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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 GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and cloudy yellow hue, thick, bubbly/soapy head, decent lacing throughout. Some lemon and yeast on the nose. Up front, some tartiness with some clove and wheat flavoring, quite nice, resembling the hefe-characteristics. Borderline medium bodied, with a spritzy, carbonated finish, tender spicy and banana flavors left on the palate; very simple, easy to drink, a decent hefe and another great product from the fine folks at Summit.

GeoffRizzo, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of Fabric8r
1.15/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I received a bottle of this from tavernjef (thanks!). But, something was terribly wrong. This beer was absolutely horrible. The 3/8" of yeast sitting in the bottom may be a clue, but the first sip was putrid - like vomit. I spit it out, looked it over, and tried another sip. Poured the rest down the drain. The worst tasting fermented garbage I have ever had. I had to wash my mouth out with Scope to get rid of the taste. Looking at the other reviews, I got a bad bottle or something.

Fabric8r, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad little imitation German hefe! The beer pours a bright lemony yellow with a big fluffy head and lace that sticks to the walls of the glass down to the end. The nose is dominated by bright lemon and a little spice. In the mouth the flavors are again-lemon and some clove. Not much banana here and I do miss that aspect. Also, the beer comes off a tad watery. The finish heads off in a malty direction vs the anteseptic cleansing direction I like in the German examples of the style. This is a refreshing, decent imitation, but I'd pick it blind as fake no question.

moulefrite, Sep 01, 2003
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 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 Beerparrot
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a half barrel of this beer for its price. Having never drank any Summit products before it was a gamble. The gamble paid off, what a nice surprise. This is a very drinkable beer with a nice nose, very characteristic to the hefe weizen style. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick on the tongue, but it is easy to drink more than one of these after working outside. Tastes best in a wheat beer glass with the lemon, this seems to bring out the fullest clove flavors. A very thick creamy head tops this beer off.

Beerparrot, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summit Hefe Weizen: on tap. Poured a very yellow color, very hazy. The color was a little startling. Nice thick head, dense and long lasting. Very lemony flavor, which was a little surprising (and no, they did not put a lemon in it). The banana taste typical to the style were absent. After taste was long lasting, and fruity sweet. The brew was smooth though, with a creamy mouth feel. Unusual brew, not that authentic to the style, and not in my top ten of the style.

jackndan, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hefe pours a lightly hazed and very pale golden color with a modest white head that shrinks down to about one-half of a finger and looks quite nice. It has a light wheat and grassy smell to it with a light twang. The taste has hints of clove along with a thin wheat and light spicing and also has a decent carb bite at the end. This is a thin light hefe that is clean and crisp and I'll give it a fairly solid "thumbs up" since I just finished mowing the yard! It is too thin and too light tasting for a "true" hefe, but it makes one nice summer beverage here in Texas! Thanks to budgood1 for this! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 22, 2003
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 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 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 maxpower
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

maxpower, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a fairly cloudy yellow/burnt orange. The head is a solid one inch at first and then quickly subsides to a ring. The aroma is mostly yeast, spice, clove, and a touch of banana. The flavors reveal a crisp lemon citrus twang along with an awesome spicy character. It's definitely different than a genuine German hefe, but it's an awesome beer anyways. Super refreshing and tasty, this is a solid offering from Summit. Try it on tap if possible. I thought the draught version was worlds better than the bottle. And that's saying a lot because the bottle is great stuff.

AudioGilz, May 25, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  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.

WVbeergeek, May 20, 2003
Photo of Gump
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't underestimate Summit, especially not this beer. Judging by the cost of this brew, I didn't think I would get much flavor, but I was wrong.

The Hefe Weizen was terrific. It pours yellowy-orange, with a white head and average cloudiness for a wheat beer. Some chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so be sure to swirl it around before you pour that last 1/3.
This light and refreshing wheat had hints of citrus (lemon, bordering fruity) with an amazing aroma.

Carbonation and foamy head were present for most of the consumtion. High marks for aroma, price, and drinkability on a hot day.

Gump, May 17, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

tavernjef, May 17, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours out looking pretty cloudy with and without the yeast added in. A nice sized lacy head on top of that. This is pretty much a standard hefe from what ive had, not a whole lot going on. Pretty grainy taste, some citrus smell and taste in there. All and all a pretty nice beer.

Tballz420, May 14, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

feloniousmonk, May 08, 2003
Photo of Amdahl
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice cloudy amber to tan in color. There was a nice head on top of this beer, but there was little to no lace from the beer. The aroma was primarily of cloves with a banana and other esters also noticeable. The taste gives way to a heavy clove with citrus and fruits. Even though this is not very full-bodied, it is highly drinkable. I consider this more of an American Wheat than a German Hefeweizen.

Amdahl, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you notice when looking at a bottle of Summit Hefe is the buildup of yeast inside the bottle...when pouring it into your favorite pint glass you want to make sure to swirl continuously so you get all of it that you can. The smell was that of cloves with an undertone of citrus. Once poured I noticed it had a thin head and a very cloudy appearance...pretty much expected for any Hefe. The taste to me wasn't as good as Paulaner but it was very good for an American hefe. Overall it was a highly drinkable beer and one I will be purchasing extensively in the future. I think I paid $6.75 for a 6 pack but it was well worth the experience.

drizzam, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of ryanocerus
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a nice cloudy golden color with a short-lived white head. The aroma was wheaty sweet with spiced banana. The taste was more of the same with a little more citrus than the aroma. The mouthfeel was good with high carbonation, yet it was smooth. It is very highly drinkable and quite refreshing. One of the better American Hefes

ryanocerus, Aug 20, 2002
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

ZAP, Jul 17, 2002
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 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
Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.