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Summertime Wheat - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 07-08-2006)
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Photo of wagenvolks
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Summertime Wheat pours like a good Hefeweizen should--cloudy, with a hazed peach-orange body and a fervent carbonation level that supplies the spittle-white head. The rye adds an interesting, spicy dimension to the aroma, while signature Hefe yeast notes of banana and clove dominate the bouquet. Sweet mandarin orange makes an appearance as well.

The rye REALLY works for the flavor, adding a rich, dry spiciness to the palate that blends well with the sweeter, creamier wheat notes. Lots of tropical fruit notes, too--papaya, banana, and a hint of orange cremesicle. Mouthfeel is significantly carbonated, so much so that it detracts somewhat from the flavor. Light-bodied and refreshing otherwise. All in all, Summertime Wheat is a tasty American Hefeweizen with a nice twist. Might have to try homebrewing a rye hefe sometime myself.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with lots of little bubbles. Very thin, white foam head forms on top and quickly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S - Big aroma of banana, clove, and a little bubble gum. Smells like your typical Hefe.

T - Very plain tasting hefe. A light spiciness initially quickly overcome by yeasty tastes of banana and clove. The banana lingers through the remainder of the drink. Finishes with a light sweetness and hints of wheat.

M/D - Light bodied, even a little thin. Very crisp. Not a bad hefe at all, just very middle of the road.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/24/2007 (bottle):

Pours a humungous white foamy head, with good lacing. Body is golden cloudy, light yellow in color, fizzy. Has a very malty aroma, but very light, not too strong. Has a malty sweet taste. Light, straw, maybe clove. Alright but watery, weakish.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Wheaty, tangy nose with notes of sliced lemons and bananas spiced with freshly-ground cloves.

Taste: Tangy malted wheat with the customary, complimentary side flavors of banana, lemon, clove, and even vanilla all make an appearance. Middling sweetness throughout. Light hop character and bitterness. Meager spicy rye component. Dry, lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Summertime, and the drinking is easy.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a cloudy light pale color with almost no head and well below average carbonation. Smells of floral hops and very light malts. First sip is sweet and perfumy like with a very light malt backbone. Very light bodied, lightly hopped. Somewhat under carbonated. Bitter finish.

Photo of hwwty4
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to assurbanipaul for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a hazy orangish amber with a 1 inch white head that quickly disappeared and left no lacing. The aroma is rather weak. Just a hint of clove and nutmeg come through on the nose. The taste is different though. The oddly overwhelming flavor I get from it is pineapple. Also clove, nutmeg, banana, really all the traditional Hefe flavors with a splash of pineapple. There is also a mildly acidic after taste. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Like with most wheat's, it's hard to knock the drinkability of it because its a wonderful thing on a warm summers day.

Photo of midaszero
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear dull gold color with tiny bit of white head and no lacing

S - Banana,cloves, and wheat

T - Kind of bland malty taste with some wheat mixed in

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - I'd pass on this one, while not the worse hefeweizen I've ever had it is towards the bottom

Photo of Atlas1
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My hometown brewery seems to be doing pretty well. I am a fan of the Bucking Bock. Now I'll give the Summertime Wheat a try.

Appears a pretty golden color. Cloudy oranges and yellows swirled together shine bright when held up to the natural light of the window. A white foamy head emerges after a vigorous pour but dissipates quickly into a thin film over the beer. The nose is light and fruity. Citrus, banana, apple, a hint of spice (maybe cinnamon, maybe clove) impart a pleasant feeling when you lift the glass to your nose. The taste doesn't quite deliver with the same gusto. Nice and wheaty, with some fruit and spices here too, but thinner than expected. A bit watery but with a tart and tangy aftertaste. Certainly not bad, but not great. Mouthfeel is, again, watery at times, but crisp and refreshing.

A totally quaffable summertime beer. I wouldn't hesitate to reach for this if I was headed to an outdoor barbeque or a day at the lake. Would go great with some grilled chicken or even a nice hot bratwurst.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in trade from Texindy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a smallish white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of spicy yeast and a bit of banana. Bready sweet malt in the background. Taste is as would be expected from a hefe. The spicy yeast esters dominate, throw in some faint lemon and banana. A bit watery body, sweet sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, not great but I could down several of these on a hot summers day.

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small white head that quickly goes away and leaves very little lacing.

