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Tröegs DreamWeaver Wheat - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs DreamWeaver WheatTröegs DreamWeaver Wheat

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623 Reviews

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Reviews: 623
Hads: 1,826
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.43%
Wants: 58
Gots: 288 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: blitheringidiot on 06-25-2004

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Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Light orange, to dark lemon yellow body, slightly lighter and brighter towards the bottom of the glass. Head makes about three fleeting fingers of soapy white head to fall and quickly disappear into a good thick collar, but thin puck.

Standard hefe nose on the bouquet, but hints with much more strange peanut butter like yeast esters. Faint clove, little malt wheat chewy character, and no sense of sweetness. THere is a thick sweet peanut quality coming off this however, and a strange out there hint of nut and dry quality on the nose.

Palate hints toward hefe quality, but with spicier notes, and subdued classic hefe quality. Wet bodied with a lighter feel, and not sense of malt chewy character and depth. Almost peppery, near hot finish on the clove like ester front. Density really missing, and the bubblegum sweetness and where is the lemon.

It's an interesting take on the style, and comes off a bit strangely amped, but still a bit lifeless unfortunately. No regrets trying it though, and no harm either.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a bottle from the anthology mixed case, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance was hazy and yellow, much carbonation, and a head that kept throughout. Carbonation persisted, some lacing

smell was pleasant, sweet,wheaty, bubblegum yeasty kind of thing going

taste was a little better than expected, quite full, flavor stays with you for quite some time.

Mouth below medium

Not a style I'm overly fond of, but a good offering from a very good brewery.

Re-reviewed today, since I now know a bit more what I'm talking about :)

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Photo of Grugalug
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden color with a good two finger head that dissipates very quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up to the service and it is very clear.

S- A very fruity aroma. It is difficult to tell what fruit is the most prevalent, but it seems to be a tie between banana, apple, and pear. It is pleasantly yeasty and also has just a hint of spice to it.

T- The taste is very representative of the head. Big fruitiness and a pleasant yeasty flavor. It is on the sweet side but this is balanced by a slight bitterness that seems to be brought from the wheat. Hops are completely undetectable. Very refreshing.

M- Tingling carbonation and a refreshing crispness. On the thinner side but it goes down very easy. Nothing to complain about.

O- Refreshing, crisp, and bursting with fruit. What more could you ask for on a spring or summer day?

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Photo of Sensaray
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed golden in color
Bready sweetness and banana and cloves in nose
Taste is of grains, banana, yeast and flowers, mouthfeel is pleasant for the style, drinkable. good spiciness here.
Solid wheat beer and another solid beer from Troegs
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Photo of oonthego
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden color with white head, some bubbles.

S: Very intense wheat smell even from 12 inches away from my nose, slightly inundating.

T: No distinct flavors that my palate can ascertain...yeasty taste.

M: Mildly carbonated, leaves yeasty aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

O: OK. Only bought one to try. This won't be on the short list of UW beers. Might benefit from a splash of citrus but the lack there of makes this beer different that most UWs I have sampled.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
1.92/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear sunshine yellow, very active carbonation throughout, 1/4 inch head that stays.

S: Bananas, but the artificial syrupy kind, and apple tartness, slight clove spice.

T: Empty. Not much there on the front end, slight apple and banana on the back-end. A super disappointment here.

M: Very high carbonation, almost too much, similar to that of seltzer water, very bitey with each gulp.

O: Very disappointed. I was hoping this would fit the bill for my summer go-to this year. Nope.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says 101513.

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Rich, yeasty aroma with lots of banana and clove notes. Also plenty of sweet wheat and a bit of alcohol. So drinkable.

T- Solid wheat flavor with notes of bubble gum, more banana and flower (rose?) water. Pretty sweet with minimal alcohol taste and lots of spice.

M- Semi-bright with a milky thickness. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- One of the first beers that made me realize I love a well done full-flavored wheat beer. The low score it carries is criminal.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 5/10/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, lemon, pear, apple, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this a damn nice Hefeweizen. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Light straw in color, a bit hazy, small head with no lacing, falls to a thin bubbly collar.

S: Very yeasty and wheaty; a touch of citrus (lemon?).

T: Lots of wheat and a big yeast profile; mild lemon and a bit of sweet orange.

