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 Curtis
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At first i was a little disappointed in this one. Poured super chunky with lots of little floaties. As a homebrewer I am used to sediment, but this was excessive and crossed into unappetising. The head disappeared within 2-3 seconds. Unfiltered, it settled quikly to a hazy gold that helped improve initial reactions. Nice fresh and clear aroma of banannas, but little if any hops odors. Mouthfeel is mild..slight carbonation tingle. Taste is citrus, not overly so, but that is about it. No malt, no bitter hops, some yeast flavors. Mild, just not exceptional. It got better once it settled and halfway throught the glass i finaly got a clear taste, but nothing really stands out about this beer. Would go decent with chinese, especially washing down hot mustard or extra spicy general tsaos chicken... other than that, i would try something else next time. Maybe i got a bad or srale/old batch? Will check the date and if so try again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No obvious bottled-on date.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Beer has a huge off-white head that's very frothy, almost like meringue. Declines over many minutes to a constant 0.5cm cap. Leaves some good lacing on glass sides, streaks and blotches. Body is quite light, a golden yellow in the shadows and a faint yellow when held up to a light. Hazy from the yeast, though I can still see my hand through the glass. Not as yeast-intensive as other weizens? Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma is fairly simple: fairly watery wheat/barley malt, yeast, lemon citrus, applesauce. Compared to other hefeweizens, this is rather tame, almost lacking.

Taste opens with some light sweetness that fades into lemon, faint yeastiness and banana, all a bit watery, but still above average. Taste fades fairly quickly on the palate, leaving a fairly cracker-like aftertaste with very faint residual esters and sweetness. Tartness lingers in the back-sides of the palate.

Medium-bodied with a carbonation level that is satisfying for the moderate heaviness of this beer. Feels smooth and fairly creamy on the palate. Finish is dry and slightly tart. A refreshing beer overall.

While this was very easy to drink, it seemed lacking in aroma and taste relative to other hefeweizens that I've had. Overall, just above average for the style.

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

I actually found a good beer at Downtown Disney! Had it at the Raglan Road, the Irish pub.

Pours medium orange, a bit hazy, pretty standard for this style. Had an inch or so of fluffy head, looking standard again. Smells like a hefeweizen with hints of sweet bananas, cloves, and sweet breadiness. Taste follows with a yummy balance of sweetness, yeasty sourness, and heavy malts. Good beer. Good hefeweizen.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle
Prominent head slowly settles down leaving a thin layer of foam and minimal lacing.
Beer is a pale orange gold in color. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, but not unpleasant, though it is somewhat lacking in classic banana/clove/yeast notes.
Taste is nice and refreshing, but once again too subdued for my liking.
Very faint citrus and yeast notes are detectable.
Mouthfeel is fuller than I expected with nice tight carbonation keeping things moving along nicely.
Overall this is a lighter take on the style than I prefer but it still is a decent brew.
Would probably serve well as an introduction to the style.

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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 filabrazilia
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a large white head that dissipates after time. Pieces of sediment swirl and float in the beer.

The smell is pretty faint--banana and yeast.

The taste is a little stronger--nicely balanced with the right amount of fruit and yeast. Pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing with a slight dry and tart finish.

Not a bad hefe-weizen to enjoy on a hot summers day.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While there are hints of banana on the nose and palette, the complexity of this weiss beer is masked by quality hops that compete, instead of co-exist, with the barley. One thing's for sure, this is real beer. You can trust most anything out of Germany and Tucher is no exception. In the bars, when I can't find Hacker-Pschorr and I'm in the mood for a good weiss, I'll often turn to Tucher. Unfortunately, it's rarely on tap. But, compared to other Bavarian weisses like H-P and Konig-Ludwig, Tucher leaves me wanting a lot more. The banana notes mellow out to a quasi-vegetable palate and, were it not for the strict German brewing laws, I could see a beer like this easily falling the way of domestics.

The aftertaste again reminds us that this is a decent beer and better than a lot of stuff you'll find. The bananas come up again and then give way to a delicate lemon. A nice lacing continues down the glass after the very rich and spectacular head dies down; out of the bottle, the head is so thick it looks like it came from a nitro-tap.

Still, I can't make amends with the competing flavors in this beer. They cause it to actually lose complexity and, in the end, that vegetable bite on the tongue dominates.

A good beer, well-priced (I paid about US$8 for a six-pack), and recommended. There's enough in this to please a lot of people. It pours gorgeously, drinks easily, has a decent abv, and, if you allow yourself to experience it, the banana note is lovely. But if you see Hacker-Pschorr or Konig-Ludwig, opt for those. And for anyone interested in intense fruits (galaxies beyond Tucher) go for Three Floyds' Alpha King or Three Floyds' Gumball Head Wheat.


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Photo of Murrhey
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head with the cloudy orange body of a Hefeweizen. Medium retention, watery lacing.

