Uncle Otto's Weiss Beer | Portland Brewing Company

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Uncle Otto's Weiss BeerUncle Otto's Weiss Beer

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by DrunkenPanther:
Photo of DrunkenPanther
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that struck me with this brew was the incredible amount of sediment in the bottle. I found that rolling this beer (Like a true weissbier should) is nearly required to get the proper taste from this bottle.
Once the sediment is rolled and the beer is poured, it is a nearly perfect hazy deep color. Any head on this was gone after a while and would not come back with swirling, but I could understand why with the insanely sour taste it brings (if sediment rolled). It is pretty difficult to find an American Micro with a big sour taste in a hefe. I welcome this with great pleasure!
One tasting this and expecting yet another Paulaner clone may be surprised by the sour, but it is very nice.
The aroma is a strong floral. Maybe a little too strong for my taste, but still nice.
I do find myself drinking this a little colder than I would most weissbiers due to the amount of sour (too warm and it becomes a bit like sour milk).
Only drawback I have with this is that this company uses twist off bottles.....shame shame. Now what am I to use for bottling my homebrew?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Cloudy orange on beige with a very well pronounced white head, decent retention with a lace that stays for the duration.

Smell: Aromas of clove and fresh baked wheat bread are very prevalent with a trace smell of ester and medicinal phenol also.

Taste: Soft and smooth mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Big twang of fermented wheat rides on the lemony side … fruitiness has pear, apple and a hint of banana. Lightly phenolic and a ghost like flavour of nutmeg with in the clove spiciness. Hops are thrown in for a faint balancing bitterness that wants to pair with the spicy clove and soft graininess. Malt flavour is very bready and a little on the sweet side which give this beer some body to it. Mild esters with a drop of alcohol in the mouth. Yeast flavours are fine and powdery with a light nuttiness.

Notes: Pretty damn impressive, very fresh tasting with all of the German traits. Not as dry or extremely effervescent as most imports are. A great all around beer to either have alone or with a meal.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty American hefe, as good as any I've tried from the west coast and perhaps 2nd only to Ramstein nationwide. The beer is a healthy, hazy orange with little head that does not last. This lack of head is the beer's only fault, as hefes traditionally have a huge, blossoming head. You will need to swirl the bottle quite roughly to get all the yeast out and into your glass. A somewhat malty aroma with slight fruity twinges but largely innocuous odor-wise. Authentic tasting hefe, if not as miraculously complex as some of the best Bavarians. Lots of flavor, though, with more malt than you might expect and lots of fruity, yeasty flavors. Not particularly clove-y or spicy. Kind of like a fresh, bright fruit tea. Mouthfeel is good, ripe, full, but the previously mentioned lack of head can make the beer seem a trifle flat. Drinkability beyond the pale.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer lacks character in my opinion. It poured almost no head with very, very fine sized bubbles. The body was clear with carbonation observed and the hue was gold. The nose consisted of malt, fruity, clove and banana. The flavor was sweet and malty with a smooth mouthfeel. There was no lacing.

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Photo of pbrian
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent US interpretation of a German Hefeweizen. Spot-on for style. Big fluffy head atop a darker-than-most cloudy copper beer. Good bubblegum, banana aromas and flavors, smooth and full bodied. This is not your typical bland American summer wheat.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better American Hefeweizens I have tasted. Looked just like one- cloudy with yeast floating around and a white head- smelled like one- yeasty aroma and tasted like one- bananna and clove- but somehow, it's just not German. I guess it can't be since it is made in the U.S. I think this beer misses in the tangy quality, just ever so slightly. However, this beer is really good and if I can't have a Bavarian Weiss, I'll take this.