M: medium-light body and lots of carbonation; light and refreshing

O: A nice flavorful summer beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm a Troegs fan, but not of this one. It's too medicinal, and a bit skunky and thin.

A: A hazy yellow, dull, amber in color with when poured hard, a large off white head at the top, a medium rate of lacing. (must pour hard)

S: Way too sweet, way too medicinal. More like over-ripe bananas and pink gum with some cleaning fluid in the air. Back of the bus kind of smell. Even some bad perfume. Would not want to be trapped with this smell.

T: Too much like the smell, way too sweet up front and perhaps too much carbonation, I am not getting much real fruit on my try. Again, stale banana peel, and everything you dont like about gum and perfume, or the back of a long bus ride.

M: Too light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation, almost tasted like a turned banana-orange soda.

O: This is a bad beer and too sweet. Go back and try again, or give up on this style.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this both in a bottle and on tap.its pours a cloudy light yellow with great head retention. The smell is typical of a wheat beer consisting of bread, banana, and spices. The taste is almost like a banana flavored bubblegum with some apparent clove lingering . Really enjoyed the taste. The carbonation was medium to high and with the clove lingering, it leaves your taste buds wanting the next sip. Well done.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy amber in color with a huge off white head at the top, there was barely any lacing to really talk about.

S: Very bready smell up front, a little sweetness, very basic nose to this one, slight hints of tropical fruit.

T: Very sweet up front and loaded with carbonation, lots of citrus and lemon notes. Leaves a bready sweet after taste, lite bits of honey on this on.

M: Light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation, almost tasted like an orangina.

O: This was not a bad beer but very sweet for my liking for this type of style, not a bad beer to have on a hot summer day after doing yard work.

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Photo of JG-90
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium sized white head with okay retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy pale yellow color. Leaves just a tiny bit of lacing. Aroma consists of wheat, spice, banana, and bread.

The clove comes out more in the taste, but is still not in the forefront. Banana, bread, and spice are the main flavors, with wheat, bubblegum, and clove behind that. Light to medium body with high carbonation, a little grainy.

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Photo of LeRose
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, pint glass, date worn off.

A - hazy golden brew with about two maybe three fingers of white foam. Pretty good retention, not much lacing.

S - I don't agree with reviews calling the banana subtle. There was an initial assault of banana backed up by bubblegum aromas, a hint of vanilla, and the wheat/yeast/bread characteristics as the banana eventually got out of the way. A very slight citrus presence as well.

T - Very fruity with a sledgehammer of banana up front. Then some citrus notes - seems more orange than lemony. This is followed by a little vanilla, the wheat character, a little yeastiness, then a nice little surprise of coriander/clove spiciness. There's a melon flavor (cantaloupe?) lurking in there too. Playing along with all of this, there was a lot of phenolic character to this beer. Seems to have a lot going on, but not in a muddled way.

M - very soft initially, but then it becomes nicely drying eventually asking for you to take the next sip. Maybe the drying effect brings out the more subtle flavors? Carbonation was pretty lively but not annoying. A very slight chalky feel, but not much.

O - wife and I both said "lots happening" at the same time. So yes - lots going on. Other than the banana, the flavors aren't "in your face" and are very subtle. I don't think I can pick out all the flavors that are involved. Complex, yet easy drinking and very refreshing. Nice beer, refreshing and inviting. Well done.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, jbravato. Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is printed on the neck as "04/02/13."

Poured vertically into the glass, this produces a soft, straw color with amber tones, as well as a slightly frothy yet consistently fizzy white head about 3 fingers large. The head soon dissipates into about a half finger but doesn't fully let go. Bubbles are plentiful, and the yeast is present enough to produce a decent, average color for the style. A little bit more golden than I like it, however, and definitely not creamy enough.

At the aroma, I get pretty large notes of bananas, peaches, toffee, honey, citrus peel, and cane sugar sweetness. Definitely not too complex, but they did nail the banana esters I love in this style quite well. Feels wet and slightly sweetened overall in character, but the yeasty phenols are are the forefront here, and the grains and wheat malts are secondary, providing a bit of breezy crispness and a bready, cracker-y feel. Pleasant - well made for a American session wheat offering.

