Fisherman's Bavarian Wheat - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Bavarian WheatFisherman's Bavarian Wheat

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 44
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: pnkermiz on 10-17-2008

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of Zono
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Mildly cloudy, golden orange/yellow. HUGE, extra extra bubbly white head with very weak retention. hardly any lacing.

S: Wheat, yeasts, sourdough, apples. Odd aroma, almost like spoiled bananas and apples.

T/M: Granny-smith apples, yeast and sour wheat. Mild hop flavor along with other hints of caramel, malt and other lighter fruits. Light, bubbly body, highly carbonated. Sour, bitter mouthfeel.

D: Nothing special, not the greatest. (442 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber purchased for $3.99. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Body is hazy orange with yellow highlights. Even with an aggressive pour, I was only able to muster a minimal white head that faded quickly. Quite a lot of suspended yeast in this bottle, though I guess I should have expected that given the style.

The aroma is quite sweet, but surprisingly devoid of bubblegum. Instead, there is a heavy banana presence along with a robust yeast scent. There's also a slightly off-putting vegetal note.

Taste is very sweet. A touch of grain, wheat and yeast, but the lingering lemon-tinged sweetness is what mostly stands out. A touch of pepper and spice in the finish.

Carbonation is a light enough that it detracted from my enjoyment of the beer. This felt dead to me.

A great hefeweizen? Absolutely not, but a decent $4 bomber. (828 characters)

Photo of JamesRobbins
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While this beer has elicited a lot of disappointed ratings, I found it reasonably pleasing. This beer pours a rusted orange color with a minimal amount of head. It presents a bountiful citrus smell with hints of wheat and banana. The taste is thin on wheat-- despite its advertising as a hefeweizen-- although the light wheat is complimented with sharp bursts of citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is light and thin with a high amount of carbonation. This beer definitely does not rely on the standard hefeweizen tropes, but stands proud enough as a unique interpretation. (566 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
2.41/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date, contracted-brewed to 17 IBUs in Saratoga Springs, NY. Opaque toasted orange hue, with medium carbonation and two fingers of ecru head that doesn't leave much lacing. Some spiciness and wheat in the nose, but it also smells acidic and solventy. Nutty and malty wheat on the palate, with mild hops and bitterness, but it is getting sour and tastes of acetone or ethyl acetate. Light body, short finish, moderate carbonation. I thought I might have had an old sample, but several other reviewers describe a very similar beer to the one I had. It appears that poor brewing and sanitation techniques here lend all sorts of off flavors. Skip this one. (683 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Pahn
2.01/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch frothy white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Pours a hazy copper. Occasionally leaves thin, short-lasting lacing.

Smell: At first, some clove and white bread, quickly overtaken by a sort of funky sourness... not in a good way. It's smells sort of like sugary garbage mixed with a witbier, but I don't think I got a bad bottle. The smell gets fainter as the beer warms.

Taste: Dominated by sour, dull witbier flavors; it approaches clove, approaches banana, approaches orange and lemon, but ultimately ends up watery and mildly but unpleasantly sour. Not as sweet or sugary as the smell implied. It kind of tastes like iced tea, or Kool-Aid type things without any sugar added.

Despite the sourness and mild cologne flavors, this basically tastes like someone took an average hefeweizen, poured out half of it, and filled the bottle back up with water. The drop down menu for the numerical scores label a 2 out of 5 as "Not impressed," which about sums up this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation, somewhere between juicy and disgustingly slick. Dry finish.

Drinkability: I would rather drink water. Or, a good hefeweizen.

It had been awhile since I had a witbier, so I was looking forward to this. Coincidentally, it's also been awhile since I've had a beer that was this bad. Happily, I was given this bottle for free.

Sidenote: While I strongly disliked the beer, the bottlecap is very nice. It has a classy black and white pic of a lighthouse. (1,577 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy amber color with a fizzy, one finger head of carbonation which disappears and left no lacing, just a sort of oil slick and rolling carbonation throughout. Sort of afraid to drink it.

S: Smells of bananas and citrus fruits as well as some funky yeast and wheat malt.

T: Flavor is a little like a German hefe, with a little yeasty funk, wheat, bananas and clove, but there are a lot of sour, citrusy things going on here too. The chewy, semi-sour fruits and yeasty grit weren't doing it for me.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a lot of chewy yeast sediment feeling.

D: This sixer may have been skunked, in which case, I blame there not being a "best by" or "born on" stamp or notching on the bottle or label. That said, it has some potential for good qualities, but it just tastes like a soured out wheat beer to me. I'll revisit it again someday, but the other bottles might be headed for the drain. (975 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,280 characters)

Photo of skullsplitter
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of Kallessin
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of billybob
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (303 characters)

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