Lilja's Heifer Weizen - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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Reviews by midnite2sixman:
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
Had this on draft at Hop Cat courtesy of Steve the CBG.
Nice haziness. Pale straw color. Cannot see through this one.
Bananas, bubble gum and wheat no doubt on the nose.
Tastes delicious, smooth and refreshing and so easy to drink. Similar flavors from the nose.
Very thirst quenching and light on the palate. Quite enjoyable.
05-03-2010 04:21:24 | More by midnite2sixman
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4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
Burnt golden pour, showing a thick haze and not much head.
German yeast driven nose; spicy banana esters. A lot of character, lacks complexity.
Taste is lightly phenolic. Classic flavors have arrived; showcasing banana, a whisper of bubblegum, and clove. Just the right amount of tingly carbonation and rich medium body create a very enjoyable drining experience.
The more I drink, the more I like. Not a bad American Hefe. Worth a try.
05-06-2010 23:32:54 | More by brownbeer
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Beer #3 8/9/13
The kind of pale gold color, not to mention unfiltered cloudiness, that i expect from an at least knowledeably-made hefeweizen greets my eyes. The head is chalky-white and sparse, too big-bubbled to keep itself together especially well. A bit of spotty lacing is left here and there, but not very much.
There's clearly a mix of wheat and pale malts rather than strictly wheat, dry and crackery. hops are grassy. The belgian yeast does come out in the nose, albeit somewhat lightly. Still, all the elements are in place, and it's not too weak.
It's a bit tangy up front, but it's balanced by the sweetness as the Belgian yeast, clove, banana and very light bubble gum notes come out a little more strongly on the tongue. Grassy hops finish out a good balance.
It's somewhat too spritzy and overcarbonated. That certainly makes it crisp, but the feel is certainly not as balanced as the flavor. A light chalky sort of dryness pulls into the end.
08-11-2013 16:11:13 | More by Brenden
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
After having the pale ale and IPA, I wasn't sure what to expect - especially since the label calls it both a weizen and Belgian white. But it wasn't a bad beer, especially if you call it what it tastes like, a pale American wheat. It reminded me of Widmer hefe, but a touch sweeter ad smoother. The spice levels are very mind for a hefe, but there is a decent wheat cracker character.
12-29-2010 06:53:13 | More by tempest
2.73/5 rDev -22.7%
A - A nice head that very quickly recedes into nothing, yellowish orange, and a nice cloudiness. No lacing.
S - The smell was not very impressive, wheat with a hint of some banana.
T - The taste was pretty laidback, with some wheat, artificial banana candies, and peach.
M&D - Very carbonated, thick, could probably drink more than one.
08-10-2010 19:44:51 | More by xcoderzach
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
A: Looks great. Cloudy, unfiltered yellow, nice thick head.
S: Cloves, banana, spice, bubble gum.
T: mimics the smell however the spice is pronounced. Nice balance.
M: Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Big time bite, a little more than I prefer for a hefe.
O: Great summer beer and something I will have again.
04-24-2011 00:23:17 | More by Infamous7100
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fairly mild, some spices. Taste is quite good, a mixture of cloves and spices with some hints of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down smooth. Overall this is a quality brew.
08-30-2009 23:48:34 | More by tone77
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.
Appearance: Head never amounted to much, and was gone surprisingly fast. Carbonation is very high in this beer.
Smell: Nice banana aroma. Little bit of cloves as well.
Taste: Been awhile since i've had a hefeweizen. Really enjoying the classic banana and clove flavors that this style is known for. Little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.
08-03-2009 02:24:47 | More by BierFan
2.95/5 rDev -16.4%
I poured into pint glass to a small white head. It is a hazy straw color. It has a tartness to the smell with underlying citrus and banana. I also get some yeast. On the taste I get the citrus up front followed by banana. It seems overcarbonated. It's better than their IPA.
12-05-2009 03:14:37 | More by buschbeer
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. A very careful pour resulted in a two finger high bright white head that took a long time to die down.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of clove.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also have initial notes of bananas from the yeast and hints of clove towards the finish.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy to drink hefeweizen but seemed to be a little too carbonated.
