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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 OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty gold with a big fluffy white head. A touch hazy with light lacing.

Sweet wheat, some yeast and some banana at best. It is there, but you must dig.

Wheat, yeast, some spice, and tart lemon rounds this out. No funk or anything too overpowering. Great balance. Glass is empty in an instant. Yes, I was thirsty, but this was incredibly refreshing. Light bodied, just the right amount of carbonation.

$9.00 a six? Fantastic! Just a really decent version of this style. Not overpowering in the banana/clove area, and that really works. This could become my summer beer...

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Photo of kcr357
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy gold color, one finger or foam that dissipates quickly.
Smells of bananas and more bananas.
Lighter side of carbonation, very good wheat beer taste, perhaps lacking bite or punch, but still good. Well rounded, a bit watery.
I could drink plenty of these judging by taste, but being surprisingly heavy on alc(5.5), would def. do something stupid/hit on fat chicks.

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Photo of irisier
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a thick, pillowy white head that sticks around.

Smell: Slight fruitiness with some malts and faint herbal hoppiness.

Taste: Slightly sweet and nice and malty. Some faint fruit and pepper crispness. Also some hop bitterness that rounds things out nicely, ending each sip with a slight bready and hoppy flavour.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing with a pretty lively carbontion. Medium bodied.

Impressions: Excellent, definitely a must try for any wheat beer lover. Or any beer lover for that matter.

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

A - Pours a golden-yellow, obviously crystal-clear, with a brilliant sparkling effervescence, one finger of head that reduces small white foam cap. Typical Helles.

S - Smells of clean mountain spring water, minerals, really no discernible hop or malt, perhaps the aroma of bread from at least 3 miles away.

T - Tastes well-balanced and with a character that suggests a pristine alpine brew, super pale and very cleanly refreshing. As it airs out, it reveals an estery banana nut bread, sweet wheat tempered with subtly bitter hop, and a little German sweatiness. The flavor really progresses and enhances itself through the experience.

M - Refreshing, perfectly carbonated.

D - Very good.

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

Appearance: Tucher Hefeweizen pours an ultra-cloudy golden yellow, with a lovely billowy head to cap it off. This is exactly how a hefeweizen should look! There are also yeast chunks galore, which is right up my alley!

Smell: Banana is prominent in the aroma, but more banana bread than the fruit.

Taste: The taste follows the smell: quite bready with plenty of chewy yeast, just the way I like it! Not as citrusy as some hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel: The body is nice and creamy. It's also utterly smooth and very wet.

Drinkability: Light-bodied, smooth, full-flavored, low ABV...sounds pretty drinkable to me!

Notes: I underestimated this beer. Seeing as it's a Bavarian hefeweizen, I was expecting it to be good, but was not prepared for it to be as excellent as it is. This beer stands out for its bready taste and texture. Also, I'm a sucker for yeast, and this beer had a lot of it. I'm glad I got the end portion of this shared bottle, so as to get all the yeasty goodness possible.

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Photo of beerguru15
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer out as I love hefeweizen style beers and it as one of the few German beers at the store I was at that I hadn't tried before.

When pouring the Beer, it was a light golden color that you could see easily through to the other side

didn't pick up much smell from this, though there was a slight banana aroma

upon tasteing it I noticed how smooth and "light" that it actually was. Being that the word "hell" means light in German I had a feeling that this beer will be a similar but weaker overall taste than a traditional German Hefe

The mouth feel was very light and short lasting

Overall I found this beer to be very drinkable, though I prefer a hefe to be a little stronger in taste, this would be great if you want something that's lighter tasteing and would be great after a night of drinking also. Highly recommended and would try again.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy, pale gold with floaties and a pure white head.

S: Bananas, earthy wheat, cloves and a citric note. Nothing to set this aside from an average hefeweizen.

T: Very clean, refreshing wheat body with a nice earthy malt backbone. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

D: A six-pack candidate for a football night or a summer bbq.

Value: Easy to find and good price make this brew a good go-to hefe. When you just wanna drink some decent wheat beer without thinking about it too much, this is a decent choice.

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Photo of adamette
1.75/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Live review. Poured from the 16.9 oz. brown vertically oriented bottle that I received as a Christmas gift from Mat & Christine into my Ayinger gold rimmed 0.5 L Weizen glass. I must say, this is the perfect glass for this beer.

