Hans Klopek's Hefeweizen (Bavarian Wheat Ale) | Bridge Road Brewers

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Hans Klopek's Hefeweizen (Bavarian Wheat Ale)Hans Klopek's Hefeweizen (Bavarian Wheat Ale)
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Hans Klopek's Hefeweizen (Bavarian Wheat Ale)Hans Klopek's Hefeweizen (Bavarian Wheat Ale)

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Bridge Road Brewers

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2005

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of doktorhops
2.37/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bridge Road do some cool brews (Chestnut Pilsner springs to mind), but they also do some middle-of-the-road craft beers (Australian Ale anyone?). With this in mind I’m preparing my senses for another average at best Hefeweizen - a style most Aussie brewers appear to have difficulty replicating. Prost mate!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Like a bat out of hell with a massive 3 inch white head, couldn’t pour the entire bottle it was that crazy, with a clear golden body - where’s the “Hefe” (yeast) in my Hefeweizen!?! Not even close to the actual style. 2/10.

S: At least the aroma is nicer with a strong scent of over-ripe banana (Mum uses them to make banana bread and this aroma is much closer to banana bread than Well’s Banana Bread Beer, which is impressive). Also noted is some nutmeg and brown sugar lingering in the background... interesting take here. 8/10.

T: This is where nearly every Australian Hefeweizen goes wrong - it’s too grainy (like a cheap Lager), which is a distraction in a style that is malt (or in this case: wheat) driven. There are hints of banana and clove/nutmeg as well, and the classic long dry finish of a Weizen, but that grainy taste ruins all the hard work of adding wheat to the mash in the first place. Also noticed is a touch of alcohol in the after taste, given the 5% ABV this should not be noticed at all. 4/10.

M: Over carbonated with a mid to light body and none of the creaminess you would expect from a decent Weizen. 3/10.

D: This one really bombed for me, I guess I’ve been spoiled recently with a case full of Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen in the fridge (during my personal Doktoberfest celebrations) and anything less than Weihenstephaner quality just doesn’t cut it now. In any case this is a disappointing drop from a brewer who I know can do better... avoid this if you’re looking for a good Hefe. 4/10.

Food match: I would normally recommend roast pork knuckle with fried potato and mustard, a German staple, but with the Lagery qualities of this beer makes it a match for anything non-confrontational food-wise.

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Photo of soju6
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit, mostly banana and a fruity sweetness.

T:Taste is of banana and a syrupy sweetness. A mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and a bit sweet.

O: Decent beer, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of Camallan
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of heygeebee
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw, with loads of bubbles. Two finger head.

Strong aromas of bananas, peach, yeast.

Taste is very yeast driven, with a tangy bitter finish. Well balanced and flavoursome - features some bananas and citrus zest.

Mouthfeel lovely and carbonated, but not over top. The only downside - a slight mineral water tang develops.

Well made and very refreshing.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tap at Local Taphouse in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy gold. Two fingers of white head and great lace with a film of retention.

S - Yeasty and wheaty with some gentle sweet spice.

T - Yeast, wheat, and some spice. Nothing too special going on.

M - Medium carbonation and a light-ish body.

O/D - Standard. Nothing special. Well done just seems like I've had the same beer a number of times.

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Photo of Stew41
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much to shout about here. A bit lean for my tastes with a simple bitter lemon flavour and a slightly hard minerally backbone. Much better suited to the summer but a bit under pay for the house. Doesn't further the Australian produced wheat beer cause much good actually.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold colour, makes a spectrum top to bottom where the light comes through. Head is white and puffy and dense, nice retention with large bubbles around the edge. Good-looking hefeweizen, everything is where it should be.

Good light wheat nose. Nice tart, crisp edge with a touch of banana and cinnamon spice. Slight apple fruit on there as well, yeah nice. Tart and mildly spicy with fruity spice that reminds one of a mince pie or something. Pretty great.

Taste is quite fruity - tart and crisp with lots of acidity on the front and early mid. Banana comes through then with more green, underripe notes. Slight clovey and nutmeg apice on the back with that mince pie kind of flavour, very mild though but enough to counteract the underlying sweetness. Overall a nice crisp tart wheat palate.

Quite sizzly and dry on the back. Moderate body throughout; decent but not perfect.

A little on the acidic side to drink all the time, but just a little. Good hefeweizen characters and a generally well-balanced brew.

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Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich combination of spicy clove with fresh banana. The malt is quite powerful with a hint of wheat tartness. Good.

Moderately cloudy gold colour with a big off whtie head. Decent head retention.

