El Jefe Weizen Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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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
3.98/5 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
4/5 rDev +11.1%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:
Pours out a hazy golden-orange brew, head retention is par for the style. Aromas of green bananas, pear juice and faint lime are mixed with an underlying breadiness and chalky yeast. Very smooth with a semi-chewy medium body. Lots of wheat and yeast on the tongue, hops and herbal phenolics drop a substantial smack of bitterness on the palate with a long linger. Light on the fruity esters with suggestions of pear, banana and kiwi. Hint of bubblegum in the middle right when the maltiness rises with some sweetness and breadiness. Finishes a little dry with lots of lingering flavor.
Impressive, this tastes like a fresh German Hefeweizen, fresh meaning right from the source and not shipped from another continent. Kudos to Hale's for getting this style right!
11-24-2009 02:25:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Light and refreshing and very wheaty, without lot of the phenolic funk you'd expect from a true Hefeweizen. Really, this is a slightly edgy version of an American Wheat, and if you go into it expecting that, I think you'll enjoy this beer more.
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big white fluffy head. The aroma is very wheaty with a kiss of honey. The taste follows through precisely, with a super mouthful of wheat, with that bready, breakfast cereal character, and a finish of sweet honey. There is a little fruit in here, but muted - apricot, perhaps, some white grape. There is relatively mild bitterness without a lot of obvious hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly slick.
09-01-2010 21:00:50 | More by Seanibus
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Significantly cloudy amber-orange, emphasis on the former. The actual yeast particles aren't as readily apparent as they are in most hefes, they simply blur and soften the color of the beer. Atop the liquid is a head of regal white, a color that I just made up (it means closer to pure, bright white than to ivory). Even though the cap is semi-firm, it slowly melts rather than maintaining its structure as it falls. Random thick chunks of lace stick to the glass.
Hale's El Jefe has a far, far better nose than the vast majority of American wheat beers (Three Floyds Gumballhead excluded, of course), in large part because it's so vibrant. It's also sweet and intensely banana-like with an underlying tropical character; passionfruit perhaps. This is a fruit punchy nose and a good one.
I got a sense of the flavor when I had to slurp the head to keep it from overflowing the glass. When the foam is this loaded with flavor, you know something good is going on. Again, I can't help but compare this beer to the legions of truly crappy American pale wheats that every brewer and his brother tries to foist off on us. Although this isn't lip smackingly outstanding beer, it is head and shoulders above most of its peers.
It's acceptably malted with a jacked-up flavor that has to be coming from hops. Yeast just isn't this fruitysweet. In no way is El Jefe in Gumballhead's league, but it does remind me of that beer in terms of the amount and type of flavor. It's tropically fruity and tangily sweet and I seem to find something new each time I sip.
The light body doesn't come close to losing its composure and even manages just a hint of slick mouthcoating on the longer than expected finish. The mouthfeel is soft and airy and fits the flavor and the (presumed) mission statement perfectly. There's no letdown in terms of carbonation either; it's lively, but not overly so.
El Jefe (The Boss) is aptly named. It's a kick-ass American weizen that does what it must to stand out in a sea of utter insipidness. It delivers loads of flavor, good flavor, to a style that often lacks imagination. A solid effort that would be a summer staple if I lived in the Pac NW.
04-13-2005 23:46:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
An off beat bottle of an unknown ale found at the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City, I wonder what is inside, Maybe something good and Maybe something bad.
Poured in to my Paulaner Weissbier glass I get a good frothy and foamy head and the proper cloudy gold/yellow color with a puffy white head. Head dies a little too quickly though.
Smell is good candied and spiced bananas and phenols. Slightly stronger in the cloves and spice end of the Hefeweiss spectrum. Good clean Hefe smell though it is exactly as it should be.
