Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen | Brauerei Tucher Brau

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Tucher Helles Hefe WeizenTucher Helles Hefe Weizen
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Brauerei Tucher Brau
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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-01-2001

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302
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562
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3.86
pDev:
18.13%
 
 
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Photo of diabecktic
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Man, is this head formation INTENSE. A good 3 fingers of creamy head forms quickly and regresses slowly - lacing is excellent. It's fairly translucent for a hefeweizen; the color is a very light gold with a hint of yellow-orange.

Smell:
The first thing that comes to mind is spice; I'm not sure which ones are present, but this is the most obvious smell. Aside from this, it's quite complex; though largely floral, it has a hint of what I would consider to be akin to a green banana. It's definately an experience, to say the least.

Taste:
Maltiness hits first and then fades into subtle hop tones. It's almost as if a banana-flavored biscuit turned into a hoppy grain of wheat (as odd as that sounds). That being said, the balance is excellent - not too sweet, nor too bitter.

Mouthfeel:
The carbonation is mild, but the body is fairly thick. It's slightly on the creamy side, but I'm not sure if that's the head I'm tasting or the beer itself. Either way, an amazing aftertaste remains - it's like a more intense version of the malt flavor(s).

Drinikability:
This is definately a beer you want to sip on. It's fairly thick, but the flavor is downright amazing. You do NOT want to pass it up - it's something quite unique (given the style).

Summary:
I picked up a pint of this for ~$3.00 at a local liquor store. Damn - am I impressed. This is probably one of the better hefeweizens I've tasted, even though it's largely devoid of the traditional wheat character. I'd love to try this on-tap. Regardless, it's a must-try if you've never had it.

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Photo of Mryup
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful vibrant yellow orange with an angelic haziness. A medium pour produces two inches of dense white head. Poured into my Weihenstephan glass. Dear god, a half inch of foamy head is lingering. I can tell just from the look of this beer that it will be very good.

S: A melody of fruit esters wafting up combining with a subdued and refined wheat creating a pearlike sensation. Definite spice is present although I can't specify more.

T: A very polished product of once again refined wheat and milder fruit. Murmandsmus! This beer is so well balanced that trying to disearn flavors is a difficult talk. I'm having a hard time placing the fruit...cantaloupe?

M: Medium bodied with near perfect CO2. Spot on.

D: Average. What more can one say?

A fantastic hefe-weisen with some unique characteristics. Top notch. I would seek this beer out again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of wnh
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9/10/09
500 mL bottle poured into a weissbier glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-tinted straw with a large, long-lasting, fluffy meringue-like white head.
Quite subtle on the nose: moderate clove up front, with mild banana, bubblegum, and yeasty bread in the background, but dominated on the whole by a lactic tart lemon citrus quality.
Soft but bright on the palate, with bubblegum-turned-orange on the entry, and a subtle undercurrent of clove throughout, all on top of a solid grainy bread backbone.
Light bodied, just barely leaning toward medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy blonde color, champagne-like bubble streams. shorter head than paulaner, but good lace.
aroma is fresh clove, but not metallic like penn weizen.
taste is fresh banana bread, and it's even easy to imagine tiny bits of walnut in there. excellent.
not slippery smooth like paulaner. carbonation a little prickly and scrubby, but pleasant enough although the body leaves a slightly watery impression.
refreshing and fairly crisp with a great banana bread aftertaste. more like hacker than paulaner. this one is VERY hard to drink slowly!

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold from 500ml bottle into Schneider Weisse glass.

L) Pale orange-yellow colour, very hazy, very fizzy. Dense shaving foam head. Looks as good as any other weisse. Not much brown yeast in there though.

S) Light sweetish clove. Background honey and orange juice. Pretty standard weisse smell, i.e., apertising.

T) Nicely acidic orangey-banana milkshake. Light bready yeast lower down the list.

F) Good acidic fizz, slightly dense drink, no skanky aftertaste in fact the acidity gives it a nice clean finish. Very nice.

O) If you want to be fair to a beer when reviewing, do it at the right time of year. Drinking this in August showcases what the purpose of the beer is; pure refreshment. This one is well above average and in the top tier of Bavarian weizens.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a nice inch of fluffy head with pretty sticky lacing.

S - Smells of Grains, slight wheat and a great bit of citrus.

T- Wow a Helles Hefeweizen works pretty well. I get a slight bit of grains that are light compared to most Helles lagers that comes off sweet then turns to a bit of lemon peel. It does finish with a bit of wheat and sadly no banana.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drinks rather well.

