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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana/clove/pepper, wheat, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana/clove/pepper, wheat, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and wheat tangon the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana/clove/pepper, wheat, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good and unique hefeweizen style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. Even with the use of Kolsch yeast, you still a nice amount of flavor complexity and balance; with subtle banana/clove notes due to the wheat malts. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is outstanding hefe type beer, different in that its slightly hoppy for the style, and that the yeast must have been fermented a little cooler, or its a more mild strain than normal, becuase that banana fruit thing is really mellowed out here, still there, but way subtle in comparison. orange hued beer, not as blonde as the industry standard, and far more clear too. a nose of grassy german hops and the yeast, with a really fresh wheat base. i always have in my head these beers are older when they show up here and make it home with me eventually, but this tastes really fresh, none of that dusty stale german thing. a slight spice even from the hops in the flavor, almost like some rye in there, dried and interesting, awesome. i like the hops in this, i like the body from the wheat, i like the dry but still somehow long flavorful finish. there arent many beers like this out there, and while i have loved everything i have had from these guys, this may be my favorite so far. a new take on traditional, i will be buying this again.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a tan/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, wheat and banana. Taste is sharp wheat, green apple, some banana. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not the flavor profile I would associate with this style, but a drinkable and decent beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2015.

Basic yellow-orange pour with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma is toasty and malty with grassy hops. Typical German brew.

Light and refreshing body meets the style

The taste has a nice German malt toasty character with a vibrant grassy hop finish. About as balanced as it can get for the style. Nothing great. Nothing bad. Just on target.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

What better way to celebrate ~18 hours of post-St. Patty's snow completely melting during a sunny Saturday afternoon than with a half-litre of hoppy hefe?

A - Pour to a boot reveals a darkish orange beer with some haze and plenty of rising carbonation bubbles. An off-white head retains nicely.

S - Crackery wheat, slight banana, some caramel sweetness, apple and various light citrus fruit.

T - Flavors a little more poppin' here, a decent balance is struck between hefe and hoppy but neither comes off very strongly. Some more banana bread presence, grainy wheat, pale malt, herbal and earthy hops, sugar cookie, some grape, a little bit of vanilla.

M - Good biggish body with decent carbonation. Light bitterness with a somewhat dry finish. Pretty easy drinking.

O - I wouldn't mind drinking this anytime, though it's on the plain side and doesn't really deliver anything too special. The hefeweizen side is decent, the extra hops don't add a whole lot. Still pretty tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Bottle date uncertain.

Classic amber body, red to brown, fairly opaque and some fine carbonation up on the rise, mostly of pin head sized bubbles but not excessive. Head comes up a little frothy settling with about three fingers of very light tan appearance, and clumping quite a bit with some good staying power. A dark weizen going on indeed.

Real nice soft and sweet aroma. Mild sensing brown sugar and a bit of mushy fruit. Large on the caramel action and coming out with even a touch of vanilla as well. Some tea like aromas round out as well interestingly with a sweet softness as well, very nice.

Palate comes a bit more subdued. Lighter malt body if a little wet. Some chalk like aftertaste but some of the classic chewy grain manages to come though. A very noticeable herbal to tea like bitterness on the finish but not overly large or excessive. Mixes well with some neutral grainy character, and bringing some more of that tea grass and herbality on on the palate.

Overall an interesting take, not a big ester brew either, kind of fun but not unfortuantely that remarkable but at least memorable.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Pours a huge, dense, frothy head. Sweet malt aroma with a slightly tart, fruity character. Slightly pale, burnt umber color, hazy from yeast. Starts with a nice, rich maltiness with lots of yeastiness. The middle is more and more malt with a touch of hops.There is a toasted malt quality that almost lends a caramel flavor. There is a nice, lingering hop bitterness.

I really, really like this one. It's not as fruity as a Bavarian hefe. The balance of the malt and hops is pretty much sublime.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

They claim this is the less-fruity Rhineland style rather than the typical Bavarian Hefeweizen. It's quite dry with barely a hint of malty sweetness. Faint grainy aroma with some perfumey notes.

Attractive clear light amber color with a luxuriant foam in the Aventinus Weissbier glass. Sediment seems very tight. Bitter murky twang. A touch of woody edge. Bitter aftertaste but not much actual hop flavor.

