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Fisherman's Bavarian Wheat - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Bavarian WheatFisherman's Bavarian Wheat

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pnkermiz on 10-17-2008)
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Reviews by Zono:
Photo of Zono
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Reveals a strong, white head with minimal retention and no lacing. A fair amount of yeast sediment is pleasingly evident. The color is sylistically fitting and suitably cloudy.

The flavor veers more to the acidic, tangy end of the weizen spectrum, with astringently spicy yeast esters prodominating. Certainly not unpleasant, but more malt quality would help balance one's overall impression. The lack of maltiness contributing to the flavor is a little surprising, given the fullness of the mouthfeel.

On the whole, it is by no means bad, certainly a tasty beer, but a modest example of the style.

Zono, Jan 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark (too dark?) honey color, with a 2 finger head that disappeared almost immediately with barely a lacing. Not much carbonation to keep the head there although I doubt it would have helped much.

S - Wheat, clove, banana, with some spiciness.

T - Bubblegum and bananas up front, finishes with a little clove and coriander but not as much as I would have expected from the smell. A touch of bitterness at the end.

M - Thin, not much carbonation, felt unsubstantial and lacking. Now this beer should be refreshing, but it just feel a bit flat.

D - I like a nice frothy head and lots of carbonation in my hefeweizens. This completely lacked that, but did have a nice flavor and aroma.

This beer is almost really good. The flavor is good as is the aroma, but it is lacking in the details. Not sure how much wheat they used but probably not enough. Head retention should not be a problem and this had none. Carbonation was also lacking some which didn't make things better. They just need to tweak this beer a bit and it will be MUCH better.

steelerguy, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at Union Ale House--served into a pint glass

Appearance: medium carbonation, minimal head, orange-brown in color, cloudy

Smell: wheat and banana

Taste: big time wheat with caramel and banana

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn, moderate carbonation and body

Overall: A nice wheat beer with decent banana taste. This one is very refreshing. I could do several of these as I do like it. That said there are several in the style I would go to first.

tigg924, May 17, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. This beer immediately reminds me of Weihenstephaner. It's a very smooth orange-banana and vanilla yeast character with minimal spice. Very drinkable with a creamy wheat malt profile. This is a great summer beer and good recreation of the German hefe.

tempest, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dirty honey brown color with a smallish soapy off-white head that almost immediately disipates into nothingness, very flat looking. Does not look like a bavarian hefeweizen. The aroma has some banana and clove, which is nice. But the beer also has a tomatoe like vegatal thing going on, which is a bit unpleasant. Some green apple and lemon finish out the aroma. The hefe has a substantial wheat malt flavor that brings along lemon with it. There is a strange tomatoe-y sweetness in the end which is just odd. I didn't pick up much banana, clove or any other yeasty goodness. There is a moderate body with tingly carbonation; finishes dry, astringent, and tart. This really isn't that good of a beer. It looks terrible, then just gets by as an American wheat. Some odd aromas and flavors to boot. Hopefully this is a bad bottle.

Gmann, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston on June 3, 2011. The pour was a hazy, yeasty pale yellow with a thin head. There was a rich wheat and fruity aroma. The body was on the thin watery side. The wheat was also part of the taste but it was the dry hopped finish that stood out more.

puboflyons, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy honey color, relatively clear for the style (although I didn't try hard to get the sediment into the glass). A two finger off-white head slowly settles to a thick even cap.

A slight amount of banana and clove, and a little bit of orange peel. Some light citrusy hops are in the background.

More orange peel in the flavor, with some citrus, and a very creamy banana flavor. The carbonation is on the higher end, full bodied. The wheat malts add a little tart toastiness.

Actually an okay American Pale Wheat Ale that has some glimmers of something a little more Bavarian. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.
A) Pours with an active two finger head. Tight. Creamy. Sticky lacing. Upward carbonation. Light haze. Bronze in color.
S) Orange. Banana. Apple. Wheat. Grain.
T) Banana and orange in the nose. Light malty sweetness - caramel. Mellow dry graininess in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Mild grittiness. Light to medium bodied.
D) A well crafted Hefe. I'd have another.

u2carew, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Amalak
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a pint of this at Barcade in Brooklyn. It had an opaque, red/orange color to it with a limited head. It's scent was very wheaty.

The taste, though, had a very dry wheat flavor to it. To be honest, for a hefe, it is too dry and the after taste is kind of like toothpaste. There are better.

Amalak, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down but consistently left some bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of sour apples and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste also has some sourness with flavors of wheat and hints of citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat watery on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down easily but the smell and taste do not fit the style.

metter98, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of auxiliary
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Hazy golden color, poured a nice head but settled to a small white pond. Some lace left on the glass.

smell - Yeast, spices, banana.

taste - Reals spicey Hefe.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - decent heffe, pretty darn spicey though.

auxiliary, May 08, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with a wheat flavor that's not overly strong followed by mildly sweet flavors of bananas and caramel. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer but it's not the first one I would look for when I want a good wheat beer.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a fizzy 1 finger quickly fading pasty white head over a hazy orange wheat golden colored beer.

