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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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BA SCORE
81
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251 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 05-10-2012

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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?

Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of waitforit
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml single bottle. Wisconsin in a bottle, eh? At least it's not from Minhas.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, puffy white head, which leaves little in the way of persistent lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of pale, grainy wheat stalk, gamey yeast, a mild drupe fruitiness, some further citrus zest, and a muddled coriander/pepper/clove spice. The taste is somewhat edgy wheat grain, a more restrained earthy yeastiness, some tame, though weirdly sweet coriander, black pepper dust, and rounded citrus pith.

The carbonation is fairly soft, and understated, the body medium-light in weight, and really quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the wheat, fruity yeast and spice conspiring to blot out any aspiring sweetness.

Not a bad Hefe, the constituent (Wisconsin!) ingredients doing well by their native state to produce a drinkable and enjoyable summer wheat beer, with strong allusions to their German heritage. Too bad I didn't get this until the onset of winter up here. Oh well.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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!

Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and yeasty; golden hue with an enormous, billowing cream-colored head; okay lacing

S: Lots of spice: cloves and peppers along with bananas, lemon rind, citrus; this smells like a traditional hefe with a pleasant slightly bready malt undertone

T: Not quite as pronounced spice and banana in the flavors as in the aromas; more of a pronounced grainy, bready, and grassy malt presence

F: Pretty creamy and light bodied like a typical hefeweizen

O: I found Wisconsinite to be extremely refreshing and drinkable; delicious and true to the style; one of my favorites from Lake Front and one of my new favorite hefeweizens brewed in America

Photo of Fatehunter
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big head on a bubbly, hazy straw colored body.
A pleasant aroma of straw, bananas and yeast.
The taste has some unbalance to it. Mild lemon bitter, a touch of pear, a little metallic...
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's not bad, just not that great either.

Photo of jdkitchi
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this on tap to go with a pizza by the movie theater on Friday. I didn't see the pour but it came in a tall Weiss glass with just a small ring of foam around the edge. It was cloudy with a nice straw color.

I got some light Belgian yeast and spice aromas and taste out of this. It was not too carbonated, light bodied, refreshing and a little dry in the finish. The flavor profile reminds me more of a Witbier than a Hefe.

This is a good, light, refreshing summer brew that I would have again. I think this may be a little off style but I think I like it better than most Hefe's anyway.

Photo of emerge077
2.8/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront Wisconsinite weizen glass.
4.2% ABV, Bottled May Wk2 notched, 100% Wisconsin ingredients.

A - A tall, rocky white head caps one of the cloudiest beers I've ever laid eyes on. Murky golden yellow in color, Wisconsinite cakes the the weizen glass with thick lacing.

S - Fresh cut lawn and dry straw combine for a very earthy entry into Wisconsinite. Clove and banana yeast esters follow closely with a creamed-corn nose behind. Soft wheat and supple pale malt hold down the fort with a touch of floral hops in the finish. With lots going on, there's no doubt this is an incredibly unique aroma.

T - Despite the heavy, almost overwhelming, earthy aroma, Wisconsinite is delightfully toned down and balanced in flavor. More wheat and malt pulls through offering soft refreshment while light clove and banana notes suggest a German-like hefe. While still earthy, more floral hops emerge and less grassy, corn-like aspects are found. Delish!

M - Lively but delicate carbonation perfectly balances the soft, gentle wheat profile of Wisconsinite. Faintly dry on the finish, the refreshing and rejuvenating medium body is fantastic!

O - Caught somewhere between a pale wheat ale and a hefeweizen, Wisconsinite truly breaks new ground. I'll have to side with Lakefront president Russ Klisch on the "Wisconsin Weiss" style he categorizes it as! Lakefront balances the bold estery profile of Jeremey King's (of Northern Brewer) indigenous wild Wisconsin yeast with true Wisconsin ingredients for a superb and revolutionary new wheat beer. An immediate summer staple with full flavor and low alcohol, Wisconsinite is 100% win!

Photo of matjack85
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.97/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

date on bottle was 5 14 2012. Love being local. Poured into hefe weizen tall glass. Very cloudy. Hazy yellow and orange overtones. Massive carbonation bubbles to the top constantly.

