Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 178
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: ADR on 05-31-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 178
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This hefeweizen poured a clear, golden yellow color with creamy, bright white foam that clung to the glass and left lace. Very active (fizzy) carbonation. (There was some yeast in the final pour, which gave the last drink some cloudiness.) The smell was citrus (lemon) and wheat. The taste was citrusy lemon with flavors of malt and grain and a bit of hops in the finish. There was a faint banana flavor in the background. The mouthfeel was slightly tart but with a sweetness also. It was light and refreshing with medium-light body, and it was smooth but with a crisp finish. There was hint of a "soapy" taste/feel. This was an easy to drink hefeweizen.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle. (738 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,224 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at the Irish Oak in Chicago. The Oak is a great bar about one block south of Wrigley.

Beer was a very light yellow with none of the "haze" you expect in a weiss. Normal but not spectacular head. Not much lacing. Not the appearance I would normally expect from this style.

Smell was better. Some clove, spice and notes of malt. Thats more like it!

Taste was just adequate. Some malty sweetness, a little clove & spice, but everything was understated. It has a kind of washed out taste & feel to it. Mouthfeel was thin & drinkability was about average.

I really like Summit beers and I was looking forward to this one. It was a disappointment. The taste was barely better than a Lienies Honey Weiss. I will continue to drink & enjoy Summit brews. I will just avoid this one. (807 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy light-gold color, 1/4 inch head that I was expecting to be a litle bigger and rolling in character. Nice fresh aroma, a little nutmeg. Neutral mouthfeel, a little lacking in flavor but leans toward the spiced banana estery with just a slight tartness at the end. Better than I remembered it, not off-putting or sour but not super flavorful. Certainly easily drinkable in quantity. Other than the Grand, this is my least favorite Summit brew. (458 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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... (1,007 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale yellow hue. A hard pour produced a modest white head (a true Bavarian Weizen should require a soft pour for a large head, anyway…), fair retention, it sunk slowly to a soapy cap. Minimal spotty lace. Well-constructed nose with the perfect invitation, cloves, wheat, spice, yeast. Not potent but pleasant. The palate is lightly spicy & clovey… fruity but not so much banana-like… sharp yeasty finish. Supremely refreshing. Definitely the abv you’re looking for in a summer seasonal. High carbonation does mask the flavors a little too much, medium-body. A pleasant quaff even if it is a little off style-wise, it has its charm. Thanks ZAP! (661 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have tried several products by Summit, and there has been something in it's taste that does not seem right. The Hefe Weizen was the most noticeable. It was a very metallic taste throughout, which does not add at all to my enjoyment of this stuff.

Update 7-6-2004 I do not know what I was thinking all of those months ago. I sat down with a tall mug of this Hefe at Majors in Bloomington, and enjoyed everybanana tinged scent. I was so utterly wrong it makes me want to turn in my ID card (If I had one). I am ashamed of my former review, I have found one of my new favorite summer beers. (593 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazed lemony gold with a full, fluffy, thick, creamy white head. Good retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Nice aroma full of typical Hefeweizen scents. Strong banana, bubblegum, and wheaty bread. Clove is in the back providing a nice spicy kick on the finish. Pretty well balanced.

T - More tangy wheat and bready flavor than the nose suggested. Some spiciness and lemony citrus comes out as well. Some banana and bubblegum in the background.

M - Lightish body with average carbonation. A little too thin and watery - lacking the really nice creaminess.

D - Easy to drink, not as much banana flavors. Goes down really easy though.

Notes: Good domestic hefeweizen, not as much banana/bubblegum with a bit more tangy wheat and bready flavors. Good although I was not blown away. Balanced beer overall. (812 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden yellow slightly hazy color with a nice 1finger head lacing is present..it looks good..smell is average im not getting bananas,cloves,spices or yeast..just average..taste is the same it has light hefe qualities but not enough for my liking..mouth feel is light with some flavor going for it..its drinkable ill say try it..but its not the hefe i would reach for 1st (383 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.12/5  rDev -15%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark yellow/golden color. Super cloudy, can't see through it at all. Lots of fluffy, creamy white head. Thick small bubble lacing is painted all over the glass.