N: Some Bavarian malt aromas, light wheat, some sweet syrupy aromas, the definite wheat aromas with citrus, spices, little lemon, etc.

T: Starts with more wheat flavors, lots of lemon, citrus, light spices. It's pretty sweet too, some sugar almost. Also there is plenty of Bavarian malts, both German and Belgian flavored malts. A slight creaminess, and little fruit. Mostly lots of lemon and pretty sweet. It kinda tries to be Weihenstephaner, but falls short, but still pretty tasty nonetheless and very refreshing.

M: Med to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with a long lemon zest, and still very sweet. It really needs to be more dry overall but especially on the finish. Some wheat flavors and more Bavarian malts. More citrus, and this time a hint of bitterness with that. A little creaminess too on the finish, and lots of lingering flemmy flavors. That is not so pleasant for a hefe. It doesn't have much of a lager taste too, that kinda falls short, and the hefe flavors are not what I would have expected in a lot of it.

I remember liking this a lot more last year, so either they changed it, or my tastes changed, which both are just as likely.

jlindros, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of billybob
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light amber color just shy of a one finger head small amount of spotty lace. aromas of banana, lemon, slight clove, and coriander. taste same with a slightly tart green apple. mouthfeel light cabonation ok. a little more body and a bolder taste would have put it to the top. still was a ok beer.

billybob, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fisherman's Bavarian Wheat pours a clear golden honey color with a creamy white head on top. As the foam dissolves a few spots of lace cling to the glass. From the bottom of the glass a flurry of tiny bubbles streams to the top.

The aroma has notes of bubblegum, clove and bananas. Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft fizz on the palate. The flavor is sweet with a nice balance of clove, bubblegum and banana. In the background is a yeast and wheat flavor that balances out the spices. Once gone some of the banana and clove tastes linger on the palate.

This is a descent Bavarian wheat beer that's well balanced and not overpowering in the spices.

WanderingFool, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (later tried in a borrowed weizen glass, no changes):

A: golden orange/yellow colored body and left a mushroom cap fizzy carbonated head that appeared for a half a minute then died. No lacing was left. Rapidly rising carbonated bubbles rose. A decent amount of sediment laid on the bottom of the glass.

S: wheat, yeasts, sourdough, and apples. The "esters" were in the background.

T: apples and the wheat that came out mostly dominant with the sourdough staying in the background.

M: highly carbonated leaving a sour and bitter aftertaste, slightly drinkable beer.

O: well, it seemed as though this was an under-yeasted hefeweizen. I doubt if I'll come back to this.

BeerKangaroo, May 16, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale and wheat malt scent along with lots of fruity yeast esters. The taste is average. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor as well as a light Munich malt sweetness. The yeast esters are present, but it's also infected with some kind of bacteria. It goes down easy and finishes with a sour twist. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good weizen if only the off-flavor were missing.

WesWes, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -8.8%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of albern
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks really good and smells really good, but it is a tad disappointing in the taste department. The beer pours a nice clear coppery amber color with tons of carbonation and a very thick creamy white head that billows and laces like crazy. The nose is fruity clove bubblegum, florals, and tons of sweet malts, banana too. Its a very enticing nose on the beer. But alas, the taste is quite bland, quite watery, very insubstantial. The beer is refreshing mind you, very harmless, inoffensive, but it really lacks body, substance or character. It is just too thin. There is the wheaty graininess in the beer, there is a touch of a floral snap, a touch of the soury rind notes, but the beer doesn't offer much more. The mouthfeel is very light and there is little if anything beyond maybe a lime rind in the aftertaste.

albern, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +21.6%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy light brown with about a finger and a half of head with good retention; minimal lacing

S - Cloves, a sugary sweetness, some banana

T&M - A little on the sweet side; a bit of bubble gum and banana, some clove; pretty standard...not too much going on; medium bodied. Fluffy in the feel, sweet in the finish

D - Refreshing, but a bit too sweet for my liking, but not too bad

ZeroSignal, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Kallessin
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a full fluffy head that holds to the glass nicely, then settles to a thin film. There's a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top. It's mostly clear with only the slightest haze to it, which is surprising - I would expect more haziness.

The aroma has some banana, clove and little bubblegum. Plenty of wheat malt, a little spiciness and also a little bready.

It has some subdued banana and clove flavors up front with a bubblegum fade. The spicy, citrus wheat malt hits you followed by some dry breadiness. Flavors are very light overall.

It's very light bodied - almost a little watery. Has some fizzy carbonation, as expected, that provide a little warming sensation. A dry finish.

I found the flavors and body a little too light, although pretty enjoyable and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty decent beer.

Kallessin, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of MA08
3/5  rDev -8.8%

MA08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this hefe from Fisherman`s in Western Mass.

Appearance is a nice honey color with one finger of white head. Its` nose has some banana, bread, not too much else. Not as fragrant as some other beers from the same style. Taste is lemon peel, soap, biscuit. MF is low, smooth finish. All in all, a pretty good hefe from this brewery out of MA.

mltobin, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jmmy3
3.75/5  rDev +14%

jmmy3, May 05, 2013
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Fisherman's Bavarian Wheat from Cape Ann Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.