El Jefe Weizen Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
22oz bottled (not bottling date) poured into a weizen glass.
Hazy yellow with a rich creamy head - good classic hefeweizen appearance.
Nose is banana, yeast, and spice. Really nice.
Taste is crisp and clean with a lot of banana, pepper and clove. A little more lemon too as I get closer to the yeasty bottom of the bottle.
Nice crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall this is a pretty good local interpretation of a German classic.
07-11-2011 02:54:59 | More by draheim
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
Thick lumpy gobs of whipped cream head trailing ivory lace in lumps and clusters. Paints a nice picture, yes? This is a pretty beer and as clouded as one might expect. And the El Jefe delivered more flavor than I anticipated. It has a pungent nose of virile clove with a strong showing of clove, nutmeg, and black pepper in the taste. The body is smooth but thin.
None too crisp and wheaty, but a tasty beer with authentic Bavarian styling and more assertive flavor than most Hale's beers.
03-28-2008 06:12:44 | More by RedDiamond
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
22oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pale yellow and fairly hazy. Medium thick white head forms nicely.
Traditional yeasty citrus-wheat aroma. Big bubbles float up through the beer.
Flavor is dead on for an American/German-style hefeweiss. Very lemony/citrusy. Good wheat flavor, not just for show, and fresh. Moderate bitterness. A good bit of clove. The only fault I can find with this beer is that the lemon flavor is a little strong...I wonder if there's something added.
I should note that my bottle had a bunch of sediment firmly in the bottom -- agitating it produced a much cloudier pour with no damage to the flavor, while reducing the carbonation nicely.
Having moved to Seattle from Boston this could totally challenge UFO as my every day drinking hefeweiss.
06-03-2012 03:27:28 | More by hreb
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
The beer after decanting the 22-ounce bottle pours a cloudy amber color with a prestigious creamy white head that settles leaving the lace to form a solid sheet on the glass. Nose is earthy, sweet with wheat, citrus like crispness, spicy, start is pleasantly sweet, decent grain profile; just a light touch of bitterness at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a mild to medium acidity, the hops understated but present and accounted for, sweetness carries on until the end, fairly dry, and a nice clean and refreshing beer to start off a Sunday afternoon.
11-18-2007 20:15:58 | More by Gusler
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a green colored crown cap. Single lime-green label has a picture of a Colonel Sanders type figure complete with white hair and a black hat. Labeled as El Jefe Weizen Ale, a rather cheesy name play I have to say. The Boss has no listed strength or Best Before Date.
Appearance: Glad I used my Erdinger Weissbräu tall glass because the luscious white head positively raced up the glass sides and filled it with a minimal amount of fluid. As it collapsed with an audible fizz the, rested white head soon returns to more logical proportions and sits atop a fused golden body. More milky, than clouded, yet held to the light the body soon exhibits a faded straw torso. Reasonable head retention, but time kills the white collar and the lack of lacing ultimately detracts.
Smell: Reigns soft fruits with freshly peeled bananas. Tartness licks its own back end with a long sharp tongue. Decent strength with a self-confident I know where Im going feel about it.
Taste: The first mouthful portrayed an average Hefe feel, but subsequent samples started to reveal a very fruity body, lots of tropical island fruits with some banana. Soft peaches and passion fruit mix with the wheat in the middle, but the finish has a little acidity and a citric pucker, maybe from the hops, who knows. Sweet fruity finish with vague hints of bubblegum in the latter quarter of the Bomber, but this has a solid ending.
Mouthfeel: Light airy body to start with, but closer inspection and a longer exposure to this one shows that it has a fulfilling Mouthfeel without ever dominating the traditional soft feel of Hefes. Carbonation is slick with a spritzy demeanor.
Drinkability: A solid Weizen with a fruity tropical dimension that really lends quaffability to what can otherwise be a rather boring style.
Overall: Picked this one at BevMo, with such a corny name I almost left it on the shelf but I figured I would give it a whirl. Im glad that I did, for this is a nice fruity angle on the American Hefeweizen.
03-12-2006 03:31:34 | More by TheLongBeachBum
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
This is a big interpretation of the style with bananas, cloves, citrus and yeast coming together in a cloudy party. I had fun drinking this beer because it seemed the brewer had fun with his take on the style. Not the most refined Hefe it certianly is one of the biggest and flavourful.
04-06-2005 17:57:31 | More by canucklehead
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
Hale's El Jefe pours a clearer than might be expected hefe. It's hazy - even quite hazy - but not cloudy. You really need to stir up that yeast! And, once it's in there it helps round the flavor. Golden in color. Bright-white frothy head. Retention should be better. Lacing could be better. The nose is phenolic, but plastic-like rather than banana-like. Lots of fruit. Peach. Green banana. Apple. Dull plum. Interesting. In the mouth it's light-medium in body with a crisp effervescence. The flavor shows some more of the yeasty phenolic character, but otherwise it's clean. Basic. Wheatish malt. Lots of yeasty fruitiness. Just lightly sweet. Well-balanced. Finishes short and dry. Not too phenolic. A decent American weizen.
