El Jefe Weizen Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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2.23/5 rDev -38.1%
Purchased from BevMo in Sacramento ("Beverages...More than we can sell"?) Not too impressive, a dissapointment from a good brewery. Hazy, but oxidized looking, leaving no lace, and indeed the foam disappeared before too long. Boring and thin, undercarbonated, with no real flavor virtues that I look for in the style. No clove or banana, but I can't take points off for that because it's not a German wheat, it's American. Under-attenuated. Sweet and sticky, not over the top but just enough to make it unappealing. I don't know if it's an old bottle or not--no date on the bottle. Two of us had trouble finishing just one bottle. The mild hops are one of the only things we enjoyed. This would not be refreshing on a hot day, so I can't say this fits the style very well. Sorry Hales, better luck next time.
04-19-2007 04:11:28 | More by rayjay
2.6/5 rDev -27.8%
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.
02-02-2007 05:15:24 | More by Padron4KM
2.8/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
09-06-2005 00:18:31 | More by czechsaaz
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
07-03-2008 01:53:39 | More by bosco7
3.6/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-28-2009 21:21:04 | More by pinotboy007
2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
08-04-2008 23:19:04 | More by Dotcubed
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
2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
07-01-2007 07:51:47 | More by PhiloPsych
3.24/5 rDev -10%
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.
10-03-2013 03:46:58 | More by ssteakley
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
3.15/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
07-24-2007 22:37:07 | More by jclzony
2.05/5 rDev -43.1%
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!
03-30-2006 06:33:21 | More by weizendoc
2.17/5 rDev -39.7%
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.
08-11-2009 03:18:06 | More by ggddaaee1
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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