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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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Padron4KM

Arizona

2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber w/ no bottled on or best before date.


Hazy golden straw, smallish head for a hefe, only two fingers high and rapidly dissipating.

Aroma is mildly banana and very light clove.

Flavor is mostly lemony with a slight spice finish.

I bought this because el jefe is my nickname, that's what I get for going for the gimmick. Probably wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 05:15:24 | More by Padron4KM
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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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czechsaaz

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of tart wheat aroma with subtle spiciness. (not banana/clove, more like yeast/estery.) Smells a little like dried apricots. No hops in the aroma, which is right for most wheat beers. Deep gold color and cloudy. Big head fades quickly leaving a small white head.

Tart start, in fact tart is dominant. Not off or infected, but this can happen with a good amount of wheat in the grist. Pretty nice malty finish but again, tart throughout. Very little hop flavor. Not a whole lot of spice either.

I had this at the brewery a week or so ago and was WAY more impressed than the bottle version. I'm a bit surprised that I don't really care for this beer. Will take notes at the brewery and review again. Could be an old bottle as wheat beers must be consumed fresh imo.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 00:18:31 | More by czechsaaz
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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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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-09-2012 00:33:59 | More by brendaniel
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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
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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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jnoelani

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-01-2014 01:37:55 | More by BESTIALEX
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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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EddieJoe

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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

California

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It was surprisingly clear for a Hefeweizen. The head was fizzy and dissipated quickly. The smell was quite yeasty and a bit alcoholic--reminded me a bit of La Fin du Monde. Taste was a bit odd. Some banana came through, most clearly in the aftertaste. It was not bad, but it was not good enough for me to really enjoy drinking it; so I had to mark it down for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 07:51:47 | More by PhiloPsych
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ssteakley

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:46:58 | More by ssteakley
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DeMaria


4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 08:28:50 | More by 1234Jack
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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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jclzony

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Pours a hazed light amber color with a buttery head that leaves a lacey ring. Aroma is aromatic and pleasant with a balance of banana and citrus. The appearance is somewhat hazy golden-colored body with a large. Fizzy with a slightly acidic tang that contains mild fruit flavors. Finishes with a dry taste and more hopped than a typical Hefe. A full bodied version of an American wheat with a mild banana and clove essence.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 22:37:07 | More by jclzony
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weizendoc

California

2.05/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber poured into a weisbierglas. Big frothy white head of at least 1.5 inches fills to the top. I don't really pick up much nose, maybe some hops.
First pull tastes faintly lemony or fruity in some way. Next I start smelling bathroom cleaner and, by goodness, I think I'm drinking the 'scrubbing bubbles'.
I poured out the remaining 2/3 of the bottle. This offering from Hale's falls far short of Widmer or Pyramid for sure. It's not even on the same scale as the Bavarians.
When I studied in Seattle in the early 1990's, Hale's Pale Ale was the first micro that I really, really liked. Bummer, El Jefe tastes like the boss of the janitors!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 06:33:21 | More by weizendoc
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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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Jak82


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-08-2012 06:15:04 | More by Jak82
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El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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