DeGroen's Weizen - Baltimore Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltimore Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 05-10-2002)
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Reviews by yemenmocha:
Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DeGroen's Weizen is one of the better weissbiers that come close to the imported offerings of Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, etc.

Very cloudy with deep yellow-orange hue. Contrasting white head rounds out the pleasing appearance of this beer.

Nose is exceptionally fruity with the standard estery, bananna citrus components. Medium bodied. A full flavored weizen with no discernible imperfections.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far the most tart weizen I have ever had,pours a real nice gold/orange color with big chunks and bits that settle after a few minute,aroma is lemony tart.The taste is very tart no need for a lemon here there is a nice malted wheat taste in the finish.Although very tart I really liked this beer definently something different.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap at the restaurant. Poured a cloudy light brown honey color. That desired tiny bubble head present, leaving nice lacing. Nose of soft bananas. Notes of mild spices, bananas, cloves. Soft, creamy and comfy mouthfeel. Nice long finish. Nothing amazing here, but this is a well crafted enjoyable and very drinkable wheat.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange sunrise tone with a gleaming white fluffy white head leaving speckled lace behind in a varying amount of different sized patches. Aroma: Authentic Bavarian style somebody knows how to brew an authentic hefe, very nice banana and clove with a citrusy mild zest and aromatic German hops. Taste: Yeast characteristics of banana, clove, and bubblegum are at the forefront finishes sweet with the malted wheat and bittering hops spiraling together in the finish, absolutely almost dead on comparable to most german hefes, great brew. Mouthfeel: Fluffy not as spritzy as a Franzy, but still enough carbonation to do the trick for me medium bodied. Drinkability: Just so tasty a must for American brewed micro hefes on the market one of the better ones out there hell even is comparable to Penn Weizen which is a huge complement because I love that beer dearly.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still cold, fresh from the brewery. Pours a cloudy orange/gold without even swirling the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The creamy bright white head starts to drop shortly after it's poured but keeps a very good collar and a thin but solid surface covering throughout most of the glass. The aroma is lightly sweet, softly fruity and quite clovey with a touch of bubble gum. The body is light/medium and the carbonation is quite low in contrast to most of the weizens I've tasted. That probably explains, at least to some degree, the limited head retention. It's smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth but I miss the zest on the tongue of the weizens which are carbonated in the 2.7-3.0 volumes of CO2 level. Additionally, the lower level carbonation may be limiting the aroma and flavor perception a bit as well. The flavor is sweetly malty and clovey up-front with some interesting phenols (band-aid, a bit of bubble gum and some light banana), coat-tailed by a mid-level bitterness that ushers in a fairly dry bitterness. One thing that this beer does have is a refreshing quality. I also find it highly drinkable, but that may be because I keep searching for a higher level of flavor that's just not there. Still, very well-done and enjoyable.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden hue with a thin, well retaining head. Bananas and cloves noticeable on the nose. Yeasty, medium bodied, cloves and bananas also noted in the body. Bitter throughout, some bubble gum flavors resting on the palate. Has a crisp, definitive finish, leaning heavy towards the yeasty notes, all in all average for the style.

Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer, cloudy and yeasty. Very much holds true to typical Hefe's, as you can smell the clove and bananna like flavors wafting out of the glass. I really enjoyed this beer, and feel it is one of the better Hefe brewed in the US. A nice crisp beer, it is well balanced with clove and bubblegum like flavors as well. This is an ideal beer for the summer, refreshing and well made.

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's certainly a hefe. Cloudy lemon yellow colour under the large white head. Nose full of bananas. Taste is more of the same: banana esters, a little fruity, yeasty.

This is certainly a good example of the style, but it's very restrained. Nothing has yet to topple Schneider Weisse from its post as my favourite hefeweizen. It's just more complex and tasty.

Photo of Dithyramb
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just enjoyed a bottle or three last night. Much better in the bottle then at any location other than BBC.

My earlier review stands, the only difference would be the color. It seemed a shade or two darker from the bottle. Just like crusty cheese on the top of crab dip before it starts to brown. You know, when it is chunky and comes off in globs on a piece of bread. There were a lot of bubbles and carbonation at first that dissappeared. Lacing was hardly noticable. (The bottle claims some sort of bottle conditioning, but I didn't notice any yeast in the bottom. I'll have to ask the folks at DeGroen's next time I stop in.)

The bottle and six pack marketing is a little jazzier than DeGroen's past stoic offerings. The bright yellow definitely catches your eye as you peruse the various beer offerings in a fridge.

A nice smooth session beer for summer.

Photo of ppoitras
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into a pint glass, a 1/2 inch head formed, and retreated rather quickly to small layer of foam over the quite cloudy golden brew. Excellent sharp grainy nose, which carries over into the flavor as well, but seems to fall a bit short on intensity for what I would expect from a weizen. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fine, but overall the brew doesn't reach it's full potential, in my mind.

Photo of Hefe
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at DeGroen's on 6/6/06. This was a standout in a lineup of great beers.

Appearance: Stunning! Luminescent gold, hazy, murky. Bright white lasting head.

Smell: Yeast, clove, banana, wheat bread, floral hops, citrus.

