Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
84
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THE BROS
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 266
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 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 BWED
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (665 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 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 BierStein711
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (426 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 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 Ethanol4one
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
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. (537 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 waitforit
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (370 characters)

Photo of oak1971
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (294 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 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 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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of jdkitchi
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (595 characters)

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 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 Arithmeticus
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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 (486 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 dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (647 characters)

Photo of cmq103
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,442 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 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)

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