Aroma - banana peel, very estery and funky, slight grass with strong. Has a Belgian style feel too it.

Taste is very similar to the aroma with banana peel, slight grass and citrus overtones. Slight spice too it. So easy to drink and complex. Skip the lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Creamy, effervescent, no syrup feel. Finish clean. Super easy drinking beer.

Bottom line new summer staple. An outstanding beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I think my luggage is from Wisconsinite... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy gold topped by well over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light clove, coriander, and mild banana peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the banana comes through a touch sweeter here. The body is a veery light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though not one of the more expressive or defining examples of the style, this is still an enjoyable and tasty hefe.

Photo of soju6
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of cmq103
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I picked up a case of this on sale for $26.00 at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ. After my first sip, I knew this was a bargain…

Appearance: You have to go easy on the bottle pour, as this is one gets a pillow-like like frothy head, which quickly grows to over an inch rather quickly and sticks around for a few minutes. Hazy yellow-orange in color with minimal lacing. Generally your Hefe's aren't known for their clingy lacing anyway.

Smell: Light clove, banana and bubblegum catch the nose right away. A yeast and bready aroma with a touch of sweetness is also present. So far, so good in my opinion.

Taste: Almost identical to the smell: Light clove, banana, bubblegum with a nice lightly sweet malt and bready finish. I also get a hint of lemon and a touch of saltiness in the finish. I really like this beer a lot. Being a huge German Hefeweizen fan, I think Lakefront did a fine job with this beer. Outstanding...

Mouthfeel: Light body with a nice tingly effervescent action on the tongue with a nice quick, mildly sweet finish.

Overall: At 4.2 %, this is one heck of a summer session beer. For a lighter beer to have this much flavor, Lakefront did an awesome job. I think they just might give their German counterparts a run for their money. If you’re a Hefeweizen fan, this is “must-try’ beer. Well done Lakefront, you’ve gotten yourself a new admirer.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow-orange color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a ton of sticky chunks of foam that last until the beer is gone. This is one great looking beer. The aroma is of lemon, banana, and spice. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice spicy character. Neither the taste, nor the aroma are typical of a hefe, but the still interesting, pleasant and refreshing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice summer beer that I would happily drink again.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Blue Moon weizen pint glass the traditional way by turning the glass upside down over the bottle then turning the bottle upside down in the glass and slowly lifting it up.

AP: Pale straw colour with light gold highlights, can see through the beer as there's no sediment so this has to be a filtered weisse beer. Fluffy white 1" head after pour that dissipates down to 1/4" with some slight lacing when glass is tilted.
AR: Banana, lemon, hay/straw, spices like clove and coriander. Getting bubblegum on the 2nd whiff.
T: Similar to the nose but the bubblegum is more prominent than the banana or lemon. The spices are quite assertive in this with clove, coriander and a touch of allspice as well. I like how they amped the spices in this. Finish is very yeasty.
M: Moderately carbonated, crisp and a bit tingly on the tongue, finishes kind of dry.
OV: It would be unkind to compare this to any true German Weizen/Weisse like Weihenstephaner, but it's decent. Very sessionable, could easily knock off a 6pk on a warm Summer day. Has enough flavour to keep you interested, though it all kind of disappears on the finish. Once you taste the spices on the first sip they sort of fade as your palate gets used to them. Given a choice I'd go with a German over this, but I sure wouldn't complain if this was the best choice of beer at a party or BBQ.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The color is a rich golden straw color. This is a nice looking hefewizen, nice and murky with noticeable carbonation. The smell is musty in the best way possible. The aroma of rich verdant fields of grass coupled with the sweet graininess of wheat along with some slight banana and bubblegum notes blend very well together. The taste is even better than the smell! A very rich and flavorful beer for something with such a low ABV this beer has a rich musty flavor tasting somewhat like sweet grass coupled with banana and bubblegum. Very drinkable. The fact that this beer was produced with only Wisconsin grown/made ingredients makes me proud to be a Wisconsinite. I can't wait to enjjoy more of this beer in the upcoming months.

Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.