Taste is slightly dry and tart with a good spice and cloves flavor in the mouth at the beginning. Banana kicks in a bit more after a while and lemon tartness too. This is quite a tasty Hefe that tends to be on the tart and spicy end of the beer style. Faintly detectable bitterness from hops. Slight lingering malt sweetness in the after taste.
Mouthfeel is good.
A quite good Hefe Weizen no matter where it was made. Flavor is spot on for the style. A good drinker that I probably would have liked better if it were warmer outside. An extremely competent German Style Hefe Weizen made in the USA.
04-15-2006 00:36:47 | More by Zorro
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a head of moderate size that leaves a few splashes of lace; frankly, looks more like a pale ale than a hefe
Smell: On the nose, there is no mistaking this for a pale ale; big waft of banana, coriander and clove
Taste: While it starts out like a hefe, with plenty of banana up front, the spice profile moves in a different direction; while there is some coriander/clove, there is also a lot of tart green apple and hoppy bitterness that was totally unexpected; after the swallow, the tart and bitter flavors persist and the memory of the hefe fades
Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation
Drinkability: Not saying I didn't like this as I did, very much; I was just surprised by the unexpected twists and turns
02-08-2009 19:30:17 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a luscious straw yellow, plenty of hazy, and a gorgeous meringue-like head - reminds me of graceful flowing snow in winter.
Nose is fresh, bready, faint bananna.
Palate is a little disappointing given the fine leadup with appearance and aroma. Not very flavorful in any of the normal directions that a hefe-weizen often goes. Balanced, but uninteresting.
Finish is semi-short. Easy drinking wheat.
08-25-2007 03:52:25 | More by yemenmocha
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
Smell out of bottle is primarily malty with subtle hops.
Nice yeasty, unfiltered look. Head that settles but never dies, floats on top.
Nice milky first feel, malty but zesty citric taste, but not too overpowering or too sour. Not too bitter.
Smell out of glass is more lemony.
Even though it's winter time now, I can tell this would be a spectacular summertime beer.
Subtle apple, but smooth and no bad aftertastes.
01-12-2013 08:28:50 | More by 1234Jack
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours a very light yellow with white haziness. The head pours about a 1 inch thick creaminess, as the session progresses it turned into lacing at best. The smell is of light grain, the yeast is buttery and biscuity, hints of lemon cloves, a spring run through a forest. The taste has a specific belgian yeast characteristic that I love, citrus lingerings with a banana finish. The grains are noticable but not overbearing. Very nice with a salad or during lunch, light enough to keep you going. Very nice.
09-25-2005 04:09:41 | More by beertaster13
4.25/5 rDev +18.1%
My wife brought this back from a trip to Seattle:
Pours a murky golden straw little in the way of a white head. Smells awesome- definite notes of banana and yeast; in a word, I would describe it as inviting and delicious.
Tastes also of bananas, with a little bit of bitter (though not hop bitter) at the end.
My only wish is that it were a little more carbonated, but this is an awesome brew. Many thanks to my wife for procuring it for me
02-08-2010 04:43:09 | More by Ghenna
4.3/5 rDev +19.4%
Picked up a bomber at bevmo in west hollywood. First time i've seen it there, and there seems to be a growing Hale's section lately. El Jefe has an interesting label with an older guy that has a moustache similar to Rollie Fingers of Milwaukee brewer fame. Poured into a Tulip it forms a large head which eventually falls to a thin ring like appearance and lacing is almost non existent. Cloudy and golden.
Generally speaking I'm not usually a fan of this style mainly because there is such a disparity between the "good ones" and the rest of 'em. This is one of the "good ones". Meaning its got some girth to it, while remaining very drinkable. Exotic fruits are lucious, banana comes through with flying colors. Digging deep you can get a touch of hops that help clean up, but in the end its the light citrus that finishes the bill.
This is a kick ass Hefe and the best I've had in recent memory. This style seems to be very hard to make a good one as there are so many that are just boring and uneventfull in the slightest. This one brings it.
03-08-2006 02:28:13 | More by DogFood11
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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