Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Hefe WeizenSummit Hefe Weizen

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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 05-31-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 128
Photo of Mardukk
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal amount of head and some lacing.

Smells of banana and spices.

Slightly watery tasting typical easy drinking wheat type beer. Banana and wheat tastes dominate.

Very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable due to the light mouthfeel and the weak taste.

Not my favorite for the style a little too light and watery. However it's not too bad and very drinkable.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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!

Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a short white head that fades into a thin patch of lace. Nose is pretty typical for the style with notes of banana, clove, and vanilla. Light and crisp in body with a bit of a grainy texture. Taste picks up right where the aroma left off with flavors of ripe banana and sweet malts with a touch of nutmeg followed by a tart sourness. An easy drinking beer to be sure, but there are plenty of superior Hefes on the market. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of berserker256
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy and yellowish in typical wheat beer fashion but not much head. Small white head disappears quickly. Slight clove aroma the most dominant smell is a bubblegum type of aroma. Maybe there's a little lemon zest in there also. There are cloves and spices in the flavor along with the hint of lemon. A little earthy. Fizzy and thin in texture but not a bad beer. A pretty easy low alcohol drinker.

Photo of ThickestHead
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a cloudy straw-yellow that makes a foamy head that has minor lacing and retains a thin collar.
Smells of bananas and lemon.
Tastes of a sweet wheat malt with banana and a hint of spice at the end.
It doesn't bite the tongue so much as it tingles it ever so playfully.
Haven't been the biggest fan of the style but I wasn't let down and am curious to try other Hefes now.

Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Wheaty, clove, a hint of bubblegum.

Taste: Wheat overtones, mild sweetness, a little clove, a little citrus tang.

Drinkability: Could be a session beer.

I had avoided this beer for a long time (even before it went away and then came back) because my initial six pack was extremely underwhelming. I picked up a single to get closer to having the current Summit lineup all reviewed and was pleasantly surprised. Still not an overly flavorful hefe, but not too bad. Worth a try.

Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden straw-colored with quite a bit of active carbonation but a minimal head. A pleasantly strong, though not striking, nose--sweet grains, banana, yeasty dough, and a touch of citrus and cloves are present. Smooth grains give way to a surprisingly crisp bite that lingers nicely. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between fullness and clean crispness. Not a great example of the style, perhaps, but quite a drinkable beer.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of moulefrite
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurry maize with sun-faded lemon accents. The soft, fluffy, barely off-white cap has just enough stickiness to leave gentle ribbons of sea foam lace on the glass. There's nothing overly special about the appearance, but it looks good to me. That's all that matters.

The nose can't hold a candle to the best of the style. It's wheaty soft and gently grain-like. While I can't appreciate much fruitiness, I do notice clove-like notes that I would love to see play a more prominent role.

Summit Hefe is a decent domestic version of this classically German style. The banana and clove esters could stand to be more vivid. I like a lot of banana with a slightly more restrained clove character in my hefe weizens. This one doesn't quite fit that profile.

It's modestly sweet initially, fading to much less sweet on the finish. A soft, creamy, mouth pleasing mouthfeel was a wonderful surprise. This beer strikes me as a classic summer session beer that would be great in the right circumstances. A great picnic beer?

Summit Hefe Weizen is a solid effort from a brewery that I'm gaining respect for. Since I have access to a few of the great German hefes weizens, I have no real need for this one. I still like it, even though it's a (slightly darker than) pale imitation of the real thing.

Photo of mrseano
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Rennpferd
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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 iadler
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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 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.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.