El Jefe Weizen Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, split with my wife over an order of Concordia Ale House's chicken strips. Into a pint glass. From the latest OBF Guide, where we most recently tried this beer - 5.6% ABV. Bottle purchased at La Bodega (Portland) for about $4.
A: Perfectly cloudy Bavarian-style hefeweizen, a hazy wheat-tan. Thin white head that fades quickly, with a thin ring clinging around the glass. Only a sliver of filmy head and virtually no lace.
S: Faint clove and banana bread aromas with a nice wheat backing. Decent spices and almost no hops.
T: Bready wheat, spiced with some clove. Quite an herbal hop profile, lending a more soapy and dry finish. Wheat is the preeminent flavor, with a bit of lingering spice.
M: Not much substance. It's not watery, but it is a muddy melding of spiced hopping and chewy bread-like malts. A bit of zing up front, but flat in the finish. Lingering medicinal bittering with a sweeter malt spice is nice, but doesn't rescue this from mediocrity.
D: Not terrible, but not too desirable either. I recall this being better on-tap at this summer's Oregon Brewers Festival - though maybe this one is just more likable on a hot summer afternoon. On this cool September evening, El Jefe is drinkable but not distinguishing; it's a closer representation to a true German Hefeweizen than many American examples, but is ultimately lacking the complexity, both in aroma and flavor, of its Euro siblings. I'd have it again, but probably not til next July, when I pass a token to the kind volunteer pouring at OBF.
09-19-2007 02:43:52 | More by msubulldog25
3.43/5 rDev -4.7%
Appearance- Reasonably cloudy gold/yellow with a decent, but not great white head. Head settles out VERY quickly, leaving no lace.
Aroma- Good, clean, failry sour aroma. Smells of fresh lemons. Not much in the way of banana or clove. Smells very tart. Hmmm...
Taste- Tastes fare more interesting than it smells. Fairly sour and tart with a bite at the back of the throat. Lots of green apple in the aft-taste. Hint of banana and clove. Not as much as some hefes. Kind of spicey for a hefe, but it's not unpleasant. Missing some things I expect in a hefe, but it's interesting enough to where I wouldn't mind trying another one.
Mouthfeel- Medium body for hefe, but not as chewy as you might expect. Good carbonation level. Nice CO2 bite.
Drinkability- Very refreshing. Still lacks something I expect in a hefe, including the clove and banana. But I would definately give this a whirl.
01-13-2007 02:41:50 | More by theopholis
3.38/5 rDev -6.1%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.
Appearance: rich golden color with almost no haze. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam. The way I see it, there is not nearly enough haze and not quite enough head to be commendable as a hefeweizen. That said, it wasn't a hideous-looking beer; just not really to-style.
Smell: aroma is grainy with a little bit of a wheat component. Not much estery complexity or creaminess. Really, not that great.
Taste: citrusy and sweet. There's a little banana flavor here, but it doesn't entice me much. Not bad compared to other American attempts at the style, but it is not super hefeweizeney.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with OK carbonation. Not enough carbonation to make a nice creamy hefeweizen, but it's not horrible or anything.
Drinkability: not much of an authentic hefeweizen, but it is an acceptably drinkable beer in general.
09-30-2010 03:03:22 | More by flagmantho
3.38/5 rDev -6.1%
Mr. Jefe pours a rather clear Hefe-weizen. There was not much carbonation as the head disappeared rather quickly.
The smell was good as I got a hint of bananas from the odor.
The beer had less body in regards to taste as it was light like a lager.
The mouthfeel was all around but was a little to feather like.
It went down nice especially on this hot day.
08-03-2007 02:26:28 | More by cswhitehorse
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
pours is a very cloudy orange, with a thin off-white head, lots of sediment, and not much lacing.
smell is of orange peel, coriander, spice, and a hint of ripe banana.
taste is crisp, wheat, spice, citrus, a little banana, and orange peel, end is a little dry.
07-05-2009 16:04:58 | More by froghop
3.24/5 rDev -10%
Whoa! , First taste and I though mighty German but the finish was weak. It did remind me of a fine German Weizen I had several years ago introduced by a German Soccer player. A summer weizen perhaps, not sure where El Jefe is perhaps in Argentina?, No this one somehow is in the PNW.
