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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pnkermiz on 10-17-2008)
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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 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 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.

mdfb79, Mar 05, 2010
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 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 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.

mothman, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Trashcat, Thursday at 04:17 PM
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -8.8%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
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 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 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 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 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.

OtherShoe2, May 02, 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 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 waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +21.6%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.6/5  rDev -21%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 12, 2010
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 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 mmmbeer
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

mmmbeer, Jan 23, 2011
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.

tai4ji2x, Jul 05, 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 drbenderdo
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

drbenderdo, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Pahn
2/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Pahn, Aug 16, 2010
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Fisherman's Bavarian Wheat from Cape Ann Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.