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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss BeerWisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 276
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 40.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 05-10-2012

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Photo of pat61
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours straw gold with a light haze and gives off a slight hiss as its 1” white foam collar recedes to a thick film is less than a minute.
S: Some light wheat, faint funk, faint citrus. No appreciable banana or clove.
T: Wheat but light on the traditional weizen flavors. The banana and citrus are light and the clove not perceptible.
F: Light with above average carbonation. Body is thin.
O: Tastes like a toned down weizen for the tourists.

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Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is the best thing here and it's just a milder version of its Bavarian cousins. Body is a bit thin as is appearance. I saw no hefetrub and so that component was missing from the flavor.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Lakefront Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 06/05/14"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Unfortunately my sample's a little old at 165 days / 5.5 months. There's a little bit of sourness to it that I don't think is supposed to be there (although I'm not sure), and the yeast flavor (as in actual yeast) is fairly strong. I'll have to sample this again next year, but for now I think I can work around that.

It's got a great appearance with a yellow-gold body beneath a bright white head that's bolstered by quickly rising bubbles from below. Unfortunately I think that both the head retention and the lacing could be better.

Discounting the yeastiness in the nose, it's fairly clean, offering up sweetish malt and notes of bubblegum/clove. There's some fruitiness to it as well, with perhaps pear, apple, and a hint of citrus.

Once again forgetting about the yeastiness, the flavor is quite solid. It's basically broken into two components that mesh together quite well. One the one side you have the distinctly wheat-accented malt base, and on the other you have the yeasty phenolics. The malt is sweetish, but not "sweet", and there's a moderate amount of bitterness to balance it. The light tartness helps to balance it (although I'm not sure if that's intended, if it's coming from the yeast, or if it's due to age); it's not imposing, and it's certainly acceptable for the style. As a "summer weiss" I think it lends a refreshing edge. The yeasty phenols don't give me any banana but I do get lots of clove. There's also a fruitiness that I can't quite pinpoint, although apple and pear would certainly be apart of it. I hesitate to say it, but it's almost like a dull pineapple. There's a subtle peppery spiciness, and some floral hops help to round it out as well.

The body is medium-light, and it's fairly effervescent, giving a good zest as it crosses the palate. Once warmed, it becomes softer and smoother.

Overall it's quite pleasant, and I can see how its lighter body, somewhat restrained character, refreshing splash of tartness, and lower alcohol (4.45 abv) would make it a great summer beer. I'll definitely look for this again!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: a very pale straw hue with a tiny hint of haze and a light effervescence. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly refreshing wheat aroma with a tiny hint of sourness. Not bad.

Taste: mild flavor but with a very refreshing wheaty character. More of an American pale wheat ale than a hefeweizen, but I like it nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation that nontheless develops a nice creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable wheat beer; I could definitely see it being a summer staple.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 04/11/14, poured into weizen glass:

Pours hazed straw yellow with a fluffy head that soon descends to a thin cap. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana, lemon, hint of clove, sour wheat tang.

The taste is of wheat crackers, sweet grain, mild banana/clove. A sour character balances the sweetness. There is a slightly metallic, floral finish.

Crisp and refreshing, but not as creamy as other examples of the style. The body leans more towards that of a typical American Pale Wheat Ale, but it works well enough.

Overall, it's between a light hefe and a stronger Berliner weiss. Decent.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a clear, golden yellow color with a fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is full of banana, yeast, and clove tones. The taste is sweet and fizzy with a decent amount of yeasty banana flavor. This is very well-made and quiet flavorful for the style. Probably one of the best offerings from Lakefront.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Fizzy lace, big bubbled, cloudy straw

SMELL: Chalky yeast, mineral, peppery phenols, taffy, ripe fruit, grainy, floral

TASTE: Very crisp, long slickness, wet body, very grainy, crackers, overly yeasty, spicy, very dry, salt, dried grass, modest hopping, faint esters, powdered clove, banana pith

Respect for Lakefront for brewing with all local ingredients. Unfortunately, the beer lands, at best, within the middle of the pack for the Hefeweizen style. Lacking head retention due to an overly expressive yeast takes away from this beer and the drinkability it should wield. Good flavors here and there, but nothing really seems to mesh 100 percent. Perhaps this beer should be marketed as an American Farmhouse Ale?

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Photo of homebrew311
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale yellow with minimal head and light lacing. Nose is full of banana and clove with some grain as well. Taste starts with nearly a medicinal quality spice profile with heavy clove an coriander. The taste gains even more spice towards the end. Mouthfeel is very light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, too heavy on the spice for my liking.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from fthomasl pours a hazed gold color with a fairly small white head for a wheat beer. Retention and lace are poor for the style.

