Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial HefePeak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weiss Principal is the international love child of a German Hefe-Weisse and an American Double IPA. This unfiltered wheat beer employs a traditional German Weiss yeast, providing engaging banana and clove flavors. A stern dry-hopping of a pungent American hops provides pronounced citrus, pine & fruit notes.

Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of hefe yeast esters and bitter hop aroma. It's sweet and fruity with some subtle banana/clove character. The taste is decent. It has a good hefe flavor; pale and wheat malts, fruity yeast esters. The hop character adds a good deal of bitterness, which seems to muttle the flavor, but it's still quite tasty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's half hefe, half IPA. I didn't think the two would work together, but it kinda does.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a weizen glass the beer was a hazy apricot color. The head was thick and white, resembling whipped cream. Sheets of lace. Very pretty.
Banana aroma, some spice. Fresh, floral.
Banana taste, some clove. Piney hops, a little grapefruit. Couldn't appreciate any malt.
I thought this little experiment worked rather well, even with the widely divergent tastes.

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Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber bottle, purchased at beers of the World, Rochester, NY

Pours cloudy, a warming orangy shade of apricot amber. The head is dense, rich, large and lasting. Then leaving respectable webs of sheeting and lace.

Bananas and lemons in the nose.

Fruity, with more bananas, wheat malts, yeast as well as quite bitter with citric and grainy hops.

Not in love here, seems disjointed and in search of a theme. Sometimes what seems like a good idea, doesn't quite come together in practice. A bit dissappointed with this one.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge three fingers worth of ultra creamy off white head. Hazy orange body. Very nice lacing, head retention and rouseability.

Smells hugely of citrus, some floral and fruity hops. A subtle banana and clove smell mixes in nicely.

Tastes very hoppy, citrus, floral and pine. An underlying banana and clove also make it's presence known. Again I think these flavors mix well. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, medium carbonation. A firm piney lingering bitterness keeps this in the ipa bitterness range. The hops are very oily and coating.

Overall this is a nice blend of an American ipa and German wheat. I'd pick up another of of these and lay it down.
$5 a bomber

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. Been intrigued by this brewery, in particular this idea of an "imperial" wheat ale.

Poured into a small sampling glass, shared with a friend during a beer tasting/exchange. Looks like a classic hefe: golden, opaque, good frothy head, some visible carbonation.

Nose is yeast, a bit of coriander and citrus, wheat malt. Faint, but pleasant.

Really intriguing brew, which I have to say I actually dug quite a bit. Tastes like a hefe on steroids, with a drawn out alcohol bite and a citrus hop finish. Slightly sour, but with that same light floral and citrus character of a wheat beer. The term "imperial" is warranted here, as this brew packed quite a punch both in its flavor and alcohol content. Creamy, lively carbonation.

Interesting brew, and an ambitious rethinking of the wheat ale style. I have to say that Peak has certainly done the job well, adding enough extra zest to make for an intriguing sipper.

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Photo of b2hogan
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange amber. Large white head with decent retention.

Not your typical aroma for style; there is relatively little in the way of spices, and morehops. Light malt and hops dominate.
Some yeast in the aroma, but rather faint compared to a Belgian.

Lacking the pronounced wheat flavor or [masking] spices I usually find objectionable, I enjoyed this more than the usual weissbier.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A chunky and muddy, home-brew, certainly UNfiltered look, honey amber color, thick and hazy with a 3" fluffy-foam head and big lace.

A massive aroma of sour and fruity hops, lemmons, sour earth in the yeast, major spices, cloves and allspice with tangy citrus and bannana.

A crispy, dry wheat, earthy bite with bitter sour hops and a bit too much heat. The hop flavor is massive, fruity, mostly tangy bite. Gentle sweetness and dry wheat notes, big hop complexity and rather tastey yeast. Maybe a bit too sour with major heat, otherwise, groovy.

A wild and interesting brew, open your mind with this one!

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Photo of BennyL1
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured this one into a regular pint, no dating info on the bottle.

The body is slightly hazy golden color. Two fingers worth of fluffy white head arose from an aggressive pour.

Aromas of wheat, light clove, and bananas up front. Small dose of hops in there as well. Sweet malt is the first thing to notice in the taste. A bit of citric bitterness and some light clove again. Touch of alcohol at the end.

Medium body with OK carb.

Decent beer but a bit misguided. The different aspects clash to much for my liking, interesting if nothing else.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Fruity colour, a nice bitterness,some lemon, creamy mouthfeel. Altogether a good summer beer. This brewery has not disapointed us with a standard product line.Pleasant fruity and fresh yeast aromas. Decent drinkability. Fairy high abv though.

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Photo of WSB
3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light orange yellow, hazy, with only a thin lacing of head on the surface. Be careful when pouring, as this is an unfiltered wheat style, and sediment can end up in the glass. (this is really harmless and tasteless, but it looks bad)

Smell is intense- alcohol, cloves, bananas, hops. The aroma presents like a wheat beer on steroids. Its absolutely pungent.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, which is a huge surprise given the punch in the face the aroma presents. Its texturally very light, but active, with lots of bubbles.

