El Jefe Weizen Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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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
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a green colored crown cap. Single lime-green label has a picture of a Colonel Sanders type figure complete with white hair and a black hat. Labeled as El Jefe Weizen Ale, a rather cheesy name play I have to say. The Boss has no listed strength or Best Before Date.
Appearance: Glad I used my Erdinger Weissbräu tall glass because the luscious white head positively raced up the glass sides and filled it with a minimal amount of fluid. As it collapsed with an audible fizz the, rested white head soon returns to more logical proportions and sits atop a fused golden body. More milky, than clouded, yet held to the light the body soon exhibits a faded straw torso. Reasonable head retention, but time kills the white collar and the lack of lacing ultimately detracts.
Smell: Reigns soft fruits with freshly peeled bananas. Tartness licks its own back end with a long sharp tongue. Decent strength with a self-confident I know where Im going feel about it.
Taste: The first mouthful portrayed an average Hefe feel, but subsequent samples started to reveal a very fruity body, lots of tropical island fruits with some banana. Soft peaches and passion fruit mix with the wheat in the middle, but the finish has a little acidity and a citric pucker, maybe from the hops, who knows. Sweet fruity finish with vague hints of bubblegum in the latter quarter of the Bomber, but this has a solid ending.
Mouthfeel: Light airy body to start with, but closer inspection and a longer exposure to this one shows that it has a fulfilling Mouthfeel without ever dominating the traditional soft feel of Hefes. Carbonation is slick with a spritzy demeanor.
Drinkability: A solid Weizen with a fruity tropical dimension that really lends quaffability to what can otherwise be a rather boring style.
Overall: Picked this one at BevMo, with such a corny name I almost left it on the shelf but I figured I would give it a whirl. Im glad that I did, for this is a nice fruity angle on the American Hefeweizen.
03-12-2006 03:31:34 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-31-2007 15:05:11 | More by ArrogantB
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
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
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
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
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
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-13-2008 03:36:45 | More by JayQue
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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