Heinnieweisse Weissebier | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Heinnieweisse WeissebierHeinnieweisse Weissebier

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Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 1, 2012. Can into pint glass. Three fingers of head. Hazy straw color. Bubbly white lacing with no retention.

Smelled caramel, light chocolate, grapes and plums.

Tasted similar notes to the smell. Got grapes, plums, lemon wheat and sour yeast. Reminded me of a Saison or Farmhouse.

Light body. Slick texture. Above average carbonation. Smooth consistent finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. It was the first I tried of a 12-pack mix of four different beers from Butternuts Beer & Ale. Would love to try it again.

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Photo of afksports
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefeweizens can be a dime a dozen, but this one comes in at below 5% alcohol, and it's in a 12oz can. And it's craft. And a sixer costs $9. Those things mean more to me than others perhaps, but it means that I'm already predisposed to liking this offering from Butternuts.

The smell is unremarkable - citrus and pear, wheat and light malts. The appearance is like a cocktail or a white wine, without much head even when poured hard from the can. The taste does nail the style though. It has fruit up front, water in the middle, sugar in the back, and it finishes clean. It's as easy drinking as easy gets. I hesitate to compare it to Blue Moon, but that's really where this one is. Maybe a couple steps up the ladder. It does the style, does it in a can, and does it affordably. And locally.

For that, props.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.41/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Keeping up with the Hefeweizen project, I picked up an oddball today. Butternuts Heinnieweisse in a green 12oz can. Got my Penn Weizen glass ready to go.

It was easy to swirl a can to properly pour this hefe. The yeast poured in alright, accompanied by some rust-colored floaties, a few of which even settled on the head of the beer. Mucky, dirty lemonade color--a little darker even. The head was once 3/4" high, but has settled too. Lots of suspended sediment. 3.5

Definitely some solventy off-aromas. There are some cloves and suggested banana that borders on Runts candy artificial. Wheat malts are extra tangy in the nose and a little creamy. A little tinny, as well. 2.5

Tastes just like it smells. Clove spice notes are over-the-top, artificial banana is not very tasty, and that strange solvent flavor is very active in the taste. I'm also going to have to say that the wheat malts aren't particularly clean either. This is just a mess. 2.0

Feels just fine. Smooth-bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style. 4.0

A butchered hefe. Attenuated, messed-up, and a labor to finish. Stay away. 2.0

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Photo of mtpint
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

cloudy, yellow/gold body, nice white head that fizzes out.

pleasant, mild citrus, but typical aroma of a wheat beer.

the taste is interesting. there is an initial sour note that lingers, and is accompanied by a nice wheat and ester flavor in the after taste. it remains tart on the back edges of the tongue but the wheat flavors stay on the palate...odd, but by far the best offering from their mix 12er. However, I will not buy again.

*edit 4/17: A week later and I have had no desire to drink the two remaining cans. The sour/tart flavor is quite unpleasant by the end of a glass/can, as it really sticks(like sticky) on the palate. but still the best of the mix pack...

now, i feel compelled to mention the website. after reading their description of this beer i was ready to hate it. this is why:

"Traditional Hefeweisen from Germany usually taste like cardboard because by the time you drink them, they're not fresh any more. Chuck brews Heinnieweisse with Bavarian yeast and 67% wheat grist approximately 5000 mile closer to your mouth than Germany giving it a rich, fully fresh palate...At 4.9%abv you'll taste the effervescent, sweet yet tart freshness that no farty old German can boast..."

first of all, beer does not have a palate, human beings do...im rant verging, so i must stop typing....Germans!?!?You call yourself a brewer and your bad mouthing Germans?!?!?!?!

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Photo of GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a huge, rocky and fizzy white head into a weizen glass. absolutely exploded out of the can into the glass. the body was a bubbly and hazy gold color.
s - wheatgrass and lemon.
t - very lemony with a hint of yeast.
m - nice carbonation and bubbly mouthfeel.
o - solid hefe and very sessionable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged January 25, 2012

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with about a fingers worth of white head

S: Fruity, sour yeastiness with some bready malts and faint leafy hops

T: Follows the nose but a bit lighter, much less sour in the taste than the nose but the fruitiness is still there with the light malts and leafy hop presence. Finishes crisp and clean

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and velvety texture

O: I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer, it's far and away the best of the regular line up from Butternuts. Just like the other 3 regulars, this is extremely easy to session and drink more than a few in a session. This would be a perfect beer for summer months

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Photo of smakawhat
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

An extremely pale and straw yellow, with some cola large bubbles in the body sticking to the glass, slightly cloudy. Soapy head sticks around for only a little while, bone white.

Nose is obvious diacetyl, movie theatre popcorn butter totally, faint lemon and crisp behind it. Clean smelling.

Something really weird on this for the palate. A real gaseous and carbon dioxide blast hits, then giving to a buttery palate. Finish feels like an almost sour grain and wheat. Soda pop and watery mouthfeel.

Overall not really enjoying this, going to pass on this one.

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Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, cloudy tan/yellow with a thin head into my glass. Not too far from the style.