A Sediment which was visible before even opening the bottle is chunky and floating about the orange/yellow body. The head was white, 3 to 4 inches but dissapeared all too quickly and now is non existent (some 3 minutes later). I wish the head stuck around but it remains an interesting look. 3.5

S This is not a good smelling beer. Repeated whiffs brought to mind a freshly chlorined pool, some stale Pine-Sol in a dirty bucket, some wet, rotting barley malt but none of the qualities that I value in this style. Amazingly, I get no light wheat malt smells. Very dissapointed. If I chose beers to drink on smell alone I would simply not try this one. 1.0

T/M A flat, thin mess of organic grain tastes and again none of the qualities that I have come to love in this style. The complete lack of carbonation reduces this beer to thick water with some unpleasant grain tastes. 2.0

D Not good. There is no reason in my mind that you would want such unpleasant smells and tastes in a beer and there is no surprise to me that I did not want to drink it. 1.5

Notes: This will likely be my lowest rated beer of its style for a long time to come. Normally I really go for beers in this style and that is why I am so dissapointed.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle, the beer displays a large foamy head with beautiful retention. It has a cloudy honey color with bits of sediment floating around in the glass.

The smell is spicy sweet with an orange citrus character noticeable. Pleasingly aromatic in the nose.

It tastes of a sweet, mildly bready wheat with a bit of a tart finish that leaves my mouth watering for another sip. Flavorful definitely, but subdued. There is plenty to taste but they've made sure not to overdo it.

A medium body as far as mouthfeel goes. Very smooth. Excellent drinkability as these go down all too easily. I would recommend this beer not only to fans of the style, but to all beer drinkers. An excellent Hefeweizen that shouldn't be missed.

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Photo of bret27
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle to weizen glass

S: Bananas, lemon meringue, yeast, dust, bread

A: Light yellow, and not actually very cloudy compared to others. Great fluffy head, that hangs around forever.

T: Bananas, sweetness, lemon, yeast, a little tangy funky yogurty zip at the end. Definitely unique.

M/D: Average to thin, little thickness and slippery probably d/t wheat. Very drinkable. Refreshing and minimal alcohol presence.

Overall: Not a hefeweizen expert, but compared to other German ones I've had this seems to be pretty good and tasty, but not super good.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer served in a wheat beer glass. Beer is cloudy (shocking I know) and yellow. Carbonation is high and steady, and the head leaves a lot of lacing as it falls away and the beer is consumed. Head is white and made up of tiny bubbles.

Beer has the classic and all important ester smell associated with wheat beers. There is also some smell of yeast which I find a little odd.

This beer is a good example of a standard, run of the mill, hefeweizen methinks. It is a crisp, wet, medium to low bodied beer, without a strong flavor, no cereal aftertaste, finishes cleanly with about as high of drinkability as you can have. My complaint about this beer is while I can taste the esters and fruit like character if I focus, it is rather hidden by the thin mouthfeel of this beer. I thoroughly enjoy a refreshing and thin beer, do not mistake me, I just wanted more. Overall a good hefe though.

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

I poured this Hefeweizen from a 1 pint bottle into a pint glass. The head is a really tightly formed and has great, webby retention. The beer in the glass is a thick, golden hue, allowing just a small point of light in the bottom of the glass.
Upon first sip I get an aroma and taste of bananas. This beer is very light in the mouth with the carbonation fairly high, and leaves the slightest trail of hops in the mouth. For what its worth, I find this beer to be much smoother and more drinkable than its American brethren.

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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 r0nyn
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Color is the typical lovely hazy gold of the weizen beers, with a nice two-inch head that dissipates gradually, leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. Smell has a fruity, slightly citrus-y aroma. Bit of a slight tartness arising out of the malts as well. Interesting to say the least.

Tiny bit of bitterness to kick things off on the taste, followed quickly by a snap of bubblegum flavoring, then the prevalent wheat and yeast esters of the brew. Slight banana and citrus starts off the back end, but with little of the breadiness that is present in other examples of hefeweizen. In its place, there's actually a bit of an alcoholic tinge to it, giving the beer a little sourness to it that was unexpected. It seemed to disappear and reappear with subsequent sips. Pretty unusual. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth, giving it a pleasant feeling around the palate along with the just-right carbonation.

Drinkability is good, though it is one of the more interesting hefes I've had. Has that typical hefeweizen look, but certainly a very unique taste. Still nowhere near Weihenstephaner's effort, but a serviceable beer nonetheless.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance is a hazy light gold color with a white, fluffy two-finger head with pretty good retention.

Smell is moderate, a yeasty bread smell with a little citrus to it.

Taste is of hops and citrus. Slightly grainy with an almost floral finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and a little carbonation bite.

Drinakbility is pretty easy. Probably a little more refreshing then some other hefeweizen beers. But I have had better.

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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

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 GordonQuid
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 22 oz pilsner glass.

