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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.

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 88
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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 nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a very clear, golden-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Peppery yeast notes of clove and pine hops with a malty backbone of caramel and toffee.

T - Bready malt with lots of spicy clove character up front. More phenolic character appears in the middle and intensifies to the point of becoming medicinal. Surprisingly strong bitterness in the finish with a pith, grapefruit character that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - This one starts out very promising with an excellent, bright and peppery aroma of hops and spices. The flavor profile, unfortunately fails miserably in its attempt to live up to the promise of the aroma. The spicy notes have become an overwhelming and medicinal phenolic yeast character that just overwhelms everything else. If that weren't enough, the bitterness is excessive and pithy; to the point that it would seem harsh in a DIPA, let alone a beer like this. I am always a bit skeptical of Imperialized versions of wheat beers and lagers, but I have had so many surprisingly good beers from Peak that I though this one just might be one of the rare exceptions. Sadly, it was not.

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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 chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BEERMILER12
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of fluffy head that last for a good while

S: Some Belgian yeast that produces some fruitiness and spiciness, as well as some citrus and pine from the hops

T: Starts off with a bit of the yeast and a light alcohol kick. Spices and fruit come shortly after, along with some citrus and pine. Finishes with lingering bitterness and some clove notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An interesting concept trying to make a hefe/DIPA blend, but it's not as balanced as it could/should be. Some of the yeasty aspects clash with the higher abv and hoppiness, making it a little rough around the edges. I applaud PO for the attempt, because beers like this are NOT easy to pull off

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Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got home and was looking at my stach of beers and decided to enjoy this 22 that I picked up last week at Oak Hill Beverage in Scarborough. Beer was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Holy frothy head. I feel like I was enjoying a large pilsner of hefeweizen like I did when I was in Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. Anyways, somewhat hazy, super frothy head, golden yellow, and some signs of decent carbonation. Very good lacing too

Smell: Banana, clove, some pine and citrus. Somewhat really funky, but interesting. I can't stop smelling the stuff. The yeast and hops have done some odd things to my scent of smell.

Taste: Banana, clove, citrus, and some lingering pine towards the back.

Mouthfeel: Beer is going down nice and smoothly. A small amount of cabonation.

Overall: I tried this ACBF back in June and finally have decided to enjoy it at home. I enjoyed it then and still enjoyed it now. Big debate to get in on draft or bottle. Who cares? I'll take both.

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Photo of CHickman
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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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