High Five Hefe
Iron Horse Brewery

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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #506
ABV:
6%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,792
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 18.13%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
85
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Iron Horse Brewery
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

better than its ratings, and its cool they can this one, especially this time of year, a decent hefeweizen type with ginger and honey in it. i was skeptical after having the ginger hefe type from mccall here in idaho, which wasnt real good at all, but this one is solid, surprised its so poorly scored here on BA. it has a few things working in its favor. the first is that the ginger is pretty mild, certainly compared to the one from mccall, but its natural enough, and really is only there in the nose and the finish. secondly, the beer is dry, this doesnt end up all sweet and candied, and the honey doesnt linger. its well carbonated too, so with the dryness, its very refreshing when its cold. the honey flavor is there, and there is an earthy raw wheatiness that marries up well with it. maybe i could do without the ginger in the mix, but it doesnt prevent me from enjoying the beer, not in the least. i like the rawness it has, all the bubbles, and the balance of the flavors. not my favorite beer from iron horse so far, but i could dig a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"An unfiltered malt beverage brewed and flavored with honey and ginger." A low-key brew, with subtle flavoring. I thought initially that its low-key nature would make it forgettable. Realistically, it probably is forgettable, but that doesn't make it bad by any means. As I drink up the 1 pint 6 ounce bottle, I find myself drawn to take another mouthful, and another. Pleasant. If you have a chance to get one, you could do worse. Finish is a little bitter, but not too bad. 2015/06/13

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into weizen glass.
The appearance was a muddled orange to yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head. Dissolved fairly quick to leave some sliding stringy lace.
The aroma had some sweet wheat, bubblegum, mellow clove, grassy hops and a touch of a lemon/banana blend.
The flavor started with the sweet wheat and bubblegum. Then the grassy hops seemed to infuse themselves into some clove. Subtle aftertaste of sweet wheat and bubblegum.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt appropriate. ABV felt as promised by the brewer. Decent finish of sweet wheat and bubblegum.
Overall, this is one of those American wheat ales that didn't make the cut to be a true hefeweizen. Though, there's not really any "off" flavors, I'd say this is a decent beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark yellow body, one finger white head.

Smell: Wheat, ginger, and some honey.

Taste: Same as above, but the wheat flavor is lessened.

Feel: Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Mild ginger burn.

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Photo of hreb
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a UFO weizen glass. Beer pours hazy golden amber and forms moderate white head. Aroma is grassy, wheaty, with just a trace of honey sweetness. Flavor is clean and distinctly less wheaty than I'd hoped. German weissbier yeast flavors yield bubblegum and clove. Not a fan of bubblegum in my beer, but at least it's not banana. *Very* thin mouthfeel, watery even, as if all the wheat fermented out leaving 6% pale ale with none of the accompanying Hefe goodness. There's a very subtle sharp flavor in the finish, but I don't think I'd call it ginger (and I love ginger). Very average. Moderately drinkable, but not flavorful enough and a poor example of the style. I appreciate a WA state brewery taking a stab at a brew not overloaded with hops, but I'm going to stick with El Jefe.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet
Very sweet
Not tasting the ginger
Some bitterness
Some fuzziness from the carbonation less the wheat
Not bad
Good
Better than most northwest hefeweizen
Not as good as Midwest hefeweizen but different very different

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can, into a pint glass: great aroma of citrus rind, ginger, and that great hefeweizen smell. Honey color, only slightly hazy. The honey and ginger come out but are not overpowering. Also banana. mostly dry feel, tart aftertaste. Generally not a fan of adjuncts in beers, especially a hefeweizen where the fruity esters are half the point, but I have to admit that it is well done in this case. I hope they continue to offer this into the summer. It is good enough that I couldn't help buying it even in the winter.

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Photo of stevoj
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from a friend. Misses on all marks, body thin, head weak, taste and aroma heavy on clove, hints of the banana and bubblegum, but its the cheap bubblegum from a pack of trading cards, and the fake banana from hard candy. Metallic, chalky finish...iron horse can do so much better....

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Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly of orange blossom honey. Faint ginger scent.

Starts out tasting of soda crackers. Mild bitterness and the cracker taste gets stronger. Orange is vague at best.

Mouthfeel is OK.

At best just an average wheat beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours clear orange-amber color with a one finger of billowy, just off white foam. The head of the brew is rather fast fading, giving way to almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite sweet overall with a good level of honey and some citrus smells of caramel and a bit of apple and banana. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of a yeasty smell as well as a bit of a spicy aroma of coriander and clove as well as a little bit of grass and hay, with these rounding out the aroma to produce a rather nice smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have let on, with lots of sweeter flavors of a fruity nature of orange, banana, and apple with some lighter yeasty tastes and a lighter bit of clove and coriander spice. As the taste moves on the spice grows stronger while the fruity flavors of apple and orange fade. The banana however remains relatively strong and is joined by more and more yeasty and spicy flavors as the taste advances. While the sweeter fruit flavors fade, some sweeter honey flavors all the while take their place, with these and a bit of a grassy taste, leaving one with a still fairly sweetened and nice yeasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. These are perfect for the style, as they really make for a nice base for the mix of sweet, yeast, grass, and spice.