Taste: Wheat malt and brioche, fruity (apple/citrus), spice, with a wonderful tang on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Medium bodied. Creamy. Smooth. Creamy. Did i mention creamy?

Drinkability: I can't imagine anything more drinkable.

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light cloudy amber color. Nose is yeasty. Starts with a wheat/yeast flavor and but finishes smooth and sweet. It is a good summer beer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of stegmakk
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy deep gold with off white head that went away after a little bit...
Aroma was a typical clove and banana (more banana than clove)...
Taste was a typical weizen...it was a bit mellow but i thought that was good...again same banana clove flavor...
finished with a nice clean taste and mouthfeel...
I could drink a few of these...if I wanted a mellow weizen but usually its not what I am looking for...
overall good...better than average

Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is sweet with the scent of fruity hefe yeast and wheat malts. It takes on a banana like smell. The taste is decent, although I've had much better Hefe's. It has the traditional banana flavor with the zing of wheat malts and yeast. It is unfiltered and flavorful. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is a fine drinking wheat ale. Another winner from Baltimore, MD.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bit on the orangy side for a hefe-weizen, but that's OK, One of my favorite hefes, Schneider, is that color, too. Thick white head that dissipates rather quickly. Has all the stereotypical aromas of a hefe, yeasty, clove, a touch of banana. Solid wheat taste with a slightly tangy, tart finish. Not a lot of banana or clove in the taste. A bit yeasty. I swirled the bottle pretty good, yet some yeast was still plated on the bottom. Pretty good hefe-weizen. Definately drinkable.

Photo of tgbljb
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy light peach color with puffy white head. Smell is very pleasant, being a nice mixture of spices, cloves, and bananas. Smell follows through on the taste, with a very pleasant spiciness and bananas showing themselves. Finish is light and citrusy (lemon) and very enjoyable. A good example of one of my favorite beers.

Photo of beernut7
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a foamy white lace and a HUGE banana ester aroma. The body is very smooth and supports a mix of malty flavors that is for the most part controlled by banana esters. Very well built with a light zesty finish leaving the lightest hint of bitterness.

Photo of UnionMade
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is no american hefeweisen. Flavor abounds here. Pours a beautiful translucent gold with a monstrous white head. Big clove aroma, with a touch of banana and vanilla. Smooth flavor, with plenty of hefe esters, mostly clove spiciness. So much, in fact, that if you breathe in with some beer in your mouth, it feels like paint thinner through your nose. Excellent! Very very solid. Nice and malty, sweet, light and absolutely one of the best beers for summer.....if you're looking for flavor.

Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with a bit of white head. The smell is wheat and cloves. The taste is very strong wheat and yeast, with a good banana/clove backing to it, though it has quite a bitter aftertaste Mouthfeel is good for a hefe. Drinkability-wise, probably have a couple more.

Easily the best of the Baltimore beers that I've had. Though probably not amogst the best hefeweizens out there, it's still a solid beer, and one that I just might have again.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice representation of the style! It pours a cloudy amber. A thin fading white head sits on top. The lace gathers momentarily then slides down giving the head a rimmed edge. A nice clovey, yeasty, wheaty, hoppy aroma dissipates to quickly. The body is a bit more substantial than most wefe-weizens, but there's no problem IMHO. Flavors of lemon, clove, coriander, orange zest, faint caramel and a hint of banana, quite separate at first, mingle and blend. Good summer refresher!

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This weizen poured a cloudy, gold-brown color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a pleasant banana/clove aroma with some wheat and yeast. The taste was banana and cloves up front, with some wheat, and a slightly tangy and bitter hop presence. There was also a bit of citrus and a hint of spice. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with some fruity wheat in the body. The body was medium with good carbonation. There was a slight tanginess. The finish was dry. This was a nice hefeweizen.

Photo of ZAP
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Initial nose is all banana's but then oddly enough I started getting perfume-like smell that just won't go away....It's kind of bothersome...A nice pop of carbonation as I opened the bottle, but it exhibts only an average carbonation level....just a slight bit of head lays on top of this peach colored, cloudy weizen...really not a lot of flavor...mainly banana's but also some lemons on the finish...some cloves are also evident but it is pretty soft...I guess what I'm saying is the prototypical weizen flavors are here but they are pretty subtle....Overall, this is a good beer for the summer but when stacked up agains the better Weizens I've had it is quite uninteresting due mainly to subdued flavor profile..

Photo of Bierman9
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a fairly decent interpretation.... Has a cloudy, golden-yellow color, a thin head which sticks a bit, and a bit of lace. Had a pleasing banana-clove aroma. Body was medium, but a bit rough passing over the tongue. More banana-clove present in the flavor, along with a touch of yeasty spiciness. All of these flavors could be more pronounced, though.

Photo of TinusTime
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice German Style Hefe made in America by the Baltimore Brewing Company.

Pours a nice golden hue with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around and laces well.. Smell is mild with just a hint of the traditional banana and clove spiceness. The taste is nice with a bit of sourness complimenting the banana and gum flavours. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. This is one easy drinking beer wonderful for a session brew.. This is one of the better American made hefe's I have tried, just a notch below the Penn offering. I would buy this beer again no problem

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DeGroen's Weizen from Baltimore Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.