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Photo of StevieW
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the most refreshing beer I have ever had. Perfect pour, actually darker, more copper in color than I anticipated. Big fluffy white head. Nice clover, floral smells. Had the best doughy wheat flavor, that I look for and love in a weiss. Some thick, fruity tastes linger. Very easy to drink, perfect flavor and balance. I can't wait to have another. I really liked this one. Please give it a try. Cheers to Uncle Otto !
Ed.'s note: Had the first two after fly fishing in Lake Tahoe, just as good as an after work beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 'Chill hazed', golden amber color with a massive and frothy head, that is light tan inb color and the lace a decent covering sheet. Nose has a nice hint of yeast, malt sweet and citrus crisp, quite pleasing with the start sweet and a bit tart with a light top. Finish is slightly tart, lightly hopped but pleasant, dry and pleasing aftertaste, a drinkable but average beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok had heard good things about this beer but never bought it , when I saw it on sale for $4.99 a sixer..to good a price to pass up!
Came with a litttle bookmark type thing.."Not your father's wheat beer" well of course not i doubt he ever tatsed one!
Anyway on to the beer.
Poured into the glass its an attractive cloudy light orange..tiny head that goes fast.
For an American "hefe" this aroma is terrific..all the banana, spice and fruitiness..with a nice sour wheat smell..very nice.
MM also a nice tasting hefe..all the above with a hint of cloves..slightly bitter finish.
Very good on the palate
An exceptionally drinkable American style Hefe..excellent in the sun.
This has to be the best American shot at the style..the brewer at macTarnahan's is askilled craftsman.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought today would be as good a day as any to write an essay entitled "Why I Hate Jazz" but instead I've opted to listen to Donovan sing Shakespeare and drink a too dark colored glass of beer. By too dark I mean it's too dark to see the Uncle Otto's Weiss Beer which barely resides in it through the blue tint of the glass. So what's the point of my little preamble? Well, there is nothing hip about this beer. I don't hear Coltrane bugling out of a smoky alley, I don't hear Billie Holliday whispering through the airy vapor and I sure as hell don't think that Charlie Bird Parker is the air holding up this balloon sack. It's just a nice smooth little beer with no zip or zing and no bad intentions. It looks and feels like it was made on a little farm in the hinterlands where it's always early summer. No music except the wind blowing things like it ought to and endless wheat fields where gods are only men and men are merely minor players in the drama.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color, large head, slightly cloudy. A light bodied wheat beer, mild malts and hops. Lot of flavor. A hint of Banana and clove adds to the fruitiness. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I poured this liquid hazy golden wheat yellow with nice foam the aroma that filled my nose was of spicies and yeast. The taste was of wheat, spicy cloves and yeast was pleasant to the palate. Also, while drinking this taste of heaven, it had a sort of tangy spritzy feeling in the mouth. Not bitter, but, a citrus tangy mild feeling. What a surprise this beer is. Different that it could be a spritzy sort of feel in my mouth, yet soft and suttle on the palate.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle, capped.

This weiss beer poured an effervescent, lightly hazy, golden color with creamy, rich white foam that coated the glass a bit. The smell was mildly fruity with wheat malt, mild floral hops, and very faint banana in the aroma. The taste was tangy and malty (touch of biscuit) with some citrus in the finish and a hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The finish was dry and hoppy. This was a decent weiss beer, but a bit overly tangy.

Thanks to Reidrover for this one.

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Photo of proc
2.67/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was o.k., I guess. Nothing to get excited about or nothing very distinguishable. Mild clove taste, usual weiss banana on the finish. I thought I detected nutmeg somewhere in there. Rather sweet. Not bad, but I don't plan on grabbing another anytime soon.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear dark golden, then cloudy when adding the requisite yeast. Forms a large white head with a vigorous pour, with good retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate-strong...perfect for the style, and not overboard. Aroma is less impressive in the bottle than on-tap. A little bit of clove, and barely discernable bananas...hybrid american ale/bavarian yeast thing going on, with some suggestion of macro twang, otherwise cleanly fermented with a crisp water note. Mouthfeel is somewhat spritzy with a medium body. Taste is rather mild. Much different than on-tap...again a hybrid mix of american ale and distant bavarian yeast strain...some mild residual pale malt sugars, a touch of clove, and a suggestion of sugar cookies is tainted by macro twang. Mild german hop bitterness..a touch of spicy german hops in the middle. Finish is wet and round. The residual sugars are the best part of this brew.

Not much character, yet easy to drink. I guess if I want what I had on-tap I have to go back to Portland. Quite average.

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Uncle Otto's Weiss Beer from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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