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Summit Hefe Weizen - Summit Brewing Company

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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 warriorsoul
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ZAP for this offering...
A clear, golden yellow w/ a small amount of white head forms...very little lace.
Not much in the nose...a touch of banana and subtle sweetness.
Taste is decent...a touch drier than most heffe weizens I've tried to date. Slightly bitter lemons up front w/ very little spice...finished quite dry.
Mouthfeel is a little thin and more carbonated than I'd like to see for this style...still refreshing and one I'm glad to have tried.

warriorsoul, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a re-review of this beer for me. Funny thing I don't remember having tried it before, and my review doesn't seem to be consistent with this particular batch (which is an amazing rendition of the hefe style).

The beer pours into my Ayinger weizen glass to a very light pale yellow color, only slightly hazy. The carbonation is minimal, and can't sustain the already thin white head.

The nose is heavy of banana and clove along with a spicy hint of wheat. If you can manage to let this beer warm up a bit before quaffing, it really brings out the aromas and flavors.

The taste has a bit of a bite to it from the wheat followed by a nice banana and clove. It's a bit sweet and light with only a mild hop at the end.

The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. This is one of the most drinkable hefes I've had.

neonbrown82, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy, golden banana body, with solid effervescence and capped by a puffy, light head. Looks like a hefeweizen to me, although a little more haziness wouldn't hurt. Nose is yeasty, with wheat malt, light clove, and a touch of banana. These typical hefeweizen aromas are accompanied by a snappy citrus burst, that gives this version a twist (which isn't necessarily a good thing). Taste lacks the bready wheat malt and is low on banana and bubblegum. Some clove flavor, along with a noticeable, almost citrus hop spice bitterness. Finish is yeasty and slightly metallic. About as average-tasting as I remember. Mouthfeel is a little thin on a sub-medium body. Not a bad beer, just not that inspiring.

alexgash, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of slyke
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a hazy bright yellow color with a generous (1"+) white head.

Smell: Initially the aroma is pretty lemony. As the head fades, the aroma turns to more banana and spice. Very inviting.

Taste: Good here, some of the lemon flavors come through, but there is more spice in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This one is decent in the mouth, but not as good as some other Hefes.

Drinkability: With a good flavor and lower ABV, this is a beer you could while away the afternoon with.

This is quite a tasty beer as are all of Summit's seasonals. Recommended.

slyke, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

KarlHungus, Jul 02, 2005
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 5/11/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Clear light gold but pretty hazy after swirled pour. Light clove and banana aroma and flavor with the clove standing out a bit more than the fruit. Light-medium bodied with a citric bite in the finish.

Pretty average Bavarian Hefeweizen.

Per SBC website: Summer Seasonal.
11.2 P, 20 IBU, 4.2% ABV, 4.2L (color).
Malts: 2-row Harrington, Wheat
Hops: Tettenanger

RBorsato, May 20, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with a huge foamy head. Big wheat aroma. Bananas and spice in the aroma too. Sugary sweet flavor with banana. There are some vanilla flavor too. More flavorful than most hefes. Quite crisp and very refreshing. This is a very good hefe weizen, and a beer I will likely come back to.

beveragecaptain, May 13, 2005
Photo of DrainBamage
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow color and a nice head that is present from start to finish and is highly carbonated with a large amounts a bubbles. Has a pleasant smell of wheat an barley malts. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated but pleasant also. I don't care for wheat beers but with ones like these I think I can learn to like them. Summit has done it again. This is my favorite wheat beer so far. I'm surprise that Summit beers aren't more popular. Of the four beers of theirs I've had, they're all quality brews. Thumbs up!

DrainBamage, Mar 02, 2005
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.

BitteBier, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And finishing my all Hefe Weekend is this surprisingly great little brew...

Looks pretty MOR for a Hefe. Cloudy gold with a nice head.

Smells great! A Wheat malt odor that's just strong enough mixed with a subdued hints of spices and banana. It's an olfactory rainbow that is the best of every Wheat beer scent you've ever smelled rolled into one.

Tastes great, too. Wheat malt upfront along with clove, more malt in the back with the fruit again, banana and a general spice. Very nice.

mynie, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another Summit single for me to try. It seems like I've been drinking Hefes nonstop, although i thought that i didn't really care much for the style. It poured a cloudy golden color with a 3 finger nice white head. Notes of yeast and bannana are heavy in the nose. Taste has a little grassy fill soon followed by a kick of lemony citrus. A slight bannana aftertaste follows. Certainly better than the tabernash hefe that I had last week, but I've definately had better.

soper2000, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly golden with a big ole white head of foam. Aromas are of wheat, yeast, a bit of lemon and some slight spiciness. Where are the banana aromas? The taste is wheaty and yeasty up front bu the german hefe banan flavors are still WAY in the background. The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit full but the drinkability suffered because this beer was a mediocre.

francisweizen, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours light orangy brown, cloudy, large bubble head,settles down to next to no head. Lemony/soapy nose. medium bodied and fairly low carbonation. Flavor notes I get are, lemon,coriander, soap and a moderatly malty base. Not a great tasty finish, sort of an ending wimper, middle of the road wheat. Doesnt do much for me.

