Frankenmuth Hefeweizen - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This refreshing pale south German style wheat ale is fermented to naturally draw out a hint of banana and clove. It's unfiltered and lightly hopped to achieve its smooth, pleasant flavor and cloudy appearance. Enjoy!

13 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003)
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Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemony golden with a lingering frothy white head.

Wheat, lemon, orange pith, clove, and banana form the aroma, with a hint of coriander creeping in. There's a bit of bready malt.

Flavor is dominated by citrus initially, with lemon and orange giving way to lightly bready, slight sweet malt, then wheat, all riding on underpinnings of clove. Banana surfaces in the slightly dry finish. Pear esters and bubblegum emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate to a tad light, with moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

May be a touch sweet and citrus dominant, and could use more malt backbone, but has all the bells and whistles characteristic of the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Was hoping this beer would have popped a bit more, while it has most the trademark characters of the Hefeweizen nothing really meshes together. In turn the disjointedness takes away a little from the drinkability. Worth a try? Sure. Different from the rest, no doubt.

STYLE: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.2%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed dirty straw color, sufficient lacing

SMELL: Overripe bananas, nutty, some spice, lemon pith, yeast, mineral

TASTE: Bready, slick, mild crispness, medium bodied, lemon taffy, nutty, chalky, grainy, dried grass, very modest hopping, pithy, slightly spicy, ripe fruit, light alcohol warmth, drying finish

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Swirlled the yeast in, nice a cloudy though I expect a bit more form the head. Banana, check. Clove, check. A pleasing aroma. Some smoothness, carbonation is a bit tame. Yeasty palate with some dried breadiness in the back. Some medicinal phenols drop into the play, a bit of a distraction as it is not a subtle flavor but thankfully it soon fades away. Bandaids come to mind. Dry-ish finish with a some of the banana, clove and breadiness lingering.

Hard to pit this against pretty much any German hefe, decent.

Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an appropriately yeasty-looking brew, cloudy with lots of sediment swirling around. It's a pale yellow in color. A white head comes up about a finger high and fades off to a foam that leaves some spotty lacing behind.
One thing that annoys me is when a brewer makes a hefeweizen just another wheat ale and neglects what makes it special. Thank you, Frankenmuth, for using the Belgian yeast the way it ought to be used. There's a sturdy malts backbone to frame this beer in the aroma, but the banana and clove are there and the main feature.
The banana, clove and wheat are all here in the flavor, but a light phenolic taint distracts. Fortunately, it's quite weak, but it is there. Bready malts presence is also in the foreground.
It's a little dryer than I'd expect in a hefe, but otherwise the light, bright body and crispness with a bit of smooth heft to it makes for a nice mouthfeel. I would expect a bit more of the sweetness to draw away from the dryness of the feel, though.
This isn't a great example of the style, but it's a good one for certain.

Photo of Magpie14
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: immensely clouded peach yellow body. No head and no lace. Pretty motionless in the glass. Poor marks

S: the nose is chockfull of cloved bananas with mild wheat and yeast-like notes. Smells a bit sour and sharp at the same time

T: the palate unloads a bushel of bananas, some light spices (clove, nutmeg, and possibly cinnamon), with a light tart apple character in the finish. This tartness/sour vibe caught me off guard, I find it pleasing however and not a negative factor. Slight bubblegum flavors are detected after a fourth of the beer is gone. Some very interesting flavors are fusing together. I also have to look beyond the temp my beer was served at...way to frigid. Warming up helps accentuate some of the lush flavors

M: I find the body nice. Rather mild and smooth on the way down

D: I know of many better Hefeweizens. But this one is not bad

Photo of dmorley21
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of fiedler84
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of sjones5045
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well this beer is a roller coaster. The pour is not really looking like a Hefeweizen. Not all that cloudy like an unfiltered beer should be. The smell isn't good. It's a farmhouse white wine barrel smell that I really thought this beer would be a few sips and dump. Surprisingly the taste was pretty good. Lots of bananas and cloves that I thought blended nicely. Pretty sweet taste as well. Nothing that you can have too many of cause of the sweet but way better than the ratings. If you like a banana taste you'll like it, but if you're looking for a true Hefeweizen then you'll be a bit disappointed. I like it enough to drink again if I find another bottle but nothing too outstanding going here.

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Acuity
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of DrIPA
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Trent
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Rostie
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sirotan for this great extra!

Appearance – Pours a slight golden hazy color. A bit of head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell – Banana and cloves. That’s about it.

Taste – The flavor begins with lots of banana flavor, black pepper, and lots of clove. Slight citrus.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, easy to drink.

Overall – It was an okay beer, but nothing special.

Photo of Ajmski1988
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a subtly yeasty cloudy straw yellow with a tepid half-finger head. lace is unfortunately minimal. aroma is standard for the style (not a bad thing, in my book) with banana, clove, bready yeastiness and a touch of lemon. the flavor follows suit with fermenting bread dough, clove, banana esters, and a pleasant dose of lemon. mouthfeel is a touch high on the carbonation, coming across just a smidgen sharp, but all in all, pretty solid. smooth with a decent slightly astringent finish. This is nothing stellar, but a good, solid, hefe that hits all the right notes nicely.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Frankenmuth Hefeweizen from Frankenmuth Brewery
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