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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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jnoelani

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-16-2012 06:59:14 | More by jnoelani
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25%

08-15-2012 13:27:43 | More by sgttibbs
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dnorton222

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

07-26-2012 04:22:20 | More by dnorton222
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DeMaria


4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-20-2012 02:09:53 | More by DeMaria
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jmccraney

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-23-2012 04:38:21 | More by jmccraney
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hreb

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 03:27:28 | More by hreb
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kickerofelves

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-15-2012 05:04:52 | More by kickerofelves
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EddieJoe

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-30-2012 23:24:09 | More by EddieJoe
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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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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-09-2011 04:53:08 | More by Exiled
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draheim

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:54:59 | More by draheim
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 03:03:22 | More by flagmantho
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Seanibus

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 21:00:50 | More by Seanibus
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Ghenna

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 04:43:09 | More by Ghenna
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:25:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ggddaaee1

Oklahoma

2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:18:06 | More by ggddaaee1
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froghop

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 16:04:58 | More by froghop
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BeerSox

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 01:23:10 | More by BeerSox
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 19:30:17 | More by brentk56
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magictrokini

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 22:19:35 | More by magictrokini
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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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Dotcubed

Arkansas

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 23:19:04 | More by Dotcubed
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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
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.