On the thin side of creamy, but still feels smooth as if it was creamy, there is no crisp bite. I wish there was. Seems to be almost a winter hefe...

D:Great, for a hefe this is very light on carbonation, something that can easily turn me off for drinkability. A good flavor a good everything.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Schells Weizen Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers or orange-hued white head. Color is a hazy orange mango. Decent head retention but no lace.

Aroma: A ton of cloves and bananas. Some orange peel. Fairly weak, but nothing bad.

Taste: I am just not diggin this beer. It has all the normal flavors of a hefe, but nothing seems to be fitting together. Seems to be to spiced and not enough fruits.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but more smooth than anything. Light to medium bodied. Lower level of carbonation. Ends with a dry, spiced aftertaste. 3.5

Overall, I am not to impressed with this beer. It just isn't what I am used to to in a hefe and this isn't something I would drink a lot of. I am bummed because I have a 5 more left in my 6er.

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Photo of ThickestHead
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a cloudy straw-yellow that makes a foamy head that has minor lacing and retains a thin collar.
Smells of bananas and lemon.
Tastes of a sweet wheat malt with banana and a hint of spice at the end.
It doesn't bite the tongue so much as it tingles it ever so playfully.
Haven't been the biggest fan of the style but I wasn't let down and am curious to try other Hefes now.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle, poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded yellow with a white creamy head that thins and stays. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of banana/clove with some floral notes. Smells like an authentic Bavarian HW!

The taste is of sweet banana with spicy clove balancing it out. Not very complex, but very delicious, and flavors hang on long through the aftertaste. The banana/clove character is bery bold.

It has a creamy, effervescent (though could be a touch more so to improve it even more), light body.

One of the best American interpretations of the style I've had, IMO. (Even with low abv, which I didn't realise until seeing it here after reviewing on notes.) Glad to see that it follows the outline of an authentic HW, rather than an American Pale Wheat Ale laballed as such. Very banana-y with a nice clove balance. Very well-done! A truly refreshing, tasty brew!

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the MSP airport at Ike's.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with pretty good head retenation and lacing. On the nose there is considerable spice, with noticeable clove, nutmeg and a touch of banana. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and for such a low abv. beer, I'm impressed by the amount of flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but still substantial. Drinkability is exceptional.

What a treat to be able to find a beer this tasty at the airport.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal amount of head and some lacing.

Smells of banana and spices.

Slightly watery tasting typical easy drinking wheat type beer. Banana and wheat tastes dominate.

Very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable due to the light mouthfeel and the weak taste.

Not my favorite for the style a little too light and watery. However it's not too bad and very drinkable.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with somewhat of an orange hue. A foamy ivory head rises 1" and shows off it's great retention. Foamy lace stays on the glass for an eternity.

Smell: Banana, clove, yeast and lots of sweet malts. Spicy with pepper.

Taste: A metallic flavor stagnates the experience right away. Afterwards, a normal taste unfolds. Banana, sweet malt, and yeast. A hop bite is a little more than you get from a standard Hefe.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, spicy and a tiny bit of alcohol. Smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: A good Hefeweizen, but not near the top of the list. I actually prefer a little more sweetness and flavor and not a trace of metal. Worth drinking a lot of.

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Photo of berserker256
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy and yellowish in typical wheat beer fashion but not much head. Small white head disappears quickly. Slight clove aroma the most dominant smell is a bubblegum type of aroma. Maybe there's a little lemon zest in there also. There are cloves and spices in the flavor along with the hint of lemon. A little earthy. Fizzy and thin in texture but not a bad beer. A pretty easy low alcohol drinker.

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Wheaty, clove, a hint of bubblegum.

Taste: Wheat overtones, mild sweetness, a little clove, a little citrus tang.

Drinkability: Could be a session beer.

I had avoided this beer for a long time (even before it went away and then came back) because my initial six pack was extremely underwhelming. I picked up a single to get closer to having the current Summit lineup all reviewed and was pleasantly surprised. Still not an overly flavorful hefe, but not too bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= pours a hazy golden color that looks a lot like honey with a small head that has average bubble size as well as average retention and lacing.
S= small banana and clove notes with wheat dominating.
T= yeasty and wheaty. Not much as far as bannana and a touch of clove.
M= pretty average.
D= good. Not the best by any means but I could sip on a few. Don't expect to get blown away by this one. Very average and medeocre.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Straw yellow beer with a glowing orangey hue in the center. Beautifully hazed with yeast. Fluffy head on top, perfect white; persisted decently, slowly down to a 1 cm head layer.

S-Slightly citrus, with a nice clovey tone and assertive, refreshing wheatiness.

T-Smooth, clovey-spicy with a hint of banana and a slight lemony essence lingering into the finish. Wheaty tang is certainly there, though not too aggressively.

M-Crisp and nearly puckering high carbonation, large-bubbled and cleansing on my palate. Medium-light body.

D-Perfect for a sunny summer day. Unfortunately, it's a bit gloomy out. But, it's a tasty brew and is quite smooth and enjoyable. Good for any weather patter, I suppose :)

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of PalatineBrewing
1.92/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Flowery hefe; what can i say - tastes like dishsoap to me.

A: Golden color with a thick head

S: Smells soapy; not a good start.

T: Tastes soapy. Very flowery (not bitter hops, but flowers) flavor to it. Not sure if that is a fermentation issue or the hops, but i feel like im drinking Palmolive.

M: SG 1.015 maybe? Medium carbonation.

D: The taste really throws me off, so hard to judge. Seems like the gravity and mouthfeel is fine, so probably drinkable if you like floiwery beers.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice golden haze with a concave 3 inch white head.

It had a nice clove smell that was accompanied by a minimal banana undertone.

A rich clove taste was topeed with a delicious hoppy finish. It was very smooth.

I found it to be very drinkable and refreshing. Well worth a session on a hot summer night.

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Photo of Crosling
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange yellow. Wispy, soapy foam that lasts pretty well. Nose is pretty disappointing and only shows light touches of character. Mainly banana notes with hints if corn and husk. As it opens up and warms, it becomes much more palatable. Fairly nice flavor profile, consisting of banana, clove and spice. A respectable, drinkable example.

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Photo of JDV
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Delilah's in Chicago. Pours slightly hazy light yellow with very small head. Smell is lemon, wheat and cracker like. Taste is a bit thin, very bubbly body, and is lemony and citrusy with cracker like wheaty flavor. More like an American Wheat than Hefeweizen, but a slight spiced flavor does come out, however. Lacking in body and some flavor, but still very refreshing, and easy drinking.

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Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange color. White head fades to a film. Small bits of lacing.

S - Sweet and light bubblegum yeasty smell and some earthy wheatiness. Also some mild hoppy bitterness.

T - Taste starts out with a light crispy bite, quickly into some earthy wheat & sweet yeast flavors. Some sweeter banana flavors come in briefly before a lightly bittersweet finish.

M - Light to medium consistency, with light carbonation.

D - Very easy drinking, nothing outstanding or terrible. I love hefes and this ones local so I'll be drinking it a lot this summer.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Greggy
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.