Nose is banana and clove galore with a healthy dose of snappy wheat and light lemon. Smells pretty good.

Taste has a nice yeast/lemon/wheat thing going on. Nice balance and a good use of yeasty phenols. I really like the crispness of the wheat. Pretty good offering and a bit above average hefe.

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Photo of Act25
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Want to love an all Wisc beer, esp for it's lattitude, attitude, sausages, and cheese. It should be a great pairing with a germanic brew, but... it's just middle of the pack.

A: Gusher, but thin fast fade head (1 finger); hazed, dark yellow; lots of floaties; little lace.

S: True to form but a bit stinky. Strong pear, yeast aroma -- inviting. Although a fresh date, beer feels a little off.

T: Very strong yeast component; flavor follows smell and includes hay, grass, wheat, flowers. Tries to be thirst quenching, a fair sense of finish, but doesnt quite make it. A little thin, cloying, metallic.
M: not much, thin, watery

Worth a try, novel. Good idea. Needs a lemon? It's pretty flat without, so I want to add one!

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Photo of gcamparone
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Acquired from my awesome BIF, ufmj. Thanks!

A- Pours a hazy, unfiltered golden body with a 2 finger fluffy white head that reduces pretty quickly to a ring of white foam. No lacing.

S- Pretty fruity, unripe bananas, earthy, and a slight citrus aroma. Not overly aromatic.

T- Starts off with banana, citrus and grass notes. The finish is slightly spicy with clove and cinnamon notes.

M- Pretty watery, high carbonation. Lacking in this category.

An alright wheat beer. Could have used a little more body and flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with only the WK3 marked on the label, but certainly from 2013.

Pours hazy golden with a towering, and over-zealous head that quickly dies to a top coat.

Somewhat unappealing aroma, although this is my usual reaction to this style. There's less over-ripe banana and more lemon here than usual, but still a bit of barnyard and too much soapy floral aroma. The smell did not improve with warming.
The taste is better, with mainly a tart citrus-wheat flavor.

Lively carbonation in fairly light bodied beer.

O: a 100% Wisconsin beer that is a little distinctive. Worth a try if you usually like saisons.

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Photo of BWED
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Bright straw color, showing a bit of haze, and a large fluffy white head. No lacing.

S- Yeast, spice, clove, banana, a bit of orange. Pretty fragrant.

T- Wheaty, some spice and banana. Very mild.

M- Light and smooth.

O- This is okay. I have yet to find a great American Hefe.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After hearing some good things about this new one, I finally got the chance to try some over the weekend. 12 0unce brown bottle, no clear date -- but it *is* the summer seasonal.

A -- Hazy golden with a substantial, dense, off-white head.

S -- Banana, cloves, some tart fruitiness and light breadiness.

T -- Spicy clove up front, blending into a flash of breadiness then into a tart citrus character, finishing spicy, clean, and dry.

M -- Medium-light body with a spritzy mouthfeel that settles into a soft creaminess.

O -- And outstanding take on the style. Great complex character all around -- and all at 4.2% ABV. Big flavor does not have to equal big ABV.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck Beverage, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-03-14
Glass: Standard US pint glass

While I think the concept of using only locally-produced wheat, hops, water, and yeast is fantastic, Wisconsinite is a fairly run-of-the-mill hefeweizen, a bit below average in appearance and mouthfeel, but otherwise moderately flavorful and not unappealing. Still, its errors leave room for improvement, and in all the beer is not as complex or well-composed as the classics of the style; nor does it bring any particular character of its own. Mediocre, as per the definition of the word.

Gusher. Pours a towering head of medium and large-sized bubbles, white in color, that has average retention of slightly over a minute, fading to a thin ring around the glass and a small island of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a few stray dots affix themselves to the glass with each sip, only to be wiped away by the next. Beer is a golden orange color in body, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the very hazy body (70-80% opaque), high in number and activity. Overall, fairly poor retention, no lacing, and an odd orange color for a hefeweizen.

Aroma is of yeast, a fairly notable sweetness that borders on cloying, and mild banana esters and medicinal phenolics. Not unappealing, and somewhat flavorful, but also not as well balanced or as deep/rich as higher quality hefeweizens are able to present.

Overall flavor of wheat malt, bread with heavy yeast presence, banana esters, and a generally disappointing sweet-blandness.

