Hefeweizen - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 380
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 57 | 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: 120 | Hads: 380
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear pale yellow color with a sharp fizzy white head. This one is so fizzy, I'd swear someone dropped in an Alka-Seltzer.

Big aroma of bananas along with mild cloves, lemon, and table salt.

The taste is lemon, green apple, and wheat. The tartness of this one caught me by surprise.

Thinner bodied, crisp and tart, and sharply carbonated.

A decent hefe from Yazoo but not one I'll likely have again. (428 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big white head quickly falls into a thin lacing above a clear pale golden colored beer.

Banana, cloves, and other little spices aroma with a little bit of yeast coming through on this light bodied beer.

Light banana, light cloves and maybe some other similar spices with some added light bread like malts taste.

The aftertaste on this beer is a light dryish with just a bit of the spicy notes hanging around, and it seems to turn to a slight banana as time goes by.

Seems to be an alright lighter hefeweizen, but still a light to much banana for me. (555 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on draft at the Nashville airport Yazoo kiosk. Slightly above average hef. Little fruitier (lemons and bananas) and more.crisp than expected. Easy drinking. Solid effort. (181 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store.

Pours clear yellow with a small soapy white head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is heavy on the tart lemons with a subtle underlying sweet banana and bubble gum sweetness. Sweet malt and yeast make up the rest. Not much spiciness that I could tell.

The taste also starts with a tart lemon zing which gives way to a very modest hefe base with some ripe bananas and cotton candy. The finish is very dry and slightly tart.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and drier and a bit more tart than most hefes.

This is a solid beer but not one my favorite hefes. It's a little more tart than I'd prefer with a bit more sweetness. Still, not bad. (718 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

“No naked ladies” were involved making this, per the dated label notched 4th week of July. Darn.

Champaign pour of lemon yellow, nice pop on top of white head and lace. Tons of yeasties on the bottom really funk it up as I swirl. Musty aroma of Bavarian wheat, not much but a tiny smack of banana and clove amongst the lemongrass backbone – too restrained for this to be a top notch Hefe.

Well developed body and tart finish. Close to being a 4 brew, needs another step up the ladder.

Many thanks to unclejedi for the bottle sent as part of CEO/Old Fart BIF. (564 characters)

Photo of witster18
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent hefe.

Nose is citrus, a bit lemony.

First sip is tart, highly carbonated, and there's a hint of banana and clove there, but not as much as I'd like.
Solid hefe though... one of the best American offerings...

It's official.. the hop project beers remain my favorites from this brewery... and I'm not even really a hophead.

Worth trying, and the price is right, but I won't revisit it too much with the competition in this style that I have access too. For 3 bux more I coulda bought a 6 of Hacker-Pschorr, and probably should of.

This one is alright on spice... not enough clove, not enough viscosity, not enough of anything really(except for car and its a bit overdone). Well made, but not world class or original.

Let's face it... the Americans haven't figured this one out yet... GRANTED THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ATTEMPTS I've tasted... Yazoo is something that I can get within a week of it's bottling - so I'm a little biased here... and this is a very drinkable offering... not nearly as complex or to the unfiltered quality standards of say Schneider-Weiss or other German offerings of that caliber... but hey... at least we improved upon the stout... best american Hefe imo... or for what I've had which is only about 20-25 different offerings... worth a try for sure. (1,288 characters)

Photo of John1985
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer just recently became available in bottles and this sample was bottled the 3rd week of July. Beer poured a light yellow with a quarter inch white head that quickly evaporated. Yeasty, home brew aroma. Taste started out yeasty then a pleasant clove flavor emerged that was very dry and quenching. Aftertaste was smooth with a rich mouthfeel. Although I am not a huge fan of this style I found this to be quite addictive. Maybe it has to do with the 100+ degrees in Nashville this last week. (498 characters)

Photo of newcastleme
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy yellw

S- Clove, banana, and an vanilla

T- Great after taste.

m- medium bodied.

I'd recommend for a person wanted to try out yazoo. Also, It's nice for a number of food groups.

This would be great with some breads and meats. Great beer! anytime! (266 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark yellow that produces a big puff of white head that retains to a steady collar.

S - Banana Peel, clove, coriander, fruity.