S- Sugary esters, banana and cloves. Pungent and sweet.

T- Sugary and a bread-like body that finishes with little linger. Not as great as some other hefs I've had but not bad.

M- Bready quality and chewy carbonation. Quite nice.

O- Another day, another hef. This one is good but not great in my opinion.

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Photo of colts9016
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange yellow cloudy with a white thin head.
Nose orange wheat lemon yeast/
Taste orange wheat thin yeast lacing between the swill.
Finish nill.
Overall an okay beer, a pour foundation. I had hopes for this beer, it let me down. An okay Heffe..

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Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Poured with a very large white head. The body had a hazy yellow-orange color as to be expected from a beer of this style.It didn't have any depth to the smell. It was pretty much what one expect from a hefe as far as the aroma goes.

Overall it was very smooth and drinkable. I think it would make a great session hefeweizen.

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Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice weizen from this Franconian brewery. All the right aromas and flavors we’ve come to expect from the style.Slight metallic tinge in the finish....

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden body topped by a decent head of off-white foam. The flavor is definitely fruity with a mixture of banana and some spicy overtones.

The nose is hefe all the way with the faintest whiff of fruit to be had as well. The mouthfeel is good, with decent crispness and a good sense of full body. Drinkability is good.

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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 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 bushbeer75
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pt. 1 oz. brown bottle

Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen poured a cloudy yellow gold color with a good size head that held well. Nose is a little sweet, fruity and clove like. The taste is very, very light on banana, a little fruit and clove at the finish. The body is [almost too] thin, but a refreshing [light] finish – I would prefer a little more flavor. Carbonation is lighter to medium and is average for the style.

Tucher is very easy drinking making it ‘go down’ well on a hot day.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weisen glass.

Appearance: cloudy and hazy, light sediments on the body; not the most impressive thing you want to see in a hefeweizen granted might have gone bad. White head roughly 1/4".

Smell: light banana skin, but that's about it.

Taste: somewhat complex little banana feel, and feels little creamy with a dry after taste.

Mouth: like I said before it is a little dry, pairing this with the right cheese didt even impress me too much, I will say this the stickiness is pretty good.

Overall: this beer isn't on the level of others that I have had, I won't mention names but you should know what I am talking about. Salud.

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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 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 taez555
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a big white head with a cloudy translucent yellow body. The head was full, but deffinatly not as foamy as some other weis beers.

The nose smelled of malt, wheat, yeast, some soft clove, a very very faint fruit smell, some soft spice, and a slight metalic smell.

The taste was medium bodied. Very highly carbonated. A very light subtle bitterness with an earthy hop flavor. A very mellow fruit flavor could almost be detected. Like apple peel. Bready. Wheat. Very soft spice with a tiny hint of cloves. Almost no bananna flavors what so ever.

It ended very soft with a lingering bitterness and spice.

Overall it's a really nice drinkable beer. A classic german weis beer. Although it just sort of seems to lack in the area of dominate fruit and spice flavors. Not that it is bad in anyway, it just seems like some of the flavors could be turned up a notch. Beyond that... a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Appearance: Poured a lemon-yellow cloudy body with a larger-than-expected foamy head. Nice presentation, although I found the color to be a bit lighter than I like in a good hefe. Moderate lacing around the glass.

Smell is weaker than I expected, without quite the same level of complexity that a Paulaner or Franziskaner gives you. Still, nice strong banana notes that are pretty inviting, and certainly nothing that makes me want to avoid the beer.

Taste it about the same, with a bit more citrus to be found here than in the nose, but otherwise very similar. Beer's a bit heavy on the carbonation, I think, but overall pretty decent.

Mouthfeel is very watery, and the foamy head hardly makes itself present at all on the tongue. Doesn't really coat that way I'd like it to, and overall I found the mouthfeel to be reasonably decent, yet somewhat disappointing.

Overall drinkability is high. Fairly low abv, easy to drink, and tastes pretty decent -- I could take a few of these if I had to. I'd prefer having a Franziskaner or a Paulaner or an Olde Towne, but the Tucher'll do in a pinch. Certainly better than the Kristal and the Dunkel, I believe.

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

Pours a nice deep yellow color with a good deal of cloudiness and a large white head. This to me is what a German wheat beer should look like.

Smell is a touch subtle, there is a sweet maltiness there, can also detect a bit of banana from the yeast.

Taste is a bit on the citrus side, more towards lemon. The usual banana and clove notes are there as well, nicely balanced.

Has a nice feel to it, the high carbonation adds a bit to the feel.

Overall a very nice wheat beer. Not quite as in your face as some wheat beers I have had, this is a more subtle brew. This is a really nice beer on a hot day, such as the day I am trying this. Wish I would have bought a second bottle of it.

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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
3.86 out of 5 based on 575 ratings.
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