I get the same experience in the flavor as I did in the aroma, with my palate meeting bananas, cider, apricots, and toffee galore, as well as a touch of wheatgrass from the hops, but right at the middle these flavors are soon replaced with more of the wheat/grain backbone. Unfortunately, this gets progressively graining, especially as this loses more carbonation in the long run. The beer soon adopts grainy, raspy qualities that detract from the fluffy wheat texture and sticky, yeasty qualities in the beer. Halfway through I nearly decided to pound this before it got any worse. The alcohol surprisingly gives off some heat, which makes this both hyper grainy AND sweetened, which is not a mellow combo you'd want in the style. Oversimplifies what makes the style great.

I enjoyed how chewy and sticky this was, and the aroma definitely was a spot-on highlight, but the extra graininess and progressive thinness made this slightly discomforting. On the other hand, it isn't a horrible session wheat choice, and I wouldn't pass the chance to have this again if I didn't feel like drinking anything too strong and craved simple, straightforward wheat beer. Not Tröegs's best, but not undrinkable by any means.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: Bottled 2013-03-19
Glass: Standard US pint glass

A decent domestic hefeweizen, which is an agreeable version of the style, if not exactly one to walk with the paragons like Weihenstephaner, Schneider, Ayinger, and Franziskaner. As it is, a beer I'm glad to have tried and enjoyed, but would not go out of my way to obtain again due to limited distribution, distance, and cost involved.

Pours a 2cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, with below-average retention for the style, only lasting a minute or so before fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is sparse, a few dots and irregularly-shaped bloches cling to the inner sides of the glass. Body is a slightly hazy (30-40% opaque) yellow orange color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues with a touch of orange tint. Carbonation is visible rising up along the sides of the glass. Not exactly a stunning specimen for the style; below average in most regards.

Aroma is of banana esters, German weizen yeast bordering on an intensity that almost comes across as "funky," slightly spicy phenols and steamed corn and green vegetables. Despite the corn and vegetables, this is a pleasant-smelling and fairly true-to-style hefeweizen.

Front of palate finds sweet, ripe banana-like esters, plentiful wheat malt, some cooked corn, and a dash of vanilla. Mid-palate continues to find strong banana ester, a graininess that includes wheat and cooked corn, some mild spiciness from hefeweizen yeast derived phenols, mild bubblegum/band-aids, and the yeast itself. Back of palate picks up strong banana esters with equally strong hefeweizen yeast, moderate phenols, bubblegum/band-aids, slight vanilla and lemon zest. Aftertaste is of grainy wheat and barley malts with faded banana ester, slight lemon zest and bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation levels of fairly low intensity, resulting in a smooth, easy-drinking mouthfeel that flows well and never feels fizzy or overly stagnant. Closes semi-dry, with mild stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours hazy and gold with an excellent two finger soft white head that lasts and leaves pretty cool lacing patterns on the glass.

The aromas are just like the description of a hefeweizen with notes of banana, bubblegum, and apple floating above a nice pale malt sweetness. This bottle has a hint of skunk aroma to it as well and I believe that to be not of the breweries fault, but the bottle may be old, but it's hard to tell as the date has been worn off. A few points will have to be deducted though. I have had this on tap and it does not have the skunk aroma.

The beer starts off light and pale malt sweet with light phenolic flavours of bubblegum and tart apple only very faint and the beer then smooths out with a noticeable wheat presence and then finally takes on some very nice mild hop bitterness, only VERY mild and spicy. Some skunk presence as my last burp can attest to.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, not overly so, which makes it highly sessionable, but it seems a little light. The carbonation is lively but when the wheat comes through about mid-way on the palate, the carbonation mellows. The beer goes through some nice transformations!

Overall I am going to say that this beer's complexity is really neat! It all works well and goes through a pretty cool transition. The only complaint towards the beer is that it is a little thin and light in mouthfeel. The skunk flavour is a big NO-NO but not this beer's fault. AND it's not overt so it's actually not all that detracting. Would I recommend this beer? Hell YES! Especially for summer! 4 out of 5 for this beauty!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 032613

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that quickly settled to a thin cap

S: Very wheaty with big notes of banana and clove. Get some fruitiness behind that, but the wheat, banana, and clove dominate

T: Again, very wheaty with banana and clove. Light spicy phenols in there to mix things up. Get some yeasty esters as well. Finishes with chalky yeast and wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chalky

O: A very solid American hefe. Plenty of wheat, banana, clove, and chalky yeast to go around. Nice and easy to drink at 4.8% as well

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on-tap yesterday at Granary Tavern. The beer had an unfiltered hazy yellow-ish gold appearance to it with a constrained white fluffy head. The aroma had some cloves and spice to it, but I didn't get really much for fruit out of the aroma or taste as I've seen with other hefeweizens. Lighter mouthfeel as you'd hope for and expect for a warm weather beer.

