Ünshadowed | Ale Asylum

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vibrant as a summer sun and über refreshing, this classic German Hefeweizen is soft on the palate with an effervescent finish.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 06-28-2006

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Photo of basaywhat
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a pale, cloudy, straw gold. Watery wheat malt, some spice and lemon zest. Thin banana-clove sweetness trailing to pale/wheat malt.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy blonde, almost lemonade tint
S: yeast and banana
T: banana, citrus and spices, not unlike a winter ale
F: smooth, not as heavy as other wheats
O: goes down easy, even with the almost overpowering banana flavor; I've had better German wheats but this is not bad at all

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy banana color with a fleeting 2 finger head. 100% opaque.

Aromas of fusel alcohol, banana creme, and clove, maybe a touch of vanilla.

Flavor is fairly washed out and weak, with some watery clove and banana, banana creme, club soda.

Carbonated mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

Overall this was upsetting. Just nothing to stand out here. Was hoping more from Ale Asylum.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unshadowed pours a bright yellow/nuclear green color with a small head. Nice mellow aroma with hints of banana. Taste is light, a bit bitter, and lots of banana flavors. Light and watery. Overall, not bad, lighter and refreshing.

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Photo of Strix
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow, decent initial head that fades to nothing.

Banana and clove in the nose.

Banana and clove, but muddled flavors, falling off to pear, and some strange note like cucumber.


Eh, missed the mark for me here.

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Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale straw with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Aromas the seem to be a combination of hefe and pale ale. Not typical and the banana, clove aromas are light. Seem to be more flora hops. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a light hefe flavor and some floral hoppy notes. It is refreshing, but not exactly a true hefe.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: very light yellow, almost the color of a low-abv gose or berliner weiss. very hazy, minimal head, lingering 1/2-finger collar.
S: although I appreciate that this hefeweizen gives off less clove spice than the norm, the overwhelming aroma is artificial - this is straight-up banana runt candy
T: like the aroma, but with a tad more clove spice . . . the artificial banana flavor dominates the back half of the palate . . . this is not boozy, typical for the style
M: not too thin, not too thick, there's a touch of metal on the finish

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy vibrant yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Bananas, cloves, bread, and yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, nice and chewy. Finishes with bananas and cloves. Nice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a fluffy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana with some clove.

The taste is of sugar-coated banana. Sweetness balanced by some spicy clove.

A bit thin, but holds together. Smooth.

A pleasant banana-y Hefeweizen.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Very light yellow. The slightest of hazes. Short fizzy white head. Not persistent.
S - Banana and clove. Grain.
T - Sweet and bready. Banana and clove. A hint of citrus.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a brilliany white one finger fluffy head.
S- Banana and yeast makes smell awesome.
T-Thin and refreshing with dull banana taste.
F- Not as smooth as foreign counterpart.
O- ok.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I agree with the basic description. A light hazy golden color with a nice foamy head.
Definitely a bit of banana in the aroma. Very drinkable. If I had any complaint it would be that the flavor falls off quickly as it moves through your mouth. But still good.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head retention leaves something to be desired.

Aroma is wheaty, with clove, peach, and tangerine esters. A hint of banana surfaces late. There's a bit of a minerally character.

Flavor is less fruity than the aroma leads you to believe. There's some muddled citrus that hits initially, followed by wheat and biscuity malt, with clove rounding out the moderately dry finish. Pear esters surface late.

It's a bit overcarbonated, lifting those esters off the palate before they can be enjoyed.

Not the most complex ester profile, but a refreshing, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid hefe! Big banana notes, from the nose to the taste. Hints of lemon and cloves help to underpin the banana-crazy flavors here. Looks great, an unfiltered, hay like appearance that makes this an inviting brew. A refreshing spring/summer beer that could easily be a go-to session choice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

great flavor on this hefe, very traditional with the yeast, light enough in body, but still creamy in feel like i like in the style, but it has some weaknesses. its way under carbonated, and flat hefeweizen just cant work, no matter how good it tastes, its an irreconcilable contradiction, and it manifests itself in an ugly way here, because this beer tastes delicious. i had it on tap, so maybe its not an issue with the beer so much as the system it was poured through, but nevertheless, it paints the beer in a less flattering light than it likely deserves. nice clean banana flavor in here, fresh wheat malt is light, and there is a creaminess to it, not thick, still really sessionable, but its not watery in any way. if it had even moderate carbonation it would be a much better beer. the worst i have had from these guys, its hard to even say anything negative here because all of their other beer has been so wonderful, but this needs a tune up in terms of feel. flavors are solid though, no issues there, it just doesnt warm up all that well either, but thats common for a hefe. id like to try it in a a bottle to compare.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The umlaut just confuses me at this point... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises slightly-musty cracked wheat, light lemon zest, mild banana peel, and a hefty dose of clove and black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, the spice threatening to overcome all else before the yeasty wheat and lemon zest calm the situation back down a bit. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice hef. It may not be up there with the greats, but it works as a more readily-available option.