S: Sweet and yeasty. Bananas and clove spices.

T: Follows the smell. Wheat and a dash of floral and pine hops are in the mix as well. Very smooth finish.

M/D: Lighter body that feels a little thin. Lots of small carbonation bubbles makes for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel at first, but as you swallow, there is a little bite on the back of the mouth. Pretty good drinkability. Hefes aren't my faveorite, but this pretty refreshing on a warm, summer day. (617 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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... (1,285 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says enjoy by 6 September 2011.

Pours a nice cloudy golden straw yellow, like late summer wheat. A nice stack of head, about two fingers, white. Retention is decent, lacing is pretty good.

Smell - lots of fruit and yeast. Great banana and wheat aromas. A bit of spice, but mostly it's lovely sweet ripe fruit with some pungent yeast.

Taste is surprisingly tangy and a bit rough. There's more bitterness than I'd like, and not enough of those banana, yeast, and wheat flavors. Tastes a little like tonic water. Disappointing. Finishes bitter, drying out, but the bitter holds on still.

Mouthfeel - I find the carbonation to be too high, as the beer can't really settle down with all those bubbles flying around. Thin-bodied, as expected.

An okay beer, but not one I'll feel inclined to drink again. It's refreshing on a hot day, and I can finish the glass. But it's sharp and rough, with more bitterness and carbonation than I want from it, and it's missing those delicious fruit, wheat, and yeast flavors that the smell promised. (1,041 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap! This thing has the most uncontrollable head on any hefe I've ever tried! This moster head, once unleashed, rose up from the depths like a science project and tumbled over the sides of my half liter pint glass! This beast of a head is rocky and chunky, and it calms down to a quarter finger after several minutes and stays at that level. All of this insanity is suspended over a murky orange brew.

This sucker is redolent of dusty yeast, brown bananas, old fashioned bubblegum (the kind that comes individually wrapped in a twisted wrapper), and lots of doughy bread. There is a solid hop presence in addtion to a dank dusty smell (not a bad thing). The warmer it gets, the more I smell ripe bananas and bazooka joe....dang, that smells GOOD!

Tates doughy, yeasty, and fresh. This has a bit of that glazed donut flavor that I experience in most good hefe's. Banana bread is definitely there along with an extremely dry and dusty sensation that I believe is the yeast (maybe I'm wrong)? The finish is very dry and tart from the adequate amount of hops.

The more I sip the more I am reminded of banana skins. Yes, I have actually eaten the skin of a banana....I just wanted to see what it tasted like (I was a weird kid). Also, more spiced qualities come out as the temperature of the beer rises. This definitely gets better towards the end of the pint.

Mouthfeel is tingly with carbonation and this seems to mask the heavier "slick and slimy" qualities that be present in a hefe. IMO this is the best hefe that I've tried so far....it's quite deep and comlpex, but not overly yeasty and doughy like the more traditional Bavarian hefe's which are a little too sweet and slimy for my taste.

This is damn good stuff. This will be a summer sessioner for sure! (1,781 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as cloudy as I expected and my initial reaction was that is lager-like in colour but it is deeper in the orange tones than a lager. Poured into a beer mug of the correct size and I the head was so frothy that I couldn't get the whole beer in the glass. The height of the head disappeared quickly, leaving behind slight lacing and a small head through the entire drink.

The beer had the expected nose of fruityness with slight cloves. I did get the aroma of bananas which is different than I have had in the past.

The beer is best described as crisp. The flavour profile is decently deep, with citrus and cloves dominating the palate. Its carbonation was not excessive, and left little bitterness on the palate. If this were summer, I could sit in the sun all day and drink these. In my opinion, a very nice domestic representation of a hefeweizen. (853 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't last long. Light sourish banana-clove aroma, light wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery, has a nice clean and crisp finish, not bad and very average for an unfiltered style wheat. (265 characters)

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