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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 MrMcGibblets
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap in a summit weizen glass, this looked like a wheat should in that it was a hazy glowing yellow-orange. the head was not as impressive as a german hefe, however. served sans garnish. still, lemon was the dominant aroma i picked up in this, not much else going on to speak of. taste was a nice bit of malt sweetness balanced out by some tartness, spiciness, and carbonation. drinkability is great at the listed abv.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of malty
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice soapy (swirled the last inch of product and dumped into glass) golden orange with a bright white head that diminishes to a mere 1/8".

Nice sour citrus notes of lemon rind in the nose. Yeasty with a vanilla component.

Refreshing flavor of the lemon mixed with the yeasty backdrop. A little clove and white pepper (faint) but virtually no traditional bubblegum flavor.

Mouthfeel shines with ultra fine carbonation at a playful pace. On the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice clovey spice and citrus finish.

Drinkability is good. I can see myself drinking a couple or three in one sitting.

Overall a good utility Hefe for me. Better than most American Wheat Ales, but falls short of the high bar set by the Bavarians. A good wheat beer though, but nothing memorable.

malty, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: straw yellow with usuall hefe cloudiness, about a half inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves a good amount of lacing
s: sweet bannana aroma, yeasty smell that all hefes have is very present and very nice
t: the bannana flavor that the aroma hinted at deffinatly comes out, theres a nice lemony tart flavor and the wheat flavor really compliments the other flavors well
m: medium bodied with above average carbonation

overall this is my favorite hefe, very enjoyable and very refreshing

happygnome, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summit's Hefe-Weizen pours out a rocky white head over
a very pale and clear yellow brew (clear, at least until I swilled
the last quarter inch left in the bottle around and poured it in
the glass- it was properly cloudy then). The head collapsed pretty
quickly, and carbonation was moderate. The nose was the typical
wiezen malt, citrus, and yeast odor. The flavor was wheaty with
a bit of spicyness. Not bad at all. Not remarkable, but just a good,
workmanlike weizen.

shadow1961, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellow, but not quite as hazy as a hefe should be. Small white head fades quickly. Nose is yeast and oranges. Taste is citrus and clove, with some anise. A bit spicy. Mouthfeel is great, nice for the style. Drinkability is above average. Overall a good american hefe.

shivtim, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Adamthome1
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy yellowish orangish with a moderate head that disappears into a few rings of lace than remain.

Smell is of bananas and orange peel. Taste is much the same as expected, not too bad for an american wheat. I think the best attribute is that it has perfect carbonation for the style. I would guess more barley than wheat in the malt than rest of the class, but not bad.

Drink this beer cold, taste and particulary smell diminish as it warms up, the last couple of sips were not very tasty.

Adamthome1, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Hefe Weizen
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, pondered 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a cloudy medium straw yellow with a small white fizzy quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate bananas, cloves, tutti frutti bubble gum and raw dough.

Flavor was upfront moderate sweet bananas, floweriness and light raw bitter dough followed by a sweet uncooked banana bread yeastiness with an average light sweet finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, slightly creamy and caressing, softly carbonated and light astringency.

Overall, a good showcase of yeast in a hefe weizen, with only a poor showing in appearance due to low carbonation and disappointing head.

xav33, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of teg8612
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw-yellow with a strong head that drops down to a thin layer, eventually.

S- Sweet banana, spicy herbal notes, and wheat malts. Somewhat lemony.

T&M- Body is medium with medium carbonation. Bready texture of the wheat malts is backed with some lemon tartness and smooth banana and clove spiciness. Very crisp with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Very clean. I am one of those who looks at you funny when I hear bubblegum flavor and I don't taste it here either.

D- I have grown to love this version of Hefe above most other American versions out there. This pretty darn good and a perfect summer quencher.

teg8612, Sep 06, 2006
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
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a small head but it stays for good and gives off an amazing odor of sourdough bread. What an awesome thing for beer to smell like. The taste is super-tangy and has a strange mix of ester and phenol flavors that are kind of recognizable but come together in such a way that its far from "classic" hefewiezen taste. Banana stands out the most but I wouldn't say it dominates. This is definately different and probably the best domestically- produced hefe I've had yet. I drank it in like 15 minutes.

JudgeRoughneck, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not the best Hefe, but at under $7 a sixer, this is a heck of a beer. It matches a lot of the elements of a great german hefe profile, but not all of them. Looks great, cloudy golden beer with a white head and nice lacing. Smells of slightly sour wheat with yeast. A lovely german wheat and yeast flavor. If this beer only had a little mroe complexity, some more fruit, it'd be a great beer. If there's a cheap sixer near you try it. If not, stick to the good import stuff.

tempest, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of hylton44
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2-finger head, rapidly receding. Cloudy (of course), dark yellow in color. Smell was a bit citrusy, but also a little pungent (in a good way). Unfortunately, there was also a glassy, metallic smell of some kind that was somewhat off-putting. That oddity carried through slightly to the taste, but for the most part it was an enjoyable taste with hints of bannana & aged apples. Nice body. A little hoppier than I would have expected, but for me that's not a problem.

hylton44, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of ccs
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden yellow color, thin head that stays on top while drinking. Not cloudy at all.
S - Definitely banana clove with a little yeast.
T - Tastes more like a wheat than a hefeweizen. I prefer my hefes to have a little more banana.
M - Too much carbonation at first, settled down about half way through the glass.
D - I could throw these back all night. But I only have two...so I guess I'm out of luck.

