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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #414
Ranked #40,907
3.62 | pDev: 11.33%
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: Vibrant as a summer sun and über refreshing, this classic German Hefeweizen is soft on the palate with an effervescent finish.
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 219 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a weizen glass.

Poured a pale straw with moderate head that recedes to sticky lace and a wisp. Moderate cloud with active carbonation climbing.

Aroma is of banana bread and candy sugar. Slight aroma of clove or cardamom. Slight band-aid phenols barely there. Crackery malt finishes the nose.

Flavor opens sweet with the banana sweetness. Yeast and Crystal malt in the middle. Following flavor is a nice dose of hop bitterness, unexpected as there are no hops on the nose. Finished slightly sweet but dried quite nicely.

Mouthfeel is to be expected with lively carbonation biting.

A good example of a German Hefe-Weizen even if a little sweet. I believe the malt bill being bigger causing the higher than style ABV adds to the sweetness.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with o white head, minimal lacing. Aroma of clove and banana. Taste is similar with a hint if citrus. Creamy texture, great carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. I'm not very familiar with Hefe's so I don't have much to compare it too, but I like it.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date stamped on can bottom is 'PKGD ON 41718'.
Cloudy, straw colored body. Good three finger white head upon pouring dissipates quickly to bubbly cap and ring. Some scattered spots of lacing left behind.
Aroma of banana and clove, with a rubber tire type smell.
Taste is rather acrid for a hefe, but includes the flavors of wheat, banana, and clove.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Tastes and smells somewhat like a hefeweizen but is rather unpleasant to sniff and to drink.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Very light hefeweizen. To the point of watery on the body. The smell is classic, with banana, clove and wheat taking the lead. The taste is a watered down version of the smell.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer arrives a partly couldy dark yellow color. The head os big, but fades quickly. The aroma has banana, and a hint of clove. The taste similar, but with less clove. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied and less chewy than I prefer in a hefe. Overall, this is an alright hefe.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this off the Binny's single shelf. It poured a clear pale yellow with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of white wine. The taste was weak for a hefe. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's not a very good hefe.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -7.7%
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 -9.4%
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 -4.1%
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 -17.4%
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 -3.3%
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 -2.5%
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 +17.4%
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 -1.1%
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 -7.5%
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 -4.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +5.2%
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 +11.3%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.6%

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 +8.3%
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 +11.9%
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 +0.8%
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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