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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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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 88
Photo of nulvert
1.24/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Really not what I expected from a blend, smells god awful and the taste made me gag, with lots of chunky sediment (not comparable at all to yeast sediment)

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Photo of cskollmann
1.79/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Saw this while browsing in Whole Foods. Front of the bottle says it's an Imperial Hefeweizen style, which sounded interesting so I gave it a try. Should have read the back of the bottle where they explain it is a cross between an IPA and a hefeweizen, but lets try it anyway...

Appearance looks like a hefe, cloudy straw gold with a huge creamy white head. I rolled the bottle to suspend the yeast. Pretty nice looking.

Aroma is a clash between cloves and dank hops, with some yeasty bread flavor underneath. There's a lot going on, but in a very muddled way.

Taste...oh yuck. The clove and hop flavors do not play well together. Very bitter, but not in a good way.

Ugh, hard to even classify the mouthfeel, as I just want it OUT! I can't drink this. I rarely drainpour, but the thought of finishing an entire bomber is torturous. 5 sips is enough...

Glad this was less than $6. The concept of this beer just doesn't work for me. Very disappointing.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Ale+Witch. There are a lot of bad beers out there, this is just one of them. It pours a turbid yellow-golden hue and is capped with a frothy white head; it has a good and sturdy appearance. The nose, however, is just not melding its various elements very well, and is something of a wreck. Basic notes of banana are to be found in the aroma, with maybe a bit of bubblegum, cut grass, and chlorophyll, but those associations are quickly usurped by the familiar stench of wet latex paint. Ugghh. Bitter unripe banana and overripe orange juice is generally suggested in the flavor, atop of sweet and somewhat chalky wheat. The feel, well, it is not its fault. Overall this brew is a tremendous example of how flavors and elements can clash and produce negative results. Bad.

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Photo of 7ways
2.21/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice looking beer, mildly hazy and warm orange-gold with a hefty head and some decent lacing.

The aroma is a little off putting, but not bad. It's discombobulating, there seems to be a fight and no one is winning yet. Kind of smells like bananas and fruit snacks.

This is bad. To say the flavors a clash just doesn't do it. Reminds me of a past-its-prime mango I recently ate a bite of by accident. With hurty bitterness, artificial sweetener, and chalk.

Mouthfeel is weirdly soft and very sticky.

Different hops or less hops may have saved this beer. I wonder if German brewers who attempted this kind of schtick centuries ago were punished. IMO many high gravity wheat beers are a joke, a corruption, and a waste of good ingredients. This is one of them. At first I could taste a solid Hefe in there and then it was choked to death by hops, sugar, and booze.

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Photo of busterthecat
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up this new offering after being pretty impressed with Peak Organic thus far. 22oz bottle split into two tall stemmed glasses.

A= Pours a nice cloudy golden copper hue, sits hazy golden orange in glass. A good foamy white head forms and lingers pretty well.

S- Lots of fresh banana, some hay, light bready cloves and nutmeg. A nice bright aroma.

T- Upfront taste is very similar to the aroma. Banana is most prominent. The yeast notes start to come out. Then the beer takes a turn. Lots of grassy and vegetal hop flavors take over. The hops bitterness overwhelms the other flavors and it becomes an unpleasant hoppy mess. Its not a hop bomb by any means, I mighty have liked that. The interplay between the mellow traditional wheat beer flavors and off-hop flavor kills this beer. Like really bad green tea.

M- Medium body. Starts nicely then goes bad. The mouth feel becomes very harsh and unpleasant once the hops come through. Alcohol sits on back of palate. Kinda metallic.

O- The beer starts off good then goes way south. Perhaps could have been good if Peak didn't try to over hop it. The beer leaves a gross taste in mouth. Drain pour for sure. Stay away from this unless you have ever though that it would be good to steep green tea and old grass clippings into a good hefe or wheat beer.

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Photo of DIM
2.29/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

This didn't sound good and I never would have bought this, but this was a gift so...

