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Hefeweizen - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 383
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: clvand0 on 11-01-2004

An authentic example of a Bavarian Hefeweizen. “Hefe” means cloudy or yeasty and “weizen” means wheat. This beer is made with mostly wheat and uses a true Hefeweizen yeast that gives it a fruity, banana aroma with just a hint of cloves. The tart finish makes this the perfect summer beer.

13 IBU
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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 383
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HollyAnn for the hook up!

Bottled on: Jan/Week 2 (2008 I assume)

A: Pours a hazy pale gold color with a creamy white head that's two fingers in height. Although fed by some active carbonation the head dies pretty quickly, leaving a small amount of lace behind.

S: Nice yeasty aromas of banana and clove followed closely by some tart fruit and a mild breadiness.

T: Enjoyable yeast flavors (banana, clove, and bubblegum) that have biscuit-y, bread-y, and toasted crustiness nipping on their heels. Also along for the ride is pepper and a tart and slightly sour citrus flavor that lends some balance.

M: Pretty chewy and pleasantly spicy on the tongue. Interesting peeks of dry/toasted malt.

D: Very good. I bet this is very popular around Nashville in the summertime. (835 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Likely the most promising brew on their docket. A very delicate and characterful brew. Opens with a burst of citrus, spiciness, and soft pilsner malts. These characteristics bridge over to flavors easily, bringing a juicy, fruity sweetness reliant mainly on lemons, banannas, and berries, but spiced with clove, pepper, corriander, and orange peel. The body is light and creamy; making it easy drinking, but with a light, airy texture, and a hint of mint in the finish. A terrific thirst quencher that isn't over-done on any front. (531 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery in the tap room. Pours an orange/yellow color with a tall white head that sticks around. Has a citrus aroma with a grainy character that a hefe should have. The flavor has the citrus along with a slight spice from the yeast. Easy to drink and finishes very crisp. (294 characters)

Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half inch head initially, straw color, not too orange, but it still has taht hefe 'glow' to it. Yeasty but also a citrus zesty aroma to it. Standard clove, banana, and bubble gum flavors of hefes, maybe a bit stronger in lemon zest. Quite tangy mouthfeel, and this beer is very drinkable. Good hefe, but nothing really stood out too much. (338 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz beer poured into shaker pint

A: gold on color not much head decent clarity

S: banana for miles and for some reason makes me think of banana nut bread so maybe some yeasty dough

T: fairly sweet beer clove and lots of banana

M: clean and light on the tongue refreshing somewhat

O: it's an ok hefe seems fairly one dimensional the smell is probably the best part (375 characters)

Photo of reeverbythespeak
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite American Hefes. It stays true to the style with it's creamy head, and light banana notes. I do wish it came in a 16.9 oz bottle though, for authenticity. Soft on the palate and belly, this is a perfect beer for yard work, or lounging around the porch day. The South truly needs a good hefe in it's midst, and I think this is the one. (360 characters)

Photo of bcmurray66
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Yazoo as one of Nashville's few local brews and the only one focusing on brewing rather than brewpubbing, and I'm a big fan of Hefe's. I find the Yazoo Hefe to be an excellent example of the variety. The flavor of cloves dominates in this brew and isn't nearly as citrusy as some other hefe's I've had. The beer finish clean and goes down easy. I have had a few bad Yazoo Hefe's that tasted stale and nearly undrinkable, but I'll chalk those up to bad luck as the majority have been outstanding

The Hefeweizen is now available in bottles, so I'll have to give that a shot and see how it does. (612 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yazoo- Hefeweizen

Thanks to Unclejedi(Jed) for this 1!

A- Bright hazy yellow with a big billowy white head. Had to stop pouring and wait for it to subside.
S- Big strong clove aroma with a touch of sweet lemon.
T- Big sweet lemon honey with an equally bigger does of clove. Slight banana bubblegum flavors picked up in the end.
M- Very sweet throughout with a good tangy body and a crisp dry finish.

Overall- Quite good! Very clove dominated but tasty as hell! My 1st from TN and from Yazoo highly recommended(Thanks Jed!) (525 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-25-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 03-08-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Weizen Glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

Color is a semi-hazy straw yellow, topped by a white head of tight bubbles between 2 and 3 fingers. Both head retention and lacing are fair.

Aromas are first and foremost of banana, followed by some zesty notes like lemon. Other smells are clove spices and of bubblegum fruitiness and sweetness.

Taste is of banana fruitiness and delicately sweet wheat malt. Crisp, with a light amount of tart and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with carbonation on the high end. Aftertaste is fruity and slightly citrus-like and spicy.

Overall I'd rate this a refreshing and delightful wheat beer for the spring and summer. (765 characters)

Photo of dmbsteve
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light straw color with 1 finger off white head, which retained most of the way down the glass. Per bottle recommendation, swirled and dumped yeast sediment right on top, which left a light brown trail on top of the head.

Smells exactly like most of hefeweizens I've had. Bananas and cloves come through strong, especially the former.

