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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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright cloudy dirty orange color with a beautiful dense pure white head. The head dissipated into a nice fluffy cap. The smell is of clove and banana bread, with a noticable wheat presence. A light clove and spice flavor, some lemon, with very light banana presence and a noticable lack of the wheat edge. Perhaps more grainy than most German hefes. The feel is disappointing. It is light and almost watery, lacks the wheat crispness, though finishes quite smooth. The lack of the wheat crispness, though untypical of a German hefe, leads to a more balanced and drinkable brew. This is a slightly odd hefe that doesn't follow the norm but is still quite good and worth a try.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite styles so I am generally above the average with Hefe. But this a very good one. Everything you want in a hefe, Smooth and clean with just a little pop and some sweetness but not a lot. Very tasty and easy to drink, excellent hefe and one wheat beer lovers must try.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - very nice wheat appearance with well formed head that holds retention nice.

Smell- Nice bready and malty notes

Taste - Very clean, light but nice flavors and extremely sessionable.

Mouthfeel - Very pleasant

Overall - Really nice heffe. Very enjoyable and light in flavor but full bodied.

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

Presentation: Labeled as a 1 [obviously US] Pint brown glass bottle. Labels look exactly like that in the BA Database Avatar. Has a best before date, one of those side label numbered nicked types, but it makes no sense to me.

Appearance: Lots of streamers punctuate the ever so slightly hazed golden body. Big white head forms easily and stays put after the pour. Nice thick lacing on the glass edges. Low-ish carbonation when swirled.

Nose: Cloves and bananas with a light yeasty feel that has some tart lemon and sharp tingle on the nose.

Taste: Very much a reflection of the nose. Soft bananas and cloves, nice yeasty middle, sharp lemon finish that rasps at times. Clean lines throughout and a very good Helles Hefe Weisse.

Mouthfeel: Rather light, but not lacking at all. Soft on the tongue to start with, but with a sharp tart ending to finish with. Nicely done!

Drinkability: Very tasty brew, and a really nice quaffer. The sharp aspects in the back end take a little getting used to but are easily taken on board, nevertheless I could manage a couple of these quite easily.

Overall: Sure this is a rather pedestrian style with more Teutonic producers that stars in the skies it seems. Nevertheless, I was rather taken by this one in the long run, it does stand out from the other "more average" versions. I will most certainly drop $1.90 for this one again, and any other Tucher brews that I come across. Great value!

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

Smells of honey, cinnamon, citrus, and wheat. The taste is good, citrus, wheat, some spices and cloves, and a bit of banana at the end. It is not as over the top with the bubble-gum flavor as other hefe weizen's I have tried, which is good.

OVerall, this is a good hefe weizen. It is not my favorite, but it is good none-the-less.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurred gold with a bountiful, rolling white crown.
Perfumes of banana bread- all wheaty and fruity- drizzled with vanilla frosting and augmented with clove.
Begins dryishly wheaty with, perhaps, some bicuity pils/pale malts included. Banana is next, and is generally light. Vanilla is interwoven. Clove is the dominate yeast-driven hue. Watermelon, pear and apple fruitiness arrive, especially as it warms. Traces of lemon peels too. Ends with lingering vanilla-fruit and dead grass hop puncuation.
Light bodied, structured more like a witbier than a hefeweizen.
And generally, it seems like a cross between the two.
Plenty drainable and nice enough.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap review of 06OCT03...
I had a 1/2 litre of this while in a little bar in Rothenburg called the Guckloch. It poured a cloudy, light golden shade, with a creamy-smooth, mousse-like white topping. The head lasts decently, with fair lacing. The nose is light clove with banana; pleasant yet mild. Has a bit less than medium body, with a creamy/bubbly/foamy feel on the tongue. Banana clove flavors dominate, and it is crisp and dry. As it warms a spiciness comes into play. A decent Bier, though not earth-shattering by any means. One or two will suffice. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Bottle review of 04AUG02...
The color of this bier is a lt. golden/yellow/straw-like hue. Some cloudiness after the yeast is added, and the head is creamy, white, fine and well-lasting. Not much lacework, though. Nose is a spicy yeast-clove combo. Some banana comes forth, also. I found the body a little thin, but it was still fairly smooth. Lots of banana flavors show through, and a nice spice bite (with more clove) adds to your drinking pleasure! Citrus notes round things up in the finish. Pretty good, but I wish it were more full-bodied, and the flavors could be more assertive. (4.0/4.0/4.0/3.5/4.0 - 3.95)


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Photo of Jeffo
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

Into my weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours relatively clear, but then quickly becomes more opaque. A cool effect indeed. A lighter yellow-orange, lighter than most weizen and looks a little pissy. A big fluffy white head eventually settles into a film. Medium carbonation with very little bubbles. Good lacing as well.

