Hefe Weiss
Sprecher Brewing Company

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #288
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,091
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.9%
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
297
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Sprecher Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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Photo of scaliasux
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L - Medium-light gold. Moderate haze. Medium tall, white head fairly persistent.

S - Lemony banana and cloves; a little grain.

T - Sweet grains; spiciness - mainly cloves; lemon; banana.

F - Medium.

O - Decent hefe - a little sweet, not the perfect flavor balance for me.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Cloudy orangish yellow with thin layer of white foam. Smell has the usual wheat, banana, orange zest, with some corn sweetness thrown in. Taste is the same, big banana, almost too much, really sweet citrus, corn, wheat, and a touch of clove. Feel is thin and too sweet

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Photo of German-Helles
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a Sprecher pint glass. A very nice white pillow of foam, two fingers plus, that fades a bit quickly but not completely. A nice cloudy straw color, with some carbonation that looks nice.
The smell is more cloves than banana.
The taste is the same as the smell, a little strong on the clove, & no bubble gum taste. It does taste good, just a bit more clove than I had hoped for, and a touch bitter.
The feel is a little dry, not as creamy as it looks.
Overall this beer tastes very good. If I was in the mood for a Hefe and saw this on tap,I would have one or two.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think at this point I just have to admit that I like Sprecher more than the average neckbeard up in this joint. This one had an appearance that lacked the wheat haze. Weird. Head was thin, aroma has plenty of the banana, bavarian, lemon feels.

Light body, easy to drink, low bitterness, high carbonation. I dig their 16 oz fat boy format.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/3...cloudy fuzzy hazy, some foam remains. Classic hefe nose, banana and cloves. Strong banana in the taste too. Creamy smooth with a fast finish. Slight lemon in there too. Average hefe.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

While Looks say hefe and while Smell says so more subtly, Taste (more hops than the Bavarian standard) and Feel (more bubbles) are different... but OK for the American market.

Listed in the "1001," one of my favorite reviewer-deans (Randy Mosher) makes the point that this hefe first brewed in 1986 required lots of invention to get something close to the old country's style. For that reason it deserves to be on this 2010 list... but IMHO probably is not good enough today, given how crafters have progressed.

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Photo of Shippy
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow-orange with a quickly dissipating, thick, white head. Aromas lean toward bready clove with some orange zest. Flavors of clove, banana, wheat, and orange are very refreshing. The finish has a bit more clove than is desirable, and leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Feel is moderately light with a bit of carbonation. Overall, this is a solid, but not outstanding hefeweizen. Lots of flavor for a low ABV beer, and very bright and refreshing for warm weather.

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Photo of Impetuous
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. Young Pam Grier levels of awesome. Pours and it's all meh standard wheat; but that smell is bright and inviting full lips tastes amazing I love wheat beers and this one is tops amazing stupendous. Recommended.

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Photo of RBCIPA
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Creamy golden and hazy
S: Bananas, sweetness, breads
T: light and somewhat thin compared the the smell. A nice slight bitter finish.
O: An excellent example of an American brewery making a weißbier (my phone has the font I couldn't resist sorry)

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent, but lighter head for a hefe. A couple of streaks for lace. Cloudy, but not overly so, with a dark straw color.

Mild aroma of banana, clove and definitive wheat presence.

The taste starts watery but quickly becomes wheaty and sweet in the swallow. The aftertaste is brief but refreshing. Decent body and lower carbonation. Not overtly strong on the wheat side, which is my preference.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Christmas in a Glass!!! This smell of Cloves and Grandma's Kitchen at Holiday time permeates this entry. I love it and it was a Beer of the Month offering.. Weird for July, But who am I to Judge??
Anywho, the smells, the flavour, the colour is just bursting with Holiday Cheer!!! Sprecher, your Root Beer Rocks, but your Hefe is out of this world. Thank you for fairing out into the Craft Beer world and blessing it with a Reindeer Inspired, Grandmas Kitchen, Peace on Earth Beer Perfection.
God Bless us, Everyone!!!! Tiny, sMc
~Carry On Citizens!!!~
sMc

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Photo of woodychandler
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This one is destined to make me feel sad and melancholy. It was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77 which then became a part of my interminable bottle backlog. I have come to the realization that I will be unable to attend the 2014 Great Taste of the Midwest this year. Boo hoo. Only my second miss in eleven years! I raise this beer in a toast to my MKE homies: Mike Romans; John & Laura Burke and the displaced Jurkowski, who I will see in two weeks.

