Hefe "R" Weissen
Millstream Brewing Company

Hefe "R" WeissenHefe "R" Weissen
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #682
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
80
Ranked #47,601
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 10.32%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
52
From:
Millstream Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  5
SCORE
80
Good
Hefe "R" WeissenHefe "R" Weissen
Notes: Now this is a Hefeweissen made for Iowa! We took a little liberty with putting a twist on the name and making ours a Hefe"r"weissen to fit in the whole Iowa thing we have going on at Millstream Brewery.

While we took liberties and played with the name, we did not compromise on making a true German Hefeweizen. As with a Hefeweizen, ours is quite sweet and fruity, with a full body. Our yeast produces the unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves. It is very lightly hopped so it has little bitterness.

12 IBU
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 52 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by falloutsnow:
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falloutsnow from Illinois

2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass
Date: "July" is notched on bottle label, from July 2012

Millstream's hefeweizen comes across like a bad homebrew version of the style: it's not appealing to look at, it's missing most of the expected aromas (and really any interesting scent at all), and tastes fairly mediocre. One I would not bother with locating or trying again.

Pours a 0.5cm cap of white foam that dissipates extremely rapidly, leaving no lace at all. Body is an opaque golden orange color, with light bringing out the pale orange-yellow tones. Carbonation is nonexistent through the haze of the body. About the only thing that would detract the score further would be the presence of floaties.

Aroma is primarily of muddied yeast with bread-like malt scents. I don't detect anything I would consider banana, phenolic, or remotely hefeweiss-like in this beer: it smells like bread dough that's been sitting out for a bit too long.

Opening flavor is of bread dough, which by mid-palate is modified slightly to include a bit of very mild banana flavor and some mineral qualities that are probably from the water. Back of palate picks up a bit of a bit of tartness alongside the continued yeasty bread dough and banana flavors. Lingering aftertaste of yeast and dough, not particularly exciting.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied, with low carbonation, which produces a slightly sluggish and watery mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Nov 12, 2012
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance : Apple juice colored body, 70% opaque, no head.

Smell : Lots of burnt and stale malts. A little bit of wheat and some coriander behind it faintly. With imagination a bit of torched blackened banana peel can be nosed.

Taste : Thankfully much better than the smell and look. Some toasted malts (lightly scorched) on the front, followed by a touch of wheat, and finishes delectably on marshmallow and banana creme notes. The finish is what makes this beer good.

Feel : Buzzing with carbonation, light to medium bodied, with a slight creaminess, ending with a slight parch.

Overall : A subpar Hefeweizen - but a welcome beer compared to some of the atrocities I've had lately. I wouldn't buy it or try it again, but it's better than other Americanized Hefeweizens.

Oct 08, 2015
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date

Another road beer picked up near the interstate, a random grab from a random hippy co-op. I don't remember buying this, but glad to - as it's my only souvenir from Iowa. Looks like piss, but with less head... Delicious smell: all sweet candy and gum. Taste has some spicy hop and a healthy dollop of Bazooka gum.

Heavy on the bubblegum, hefe. I'm eating pickled onions with this and reconsidering my life. Recommended

May 01, 2019
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morimech from Minnesota

3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This has to be one of the least attractive hefeweizens I have experienced. Slightly hazy but not bright. Head that disperses in a hot minute leaving no lacing. Aroma is nice of wheat, banana, and cloves. Flavor drops off. Very sweet with little yeast influence. Just a sweet wheat beer. Light body with poor carbonation. Just too fizzy. A very mediocre beer.

Jun 21, 2020
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fflopps from Iowa

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

May 03, 2020
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy golden-orange body, with minimal head. Good lacing however.
Appealing nose of banana, pear and clove.
Taste follows suit with banana, clove, and (guess what) pear. Relatively large dough flavors, with some slightly sour yeast notes. Mushy banana aftertaste. Not bad, but nothing dazzling. Seems restrained.
Body is somewhat spritzy, but lacks substance. Thin, and not very creamy.
Not a beer I'd choose to consume in quantity, since there are alot of great hefeweizens around. This is far from the worst I've had, but equally far from the best.

Aug 27, 2002
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daledeee from Iowa

3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if this beer is from a farm state. Funny name

Poured this from the bottle rather aggressively and got no head. Color is bright yellow orange.

Nose is bread citrus and some spice. Might be hints of banana.

Taste is pretty true to hefeweisen. Nice yeast with citrus and spice. Very clean aftertaste.

Mouth feel is not carbonated enough.

Drinkability is still pretty good but carbonation would have raised the overall score quite a bit. With some work this could be a top hefeweisen. The taste is spot on.

Sep 09, 2010
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katan from Colorado

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Light white golden color - apparently from the very high amount of yeast suspension. Head formation is very strong, well retained. Bright white incolor.

S - A combination of some bready wheat notes with a lesser amount of banana and clove yeast notes. Esters are present, but perhaps not to the level of most hefes.

