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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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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 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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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 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 Leftfield00
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am fairly excited to try the new brew from Peak Organic Brewing, the Weiss Principal Ale. The local representative dropped this one off yesterday, and it hasn't even arrived for sale yet. He described it as the perfect marriage between a sweet hefe and hoppy IPA. I can barely contain my excitement!

The Weiss Principal comes in a crown-capped 22oz bottle, screw-top oddly enough. It pours out a beautiful topaz color, with a thick and fluffy white foam. The foam lasts a ridiculously long time, and leaves behind a ton of sticky lacing. The brew is very hazy, if not completely opaque, and the resemblance to a great hefe is getting me even more excited!

The nose is dominated by the hops, very bitter, American style hops. I'm quite surprised by how much citrus and grapefruit I'm getting in the aromas. The label describes some banana and clove from the German Weiss yeast, but this smells much more like an IPA to me.

Once I take a sip, I'm sorry to say, I'm very disappointed. This has American IPA written all over it, with more in-your-face hops than I can enjoy. There is definitely a hint of hefe present, but it's very subtle, and over-whelmed by the IPA side of this Jekyll and Hyde brew. I am seriously not into this beer. However, my hop-loving friend absolutely loves the Weiss Principal Ale!

As I near the bottom of the bottle, I give it a good swirl to stir up some of the yeast. I'm expecting the yeast to be a little more appealing to my sweet, hefe loving palate. Well, it unfortunately doesn't make the Weiss Principal any better for me. Sorry! Overall, a pretty cool beer. It's the first hefeweizen I've ever handed to my hop-head friend that he liked. Actually, he loved it, and hasn't stopped raving about it throughout the entire bottle. Although it's not my favorite brew, I can sincerely appreciate the creativity of the Weiss Principle Ale. It really is the "international love child of a Hefe-Weisse and an American IPA" as the label states.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 MrHurmateeowish
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz screw-top (that's always a good sign) bomber purchased at Shaw's in Derry. Murky yellow-amber body with bits of yeast in addition to the suspended yeast, with nearly two inches of off-white head that has some rather large bubbles in it and which dissipates slowly leaving some lacing. Grassy hops share the aroma with nut, banana, and a hint of alcohol. Banana-nut and a bit of bubblegum hit the palate first, then they're rudely pushed aside by a rather large dose of grassy citrussy hops that round out the finish. Heavy bodied with ample carbonation. Not quite sure what to make of this one. I liked it a lot better once I read the side of the bottle and realized it was supposed to be a cross between an IIPA and a Hef. It's almost like drinking two strong beers at once, which is unique and interesting. I think I'll pass next time though.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Peak Organic Weiss Principal Imperial Hefe from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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