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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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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-18-2012 05:08:06 | More by MacStinson
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

12-03-2012 16:44:26 | More by Braz
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Jak82


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-08-2012 06:15:04 | More by Jak82
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-21-2012 05:50:04 | More by twelveinches
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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%

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.

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%

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
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flagmantho

Washington

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
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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

California

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
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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
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ggddaaee1

Oklahoma

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
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froghop

Washington

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
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BeerSox

Virginia

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
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pinotboy007

Virginia

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
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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