S- Banana and cloves jump right out at me. Also maybe a grassy or yeasty smell.

T- Not too bad. More on the sweet side than the bitter. Starts out with a grassy taste, then goes into a fruity taste lemons and bananas and then finishes with just a touch of spice.

M- Medium in body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty smooth and chewy. Easy to drink on a hot day.

Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my UFO glass. A two finger head bubbles up and sits upon a cloudy gold liquid. A nice touch of lacing here and there as I drink, with light carbonation visible.

Smell is lemony with a hint of banana. A faint astringency in there somewhere. Wheat malt sweetness underlying it all.

Taste is more lemon and wheat malt. Sour apple comes next with a light hop bite. Banana in the finishing notes with a bit more sourness. Light and clean with a drying astringency left on the palate.

Light mouthfeel and creamy carbonation makes for a nice experience.

Good drinkability. Easy to session.

Thanks to Stumac for this one. A good hefe. One to enjoy and be refreshed by.

Photo of JDV
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours light gold with short lived white head. Smell is just like every other hefeweizen with the clovey spiced smell. Taste however is actually quite unique, but not in a great way. Taste is sweet, watery, and bright lemony, with very low carbonation and almost no bitterness. Thin and watery, with a bit of clove taste, but not as strong as many hefeweizens. This is a different hef for sure. I'm not a fan of the style, but this may be worth trying just in that it is unique...Tastes like what I expect a bad homebrewed hef would be like.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold, slightly hazy with a thin creamy head. Maybe I poured it wrong.

S - Banana aroma dominates.

T - Light and crisp. Starts off malty sweet, the banana flavors replace it.

M - Well carbonated.

D - This is a great Texas summer time beer. There's not much aftertaste, but still loads of flavor. Extremely drinkable. I just wish I didn't have to drive an hour and a half to buy it!

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into my weizen glass. It was a hazy golden color with tons of carb. It had a massive head that slowly settled into a constant 3/16" foam. The smell was standard hefe with cloves and medium overripe bananas but was kinda weak. The taste was also standard hefe but again sorta weak and watered down. Overall an above average beer but with so many great hefes out there this one won't see a regular spot in my rotation. (3.5, RB, T, O)

Photo of HotterThanHell
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was sent to me by my good buddy TTU94 from big D in Texas.

First of all, love the story behind the brewery. The beer however is not quite there if your talking true Bavarian Wheat Ale.

The color is spot on and got me a bit excited as I poured into my pint glass. The head was thin and dissipated rapidly with no lacing to speak of.

The smell had the Bavarian standard of banana and cloves, but was a bit on the light side.

The taste however is where I felt the beer has some room for improvement. The overall qualities of a Bavarian Wheat are present but they are all in minimal quantities. Comparing to other Bavarian Wheats, I would have to say that it is slightly below average.

Having said that, I still liked it enough that I could see myself in Dallas in a few weeks with TTU94 drinking a case or two.

Just so you don't think I'm bashing a Texas beer, I graduated from Tech. Go Big Red!

Photo of schoolcb
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Rahr's summertime seasonal hits the spot on a hot humid summer day like today.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a nice head, but is not over the top flavor wise like a typicle heffeweizen (close to an american wheat) with a hint of rye in the flavor.

Normally drink my beers warmer, but had 4 pints at 29 Degree Tavern in Ft. Worth this afternoon, and the cold beer on a hot day was perfect. Would highly recommend this beer (and the tour at the brewery itself for that matter).

Photo of roblowther
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden color with a thin head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. What more could you ask for in this style? The smell is lemongrass and oranges. A note of candi sugar tops it off perfectly. Its like those little elaborate hats that women wear to English weddings. Wow. The taste is just phenomenal! Warm malt, crisp citrus, and a whole lotta gimme some more of that. The mothfeel is creamy with a bit of tang at the end. None too shabby. This is definitely a beer I could have more of. Except the brewery just rang last call. Oh well, there's always next week!

Photo of bleeng
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We finally got the 2007 batch down here in Houston. I picked up a 2006 sixer a few weeks ago (unfortunately there is no born-on or drink-by date on their beers) and it was well past it's drink-by date.