Billolick, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row Harrington and wheat malts. Hopped with Tettenanger.

OG=11.2 plato, 20 IBU, 4.2% ABV, 4.2 lovibond.

Pours out to a cloudy pale golden, forming a tall soapy white head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong, forming modest spiral streamers. Beautiful looking beer. Aroma of true bavarian wheat strain with requisite cloves and green bananas, nicely balanced with a aromatic touch of hops, crisp water, and a clean ferment. Wonderful aroma. Mouthfeel is prickly and tart with a medium-light body. Taste begins with cleanly fermented green bananas (as opposed to over-ripe bananas) and cloves with a nice balance between the two, followed by a well-balanced spicy bitterness throughout, a nice touch of grain husk and lemon pith, and a clean finish with lingering bitterness. Only the subtlest note of metal is appreciable as far as off-flavors are concerned. Very mild cereal sweetness caps it off. A tad more bitterness than expected for the style, but I like it! The finish has a slight ruddiness to it, but doesn't detract from it's enjoyment.

A wonderful brew. Among the finest of the American Hefe-Weizen's I've had to date. True to style and well-brewed. Recommended.

Mitchster, Jul 19, 2004
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a solid golden color with a small white head that reduced to a thin layer above the beer. Smell was very wheaty and slightly bready. First flavor I taste is a sweet bready flavor. A grainy base comes in after that. Slight spicyness comes in from the yeast not spices. The finish is a little bitter and definitely acidic and dry. Lighter in body and easy to drink. Not a bad brew but nothing great either.

granger10, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly cloudy strong gold beer - I couldn't get much head. minimal ring and very active beading.

Smell - a sour clove and yeasty with not much banana. Smell transfers to the taste - very estery and tart. Very pronounced, but in a good way.

Drink-ability and mouth feel grows as the beverage warms. Not bad, but i wouldn't buy a sixer.

elmocoso, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice frisky weizen flavor. Not as much banana or spice flavor as expected for this style, but that just lets the fizzy wheat taste take the stage. A good cloudy body, thought its yellow is a tad darker than expected. Thin head, grainy lacing. I couldn't resist squeezing in the lemon slice, but that ain't no crime with this beer. Highly carbonated as expected; in fact, almost "seltzer water" gassy. Another surprise to be found at the bar in Marshall Field's basement.

DrunkMcDermott, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal clear gold color as it sets in my glass, the head is impressive in size, spumescent in texture and the color a bright white, lace is a fine sealing sheet. Nose is musky, sweet, citrus clean, with the start sweet and nicely malted, top a bit thin in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, a drinkable beer and one that would be a nice Arid-Zona Summer Beer.

Gusler, Nov 18, 2003
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.

BeerBuilder, Nov 16, 2003
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!

Morris729, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have tried several products by Summit, and there has been something in it's taste that does not seem right. The Hefe Weizen was the most noticeable. It was a very metallic taste throughout, which does not add at all to my enjoyment of this stuff.

Update 7-6-2004 I do not know what I was thinking all of those months ago. I sat down with a tall mug of this Hefe at Majors in Bloomington, and enjoyed everybanana tinged scent. I was so utterly wrong it makes me want to turn in my ID card (If I had one). I am ashamed of my former review, I have found one of my new favorite summer beers.

TastyTaste, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass. 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a goodly sized head (about 1/3" tall at max). Not much in the way of retention or lacing for a hefe.

Smell: Nice powerful clove/pepper scent with a hint of lemony citrus. No real banana smells. This could easily be mistaken for a wit.

Taste: Great initial clovey/peppery spice flavor, then a nice splash of lemony citrus. Very mild banana flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly light body, like a good hefe should have.

Drinkability: Interesting mix of wit and hefe characteristics. Of course, but these two are kissing cousins anyways. I can see some beer knurds getting their furbelows in a twist over the "mislabel" but a rose by any other name... I should be so lucky as to have Summit be my local brewery.

ManekiNeko, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale yellow hue. A hard pour produced a modest white head (a true Bavarian Weizen should require a soft pour for a large head, anyway…), fair retention, it sunk slowly to a soapy cap. Minimal spotty lace. Well-constructed nose with the perfect invitation, cloves, wheat, spice, yeast. Not potent but pleasant. The palate is lightly spicy & clovey… fruity but not so much banana-like… sharp yeasty finish. Supremely refreshing. Definitely the abv you’re looking for in a summer seasonal. High carbonation does mask the flavors a little too much, medium-body. A pleasant quaff even if it is a little off style-wise, it has its charm. Thanks ZAP!

bditty187, Oct 06, 2003
Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.