10-03-2013 03:46:58 | More by ssteakley
3.15/5 rDev -12.5%
22 ounce bottle. Pours a hazed light amber color with a buttery head that leaves a lacey ring. Aroma is aromatic and pleasant with a balance of banana and citrus. The appearance is somewhat hazy golden-colored body with a large. Fizzy with a slightly acidic tang that contains mild fruit flavors. Finishes with a dry taste and more hopped than a typical Hefe. A full bodied version of an American wheat with a mild banana and clove essence.
07-24-2007 22:37:07 | More by jclzony
3.05/5 rDev -15.3%
A normal pour produces an almost four finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head clings well to the class, which creates a varied surface and a foam bridge in my glass as it slowly recedes. Sans sediment, the beer has a slightly hazy, full gold color to it & shows lots of carbonation bubbles swirling & streaming up through it when held up to the light. Tart wheat aromatics, touches of green apple, a touchy of grassy threshed grain and perhaps a touch of herbal hop character. The aroma is quite clean and characteristic of an American Wheat beer (despite any subtle references on the label that are contrary to this).
Lightly tart tasting, again with a green apple flavor to it. Grassy, grain-like flavors and some soda cracker flavors contribute to the grain presence of this beer. Very light feeling, though it has a nice, prickly carbonation. The beer does finish with a light, though persistent bitterness and perhaps a touch of herbal notes are all that the hop contributes to this beer.
This is a very easy drinking, typical example of a wheat beer fermented with a fairly bland ale yeast strain. There is perhaps a touch more green apple flavor here than should be, but at least this adds a notable quality to the beer.
12-02-2007 00:36:16 | More by Gueuzedude
3/5 rDev -16.7%
A solid effort, but this does not come close to Franziskaner or even Paulaner. Pours hazy gold with a puffy white head. Good aroma of bananas and candied sugar, with some wheat. The taste is dominated by the wheat and yeast, but fades towards the back with the sweetness taking over. Enjoyable and worth a try, but you'll end up wanting to drop the same amount of money on a better beer next time.
12-09-2008 22:19:35 | More by magictrokini
2.95/5 rDev -18.1%
22 oz bomber purchased at Capital Market, Salem. Its a ok looking "hefe", the usual cloudy orange with a small white head. The aroma is a little on the sweet/candy grape flavoured bubble gum side, some small hints of banana Taste started off ok..though slightly medicinal..bananas, estry..but that didnt last a second and itwas replaced by a really sweet flavour and in the end takes on the appearance of a regular boring old American Wheat..or even a blonde. Mouthfeel..i did not like..to cloying and sticky. Its drinkable but really I paid $3 for this and i can get a 500ml of Paulaner at the same store for $2..I know which i prefer.
05-30-2006 18:48:59 | More by Reidrover
2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
It was surprisingly clear for a Hefeweizen. The head was fizzy and dissipated quickly. The smell was quite yeasty and a bit alcoholic--reminded me a bit of La Fin du Monde. Taste was a bit odd. Some banana came through, most clearly in the aftertaste. It was not bad, but it was not good enough for me to really enjoy drinking it; so I had to mark it down for drinkability.
07-01-2007 07:51:47 | More by PhiloPsych
2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
I got this in Colorado, no telling how old it might be.
Pours almost flat. very light bubbling from the bottom of the sam adam's glass. Good color, nice orange peel color. Smells sour, citrus, good impresion.
Unfortunately it's pretty much dead flat.
Nice taste, sweet, light with some gentle bitterness. I like it, except that there isn't any bubbles. Beer without bubbles is like mac & cheese without the mac. Cheese is good by itself but something important is missing.
08-04-2008 23:19:04 | More by Dotcubed
2.8/5 rDev -22.2%
Lots of tart wheat aroma with subtle spiciness. (not banana/clove, more like yeast/estery.) Smells a little like dried apricots. No hops in the aroma, which is right for most wheat beers. Deep gold color and cloudy. Big head fades quickly leaving a small white head.