Taste follows the nose well. Tasty, bready wheat malt with a good dose of the banana tones. Very refreshing taste.

Feels slightly heavier in body than I usually remember from this style (I haven't drank a hefe in a while, so I'm going off memory). Coates the tongue pretty well, doesn't feel thin at all. The head retention probably helps attribute to the mouthfeel.

Overall very drinkable. The weather is warming up here so I will probably finish this 6 pack by tomorrow. A very tasty & refreshing beer, especially for a style which I normally don't care much for. Maybe I have a newly found respect for it now. (969 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy pale straw, nice effervescence, very thin white head that's not that impressive. Nice color, though - wonderful balance of clarity and haze to give the color really nice depth and pop.

Nose is really nice and wheaty, with a nice dose of vanilla and clove as well. Not getting too much banana, and just a bit of a sourdough yeast note on the end.

Taste is dry and very crisp. Wheaty, almost husky graininess, big clove, and a hufty whack of yeasty sourness towards the finish. Finish is longish, yeasty, a bit earthy.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit creamy, nicely put together.

Drinkability is pretty solid - very respectable American hefe from a brewery I'm becoming increasingly happy is local to me. Could be a bit more balanced in the yeast flavors but it feels authentic, unlike many, many of the American hefes I've had. (862 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought direct from the brewery in Nashville TN.

A- Bright golden, creamy yellow color. Light head and lacing.

S- Bready, yeasty, fruity, moldy basement, citrus, and a corriander like spice.

T- Citrus fruits, pineapples, bananas and white cracked pepper.

M- Just a little watery for the style. Should have more of a creamy texture to match the appearance.

D- Definitely a good drinking beer on a college football Saturday. Low ABV, very nonoffensive, and goes down quite nicely. (486 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour was very nice, classic hefe style here, with a rich and hazy and very light pale yellow color. A large, two inch high head of white came up over the top and settled down gently into a light and fluffy layer that all it took was a few seconds to wisp away. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. A light banana and clove like smell comes at me with the first whiff. Sweet, almost bubblegum like presence, and we all know that all too familiar strain of yeast that makes it just really stick out in a crown. Flavor came through right away, light and very bright with a light grain base that was quickly overshadowed by a light fruit like flavor that really just shined right through. Quick and clean with the lasting flavor of banana stuck on my tongue, this was simply done very well. Light body with a great amount of carbonation in it, I was shocked by how smooth and easy this one went down.

Overall I really thought this was a very solid ale. Certainly my favorite of theirs that I got to try. I would have no issues at all with getting this one again any day. It was really just fantastic and a wonderful little beer. (1,367 characters)

Photo of marcpal
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ckeegan for this one in the latest BIF. Thanks really to andy van slyke.
12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: This is one pretty beer- what one should look like. Cloudy yellow-cheddar orange with tons of haze and a good head that thinned itself out.

S: Beautiful nose on this in my opinion. Bananas, tangy lemon, spices. The yeast aromas could be seen as overbearing if you look for a fault.

T: Sweet bananas and yeast. The spiciness doesn't have the balance that it needs but still a tasty beer. Bubblegum in each sip with a sour tart flavor in the finish.

M: Light yet chewy. Cleansing in the mouth and the spiciness clears up all flavors of what else you might have eaten or drank.

D: First effort from Yazoo, and this was nice. For a drinkable style, this isn't perfect but it packs a lot of flavor into a relatively small beer. Thumbs up although maybe something missing that would round it out. (916 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/09/13 notes. Had this at Rippy's, among other places, over the weekend in Nashville. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, bready malts, dough, spices, cloves, and light pepper. Nice bananas, would have liked a little less spice.

t - Tastes of bananas, wheat, dough, biscuit malts, light fruity malts, cloves, spice, light earthy and floral notes. More fruit than the nose and less pepper and spice, so a step up for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to throw a few back.

o - Overall a really nice hefeweizen; glad to see this all over Broadway as I had a few. Nice fruity taste and smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Would definitely order it again and a great summer beer. (843 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A gift from Grant, a top-notch BA. Sampled 1/21/11. A notch on the label indicates bottling in the first week in December.

A: A huge 5 finger head when poured down the center of a hefeweizen glass. Pristinely white, mousse-like, compact foam. The head never completely fades. The body is cloudy and light yellow in color.

S: Bread, wheat and biscuits. Light hops of citrusy lemon. Dried banana and bubblegum. Barely noticeable hint of vanilla. Mild clove suggestions, but the aroma is more fruity esters than it is spicy phenols.

T: The finish is dominated by banana, the only remaining flavor after the effervescence clears the tongue.

M: Spritzy with prickly carbonation. Light to medium body.