From the bottle: "A cloudy appearance and an immense creamy head are characteristic of this lightly hopped Bavarian-style brew."; "This coarse-filtered wheat ale is fermented with a German yeast for a refreshing clove spiciness and hints of citrus fruit."

I agitated the heck out of this one in the bottle, then let fly into my glass, but I still only got a finher of off-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a hazy, not cloudy, deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a buttery, butterscotch odor. That said, I know that such is considered a flaw in most styles, but it is also one that I rarely pick up. Was it diacetyl? We shall see. Mouthfeel was thin. Taste was not quite right. I was getting the usual banana esters, but in a tangy way, not as sweet as I am used to. I was getting the banana/clove esters on the finish, but in a muted way. Not bad, but I have had better. Give my fond regards to MKE, Madison, and Wisconsin in general!

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this craft beer while I was in Florence (Firenze), Italy at a local craft beer bar. When poured into a weizen glass it has a chazy gold color, smallish head, little carbonation, and a yeasty aroma. It has a real yeasty and picey, with hints of cloves and oranges. It goes down easy, with no edge, and quenches the palate.

Florence, Italy May-July, 2013

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher weizen glass.
4.2% ABV, 14030 Julian date.

A - This hefe is a gently hazed pale yellow that displays the beer's abundant carbonation with ease. As the volume becomes greater in the more bulbous part of the glass the pale yellow changes to a golden honey where the billowing white head is formed instantly and slowly settles to a rocky skim of foam below heavy lacing.

S - The tall, rocky head does a great job of retaining this beer's classic aromatic yeast esters. Dusty earthiness and crumbly white clay emerge from the yeast but it also brings fourth clove spice and notes of bubblegum and banana that gently wash over the soft wheat base.

T - Pungent with husky wheat, earthy clay, and faint white pepper esters, Sprecher's hefe is a lot earthier than some of the more fruity German counterparts. However, some banana and bubblegum yeast characteristics make it through with a refreshing lemony citrus zest adding a twist to this hefe.

M - While the carbonation is strong, this hefe remains pretty creamy and lighter bodied, trailing off with just a slight crispness. Sprecher's hefe is a little more coarse on the tongue, finishing with a bone dry earthiness.

O - Crisp and refreshing overall, Sprecher's Hefe Weiss brings plenty of the classic German yeast to the foreground of this beer but the majority of it focuses on some of the more earthy characteristics of clay and white pepper as opposed to the fruity bubblegum and banana notes others exhibit. The earthiness is amplified by the huskier grainy wheat flavor, which makes the beer ever so slightly more coarse on the tongue but in the end, it's one drinkable summertime beer I'd be happy to put back on a hot day!

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass:

Pours hazed to clouded golden with a creamy white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana-clove - leaning more towards the clove.

The taste is of sweet banana upfront. Clove soon comes in and surpasses the banana in the dry finish. Just a hint of noble hops mix in, while keeping the sweet and tangy character that fits the style stay forward. It has a tangy finish.

It is crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink.

This is enjoyable brew. Sweet banana is noticeable, though it is more clove forward, as mentioned. Fits style and drinks easy!

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 8/16/2012. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of ripe banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, clove, wheat, honey, bread, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of ripe banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, light clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant complexity and robustness of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice hefeweizen. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with good robustness for the ABV and very smooth drinking. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sprecher Hefeweizen

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Weiss flute. Served chilled...

