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Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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.

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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 128
Photo of dfried
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical straw yellow for hefe's, not as cloudy as I might prefer. The head rises up after the pour well, but quickly dissapears to a broken ring, if any. The smell and the initial taste both had the characteristics of hefeweizens, but were a little toned back. Banana and cloves over the fresh wheat backdrop initially, finishing with citrus/lemon zest and a bread/yeast flavor. Although there wasn't a lot to make this standout, it is still a solid, drinkable, local beer that I am certain I will return to more than once before the summer is over.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent spring and summer selection. Doesn't have the bold Hefeweizen characters that I love in the style, but clean and void of flaws. A typical straw / yellow and yeasty looking brew. The haze is less intense than desired and the head retention is slight, but maybe I'm being too picky. Smells sweet and yeasty, but light on the clove, bananna, and bubble gum esters. Tastes reitterate the aromas, in that there exists a soft sweetness (not entirely grain deriven), along with a mild - moderate wheat and barley malt. A timid yeasty, bready flavor follows through to the finish. Citrus (orange, pineapple) do the same. Finishes quite clean and refreshing with a mild grainy bitterness. Pretty good, but not a 'standout' enought to claim top nods.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of hoffman
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very thin watery texture with a on half finger head rising and quickly falling to a small lace that sticks 1/4" above the surface following the beer down the mug. Color is a very light gold to almost yellow. The smell is all yeast with some notes of grains in back creamy sweet and slightly buttery. The taste is full and decent, the buttery sweet flavor of the yeast overpowers most untill the overwhelming grain finish hits you like a ton of bricks...tough...I graded the taste up a little as this is not my favorite type of beer. Mouthfeel is a bit too water for me. I probably wont buy this one again. I have had better hefes than this.

Photo of jlh8643
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle with no date indicated. The small egg white head dissapates to a tiny ring that sits on top of a straw yellow, slightly hazy body. An ample amount of carbonation rises to the top in a steady stream of bubbles. The aroma has some citrus with a hint of wheat but I don't notice much in the way of cloves or banannas as one would expect from a Hefe Weizen. Some wheat and lemon come through in a dry finish. A nice quencher but not all that representative to the traditional style.

Photo of trekbiker3000
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
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 warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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 neonbrown82
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a re-review of this beer for me. Funny thing I don't remember having tried it before, and my review doesn't seem to be consistent with this particular batch (which is an amazing rendition of the hefe style).

The beer pours into my Ayinger weizen glass to a very light pale yellow color, only slightly hazy. The carbonation is minimal, and can't sustain the already thin white head.

The nose is heavy of banana and clove along with a spicy hint of wheat. If you can manage to let this beer warm up a bit before quaffing, it really brings out the aromas and flavors.

The taste has a bit of a bite to it from the wheat followed by a nice banana and clove. It's a bit sweet and light with only a mild hop at the end.

The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. This is one of the most drinkable hefes I've had.

Photo of alexgash
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy, golden banana body, with solid effervescence and capped by a puffy, light head. Looks like a hefeweizen to me, although a little more haziness wouldn't hurt. Nose is yeasty, with wheat malt, light clove, and a touch of banana. These typical hefeweizen aromas are accompanied by a snappy citrus burst, that gives this version a twist (which isn't necessarily a good thing). Taste lacks the bready wheat malt and is low on banana and bubblegum. Some clove flavor, along with a noticeable, almost citrus hop spice bitterness. Finish is yeasty and slightly metallic. About as average-tasting as I remember. Mouthfeel is a little thin on a sub-medium body. Not a bad beer, just not that inspiring.

Photo of slyke
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow/golden color. The head is very small for a hefe. The aroma is quite pleasing. Juicy banana, bread. A very nice smelling hefe. The taste is refreshing. It starts out juicy, but has a mild metalic aftertaste that leaves a bad impression. Mouthfeel is creamy with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent hefe that stays close to style. If not for the aftertaste this would be a really good brew.

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

Blurry maize with sun-faded lemon accents. The soft, fluffy, barely off-white cap has just enough stickiness to leave gentle ribbons of sea foam lace on the glass. There's nothing overly special about the appearance, but it looks good to me. That's all that matters.

The nose can't hold a candle to the best of the style. It's wheaty soft and gently grain-like. While I can't appreciate much fruitiness, I do notice clove-like notes that I would love to see play a more prominent role.

Summit Hefe is a decent domestic version of this classically German style. The banana and clove esters could stand to be more vivid. I like a lot of banana with a slightly more restrained clove character in my hefe weizens. This one doesn't quite fit that profile.