11-10-2012 19:56:56 | More by metter98
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a fairly clear pale golden color with a fluffy white head. The head retention is very good, and the carbonation is evident in attractive trails of bubbles making their way up the glass from the bottom. The lacing is also quite decent.
The aroma is pretty spicy with a good amount of clove and white pepper along with a touch of bubble gum. It also has a bit of tart on sweet character to it and a nice clean wheat profile.
The flavor seems to have more contributions from the malt and is sweet, grainy and slightly toasty. It carries some of the spice from the aroma, as well as a little bit of tartness. It also has some banana like character from the yeast.
The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a finish that is neither sweet nor dry. It has an enjoyable smoothness, despite a pretty lively amount of carbonation. A little bit of tart wheat and spice linger on the palate after swallowing.
I purchased this beer for two reasons. First, it had cows on the label. Second, Andreas Lilja played for the Red Wings. I was not really hoping for much, but this is a pretty decent wheat beer that would definitely be a nice option for a hot summer day, or anytime I was in the mood for a beer of this sort.
01-07-2011 02:17:46 | More by zoso1967
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
Got a Lilja variety case at The Beeryard in Wayne one night. Asked Matt what was good, pointed me to something neither of us had really heard of. Heifer Weizen was in there.
Poured into my Shock Top hefe glass I stole from work.
Appearance: Very nice big, white, foamy head. Semi-aggressive pour so I had to give it a second to recede before pouring the last 2-3 ounces. Nice hazy yellow color with a lot of carbonation bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass to the top, maintaining a thin layer of foam on top throughout the experience.
Smell: Yeast, clove and banana. Not an overwhelming scent, but easily detectable if you're hovering over the glass.
Taste: Wheat, Clove, Banana, some yeast. A little bit of citrus and a touch of bitterness. Dry, crisp finish. Perhaps a tad watered down, felt a bit hollow at times, but not bad.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation tickles the surface of the tongue as you swallow and lingers for a second. Not sense of the alcohol whatsoever.
Drinkability: This is a pretty light hefe that does not hit you very quickly. I could drink this all night.
Not the quintessential hefeweizen, but a good example nonetheless. I think I liked this more than the others who reviewed it, I would certainly buy it again. No overwhelming banana or clove flavors, they blend nicely, and I like that.
07-14-2009 19:23:06 | More by Ezekiel81923
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
A - Crisp looking, banana yellow. A small head, with poor retention. Lacing has little sticking power; slides right down the glass.
S - Banana, yeast, bubble gum and lemon. Soft and subdued. Just a hint of cardboard.
T - Cloves, banana, cinnamon and spice. Pretty sweet, with a little more spice/bite than most hefes.
M - No problems with the MF. Kind of average.
D - A solid wheat beer that grew on me the longer I drank it. Not as good as Weihenstephaner, but still way ahead of the pack.
11-01-2009 03:40:33 | More by hossua34
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
This is a brand new microbrewery I stumbled across. Decided to pick up a sample of all four of their beers. This is their Hefeweizen.
A: Pours a banana yellow. Very cloudy. Head dissipates rather quickly. Carbonation is quite excessive.
S/T: The aroma is pretty much a weak Hefeweizen. Some banana, bread, and yeast, but seems rather lacking overall. The flavor follows suit. Rather weak and watery overall. Some banana and wheat, but just not a whole lot going on. Maybe some grainyness in there. The excessive carbonation is killer in my opinion. Reminds me of a more flavorful macro lager. Its not offensive, but just rather lacking for the style.
M/D: Again, the carbonation is too much for me. I have to stop after each sip to let out a good beer burp so I can continue drinking. Light bodied and watery. Drinkability suffers a bit from the carbonation.
Nothing remarkable or excellent by any means. Overall a very average offering. I admit I don't care for the style, but it doesn't take a Hefeweizen expert to point out the lackluster characteristics of the beer.