A) Cloudy golden brew with a big three finger soapy head. The head settles to a dusting. Nice lacing... An attractive beer.

S) An aroma of wheat, yeast, light fruit, mostly underripe banana, and a heavy amount of spice. Mostly clove.

T) Starts out okay, at least it's similar to the nose, but gets dicey from there. Gets real chemically, like a solvent or cleaning product. Finish is banana peel and grass. I've had this on tap at Sprecher in the past, and don't recall this in the taste department at all.

M) Medium body with lively carbonation. An unfortunate chemical zest clings to the palate.

O) This isn't likely as bad as the bottle I just opened. At the same time, even from memory, it's average at best. I strongly prefer to stick with the German imports for this style. Admittedly, I didn't bother to finish this one. Not so much because I couldn't, but because I have much better beers to consume on New Year's Eve. Cheers!

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Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A-The brew is medium-gold and clear until the yeasties make it in to the glass, at which point it clouds up considerably and picks up some orange hues. The head was a thin for the style with poor retention.

S-Lots of doughy, bready maltiness, banana, and clove spice here. Thick-smelling, even. Very little wheat or lemon to cut the banana bread flavors.

T-The taste is also heavy on the dough, banana, and clove. The wheat mostly gets lost, but the banana bread is tasty and I have had worse examples of the style.

M-The carbonation is moderate and medium to chunky feeling. The brew feels a bit chewy, but not too heavy.

O-I don't know if I've ever had a hefe with this much banana bread flavor. I would certainly have liked more wheat and spice to balance things out on the flavor and feel side of things, but I I found myself strangely content while drinking this on a sunny August afternoon.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, but "39334FL 111331403" stamped on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Sadly, Sprecher's hefeweizen does not strike me as particularly appealing in taste of aroma. Missing the banana, bread, and lemon-like flavors. Somewhat boring, tepid, not hearty, complex, or really enjoyable to me.

Pours a tall, dense head of off-white colored foam, made up primarily of small bubbles. Head retention is fairly good, taking several minutes to recede to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Leaves decent lacing, thin streaks that are replenished with each swirl. Body is a hazy-opaque brown-gold-orange color out of light, pale orange-gold with yellow highlights in it. Fairly vigorous carbonation with small to medium-sized bubbles.

Aroma of sweet wheat malt, brewer's yeast, faint apple cider, and very mild esters like fresh apples and pears.

The tip of the tongue picks up on cooked grain cereal with slight sweetness. This proceeds to the front of the palate, which finds continued malt sweetness, malt cider, slight fruity esters (more apple and pear than banana). Mid-palate of wheat malt, mild-boring citrus fruit, and mild phenolic spiciness. Back of palate is somewhat medicinal, band-aid, phenolic spiciness. and mild wheat malt. Closes with a flash of spiciness on the throat, with an aftertaste similar to pasta, with a bit of phenolic spiciness and mild fruity esters.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium carbonation that foams this up on the palate, making the mouthfeel smooth and fairly creamy. Carbonation is slightly effervescent on the palate. Semi-dry finish with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.

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Photo of Caskaway
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm on vacation in Wisconsin and decided to give this local brew a try. Poured from a 16 oz bottle - unfortunately, the bar only has pint glasses.

Decent head, typical hefeweizen aroma. Definitely has the expected sweetness and spice, but missing a distinguishing flavor to make it stand out (i.e. banana, clove, etc.).

Beer became flat shortly after initial pour, but I'll blame that on the disparate glassware. Overall, a decent but run-of-the-mill hefeweizen.

Low % ABV and generic taste make this a safe, albeit unexciting, choice.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weeell, I probably should have started with this rather than the scotch ale/IIPA, but hey, a few bites of an excellent portabella wrap & cheesy potatoes, & my palate is as fresh as spring rain. Six ounce taster at the Wisconsin Dells Sprecher Brewpub.

Pour is all hefe, light, filtered, golden. Nose is clove, spice, wheat.

Sprecher Hefe Weiss is a truly ho-hum take on the style. Wheat, check, cloves, check, bit of spicing, check. Nothing stands out, none of the tastes crackle, it's just what it is.