Lots of banana and clove upfront with perhaps a hint of bubble gum (?). I'm thinking banana bread as well.

Taste is similar. Clean, slightly crisp with a donked-out cadre of wheat, banana and clove. Very friendly.

The crispness remains in the finish. Very sublime flow to it.

I like this. It might appeal to first-timers when it comes to this style. Very friendly beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow. Cloudy with a giant, fizzy head that fades quickly. Nice lacing.

The aroma is of orange, lemon zest, toast, cloves,and coriander. Yeasty esters of fruit and must.

Lots of flavor. Clove and cinnamon notes on orange and lemon zest, melon and light fruit notes. Coriander and funky notes. Quite tart and zesty.

Thin, fizzy, crisp and refreshing

Overall a little off tasting and hard to drink. Too many rich, spicy, yeasty things going on.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.57/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can and served in a weisse vase, the beer is a light, hazy, pale yellow coloring that is almost opaque, with a slight tinge of gold in the absolute depths. Only a thin ring of film around the glass, and a sparse, filmy cover across the top. Aromas are toasty, with a cereal and lemony blend, very slight clove spicing, and a buttery undertone. Flavors are watery and sharp, on a thin, extremely light body. The carbonation combines with the thinness of the brew to make it a tough drink. Flavors are slightly buttery, with a minimal clove spicing and some very subtle toasted characteristics. Flavors are very mild. The aftertaste is minimal, with some of the buttery sweetness, as well as a bit of the citrus sweet and tart. The finish is quick, and really nondescript. The beer really is off your palate before you can truly register what it is you're tasting.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale straw with barely decent haze. Okay-size white head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Estery fruit and yeast in the nose. More lemon with lychee than banana. Lightly earthy and spicy yeast. Hint of cloves. Wheat base in background with hint of sweetness.

T: Nice base wheat beer – doughy & grainy with a hint of sweetness. Lemon from nose fades quite a bit and only pushes in at the end. In its place, and at the fore, are some fruity esters that are interestingly and differently cucumber and melon. Perhaps even a pinch of salt – sort of salted watermelon rind. Also some lychee and a hint of bubblegum. Not really getting any banana. Cloves are there in a soft and mild way. Mildly spicy and softly earthy yeast character. Noticeable though muddled hops.

M: Not really any pucker, but it is a touch tangy. Slightly under medium body with CO2 a bit over – but in creamy way. Light tartness and touch of hops take this one drying after just a bit of sweetness.

D: Not really a traditional Bavarian Hefeweisen – despite their own advertising. It is, however, and interesting and decent wheat beer.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
1.18/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok, I realize I graded this beer lower than my score for Keystone Ice but here's why:

Apperarace is way to light ever for the style. Dull, no depth to color at all. Way overcarbonated! Terrible head retention and lacing. Unfiltered therefore yeast at the bottom.

Smell is overbearing orange peel and not a lot else. obviously this is an orange peel/corriander wit.

Mouthfeel is god awful. taste fake and slightly buttery. leaves a weird coating on the mouth.

Taste: Way too much orange. can't perceive any hop character or wheat or corriander or anything but cider and orange. awful

Finish is buttery

Through out the beer there is unbalanced off-flavors and evidence of bad quality standards, possibly spoilage. As much as I hate myself for doing this, I had to dump it. It was undrinkable. So is the rest of the variety case.

I thought I had some bad wheat beers before, but its is far and away the worst and I don't think anything will take its place in a long time. These clowns are fly-by-night brewers!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden straw in the glass with tinges of pink grapefruit. a marrow colored finger-and-a-half head erupts and recedes before my eyes, depositing narry a scant dab of lace.

aroma is interesting. wheat, sand, clove, a hint of banana, a dose of lemon.

taste is wheaty with an interesting tartness about it, almost reminiscent of a berlinerweiss. odd. but delicious. intentional? i'm not sure. maybe my palette is just picking up the flavors oddly? regardless, some nice wheat notes, a hint of that banana and clove spice, although fairly subdued, and a fresh, citrusy brightness.

mouth is smooth and creamy, with ample carbonation keeping everything afloat.

I could see how this one doesn't hit all the right notes in the traditional hefeweizen category, but I'm really digging it. Definitely not as banana or clove forward as one would usually expect from a hefe, but then again, that's why I'm not a big hefe fan.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: no head; cloudy pale yellow; ok carb action
S: very strong sweet aroma, reminiscent of pears; suggests a Belgian-style beer is ahead
T: starts off as a sweet, Belgian-inspired farmhouse ale, and segues after a few seconds into a Diet-Sprite-like wheat ale. Really yummy at the front, but dry and listless at the end; I don't deduct all that much on this point, though, since that tail end is to be expected in a wheat beer, and the beginning is a nice surprise

Interesting...at first.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can to weizen glass.
Average looking hefe with a big white head. Straw colored and a little cloudy. Palate is tart and malty with a bit of spice. Tastes okay but feels somewhat artificial. Mouthfeel is very lively and fluid. Overall, this is an average wheat beer at best and not something I would get again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked these up strictly to do can reviews. Got the stout and IPA also.

