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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 BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden color, hazier up at the top, with an impressive head, 2" thick, white as a cloud and fluffy as one, too, with a slow, lacey crumble. (Perhaps the Aventinus glass I poured it into aided in this.)
Aroma is overall soft and subdued, but full of weizen character, spikey with citrus, spicy, but mellow and dry.
Rich, tangy, grainy, mouthfeel at first, with a tasty, rewarding finish. Body is light/medium, and smooth. Lacking complexity, but high on the drinkability, with just enough flavor.
A brew I return to every summer, over and over.

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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 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 Billolick
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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

The beer has a hazy golden appearance with a big fat white head. It dissipates quickly, however it still laces nicely with what is left. It has a very nice aroma that displays most of your typical weizen qualities, with vanilla and clove being the strongest. Beautiful spiciness to the taste of this beer. And almost some citrus. Maybe a little. Very nice carbonation. This beer goes down the hatch very easily. One of my summer fall backs. Nicely done hefe weizen here.

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Photo of Gusler
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal clear gold color as it sets in my glass, the head is impressive in size, spumescent in texture and the color a bright white, lace is a fine sealing sheet. Nose is musky, sweet, citrus clean, with the start sweet and nicely malted, top a bit thin in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, a drinkable beer and one that would be a nice Arid-Zona Summer Beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a cloudy pale straw yellow color with a relatively tight white head leaving nice lace on the glass.

S-the nose is quite strong, wheat, lemon, spicy clove.

T-this has a nice amount of wheat and lemon, notes of banana. touch of spicy clove in the back, just a bit watery.

M-very syrupy, thick body with a little bit of a lack of carbonation to balance that out. smooth on the palate and creamy.

D-big bold flavors with just a hint of watered down flavor in the back. lacks carbonation which detracts a little but other than that a solid hefe.

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Photo of ZAP
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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...

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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

Color is cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy white head about an inch high, fades slowly leaving some sticky patches of lace. Smell is faint of citrus and wheat, a bit spicey, clove-like, but all soft and light on the nose. Taste is very tangy sweet and yeasty, super rough, gritty feel right away then smooths out some, a bit unpleasant to swallow, and seems just to grainy/gritty. This is a very OK hefe, passable, Summit brews of interest is to stick with the IPA and the porter.

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Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.87/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at a recent Twins game.

Served in a plastic cup, but oh well. Cloudy golden yellow with a thinner light colored head that is creamy.

Wheaty with some banana and slight clove smell. Light and fresh.

Nice wheaty malt with a moderate banana taste with a hint of clove coming in at the end. Very enjoyable.

Lighter bodied, smooth and clean.

Drinks terrifically. I will revisit this one throughout the summer for sure. Solid example for the style.

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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 Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another tasty Hefe from ZAP! This offering was fairly clear (until yeasties were added near the finish) and a medium-light golden color. Plentiful bubbles streamed topwards. Head was about 1/4", white and fine, with a decent lacework in the glass.
Nose was mildy of banana, with only a touch of clove. Body was just in the medium range, and it passed fairly smoothly (for the style) over the palate.
A little hint of sweetness was present, with a very mild banana accompaniment. There seemed to be more of an apple-type fruitiness than the typical Bavarian offerings. The bier was crisp and dry, and perhaps just a smidge tart. Again, could have been spicier and clovier. The yeast at the end did produce a bit more sharpness, though. Still, a decent Hefe, and thirst-quenching to boot! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of alexgash
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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