El Jefe Weizen Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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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
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
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
I bought a bomber of El Jefe while traveling in western Washington. Poured in to a weizen glass.
Pours a pale gold color and is hazy, with a little yeast residue in the glass. Many bubbles are seen rising through the beer. A rich, foamy white head forms, and is very resilient.
The smell is strong, sweet and fruity. There is a soft fruit aroma of pears and apples, Also a bit of spice aroma like cinnamon.
The taste is nice, a traditional clove and banana flavor, with a little bitterness with it.
Mouthfeel is light and dry. There is a bit of a dry paper feel to it.
A very drinkable and authentic tasting hefe. I would have this again, and I'd love to try it on tap.
09-09-2007 23:21:08 | More by RJLarse
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
Served from a growler into a shaker glass.
A- Poured a bright hazy golden color with white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.
S- Pretty traditional aroma of bubblegum, clove, and banana. Although not a very strong aroma.
T- Big bubblegum notes, banana, and clove. Pretty balances and traditional flavor profile.
M- Light bodied, prickly carbonation, and a slightly watery finish.
O- A very traditional tasting hefeweizen that does not differentiate itself much from others in the style. A little more body and aroma would have been nice, but a nice easy drinking beer.
01-27-2014 09:09:33 | More by Hoptometrist
3.38/5 rDev -6.1%
Mr. Jefe pours a rather clear Hefe-weizen. There was not much carbonation as the head disappeared rather quickly.
The smell was good as I got a hint of bananas from the odor.
The beer had less body in regards to taste as it was light like a lager.
The mouthfeel was all around but was a little to feather like.
It went down nice especially on this hot day.
08-03-2007 02:26:28 | More by cswhitehorse
3.43/5 rDev -4.7%
Appearance- Reasonably cloudy gold/yellow with a decent, but not great white head. Head settles out VERY quickly, leaving no lace.
Aroma- Good, clean, failry sour aroma. Smells of fresh lemons. Not much in the way of banana or clove. Smells very tart. Hmmm...
Taste- Tastes fare more interesting than it smells. Fairly sour and tart with a bite at the back of the throat. Lots of green apple in the aft-taste. Hint of banana and clove. Not as much as some hefes. Kind of spicey for a hefe, but it's not unpleasant. Missing some things I expect in a hefe, but it's interesting enough to where I wouldn't mind trying another one.
Mouthfeel- Medium body for hefe, but not as chewy as you might expect. Good carbonation level. Nice CO2 bite.
Drinkability- Very refreshing. Still lacks something I expect in a hefe, including the clove and banana. But I would definately give this a whirl.
01-13-2007 02:41:50 | More by theopholis
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours a very light yellow with white haziness. The head pours about a 1 inch thick creaminess, as the session progresses it turned into lacing at best. The smell is of light grain, the yeast is buttery and biscuity, hints of lemon cloves, a spring run through a forest. The taste has a specific belgian yeast characteristic that I love, citrus lingerings with a banana finish. The grains are noticable but not overbearing. Very nice with a salad or during lunch, light enough to keep you going. Very nice.
09-25-2005 04:09:41 | More by beertaster13
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
El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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