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Hefeweizen - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Description: Our unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, Hefeweizen exhibits fragrant essences of sweet banana and spicy clove from an imported yeast.

(Beer added by: Scoats on 09-04-2003)
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2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Draft offering at the harrisburg location. Served in an imperial nonic. The brew appears a pale clouded yellow with hints of copper. A quick dissolving cap remains with a tight ring and leaves patchy strings of lace sticking to the glass. The head retention seems a bit problematic but otherwise typical looking brew in the wrong glassware.

The aroma has mild clove and banan esters with a faint grainy inclusion that is mildly reminescent of wheat. A touch of more fruit slightly like pear is present. Overall a quite tame nose.

The taste has mild clove, pear, banana and a solid inclusion of musty grain. The must aspect lasts long into the aftertaste and as I dwell on it, it almost had a wet cardboard or papery quality about it. Could this be an oxidized keg?

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lighter level of carbonation. Overall an average take on the style with the yeast aspect being very mild. The musty to husky aspect was a bit off-putting and kept me back from liking this.

stakem, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Bdel34, Jul 15, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lancaster Brewing in Harrisburg. I got the first beer from a fresh keg. Served in the wrong kind of glassware- a nonic, with a slice of lemon, WTF?

Glassware and lemon aside... Massive 3 finger creamy head, lacing sticks to the glass all the way down. Hazy golden in color as it should be. Aroma and flavor are spot on for the style. Banana, clove, yeast, citrus. Flavor follows the nose and is also spot on for the style. This is an excellent representation of a hefeweizen that stands just slightly below my favorites, Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner. Too bad they don't bottle this, it's fantastic.

RnRManifesto, Jul 09, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken visiting the brewpub this past summer. Hung out in Hershey Park, ate some chocolate, dealt with having to buy cases only when looking for beer and hit up this brewpub (not the one pictured, the other location).

light honey yellow, but foggy to the light. Sweet, soft, and a bit watery. Citric notes on the nose and flavor. Super easy drinker.

cosmicevan, Nov 22, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a massive mug of doom and/or destruction at the Harrisburg location

A- pours a cloudy yet dark gold with a one finger white head. Decent lacing, nothing too special

S- faint aroma of banana and clove...not a bad smell, just not a lot of it

T- VERY strong flavors, mostly banana with a back bite of clove and a touch of lemon. THIS is what a hefeweizen is supposed to taste like...LBC really doesn't skimp on the flavor at all

M- feel is thick without being too syrupy or overwhelming. Just a good, solid feel to it

D- very drinkable, but the strength of the flavors can get overwhelming. The alcohol barely comes through. Really nice seasonal brew

bigfnjoe, Jun 08, 2010
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2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(From Notes)

Had at the Lancaster Brewery.

The quality of this is lacking a bit. No yeast haze in the color. The alcohol and maltiness are there, but it is very undisciplined in its lack of yeast body and complexity. There is a subtle hint of the banana/clove mixture, but no retention in body or complexity.

Carbonation is a bit overdone. Finish is lacking. Disappointing for a hefe in the middle of Pennsylvania German culture.

TLove, Dec 16, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2 L swingtop growler filled at the Harrisburg location today.

A: The ale is a pale orange color, maybe tang with a touch more orange. A decent head, even on the 4th pour, was tightly packed but did not last long.

S: The nose is full of cloves, strong but not overbearing. The cloves are paired with tart wheat. Enticing but a little strong clove-wise.

T: The weizen is full of the clove that stood out in the nose. Lacking are the bubblegum and banana flavors that tend to follow the clove. Rather than come across as one-dimensional, the clove does allow the wheat to play a bigger role. I'm more inclined to look at this as a pale wheat ale than a hefeweizen.

M: Very spice with a sweet undertone. The esters are heavy on the clove element.

D: This beer was a big hit at the pre-Memorial Day party; it's a good gateway beer.

akorsak, May 26, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a cloudy brownish orange color. It was served to me with a small white head that did stick around for a while.

s: As expected, bananas, some cloves, and sour grains.

t: This is my favorite offering from LBC. The sweet banana flavors are plenty big. The hops are stronger than some too, tasting of peppery, floral lemons (note: I enjoyed this sans lemon, so that wasn't where the lemon flavor came from).

m: Well carbonated and refreshing.

d: This is a wonderful summertime offering from LBC, I'll certainly be back for more.

DIM, May 15, 2008
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3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Brewery a few days ago. Served cold in an imperial pint w/ a lemon.

A - a gently hazed amber w/ a very thin white head. The lace gathers and clings to the pint.

S - Gentle wheat and light yeast scents w/ a subtle banana aroma.

M - A very light and gentle yeast tast for a Hefe. Slightly creamy w/ a smooth finish.

T - A faintly yeasty Hefe flavor w/ a low effervessence kind of banana malt -beer taste. A good wheat w/ accents of hefe that make it better than average for an American version. I wish it was served in a wheat glass, but having this at happy hour must have prevented that. There are nice flavors, but not what I would compare to a traditional Hefe.A bit watery for the style IMO and lacking the effervessence and spice of a German wheat.

D - An ok beer, not what I think of when the style of Hefeweizen is mentioned but an alright taste. I found this to be better than some other American wheats I have sampled, and a decent example of what to expect from Lancaster.

Slatetank, Nov 18, 2007
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Hefeweizen from Lancaster Brewing Company
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