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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Wisconsinite Summer Weiss BeerWisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer

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BA SCORE
82
good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 05-10-2012)
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 21:45:14 | More by homebrew311
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 02:32:17 | More by woosterbill
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oak1971

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 04:00:23 | More by oak1971
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 21:14:48 | More by jdkitchi
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Milwaukee's airport.

A: creamy, thin head (1/2 finger); very cloudy, dark yellow; lots of floaties; no lacing
S: strong pear, yeast aroma -- inviting
T: interesting wheat beer; strong yeast component; flavor includes hay, wheat, lighter flavors, sort of like a thin farmhouse ale; not much malt; hopped ok
M: a bit thin, watery

I got tired of this at the end (probably because I don't like wheat beers much), but it is at first an interesting contribution to the genre

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 18:24:31 | More by Arithmeticus
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:15:28 | More by Lemke10
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 16:15:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:04:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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Act25

New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 20:34:09 | More by Act25
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 20:54:55 | More by gcamparone
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.96/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 23:32:43 | More by chinchill
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 17:42:11 | More by BWED
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steveh

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 20:44:57 | More by steveh
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:49:15 | More by falloutsnow
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Tone

Missouri

3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:58:11 | More by Tone
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BierStein711

Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:57:41 | More by BierStein711
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:59:33 | More by 57md
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Ethanol4one

New York

4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:06:38 | More by Ethanol4one
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soju6

Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:46:38 | More by soju6
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waitforit

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:22:57 | More by waitforit
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emerge077

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:34:13 | More by emerge077
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matjack85

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 07:54:06 | More by matjack85
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 19:58:10 | More by Fatehunter
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:43:26 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:33:14 | More by biboergosum
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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.