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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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BA SCORE
77
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
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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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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy deep gold with a nice frothy white head, some lacing.

Some dusty wheat aromas, some tropical fruit, and yeast. Aromas are present in good strength.

Nice up-front yeast and sweet wheat flavors, with some lemon tartness and tropical fruit and spice notes. Has a little husk bitterness to it, but this harsh edge works as another dimension. Intensity of the flavors is what sells this one for me. Not over the top, but enough there to keep this one from being watery.

Enough carbonation to keep the head going to some degree, as well as enough to clear the palate and keep this one very drinkable. I must say that I wish I bought a 6. Not the best hefe I've had, but a good domestic representation from Cape Ann.

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.

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jctribe25 for this one.

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of a cream colored head. Very good retention, but only leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark rustic orange. A lot of carbonation bubbles are floating top.

Aroma: I didn't look at the style on BA, but I can see this being a hefe. A big banana and orange peel aroma are topped off with a big rush of cloves. I am also getting a hit of vanilla, which I find to be pleasantly interesting.

Taste: The taste is very similar to the aroma, except with a larger banana flavor. The vanilla kicks in at the end and I really enjoy it. I am still finding it odd for vanilla to be in this type of beer.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp, but mainly smooth. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a dry, banana flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I was fairly impressed with this beer. It had a lot of flavor and it refreshing on a hot summer day. I could easily drink a few of these.

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.

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.

Photo of jmmy3
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hefeweizen pours a surprisingly clear, golden color. There's a touch of cloudiness, but nothing approaching what you would expect for the style. Clarity aside, it's topped by a thick, bright white head that retains fairly well.

While the appearance may be off, the aroma is that of a classic German hefeweizen. There are nice fruity notes of bananas and citrus, as well as a bit of clove spiciness and yeastiness.

Bavarian Wheat is initially sweet with hints of citrus. The initial sweetness continues through the center where banana flavors come to the fore. As the banana fruitiness fades a bit of spiciness emerges, particularly notes of pepper and clove. The finish has a light citric twang and a mild, grassy bitterness. This beer is light-bodied and crisp with a nice dose of carbonation.

A solid hefeweizen, I'd definitely have it again.

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a dark golden color with about an inch and a half of white foam and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, wheat, some bananas and colves. Not bad.

t - Main tastes are wheat and bananas. Some spice or clove and bready malts are also evident.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

d - Not a bad wheat beer. Large banana and wheat smell and taste to it and very easy to drink. Received as part of the February package for Awesome Clubs' Beer of the Month Club and one of the better beers in the package.

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.

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.

Photo of skullsplitter
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Me and my buddy took a trek up to Gloucester this weekend to check out what was new at Cape Ann. I had never tried the Bavarian wheat so it became our first pint of the day.

I really liked the color of this. It was almost a blood orange color and very very hazy. There was a small head that faded pretty quickly. A very light lacing was left around the pint glass. It was lightly carbonated.

The smell was pretty average. There was a very light smell of wheat and clove. Not too much going on here.

The taste was yeasty and bready with the obvious wheat taste and a very light taste of hops. There is also the subtle hint of banana and clove.

This is a pretty drinkable beer but not the best wheat I have tried. All in all I was pretty happy with it (enough to get a growler refill). I am still impressed with Cape Ann on a whole. All their styles are solid and high quality.

Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber (where is everyone else getting this "golden" from?). Head is good with decent retention..fluffy. Recedes to a layer of foam at the top. I can see lots of carbonation rising to the top as well

Aroma: Yeast profile is good, spice notes, clove, banana...on the milder side

Taste: Good yeast start..some banana following with the spices and clove..to a slightly bitter finish, but not too much

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing

Drinkable hefeweizen..not one of the best, but its one I would have again.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date. tasted in late april/early may 2009

cloudy amber honey straw w brown orange tones. creamy, foamy white head, fades to constant thin layer. thin, but solid and consistent lacing down the glass.

aroma: banana, pear, apple and clove. toasted malty bread and yeast. noble hop whiffs.

taste: malt and bread with wheat tang, and some typical weizen banana and clove with some pear. a bit on the tart and phenolic/fusel side, with a noble hop bitterness that is slightly more than expected. not great, but i suppose acceptable. the problem though, is that the flavors are all just a tad "flat" and straightforward, almost "empty", and lacking in robustness.

medium body, smooth with some substance and texture, esp. with acidity. carbonation is a bit fizzy.

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.

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.

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.

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Fisherman's Bavarian Wheat from Cape Ann Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.