Quite drinkable but an austere variety of wheat beer. From the 500 ml bottle purchased for $5.69 at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Trappist Provisions during a last minute venture around the block. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. I'm always happy to try any new hefeweizens from Germany.

Pours a different color from the usual offering, with this one instead being a deep copper amber rather than a pale straw tone that is found commonly within the style. Contains a frothy head that never seems to fully dissipate no matter how long I let it sit around, as well as a generous amount of bubbles that are constantly rising to the top. Leaves behind some good lacing. Looks like a combination between a märzen, an altbier, and a hefeweizen if you ask me.

Not much of the classic flavors found in the style seem to make themselves noticeable in the aroma, however. There's immediate notes of caramel and toffee, and... Not much else, if you ask me. Some spices permeate, such as black pepper and light clove. Maybe some vanilla, or perhaps some honey. Caramelized in its flavor, and definitely filled with a bready, cracked wheat flavor that is stronger than usual. Toasted and grainy throughout, without too much of the yeast except for some apple/pear juggling. I'd love to see more banana notes on this, however. Underwhelming.

The flavor continues the bizarre flavor pattern, but at least I can say that it's pretty drinkable, at the very least. Notes of green apple, pears, and extremely light banana first wash the palate, followed by some of the black pepper and clove spices that were found earlier. Caramel is big on this one, as well as a caramelized sugar backbone. Quite bready in texture and flavor, with the wheat and toasted grain profile making up a lot of the flavor at the finish. While it's not very breezy or subtle with its flavors, it makes up for it with the undeniably funky, dry, and lightly smoky flavor that rises with each sip. It is, in a certain respect, appealing with its different flavor profile as well as actual resemblance to richly baked bread. It's at least very creamy and thick overall, and further accentuates the bready nature that it is aiming for. While it's a strange beer, it's worthwhile in the long run.

Talk about a brewery that pretty much breaks all the strictly regulated rules in German brewing - this is a hybrid, and definitely is not a traditional or popularized hefeweizen by any means. While it lacks complexity, it's still very rustic and highly food friendly - I paired this with sausage, a locally made baguette, and some blue cheese with kale to good results. Given the quality of the brewery's portfolio, I definitely expected more at $6, but it's not a bad offering. It will, however, upset those who are die-hard fans of the style as it provides very little with its yeasty profile but at least makes up for it in its peculiar and tasty maltiness.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange-amber with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, citrus, pine, and floral hops, lager yeast, bit of lemon zest and green fruity esters.

T - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, noble, citrus, pine, and floral hops, some smooth bitterness, some tart fruity esters, lemon zest, with a touch of spices.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, estery finish.

D - Nice hoppy take on a hefeweizen.

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Photo of cbutova
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A- 500ml bottle poured into a tall, slim glass with a clear light orange body, right between golden and amber. A nice creamy white head forms made up of a ton of really fine bubbles and about two fingers high. Head retention is good and there are a few nice patches of lace down the glass.

S- I really don't get that much, this one is even pretty faint compared to most Hefeweizens. Those important esters and phenols are mostly missing and I just pick up some light caramel, wheat and grains. Tiny citrus and vanilla.

T- The most striking thing about this beer to me is the lack of the banana, clove, ester and phenol dominance. It can be low but is almost non-existent for me and those are certainly the defining characteristics of this style. To me this tastes like a Pale mixed with a Hefe with light caramel, cracked grain, apple, citrus and wheat notes. Feels diluted and just lacking strong flavors.

MF- Light bodied overall consistency with foamy, high carbonation. Tiniest bitterness in the finish but more sweetness.

Really not a huge fan of much here. Nothing offensive but there is more apple/general light fruit here for me than any of the great esters and phenols that characterize this style.

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Photo of seand
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a fair amount of off-white head. The foam reduces to a solid blanket fairly quickly, but the blanket retains well and leaves lots of lacing.

S: A bit of wheat, but with lots of sweet malt and yeast.

T: Mildly sweet and somewhat grainy with a bit of wheat and yeast.

M: Medium creamy body, medium carbonation.

Overall, interesting, and pretty good. It's somewhere between a Belgian pale, a hefeweizen, and a cream ale. A decent hot day session beer.

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Photo of avalon07
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A slightly odd, acidic aroma of wheat and malt. Didn't have that typically sweet smell you get with a hefeweizen.