T - Starts off with some light wheat sweetness and a bit of hull-like astringency. Mid-stream hides the bitterness, and shows little hops. Only on the aftertaste does the esters, banana and clove, of the yeast shine through. Some almost bubblegum like tastes are present in the aftertaste.

M - Light body - carbonation is strong and biting however. No coating sensations. A bit of creaminess does hang around for a second.

D - Easily drinkable, as a hefe should be. ABV is low enough to be manageable.

A solid beer, but unfortunately nothing exception in the world of traditional German hefes.

Jul 31, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber with pale lemon edges and a pristine interior that indicates filtering. I hope the hefeweizen yeast character hasn't been filtered out (as in most kristalweizens). The snow white crown is neither attractive nor ugly, but somewhere in between. Acceptable foam persistence and a decent amount of sudsy lace help the cause.

Cloves are barely detectable and there are no banana esters either. Nor is there much wheatiness goin' on. Hell, there isn't much emanating from the glass at all. Is this a true hefe or is it a pale wheat? Warming pulls the nose, kicking and screaming, up to average.

One sip is all it takes to confirm that Hefe Weissen isn't simply Windmill Wheat with a new label. While I couldn't appreciate fruit and spice in the first few sniffs, the flavor profile is much closer to where it needs to be. This isn't an outstanding effort, but it ain't half bad either.

The barley and wheat malt backbone is just about right in terms of heft. Sweetness and bitterness are pretty closely matched, with spiciness nipping at their heels. This offering definitely isn't bland. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.5/4.0 and the clove esters are warm and mildly pungent.

Mouthfeel is a tough call. The underlying light creaminess is nice, but the harshness of the bubbles isn't. The fact that they're settling down as the ounces pass is the main reason why the score ends up where it does.

Millstream Hefe Weissen (label)/Hefeweissen (website) is pretty good, pretty drinkable beer. Although it's nowhere close to scaring the Bavarians, it's a nice option for those Iowans who prefer local products. Guaranteed freshness is nothing to sneeze at.

Jul 07, 2008
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mynie from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Millstream's Wheat is pretty bland, but John's White is consistent and solid enough that I was really surprised they shelved the pilsener for a Hefe. But then I checked out their website and saw that the hop shortage was to blame, but they still wanted to come out with a summer seasonal.

Pours great into a Hefe glass. Maybe a little dark for the style--not quite the sunshine golden you get from a perfect hefe pour--but there's still a wonderful head.

Smells like your usual suspects. Strong wheatmalt with large nodes of white pepper and cloves and just a wee little hint of citrus. Not quite as ballsy or complex as some of the more stellar hefes, but pretty damn good nonetheless. No off nodes.

The mouthfeel is a bit off. Great hefes are smooth all the way through, this one's kind of fizzy at the back. But that's my only complaint, really. This is yet another solid offering from Millstream.

Jun 12, 2008
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TheDeuce from New York

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Millstream Heffer-weizen in a bottle

Appearance-pale gold color with a cloudy hazy complexion. Light one finger head.

Smell-a little of the hazy spice and malt, spice and alcohol, a little banana peel.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, breaded malts and a watery feel, banana spice mixed with wheat. Alcohol fairly hidden, lots of carbonation and flavors are strong. Finishes relatively clean with a last note of light spice and malt.

Overall-Passable, not a true standout. Better versions out there.

Oct 30, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the dumbest label art i've ever seen.

Poured into a tulip glass with all the yeast sediment with it's B vitamin goodness. Murky opaque/dull orange, fading into canary yellow at it's edges.

Skunky hops at first, which seem out of place. Later it's more of the expected banana and clove notes, with some creamy sweetness as well.

The odd hops come through briefly in the flavor, but are similarly steamrolled by the more dominant notes of wheat, sweet banana creme pie, and light spicy clove. Sweetness is brief, and it finishes clean with a pleasant aftertaste. Fairly quenching, a little dry after the swallow. Overall a good hefe, the faded hops are distracting though.

Aug 24, 2010
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second of 4 Millstream brews I received in a trade with Badbeer, thanks a lot!

A-Amber hued golden yellow. Clear, none of the haze that I expect with a hefe. Thin bright white head last for a bit and then fades away to a thin ring leaving spotty lace.

S-A bit of banana and bubblegum. No clove spiciness at all. Wheat malt biscuity aroma barely present. Nice but lacking.

T-While the aroma is a bit lacking the flavour is much closer to where it needs to be. Initial sweetness with fruity esters is followed quickly by a nice sharp bitterness from some clove elements and a touch of hops. Hints of lemony citrus in the background.

M-Light bodied and fairly crisp and refreshing. One thing puts it off though....it is too carbonated which gives it a harsh feel. I would appreciate a softer feel with more emphasis on the bite from the clove and hops.

D-Regardless of the carbonation I found myself liking this beer. Another surprisingly good beer from this small Iowa brewery. If they could soften this up a bit I would be sold.

