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%
 
 
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35
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Photo of JEdmund
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Bright yellow and cloudy with a towering white head; head lingers and lingers, looking like a dollop of whipped cream; healthy stream of carbonation; some lacing left

Smell
Strong yeast aroma with some banana/clove notes

Taste & Mouthfeel
Bright and lively flavors; fruity (apples, pears), tart (somewhat lemony), a bit o' honey, and a lingering sweet doughy finish; crisp carbonation, somewhat thin body but ultra smooth; no weak points to speak of; it doesn't pack a huge punch, but it shouldn't since it's a helles--still, full-flavored

Overall
Flavor from start to finish, nailing the style perfectly. A really enjoyable brew.

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: cloudy and dark yellow. Head sticks around for a while like a merengue.

S: Mostly wheaty and bready. Not a terrible amount of cloves or banana. But still present.

T: slightly bubblegumish; vanilla.

M: very crisp and refreshing but the yeast gives something to chew on a bit. Smooth.

D: Very refreshing and a pretty good example of a balanced hefe.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a tulip glass from a bottle...
5.35 ABV, 137 calories
originally tasted 9/8/08, retasted w/ a more educated palate on 1/30/09

A-4.5, golden cloudy straw color, cloudy bright yellow, great 2 finger head and excellent head retention & growth on pour
S-4.5 lemon citrus & citrus TARTNESS, wheat in background, minoe
clove spice notes linger on nose
T-5.0 - TASTE IS THE LEADER ONE THIS TASTING, I DIG THIS STUFF, tart & crisp on palate, smooth but crisp wheaty-ness/bite
MF-4.5 tart but equally balanced for a hefe, not to overly carbonated like some can be, appropriatte wheat body as I would prefer....
D5.0- a solid session hefe brew for sure, you gotta like wheat & hefe tartness to like this one, but it's right on in my book!!!

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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 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 scoobybrew
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head

S - wheat malt aroma with some cloviness

T - light wheat malt flavor accented mostly by hops, but also with some clove-like character

M - light, creamy body with high carbonation

D - This is a decent German wheat, if not a little average. I think a little more banana aroma and flavor would be welcome. However, this also might be a function of the age. It's quite thirst quenching on this warm day.

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Photo of changeup45
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real solid German Hefe. Hazy yellow color with a thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, spices and some grassy malt. Very nice crisp tasting beer, citrus banana flavor with some spice. Nice and full and very refreshing. Can't go wrong with this on a hot day.

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

16.9 oz brown bottle. Pale and hazy yellow in color, this Bier offered up a huge head with a sticky white lace all throughout. Snappy and banana-loaded in the nose. Fruity notes all over. Smooth and refreshing with a nice carbonation. The balance between the malt and yeasty esthers was really good. Great bready, yeasty flavor. Overall, fantastic. I have passed this one over for years, yet I have no idea why. One of my favorites available here in the States right now. I will reach for this one again in a heartbeat. Highly drinkable, refreshing, and yet still with enough "umph" to make veteran quaffers say "wow".

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy pale yellow with decidedly more of an orange hue at the top than the bottom. The head is a massive rocky mass and hangs around forever.

Aroma is bready and yeasty with a ton of complex spices. certainly nutmeg and corriander. Notes of lemon grass, orange peel, and banana.

Taste is milder than the nose led me to expect. Grainy and bready, light fruit and a touch of yeast funk. Spices are quite mild, with a rather peppery aspect. Finish has a touch pf lemony zing and leaves a residue of banana and spice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. I would prefer a richer feel.

Overall I expected more depth and complexity of flavor. The nose was very rich and interesting, but the taste fell short. Still this is a worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow with a bit of cloudyness, and a huge pillowy head, great lacing and retention.

Has a nice bit of light citrus and banana in the nose along with some yeast and wheat.

The taste has a nice mild bit of wheatyness along with some light sweet orange, banana, and mango flavors has just enough light grassy hops to even out the fruity sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy but a bit on the wattery side.

A pretty decent hefe, a bit thinner on flavor than some others, but and easy drink on a hot summer day.

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

Serving type- 16 ounce bottle poured into a hefe glass.

A- Pours a dirty, muted golden blond. At time of pour there is a nice one finger head that dwindles down to a white lace.

S- Smells of lemon and spices, mainly pepper. Also hints of bannana and other fruits.

T- Nice and smooth taste that ends with a crisp aftertaste. Nothing overpowering about this beer,it has a nice flavor combination with the spice and fruit flavors. Good malt and wheat presence that carry the beer at the beginning of the taste.

Picked this up at a local grocery store and was glad to have given it a try. A good solid German hefe that is a pleasure to drink. I have tried other German hefes before and while Tucher does not equally stand up to them this is still a good beer, that if available you should try.

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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 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 saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a nice hazy gold into my Tucher weizen glass, perfect big fizzy white head forms. Aroma is thick with spicy lemon pepper and sort of a sprite-like mime aroma, very citrusy, but not as much banana as usual for these German hefes. Taste is smooth, lemony, a lot more forceful than some others from the style, a bit tart with lots of clove.

A different take on the style, but still a very strong beer though not quite up to par with Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I gave this a try, it was really skunked. Hope this one is better. Poured into a weizen glass from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

Appears a cloudy golden yellow with a two finger white head. Sinks down fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is very mild compared to other Hefeweizens. A bit of banana and some clove spiciness, but it seems to be behind the bready wheat malt.

