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Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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82
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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

KarlHungus, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

alexgash, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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

566

Bierman9, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

UncleJimbo, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

jera1350, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Mitchster, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
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.

kmpitz2, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
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.

garymuchow, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

ADR, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of Crosling
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Crosling, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

bditty187, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Redrover, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

TastyTaste, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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...

philbe311, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of MattyG85
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.

MattyG85, May 23, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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

gatornation, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

FreshHawk, May 05, 2011
Photo of marc77
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...

marc77, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of budgood1
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.

budgood1, Jun 17, 2002
Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bigbeers84, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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.

granger10, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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!

pmcadamis, Sep 05, 2006
Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.