Oberdorfer Hefeweizen Hell | Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

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Oberdorfer Hefeweizen HellOberdorfer Hefeweizen Hell

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by avylover:
Photo of avylover
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy looking straw pale yellow beer with a white head. Smell is mainly of cloves, with not a whole lot of anything else jumping out at me. Once it warmed up a very nice cereal-like grainy aroma showed up. Taste is also very clovey. No other fruity esters in this hefe, just cloves. There are some nice delicate grainy flavors here reminiscent of cheerios, but nothing overpowering. Nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, and a clean finish. Very drinkable, like most hefes. Could drink this all night. Nothing special, but there is something about this beer that makes me want to try it over & over again.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lighter shade of yellow with nice blooming head,the aroma is slightly wheaty and slightly spicey.The taste had a bubblegum flavor to it wich was a little different but not bad,I also got some clovey spice to it.Not bad pretty drinkable the bubblegum aspect was different,I would get again.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. flip-top ... sadly no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellow straw that has a mild haze ... a very well retained white lace.

Smell: Mild spicy fermented wheat aroma with a hint of clove with a faint ghost like hop aroma.

Taste: Light to medium bodied ... with a very pleasing malt flavour, beautiful sweetness with a slight hop bitterness. Crisp wheat malt flavour with a very nice finish.

Notes: Very palatable and extremely refreshing ... a pleasure to quaff on a hot muggy night with some bbq chicken pizza. A classic and welcomed import ... nice to see it in MA again.

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Photo of ADR
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love those swing tops...

Light yellow and hazy color and condition. short head but one that forms some pretty nice delicate lace patterns, Yeasty aromas, slight off sense, and vinous notes in the background. The flavor overal seems dominated by too much citric astringency and a relatively tame amount of estery spiciness to balance the sour sense. Finishes lightly, with little of the lingering aftertaste and the gingery nose of many Hefes, just a lemony impression. This is not a beer for me, though its not heavy and undrinkable in the characters described above.

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz swing top bottle
Pours straw yellow with a quickly dissapating head. There is very little smell. The taste comes on sweet and full and switches to a full lemon taste. The lemony taste is very defined and really seperates this beer from the pack. It is easy to drink and all in all pretty meh.

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Photo of pbnagel
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than the dark weizen. A decent weiss.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid 1.29euro for a 20 oz (?) bottle. Neat flip-top rubber stopper (Grolsch) lid. Very light translucent hay yellow color. Slightly grey? heavy foam, subsides fast with nice lace. Smell is too light for a wheat. Maybe too cold though. Taste is light wheat, honey, a bit much bubblegum flavor. Sharp carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but for the price a nice brew.

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Photo of fattyre
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a very effervescent large white head that quickly disapates. The mouthfeel is moderate with a slight silkiness. The smell is sweet bannana with an almost floral crispness. The taste is crisp effervescent with a slight bannana and a peppery clean finish. A decent crisp clean wheat with little sweetness. Served from a 1 pint flip top bottle

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Photo of Murph
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yeallow with a thin bubbly white head that does not stay around. Wheat and slightly off yeast notes on the nose. Some vanilla flavors, wheaty, and slight yeast flavors that seem to be a little off again. Rather thin as compared to most of its brethren but still pretty drinkable. I agree with Jason, I don't think this brand weathered the trans-atlantic voyage very well. It is on the verge of being very good but not quite there. I would like to taste it at the source.

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Photo of byrd
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge fluffy white head that becomes rather rocky with loads of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. A good bubbly lace forms shortly after. Completely clear on the first pour and quite cloudy as yeast pours in. Light amber in color. Light crisp grainy malt aroma with notes of citrus. Can also pick up a slight white wine aroma. Light to medium mouth feel with a considerable amount of carbonation. Grainy malt start that is both crisp and clean. Lemony citrus finish that is more pronounced then other heffes that I’ve had. There is also a touch of white wine/champagne tartness towards the finish that is a bit unexpected, yet the banana or bubblegum sweetness that I’d expect in a heffe is lacking here. Nice refreshing summer brew, but there are quite a few heffes that I’d chose before this one. I do like the Oberdorfer bottles though.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours about the palest gold color I have yet seen in my beer drinking history. The head is thick and lively and has a long life that settles to about 1/2 inch. The nose is sweet malt with a barley notable hop hint. The beer is quite effervescent and bubbles like champagne. The flavor is quite malty and pleasant. With just a ting of hops. The yeastiness is pleasant too and is also reminiscent of champagne. Overall a very satisfying beer. I wasn't impressed with the first couple of sips. But into it I found it to be a great beer.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this hefe. Not as spicy as a Schnider but still a good beer. Pale/white in color. Great wheat head. Banana frutiy esthers are not over done.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy, golden yellow Weiss with a very effervescent, large, white, quickly dissipating head. There is a hoppiness and slight clove to the smell. The taste reminded me of sour bubblegum along with pepper. It was very effervescent in my mouth with a moderate to slight silkiness. There was a nice peppery "buzz" on my tongue after drinking this but, slightly boring otherwise (in other words it did not stand out above some but I would drink it before others).

After researching this beer some I discovered two versions of the label; an English version that says "Oberdorfer Weiss" (with the rest of the information also in English, I have this version) and a Bavarian version that says "Oberdorfer Weissbier" (with the rest of the information in German).

(source: Habersham Beverage; Savannah, GA)

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Photo of animal69
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Sailer brewery flip-top, i love their packaging ! I didn't care for this one, though (i don't really like wheats, so i may be prejudiced) poured a cloudy light yellow w/ a nice white head, some lacing; really yeasty/ bready aroma; very wheaty taste w/ a faint hop flavor, almost a "bile" kind of off-flavor, too; very thin w/ much more carb. than their dunkel version ( tho i've noticed drastic differences in carb. levels between these types of swing top bottles,esp. the Oberdorfer ones); not too undrinkable, i've put back a few of these during octoberfest before..

