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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rebelthrower
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A - Pours a a nice golden and orange, a little hazy and yellow. Head is about 2 inches and last a while. Slightly off white. Lacing is good too.

S - A bit yeasty/bready. Light hops and citrus.

T - Floral hop, a little citrus, and a bit yeasty. Finishes dry. The alcohol is a bit noticeable.

M - Carbonation is great. Well balanced. Medium body. A good cross between an IPA and a hefe-weisse.

D - Fairly drinkable. Towards the end the yeast was a little overbearing.

P.S. a lot of sediment at the bottom.

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