Taste is as intense as the smell, but even more complex. Initially a wash of pure alcohol drowns the taste buds, and is followed by spice, cloves, then an intense, super bitter, resinous piney hop flavor overtakes everything. Finish is dry, with a super subtle fruit taste.

This is one assertive, intense, bad-ass brew. The intense flavor and smell are impressive. A very unique take on the IPA style. I don't know if the two styles- German Heffe-Weiss and American IPA- compliment or fight each other, but the result is a potent, flavorful brew.

Recommended, but be warned- this is one aggressive, assertive brew. Anything that is 8.6% abv, yet actually taste higher, should be consumed in moderation.

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Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22 ouncer with a tin foiled, screw-off cap. I cannot believe how milky it looks. It is pale yellow on the whole but it is so milky and cloudy that it is opaque. A good sized head. On the nose I get a good supply of wheat with a bit of yeast and white pepper. They say there's clove in it but I did not notice that. The body is about medium. The taste has a generous dose of wheat with a solid but sour hoppiness thrown in. The higher ABV is masked pretty well. It is good for what it is but it does not represent the style as well as I had hoped. I don't expect I would buy it again.

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Photo of u2carew
4.28/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a big two finger head that takes awhile to settle. Clear body, bronze in color. Active CO2 from bottom to top. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Fruity esters - banana, pear. Subtle wheat aroma.
T) A sweet malty and fruity blast upfront - wheat, Caramel, apple. A noticeable and pleasant hop bite in the finish.
M) Chewy. Medium body. Smooth and creamy. Alcohol effervescence.
O) This is a good beer, although only 8.6%ABV seems a bit more potent. I would definitely drink another one of these.

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Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of jmilo64
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has an interesting mix of banana, citrus and clove aromas.
T: Unlike a typical weizenbock, the taste has a light amount of bitterness and lots of spicy cloves in the finish. There are also some notes of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be intense but is something interesting to try if you like weizenbocks and IPAs.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, a mix of a Hefe and an American IPA, sounds interesting.

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange color, huge freakin' head that fades at a slow rate, leaves a huge ton of sticky lacing on the glass as it fades, a cap stays on top for a good long while, be careful though.

Smell has a strong citrusy orange aroma, the orange rind is a huge aspect of the nose, not picking up much banana though, definitely clove though.

Taste has a good carbonation level, the aftertaste is an odd bitterness, the kind you would get if you ate the rind of an orange, light citrus presence that might have been a product of the hops but the hops are no longer a large aspect of this beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber pours a fairly hazed gold color with a dense, creamy tan froth. Retention is excellently weissbier-esque and lacing nice as well.

Nose is...huh...hoppy? Definitely getting some fresh and citric hops to go along with an abundance of cloves. Balanced aroma between the hops and the yeast, but I am not so sure how well this combo is going to play out on the taste.

Taste is clashing, I dont find the banana/clove flavors to mesh well with the firm bitterness/hop flavors. Tastes more hoppy than anything and the yeast esters just muddle and confuse my palate. No bueno para mi.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled in 2011. Drank in June 2013.

Poured a nice golden color with a one finger foamy white head. Leaves a nice solid lacing down the glass. After being in the fridge for two years, much of the hop profile is gone though there is a strong bitterness left in the finish. Some cloves and bananas up front. It has a strong bready base with a spicy middle. Strong carbonation. I bet this would be really nice with the full hop profile when it was fresh. I'm digging a nice bitter wheat beer on a hot day.

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Photo of CHickman
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/9/11, on tap at the Lark: pours cloudy orange in color with a cloudy white head that lasted forever and left great foamy rings of lacing; a very good looking beer.

Smells of orange peel, lemon, coriander, yeast, herbs, light grains, hay, faint pepper, caramel, flowers or floral hops, light brown sugar and a little funk; not sure what this style set out to be, but it smells fresh and earthy with soft notes of all the ingredients.

Tastes of orange peel, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, sour apple, citrus hops, yeast, herbs, grains, hay, faint pepper, caramel, sweet malt, flowers or floral hops, brown sugar, cinnamon, grass, tea leaf, and a little funk that leaves a sharp dry finish. Really nice and complicated due to the spices, this beer was strange and yet still well balanced at the same time.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and creamy overall feel that's got a little fizz that allows it to flow down easy.

This is a unique beer, not a session beer, that is tasty and enjoyable for those seeking a different beer or hybrid style. I enjoyed this beer throughout it’s identity crisis, but it lacked something to make me love it. I’ll try it again when possible to see how the next batch tastes.

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Photo of Halluxone
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of GinDC
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Robtobfest
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very cloudy and hazy yellow

Smell is a mix of banana, clove , american hops and alcohol

Taste is about the same with more of an emphasis on the alchol!

Mouthfeel is real heavy for the style.

Overall I feel like Peak fell into the 'imperialize' the crap out of everythig trap with this one. I love where they were headed with this cross between a Hefe and an IPA. The 6.6 percent is WAY too much. Alcohol taste is not well intergrated.

Tone down the booze, maybe bring it to 6-6.5 and i feel like I'd love this beer!

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Photo of coobstar
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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