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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
82
good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

t0rin0, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

djrn2, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jaydoc, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 24, 2014
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

emerge077, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

zeff80, Jun 24, 2013
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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Jason, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

jwc215, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of chinchill
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

chinchill, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dmorgan310, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -16.4%

PEIhop, Jul 20, 2013
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.

Tone, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Rhettroactive, Jul 11, 2013
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.

flagmantho, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
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!

BeerFMAndy, May 10, 2012
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -16.4%

enelson, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -16.4%

smartassboiler, May 11, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

woosterbill, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

KarlHungus, Jul 15, 2012
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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.