Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very golden cloudy color with a thin head.

S- Very spicy citrus aroma, almost smells like a fresh pear.

T- Good tasting Hefe, refreshing beer on a hot summer day. Some zesty spice notes along with a nice level of carbonation on the tongue.

M- The feel is thin with a clean smooth finish.

D- This beer is very drinkable on a warm summer night, such as tonight. Good refreshing Hefe and a great example of the style.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Greggy
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice cloudiness with a 1 finger head that recedes into a very thin cap.

S- A great nose for a wheat. Very reminiscent of Weinstephaner. Nice banana, clove, light pepper, pear, and a touch of fresh apple.

T- The buck stops here. The taste here, although refreshing, is pretty light. I get some light clove, banana, and a very slight pepper, but it's pretty thin. The finish is mainly clove, slight banana, and eventually a touch more pepper.

M- Mouthfeel is low carb but works well for a weizen style.

D- This is a refreshing summer beer that is easily sessionable, especially @ 4%, but it just doesn't have a strong enough taste profile. Because of the great drinkability, I must boost it to a 4.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle- No freshness date

A- Pours into the weizen glass a murky golden orange color. Head is a fluffy off-white with minimal retention, spotty lace.

S- The citrus I am detecting is grapefruit. Cloves are present and the faintest trace of banana.

T- Is much as expected of a hefe with the added tartness of grapefruit. Suprisingly, not unpleasant.

M- Medium-light body. Gently glides over the palate. Crisp. Finishes clean.

D- Enjoyable. I know it sounds cliche but, refreshing. I could see these being quite sessionable.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A typical cloudy pale yellow Hefe Weizen color. Nice head with good retention.

Smell - Wheaty and malty with some nice banana and bubble gum scents in the mix.

Taste - Tastes like it smells, wheaty and sweet with nice tropical fruit and bubble gum flavors. Adding a lemon slice to the beer gives it an extra citrus kick that really brings out the flavors.

Mouthfeel - creamy, not overly carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability - This is a very good interpretation of the Hefe Weizen style. It goes down very easily and is a nice summer refresher. Given that it is always available in Minnesota, it's one of my quick go-to beers in the summer if other choices are limited.

Serving suggestion: Standard pint glass with a lemon slice.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap at Burrito Loco and Sally's, most likely because it was the most appealing thing they had on tap.

Served in a standard pint glass. Golden in color, with a hint of orange, served with a lemon. I was asked by a friend if it was Blue Moon, as it does resemble it. Half finger head that shrinks to nothing quickly. No lacing.

The nose is typical of a Hefeweizen, nothing special. Light citrus and clove scents, as well as very yeasty.

The taste is much better, in my opinion. More pronounced, with the ever so subtle hop spiciness that kicks it up a notch. Actually pretty good tasting.

Mouthfeel is light, with a bite from the carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid american Hefe. Not by any means a great one, but a solid one. I sort of like this beer, and think it's underrated. If I'm at Sally's or Burrito Loco again, with their less than spectacular tap list, I'll have this gladly.

Photo of Magic
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of iadler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of danflath
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mrseano
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Salix
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MAbeerNE1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8/18/03

Pours to a hazy straw color with a creamy white head. It has very tight bubbles. The aroma is of cloves, bananas, wheat, and yeast. The flavor is clovey with the banana esters and a bit of wheat. It is light bodied and refreshing. A good summer brew.

Photo of allbrigs
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Kenai4
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice golden haze with a concave 3 inch white head.

It had a nice clove smell that was accompanied by a minimal banana undertone.

A rich clove taste was topeed with a delicious hoppy finish. It was very smooth.

I found it to be very drinkable and refreshing. Well worth a session on a hot summer night.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that faded quickly to surface skim, left no lacing. Body was a cloudy orange yellow.

Smell - creamy wheat, biscuity and toasty malt, and some bananas. Hint of noble hops.

Taste - much like the nose. Creamy wheat, biscuity and toasty malt, hint of bananas. Grassy, herbal hop sourness.

Mouthfeel - creamy, slight hop oil slickness, low carbonation, halfway between full and thin.

Drinkability - this is good, but not great. It goes down well. It's also very sessionable.

Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.