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Photo of Etan
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a wheat beer glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a spongy white head.

S: Cloves, crisp wheat, vanilla, bready, hint of banana.

T: Taste brings a mix of crisp malt breadiness and pleasant esters. Mild banana and cloves, lightly tart, fresh grain, restrained bready sweetness.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: An enjoyable and relatively mild hefeweizen, not quite as flavorful as more authentic examples but quaffable nonetheless.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few pints at the new Troeg brewery and dreamweaver was one of them.
Though I.m not a 100% wheat beer fan I do like an occasional glass every now and again.
Out of all the wheat beers I've had through the years dreamweaver would be placed towards the bottom, just not impressed.
The beer had a super tall, fluffy yet dense head sittingon top of a cloudy unfiltered golden yellow beer. It looks good.
Aroma had a nice and refreshing wheat malt aroma. Yeasty esters gave off a slight banana smell. Standard wheat beer aromas, yes, mind you, but very light and soft.
Taste was bland and boring and actually almost tasteless. You tasted the wheat malts and hints of clove but nowhere near what I might expect from a beer that gets this much acclaim.
Falls in the middle of American junk wheat beers, which by the way are gross, and a desent German wheat.

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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold into a tulip glass

A: Clear and light gold. No chill haze

S: Wheat, fruit, slight banana, slight clove

T: Wheat hits you first followed by a subtle fruitiness

M: Light bodied and refreshing. Very clean

O: A good example of an American Wheat. Clean, refreshing and light. The wheat flavor dominates with subtle hints of banana and clove. I will buy again.

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Photo of mfigueroa713
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent American wheat beer that embodies many of the characteristics of a German or European style wheat. It has the wheat grain backbone but is complimented by fruity hints of banana. Cloves are present as well. This combination is typical for European wheat beer and unlike German wheat bottles you get the full 12 oz serving and not the 11.2 oz(330ml) the imports give you.

Color - Light amber

Carbonation - Strong with 3 fingers of white head.

Smell - European wheat smell, wheat and some fruity hints.

Taste \ mouth - great taste with light mouth feel.

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Photo of Zbyler
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy yellow color with a good amount of head from the carbonation.

S- Smells like a wheat beer. Bready, malty, maybe a little banana and clove in there as well.

T- Bready malts up front. Love that taste. Minimal hop presence, great doughy presence. Nice dry finish that makes you crave the next sip.

M- Slightly thick or heavy, definitely carbonated.

O- Overall I thought this was a solid beer. I am a big wheat beer fan and allgash white is my go-to for the style and I would compare it to a slightly not-as-good version of that. A nice treat for me since we can't get it in CT. Would make a great summer day beer!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Two 12 oz bottles poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a two finger white shade; a bit thinner looking than what I like out of my hefeweizens, but with nice retention. Not much lacing here.

S: This is heavy in banana esters. Huge whiffs of bubblegum and sweet vanilla hit my nose, as well as some general 'wheat' malts. I'm fairly impressed by the aroma here.

T: Initially, it starts off with fruity, with loads of banana and faint orange. Afterwards come notes of vanilla, wheat, and clove...it's quite vanilla forward, actually. A bit of hop bitterness builds up as more is consumed, suggesting decent layering/depth.

M: Soft and creamy at first, before developing into a dry, astringent feel. This also seems to bring out some hop flavors on the back end, as well. Carbonation is strong if not oppressive, and the drinkability is excellent thanks to the moderately light texture.

O: A great hefeweizen is worth its weight in ambergris, and this is certainly a great example of the style. This seems to have more complexity than others in the style, also - including the 1000 pound (and 1000 year old) gorilla-in-the-room from Weihenstephaner.

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Tröegs DreamWeaver Wheat from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.