Hefeweizen - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews by Scoats:
Photo of Scoats
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Their Website describes this as a Munich style Hefe, but I wouldn't compare it to Paulaner or some of other famous Munich Hefes, a style I am quite fond of.

While it has the appropriate cloudy appearance, the citrus notes and middle tastes seemed rather restrained and there was a sharp end taste that I wasn't too jazzed about.

Now this isn't a bad beer, not at all. Many folks love it, but I find it to be a bit thin overall flavorwise. If you aren't a big hefe fan, you'll probably love this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems like all good hefes these day remind me of Franziskaner. But then again, it probably just because I've been drinking too much Franz. The flavor focuses more on spiced grains and a cleaner malted wheat taste. A smooth drink overall, one of the best beers at Lancaster Brewing.

Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of TLove
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of cujim
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of hmich176
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of weeare138
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light copper color with a frothy 1 inch white head that soon fades. Small carbonation and almost no lacing to be seen.
Smell is of toasted, sugary wheat and bold banana.
Taste is great. Medium bodied feel of the wheat with banana and a touch of creamy sugar.
Mouthfeel is very creamy with only a tiny bite.
To me, this is a very authentic style with the exception of the lack of head retention and lacing. This has gotten better over the years and they seem to have tweaked it in the right direction this go around.

Finger licking good.

Photo of Phatz
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly typical Hefe-Weizen. If you like the Banana clove flavor in Hefe's, you’ll find the flavor in this one is pretty big. As I am not personally a big fan of the banana flavor in beer it was a bit cloying to me but not excessive for the style.

Appearance: Served a light peachy orange color.

Smell: The aromas is cloves and banana

Taste: It is so banana I almost thought it could be a fruit beer. Banana Beer. but not quite. Juicy with some spices. Not a bad flavor, and not at all wimpy but not my preference.

Mouthfeel: Oily and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a refreshing summer beer, bit a bit sweet for me to consider sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of mjc410
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: at LBC, I ordered a British style ale, and it came in a normal pint glass. Then I ordered this, and it came in a Nonic!? Not enough glasses at LBC, or the bartenders don't know a thing about glassware. Anyway...

The beer was served with an utter lack of a head (no fruit caused this, either). The color is lighter and brighter than I'm accustomed to. Furthermore, it's missing the expected yeasty cloudiness.
The aroma is of slight yeast, with a wheat tang coming through a bit too.
The beer really shines in the taste department. The banana flavor is the strongest by far of any hefe I've ever had. Besides this, the wheaty flavor is nice as well. I do wish it had more yeasty spiciness, though.
The mouthfeel is medium-light, with adequate carbonation.
This is both enjoyable and refreshing, with a nice taste, but it's missing some important parts, too.

Photo of RnRManifesto
4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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

Photo of one4thegutter
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LNC BC's hefeweizen is decent, but not outstanding. I am not a fan of the style, but I have had enough of them to know what to be tasting. It has a very cloudy look to it, which is expected, but the color is a light yellow, where I am used to a deeper shade in this style. Mine was served with a wedge of lemon on the side of the glass, which I set aside so as to taste the beer and not an adjunct. The beer has an extremely sweet nose, and a pleasant, light mouthfeel. The first taste immediately put me in mind of the banana and clove esters that are the traditional yield from this particular yeast strain. It has a sweet finish with the taste of banana lingering on after swallowing. I also noted a little bit of a bitter aftertaste, but it was not so overpowering as to be offputting. All in all, for the style, it is a good example and nice to quaff on a humid summer's day.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a fan of your average hefe, into which category this one falls.
The appearance was cloudy and the lacing was slight. The taste was your average banana with some clove and which I would characterize as tangy. There was some hoppiness in the finish which I didn't expect and which I don't think rally fit the style. Yet it was drinkable and I didn't get that half-empty glass syndrome. I finished it without complaint.

Photo of hockenbeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of shertz
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled 3 days ago at the Brewery into a Pint Glass. For $6/growler on Wed., quite the deal.

A- Average yellow appearence, no/little head or lacing.

S- Nice spicy aroma. Peppers and citrus are heavy. Nice.

T- Peppery taste at beginning, has a nice citrus finish. Nothing over-the-board here, just your typical Hefe, but very nice and refreshing.

M- Fairly carbonated, nice pepper aftertaste. Again, very well-done.

D- Since it's nearing the end of summer, this beer would have been much more desirable about a month ago. However, this brew is very good. I need to try this brewery out more since it's so close and the price's are so good. I look forward to try their O-Fest soon.

Cheers Friends,
Scott

Photo of stakem
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of GregStoner
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a clody light orange beer with moderate white puffy head. Smell is full of bananas with a spicy background. Taste follows through on the smell with bananas, summer fruit, spices (cloves, corriander) very present. Maybe a slight pepper note also to be found. Finished very refresning with a nice full mouthfeel. A very good example of the style with great drinkability.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of wertschy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Hefeweizen from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.