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Photo of cervezango
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like mountain dew, super odd . it is unshadowed as the label says. biting carbonation, refreshing soda like mouthfeel.

for the nose I got some banana , strong wheat

not heavy at all for a wheat beer, light with some lemonade notes.

for one of the weirdest looking beers I've ever seen this was overall very refreshing with out loosing any complexity.

would recommend and buy again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly settle into a thinner layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and zesty wheat driven aroma with good hints of fruit and spice. Upfront Hefeweizen yeast with bready hints of wheat, grains, straw, oat, and crackers. Spicy hints of clove and pepper. Big scent of fruit with hints of banana, lemon zest, and orange. Hints of bubblegum as well. Background hints of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty solid wheat aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a zesty and yeasty wheat forward taste with notes of fruits and earthy spice. Hefeweizen yeast and pale malt with bready notes of wheat, straw, grains, crackers, and oat. Dried fruit notes of banana along with some bubblegum. Citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon zest. Earthy hops in the background with notes of grass. A pretty nice crisp wheaty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Hefeweizen. Nice fruit and spice flavor. Not on the same level as the German versions but decent for an American take.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of clove, wheat, hint of lemon, hint of hop, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong wheat, clove, hint of lemon, hint of hop, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, the clove is too strong in the aroma, and body is too sweet.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Ale Asylum. This pours a hazy, lemonade color with a thick fluffy head. Fairly yeasty for a hefe-weizen. Taste is bold and grassy. Very grainy yet very good. A must try especially on draft. This is rather well made especially for a lighter beer that Ale Asylum is not usually known for.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, no bottling date but clearly from the 2014 seasonal bottling run. Poured into a 0.5L German hefeweizen glass today, 4/21/2014. Hefeweizens was my very first favorite style and I always compare all hefeweizens to Weihenstephan.

A- Hazy, light yellow body, one finger white head with very good retention; not as much lacing as a typical hefeweizen would leave. In terms of the style, this is not the most archetypical as it looks more like lemonade and doesn't come with the biggest head despite a vigorous pour.

S- Delicate but strong scents of bubble gum, cloves, pale malt. Just about right as far as the style goes.

F- Light wheat flavours, pale malts, bubble gum. A bit watery, not particularly substantial.

M- Thin bodied, disappointingly watery in flavour. Significantly lower carbonation than I'd expect from a hefeweizen. Easy to drink, though.

O- Thinner, watery and not as flavourful as a good hefeweizen should be. This is good for easy drinking in the summer, but as far as I'm concerned, this isn't close to being a solid hefeweizen. The price is probably the same for a six-pack of Weihenstephan Hefeweizen, so unless the stock of that at your bottle shop is 2 years old, you should just go with the Weihenstephan (almost always available) or even New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat (if it's available).

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Photo of scones
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden, cloudy. Looks the part

S - Smells alright, but it's got a lemony thing going on, like a lot of poor hefe imitations.

T - Followed the smell with the citrus - also, it was served with a lemon wedge. 2 Strikes. Not very flavorful either.

M - Could stand to have a little more body to it, but not bad.

O - Worst AA beer I've had. Kinda a bummer having a total dud of a beer at their brewery.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

This one poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bananas and spices. Tastes of wheat with some cloves and bananas. Typical and drinkable hefeweizen.

Notes from and tasted on 7/23/07

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Photo of Thanby
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw color with a little head and lacing. Pretty typical hefe look.

Smells of sweet honey, light citrus and a little banana (I didn't seem to sense as much banana as the last guy). The yeast (Belgian?) and light malt round out the smell.

Solid hefe flavor. Nice and full and round with the palate centered on the yeast and wheat, backed by a citrus support and a slight hop presence. Pleasant citrus aftertaste lingers.

Slightly spicy carbonation, barely on the heavy side for a hefe. Overall very well-balanced and smooth, typical Asylum style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big banana, beyond banana. We’re talking serious banana folks. In fact I can actually say that there are multiple types of banana in this beer. There’s green dole bananas, and then there are those overly ripe bananas from the Quick Trip store, and then a few Jamaican sugar bananas, and s few banana flavored runts, and maybe even a Plantain or two to boot.

Ok, now that we got that banana stuff over with I can talk about the rest of the beer’s attributes.

Pour is pretty on for the style. Body is hazy, less so then many hefes but still well with in style boundaries. Color is a straw yellow, just a few notches darker then crayola with a thin white leaning beige head. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is obviously bananas with some grass and the ever so faintest hint of vanilla ice cream.

Flavor is pretty much just banana.

Mouthfeel starts well. It’s crisp and refreshing but becomes heavy and cumbersome as the beer warms. The banana yeast just gets to be too much for me and drags the beer down half way through. Body starts medium and becomes medium to heavy. Slightly sweet but not too bad.

Drinkability: Personally, I can’t drink more than a glass of this but most of my friends love it. Personal preferences I guess.

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Ünshadowed from Ale Asylum
3.6 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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