Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 266
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | 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 biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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! (2,193 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
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! (1,655 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now enjoying a Lakefront Wisconsinite Summer Weiss, a purely Wisconsin beer which makes it distinctly unique.

A - Wisconsinite pours a cloudy golden rod due to the yeast left in the bottle, and leaves a nice solid 1" of white fluffy head on the top, a little lacing left.

S - There is a ton of spice on the nose, mainly cloves, with some banana and citrus (lemon and orange), balanced out quite well with a nice malt.

T - Pretty much the same as what I got on the nose, the taste really did not differ from what I smelled, and I really like that.

M - A medium-bodied hefeweizen style beer, nice carbonation and chewiness to it.

O - Fantastic from start to finish. I really like that all the ingredients come from Wisconsin even the strain of yeast was created in Wisconsin. It has a distinct Wisconsin flavor, that just can't be duplicated. Being originally from Wisconsin, I love that this beer is a fantastic representation of all the great brewers in the state. (971 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (643 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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? (778 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured into the weizen glass a very murky and opaque brownish-orange with a flash head and no lacing. Smells and tastes very full of banana and grassy hop character, surprisingly so for something as low gravity as it is! Even so, I am having difficulty picking up on any other sort of hop character beyond a heavy monotone power chord of grassiness. It does flow well in the mouth with a smooth texture and adequate carbonation, though. Worth checking out for the "I didn't know they could do *that* much at that low of an ABV" factor alone. (571 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (2,463 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even though I've lived in New Jersey for most of my life, I was actually born in Milwaukee. Although I didn't grow up in the Badger State, I've always had a craving for beer, bratwurst, and the pigskin and came to love and respect the people out there during my trips on the road back through Wisconsin. All of the Summer offerings that I saw at the stores I passed through yesterday were either too light for me or were beers that I've had before, so I was quite intrigued when I saw this at Gary's in Wayne. Could it be that a Hefe deserved a rating as high as this on here, given how darker beers tend to be the cream of the collective crop on this site? I had to find out for myself.

So I get around to this and wonder if it's just as intriguing and interesting as the person that's about down the contents of the bottle that he's holding. Once the cap was undone, the sound of the oxygen entering the bottle was louder than normal and the aroma could be detected from quite a ways away. Lots of wheat, banana, and clove meshed together nicely along with some honey and lemon-zest notes. It took quite a while to swirl out the sediment on the bottom of the bottle too but it wasn't because the beer was old. Thankfully, this was dated and since it was less than two months old, I knew that it was the strong yeast presence and not age that was the cause for my extended swirling effort. Then it was time to fill the glass up and boy, did this do the trick. The volume was perfect for my pint glass as the head settled right to the top and dissipated in a sound not unlike a settling wave that failed to make its way up the beach. Even better was the carbonation that was present but not strong enough to overtake the flavor or obscure the cloudy goldenrod hue that subtly radiated confidence as I held my glass up to the light.

Thankfully, the taste experience picked up where my other senses left off. All of the flavors worked harmoniously well together as the wheat and soda-like carbonation balanced each other out beautifully. Novices would need a lemon to cut the slightly tangy undertone to this beer but it all faded nicely in the aftertaste to grass and hay in the back, before the heavier feel of the banana kicked in until the end. It took a while to get used to, but this grew on me nicely as the beer warmed up.

Looking for a session beer? Look no further. I was surprised at how low the ABV% was in this given that I could detect a slight booziness underneath everything here. Some reviewers thought that this was like an American Pale Wheat Ale but it's almost like a Saison, given the hue, flavors, and very subtle earthy spice that's in this. Had it not been 1 in the morning when I opened this up, I would have easily had another. This could be my new favorite Summer beer and easily stands toe-to-toe with its European counterparts. Props to Lakefront to nailing everything here - the taste, bottle design and keeping the ingredients close to home. There's no doubt that this is worth seeking out and I can't recommend it enough! (3,056 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (306 characters)

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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.