A - Carbonation ahoy this one filled with an inch and a half of head and a hazy yellow in color with floaty specks throughout.

S - Pure wheat at it's finest. Little banana but I do get some clove so it does smell pretty good.

T - Very little spice and clove but it's there. At most I am picking up subtle yeast notes and a pretty hefty wheat taste.

M - Carbonation makes it prickly and sharp tasting

Overall it's not a bad Hefeweizen. I could see enjoying a few but its not really worth a repeat visit. Still worth the tick as a craft beer.

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Photo of therica
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can #3 of my 4-pack sampler (#1 was the Porkslap PA).

A= cloudy light yellow-green (what's with the green?!?! hopefully nothing to do with the "Heinnie" or the barn photo shown on their brewer's page?!?!). Modest white head but amazingly it rimmed for quite some time.

S= light coriander, clove, lemon and banana. But then after it sat for a few minutes it's been nothing but banana banana and more banana, since.

T= a modestly decent first-sip but then instant unpleasant bitter aftertaste. I let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then it gained some modest quality but still with the nasty bitter follow. Overall, a bit watery and weak in traits.

M= the nasty bitterness just turns me off.

O= mediocre. There are just so many other modest to high quality Hefe's in this category to waste time and money on this one.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a cloudy, yeasty looking yellow. Gravely white head on top, trace blotches of lacing.

S: mostly yeast, banana chips, meringue, touch of clove and pepper.

T: citrus hops, a little tart rather than bitter. Waxy sweetness. Banana yogurt. A little spicy, dare I say a dash of salt?

M: dry, light-medium body. Lots of bubbly carbonation.

O/D: it's enjoyable, kind of crisp, but the sour notes in the taste make it for a beer I don't care for more than one or two.

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Photo of Burt
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Straw colored and hazy with a big head that dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Smell is of faint banana and clove with some yeastiness.

The taste is like the smell with the banana and clove but it is pretty light. There is a light graininess to the finish and smoothness.

This is a easy drinking brew that is light on the pallet. So far I have tried 2 of the 4 brews from this mixed 12 pack. The first 2 were on the light side on flavor. Not bad brews but they are brewed more for the masses.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of wheat and fruit in the nose along with notes of yeast and hints of clove. Bananas and lemons seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. Having been brewed just two weeks ago, it tastes very fresh.

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Photo of doopydoogle
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a good beer glass:

A - Typical golden cloudy for the style. Decent visible carbonation with a quickly dissipating head that left a slight lace.

S - Banana, pineapple, spice like clove, slightly unripe peaches, starfruit, yeast and fresh baked bread, overall quite pleasant

T - Very tangy for the style, almost a sour ale characteristic. Bananas yield to a surprising bitterness rounded out by bread, yeast, and a wheaty finish. Some spice is detectable along with a citric quality akin to starfruit or kiwi. Not sure what to think of the sour aspect of this brew.

M - Explosive carbonation, vibrant acidity, and a good dry and bitter finish make this a great food beer.

O - Not bad for the style. Good flavors that complement each other well, and the acidity would make it a pretty good food beer. An easy to drink beer that could use a bit mellower acidity.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My coworker looks at me as I engage in the act of considering this can. He shakes his head and decrees that I must be an imbecile. I tell him I will at least do him the dignity of not drinking it in front of him. At home, at last, in solitude..
Dirty, dirty blond. What a dirty beer. Hazy, light of IQ. Dirty.
Banana bubblegum aroma. Maybe a little diacetyl. That's all.
The taste isn't that bad. It makes me wonder why there isn't an extremely popular banana bubblegum. And then I think that just buying a banana would be cheaper and much more enjoyable, albeit over a shorter timeline.
It is unseasonably sticky. Which, I guess, is fine, just not preferable. An altogether underwhelming example of the style, but certainly not an undrinkable beer.

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Photo of atr2605
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours transparent light yellow with a white head
S-very mild aroma, little lemon and grass notes. did I mention extremely mild aroma
T-Little malt up front immediately balanced by the hops and finishes quickly and cleanly
M-light bodied
O-a really crisp and clean beer but not alot in the aroma or flavor. Good session beer but not the best hefeweizen. Would drink again but wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of angelsil
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of 12 Butternuts pack sampler. Poured into ghetto Ikea pint glass, because it's what I got on hand.

A: Very hazy. Looks like a farmhouse ale should. Head was thin and disappeared quickly.

S: Faint sour smell. Aroma was not strong, perhaps the sampler pack had sat around for a bit.

T: Tart. The heavy citrus notes overpower the wheat background.

M: Heavily carbonated, which worked for the style. Very refreshing on the tongue.

O: Pretty average hefeweizen. Wouldn't buy it again, but wouldn't turn it down on a hot day.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance – Hazy dark yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemons, coriander/cloves, wheat

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a higher than average amount of carbonation. I can taste wheat mixed with lemons and some coriander and cloves. The lemon is really the most prominent of the flavours.. using both the juice and the zest. It finishes with a lemony tart aftertaste.

Overall – Probably the best hefe I have had from a can. The taste was really refreshing and I could definitely down a few of these on a summer day. Worth trying for sure.

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