Chill haze straw in color with a rocky one inch head and ample lace.

Smells of ripe apples and cloves. As it warms I do detect a spicey floral note too.

Taste is crisp light spicey hop and fruity ester. Some bananna and clove but not too over-the-top with the yeast profile. A bit watery and slightly grassy earth note.

This is a quaffable brew. Very light and refreshing. I would say this is the "lawn-mower" Tucher.


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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of spices and cloves, a hint of banana. Taste has mild banana and spice, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This tall bottle of Tucher came off the shelf with a cloudy light orange appearance in my glass and a generous spongy looking head. It had a light scent to it and the first taste was a smooth taste of style elements such as vanilla, clove, and coriander.
The mouth feel was highlighted by a slightly sour taste to it, which came and went with further tastings.

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Photo of katan
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a hazy, bright golden color. head formation is strong, well retained at about a mm. Bright white in color. Unfiltered with a bit of yeast floating around.

S - A grainy wheat astringency is most dominant, with only the light amount of yeast banana sweetness in the background.

T - Starts off very dry, grainy, and edgy. Mid-stream is more of a bitter bite, but not as much to the flavors. In the final flourish a bit of banana clove yeast notes make an appearance, which quickly disappear into an astringent aftertaste.

M - Moderate to light body - edgy carbonation profile. Little sensation is retained on the tongue.

D - Fairly easy drinking, good summer beer - although I find its refreshing aspects to be minimal compared to others of this style.

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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 ohmybock
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. It pours a quite pale straw color in the glass until the yeast is added. The normal clove, banana, spice aromas I enjoy are almost non-existent in the nose. There's something else in the aroma which almost makes me think this brew may be past its prime, but I'm not sure. Flavor is mostly wheat with very little typical hefe spice/fruit. Drinkable? Yes, and it's better than most light beers, but it's certainly not memorable. Is this normal for this beer or is it past its prime? This brew seems to be bordering on "American wheat ale" territory, which is pathetic for a true German brew. For now, I'll assume this is how this beer is supposed to taste. Unless I can find an easy-to-decipher date code on a future bottle of this beer (so that I know it's fresh), I won't be buying any more. Still, I would easily take this brew over any American macro brew or other light-ish offering.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter bottle into a tall Weizen glass

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden. Small foamy head that didn't retain long.

Smell: Yeasty with scents of clove and sweet fruits. Also a noticeable alcohol whiff for a relative lower ABV beer.

Taste: Thinner and spicier than most Hefe's and not quite as sweet. More spice than fruit or bubblegum. Not one of the better Hefe's I've had, but not terrible either. Fairly mediocre. It's interesting that they call it a "Helles" (or "bright") HefeWeizen, because "bright" is not a flavor profile I would associate with this beer.

Mouth feel: Thin and low carbonation. Somewhat lifeless.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but I prefer other German Hefe's (Weihenstephaner or Franziskaner) slightly over this one. There are even some American made Hefe's I like a little better (Sprecher or August Schell's).

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

A- Cloudy golden yellow with large white head.

A- Yeasty. Light lemony aroma. Light banana.

T- Semi sweet malt. Not much banana, very lightly fruity.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking beer.

D- Tasty. Seemed a little different than most hefeweizens.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While shopping for Saisons last week that will soon be included in a blind taste-off, I couldn't help reaching for a hefeweissbier that doesn't break the bank, nor have I ever tried before. $2.29 at Cable Beverage, Bardonia, NY.

Served in a traditional weissbier glass at just over fridge temperature. The numbers 2 and 4 are notched on the label of this 16.9 oz. bottle.

Appearance- A beautiful cloudy bright gold, this beer is a fine looking example of this wonderful style. The head peaks at about three fingers, then condenses down to a thick mat without much in the way of lacing. My glass is glowing with incandescence that beckons a first sip.

Smell- Excellent presence and subsequent balance of clove, banana, and wheat malt, finishing with a whiff of spice that places a razor's edge on the aroma. Sweet and fruity with that signature banana bread nose, It's elegant and full. There's even a hint of vanilla, like 'Nilla Wafers cookies coming through as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- A wonderfully balanced display of wheat malt, banana, and clove that carries a subtle sweetness which doesn't take anything away from it. The finish exemplifies this sweet character, more prominent than any hefeweizen that I've ever sampled.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- You could hold this beer is your mouth for quite a while and it remains slick and creamy, providing a pleasant canvas for the flavors to develop and show themselves. A very impressive and enjoyable Bavarian classic, again offering more of a dessert quality to the taste with its sweet, cookie-like personality.

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