It's modestly sweet initially, fading to much less sweet on the finish. A soft, creamy, mouth pleasing mouthfeel was a wonderful surprise. This beer strikes me as a classic summer session beer that would be great in the right circumstances. A great picnic beer?

Summit Hefe Weizen is a solid effort from a brewery that I'm gaining respect for. Since I have access to a few of the great German hefes weizens, I have no real need for this one. I still like it, even though it's a (slightly darker than) pale imitation of the real thing.

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

Tasted on 5/11/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear light gold but pretty hazy after swirled pour. Light clove and banana aroma and flavor with the clove standing out a bit more than the fruit. Light-medium bodied with a citric bite in the finish.

Pretty average Bavarian Hefeweizen.

Per SBC website: Summer Seasonal.
11.2 P, 20 IBU, 4.2% ABV, 4.2L (color).
Malts: 2-row Harrington, Wheat
Hops: Tettenanger

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with a huge foamy head. Big wheat aroma. Bananas and spice in the aroma too. Sugary sweet flavor with banana. There are some vanilla flavor too. More flavorful than most hefes. Quite crisp and very refreshing. This is a very good hefe weizen, and a beer I will likely come back to.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow color and a nice head that is present from start to finish and is highly carbonated with a large amounts a bubbles. Has a pleasant smell of wheat an barley malts. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated but pleasant also. I don't care for wheat beers but with ones like these I think I can learn to like them. Summit has done it again. This is my favorite wheat beer so far. I'm surprise that Summit beers aren't more popular. Of the four beers of theirs I've had, they're all quality brews. Thumbs up!

Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden straw-colored with quite a bit of active carbonation but a minimal head. A pleasantly strong, though not striking, nose--sweet grains, banana, yeasty dough, and a touch of citrus and cloves are present. Smooth grains give way to a surprisingly crisp bite that lingers nicely. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between fullness and clean crispness. Not a great example of the style, perhaps, but quite a drinkable beer.

Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And finishing my all Hefe Weekend is this surprisingly great little brew...

Looks pretty MOR for a Hefe. Cloudy gold with a nice head.

Smells great! A Wheat malt odor that's just strong enough mixed with a subdued hints of spices and banana. It's an olfactory rainbow that is the best of every Wheat beer scent you've ever smelled rolled into one.

Tastes great, too. Wheat malt upfront along with clove, more malt in the back with the fruit again, banana and a general spice. Very nice.

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 francisweizen
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly golden with a big ole white head of foam. Aromas are of wheat, yeast, a bit of lemon and some slight spiciness. Where are the banana aromas? The taste is wheaty and yeasty up front bu the german hefe banan flavors are still WAY in the background. The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit full but the drinkability suffered because this beer was a mediocre.

Photo of Billolick
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row Harrington and wheat malts. Hopped with Tettenanger.

OG=11.2 plato, 20 IBU, 4.2% ABV, 4.2 lovibond.

Pours out to a cloudy pale golden, forming a tall soapy white head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong, forming modest spiral streamers. Beautiful looking beer. Aroma of true bavarian wheat strain with requisite cloves and green bananas, nicely balanced with a aromatic touch of hops, crisp water, and a clean ferment. Wonderful aroma. Mouthfeel is prickly and tart with a medium-light body. Taste begins with cleanly fermented green bananas (as opposed to over-ripe bananas) and cloves with a nice balance between the two, followed by a well-balanced spicy bitterness throughout, a nice touch of grain husk and lemon pith, and a clean finish with lingering bitterness. Only the subtlest note of metal is appreciable as far as off-flavors are concerned. Very mild cereal sweetness caps it off. A tad more bitterness than expected for the style, but I like it! The finish has a slight ruddiness to it, but doesn't detract from it's enjoyment.

A wonderful brew. Among the finest of the American Hefe-Weizen's I've had to date. True to style and well-brewed. Recommended.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a solid golden color with a small white head that reduced to a thin layer above the beer. Smell was very wheaty and slightly bready. First flavor I taste is a sweet bready flavor. A grainy base comes in after that. Slight spicyness comes in from the yeast not spices. The finish is a little bitter and definitely acidic and dry. Lighter in body and easy to drink. Not a bad brew but nothing great either.

Photo of elmocoso
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly cloudy strong gold beer - I couldn't get much head. minimal ring and very active beading.

Smell - a sour clove and yeasty with not much banana. Smell transfers to the taste - very estery and tart. Very pronounced, but in a good way.

Drink-ability and mouth feel grows as the beverage warms. Not bad, but i wouldn't buy a sixer.

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Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.