Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen | Brauerei Tucher Brau

very good
304 Reviews
Tucher Helles Hefe WeizenTucher Helles Hefe Weizen

Brewed by:
Brauerei Tucher Brau

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A ghastly white coloration graces this beer - fortunately the lace its huge head kicks up scares away the macro fear. The bubbles are holey cheese.

The nose is fully of mellow sweetness, hints of grainy nuttiness, vanilla ice cream, bubblegum. No grit like some hefe's are cursed with.

The yeasties held off until the end. When the yeast consolidates towards the end of the beer the banana-meter runs to 11.

There's something about this beer that the creamy mouthfeel solidifies. There's alot of different fruity esthers in competition with dry wheat, brought together with the clove/banana yeast character. It just works.

Clearly not the hefe Holy Grail, but a good standard nonetheless.

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Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy lemonade yellow. An expansive multi-finger pillowy white head swells rapidly and dwindles slowly to a soft pad of foam. Brows and loops of lacing adorn the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a tart grainy sweetness that's soon befriended by clove and coriander. A mild peachy essence drifts wantonly in the distance.

First sip brings a veritable but somewhat restrained grain sweetness leavened by a proportionate tartness. A spicy character, studded with cloves, works the center of the room, along with a blended fruity yeastiness, revealing perhaps peach and banana. A very gentle dryness lingers on the center of the tongue at the finish. Overall, the flavor is balanced and pleasant enough, but also rather dimensionally thin.

Between light and medium bodied, the elements play on the tongue and wash away quickly and utterly, leaving little memory of themselves in their wake.

Well, maybe I won't loudly sing the praises here, but I'll at least hum them audibly. Sure, it's simple, light, somewhat thing, and it goes away fast. but what's there tastes good and the fresh wheat identity makes it smooth and very drinkable. I'll grant you, it will never be my first choice, given a decent selection, but if I find one in my hand, I'll be happy enough. I mean, there may not be a huge smile on my face, but there surely will be a beaming grin.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best Hefes I've tried. Nice lemony aroma with a grainey touch and a slight earthy note. Color is a pale straw with a long lasting thick white head. Medium-light mouthfeel, about average for the style. Crisp carbonation and a light flavor of lemon, clove, bannana, and a peppery finish.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The high point of this hefe weizen was the color when poured. It was a hazy wheaty yellow with a fair amout of foam. After that, it is all down hill for this hefe weizen. The smell was of a weak spice and yeast. The taste was even weaker. It lacked everything that a good hefe wiezen should have. What a big disappoint in this brew. Not much here for me. I gave it average and that was being nice.

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Photo of Loki
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden, orange with a big white frothy head. Tiny streams of bubbles and moderate lacing.

Smell: When cold, its smells of adjuncts, corn and rice. As it warms scents of wheat, coriander, and citrus come out, but they are very, very muted.

Taste: Sweet wheat malt with mild citrus tones. Not great, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly sticky.

Drinkability: Nothing above average. Not bad, but there are much better choices.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not real familiar with this brewer.

This came in a sampler pack. Once people know you like beer, these packs appear as presents. The downside is how long has this beer been sitting around?

A Helles Weizen, a blond wheat beer, duh! Pours clear for the style. A more medicinal aroma than I would like, not exactly clove and little banana. Slight graininess in the smell, all ok, but not great.

Tight white head that almost disappears.

Grainy with slight fruit and clove character, drying wheat in the finish.

Not a bad beer but drink local. Beers like this don't always travel well, nor should they.

If it is fresh enjoy it in the warmer months, I was just killing off the last of the beers in a gift pack.

Nothing special, but not bad either.

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

Pours extremely attractive. Nice orange color with a full whipped cream head similar to a nice Pilsner. The smell is not as aromatic as I would like. But pleasant none the less.

Flavor is crisp and clear. No hiding. Flavor of a light wheaty orange comes to mind. Earthy, yet not complex. This is a Helles bier which explains it well.

An early morning bier on a hot summers day.


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

Comes in a standard brown half liter bottle with a light blue and dark blue label of little actual appeal. Purity law applies. Best before 7/31/04, I opened it on 2/15/04.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color under a big snow white head that turns watery but leaves a bit of lace. The nose is full of sweet spices and yeast. The mouth is not quite as prickly as it could be, and fairly heavy. The taste is good: spice, malt, fruits. There are very little hops here - pretty much undetectable, in fact. The aftertaste is mainly sweet and spicey. This is a very pleasant drinking beer, but by no means extraordinary. My wife, who likes wheat beers, thought it was boring.