T - Huge Fruit presence, banana peel, bread dough, phenolic. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

O - This is a solid Hefe - smooth and crisp - easy to drink. (310 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. My bottle was poured into a Wiezen glass it looked real nice three fingers worth of white head that goes to a thick lace. The body was a hazy yellow in color interrupted by a bubble or two coming from the bottom of the glass

Aromas of citrus' bubblegum and wheat with a slight sourness as well filled my nose

Flavors of citrus and spices and there is that sourness again it kind of works with this brew .This brew is light and crisp in the mouth.

Good drinkability as well although I haven't had too many I wouldn't drink again. You could kickback a few of these real easy like. A good try at a Hefe not my favorite but not the worst either (677 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers of white foam with ok retention. Hazy golden color with a yeast cloud slowly spreading through the glass.

S - Bready, yeasty smell. Spice, some clove but not much fruit.

T - Lots of wheat flavor. Yeast, phenolic clove, and muted banana. Just a touch of earthy hops lingering in the back.

M - Somewhat thin body with high carbonation.

D - There is a lot of potential in this beer, but it is not quite there yet. The yeast flavors are a little too subtle for me and kind of muddy. The bottle I had was just less than three months old, so it should have been ok; but weisse beers are temperamental and it could have been past its prime. (655 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours 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. (430 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow/orange in color, pale, with a white finger plus of head. No lacing.

Smell is nice, with some citrus, graininess, slight malt sweetness and some banana.

Much of the same. Bit more on the banana though.

The feel is a little silky, smooth, light in body. Decent carbonation.

Pretty good drinkability. Multiples would be good. (340 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into nonic

A: Super cloudy, 1.5 inch of fluffy white foam, yellow/orange hue with very present carbonation

S: big time banana, clove, fresh bready yeast aroma

T: banana bread, wow a lot of banana, slight bubblegum, strong yeast, clove in the finish, a bit of a sour quality

M: Very bright and there is a strong bite about 1/2 way through the sip, feels a bit thin at the end

O: very nice, especially if you like the banana thing. I wish the mouthfeel had a bit more substance across the full sip (506 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... hazy golden yellow color with a thing fizzy white head. The head barely lasted a minute before dissipating.

The aroma is nice, malty, a little citrus flavor... very impressed after the less than impressive appearance.

The citrus flavor dominates the taste up front... a little sour lemon on the tongue at the end of each sip. It's not bad, but not as balanced as it could be.

The mouthfeel is average... nothing special but this is definitely a drinkable beer. Light and refreshing and could make for a decent summer session beer. (585 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to Supernova777 for the pour. Josh you shouldn't have!

A- Pours a hazy yellowish orange color. One finger white head shows low retention and leaves very light streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Good typical hefe aromas come to the nose. Clove, banana, and a light yeasty scent hit first. There is a light wheat undertone to this nose. Some light citrus notes along with a light alcohol whiff in the ending bring out the aroma.

T- The inital flavor was citrus forward which tended to die down the more I drank of this. Wheat notes were big and maybe some of the boldest parts of the flavor. Banana and clove came through from the middle on toward the ending. The alcohol made itself apparent toward the ending of the beer but was light about it. Average tasting with a little extra something about it.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Light citrus and banana flavors along with wheat left on the palate. Aftertaste was more wheaty along with a touch of light alcohol and banana clove combo. Alcohol had a light drying on the palate. Flavor was a little off but I couldn't put my finger on it how...I don't know if it was just a little too watery for my liking with this style.

D- I thought this beer was a good offering. Not the most mind blowing Hefeweizen I have had but a good one. This is my first beer from Yazoo and I like what I think they could do. The ABV was light and hidden well. The flavor was a little lacking at times but the drinkability kind of made up for it. (1,552 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a "bottled on" date.

Vigorous pouring produces a tall order of white head, a stiff swirl of the bottle to get some yeast in as well makes the brew hazy straw in appearance. Soft banana bread and a twang of clove in the nose, yeasty. A bit smooth, a bit slick and a bit crisp in the lighter body. Bready palate, banana taffy, faint clove, nutty yeast and some other vague fruity esters in the back. Semi-dry finish.