T: Tasted of malt, wheat and a little bit of the bubblegum quality you get in this style. A big problem here is that it's very thin and watery. The bubblegum is barely noticeable. It's simply not a well made flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a thin, watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer is kind of a misfire. It has some decent qualities, but ultimately misses the mark.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a half sized snifter showing a pale, wheaty gold coloring. A one finger head of creamy white bubbles topped the beverage, showing okay retention to leave a ghostly film across the top. Crisp waves of lacing jetted down the sides of the glass. There was a thick haze to it, with no sediment. Carbonation appeared even. The nose gave big wheat, phenolic clove, vanilla coolness, bready banana esters, bitterness of green banana peel, citric rind, and fresh apple fruitiness. Our first impression was that there was nice apple sweetness to the flavoring that was almost as robust as the wheatiness of it. As we sipped, granny smith apples, chalky wheat, mineral, and bittered yeast started things off. The middle peaked with grassy hop bite, freshly cut grassiness, muddy wheat, mineral, and coin. The finish came with more bitterness of lemon rind and clovey phenols to tame the wet wheatiness throughout. The aftertaste breathed of aromatic apple sweetness, that same wheatiness, mild bite of sweet alcohols, biting chalk, musk, and baby powder. The body was medium, and the carbonation was active and frothy. There was nice slurp, cream, and sip to the mustache, while the mouth as left dripping wet, with no dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the light sweetness to the flavoring. While there was a nice malt and wheat to it, with all the necessary notes of a hefe, there were additions of fresh and fruity sweetness of apple. This gave a fresh twist. The nose was curiously like a wheat wine, with strong grape, booze, and wheaty coolness. That said, things get a bit redundant by the end of the glass, as the wheat that is there remains boxed out, only to lose the heartiness of flavoring that kept the beer flowing.

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Photo of Philousa
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks fairly clear and golden with an amber hue towards the middle. Very creamy head sits a half a finger and sticks to the glass as you drink. Aroma is clean, like a German Marzen. It's malty, syrupy, and nutty. There is some spiciness with a big whiff, but you really have to look for it. This doesn't smell so much wheaty as sweet, like so many German lagers do to me. I also get some earthy, somewhat dirty hops. Not as bright as most lagers or ales of the region. The taste is strange. It's like a battle between Hefeweizen and German lager. I get some nuttiness and tartness then followed by a sweet syrupy flavor that can only be described as malt. There is a clean finish that is more lager than ale. By clean I mean that the flavors tend to dissipate and just leave you with a dry finish. Body is medium, which is lighter than I was expecting from this wheat beer.

This one is just confusing. I mainly dislike German lagers unless they're a Pils or a well balanced Maibock. The clean taste really threw me off, but it really made it drinkable, which is why the Germans love these beers. I'm mixed about it, but it's still not something I'd reach for without being prodded.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of fruity yeast and hints of clove.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of wheat and grainy malts and has slight hints of fruity yeast and clove.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little bland compared to other beers in the style but is nonetheless easy to drink. It seems like it could use some banana flavors to help offset the heavy amount of wheat.

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Photo of popery
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep, brownish orange with a big creamy white head. It's very cloudy. Plenty of yeast in this hefe. Unfortunately, the appearance is the strongest area for this beer.

I don't know if it's a question of freshness, shipping conditions or something similar, but the beer doesn't have the fresh grain flavors so necessary to the style. It smells a bit stale, and perhaps worse, there's just not much of interest. There's little in the way of hefeweizen aromas, maybe a tiny touch of spice. I'm getting a bit of citric hops. The strongest contribution is from the lightly caramel-ish malt. Otherwise, there's not much going on.

The flavor seems to have a little more wheat character, and it's rather refreshing, really. However, it's still a bit bland. It's pretty much just light caramel with light citrus. The mouthfeel helps out some. It's nice and creamy. Relatively low carbonation but a full mouthfeel for the abv.

Not bad but fairly disappointing compared to the kolsch. The beer is fine, but I don't really see the point. It's like they took a hefeweizen and removed the best parts. Plus, there are so many excellent light and refreshing beers in Germany that I'm not really sure where this fits in.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a amberish looking orange color with a thin head on top. The beer is cloudy like this style should be. The smell of the beer is fruity, very mellow though, nothing over the top. The taste of the beer I found to be very refreshing, It would probably taste even better on a hotter day. The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable. It went down very quick for me. Overall this beer is good, I enjoyed it, I would consider drinking it again some day.

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