Hefeweizen - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 15
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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-12-10 in Gallatin, TN from a bottle

A - Straw with a 1-finger white head and moderate lace

S - Banana bread with a bit of clove. Fairly mild.

T - Much like the aroma with some more clove. Touch of balancing bitterness. Dries nicely.

M - Medium body and high carbonation. Good for the style.

O - Pretty authentic hefe. Nice flavor and feel. One of the better Yazoo beers I've tried.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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!)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 oz. at Whole Foods in Nashville while visiting the GF.

A fleeting, white head forms atop a clear, golden body. (NOTE: apparently I forgot to stir the yeast up from the bottom like the bottle instructed, so i'm giving the appearance the benefit of a doubt and bumping it up a notch). The aroma is a bland mix of pale malts & wheat, with a slight touch of coriander...not much else.

The flavor brings this beer up a bit in my book, with its pleasing notes of banana, wheat, orange, dairy, and a touch of spiced hops. The mouthfeel is fizzy & crisp, with a refreshingly light body. IT's a bit on the overcarbonated side, though. All in all, its a decent, drinkable attempt at a (seemingly) difficult style for American craft brewers to truly master.

Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden, as to be expected. Head was rather weak though.
S- smell is of apple, somewhat banana, some wheat. Some spicy clove presence to it.
T- Same as aroma. More apple than banana I feel.
M- Underweighted. Somewhat prickly carbonation.
D- Maybe my tastes have evolved/transformed, but this just wasn't as good as I remembered. Not a terrible beer, but not as good as some of Yazoo's more worthy products.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow, fine rising bubbles, one finger head that dissipates into a sheen, thick clumpy lacing.

Smells typically heffish with yeasty cloves and banana aromas, plus some wheat and a touch of "wet dog." A good smelling hef (wet dog is not necessarily bad).

A slightly plastic/modeling glue taste detracted a bit from what was otherwise probably a pretty good hef. Cloves and bananas, yeast and wheat, very typical once again.

Feel is average. Thin with a little carbonation tang, light body.

Average drink. Not a bad hef but not a great one either.

Photo of alleykatking
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.54/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 11/30/11

Bottled July 2011

Clear, pale light straw color. Lots of cling to the inside of the glass briefly. Two fingers of porous foam condense to 1/4th inch and thins out to nothing from there. No lace.

Pleasant enough aroma of prairie grass, clove, tangy wheat, ripe apple and banana. Yeast overtones emerge periodically and there's a slight dirtiness underneath. Flavor-wise there is a pretty strong grassy hop kick that seems out of place, especially paired with high carbonation found here (the feel pushes well past "crisp" and gets right to "sharp"). Clove, tangy apple and banana, too. Interestingly enough, the wheat seems subdued; I'd appreciate more of it. Finishes dry and grassy. It has a weird coating feel, too.

Though not an altogether reprehensible beer, I think it falls pretty far from the style mark. Even labeled as an American Pale Wheat it would still need several fine tunings to make it stand out.

Photo of spointon
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville last week. From my notes:

A= This hefeweizen poured a pale gold color with a moderate amount of cloudiness for the style. The 1/2" white head disappeared fairly quickly, and did not leave any lace (nor was any expected really).

S= Fruity and yeasty aroma, full of banana and clove as well as the expected wheat "twang". Exactly what you would expect from the style.

T= The flavor profile was good but not as good as the aroma. A bit muted, but still showing soft flavors of banana, clove, citrus, and of course wheat malt sweetness. Mildly tart finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a soft (in my opinion just a bit too soft) carbonation feel.

D= Not the best and not the worst by far. Solid middle of the road, no complications hefeweizen here.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from the most exalted JohnQVegas. This is being reviewed from notes.

This is a cloudy pale straw colored gold with a minimal head and not a ton of lacing. It would get a 3.75 if that were an option, but we'll round down this time.

This smells lemony and sweet with wheat notes. My 3 year old says it smells like grapes, but I'm quite sure he doesn't know what he's talking about (he says every beer smells like grapes since he found out that wine is made from grapes). I do smell tons of banana notes-- and almost a tart lemon and sweet wheat finish.