D: The flavor and mouthfeel really come together once the beer gains a few degrees and the dies down. Solid brew. (815 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is much better on tap fresh from the brewery than out of the bottle. It looks like the typical hefeeweizen. Cloudy, hazy and grainy with a thin white head and spotty lace. The smell is faint and grainy with a back draft of banana, cloves and pepper. The taste is a bit thin and watery up front, but perfectly balanced between the banana and cloves. hints of black pepper and a tart hop bite in the background. A bit thin and watery, but a creamy swallow. Simple, refreshing, and easy to drink. (498 characters)

Photo of BucksBrew
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this in their local Taproom. A pint served on tap.

A - It was looked nice but nothing special. Normal American pint glass. It is a classic style Hefeweizen. Suspended yeast gave it a white haze to cool yellow color.

S - Had a normal Hefeweizen smell to it.

T/M - It had a good mouth feel. Not to carbonated. It just worked. It was your classic light tasting beer. Cool and refreshing. Perfect for the seesion (summer).

D - Very Drinkable. It really is just a classic Hefeweizen. It is not reinventing the wheel, but it rolls. (537 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, with rather tame carbonation and head. Practically no lace at all.

Scent of bananas, clove, and some orange. Very good!

Taste is quite pleasant. I get a sweet rush up front, followed by a strong wheat and spice tanginess towards the finish. Very representative of the style.

A very well-done hefeweizen, and well worth a repeat purchase. (355 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ckeegan04. Am drinking this earlier than planned 'cause I'm bottling today and realized I'm out of bottles, so WTF?!

Pours a light grapefruit color...slightly turbid. Surprisingly enough there's not a whole lot of head to this deal. Interesting - at first looks more like an American wheat beer. Carbonation is prevalent and climbs slowly up the ladder.

There's a hint of the classic Hefe banana and clove esters with a hint of citric acidity...not quite grapefruit but maybe a pinch of lemon zest. Definitely brings around a good yeast scent and electricity. A little more hoppy than the average bear, maybe?

Damn, this is refreshing if nothing else...but of course there's something else. Way tart on the first gulp when cold but then the clove hits you like a Kung Fu throwing star. A little ginger, too...maybe? It's sharp all over, with a big dollop of yeast and wheat electricity. Hop bite may be subtle but not as subtle as expected for the style. Thoroughly quenching.

Palate feel may have a little too much citrus for my taste but it's still enjoyable. Hops and cloves mix it up well, but the cloves win this battle to keep it light and spritely. Finish is crisp and clean...no caffeine.

This one may not be yo' mammy's Hefeweizen but it's a solid hybrid of a classic Hefe and an American wheat, which is fine by me. And it's a little hoppier to me. Maybe a little bit of extra sourness is the only thing that is a little out of whack but this is a very palatable lawnmower concoction. Nicely done. (1,524 characters)

Photo of Misfit138
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured from bottle into my Guinness pint glass. Being a hefeweizen I first poured about half the bottle in, then swished the rest around before pouring the rest into the glass. The pour was a cloudy yellow-orange with about an inch of head. The head dissolved quickly.

S- I smell banana mostly, and some spice. Smell is nice.

T- the taste is much like many wheat beers, but the banana and clove come through to make this beer very good tasting.

M - mouthfeel is very light, and carbonated.

D- The beer is one that is easy to drink, I think most people could drink a few of them. I think it is very good, not my favorite style but I can see drinking this more on hot summer days. (686 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of banana and lemon for the most part. Searched around for the typical cloves in this style, but couldn't find them.

There's some banana on the front, though nowhere near cloying or too "forward". There's also the cloves there as well, which are noticeable in the body of the beer. The finish sees a bit of lemon, plus some sweet wheat that lingers after the swallow.

This is pretty much a hefeweizen by the textbook. It isn't among the absolute best that I've had, as I like bolder flavors in these beers, but it's done pretty well and seeing as how this is brewed in the city in which I live, I should drink it more. (625 characters)

Photo of Josiah2729
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on the brewery tour.

Poured from growler into souveneir tumbler.

A- Bright yellow, extremely hazy due to unfiltered yeast, nice 2 finger head.

S- Bananas! It is amazing how much this beer smells like bananas.

T- Nice wheaty banana taste. Some spice, smooth taste. Guide said that this would be similar to blue moon, but there were not that many similarities to me, maybe she was just trying to find something that many people would have tried.

M- Very light and wheaty.

O- A new taste for me with the banana characters. I have had a few wheat beers and I think this one definitely has a unique character. (620 characters)

Photo of Brewsmith
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle set to me from a friend in TN. Aroma is yeasty and a little lemony. Pale straw, with some yeast haze. Head is like soda and dissipated quickly. Flavor is bready with some lemon hop flavor, with a little classic hefeweizen clove and banana. High carbonation, and a little thin, but dry and refreshing. A decent example of a German hefe. (356 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with some fantastic head and nice lacing, if too clear (label said nothing about it being filtered or not). Good scent, nice and clean with a hint of wheat/straw, and a nice pepper undertone. Nice taste, crisp and clean with a nice banana and slight clove flavor, a good malt wheatiness to it. Goes down quite smoothly, a very nice wheat beer. (376 characters)

Hefeweizen from Yazoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.