Yeast Series: Hefeweizen | Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series: HefeweizenYeast Series: Hefeweizen

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 07-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. Not sure what is going on in the aroma, but I get a lot of funk. The beer smells like it was dosed with brett. I don't get any of the banana or clove notes I expected. The other people that I split the bottle said they had a similar experience. The flavor also has a little bit of brett but I do get some orange and banana notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store, tasted side-by-side with the Belgian and US versions.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light pale malts with good amounts of soft bananas and clove aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale malts up front are joined quickly by mildly browned banana flavors shortly thereafter. Midway through slight amounts of clove come into play, fading out into a crisp and mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with grainier carbonation than the others in the series.

Overall this was my second favorite of the three, the yeast translated well but made it clear that a good grain bill, including wheat, is necessary for a good hefe.

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Photo of jbowers56
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks pretty nice, a red/brown colour with a cream head that sticks around and leaves pretty nice layering. Quite murky, but i suppose thats because of the low flocc yeast.

Smells pretty weird, to be honest. I get those notes of a hefeweizen, and it's a tad similar to the hopfenweisse in a few ways. However, the juicy banana that should be there gets sort of destroyed by some fairly obnoxious hop scents.

Taste is no better really. A touch of weizenbock flavours come in before a fairly brash set of hop-based flavours and some caramel malty stuff going on. Hmmm.... An interesting experiment - but if you want a hoppy weizenbock, get hopfenweisse. The balance in this is just whack. It's complex though, i'll give it that.

Feels pretty good in the mouth, a nice smooth mouthfeel, cleaned up by a firm bitterness with some chalkyness from the hops remaining.

Drinkability is ok, actually. The bitterness acts to sort of force you to take another sip, even though it's not that tasty.... Hmmm....

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 of a series of 4 in Yeast Series; all tasted at the same time.

Pours a deep orange amber with a very firm off white, yellow tinged head that is long lasting.

Nose is lovely floral orange nose that is medium assertive and lovely - very fresh, "feminine" and inviting.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and bold and tastes well made and is very nicely balanced.

Flavors have a semi sweet strong herb/spice/floral front palate that is delicious that goes to a big and assertive burnt toast and then a nice pine finish. This smells and tastes like a hefeweizen on steroids! There is a hefe character but it is really kicked up several notches to a strong and powerful ale.

This is relatively drinkable despite it's power and likely to go well with big food profiles.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Axic10
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. A tiny gush as I opened this bottle, but didn't lose any beer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a finger of white fluffy head.

Smell: Banana, spices, very Hefeweizenesqe nose.

Taste: Wheat, spices, yeast, but there is an "off" taste to this. Not exactly sure what it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated properly.

Drinkability: Was hoping this would be more like an "imperial" hefeweizen, but the off taste that I encountered took away from the overall enjoyment of this.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light hazy copper color with a medium sized, foamy, bubbly, fluffy, white head. Decent retention leaving patchy lace.

S - Interesting aroma for a hefeweizen. Good amount of caramel malt. Touches of banana and clove. Sweet honey is in the background.

T - Not your typical hefeweizen. Caramel, honey, and toffee malt. There are touches of banana and clove that you'd expect, but it isn't close to a typical hefeweizen. Hints of yeasty phenol and lemony flavors. Faint alcohol flavor as well. Reminds me of a pale ale with some hefeweizen aspects.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Slightly slick feel.

D - A little on the sweet side with the malt really overtaking the yeast. I had a bit and didn't have trouble finishing this but didn't really want any more.

Notes: Interesting beer, but not my cup of tea. It is intriguing to see what the yeast impacts on the beer without the typical mash, but I don't really enjoy it that much especially for the price. Too much like a pale ale with some banana/clove flavors.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a rich looking, deep golden-orange. Sitting on top is a two finger layer of thick and creamy, khaki colored foam that retained for ages. Some sticky lace was left behind and the carbonation was pretty lively. Small flecks of suspended sediment were visible.

S: Not picking up a huge hefe nose on this. Little bits of bananas and clove with some mineral-y malts, toasted wheat, earthy hops, and a touch of a moist pappery smell.

T: A bit more Hefe qualities in the taste than the smell. Everything noted above with more emphasis on the banana and clove. Big mineral presence with a touch of honey or caramel.

M: Pretty harsh for the style, but that could be due to the relatively high (for a Hefe) abv. Borders on the verge of being tart with a pretty dry and almost ashy finish.

D: Interesting. I applaud the experimentation. Not what I expected, though.

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3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very think lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas and other fruit, wheat, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong candy-like sweetness and flavors of fruit, caramel and bananas. Then some breadiness from a hearty malt character and yeast comes in. The hops presence is mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style but that was expected given the purpose of the beer, worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy amber colored beer with an off-white head that leaves a lot of stick on the glass.

S - Wheat, bananas, clove, yeast.

T - Not great, lots of hefeweizen taste with a lot of phenolic yeast with a lot of bitter.

M - Dry finish, kind of tough, alcohol harshness, medium bodied.

O - Not a good beer, couldn't get through much of this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at ChurchKey.

