Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen | Brauerei Tucher Brau

BA SCORE
87
very good
580 Ratings
Tucher Helles Hefe WeizenTucher Helles Hefe Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau
Germany
tucher.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
580
Reviews:
304
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.21%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
86
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 580 |  Reviews: 304
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was not planning to buy a bottle of this, so sampling on tap at Abbey brewing in Miami Beach, courtesy of Raymond worked for me. This was OK, and quite average. The good thing is Abbey gets the carbonation right for their taps, and move so much beer that everything is always fresh.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger thick white head with excellent lacing on a cloudy pale golden body. Aroma of wheat, grains, barley, orange peel and hint if pineapple. Flavor contains similar flavors but light on the malts, mosty wheat and grains with orange peel and more pineapple. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, simple and borderline in flavor strengths.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, clove, yeast, and banana. Taste is of wheat, clove, and caramel covered bananas. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen but not something I would look for again.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like good german hefe, so its always cool to have a new one, and this beer was the perfect compliment to a true authentic chicago deep dish pizza pie. some light contrast to the heaviest meal on the planet. pale pale yellow, and super clear for a hefeweizen, until the last few drops of the bottle come out. the head is tall and white, rich, almost too rich looking for the light beer it rests on, and it lasts forever. the nose is all banana and watered down wheat malt, not nearly as creamy and textured as some of these, which i do enjoy, but i also like the lightness of this one, especially in the context of my meal. the carbonation is also really charged up, helping it wash down the heavy food and cleanse my palate perfectly every time. the banana esters are strong in the taste, but its not a candied sort of thing like it can be, its just a real delicate thing, really soft and clean, not distracting or obnoxious. i have not had a german hefe this light i dont think, i could power slam these all summer long, and maybe i will now. great compliment to big rich food.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of apple, citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste has a slight amount of sweetness and flavors of apple, banana, clove and wheat.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter version of most traditional German Wheat beers. Lighter in color, flavor, and alcohol. Looks lighter and brighter yellow, lemon like. High carbonation. Dense white persistant head. Laces well. Smells mildly on the citrusy side with yeast and spice tones. Tastes more citrusy than most. Light spices, pepper, clove, bananna, and bubble gum flavors. More cidery than most Wheats. Ligher body, perhaps falls a bit watery. Carbonation almost scrubs the palate. Quite refreshing, crisp, and not as creamy as expected.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

5.2% ABV per the label on my 500ml brown glass bottle. It has a flashy label which initially turned me off to buying it; it looks like a graphic design major went batshit crazy, and doesn't exactly call to mind storied German brewing tradition. But I digress...

BB: 9/14/16 if I'm reading the odd notching system correctly. I picked up this bottle in a Carrefour supermarket in Kardamena, Kos, Greece, and the label has Greek as well as English ad Deutsche text.

Served cold and side-poured into a pilsner glass in my hotel room. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 4 fingers wide. White in colour. Okay complexion and consistency. Decent thickness. Not a real full, frothy, or creamy head. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Cloudy bright yellow. It's not the hazy unfiltered appearance I look for in a good hefeweizen, and approximates the body of a witbier.

Not a great looking hefeweizen by any stretch, but it's above average outside of style conventions. It has my curiosity.

AROMA: Full fresh wheat, lemon zest, lemon peel, citrusy esters, banana and clove from the yeast/hefe, and clean barley. A fresh, clean, and appealing aroma of average strength. The wheat itself is lovely. I'm looking forward to the first sip. Any hop aromatics are quite tame - which is to style.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Fresh wheat, lemon zest & peel, citrusy esters, and plenty of banana from the yeast. It's pretty much the beer you'd expect based on the aroma, but the clove is much more reticent than anticipated. Interestingly, lemon zest dominates, veering this wheat beer more towards witbier territory.

It's well-balanced and has the trademark simplicity of the style, but lacks the elegance and subtleties of world-class examples thereof.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

It's hard not to like. The quality of the wheat is evident, and when that's the foundation of the beer, it's bound to be good.

TEXTURE: Fresh, crisp, clean, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Light to medium-bodied. Neither too thick nor too thin. Has a good overall presence on the palate. This texture complements the taste rather well, even if the beer is a biteen overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: It's a nice hefeweizen and I'm glad it's available in Greece, but when in Germany I doubt I'd reach for this with other superior hefeweizens on the shelf (Ayinger, Franziskaner, even Erdinger). Absolutely worth trying and very enjoyable. It's not quite the orange-peel heavy type of hefeweizen I personally prefer, but it's not the clove-laden type of hefeweizen either. More a compromise between a hefeweizen and a witbier. Very drinkable.

High C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a fluffy head that exhibits good retention and lacing

Smell: Decent aroma of banana and clove esters; plenty of doughy wheat as well

Taste: Starts out with a banana wheat character with a touch of clove spice that builds, mid-palate; the finish is rather tart with a hint of the banana continuing to poke through

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A little less flavorful than some of my favorite hefes, this is nonetheless a good example of the style

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden hue with a foamy white head about 2-fingers and leaves lacing.

S - Smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - The wheat and clove flavors come through with a sweet kick. Also, subtle notes of spice.

M - Sharp and crisp. Beer is light to medium-bodied.

D - A nice hefe. It is certainly worht picking up again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy, yellow gold with a good head that holds up fairly well. The aroma is mainly of clove and fruit above a sweetmalt and limited banana. The body is thin, but zesty, and creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a fruity malt with clove and a very light banana. The finish is refreshing with a touch of hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Not exactly a stand-out weizen for any particular reason, but quite flawless and seductive nonetheless. An excellent choice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.
I like this a bit better than my earlier tasting/tasting indicates, but then it has a very low tasting. This time, I am more confident I have a fresh bottle. Still, Very mediocre beer with nothing standing out for recommendation. But then, this is not a style I particularly like.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Big T's in Lawton, Michigan. Served in a restaurant-branded pint glass.

Hard pour into the pint glass yielded a really nice three-finger head atop a hazy light golden brew. Plenty of sticky lacing as the beer made its way down the glass. The nose was a bit tame with only mild clove presence. Instead, the banana and bubblegum were more toward the forefront. Still, a bit light overall. The flavor was a bit bready with some mild yeast. Nothing too exciting. The feel was light to medium without the requisite level of spritzy carbonation I love in a hefe. Also, the lack of clove spice was a disappointment. Overall, this was a nice brew with dinner, though not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow with a a huge blooming head nice yeasty sediment down toward the bottem of the glass.The aroma is very banana-like and yeasty.Taste is of cloves and bananas with wheaty finish and aftertaste, this beer rounds into form nicely with a lemon to go with the yeasty spiciness.Very easy going down nice for the hot weather.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with two fingers of dense, white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves average lace.

S - Spicy wheat with some grainy pilsner character underneath. Notes of honey, clove, and banana in the background.

T - Dense malt notes of honey and smooth wheat up front with some yeasty notes of clove. A bit of banana character comes out in the middle. Spicy clove and pepper notes continue through the finish with more banana and thick malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Drinkable, with all of the standard flavor characteristics of the style, it almost becomes a bit citrusy in the finish and it kind of reminds me of a witbier by the time it gets to the aftertaste. Not my favorite weizen, but a decent one nonetheless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, bananas, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with a wheat flavor that isn't quite as strong as most others in the style. Then there is some lemon and light malt sweetness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are a few others in the style that I would choose first but this is a very solid Hefeweizen to drink for a long time.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose of banana, slight fruitiness, wheat, clove, yeast. Taste banana, wheat, slight citrus & buttery notes, clove, apples. Light body with medium carbo.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.86 out of 5 based on 580 ratings.
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