This isn't the best Hefe, but this is easily drinkable. I would like to see this have some more carbonation.

Not rocking my world, but certainly not unpleasant!

Photo of halo3one
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

It looked fine but the smell and taste were dead. Very malted and stale. This was surprising as it was on draft. Less flavor and less fresh tasting than blue moon. I was hoping for something to rival live oak and ended up wishing I had a blue moon.

Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean golden / orange-yellow pour.. slight amount of head which vanished immediately and completely.
smells of apples, grapes, raisins and banana.. interesting...
the taste starts off with your typical hefe, then jumps to a fruity strawberry banana flavor.. really tasty for a wheat beer.. and i'm barely getting any breadyness from the yeast. thinking outside the box, yazoo!
light body, high carbonation, sweet yet crisp and refreshing.
really good for the style, but i do wish it had some more visible complexion. it looks like it's just a flat beer. no lacing, no retention, carbonation isn't all that visible after the first minute (but it IS still actually there)

Photo of beerwolf77
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to a fellow like minded ticker drabmuh for sending this extra. Another state crossed off the tick list.

A: Slightly cloudy bright yellow. Huge three fingers of stark white head. No lace but a solid cap remains.

S: Lots of citrus with a mix of clove, banana, wheat and mily acidity.

T: Faint citrus and pale wheat. Not much else. Very watered down tasting.

M: Light body with soft carbonation.

D: Overall a less than stellar hefe. Rather forgettable.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloudy yellow with thick white foamy head. Moderate lacing in the glass. Looks like a model Hefeweizen.

S - Citrusy and grainy. Too grainy in the aroma for my liking.

T - Grainy with a hint of yeasty lemon and banana. Very tart at the end of the drink. The flavor combinations just didnt add up for me.

M/D - Light crisp mouthfeel. A passable hefe, but not my favorite from these guys.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Do you Yazoo? Pours a golden yellow hue with a slight orange hue through out. A good swirl leaving a cloudy appearance with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

The nose has noticeable hefe notes. A strong, almost fake banana aroma that dominates. A slight malt aroma with a hint of spice from the wheat. A light bubblegum and cloves aroma are detectable but mostly in the finish. Some yeasty notes but typical. There also is a slight plastic aroma that is board line rubber in the end.

The taste is similar but not as harsh. The banana is still very strong with more malt presence. More generic malt tastes with limited wheat notes. Cloves and Bubblegum both come out a bit stronger but still play second to the banana. Some good yeasty notes with a light pepper finish. Again with the rubber flavor that really is a deterrent.

The body is light to moderate with a light but good carbonation backing. Would have liked more of a balance and back off the banana but some good thing there.

Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL. OZ. Bottle from a friend from Nashville, TN. Poured from the Blue/Yellow labeled bottle w/ a Blonde Women with wild hair holding a beer into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Has a BOTTLED ON DATE of FEB 03 12 on the side of the label.

Aroma- Has a great amount of German malt and also citrus. TONS of citrus at that. Light spices.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep golden/light orange colored body with tons of cloud. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweet, light citrus, and good spice. Easy characters of malt and leaves with a sweet finish. No hops present.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and leaves only malts on the palate.

Overall Impression-Very nice for a Hefe that won a 2004 GABF award. I hope to pick up more of this when in Nashville this summer to enjoy during the heated summer months.

Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while and finally found some in a little store..

Pours a very cloudy hazy pale yellow with a big creamy head...

Great aroma of banana, cloves, lemon, bubble gum, and that yeasty wheaty hefe smell... So far, so good.

Very light crisp taste of citrus, banana, and a hint of the cloves. Damn, this is a great little brew!! I had some Live Oak a couple weeks ago and I have to tell you, this is almost as good as that was!! This is exceptionally fresh having been bottled a couple weeks ago and you can tell.

Great little hefe!! Very drinkable! I will be heading back to grab some more of this one to keep around this summer.

Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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