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El Jefe Weizen Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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El Jefe Weizen AleEl Jefe Weizen Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvschaller on 03-12-2005)
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theopholis

California

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 02:41:50 | More by theopholis
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 02:43:52 | More by msubulldog25
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2014 19:11:07 | More by HoppySeb
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-13-2013 18:06:49 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-25-2012 07:36:45 | More by shelby415
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-17-2012 16:17:46 | More by strongaf
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-03-2013 17:13:47 | More by kscaldef
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-04-2013 02:12:59 | More by abeeronthebeach
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:17:59 | More by zeff80
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:21:04 | More by pinotboy007
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 15:05:11 | More by ArrogantB
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 23:31:03 | More by Gavage
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JayQue

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 03:36:45 | More by JayQue
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2014 09:09:33 | More by Hoptometrist
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RJLarse

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 23:21:08 | More by RJLarse
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-24-2013 17:17:59 | More by jaydoc
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2013 02:20:38 | More by Hopmodium
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-12-2013 06:19:24 | More by foxyaardvark27
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-19-2014 03:13:54 | More by Birdlegs
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-31-2013 19:29:54 | More by Zach122
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-18-2012 05:08:06 | More by MacStinson
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NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-24-2012 03:55:22 | More by NickThePyro
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-21-2012 05:50:04 | More by twelveinches
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 03:10:26 | More by russpowell
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:53:39 | More by bosco7
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.