Pretty spot on for the style, good drinking ... I'd perfer more smoothness here but now I am splitting hairs. (549 characters)

Photo of parkeak0
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am ashamed to say that, despite having gone to school in Tennessee for the past four years, this is the first Tennesee brew I think I've ever had.

Pours a cloudy light golden yellow... about par for the course. Nose is full of husky wheat, tartness, and significantly less (though definitely present) banana and clove than one might expect. Palate is full of clean tartness, yeast, banana, some tart fruit (apple?). Perhaps a bit dryer than the typical hefe. A bit of astringency in the finish. Drinkabilitty is high... would be an excellent beer to session on a warm day.

Although a bit off the beaten path, this is a solid hefe. Will be buying again. (657 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at a killer bar in downtown Nashville.

A: Poured a wheaty, cloudy mustard yellow color, with a 1/2 finger retentative head. Look like a standard unfiltered Hefe.

S: I got some clove and banana, but this was somewhat muted overall, compared to many Hefeweizens on the market.

T: Crisp and highly drinkable, perfect for a hot summer day, with bubble gum notes. Once again though, not too powerful.

M: Yeasty and cushiony in terms of carbonation levels, with no booze to speak of, and a good amount of lacing.

O: This was a standard entry into the Hefe lexicon, but sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered! (632 characters)

Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: 12/14/10
Bottled-On Date: Late October 2010

Appearance: Very cloudy and light yellow with an orange tint. Looks like freshly squeezed orange juice. The head is white and bubbly. It dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing. There was very little foam left by the time I took my first sip.

Smell: Full-on fruity and banana aroma. A pleasure to whiff. A hint of alcohol was also present.

Taste: The taste followed the smell... very banana-like. Not a complex taste, but what was there was pretty good. The first sip was the best, becaues the fruity sweetness was right up front (then my mouth got used to it). Carbonation was at a good level.

Mouthfeel: Went down smoothly; too smoothly for my taste. Not enough body to the beer. It drank like a light American lager. ALthough, this does contribute to its drinkability.

Drinkability: Due to the beers light body and easiness on the palate, I could see drinking a few few of these easily.

Notes: Overall a decent beer. I would drink it again if I saw it on tap. Worth a try and/or for a change of pace. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, citrus (lemon), and slight spice (clove), and hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Hefweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, yeast, slight hops, spice (clove), and sweet malt. Overall, a rather above average Hefeweizen, nice body, blend, and flavor. (430 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pils glass requested, into german mug as it'll have to do.

Nice bright golden color, big foamy head that is 3-fingers plus. Very creamy, slightly off white. Takes a while to settle down.

One whiff and I get a lot of honey/floral sweetness and some strong yeast notes.

Taste confirms. Mild banana and the yeast backs off a bit. Very mellow but enjoyable. Mildly grassy, some twinge of tart apple too. Pleasing finish.

A bit light for the style but pretty refreshing. I enjoyed this one. (491 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of the lighter takes on the style i have had in awhile, i can see the appeal though in a humid tennessee summer. there is almost no body to this, not that it feels watery, but its super light and i find it unbecoming to the style in general, but with the citrus notes in here, it almost flirts the wit line at times, and i think it works in this one instance. an exception to the rule if you will. sunny colored beer, hazy, but still more clear than opaque. not the big creamy head i like in these either, but i have already accepted this as something different. nose and taste of preserved lemons and belgian spicy yeast, less banana than others, which also keeps it light. its a good thing its super well charged in the feel, any less this would seem watery and lose its capacity for refreshment. one of those beers you could lose track of and drink 15 of, but i prefer a slightly meatier hefe, even though the context of this one is not lost on me. cool beer, a little basic, and a little less compelling than others they make, but tasty enough for sure. (1,061 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Though its appearance was not very impressive -- given my affection for the Hefeweizen bench mark, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier -- this Yazoo offering makes up for its shortcomings in smell, taste and mouthful. This has all the characteristics of a good Hefe, with a definite yeast, banana, clove smell and taste. This might be my favorite Yazoo offering, next to its Hop Project IPAs. A definite keeper in my mini fridge. Nice job, Yazoo. (440 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to travita for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very murky light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is basic hefeweizen with bananas and cloves. The flavor is similar but the bananas and wheat are much stronger than the cloves. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (288 characters)

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