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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 JohannBock
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%

Gotta love college budgets, first review in a while. Poured into my 21st birthday mug.

A: Nice golden orange color. Clear with tons of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. 2 finger head that sticks around for a while and settles into about an inch of head that sticks around for the whole trip. Pretty nice lacing as well.

S: Only citrus, maybe some malts too. Very sweet smelling.

T: Follows the nose. Heavy on the citrus, pretty much exclusively sweet. Maybe a little alcohol at the end? Seems off for the abv but thats what it seems like. Finishes pretty clean.

M: Lots of carbonation, but has a crisp mouthfeel, light but not thin.

O: Solid beer, not my favorite hefe but i could drink it on a nice summers day.

JohannBock, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured into my Surly pint glass.

Pours a light straw color. Pillowy white head sits atop. Dissipates rather quickly. Smells like citrus. A fair amount of carbonation. Goes down with ease. Slight hop character with a citrus finish. A very typical summer hefe. Good but not spectacular.

TheDudeRules, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Bottled on 4/27/11.

A: Pours a nearly clear, light golden color with 1-1/2 fingers of off-white head. Strong retention and lace, active carbonation.

S: Light banana, faint spice, a little earth.

T: Like the smell, starts with light banana notes and then adds some spice in the middle. Overall, the flavor is too tame, leaves me wanting more.

M: Quite good, light and very creamy.

O: A nice beer, but I really wish there were more going on with the flavor and aromas. Would make a good thirst-quencher for a hot day.

AmericanGothic, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

zeledonia, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Phinner
4.43/5  rDev +22%

Had this beer at the MSP airport during a layover. I tried Summit's Red Ale, Lager and this beer - by far this was the best. I shouldn't have tried it last because I would have ordered more before my plane departed.

Great clean flavor and very refreshing. I would absolutely buy this if it was available in my area.

Phinner, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of mrseano
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Bright gold with moderate carbonation, light color.

S: So-so in the scent department. Smell banana nut bread, but has a somewhat strange scent in the background that is not as pleasant.

T: Good taste, banana, wheat and some malt. Tastes far better than it smells.

M: Light and lively. It is lighter than you'd expect (some may call it a bit weak). I like the mouthfeel on a hot summer day, but may be a little disappointed otherwise.

O: A good, solid beer. Debating a 4.0 or 3.5 for this, but it is so easy to drink and doesn't leave any bad aftertaste that is earns a 4.0. Not anywhere as hoppy as many of Summit's creations, which is a relief when one needs a light summery, local brew.

mrseano, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.23/5  rDev -11%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale yellow gold with a slight cast of haze. Fluffy ivory-white head of moderate size with good retention.

Aroma-Typical hefeweizen characteristics are present, though light. Clove leads, followed by banana, with some bready wheat notes. Smell is to style, though not very impressive.

Flavor-Slight clove note with a bit of banana, followed by bready wheat. Finish has a quick twinge of carbonic acid, but is somewhat bland, with a very faint banana flavor appearing in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, high, spritzy carbonation is almost effervescent on the palate. Leaves palate feeling refreshed.

I've enjoyed this much more on tap at the brewery and found it there to be a decent hefeweizen, though from the bottle its a little bit lifeless in terms of flavor and aroma. Quite drinkable, but it just doesn't stand out.

plfahey, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of kashmoney
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- straw colored with big head and lacing on the glass

S-bananas, cloves, vanilla

T- sweet, banana flavor with clove/peppery finish. smooth.

M- thin

O- solid beer. nothing special but definitely one that will hit the spot on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

kashmoney, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

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 iadler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- pours a light gold with a nice two finger head. Very little lacing with this brew.

S- Banana, clove, vanilla, honey and some spice

T- Very similar to smell with banana being very noticeable as well as sweetness from the wheat. There are notes of clove and vanilla in the background. Finishes with some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation, pretty smooth yet fairly thin. I'm getting a feeling that almost all of Summit's beers are too thin IMO.

O- A good beer for grilling or just hanging out on the patio during the warmer months. Not an elite Hefe, but a good brew nonetheless.

iadler, May 08, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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 cdkrenz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Frothy and thick white head standing a couple inches tall with awesome stamina. The body is a hazy yellow.

S - Banana and subtle clove in this aroma.

T - Slight bitter flavor, banana and a ripe wheat flavor.

M - Rather coarse for a Hefeweizen.

~ This is a nice brew. I'm a fan of Summit and I hope they continue to shell out their tasty brews fora long time.

cdkrenz, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a surprisingly clear, golden-wheat color. The bottle may have been a bit old, because there was definitely some settling of sediment at the bottom.

Smell is refreshingly wheaty without being overdone. Maybe a zing of lemon to complement it.

Summit's HW does a good job of balancing the strength of the flavor. It doesn't come off as too aggressive, nor is it too weak -- and this lends itself to both great taste AND drinkability.

The mouthfeel just leaves something to be desired. I can't put my finger on it, but it doesn't have what I expect.

AmberMan22, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

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 TheQuietMan22
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy blend of lemonade yellow and orange juice orange. The first half of the pour was a clear gold, and I had to really work the yeast sediment at the bottom to get it looking like a proper hefe. Two and half fingers of thick white foam developed and dissipated to leave a nice Brussels lacing along the side of the glass and a spotted foamy lacing on top.

Smell: Classic hefe. My first impression was the bananas and clove spice. A couple swirls reveal scents apple and lemon.

Taste: Reminds me of unbaked kuchen or bread dough for some reason. The taste is unique among the hefes of my life: instead of prominent bananas and yeast up front, the clove spice and lemon dominate. The banana, yeast, and apple follow but are subtler than I prefer. There is a slight hint of caramel as well. In general, the beer tastes watered down and the mouthfeel leans toward Orangeade.

Drinkability: It's fitting, really. The beer that turned me off wheat beer during my younger drinking days turns out to be extremely tame and, frankly, a little weak. However, it is still a descent brew and very refreshing during this 85º Midnight hour.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of bristol2120
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Medium head for the style that fades rather quickly. Not much lacing on display. The beer is a decent opaque golden color. Smell is pleasant, but with fewer classic "hefeweizen" characteristics than other examples of the style. Taste is pleasant enough, but again lacking in some of the more complex notes expected of a hefeweizen. There is also a slightly disconcerting bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent enough, with a subdued amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a drinkable brew, but certainly not the definitive example of the style.

bristol2120, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

herman77, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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 cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

cpetrone84, May 24, 2010
Photo of brewdub17
4.03/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Semi-Transparent Gold hue. Nice white lacing with weak head retention.

Smell: Very light fruity smell, close to a banana like.

Taste: Malty light smell with a taste of the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation mixes well with the malty flavors.

Drinkablility: Good session beer with low abv and could allow for good food pairings.

brewdub17, May 11, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

kjyost, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of joedon
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Cloudy yellow beer, starting with a big white head that quickly drops and no lacing.
Aroma mainly of yeast and a bit of citrus.
Tastes good; malty, yeasty, tangy. Good blend of wheat and malt flavors.
Very spritzy on the tongue and light body. Good summer beer and quite drinkable.
Respectable effort from Summit.

joedon, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of kruse
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Had on tap at the Summit brewery. Can't get better than drinking at the source.
A: Nice looking hefe - pours a cloudy gold with creamy white head.
S: Subtle maltiness with hints of banana, citrus, and clove.
T: Nice wheat flavor with a bit of yeastiness and fruit.
M: Good, but a little thin. (A common complaint I have about Summit brews)
D: Very drinkable. Decent, but not great, American hefeweizen.

kruse, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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
Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.