10-27-2009 22:01:03 | More by OldSchoolGamer
2.85/5 rDev -19.3%
A- hazy golden with a quickly diminishing white head and no lace. a snot blob of yeast plopped out of the bottle.
S- somewhere between a wit and an APWA, i don't know if i'm smelling coriander or yeast. some clove and banana, pale wheat.
T- sweet and wheaty with a mild tartness. clove, banana, white bread. a little too sweet in the finish.
MF- juicy and lively carbonated with a bready feel. on par with most american hefeweizens out there.
D- so uh, a wisconsin farmhouse belgian style wheat beer? i don't know where the emulation is geared toward, but i guess they are doin their own thang here. didn't work out too well for me. boring.
10-05-2011 01:21:43 | More by hustlesworth
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Another day, another random Lilja's brew. This one pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived dirty white foam. The nose comprises dusty wheat, orange zest, grass, and light lemon peel. The taste holds notes of orange zest, mild black pepper, wheat, and light coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty nice, if not particularly exciting, hefe. I'd have another...
01-23-2012 22:48:55 | More by TMoney2591
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a cloudy, golden color. One and one half inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, orange, clove, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, banana, clove, and slight sweet malt. Refreshing beer, good body, inviting appearance, but the high carbonation level hurts the drinkability.
08-20-2009 22:01:24 | More by Tone
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A - After a strong pour the beer produced a nice puffy 1 inch white head that stuck around for quite awhile. Lots of carbonation was present early but after pouring the entire bottle into the glass less was present and it was replaced with a slightly hazy look.
S - Not overly impressed with the smell. Faint notes of clove and coriander are present but no strong banana odor. It seems to be lacking some kick.
T - Not as full as I was hoping for but the smell was definitely a prelude. This beer just doesn't have the fullness that a Dancing Man Wheat has. Like the smell, there are faint signs of a good hefeweizen but it hasn't been taken all the way.
M - Slight signs of clove, coriander and maybe some banana upfront with a higher than expected load of carbonation bringing the beer to a close.
D - Despite the beer not being up to par I could still have a couple in a sitting as this is my favorite style brew.
I have had two of Sand Creek's attempts at hefeweizens and neither have been all that impressive. I think the brewery has potential but they have a long way to go before they are par with New Glarus or Sprechter when it comes to brewing wheat beers.
08-07-2009 23:53:42 | More by Wisconsin
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
With a delicate pour of a mere two ounces my weizen glass is completely full of foam. Very, very annoying. I guess I'll just have to sit here for the next fifteen minutes while I pour this beer. Once poured, and settled besides the overly large head there is a semi-cloudy pale orange color. The aroma is fruity with citrus, and tangy wheat. There is no banana or clove presence that could reasonably be expected in a beer called a hefe weizen. The taste is a lot like the aroma. It has bright, vibrant wheaty tang and citrus notes. It is nice taste, and aroma too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and carbonation that quiets down quickly after its initial onslaught. Overall, this is a really nice American Pale Wheat Ale, but it is no Hefeweizen. It is a real pet peeve of mine for a brewery to call an American style wheat beer a hefe. It really does a disservice to the consumer, by flat out misleading them as to what they are drinking. I get that in this case the brewer was making a play on words in naming this beer, but why not brew an actual hefe if you want to name it Heifer Weizen?
07-01-2009 21:09:27 | More by KarlHungus
3.05/5 rDev -13.6%
Sand Creek Brewing : Liljas Heifer Weizen
LOOK: Pours a hazed golden color, white head and a bit of lace.
SMELL: Clove and orange peel, wheat malt and overall very citrusy.
TASTE: Semi tart yeast flavor, with clove , lemon and orange peel flavors. Muted unripe banana. There is very little bitterness and the beer finishes with a clean lemony citrus note. Malty as well so not one dimensional.
FEEL: Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, a bit chalky.
OVERALL: A decent wheat with strong citrus flavor. Went down easily but not a standout.
12-10-2012 00:53:42 | More by Stinkypuss
Lilja's Heifer Weizen from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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