The second entry in my...horizontal??? the CK. I'm not sure if this should be listed strictly as a hefe, due to what I experienced...perhaps weizonbock is closer...but I'm gonna treat this review as though 'twere for a hefe. Remember that. It pours a clear copper-amber, heavy on the latter, topped by about two fingers of ecru froth. The nose is surprisingly heavy on the malts, comprising biscuit, toffee, and that old book smell. You know what I mean. The taste follows slightly, holding notes of wheat, biscuits, grass, cattails, and a light toffee. The body is medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, not much of a hefe, technically, but very pleasant nonetheless.

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Photo of John_M
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey amber color (I should add that all of these yeast ales from Mikkeller look pretty much the same), with every good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the other hand, the nose is a bit odd, showing butter, allspice and light clove. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except the beer has more honey, and is a bit sweeter than I expected (though this is not an overly sweet beer). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, slightly bitter finish. This beer has almost a creamy consistency to it, which is a bit unusual in a hefeweizen. As with all the other yeast beers, drinkability is good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Good beer, and another solid effort from Mikkeler.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dirty, brown color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy/ creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sharp smell of wheat, citrus, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of wheat and citrus (some lemon), yeast, but not nearly as much banana or clove as you normally get in the style. Still, an enjoyable taste.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Although not classically a hefeweizen, this is still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of brystmar
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: dark hazy copper color, plenty of white head with good retention.

S: floral and earthy, strong hop aroma, sweet malts.

T: hops are out in force! Bitter start to finish with a touch of sweet malts in the middle. I'm not a hop-head so this is certainly not my kind of flavor profile, and it doesn't match the style at all. But hey, let's be open-minded!

M-D: Medium-bodied, light carb, but not super easy to drink due to the hoppiness. An interesting take on the hef style, not sure I'd buy it again though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.83/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Max's yesterday. Tried them all side-by-side

Orange/light amber with decent clarity, there's a dense, off-white head with poor retention (there's no real head here). And the nose? IMO, rather gross for a hefeweizen. Caramel and citrus galore with a rather grassy hop character. There's no real yeast character, as it is swamped by the malt and hop bill here. Way too sweet on the nose. On the palate, I do get some banana and clove character, but coupled with the caramel sweetness, this is a bit of a trainwreck. Too sweet, this beer has hops mid-palate and is sweet on the finish. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is disgusting. Undrinkable IMO.

If you want to use a weizen yeast in a hop forward brew, try Crack'd Wheat or the Schneider Brooklyner. This is rather awful

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of pillowy foam. The head was long lasting and receded to leave sudsy trails of lace.

S - Aroma was spot on for a hefe. Powerful notes of banana and clove with subtle spices.

T - It didn't really deliver hefe taste. Some mild clove flavors with a malty sweet taste. Some of my friends said it tasted like root beer and I could kinda see it.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - This one delivered the right smell but not the right taste.

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Photo of stakem
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Writing a review for this beer is tough. How can you nit-pick and be critical about a style of beer when it wasn't exactly brewed for a specific style? This was a sort of educational piece for we the consumers to learn a bit about yeast's influence in a beer. This was the same base brewed for 5 different beers and the only difference is the yeast.

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a hazed copper color with 3 fingers of yellow creamy head that slowly fades. It leaves thick patches of lace on the glass. A swirl revives the cap. This brew is significantly darker and more orange than your anticipated look for a hefeweizen.

The aroma includes the anticipated scents of spices like clove and faint banana notes. The nose is quite muted, almost hidden beneath the fruity character of hops and alcohol esters. There is a little mineral and grassy note across the back.

The taste is lightly spicy with banana and clove. There is a mineral aspect included as well as herbs and a lasting medicinal quality. This is significantly more bitter than you would expect for the style and boasts more alcohol than necessary.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. By all accounts, this is not really a hefeweizen just because that's the yeast that was used. The biggest weakness of this brew, is the brewer sticking to the gameplan and maintaining the integrity of the experiment. The base of malt and hops clashes with the typical hefeweizen style. Where as a normal hefeweizen leans heavily on wheat and the yeast's contribution as the centerpiece of the brew, this example has too much alcohol and hops which overshadows the subtle yeast contribution. The idea behind this series of beer is commedable but they all fall short with the yeast just not pushing forward enough character to balance the big malt, alcohol and hoppy backing.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub's 14th anniversary festivities. Tried alongside the Belgian and American in the yeast series. Pours nicely enough with a hazy golden copper color and a nice head. The problem here is that the base beer just isn't the platform that this yeast needs. With no wheat here, the yeast seems subdued and doesn't achieve the fullness of banana and clove that is usually so nice in this style. Instead, those flavors , while there, seem muted and a bit overwhelmed by the barley graininess of the base beer. It's drinkable, but more of a curiosity than a true hefe.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a flared champagne flute.

A: Creamy-full head that rises as time goes on. Lots of bubbles.

S: Interesting yeastiness. Is it really just hefeweizen yeast? Smells almost like Brettanomyces.

T/M: Spicy, rich, and excellent. A zesty romp of a wheat beer, which bears only fleeting resemblance to a 'hefeweizen'. Heavy mouthfeel, smooth malt, entrancing and spicy yeast. Dry, floral, almost hoppy finish.

O: This excellent beer is criminally underrated. A great success, and another example of Mikkeller's ability to subvert styles. Highly recommended. Would drink again.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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