The flavour isn't quite as good. This bottle is fairly fresh but it lacks the punch of fresh banana and clove. There is just a bit too much tartness and a hint of oxidation. There is potential in there but it isn't great.

Medium body with high carbonation. It is suitable but something doesn't gel as it feels a little empty.

A decent Australian example of a hefeweizen. The flavours could be better but the aroma is very good.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330 ML bottle poured into a Erdinger Glass

A-- Poured a dark cloudy gold color. Small, short lived white head that became film. Some, but not much head retention.

S-- Really nice banana and clove smell. Banana really stands out nicely followed by clove. A little bit of brown sugar with the banana smell. Thought of banana fosters right off the bat.

T-- Clove and ripened banana. A little bit of a brown sugar taste but the ripened banana taste dominates.

M-- Medium to high carbonation and creamy. A tad bit of lemon acid to this as well. Does get a little watery though.

D-- Not too bad at all. Not all that exciting after the smell but easy to drink. As it warms up the ripe banana taste gets stronger, like a banana getting older. In a lot of way goes from banana fosters to banana cream pie. Would be good for summers in the Beechworth area.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
A finger of dense cream coloured foam sits above a body the colour of jersey caramel, and so cloudy it could almost be called opaque.

Smell - 3.5
Clearly the aroma of a yeasty German wheat beer, but not as soft or pronounced as in the best examples. Banana, clove, lemon and bubblegum are all there, with no one character standing out.

Taste - 3.5
The first thing I notice is a definite soapiness that seems to plaque most the Australian hefeweizens that I have tried. Soft, bready, doughy malt with a little spice, clove and tart lemon with very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Fine carbonation is lively and rather coarse over the tongue (though less so with increased temperature). Lacks the smoothness and creaminess of the best German examples.

Drinkability - 3.5
There are many better imported examples of this style, so I wouldn't go back to it - although it's still an easy beer to drink and would be particularly nice in summer.

A fairly average hefeweizen.

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Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a double suprise for me tonight for one my mate brought it around who is just getting into the microbrew world and two ive never heard of it the bottle/label looks pretty much the same as the rest of the Bridge Road Labels Brews obviously stating in big letters on front its called Bavarian Wheat with the only difference being it has a green bottlecap anyways it pours a murky,cloudy,pale straw hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the aroma is barnyard funk,lots of bananna and wheat,it has a pretty light watery average mouthfeel for the style with big tastes of bananna,cloves and heaps of golden yeasty wheat,overall a nice brew that is no standout for the style but in saying that id reckon it would taste alot better at this brewery off tap with a nice pretzel to finish with it.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark and cloudy. The cloudiness is expected the darker hues are surprising The off white head was easy to establish and staye there thanks to a lively bubble.
The wheat and yeast aroma leaps from the bottle
The ale has all the characteristics one may expect from a hefeweizen,however they are low in intensity.This perhaps allows for a more sweetish srewed fruit flavour to come through
The conglomeration of flavours combine well and the smooth oiliness in the mouthfeel is counteracted by a spritiness.
A distinctive ale that is suitably outside the norm. of the style, which is a compliment.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber pour, darker than I was expecting. Nice head but unfortunately it didn't last.
Wheat is apparent in aroma along with (probably noble) hops, yeast, and a bit of cloves. Not much in the way of banana. There's some lemony character, not sure if that's from hops or just the wheat. Hint of banana are noticeable later on if you really search for it.
Flavours are similar: very wheat, some of that lemon character, and what I presume to be noble hops. Some cloves, but again, lacking in banana.
Refreshing light body, but the carbonation is a bit too prickly.

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Photo of Macca
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a centimetre of head and an impenetrable murkiness. Dark gold in colour. It looks chewy.

Fruity aromas - pineapple and banana. Something like caramel as well. Love it.

Pineapple continues on the palate and in comes the bubblegum.

A medium mouthfeel to wrap your tastebuds around.

Like this one a lot but wonder whether I could session it.

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Photo of brendan13
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark gold colour with a tight inch or so of head that falls away quite quickly.
S - A mild spice aroma first hits backed up by wheat malts. Some sweet fruit smells come through as well.
T - Along the same lines as the smell with that bubblegum sweetness so often associated with the style coming through a bit more.
M - A nice medium mouthfeel with a slighty dry finish without being too tart.
D - Nice drinkable beer. Could easily be a good session beer. Another good beer from BRB.

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Hans Klopek's Hefeweizen (Bavarian Wheat Ale) from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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