Overall I was very surprised on this and maybe might track down the other Hefeweizen hybrids. Very different and drinkable beer.

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Photo of billybob
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a two finger white head that fades quickly with some lace. aromas of spice and fruit and yeast. taste wheat malt, yeast, with orange lemon tang finish. light to medium body and good carbonation. smooth tasting nice example of the style will definitely buy again.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky orange-yellow color with a thin head that quickly dissipates to just a few bubbles rising from the bottom. Smell is exactly what you might expect from a hefe, banana, cloves and spice; slightly sweet - very enjoyable. The taste is also pretty standard for a hefe; the clovey spice seems to dominate the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly heavy carbonation that enhances the brew. Overall, this is a very drinkable Hefe Weizen... one of the better ones out there. I guess if you've been around since 1672 you must be doing something right!

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Photo of stan66
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazzy golden tone similar to pineapple juice. head is medium with medium retention. High carbonation. Smell is coriander, citrus and malt. Some sweetnes. It is a really enjoyable beer. I would not hesitate to have it regularly. Taste is refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of clvand0
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy yellow with a small head that hangs around a while and leaves some lacing. The aroma is wheaty, but also has a bit of citrus sourness. The flavor is very nice. Creamy with bananas and clove and that wheat character. Body is just right and the drinkability is good. Not the best hefe I've had, but still a darn good one.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorites. Pours a nice Hefe head and depending on the beer, can be clear or cloudy. It is unfiltered. Some great, clovey, banana and orangy type flavors. Goes down very smoothly. A great session brew. Highly affordable and a staple of the hefe syle.

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Photo of gatorjames85
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this the other day

Pours a very cloudy gold with medium head that is slow to dissipate

the scent is filled with fruit notes and is fairly pleasant

taste is typical of wheat beers but richer with a good mouthfeel and
rich body

Good choice for the style

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was poured in a pint glass (this joint, City Tap House, only seems to serve beer in either pints or tulips). Perhaps had it been poured into a tall hefe glass, we would've received more head. What we did find was nice, but a bit short. The bright citrine yellow reminded me of springtime.

I would say the aroma is more floral than it is clove-like. Detected some unripe peach as well. Really wonderful and inviting.

Tastes as good as the best German hefes. What sets it apart, I think, is its custardy creaminess and an enhanced tarty bite at the back. The feel is just so smooth and silky.

Not as refined as some, but still holds together nicely. May or not drink this in great volume by itself. I'd suggest pairing this with some sorbet or any other light, fruity dessert.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass

A: a cloudy marigold colored brew with a big, fluffy head of white foam. settles slowly and leaves a cap of foam to the bottom of the glass

S: aromas of banana, clove, lemon, bread dough, and earth.

T: flavors of banana and lemon upfront balanced by earthy wheat. follow through to a finish with clove, pepper, wheat bread dough

M: a medium full body with a frothy entry that quickly becomes smooth and lush then finishes off dry

Overall, a very good sample of the style. I'm not a big fan of hefeweizens, but I could drink several of these.

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Photo of mullenite
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap in to a shaped pint glass (think smaller weizen glass)

Cloudy golden amber with a very creamy white head that settled slowly with some of the best lacing I have ever seen. This beer is absolutely stunning in appearance.

Smelled mainly of wheat and banana with just a little bit of clove peaking through. Almost pastry like smell.

Flavors were very similar to the smell and all of them lasted throughout the palette with wheat dominating up front and balancing with banana in the end.

Medium body with light carbonation, no real aftertaste and a very clean finish. This is extremely drinkable and makes for a very good beer to have a few of.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden in color with a rocky mirangue head. Lacing is impressive through the hazy body.

S: Loaded with delicious banana and cloves. Quite nice.

T: Slightly acidic, with delicious bread, bananas, and clove.

M: Medium body, slight chalk, and heavy carbonation.

D: A great example of a traditional hefe. Nothing too impressive, but a text book example of what a hefe should be.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden orange, with somewhat of a lackluster head considering the style. Rushing carbonation. Oranges hit at first sip but gives way to wheat bread and yeast with a touch of bananas. No real spiciness present. Overall a mellow but refreshing and enjoyable hefe.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Berwick Brewing pint glass.

A- Bright yellow with a darker shade once the dregs leave the bottle. A bright baby teeth white head on top with a sturdy base that leaves no lace.

S- Freshly peeled banana with a nice wheat backing. Some pale malt action with a small amount of lemon. Miniscule spice and earthy hop aroma.

