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Frankenmuth Hefeweizen - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth HefeweizenFrankenmuth Hefeweizen

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
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.

djeucalyptus, Oct 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

iemailjack, Apr 07, 2012
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.

Jason, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

acurtis, Feb 15, 2012
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.

Brenden, Oct 14, 2011
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

Magpie14, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of dmorley21
4/5  rDev +10.5%

dmorley21, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of fiedler84
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

fiedler84, Jun 30, 2012
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.

sjones5045, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Acuity
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Acuity, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of DrIPA
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrIPA, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Trent
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Trent, May 09, 2013
Photo of Rostie
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Rostie, May 19, 2014
Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

redleg64, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Kunstman, Aug 08, 2012
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.

SpdKilz, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Ajmski1988
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Ajmski1988, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

metter98, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of DMarlinJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DMarlinJ, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

HardyA, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of stortore
3/5  rDev -17.1%

stortore, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

oline73, Sep 05, 2011
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Frankenmuth Hefeweizen from Frankenmuth Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.