Brewer's Alley Hefe-Weizen | Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the lightest style of weizen beer. The grist contains a large portion of wheat, which lends a distinctive note to the malt body and aroma. This style is traditionally unfiltered and can have significant haze and cloudiness. Also, it has been brewed with a traditional Bavarian weizen yeast, which gives it a pronounced clove and spicy character, as well as banana and bubblegum, and even some slight vanilla notes.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 28
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Brewer's. Beautiful hazy yellow/golden color with white head and decent lacing. Wonderful hefe wheat aroma, seems to be a touch of orange with the wheat. Flavor is excellent, good bready wheat base with some banana and I am still getting a touch of citrus orange. No bitter finish, very low IBU. Creamy, clean and smooth. Absolutely first class hefe, no experimentation here or weird adjuncts, just really nailed it.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unfiltered yellow beer, cloudy without much head or retention. Smells like nice wheat-malts with a small hint of lemon.

The taste is characterized not so much by its wheat malt, but more for its prominent lemon zest. The wheat malt is there and of course makes gives it the characteristic hefeweizen taste, but the lemon flavor is more memorable. Its a little Pinesol-like, which usually turns me off of beers like this, but for some reason it worked for this one. It has an interesting mouthfeel that can only be described as a zing. Maybe reminds me of lemonade even, but not nearly as tart. Overall, easy and clean, refreshing and a good example of the style.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Matt brought a growler of this over to the house a few weekends ago. Thanks!

This beer appears yellow and extremely hazy. There is a large head and generous amounts of lacing on the glass. Aromas are typical Bavarian hefeweizen: banana, clove, wheat. This beer is tasty and refreshing - ideal for hot summer weather. This is without a doubt one of the better German style hefeweizens brewed in the U.S. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be having it on a much more regular basis, now that I'm aware of it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer with lunch on this wonderful afternoon in Brewer's ally. I would recommend if you are in the area to swing by and check this place out. Its worth it.

Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and completely hazy. Forms a thin small head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass with moderate to low carbonation. Looks OK.

The aroma is dominated by bananas and some cloves. Smells awesome. A perfect beer for a hot Saturday afternoon.

Beer is sweet and has nice banana esters throughout the mouth. Its not bready or bitter from the wheat at all, but overall a very interesting beer. I ended up purchasing an entire growler of this so I could share it with a friend. A great find and a great buy.

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Photo of mpyle
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was a little worried when it arrived at my table with no head whatsoever. Straw colored and very cloudy.

Aroma was subdued - some of the traditional clove/banana aromas were evident, not not the striking aroma of a good example.

Taste matched the aroma in being subdued - almost like halfway between a true German Hefe and an American Wheat beer. No hops, and a bit of the bready wheat malt character.

MF was as expected - moderate body and probably a slightly underdone carbonation for the style.

Definitely drinkable, but BA has many better beers. My brother had an IPA or APA that had nice hop flavor, and generally was better than this Hefe.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub. A few sips of ksak's pint forced me to get one for myself.

A: The hefe is a golden straw color, hazed over completely. A half a finger of head, barely a wisp after after a few minutes. Oh yeah, they didn't serve it with a lemon (didn't even ask if I wanted one), a big plus to Brewer's Alley.

S: The nose has a strong whiff of banana and clove right off the bat, sweet and substantial. After the sweetness, wheat adds some tartness and pale malts add a breadiness. A decent aroma for an American hefe.

T: Again, a good hefe flavor. The banana and clove flavors are rich and light, starting things off right. Wheat follows with a bit of a zing. Fast on the trail of the wheat is a pale graininess that is just a little too strong, resulting in my only knock on the beer. Bananas and more wheat coalesce near the finish to lend a lasting sweetness to the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is fruity and smooth; a mild carbonation allows flavors to linger. A hefeweizen that tastes like a hefeweizen should.

D: A very quaffable weizen, light and flavorful enough to enjoy. I wish that I had had more time to get through Brewer's Alley's beers.

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Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= cloudy deep gold with a slight orange hue, little carbonation.

S= heavenly, very nice slightly musty Hefe scent with citrus and malts.

T= delicious, slightly thick for a Hefe, light lemon and very apparent banana.

M= fairly clean although a bit tart.

D= wish I'd had time to have a few more on tap, great, should be a big wow for most Hefe fans (other than those who prefer a more light Blue Moon or something).

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded golden. A small white head leaves some trailing lace.

The smell is very much of banana. There's a hint of clove. The banana is strong.

The taste is of banana with a touch of clove. Sweet with a touch of sour and a slight wheat tang. Banana really stands out. Sweetness becomes refreshingly dry in the finish.

Smooth and crisp - light bodied, though not thin. Effervescent carbonation.

This is a nice American Hefe. Very banana-ey and very drinkable.

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Photo of oneeyedhoolie
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was pretty decent. I had it at lunch at Brewers Alley then went and got a tattoo done so it's hard to remember all the technical stuff. I would have liked to have it in a Weiss glass but it came in a pint. C'est la vie. I liked this beer and found it quite drinkable. It had a decent nose on it and it had the required clovy/banana-ie (is that a word?) taste. One thing though, it had absolutely no head. With Hefe's, it has to have head. I'd definately have it again but might take a weiss glass and ask them to pour it in that. It might give it a better appearance. Anyways, a good, drinkable beer. Not the best Hefe I'm ever had (just a hint, it's a drinking monk), but definately better than the majority I've tasted, especially the American ones.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewer's Alley- Hefeweizen

Appearance- Hazy/ cloudy whitish yellow with a thick billowy head.
Smell- light wheat/ yeast. Slight banana/ clove aroma, very faint.
Taste- Big wheat flavor with a lighter touch of the banana/ clove. Big flavor that held up on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- thick and flavorful. The taste was the same from first sip to last. Nice.

Overall- my first beer from Brewer's Alley and definitely a good one. Maybe not THE best Hefe in the world but 1 of the best I've tasted!!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pt from the tap. Server in a Pint Glass, not what I expected or wanted.. Hefe Glass please!.. The head was nothing! Very strange for a hefe. I will assume it was the bar keep and her expert pour. The liquid was yellow, Cloudy and average carbonation.

The smell was week and hard to get a fix. Mostly just Yeast and wheat.

The taste was good, Some banana, some clove mostly wheat. No zing pow. But better then a lot in the USA.

Mouthfeel was thin, but beerlike. Good but not a standout.

Drinkability is good, but I did not want to bring home a growler. This beer is drinkable as it is not offensive, kind of plain, The American way. MK

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Photo of beertravel
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had ordered a CC IPA, but they just ran out, so I decided on the Hefe with my meat loaf dinner. The nose was of citrus and spice and I'm glad they served it sans lemon. The brew was cloudy and full of yeast, just as I like it and was not overpowering in the banana-clove department. A nice refreshing beer to go with a good meal. Good job!

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Photo of Higravity
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far their best beer. They use the right yeast and Tom does a decoction that really takes this beer to the next level. This is everything it should be a not much it shouldn't. Striaght from a new keg after problems adjusting the pressure I finally got me a pour. I had already had a few of their other offerings, but with some heartburn setting in I was switching to a lighter beer.

The beer poured rough but who cares it was a nice golden cloudy white head overflowing delight. Full of yeast and lots of lacing, was I in Germany? The nose was terrific, full of bannanas and meet back with a clove spice and a maltyness lingering. It was pure delight to drink this as it was all that I hoped for, a nice clean full malt flavor meet well by the yeast and phenolic bannana-clove punch. Subtle as a knife you don't see until it is in your ribs. I could drinnk this all day, enough said.

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