Pours hazy yellow with a thick, white head that dissappates as it is drank. Nose is more typical of a German Hefeweizen rather than a typical American wheat. Tastes similar to Live Oak but not as much flavor, body and mouthfeel. Basically a Live Oak junior brother-but that's going up against some stiff competition. Very refreshing as an afternoon starter, especially with the temps hitting the mid-90's here. This will be in my fridge all summer.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow orange / really hazy / mild head

Really tart almost sour creamy sweet wheat undertones

So sweet and creamy / spicy and crisp / herbal spices and floral European-style hops / lemon or orange zest / finishes dry and powdery

Medium bodied / creamy smooth / very carbonated

Couldn’t easily image a better wheat beer. This is one of my all time favorite beers. It is really sweet and has the absolutely perfect balancing tart hops.

Photo of BeerZack
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with floaties and miniscule head. (The floaties appear to be the only evidence that this clear brew is unfiltered.)

Faint banana with yeast and spice.

Tastes like a watered down Hefe-weizen.

Feels like drinking water... this is way too light, not one that I will be buying again.

Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed about 6 months ago, but just posting now. Thanks to assurbanipaul for this one ala BIF33.

Pours a half finger of off-white head consisting of tiny foamy bubbles. Sun-bleached straw colored liquid that carries a dark shadow due to the super-murkiness imparted by the yeast I swirled and dumped in. Smells clovey and wheaty with very strong yeast. Straw and some dirty hops (tettnanger?).

Tastes wet and fruity with a nice countering clove. Flat wheat serves as a base my tastebuds use to make excursions into the other qualities. Upon the swallow a delicious orange flavor erupts, which may be a hop flavoring. This is delicious…which means a lot coming from me (wheat beers are far from my favorite style). Finish dries, partly due to a mild carbonation sting and gentle acrid on the tastebuds. A very simple flavor profile that is well balanced and complimentary. The bottle mentions rye as an ingredient and, with searching, I think I pick some up in the aftertaste. Subtle and not edgy like I would normally expect. For me, banana characteristics are nearly absent, which is contrary to what the bottle says I should expect. Banana *is* present as one of several fruity esters and is accompanied by a nearly equal vanilla. I get stronger orange and cantaloupe esters than I do banana.

Mouthfeel was md-light and carbonation was a bit more than I would have liked. I swirled to dissipate some of the carb and the beer was much improved. Also, the last bit in the glass had warmed quite a bit by the time I got to it and the banana characteristics had become much more prominent. Nearly as dominant as the wheat quality.

Photo of beerdiablo
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rahr's new summertime seasonal hits the spot as a quaffable and repeatable experience.

Not the technicolor tastebud experience like that of Live Oak's Hefeweizen, Rahr's is smoother with the spice, letting one enjoy conversation and relaxing as this is a great beer for outdoor sports, like say barbecueing.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

A: Hardly any head on the pour at all, even with a fairly rapid pour. Left minimal lacing on the glass. Looks more like a pale ale than a hefe weizen in the glass as far as color and clarity go.

S: Nice blend of wheat malt with a good amount of honey and banannas as well.

T & M: Great balance of wheat flavor combined with honey, banannas and just a hint of alcholol towards the middle to end of the sip that nicely rounds things out. The mouthfeel is fairly light, but certainly not watery. Obviously, since this is a summer brew, this is a good thing for the style.

D: A damn fine drinkable beer. I remember having this on tap back in the summer, and it tasted awesome! Actually, it's 60 degrees right now in Central Texas as I write this, and I just got finished working out. A great tasting thirst quenching brew that goes down easy yet is still complex enough to be interesting. Next summer, this will be (besides Sam Adams Summer Ale) one of my staple brews.

Note: As for the lack of head, I'm wondering if it's due to the beer being a little out of date.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the color of lemon-honey coughdrops and produces a modest but tenacious white head. Smells of light clove, banana, pepper, light phenols, and lemon very slightly as the beer warms. Very fragrant, reminiscent of wit. Taste is a simple citrus and wheat combo with the sharp edges blunted by very subtle yeast phenols. Watery mouthfeel is saved by amzingly fine and soft carbonation. Drinkability is high. One of the better american wheats I've had.

Photo of Morris729
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a thin white head that soon fades into a wispy lace. Nose is wheat with some faint notes of ripe banana in the background. More of the wheat in the taste along with some clover honey and a bit of peppery spice with some citrus rind in the finish. I could drink a sixer of this with no problem.

Summertime Wheat from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.