Taste is first of light citrus and a bit of tartness. Finishes with a bready, almost buttery aftertaste that was strange on the first sip but went away.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, about where it should be for a Hefe.

This isn't really one of my favorite Hefeweizens. Seems to be pretty weak overall. Practically no aroma and a taste that is only slightly better makes it less than desirable when there are brews like Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, and Paulaner sitting right next to it.

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

A: Cloudy blonde two finger white head that almost . Very nice lacing. Head sticks around

S: Bananas, sweet wheat breads. Mild maltiness.

T: Lemon grass intermingled with bananas. Nice sour notes in the background. Nice crisp dry finish.

M: Nice body here. Feels good to drink.

D: Not too sweet actually kinda sour,very drinkable all season brew.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really nice looking golden straw color. Very cloudy. 2 fluffy fingers of white head.

S: More on the wheaty side of heffs. No real banana or clove.

T: Just a really solid wheaty heff. The yeast makes it mark in the middle but it begins and ends with the wheat.

M: Nice smooth light to medium body.

D: Great summer beer. Refreshing and crisp. Flavor could be a little more pronounced but still a solid beer.

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Photo of bboven
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BRight, bold orange cloudy body with more than a finger of head that lasts forever and lots of sheeted lacing.

The yeast shines in the aroma with a big hit of spiced oranges and just a little bit of pepper.

The taste is very sweet, once again, lots of citrus dominating the palate but it's very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, but that's really the only bad thing I could say about this beer. Very slightly drying at the end.

An excellent beer, now that I found it I'll be stocking up!

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Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a big white head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Carbonation bubbles continously rise through the brew. The bottle lacks the yeast sediment or otherwise it would be perfect.

It smells of cloves, lemons, banana, grass, and then some wheat malt.

Cloves up front in the taste, some lemon then the wheat malt takes over. Somewhat sour overall. No bitterness at all in the flavor.

Has a disapointing watery body. Very thin even for a hefe. The carbonation is evident but not harsh.

Definately refreshing and a fast drinker. The low ABV helps drinkability. A good value.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Huge creamy 4 finger head. Hangs around for awhile and falls to 1/4 inch cap that stays for the duration. Some lacing. Hazy pale yellow. Looks great.

S - Nice sweet banana aroma backed by wheat malt. Phenols are hiding around faintly and come out more as the beer warms.

T - Focus is obviously on the wheat malt more than esters or phenols. Somewhat on the bland side. Slightly sour wheat malt prevails throughout. Late palate a quick bitterness peaks, but softens out just as quickly with some graininess and a very minimal phenolic character. Finishes very clean.

M - Fairly light bodied for a hefe, even a little bit watery. Carbonation is a little too low as well.

D - While not as intense as other hefes and not the best I've had, it's muted, more homogenized flavor makes it a decent session beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the featured bottles on special this past Saturday at The Field in Central Sq. Poured right into the bottle into a Tucher hefe glass. What's not to like about this beer? Huge white head and beautiful yellow cloudy color. Tons of banana in the nose. Flavor wise, it ranks right up there with the best of them. Loads of clove, spice and bubble gum aspects all down the throat. I could drink these all night. One of the best (and most popular) hefes that you can find regularly out of Germany.

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

Here we go! Tucher is awesome! My buddy and I went to a heavy metal bar recently and we got the tall bottle of this stuff and albeit it was pricey, this stuff truly hit the spot.

Appearance is nice and thick with a strong, cloudy amber color with a frothy head. It looked incredibly fresh and felt really cold.

Smell was great. The beer smelt strong with wheat and some hops, but the wheat smelt excellent and really enhanced the overall bottle smell too.

Taste was great. The wheaty, frothy brew was nice and thick without any flaws. No outside factors harmed the brew and it felt rich, full and satisfying.

Mouthfeel was very good. It was filling, very thick for a hefeweizen and satisfying. As mentioned before, the strong wheat aroma really made this stuff awesome.

Drinkability is a must. If you're going for good stuff that you wanna pay a little bit of cash on, get some of this and throw an orange peel in there for some good measure. Your tongue will thank you later!

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

from the same store as several other german brews i've picked up recently in beijing.

500ml can

very bright, golden straw color, nearly like a plain lager if it wasn't hazy with yeast. lovely head that fades to wispy layer. decent couple big rings of lace.

fruity aroma, more towards apple. only slight traces of banana and yeast.

flavor is standard weizen, without too many phenols or esters to distract. good maltiness in the background, faint acidity, and mild bitterness which finishes nicely. seems to have an almost parsley character to the hop?

smooth, although sometimes approaching watery. nice carbonation.

decent enough.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extreme head with a rocky return. It leaves ring lace without a sip. Completely opaque from the cloudiness. Light will shine through the gold color, but barely.

Clean and surprisingly light wheat smell. A little bit of band-aid here. Lemon peel and clove.

Strong wheat smell; relatively dry finish. Lots of caribbean spices: all spice, nutmeg. The lemon zest shows up in the swallow. The aftertaste is very short. It's a refreshing drink. Full bodied and highly carbonated.

Not my style, but still one of the better wheat offerings I've had.

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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
3.86 out of 5 based on 580 ratings.
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