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Frankenmuth Hefeweizen - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth HefeweizenFrankenmuth Hefeweizen

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95 Ratings

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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 djeucalyptus:
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

10-18-2011 18:18:36 | More by djeucalyptus
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-07-2012 00:57:48 | More by iemailjack
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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

08-02-2011 02:45:08 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-15-2012 13:55:07 | More by acurtis
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

10-14-2011 14:13:32 | More by Brenden
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

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

07-15-2010 01:02:02 | More by Magpie14
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-09-2013 17:33:31 | More by dmorley21
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-30-2012 17:02:32 | More by fiedler84
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-23-2013 23:16:38 | More by sjones5045
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-27-2014 03:25:53 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

07-11-2012 04:55:33 | More by Acuity
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-19-2013 00:58:37 | More by DrIPA
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-09-2013 00:03:36 | More by Trent
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-19-2014 10:25:02 | More by Rostie
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-30-2013 22:35:50 | More by redleg64
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-08-2012 03:19:41 | More by Kunstman
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3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-02-2011 03:17:10 | More by SpdKilz
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-20-2014 00:43:27 | More by Ajmski1988
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-30-2013 12:17:06 | More by tommy5
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-01-2014 01:09:13 | More by metter98
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

07-09-2013 21:57:21 | More by radiofish
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-20-2012 00:55:47 | More by DMarlinJ
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-15-2013 01:35:26 | More by HardyA
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3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with an orange tint. There is a half finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Lots of malt and banana up front. There is a lighter spice component, but it is overshadowed by the banana smell. A medium amount of sweetness.

Taste: A bit watery. Banana notes along with some spice, perhaps clove. Some crisp wheat in there as well. The finish is mildly fruity with some flavor from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with an aggressive amount of carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer after smelling it. The banana hit me just as I opened the bottle. The taste was a bit of a let down.

09-05-2011 22:39:51 | More by oline73
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3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

I picked up a bottle of Frankenmuth's Hefeweizen last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for a Hefeweizen today so I thought I would give this local example a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottling into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty the much the same as most of their other beers. It poured a hazy straw golden color with three fingers worth of fluffy whit head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This is a good looking Hefeweizen.

S- The aroma is pretty spot on for a Hefeweizen, it has a higher amount of medium sweetness with all those typical aromas that you would find in any good Hefe, like banana, clove and some citrus rinds, but this one has a little more citrus rinds then normal mainly lemon, I don't mind it. The aroma is pretty standard for the style with a little extra citrus kick, I like it.

T- The taste starts off with some wheat and sweet malts, next I get a little bit of yeast and some milder banana and clove flavors. After that comes some citrus rind which seems to sick out the most and carry through to the aftertaste, it also had a very low amount of bitterness. The flavors was ok, but I would have liked more banana and clove flavors to balance out all those citrus rinds to make it taste better and be more traditional tasting.

M- Very smooth, slightly crisp, refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty true to style and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that was a good beer and a slightly above average Hefeweizen, the flavors were nice and refreshing but there was a little too much citrus rind that seemed to overshadow all those nice banana and clove flavors you would want from a good Hefe. This beer had very good drinkability, it went down much faster then I anticipated and it was pretty refreshing, I could see drinking a six pack during the day while grilling outside. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel they were both good for the style and just how they should be. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of balance it had when it came to the flavor and aroma, if the citrus rinds weren't so heavy it would be a pretty good Hefe. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a solid and drinkable Hefe, but I would much rather have some traditional German ones, since I find those to be a notch above this beer. I recommend trying this beer if you are a Hefe fan, it't worth a shot to see where you stand with this beer. Frankenmuth came through with a solid beer, one of the better ones I have from them, but I still would rather have a traditional German Hefe over this one, they have the balance down when it comes to this style and this brewery didn't really have that, still a solid beer nonetheless.

04-05-2012 22:15:11 | More by StoutHunter
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Frankenmuth Hefeweizen from Frankenmuth Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.