This was a cloudy straw colored yellow with big nasty chunks. It poured with a big sticky head.

This smells... odd. Pungent citrus clashes weirdly with the banana and clove of the hefe yeast. Taste is the same, with the addition of sharp, perfumed alcohol. This a loud, resounding "NO" for me. Yikes this was bad

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weiss Principal has a very cloudy, yellow-gold body. The head is large, several fingers tall, and both the retention and lacing are great.

The aroma has a good bit of wheat, a punch of hops, and a dose of alcohol.

After trying Peak Organic's Summer Session Ale on-tap the night before and thinking it needed a little more “umph,” this one seemed like it had promise. I was wrong about that. A little bit of wheat twang leads things off, and it also brings a little bit of a bready taste. The yeast makes a short cameo in the middle, with bits of bubble gum and clove, but the yeast is quickly strangled by hops. The hops add a little bit of citrus flavors, but mostly they bring a lot of bitterness. I'd like some more fruitiness from hops. The real problem with this beer is that the finish is brutal. Not only is this beer hot, but it tastes like rubbing alcohol in the finish.

Big and burning.

This one tastes a little bit like poison. I recommend staying away.

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Photo of beancounter
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Hazy gold with a decent head

S-Sweet and bready

T-Disappointing. All I tastes is hop bitterness with some noticeable alcohol. No wheat beer/Hefenweizen flavors at all. The hops are strictly for bittering and add no complexity. Very one dimensional.

M-Medium mouth feel

O-What I said in taste sums it up. This beer is just a high ABV hop bomb. Nothing else. After drinking about 10% of the bottle, I had no desire to have any more

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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 jdhilt
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Murky pale amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose, flavor is lemon and yeast, with a lingering pine hop aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.95 for a 22oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Smells of clove and allspice with hints of banana. There's lots of spicy yeast esters and a bit of lemon in this one and I heard tell there's some malt in here too, but I can't find it in the nose. Oh there it is. First sip proves there's some sweet malt in there. Taste is tart spicy phenolic-y. There's malt up front followed by an unpleasant alcohol burn then some clove and nail polish. Finishes with a lingering alcohol burn mixed with lemon pledge and a bit of earthiness. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium to full body and a spirited level of carbonation. Wow after the last few Peak beers really impressing me, this was quite a letdown. I don't think the high level of hops the spicy wheat, yeast, and alcohol meld very well in this one. One and done.

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Photo of JayQue
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

An ok beer. The one I had was on the bargain table at my beer store so it had some age on it. Can't go wrong with a 22 oz beer for 2 bucks!!!! Poured a hazy yellowish/amber color with a small white head and average retention. Left some lacing on the Weizen glass.

Aroma and flavor included a big yeasty presence and some peppery type spicing. Some bananas and cloves here to remind one of a hefeweizen. Not much in the way of wheat bitterness or lemony/citrus flavor. I got much more slightly fermented apples and pears (probably the result of the age of the bottle.) Hoppy bitterness kicks in about half way through a sip and it is fairly strong. Overall not bad but not really a Weizenbock or a hefe on steroids.

Still goes down pretty easy and an unusual combo of styles and flavors. I get to finish the other half of the bottle tonight.

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Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Robtobfest
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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 BennyL1
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 bark
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The colour is orange-yellow, the liquid clear (there is some yeast in the bottle). The finger thick off-white head sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell got phenolic spices and fruity-bitter hop notes. Orange juice and a grand bitterness.

The taste is bitter and very citric (lemon-lime soda). Thick fat hop flavours and spice hefeweizen-yeast. The aftertaste is very bitter with notes of fruit candy.

The carbonation is strong and fresh. The liquid sticky and sweet.

Not a bad beer at all, but I rather enjoy a DIPA and a hefeweizen on their own.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - comes out with a golden slightly clouded body with some carbonation visible. big three finger puffy head made of colossal bubbles. the head keeps well with superb lacing on the way down.