12-23-2006 03:52:39 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
Slightly hazy pale golden color. Decent fluffy little head.
Smell is pretty inviting. Lots of lemon zest, pepper, clove, white grape, and some earthy aromas present.
Starts a bit sweet with lemon and banana flavors. Pepper and hop flavors are pronounced. Hop flavors are spicy. Tartness comes in towards the finish. Ends bitter. Tastes pretty good.
Mouthfeel is really light and a bit prickly.
This is a pretty good beer. I wouldn't call it a Hefeweizen but El Jefe sounds so cool. I think if this was a tad less bitter I could drink a whole lot more of it. Still a good brew.
07-03-2008 01:53:39 | More by bosco7
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours an effervescent bronze with 4+ fingers pillowy sand-colored head. Stays effervescent, below average head retention & average lacing
S: Slight phenolic & pepper notes
T: Clovey & fruitty up front. Lemons, bananas, grassyness & pepper are all present as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, honey, lemony hops & a little grainyness
MF: Spritzy, somewhat soft with medium body.
Drinks pretty easy, good take on the style
09-30-2007 03:10:26 | More by russpowell
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
Served from a growler into a shaker glass.
A- Poured a bright hazy golden color with white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.
S- Pretty traditional aroma of bubblegum, clove, and banana. Although not a very strong aroma.
T- Big bubblegum notes, banana, and clove. Pretty balances and traditional flavor profile.
M- Light bodied, prickly carbonation, and a slightly watery finish.
O- A very traditional tasting hefeweizen that does not differentiate itself much from others in the style. A little more body and aroma would have been nice, but a nice easy drinking beer.
01-27-2014 09:09:33 | More by Hoptometrist
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
I bought a bomber of El Jefe while traveling in western Washington. Poured in to a weizen glass.
Pours a pale gold color and is hazy, with a little yeast residue in the glass. Many bubbles are seen rising through the beer. A rich, foamy white head forms, and is very resilient.
The smell is strong, sweet and fruity. There is a soft fruit aroma of pears and apples, Also a bit of spice aroma like cinnamon.
The taste is nice, a traditional clove and banana flavor, with a little bitterness with it.
Mouthfeel is light and dry. There is a bit of a dry paper feel to it.
A very drinkable and authentic tasting hefe. I would have this again, and I'd love to try it on tap.
09-09-2007 23:21:08 | More by RJLarse
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
A "West Coast" Hefe. Pours the requisite Hefeweizen straw color with the standard big head with tiny bubbles.
Smell is very mild but there is cloves, bananas and astringency.
Tastes starts out the same as the smell. The hefeweizen flavors are more pronounced than the aroma....but wait, whats that at the end....?
A strong hops finish!!!
In all, it works fairly well. Somebody looking for a standard hefeweizen will be disappointed with the finish, but it is a pretty good beer overall.
Mouthfeel is rich. The switch from astringent to bitter at the end would be more pleasing to some than others and this would affect mouthfeel and drinkabiltiy.
I could enjoy several of these on a hot day. THose that don't fancy West Coast hops in their hefeweizen should look elsewhere.
07-13-2008 03:36:45 | More by JayQue
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance: light hazy golden yellow in color. A one finger head falls quickly to surface spots. Soft spotty lacing develops.
Smell: banana and a hint of spices.
Taste: mild grain malt level with noticeable bananas, clove, lemon, and a bit of yeast spiciness. Mildy refreshing.
Mouthfeel: lightly dry and crisp from start to finish. Very short grainy banana aftertaste. Light-medium in body.
Drinkability: pretty decent. I can say it easy to quaff and the flavor profile is good. Worth a try.
07-12-2006 23:31:03 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
Hazy orange color with a tightly packed white head. It smells of wheat, and some clove which is not surprising given the style. There are some banana flavors and not much carbonation which gives a flat mouthfeel. I really liked Hale's Mongoose IPA but this one fell short for me.
07-31-2007 15:05:11 | More by ArrogantB
3.6/5 rDev 0%
A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/bronze color with a foamy, bubbly, white one-finger head. It left faint trails of lace.
S - It smelled strongly of lemon with some citrus notes. Also, some clove, yeast and wheat aromas.
T - It tasted of a slight spice with hints of banana, clove, and wheat.
M - It was sharp and crisp. A light bodied anad easy-drinking beer.
D - This is a nice refreshing hefe. Not qute like a true German hefe, but it is still good.
10-01-2008 02:17:59 | More by zeff80
3.6/5 rDev 0%
A - Into a tall Paulaner glass: cloudy pale apple cider-like appearance with a modest but dense white cap and lacing.
S - Corriander, some banana, white pepper, and clove.
T - Pretty much as it smells, with the white pepper up front that fades to the spice, green apple and bannana hints. Finishes a bit sour.
M - Light carbonation and a bit creamy.
D - Nice drinkability - would be decent for warmer weather.
03-28-2009 21:21:04 | More by pinotboy007
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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