Overall – I actually rather liked this brew. I think this is highly underrated when considering style, flavor profile and drinkability. I think this was a rather well done Hefe.

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Photo of LilTobyRuby
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. There is a light citrus nose. Ginger and citrus are apparent in taste, but faint. Overall a solid beer that would be very refreshing in the summer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

From a 12 ounce can with no date apparent. Pours cloudy gold with a huge foamy white head that leaves in about five minutes. Spots of lace. Not much aroma. Taste is orange, wheat, and some light heat from the ginger. Medium body with ample carbonation. Could not find any hops to speak of and was not expecting much in this type of beer. An interesting spin on a wheat beer. Not a big fan of flavored beer in general but I did enjoy this one. Good summer refresher.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

Thanks to Donkster46 from Washington State! I get to try one of your home state brews!

Serving style : 12 oz can poured for appearance

Appearance (3.75) : I really like the depth and opacity of this beer. It's got an apricot-mango colored body with depth not unlike a good Wit. The head is nice and more like a crown with a 1 finger topper that's receding at a slow pace. Little licks of lacing left on the sides. It's the body that gets me here.

Smell (4.25) : Beautiful ginger honey aroma that permeates your olfactory. This smells damn good. Almost lemon limey, but more like ginger ale. Some hints of spearmint in there. Aside from that it's clean wheat and light apricot. Wow.

Taste (3.75) : A little funky but I kinda like it. The honey is muted and the ginger is numb. Carbonation/seltzer is quite loud and up front, with wheat dancing around it. That's the best description I can give. I can't muster anything else. The finish is sort of like Ricola Honey throat lozenges. Not exactly what I pine for in a beer, but interesting nonetheless. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Super carbonated and washy, drinks easy though so that gains points. I could pound this like any regular Bud Light or something similar.

Overall (3.85) : I like this beer because you can taste the art and craft that went into it. It has soul. So many beers just taste like, well...beers. This one tastes like an art project and because I'm attracted to that sort of thing, I'd have no problem drinking these regularly if they were available in my area. It may not be the most amazing tasting beer, but I have to say - it's got its own thing going on and that's pretty impressive.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a nice light amber, with a hint of orange to it. Small off white head disappears almost immediately. Minimal retention/lacing.

Smells of straw, as I feel hefes do, but there's certainly some ginger and some oily orange as well.

Surprisingly decent body, the medium thickness pairs with the post-honey flavour well. The ginger isn't as noticeable here as it was on the nose, and the orange is less the sweet oily promise of the nose and more like... dried orange peel, fairly muted.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not one that particularly stands out from the crowd. Refreshing on a hot afternoon. I'd drink it if it was offered, but won't be seeking it out...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap. Aroma of orange citrus, ginger, wheat, hint of clove. Flavor is sweet bready wheat, orange juice, ginger, honey, faintly floral. Medium bodied. A idiosyncratic take on a hefeweizen, much sweeter and with odd flavors like the ginger, but still clearly a wheat ale, and labelled as brewed with honey and ginger, so no surprises there. Not traditional nor following the hefeweisen profile, but an interesting American wheat ale, a bit on the sweet side. I'd get this again. I can see that it might be divisive; don't get this if you don't like moderate sweetness in a beer.

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Photo of Growlerchic
2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I've had this from the 22 oz bottle as well as a taster from tap.

A nice light beer. Yellow in color, no cloudiness, white head

Not like any hefe I've had before. It has a Bite of ginger at the finish, which is a nice twist, honey gives it smoothness, very different style of beer.

Smells a little sweet, not picking up any wheat or Bready notes, no ginger on the nose.

Not for me but could be a refreshing summer drink for the right person.

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Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described as "unfiltered Hefeweizen brewed with ginger and honey." 6% ABV.
This is slightly spiced and totally drinkable variation on the flavored wheat theme. It pours a little hazy in the Blanche de Chambly glass with a slight mustache of foam. The abundant carbonation in the mouth, however, goes nicely with the tangy mouthfeel.

Plenty of wheat flavors with some malty sweetness. The ginger is not overdone, but it does add a hot taste as well as the spicy aromatics. It's just not so strong as a flavor. The honey seems to play along well with this combination. Plenty of mellow sweet tastes, but the zingy sharpness offers some balance, even without any actual hop flavor. There is a little bitter aftertaste, though I couldn't say if it's the hops or something from the giners.