S - banana and clove are present but subdued. there seems to be an almost earthy smell to the malts in the background (and i don't mean that in a good way).

T - banana and clove are present again and there is a big hop bite on this one which is about right for an imperial hefeweizen. the earthy malts are in the background throughout this (it actually works well as a taste but i definitely found the smell to be off putting).

M - good carbonation. big puckering presence from the hop. great dry finish on this one. noticeable feel of alcohol in the mouth and on the throat in my opinion its just way too much and distracts from everything else.

O - i was quite impressed with parts of this beer and overall i still think its a good beer and worthy a try. if they could tone down the feel of the alcohol and improve the aroma i think this would be one brilliant beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big fluffy 2 finger fluffy head that petty much never fades but leaves lots of sticky lacing when it finally does, over hazy wheat golden orange color.

Nose has some wheat, light citrus, light spices, sweet malts but quite a bit of malts, hints of more fruit, banana, apricot, some spices and touch fruity citrus hops, but fairly sweet malts and somewhat plain somehow.

Taste starts sweet and malty, a but of a sweet candy flavor, lots of light wheat, light spices, citrus, fruit, coriander, bit creamy, then a bit of hops, fairly bitter and light citrus fruity hops. Finishes still Sweet, sticky, some citrus and wheat, quite bitter with an orange peel bitter rind.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, decent carb, sticky mouth, and bit off booze warmth.

Overall kinda meh, way too sweet, too bitter, not the kinda beer that should be imperialized.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive all head first time, off-white in color. Took awhile to settled down and reveal a hazy bright yellow body. Smells of bananas, spices, and hops. Taste has a more subdued version of the bananas and spices and a greatly pronounced IPA hops bitterness. Finish is quite long. As I got near the bottom of the pint the subsequent pours were ever more cloudy and quite a lot of sediment was in the bottom of the bottle. All in all although it's a fine flavorful beer I think it overdid the IPA aspect at the expense of the Hefe-weise attributes.

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Photo of silentjay
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

described as an imperial hefe-weisse meets an american IPA. My thought the first few times I saw it was "Why?" tonight, I though "eh, why not?"

pours hazy golden with a huge pure white head that raises above the glass, forces me to pour in stages, sticks around a while and laces well.

definitely get both the yeast and hops in the aroma. estery with some banana/clove characteristics with a lot of lemony citrus riding along side. lemon pepper, coriander.

bubblegum, banana, lightly toasted wheat bread, lots of lemon pepper. hops kind of faded back from where they were in the aroma.

soft and bubbly with an abundance of carbonation and an odd aftertaste that does not leave the tongue.

It's good. I'd drink it again, but it pales in comparison to good Hefes and good IPAs. the sum of the parts are probably better than the whole.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 babaracas
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This should probably be filed under "weizenbock" like the rest of the high abv, highly hopped German wheats (not that they fit better there).

Anyway, pours a cloudy amber with a very dense, creamy two fingers of foam that coats the glass. Smell: overripe banana, clove, milk caramel, hops are also here in equal measure: floral, herbal, lemon peel. Taste: banana, clove gets lost in a hefty spicy and leafy/herbal hop blast - citrus peel as well, then there's a somewhat offputting return of sickly sweet banana and caramel, right before the nice bitter/sticky, but not too sweet, finish. Creamy, pillowy feel. I really don't get this IPA + hefe/hefe-bock hybrid, but this one comes really close to being good. Just tone down the mid-sip sweetness and we could be friends.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Hazy and lightly golden. Big frothy head about two fingers high. Peppery yeast dominates the nose but there is also banana and wheat. Flavor has a more controlled yeast spice with more of the wheat and banana coming through. Some pine resin finishes leaving a slight bitterness. Earthy and pine hops played a bigger role than expected because I really didn't get any in the nose. Light body with large flavor, crisp and carbonated.

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