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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

73 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
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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Photo of ssteakley
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

ssteakley, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

kscaldef, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Hopmodium, May 31, 2013
Photo of 1234Jack
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

1234Jack, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

MacStinson, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Braz, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Jak82
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Jak82, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

brendaniel, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

twelveinches, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +11.1%

jnoelani, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +25%

sgttibbs, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of dnorton222
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

dnorton222, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of DeMaria
4/5  rDev +11.1%

DeMaria, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -16.7%

jmccraney, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of hreb
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hreb, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of kickerofelves
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

kickerofelves, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of EddieJoe
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

EddieJoe, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Exiled, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

draheim, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

flagmantho, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Seanibus, Sep 01, 2010
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.