Quite an outstanding spiced Hefe, but you do need to be in the mood for it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

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Photo of JOPA_FRESH
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a cloudy, pale amber with a small hint of a white cap that disappeared before I looked at it twice. Lacing is meager at best.

S: Definite ginger smell, a little sweetness from the honey and a nice golden wheat background.

T: To be blunt, it tastes somewhat...cheap...?...on initial palate. The ginger comes in after to bring it back but seems unbalanced with the honey, kinda like the two are arguing until it fades into....wheat...silence. The finish is decent, all the flavors have figured it out by then and some sort of accord has been met and my palate is relieved to be at that point.

M: Good mouthfeel, medium body, drinks like the beer I had back in the old college days (think MGD 64...maybe less bubblies....definitely less bubblies)

O: Mediocre, at best. It is definitely not what I was hoping for for the price. Would make an excellent beer pong beer for the 1 percenters....I don't plan on on purchasing this again.

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Photo of sam_bliss
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little white head caps the cloudy, light-orange liquid. Sparkling cider and honey smells waft over sweetbread maltiness and golden wheat, touched by a little ginger. The ginger flavor is much more apparent in the taste, along with tart apple. This brew has the light-bodied, clean flavor of the lower-alcohol content American blonde ales, such as Pyramid curveball. No, it is not a hefeweizen by any measure––do not be fooled by the name. When taken as a light pale ale brewed with wheat, however, it is an enjoyable beer. Ignoring my pet peeve of US wheat beers that call themselves "hefe" without conforming to any aspects of the style, I think this drinks alright.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- Quarter-finger white head with low retention. Cloudy orange body, moderate clarity. Some skimpy lacing.

S- Ginger, honey and lime? Strange.

T- Honey, wheat, ginger and some spiciness. Quite watery, actually. Not great.

M- Thin and very wet.

O- Not bad tasting, but thin and pretty unspecial.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a light golden yellow with a small white cap, some bubbles and light lacing clinging on for dear life

S: Ginger you say? More Ginger and then a measure of wheat and honey.

T: Immediate plastic like taste covered up by way to much ginger. The wheat and light banana sneak in about mid taste but quickly fall off leaving some stickiness, ginger and muted crispness

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated,a bit thin and guess what? Too gingery

O: Not the best in the world

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Photo of trevorjn06
1.32/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a hazey, golden hue with light foam on the surface.

Aroma is light plastic, lactic sour notes, hint of banana and all around bad. Something is amiss here.

Taste follows the nose with tart lactic flavor with a slight enteric edge, plastic-like phenols and a hint of bready malts. Seriously bad beer.
Mouthfeel is medium/thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is just terrible, I really hope it's bad/dirty tap lines and doesn't taste like this from the brewery. Tastes like an infection and/or terrible fermentation management.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery

A pours a cloudy orange with lots of lacing but not much head.

S cloves and a spicy Ginger note. Also a bubble gum note appears

T very strong Ginger bite accompanied by some light Citrusy fruit and more bubble gum.

M the mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Easy to drink.

Overall this is a decent wheat beer, nothing special but its a great beer for a summer in ellensburg.

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Photo of Sky2625
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a straight-side pilsner glass.

A - Poured a golden light orange color, with inconsistent swirls of cloudiness within. Head was less than a finger of small bubbles that lasted awhile. A little bit of fluid lacing.

S - A moderate sweet floral and honey scent accentuated by a note of oranges, with a subdued whiff of wheat. Not a powerful scent, surprisingly subdued actually.

T - The sweet floral honey flavor is dominant, complimented by a tiny bit of citrus. The ginger is hard to notice (that might just be me), and there's a subtle wheaty finish.

M - Lighter-side-of-medium body, soft carbonation, a bit of stickiness.

D - A very nice mild, sweet beer if you're into that kind of thing. Good summer evening patio beer. Personally, I tend to like something with a sharper flavor punch, so it's not my favorite, but its still decent...and better than the C average it's earning. Not a hefeweizen, though, important to note.

I think this beer gets a bad rap. Sure the label says "High Five Hefe", but "hefe" simply means "yeast". Perhaps one shouldn't judge this against hefeweizens.

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Photo of harrymel
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured at Brews on Washington in Spokane, WA.

A: yellow on tannish. Less than single Finger of white head quickly falls to a sheet of the same. Turbid - not as cloudy as I would expect this beer to be. Spotty lacing.

S: bananas, cloves and plastic. Fairly low in intensity all around. The yeast is not as well highlighted as it should be, neither is the wheat.

T: banana, lemons, distant clove. It's like the water was poorly assessed for the style. It has a sharp, chemical flavor. Not good.

M: thin for the style. Carbonation is the right intensity, unfortunately the viscosity does nothing to compliment.

O: man, this is not a good beer. I'm sad as this is a local for me, and I like to see them do well, but this beer is no good.

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High Five Hefe from Iron Horse Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 85 ratings