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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Wisconsinite Summer Weiss BeerWisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer

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171 Ratings

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%

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 Arithmeticus


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
Photo of TX-Badger


4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 02:22:39 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of dbossman


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:43:28 | More by dbossman
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 21:31:06 | More by cmq103
Photo of KarlHungus


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:43:26 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 06:36:45 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of bound4er


4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Cloudy with a straw yellow color. Head of three fingers that breaks fairly fast for a hefe.

S. Grain, grass, funk, yeast - exactly what you'd expect.

T. Wheat, mixed grains, spice, and hints of earth and banana. Finishes nice and crisp with a lingering aftertaste that quickly invites you back for another sip. Outstanding.

M. What I want in a sessionable hefe - light bodied with nice carbonation.

O. Dancing Man used to be my go to summer hefe but no more. This is one damn fine beer that packs a crap-load of flavor with a low ABV for great sessionability. Nicely done and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:03:07 | More by bound4er
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip pint.

A) Golden with orange tint. Nice clarity for a wheat beer. There was at least a finger of white soapy head, which settled to a dusting. Nice retention, and some light lacing.

S) Pale malt, yeast, spices, mainly clove. There was some fruit aroma, banana, and a little pear. The hops provides a light floral aroma.

T) Follows the nose. It has a nice wheat presence, which of course makes sense. Perfectly spiced for my tastes. This has a light bitterness on the backend. The aftertaste is pristine.

M) A lighter medium body, with ample carbonation, which can be noted visually as well. This is really smooth and satisfying. As mentioned above, a top notch aftertaste.

O) This Wisconsinite is glad the recall is over. Perhaps this beer can help heal the state. Ah, whatever... This is a really tasty brew. I will be happy to knock back more of these this summer. Glad to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:44:58 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 22:36:17 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Durtdiggler


4.98/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:39:18 | More by Durtdiggler
Photo of Zachtheporter


4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 20:41:10 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.55/5  rDev +25%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:50:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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