SMELL: Wheat malt with a decent amount of clove as well. A little bit weaker on the banana and lemon hops. Decent.

TASTE: Some wheat malt but a little weak overall. A bit of mild sweetness at the end, but pretty much lacks any punch. Nothing off, but nothing to talk about.

PALATE: Medium body and goes down creamy smooth with low end carbonation. No bite and finishes rather dry. Pretty good feel actually.

OVERALL: Not bad of course, but there was nothing much to the taste. That disappointed what was otherwise a good looking and feeling weizen. It doesn't offend at all, so it's definately drinkable, but I wouldn't go back for this one.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An all-round solid example of the style. Poured a moderately hazy peachy-caramel, with a gigantic, tight head. Both aroma and flavor were tinged with yeasty clove and banana flavors - neither to excess. Sweet white bread aspect to the malt with full mouthfeel cut with a bit of yeasty spice. Well done.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Hazy golden yellow color with a white head that thinned pretty quickly once a wedge of lemon was added. Bits of yeast on the bottom were effervescent during at least half the glass.
Aroma is faint spices, malted wheat and yeast.
Taste is a very well balanced blend of wheat beer flavors and a touch of citrus-like hops which became more pronounced after adding lemon.
Lighter end of medium bodied with a crisp, clean carbonation feel.
Extremely drinkable brew.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, capped.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy, yellow color with creamy, white foam that settled. The smell was tangy (citrus) and malty with light banana fruitiness. The taste was mildly malty with light citrusy tang, mild banana, a hint of vanilla, and a touch of yeast. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and medium carbonation. This was a light and refreshing hefeweizen, though a bit thin on body.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lemon/straw color. Big, creamy head with great retention.
Smell is citrus (lemon, orange), spice (pepper, clove), yeast, hops, mild malt.
Taste is all the above and nothing extra. An admirable quality, IMO, bringing everything to the palate that the nose promised.
Light bodied, smooth, light effervescence, with a somewhat watery finish. A good tasting beer but it just washed off the tongue like a swig of H2O. Better on tap.

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Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle pours a hazy, pale yellow color with an enormous, foamy, white head that sits atop the pils glass like shaving cream. Nice aroma of spicy hops, lemon/tangerine, and a hint of light chocolate and bananas. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and the beer is light to medium bodied. Taste is excellent and well balanced. Mandarin orange, grass, and coriander sit comfortably atop a mildly sweet malt profile. Very well crafted weizen that is highly drinkable with its assertive and well balanced taste.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

selection of beer-of -the -month club. Poured a cloudy yellow color with huge white long-lasting puffy head. Smell is appropriate for this style of beer. With a nice clove scent mixed with other spices. Mild banana also noted. Taste is a bit mild for taste with the flavors being more restrained than I prefer in a hefe weizen, but still a good beer. Finishes is light, refreshing, and very thirst quenching. A good solid hefe weizen, but a bit understated.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best looking Hefe I've had to-date. Emptied three bottles into two tall Weizen glasses, properly swirling in the yeast. Lovely hazy sunset glow with tendrils of yeast spidering just below the head. The head is white and fluffy and rocky and of great height (about three fingers). Marvelous. 5.0

Peppery yeast and ripe banana and clove. Touch of citrus and some day-old bread. Good stuff. 4.0

Very bready and grainy with a light spice component. Subdued fruits of banana and white grape. Light clove, that along with the banana, is more pronounced on the finish. Clean wheat malt flavors with a hint of Belgian tripel yeast and slight alcohol note. 4.0

Rich and creamy, soft and sudsy. Incredible mouthfeel, especially at the 45-50 degrees or so that I'm enjoying it. A beer to take out on the porch with you. 4.5

Very impressed by Tucher, and happy to have purchased a sixer for $12.99. Might have to come back for more, if I ever finish this hefeweizen project. 4.0

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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...