Overall, a nice beer, not spectacular and not the best of Summit's lineup. I'd go with the extra pale first.

ccs, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is good, decent 2 finger head, no real lacing, pale yellow in color...
Smell- is spicy with a bit citrus fruit tones and slightly yeasty
Taste is again quite spicy a bit of malt to finish
Mouthfeel- is good still a bit bubbly but heavy enough to slide back easily
Drinkability- not too filing sips pretty quick

supercolter, Jul 04, 2006
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.

ultralarry2006, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weissen glass

A—pours bruised banana yellow with some hazy clouds that are frozen in the lquid, ¾ inch fizzy white head with some yellow tints in it, collapses down rather quickly, lacing is sparse

S—banana, citrus, some floral notes, spicy, mildly sweet and very fragrant

T—banana, wheat, an assortment of spices, a touch of vanilla, very good

M—light and refreshing, but a little slippery, light/medium bodied, mild carbonation

D—very much so. This is the summer Hefe Weizen that I have been looking for.

hanco005, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer you bring with to the BBQ or the picnic...

Pours a hazy, crisp yellow in the glass. Great foam head on this beer. Light carbonation. Lacing traces my beer from start to finish.

Citrus aromas blast my nostrils into submission. Banana, orange and malt assault my senses. Finishes with that great wheat character.

Great summer beer and one I will return more frequently.

MeLikeBeer, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a cloudy yellow with a white head that settled to a thin layer in my glass. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is of citrus and fruity esters.

The flavor is of wheat malt, yeast, fruity esters, citrus (orange, lemon).

It is light/med. bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I've had many other Hefe's that were much better but this is still good and would make a great session brew.

Brian700, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical straw yellow for hefe's, not as cloudy as I might prefer. The head rises up after the pour well, but quickly dissapears to a broken ring, if any. The smell and the initial taste both had the characteristics of hefeweizens, but were a little toned back. Banana and cloves over the fresh wheat backdrop initially, finishing with citrus/lemon zest and a bread/yeast flavor. Although there wasn't a lot to make this standout, it is still a solid, drinkable, local beer that I am certain I will return to more than once before the summer is over.

dfried, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent spring and summer selection. Doesn't have the bold Hefeweizen characters that I love in the style, but clean and void of flaws. A typical straw / yellow and yeasty looking brew. The haze is less intense than desired and the head retention is slight, but maybe I'm being too picky. Smells sweet and yeasty, but light on the clove, bananna, and bubble gum esters. Tastes reitterate the aromas, in that there exists a soft sweetness (not entirely grain deriven), along with a mild - moderate wheat and barley malt. A timid yeasty, bready flavor follows through to the finish. Citrus (orange, pineapple) do the same. Finishes quite clean and refreshing with a mild grainy bitterness. Pretty good, but not a 'standout' enought to claim top nods.

BEERchitect, May 02, 2006
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.

EvilKeith, Mar 10, 2006
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 hoffman
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very thin watery texture with a on half finger head rising and quickly falling to a small lace that sticks 1/4" above the surface following the beer down the mug. Color is a very light gold to almost yellow. The smell is all yeast with some notes of grains in back creamy sweet and slightly buttery. The taste is full and decent, the buttery sweet flavor of the yeast overpowers most untill the overwhelming grain finish hits you like a ton of bricks...tough...I graded the taste up a little as this is not my favorite type of beer. Mouthfeel is a bit too water for me. I probably wont buy this one again. I have had better hefes than this.

hoffman, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of jlh8643
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle with no date indicated. The small egg white head dissapates to a tiny ring that sits on top of a straw yellow, slightly hazy body. An ample amount of carbonation rises to the top in a steady stream of bubbles. The aroma has some citrus with a hint of wheat but I don't notice much in the way of cloves or banannas as one would expect from a Hefe Weizen. Some wheat and lemon come through in a dry finish. A nice quencher but not all that representative to the traditional style.

jlh8643, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of trekbiker3000
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The appearance was slighty cloudy, with a very slight head. Pale yellow in color, what I would expect from this type of beer. The smell had a decent aroma of wheat, not overpowering but present. I actually had high hopes for this beer, but the taste had a metallic aftertaste. Not sure if it was from the brewing process or the fact the the bottle purchased may have been too old. In any event, the aftertaste took something away from this beer. I thought it was well carbonated and had a good mouthfeel. I just couldn't get past the aftertaste. I would try this beer again, but only if I could be sure that the beer was fresh. Never buy off the shelf marked for sale!

trekbiker3000, Sep 28, 2005
Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.