Tart start, in fact tart is dominant. Not off or infected, but this can happen with a good amount of wheat in the grist. Pretty nice malty finish but again, tart throughout. Very little hop flavor. Not a whole lot of spice either.
I had this at the brewery a week or so ago and was WAY more impressed than the bottle version. I'm a bit surprised that I don't really care for this beer. Will take notes at the brewery and review again. Could be an old bottle as wheat beers must be consumed fresh imo.
09-06-2005 00:18:31 | More by czechsaaz
2.8/5 rDev -22.2%
A: Drab peachy copper color with some haze to it. Head is boring and quite low, just a small ring of buttermilk colored foam wraps around the glass. Whole lotta sediment at the bottom of this bottle...think I am gonna avoid most of it.
S: Spicy wheat, cloves, green bananas and copper.
T: Begins sour and grassy, a lot like how lemongrass juice would taste I suppose. Not as much banana in the taste as in the nose, but it does follow suit with the tastes being under ripe. Some minor butterscotch flavors coexist with the sour notes, but not enough to make an impact. Finishes sour and grassy.
M: Medium body with just a sting of carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer unfortunately.
D: Not really sure why I bought this beer, I know better. Guess I'm just dumb. Once in a while an American brewery will make a decent German style hefe but few and far between. This is drinkable, but barely...
02-25-2007 23:21:30 | More by Westsidethreat
2.6/5 rDev -27.8%
22 oz bomber w/ no bottled on or best before date.
Hazy golden straw, smallish head for a hefe, only two fingers high and rapidly dissipating.
Aroma is mildly banana and very light clove.
Flavor is mostly lemony with a slight spice finish.
I bought this because el jefe is my nickname, that's what I get for going for the gimmick. Probably wouldn't buy again.
02-02-2007 05:15:24 | More by Padron4KM
2.5/5 rDev -30.6%
22oz bottle into 23oz Weizen glass. First bottle of this type for a Hefeweizen.
Pours a cloudy orange-yellow hue with an almost non-existant head. All that's there is a thin rim along the glass.
Just a touch of banana and clove, along with a bit of citrusy aromas. Very light.
A little more clove and banana in the flavor, and like the aroma, just a touch of citrus. Lighter bodied with high carbonation.
This one just wasn't impressive to me. It seemed to light, almost watered down. No horrible flavors, but just boring.
04-18-2009 01:23:10 | More by BeerSox
2.23/5 rDev -38.1%
Purchased from BevMo in Sacramento ("Beverages...More than we can sell"?) Not too impressive, a dissapointment from a good brewery. Hazy, but oxidized looking, leaving no lace, and indeed the foam disappeared before too long. Boring and thin, undercarbonated, with no real flavor virtues that I look for in the style. No clove or banana, but I can't take points off for that because it's not a German wheat, it's American. Under-attenuated. Sweet and sticky, not over the top but just enough to make it unappealing. I don't know if it's an old bottle or not--no date on the bottle. Two of us had trouble finishing just one bottle. The mild hops are one of the only things we enjoyed. This would not be refreshing on a hot day, so I can't say this fits the style very well. Sorry Hales, better luck next time.
04-19-2007 04:11:28 | More by rayjay
2.17/5 rDev -39.7%
Serving: Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Color: Dark yellow/orange with a medium haze.
Smell: Some citrus and banana.
Taste: Sour with a slight citrus. The after taste reminds of what my mouth felt like after eating Sour Straws as a kid.
08-11-2009 03:18:06 | More by ggddaaee1
2.05/5 rDev -43.1%
22 oz bomber poured into a weisbierglas. Big frothy white head of at least 1.5 inches fills to the top. I don't really pick up much nose, maybe some hops.
First pull tastes faintly lemony or fruity in some way. Next I start smelling bathroom cleaner and, by goodness, I think I'm drinking the 'scrubbing bubbles'.
I poured out the remaining 2/3 of the bottle. This offering from Hale's falls far short of Widmer or Pyramid for sure. It's not even on the same scale as the Bavarians.
When I studied in Seattle in the early 1990's, Hale's Pale Ale was the first micro that I really, really liked. Bummer, El Jefe tastes like the boss of the janitors!
03-30-2006 06:33:21 | More by weizendoc
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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