Front of palate picks up light, thin wheat malt, mild sweetness, and low banana esters with hints of dried orange and faint yeast. Mid-palate finds wheat malt, phenolics and banana esters of medium intensity, with more than modest sweetness and bread with heavy yeast characters, and lesser coriander. Back of palate picks up a bland sweetness with minor wheat malt characters, dull yeastiness, banana esters, and faint phenolics. Aftertaste of sweetness, wheat malt, light coriander, phenolics, and mushroom-reminiscent yeast.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is lightly fizzy at first, gradually becoming foamy, then burning out a bit too quickly and resulting in a thin and watery feel around the edges. Does not close dryly, with substantial lingering sweetness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, yeast, slight hops, hint of coriander, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight yeast, hint of hop, hint of hops, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, and slight coriander. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of BierStein711
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into weizen. Fast reducing two and a half finger off-white head.

Lack of carbonation, not sure of freshness.

Hazy brown in color

Smells of banana, hay, bubblegum, and wheat

Mouthfeel: Thin

Taste: Sour at the finish! That is the most pronounced note! Otherwise banana

Overall, this wasn't bad! But, it didn't satisfy my hankerin for a hefeweizen.

I don't think I'll have it again, unless it is on draught.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Brown Street Brewery in Rhinelander. Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear pale orange body under a finger of white forth. Ok retention but no lace. No better than average.

S: Pleasant mix of spicy wheat, bubblegum, and banana. A hint of clove. Very pleasant.

T: Follows the nose precisely: lots of wheat malt and bubblegum, with banana and clove in the background.

M: Light and lively. Creamy in the end. Great.

O: This wasn't anything to write home about, but it was extremely effective as a summer thirst quencher. I think I ordered a second pint, but it was quite the bar crawl so I might be misremembering that detail.


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Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. Nose is tart and yeasty. The wheat is certainly upfront, but this offering is pretty mild in general. The finish is a bit tart. This is a basic Hefe -- nothing to get excited about at all.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appears clear and golden.
Frothy head, with "goldy locks" head retention. My glass was clean.
Rich, clover smell.
Thin mouth feel, and
Light, well balanced taste, un sweetened, with clove and banana notes. No citrus for me. Prefect Weiss, and ideal for summer, just as the bottle says.

All local, right down to the yeast strain. I'd get a 6 and a case for a BBQ, cave session or for tailgating in a hot second, all the faster on sale.

Loved this beer; Lakefront hit it out of the park, even if the MKE's Brewers don't nearly enough.

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Photo of soju6
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small head that fades rather quickly with nominal lacing.

S: Aroma of banana & cloves, mild citrus and not much else.

T: Taste of banana, cloves mild citrus with a bit of malt and spice in the background. Has a gritty bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, a bit coarse and grainy.

O: Comes across as a bit too sweet. Not a beer I would seek out.

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Photo of waitforit
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Orangish-red. No lacing

S: Rich, citrusy and clean.

T: Spicy and sweet. Orange and cloves

M: Perfect for a wheat beer. Sully and syrupy but not overwhelming.

O: A totally decent beer for late-afternoon summer drinking. I should look for it in six-packs instead of the one available in the 8-beer variety pack.

Try it again? 4 - Probably

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Photo of oak1971
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall this is a great summer brew-heck its a good brew for anytime. All local ingredients and a nice little zip to It on the finish. I only had a 6 oz cup for the tour and need to spend some quality time with a six pack. It proved to be a very session-able brew and would go well with dinner.

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Photo of emerge077
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle looks to be notched "Mar Wk2" so its about 3 months from that date.

Drank a Dancing Man right before this, might be a little biased as a result.

Clear gold before pouring the yeast in, it has a couple fingers of creamy white foam on the surface. After pouring the yeast it sits in a stationary layer for awhile below the foam before swirling it in... never have seen that before.

Smells minerally and wheaty, not much in the way of traditional yeast esters.

Astringent feel, like club soda at first. Flavor has very little depth to it. Wheat, bread, not much else. Lacks flavor, aroma, and the smooth mouthfeel that is a hallmark of a good hefe. Pass.

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Photo of matjack85
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. The label says "if it's not from Wisconsin, it's not in this beer." All the wheat, malts, hops, water, and even the yeast strain is home grown in Wisconsin - hence the name, Wisconsinite.

The beer poured a hazy golden/yellow color with more than half the glass filled with fluffy white foam. While the head was huge and the retention was decent, it only left a few small spots for lacing.

It has the banana/clove aroma of most hefe's, but it's not really that strong in this one. What is strong is the spices. There's more in here than just clove. That new Wisconsin yeast strain can also be detected in the smell.

Tastes like a banana/lemon wheat beer with a lot of spices in it. The clove, coriander, and allspice flavors linger on into the aftertaste. The Wisconsin yeast and mild grassy hops round out the flavors.

Light bodied with moderate to medium carbonation. Aftertaste is full of spices.

Nice to see a brewery trying something new, but I can't say that I'm a fan of this one.

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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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