Aug 17, 2008
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Handy50322 from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Sep 23, 2012
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Dec 29, 2013
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barleywinebrewer from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to hero27 for the chance to try this neat beer. another rainy day, another barbeque, another wheat. A trend if you read my reviews in my sequence, pointless notes otherwise. A nice golden color with a white head. Very light wheat notes dominate. Light bodied, summer session beer. I'd be curious to try this on tap if I'm in the Iowa area.

Aug 11, 2008
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a hazy, straw-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It smelled of banana, clove and wheat. Nice wheat flavor, mild banana and clove notes.

Aug 16, 2017
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Contagion from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

There is a nice golden honey color to it. It is cloudy, light passes through it easily enough, you just can't see through it clearly. When poured there is a good half inch white head that rapidly dissipates to a thin head and then to nothing.

The smell is a very discernible combination of banana and cloves like most hefe weissens. There are some other subtle scents to it, but I wasn't able to accurately identify any of them. However the combination is reminiscent of pear. The taste is a pleasant mix of banana and cloves. It's not overpowering like I've tasted in other hefe weissens. This is a very pleasant combination that is pleasing to the tongue.

It is a light bodied beer that slips past the tongue, there is no mouth coating at all. It is very easily drunk. This is a perfect hot summer day beer. It's easy to drink and palatable.

Aug 14, 2008
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gmfessen from Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear (relatively) golden color with a non-existent head. The nose is slightly sweet and fruity but lacks any of the standard hefe phenols, banana or clove smells. There is a slight hint of the phenols in the flavor, light banana and clove sensations do come through a little. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a minimal carbonation which has a smooth feel. Overall a drinkable beer, not bad tasting but very underwhelming. My bottle is labeled as the "Hefe Weissen" not the "R" as it now is so I'm guessing I could be drinking an older beer. The side of the label has June notched off, but there is no year so this could be from last year or even previous. I hope that a fresher version would be much more impressive.

Jul 20, 2009
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from LordofTime25, Thanks Tyler!

12oz bottle swirled and served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy yellow color with a small white head that went away after a few minutes despite the constant rise of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - yeast and lemon aromas is what I got.

T - the yeast and lemon are in the taste as well.

F - light/medium body with mild carbonation.

D - it goes down easy.

Nov 05, 2008
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giblet from Ohio

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite yummy. had this at the brewery and in the bottle afterward. nice color, slight cloudiness. good head and steady carbonation. nice flavor of wheat with a little bit of citrus. decent amount of lace down the glass. this is a pretty darn good beer from an unusual brewer. this brewery is in a small german town of amana. nestled in central Iowa... cool.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Jul 21, 2008
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tayner from Arizona

3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle courtesy of BuckeyeNation.

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered tan color with a white frothy head that doesnt last long.

Smell is ripe banana, clove, and lighter fruit, maybe pear.

Taste is strong on the over-ripe banana with a hint of clove. not picking up much of the pear aroma in the taste. There is a husky aftertaste as well.

This one is light to medium in the mouthfeel, not much to dry the palate.

It does not finish crisp or clean which for me makes it tough to drink. I would not choose this one again although it was not horrible at all, just not at the top of the style, and with so many choices this would not be mine.

Jun 01, 2008
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Vixie from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange when held up to the light, and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation. Forms a pretty good sized white head that soon reduces to about a half inch of head.

Smell is bready, good amount of yeast and malt.

Starts out fruity, kind of lemon like. There is a hint of banana and clove as well, the downside is a bit of a funky flavor at the back, probably from the hops.

Feel is good, the carbonation adds a lot of tingling.

A decent wheat beer, but a bit short of the really good ones. What keeps this from from being better to me is the finish and the aftertaste. It starts out nice enough, good flavors there, but the back and aftertaste don't really mesh with the front, leaving kind of a weird aftertaste. It is easy to drink, and not bad, just not outstanding.

Sep 18, 2013
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tdawgydog from New York

3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So let me preface this review by saying that I lived in Germany for 3 years as a young lad so I was able to enjoy some of the best Hefeweisen this world has to offer.
I was given a bottle of this by my soon to be brother-in-law, it came as part of his most recent beer of the month club shipment. I choose it because Hefe's are one of my favorite styles of beer. I was a little surprised to see that it is brewed in Iowa, never really thought of Iowa as a hotbed for micro-brews. None the less the beer poured a little less cloudy than I am normally used to (for a hefe) a good two finger head quickly dissipated and left a slight lace around my glass. The brew was enjoyable. As another reviewer already said certainly not the best hefe that I have ever had and certainly not the worst. I would drink it again if it were offered to me, and I'll be sure to thank my brother-in-law the next time I see him. Thanks Brent!

Jun 25, 2008
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Goliath from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a one inch bright white head. There is poor head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is decent. There's some pale wheat, banana, and a little spice.

The taste is ok. Again, mostly familiar flavors. Some banana and clove dominate the glass.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample dose of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is high. The beer is decently made, the flavor is fine, and the abv is presumeably low making for a nice little package and familiar but satisfying hefe.

Feb 11, 2010
Hefe "R" Weissen from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 52 ratings