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Greenland, Salem MA

Served in a strange. Thin white head that never diminishes and rides down to glass bottom. One large sweeping arc of foam splayed upon the glass. I'd like a bigger, sexier head.

Aroma is more clove and pepper than banana. Husky.

My banan-o-meter is once again sadded by the lack of 'nana phenols. Clove and lemon zest dominate. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth but snappy yeast and carbonation could make this a summertime chug fest.

Not one of those give me a spoon for my banana pudding hefs that I prefer but a solid, easy drinking one in its own right.

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

Appearance: Cloudy yellow golden color with a half-inch snow-white head that retains superbly. The glass walls are coated with sheets of thick and unbroken lace. Some sediment drifts in the streams of slow-rising carbonation, a portion of the beer having been swirled in the bottle prior to pouring.

Aroma: Mild note of cloves, not as pronounced as typical for this style, followed by strong and savory fruit notes (apple and mild ripe banana), and perhaps pepper - a very appealing palette of aromas.

Taste: Begins with a whisper of carbonation across the tip of the tongue, soon followed by solid wheat notes, cloves and black pepper and a little hop bitterness. Mild notes of cloves linger on quite pleasantly long after the end of the taste. Finish is slightly dry.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and pleasant, free of any harsh or jarring aspects.

Drinkability/notes: A beer that exudes the quality that German brewing is noted for, but accessible enough that it could be used to introduce macro drinkers to the world of better beer. It would also serve well as a session beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I have not reviewed this beer. Its a hefe that I have enjoyed for a while now. It pours a slightly golden yellow color with the requisite cloudy appearance. A small head sat atop this one, but it was poured to minimize head. The aroma is bananas and cream, slightly sweet, but from the phenolics, not the malt. The flavor is wheaty, and full of banana, cream and clove, very well balanced and very nice. The feel was moderate with a light and lively carbonation that danced across my tongue. I think this is a fine example of the style. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is top-drawer for the style.
It looks and smells about average, but its taste is subtler than the typical fruity.
And this one is very, very smooth in the mouth; goes down very easy and with ease ... and enjoyment.
But this when you see it.

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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 flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, light yellow with a huge, foamy white head & some lacing.

Some banana, wheat, vanilla and cloves on the nose upfront that all work well together along with an overall sweetness. There is a little spice but I felt that the beer could have been slightly stronger smelling.

Lots of vanilla and banana upfront in the taste, this is followed by the wheat and clove from the nose. There is a background citrus aroma too but I would say this is just an average tasting hefeweizen.

Smooth, medium body and carbonation, it is a pleasant beer to drink & is quite refreshing.

An average wheat beer in my books, it is nice and drinkable but I feel that there are many others out there that are simply better than this one.


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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden straw hue with a thick, 3 finger head. Decent retention, leading to a consisent, somewhat sticky lacing.

Smell - Perhaps my nose is failing me, but there's very little aromatic quality here. Scant notes of clove and, and to a lesser extent, banana.

Taste - Clean, but remarkably underdeveloped. Faint hints of clove. Even less are the banana and bubblegum flavor that make a quick cameo before darting off to a weak, bland wheat finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a fresh, lively carbonation. Finishes with a touch of dryness. Entirely smooth and drinkable.

Overall - While it displays a tremendous amount of smoothness, the lack of any kind of assertive flavor is disappointing. How mellow is too mellow? This beer crosses the line. Strange, because their krystalweizen shows considerably more character than this.

Maybe just a skunked bottle?

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold to light copper in color. There's a fingernail of off white rests on top. Light lacing in the glass. Nice aroma of banana esters. The flavor is pale wheat and gentle banana esters. The mouth is light and smooth.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Classic Weihenstephan yeast smell with some spicy peppery notes
Appearance: hazy light gold with a nice crown of fluffy white that lasted deep into the beer, but didn’t lace
Flavor: The Weihenstephan taste comes through with banana and bubble gum flavors on a solid hop base. No hop taste and the whole thing is a bit sweet, but not cloying
Mouthfeel: A little carbonation prickle on a medium body. Some alcohol numbing
Overall Impression: Quite drinkable, but the alcohol snuck up and kicked me deep in the beer. Never saw it coming. Very drinkable, but dangerous. Very tasty, but I’ve had other hefes I’ve enjoyed more.

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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
3.86 out of 5 based on 567 ratings.
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