T- A blast of small citrus, lemon, orange and such. Wheat up next with some small grass. Malty middle that is not too sweet, thank you. Bananas show up, but less than the smell. Spice is kept low, a bit of honey here qnd there.

M- A very light bodied beer with a taste that makes you think the body is bigger. Carb is there but does not bite the tounge. I can tell this is a 'fresher' bottle as it is not overly over run with sweet malt and dead hops, the green cones keep things in check.

D- One of the better hefes out the bottle in recent memory, I love finding fresh German beer which is sort of hit or miss with me.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on-tap at a random Irish Pub here in Boston, and I can't believe I have never tried it up to this point.

A pale straw colored body that is very hazy. A big, lumpy head that boasts some good retention and leaves a few strands of lacing behind.

Some bready and wheat aromas coupled with a touch of pepper and fruits including bannana.

Good flavor also. The bready characterisitcs that team up with the wheat to create a twang that is almost sour is the main foucs here, and it is very well done. But also in there are some fruity flavors like lemon and bannana. Just as in the aroma there is just a touch of pepper or coriander that comes through here. Well-balanced and adequately complex.

The mouthfeel is great. It has that almost creamy body that somehow still remains light and fluffy.

This sucker is pretty drinkable all right. A high quality wheat beer for sure.

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Photo of Timadae
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light cloudy golden colour with a bight, snowy white head.

The aromas are of banana, wheat and clovelike spice, not as aomatic as some other Weizens. But inviting al the same.

The taste is fresher than many other weizens i have tried again banana and mild sweet wheat.

Mouthfeel is much light than typical weisse beer with a nice almost delicate feel very silky and smooth.

The best Weizen i have tried yet one i could see me drinking more than one or two of.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, $1.79 at the Long Beach BevMo,

A: Pours a golden cloudy yellow, with a full white head with good retention, light lacing, sticky carbonation.

S: Bananas, pineapple, a bit of other trpical fruit.

T: Very fruity with ripe bananas and yellow apples dominating. No real clove element, on the sweeter side, but quite tasty for the style.

M: Light, crisp, a little watery, but overall nice.

D: One of the best hefes out there for sure, read about it in Michael Jackson's book and tried it. Inexpensive, tasty German beer.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Gave an inverted pour from a 16.9 oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

Nice hazy goldenrod color with a fluffy, foamy 2" head. Settles to about 1/4", leaves persistent spotty lacing.

Smells very "wheaty", lots of fresh ripe banana, a little bit of clove- less than a lot of other hefeweizens I've had. A little bit of a sugary tang I can't quite describe. Smells nice, fresh and inviting.

Tastes of lush wheat, a little lemon, then sweet creamy banana and a touch of bubblegum. It almost tastes like banana pudding. Still, it's not too sweet. Ends with more ripe banana/pudding and some soft wheatiness.

Pretty full bodied for a hef, but soft and smooth. Nicely carbonated, but could maybe stand a bit more. Ends fairly clean.

Overall a well made and pretty well balanced hefeweizen with a bit more going on than your standard malty bananas & clove. Sells for pretty cheap around here too. Not quite as good as Weihenstephaner or Live Oak, but stands out from most hefeweizen offerings.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark-cloudy yellow, dirty/murky pond cloudy in nature; a thin pure white ring that maintains a decent cap on this beverage. There are some noted bananas and somewhat of a peppery aroma; both of which will come into play in the flavorings. Up front, a decent come and go blast of bananas, cloves and some black pepper; lemon peel and some tart to the body. Very well rounded and balanced; the sharp flavorings make this very easy to drink; perhaps an underrated hefe!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 1 fl oz bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Impressive appearance - pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored hue with a gigantic foamy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Sweet, citrus and pear aroma replete with wheat and coriander...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with obvious nuances of granny smith apples, pears, canteloupe, melon, wheat, citrus, coriander, ripe fruits...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a superb level of drinkability to match...
Great stuff...
Excellent representation of the style...
Recommended...

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Photo of bigrzman
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the 500ml bottle into my 10th Mountain Division weiss glass. It looks golden and translucent like a natural weizen beer should. It has a thick creamy white head that is silky to the touch. By the way great lacing, it makes little islands of lace around the glass. Smells like banana bread and hard water. Tastes like banana bread, very bready and a little like apricot. Wheat is the name of the game and it is here! Medium body and well carbonated from the bottle conditioning. This is a thirst quencher that has some dry pucker to it. I can drink this in any season no problem and it goes down very easy as well.

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