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

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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.

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Photo of RedHunter
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of berliner07
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was terrific. Wild, but terrific. The description is apt. Its a german hefe meets an IPA. In the nose, a crazy combination of citrusy hops battle with the clove-type smells of hefe yeast. Its a wild combo. The beer is TOTALLY unfiltered, so the mouthfeel is extremely rich, creamy and satisfying. The hops and are very prominent on the front, then the yeast flavors (banana, etc.) come out strong at the end. Its a roller coaster. My only complaint is the richness of the mouthfeel i think does interfere a bit with the other flavors. But otherwise, a really fun beer.

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Photo of Rawbster
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dang, this is good beer! Maybe not the Weizenbock style it says here, but its label is spot on: "An Imperial German-Style Hefe-Weisse". At a very good temperature it poured with a grand off-white, thick, foamy, frothy, billowy head that lasts a long time and some lace. Color is a hazy, apricot amber with particulates and a few tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, banana, clove, orange, malt, hop. Flavor is similar to nose with some pine and grapefruit along with carbonic tang. Body is a little soft and yet just right for this hybrid. Finish is like flavor and of average length, ending with a little sweetness at very last. Excellent beer!

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into Hitachino Nest tumbler

A- Pours a hazy brilliant orange, reminiscent of a sunset, off-white pillowy head with decent retention and no lacing

S- Bready, sweet malts, coriander, orange, clove, spice, subdued citrus hops.

T- Spicy and banana-y like a hefe, but piney, resinous, and citrusy like an IPA.

M- Bitter, zesty and juicy. Good carbonation.

O- I hope this is the next break out style. A hefe/american ipa? A welcome change from all of the black and belgian IPAs. Best this brewery has offered yet.

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Photo of tdexterc
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer was a very cloudy orange/yellow with a good 1 finger head and really nice lacing.

S- It's a heffe! Banana, clove, yeasty beasties... all the usual suspects.

T- It's an IPA? It’s a heffe? It’s both! Magnificent hops in this brew. The traditional heffe characteristics seem to play second fiddle to the hops and the bitterness, but that's fine by me. Banana, wheat, clove and pungent piney hops.

M- Silky smooth carbonation wraps around the tongue and just beckons you to take another sip. Bitterness cuts through the sweet heffe notes and balances out wonderfully.

I’m a guy who traditionally seeks out more "extreme" beers, and heffes do not often fall under the category. This beer on the other hand has the ABV and bitterness i like in my beers, while still being refreshing on a hot summer day. One word of caution however, if pouring from a bottle, LEAVE THE LAST INCH OF BEER IN THE BOTTLE! i spoke with Jon Cadoux, the head of peak organic, and he told me that in order to get the ABV they were going for, they had to use crazy amount of yeast (no surprise there). Their decision to remain true to heffe style and to stay 100% unfiltered, means you get a great beer, but you should sacrifice the last inch or so to the beer gods…

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Photo of u2carew
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
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 GinDC
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
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 begforme4484
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Saratoga Brewfest back in mid June, now having a 22oz bomber of it.

First, it seems that the beer I had on tap, and the bottled version are a tad different. At Brewfest, on tap it was 10%abv(as stated by the brewer), and the bottle states 8.6%.

Also, the label says "An Imperial German-Style Hefe-Weisse". I was told by the brewer that it is a cross between a German wheat hefe, and an American IPA.

The appearance is very murky, looks unfiltered. It's a cloudy amber with an orange glow in the middle when held to a light. Forms a substantial head with any level of pour aggression. Leaves a lot of film on the glass.

Smells like a heavy Hefe. The German yeast adds a very distinct scent. A bit on the spicy side, cloves and peppery. A bit fruity from the hops as well.

The taste is what sells this beer to me. The flavors meld very well. A banana and wheat flavor upfront, which melts a way to a nice bitter earthy and piney hop bite.

A medium to almost full bodied mouth feel. A bit dry and lingering, but not unpleasant.

I do love this beer, best I've had from Peak.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peak Weiss on tap at The Pony, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in their eight-ounce glass, Weiss is a beautiful Hefe-like brew. Pale-hazy yellow-straw color- looks almost like dirty water at the end of the glass. A bit under two fingers of foamy white head with thick bubbles and great lacing.

Smell: Banana, vanilla powder, light citrus. Enticing! Again, very Hefe. Spice, a tad of hops and flower (honeysuckle)

Taste: Tart/acidic flavor, not unlike lime juice. Dry hoppy finish with a hint of spice. Glue/yeast. Floral and grassy all around.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced. Full body, flavor and carbonation. Dry spicy/bitter finish. Lemony! Might be off-putting for some.

Overall: Super drinkable and great for the summer, reminds me of Lagunitas Little Sumpin'. Lots of good things going on here! A great mixture of Hefeweizen and IPA, and easily the best Peak Organic beer I have had so far.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this yesterday at my local Shaws for $5.49 and enjoyed it out in the 'Zebo last eve.

Popped and poured into an Oberdorfer Weissbier glass... It was a cloudy, hazy, muted honey color. A healthy, cream colored head toopped things off, fine and fluffy, slowly ebbing down from 1" high. Lacing was quite nice as well. Light clove was present, but the predominant aroma was wheat and rindy hops. Fairly smooth for a hefe, with a decent, solid body.

A touch of toasty malt sweetness is evident at the start, with subtle banana joining in. Far and away the leading flavor is rindy, pithy, puckery hops, with the clove and banana very restrained. Dry and crisp at the finish, the rindy character really stands out. Interesting offering. I assumed it was an amped-up hefe, and not something like Schneider-Brooklyner... Near the end I swirled in all the bottle sediment, which really clouded things up. Nothing wrong with a healthy dose of yeasties, though!! Prosit!!

4.03 rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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 WSB
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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 WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of Wattie
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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