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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 RoyalT
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow in color with some good carbonation and a big, white head.

Smell – The traditional big yeast aroma came out nicely in this effort at a very difficult style. I passed this glass around the table and everyone to the person commented on the sharp, yeasty aroma.

Taste – All the flavors of a traditional Hefe Weizen were here, albeit a bit muted. The soft sweetness also helped to make this one a very soft example of the style.

Mouthfeel – There was good carbonation to this light-bodied bier, which puts it above average for the style.

Drinkability – This was a nice example of the style and went down reasonably well.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this hefe on tap at Big City in Alston, MA after a suggestion from the bartender steer me towards it. This is quite a good beer and I look forward to trying the entire Tucher line. Was light and crisp with pleanty of wheat for the wheat heads. Poured with little to no head, but this was more the result of a neglected keg than the beer itself I believe. Tangy on the palate. Well balanced. A quality brew.

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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 kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small, white, noisy, soda-pop head. Hazy, dirty-gold beer. There are some bananas on the nose, some metal/chemical. The front is fruity, tangy, leading to a buttery, sweet, light caramel, spicy middle. The finish is metallic when cold, with a little sugar. Some nice grains in the aftertaste. This is a very good beer.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a large frothy white head that sticks around to the last drop, leaving amazing lace as it goes down. Aroma is bready, doughy, and lot's of banana. Flavor is dominated with the banana, hints of the dough and bread show up as well, and maybe a touch of lemon. Light-Medium in body, very lively carbonation.

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

It’s a classic Hefeweizen this beer pours a nice white head with a cloudy yellow body. The smell is of wheat, malt and even a little clove. This is a very smooth beer to drink and it had almost a tangy taste to it as well. This is a great beer to have outside in the sun. This was one of the first wheat beers I had ever had and while once I considered this one of my favorites it has slipped down a couple of notches once I discovered other quality wheat beers. But still worth checking out for yourself. That and the fact that they have cool looking glasses.

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

Sampled on tap at AOBF: Stammtisch 2003

This weissbier pours wit ha nice cloudy yellow body and a thick foamy white head. The beer's aroma is that of a nice fruitiness, reminiscent of grapefruit, with hints of yeast and softer nutmeg spice. The taste was rather sharp, with strong spice nots and a more mellow fruitiness (more citrus than banana, but both were present), and a hint of wheat. It has a nice light body, which results in a nice combination of taste and texture for a very drinkable beer.

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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 RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold-ish orange color with a full white pillowy head and good carbonation throughout. Light classic banana-clove aroma and flavor. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

A solid Bavarian Hefe-weizen -- A definite buy !!

Per label: Since 1672

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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

mmmm Hefeweizen. Very refreshing. Served in a Tucher Weizen glass, monster head that faded over time. Nice golden cloudy complexion. Thankfully the lemon was served on the side and not thrown in. Smella yeasty with hints of vanilla and cloves but subtle. Taste is very smooth, with no bite or bitterness good balance of flavors and a little carbonation. Flavors of clove, spice and vanilla/banana are present but are a little too weak to my liking. Great example of German wheat beer and very good beer to have on a hot humid summer day.

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

At first, this beer seemed like it did not have enough yeast in it. But as it settled, the creamy rocky head gave off a nice appearance and the beer looked more cloudy, like the yeast dropped in later. A very dinkable brew, strong wheat flaovors, but not overpowering on the yeast or any fruit flavor. Slight tang, but overall extremely smooth. This is one of the smoothest weizen I have had in a while. Cleary worth a try, as it is a little different from the typical German Hefe's.

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Photo of clvand0
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy yellow with a small head that hangs around a while and leaves some lacing. The aroma is wheaty, but also has a bit of citrus sourness. The flavor is very nice. Creamy with bananas and clove and that wheat character. Body is just right and the drinkability is good. Not the best hefe I've had, but still a darn good one.

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

This beer poured a large white head with small-medium sized bubbles. The body was clear and the hue of this beer was a pale orange. There was also carbonation observed with this beer. The mouthfeel with this beer was smooth but watery. It had a decent taste, but not one of the better German Wheat beers that I have had.

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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 BobLuvBeer
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a very good head. Excellent, light bronze color. Very soft on the palate, with citrus overtones. No bitterness present. Smooth enough to let you have a few. However, a noticeably missing in malt and hop, which leaves you wanted a little more character to it. Over all, right up there with a Konig or Hacker in this category.
Served with lemon

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Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen from Brauerei Tucher Brau
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