Routine, decent hefe. Nothing to set this apart from every other hefe on the planet, this is strictly average.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap and an asian tapas restuarant recently. Went surprisingly well with the food.

A: Nothing special really..decent for a hefe..a little too clear for me. Looked like it was going to taste a little bland.

S: Smelled great. Faint notes of ripe bananas hiding behind fresh baked bread, biscuit malt and a crispy, wine smell.

T: A good, solid hefe. Very easy to drink, with a crispy mouthfeel and a creamy finish. Nothing bitter or bad going on at all. Hints of barley sugar, bread dough and ripe fruit.

Overall: Nice. I like Sprecher, they're doing some great domestic brewing and they're underrated on this site if you ask me.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled as part of a flight at Sprecher's Wisconsin Dells. Pour arrived with a thin head, very hazy glowing white-yellow, leaving fits and starts of lacing. Smell was virtually absent. Not much nose at all. Flavor comes up a notch with orange zest, cloves in a body of earthy grains. Spice elements definitely noticable here if not in the nose. Medium body. Decent carbonation. Easy to drink, but fairly unremarkable in a broader sense of Hefeweizens.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I swear I have had this beer before. Untappd doesn’t show that I have. Anyway, I love it that this label is on a beer made in the United States. The brewery was originally started in Milwaukee, but is now in Wisconsin. Looking at the label on this, you would never guess it was from here. I am not a huge fan of this style, as they all seem to taste the same. But I am excited to try this one because it’s over 100 degrees outside, and a beer like this is meant for a hot summer night.

In the Glass: The beer is pretty hazy, and reminds me of an unfiltered wheat beer. I have been on an unfiltered wheat beer kick lately. Not sure if it’s the hot weather or the subtle sweet finish, but I am digging that style right now. The beer also pours heavy with a thick, creamy head.

Nose: There isn’t much on the nose. What I am picking up is that orange zest that you expect from this style. Think Blue Moon. This doesn’t seem like a beer that would get better as it heats up, either. This is a style you want to drink cold.

Flavor: The flavor is quite nice. It is quite complex starting off smooth and shallow working across the palate to provide a punch of flavor near the swallow into a dry finish. The finish stays dry, and quickly fades. With such a low ABV I could see myself chugging this beer. I bet it tastes better on tap.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is weak. There isn’t a lot going on here, and it almost tastes flat at first. There aren’t a lot of bubbles, and as you swallow the tongue sort of sits there wanting more. It leaves for a smooth drinking beer, though.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is dry at the beginning, and quickly fades. I want that dryness to stick around, but as I continue to swallow it doesn’t really do much.

The beer is cheap, which is nice. It has a low ABV, which is not nice. When it comes to craft beer, 8-10% is where I want my beers to be. I want a beer that when I finish a bottle I am feeling it. I would have to drink several of these just to get a buzz. I like the flavors, but the beer really isn’t doing much for me. Maybe it’s the style.

Sprecher Hefe Weiss - The bottle says: “A cloudy appearance and an immense creamy head are characteristic of this lightly hopped Bavarian-style brew. This course-filtered wheat ale is germinated with a German yeast culture for a refreshing close spiciness and hints of citrus fruit.”

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Photo of midworken
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden wheat body with a thick and creamy, off-white head.

Citrus orange aroma with vanilla, coriander and caramel background. Certainly bright flavors with the sweet background malts to fill it in.

The taste brings in more of the grainy wheat, leaving behind the strong citrus that is the showcase in the smell. Orange peel is reminiscent about half way through the taste - not really a strong orange flavor, rather the more mellow and bitter part of the orange peel. Not as many spices that seem to dominate other hefeweissens, but they are hiding in this beer as reminders of the multitude of flavors that hefes can bring.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Definitely wet, which makes it a great drinker on a hot summer day.

Overall an OK beer. If I'm in the market for a Hefeweiss, I will consider this one again.

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