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Photo of atis
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange yellowish with large, but somewhat fizzy head that soon dissipates to rather thin, but dense and stable layer. Some downsliding lacing.

Aroma is light sour wheaty banana. Taste is better, slightly nutty and fruity (mostly lemon) banana with limited spices and amazingly well balanced sweetness and lemony sourish aftertaste. Very, very refreshing.

Although I did not have high expectations, because of the rather low price, the beer is good.

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Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a ½ liter swing-top bottle, this beer is a milky, dark straw color (bordering on a drab tan) with an enormous white head. The head is marvelous, lasting, and notably firm. At once, upon popping the bottle, a citrus smell hits your nose. Lots of lemon, orange, and a bit of grapefruit. There's also a bit of spice, a little white pepper, and a touch of sugar. The taste is similar, although a bit sour. The beer also has a little more bitterness than other's of the style, particularly noticeable from the mid-taste through the finish. It's dry, and a little astringent at times. There's a yeast quality, but not as pronounced as the appearance advertised. Light in body, and quite satisfying and refreshing. It's a nice and interesting wheat beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing wheat scent that reaks of fruity hefe yeast; very nice. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat flavor with a dry finish. The fruitiness adds a spice that is quite enjoyable. However, it is a bit too light for me. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low/medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. The beer drinks well. It is a fine hefe, but it's not the best I've had; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of putnam
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy electric yellow. No head to speak of.
There is, however, a fantastic perfume of grass and tree fruit: oranges, mango, lemon, papaya, apple. Powdery, talc-like texture displays a savory herb and cracker flavor profile. Peppery throughout and loaded with racy, crisp fruit and vegetable nuances: green grape, gooseberry, bibb lettuce. The finish is fricative and clean. Very refreshing and packed with quality ingredients. A slight wild edge may discourage some tasters, especially those loyal to other styles of hefeweizen.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like levered, swing-top, canning-style (what the heck is the name???) bottles. They make me feel classy. The label, however, not so much. Freshness date indicated. On a related note, can anyone tell me why a beer bottle purchased and consumed in Budapest (poured into a weizen glass) with everything written in either German or Hungarian includes the U.S. government warning?

Anyway, the beer poured with a massive white head, though it dissipated quickly. Some lacing. A film of head sticks around on top of the beer, which is a hazy dark yellow. It isn't entirely opaque, and the haziness looks more sickly than enticing, I must say. Dried, sweetened bananas on nose, but with clove and a slight pepper-y bite.

A dull, almost forcefully-blunted flavor, it certainly does not stand out. Some banana, and I will say that a certain hoppiness makes itself known at the end and the palate (alongside banana). I think there was a certain metallic flavor that I don't appreciate that is, in my eyes, what blunts the other flavors.

Light in body (somewhat unfortunately) as well taste (very unfortunately), well-carbonated, and somewhat refreshing, it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Andy
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold color is a bit off for style but still a nice sight. smallish head. Fruit and wheat mix in nose. Flavor fits to style. Flip-top bottle

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mustard color with only half a finger of head. Almost no lacing. The smell is sweet and fruity, some citrus actually. The taste also has a bit of sweet citrus, like pineapple, which is weird for a Weisse. Cloying at times. The mouthfeel is fairly decent, as is the drinkability. Just an average take at a Hefe-Weizen.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours extremely light, looks like lemon juice. The banana flavor is pronounced. Has substantial flavor and aroma, but too tart and harsh. Very light in body, and ultimately not as smooth as the best hefe's. Has the cool "Grolsch-type" bottle, but it is not a significant entry in the hefe world (we have access to most of the great wheat beers down here, so I can afford to be quite discerning!).

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Photo of biegaman
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great fluffy head. Unappealing colour. Not completly clouded - colour quite yellow for a weisse. Doesn't look the part. Decent aroma - passing grade. Mouthfeel a little thin - seemed so at first. Shortly, it would become thinned by alcohol. Flavour and aroma take some searching. Almost there. Some, but very little, wheat character in the flavour department. No sediment either. This is a weisse beer that's not worth recommending but was still well worth drinking - just too weak.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big, white, fizzy, noisy head. Pale, pale yellow beer. Slightly hazy. Streams of fast carbonation. Turns hazy and slightly orangey (like melted butter) on last pour. Gunsmoke pop blows sugar, lemon, orange, butter and spice. Very good. Front is fruity, citrusy, light with a little pepper. Middle is fizzy and sours a little. Finish is light, somewhat dry, with buttery grains and alcohol. It's a nice, light, dry beer. Picks up some nice character with the yeast pour.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. flip top bottle. Made a hell of a nice pop when it was opened. Picked this up in Dallas, as it is not available in Wichita.

Appearance: Huge amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle that produced and thickly clouded beer. The word cloudy doesn't even do this beer justice. Pale, yellow-white in color with a rough, white head that disappeared quickly. No lace on the glass.

Smell: Heavy on the wheat and grain, with a nice dose of banana and very light citrus. Kind of a heavy, thick aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly grainy. Very smooth for a wheat beer.

Taste: Like the aroma, the main segment of the flavor is dominated by grains, wheat, and straw. These flavors are thick and a little chewy. The middle is citrusy, but with a slight metallic twang that was distracting. Some sweet banana came through on the finish.

A good Bavarian wheat. The metallic component of the flavor was a little annoying, but not enough to ruin the beer. Not a light, refreshing wheat at all.

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