Hefe Weiss
Sprecher Brewing Company

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #288
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,275
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.9%
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
297
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Sprecher Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  19
Gots
  28
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews by jwc215:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16 oz bottle purchased at BevMo (Redlands) in January 2006 for $1.99 per bottle. The first time I have seen anything but their root beer in California!

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a good dollop of fine grey-brown sediment, a 2 inch crowning white head brings the presentation alive.

Aroma is lemon, clove, and to a lesser extent, banana. Some off organic notes that I've smelled before, but not in a Hefe Weiss. Overall pleasant. Much more complex than most American Hefeweisse-style beers, and reminds me more of the cousins from Germany.

The flavor brings a slug of lemon goodness, not real sour lemon, there's almost a sweetness in the malts that keeps it from overpowering. The spicy organics are there too, but to a lesser degree.

Mouthfeel is light and bright, but not overly thin, as one would hope for the style. This should be a nice drinker on a summer evening.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a proper Paulaner Weizen glass this beer does look like a good Hefe.

Cloudy golden color with a tall white head.

Smell is very strongly of cloves. Bubble gum and Banana aromas are missing. Very spicy scent without and detectable flaws.

Taste is mild. Slightly sweet with a bready backbone. Mild metallic flavor defect. Taste is lemony without a strong clove flavor that you can smell in the scent. I suspect that shortcuts were taken with the yeast in this with a large amount of "pacman" yeast was used to speed up production.

Mouthfeel is watery for a wheat beer.

Looks great smells great and that is about it for this beer. Worth tasting one but I will buy Franziskaner before I buy this again.

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Photo of thaichile
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a soft, white head. Citrus notes all over the nose. Taste continues with lemon and then some spice. Banana essence is limited to a back seat. Creamy and quenching, but too much citrus to be a really good hefeweizen. None the less, it was enjoyable. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 8-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4 inch tall white head which quickly faded to almost nothing. A pleasant cloudy lemony-gold in color, average lacing present. Good malty, grainy smell like you should have in a hefe. Flavor consistant with aroma and style, pretty much it is what it is advertised as. Would have no problems enjoying this one again.

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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 beveragecaptain
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce bottle. Sprecher Hefe Weiss pours out a hazy dark yellow color into my Paulaner glass. The aroma is a tasty smelling mixture of banana, clove, lemon, and a little chocolate. Tangy lemon flavor. More bitterness than most hefes. The finish is bitter and spicy. The mouthfeel is not as creamy as I hoped. Decent drinkability. This is a pretty good example of the style, but it can't touch the better German versions.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Resurrection Ale House in Philly. Served in a wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high. Looks good.

Mild banana esters, some wheatiness. Overall a little weak but it smells OK.

All downhill from here. Beer is thin and grainy. Very watery. Carbonation in the mouth is not helping this beer at all. Almost a harshness on the back end. I love hefe's, this was one of the poorest examples (taste wise) I've come across in a while. Will not drink again.

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Photo of jsolack
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Hazy yellow color. Looks nice and cloudy. Head is gone shortly after beer is poured.

Smell:
Smells like a banana's and wheat... very sweet smell, like a banana split!

Taste:
Great wheat flavor. Everything I like about a wheat. Sweet banana flavor with great wheat accents. Bitterness is controlled by sweetness.

Mouthfeel:
I would like this to be a little thicker in the mouth. It's a little too water, carbonation doesn't give the smooth thick feel instead feels a little crisp.

Drinkability:
A very drinkable beer. Great flavor and a great finish. I could definitely have a few of these in one sitting!

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium apricot color with massive white puffy head. Good retention.

Smell demonstrates nice notes of bananas, citrus, and cloves.

Taste has a strong banana flavor. The citrus and cloves blend nicely with the bananas to presnet an above average taste sensation.

Great retention of the banana flavors. Very refreshing.

Truly a nice example of the style with good drinkability.

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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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

This Hefe-Weizen poured a nice cloudy light orange into a Franzisakner glass. Nice big head that lingers.

smell is wheat malt and citrus.

Flavor is very similar to German Hefes, perhaps just a bit more lemon character than most and with a slightly more pronounced bitterness at the end. hints of clove, banana, and citrus.


mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, medium viscosity, nice carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good, could session these for sure.

overall, a fairly good stab at the German style, nothing wrong with this one at all.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Second from the 8 pack sampler.

Appearance is light straw with heavy cloud. Rocky three finger head that recedes quickly and leaves sticky rings of lace.

Aroma is floral yeast. Fruity, citrusy wheat and sweet gumballs and band-aid. Lemon zest and all-spice. Weak aroma, even at room temperature.

Flavor is wheat and yeast, banana and bubble gum. Clove spiciness with a heavy bread. Sour saison like notes that are something I usually don't get in a hefe weiss. Honey and corn syrup. Light, barely discernable floral, fruity hops. Lemon peel and coriander notes. Banana bread with light nutty grains.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit harsh and unnatural. Nice stickiness on the lips and a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good I would have it again.

Revisited on 07-11-08

Aroma is better than I remember, there is a nice wheaty yeasty aroma as well as a phenolic band-aid aroma that is to me more representative of a hefe weizen.

Flavor is fruity and a bit sour, banana and clove, lemon and orange, bubble gum and a chewy grain profile that has sustance.

Maybe I got a bad bottle last time? Much better than I remember.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid under $2 for a sweet looking pint bottle...

The appearence of this beer was bad, typical golden base with a minimal head with no retention and no lacing, disappointed! The aroma was a little weaker then I'd expect for a Hefe, but it was still decent.

The taste is where it's at, this bad boy is fully flavored with a bold hit from the first swig, nice full floral-banana duo going on here. Mouthfeel works well with this, somewhat smooth but a touch harsh to the palette, but the drinkability is high because it goes down smooth and not-too-sweet.

Final Thought: If this poured and looked good, the BA score would be much higher... this beer is not well defined but with a few tweaks it could make an outstanding beer someday!

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Photo of germaniac
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Wheat glass, a great looking cloudy yellow gold, with a big mound of frothy white head.

Smell is mostly grainy wheat, with a strong clove presence. No sign of fruity notes at all.

Malt and yeast sweetness with clove spice up front, with a transition into lemon zest backed up by a light hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, a decent Hefe, but really no different from a handful of other more readily available brews. For the price, I'd get a Pinkus, and enjoy it alot more.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color capped by a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Wheat bread and clove, with a touch of orange

Taste: Bready and clovey, up front, with a distinct orange character arriving by mid-palate; some banana also arrives but the finish is dominated by the wheat bread and clove flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; limited creaminess

Overall: Very sessionable but the lack of dominant banana flavor makes it far from what I prefer for this style

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a 2 finger head that sticks around a bit. The nose is nice banana wtih some citrusy notes in there too. There is a nice creamy banana flavor with a bit of lemony zest in the finish. This is a nice flavor. The beer is moderate in thickness, with a nice creamy texture. I dig this one. I could sit down and drink a few of these. Nice session Hefe.

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

Very clear honey yellow with a nice, white head.

Smells spicy with a little bit of nanners in there. The spices aren't quite what I expect from most hefes. It also smells surprisingly dry.

Tastes sweet but a little soapy. Balanced but not quite right. The nanners are there, but there's none of the creaminess I usually look for in a good hefe. Also a bit too drew for my liking. Still, pretty well brewed.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a nice cloudy pale yellow body with a nice thick slurry of yeast in the last little bit of the bottle. There is a sticky snow white head that leaves sip rings as I drink. The head is supported by tiny little bubbles of carbonation that can only be seen when they trail up the side of the glass.

S- The soft bubblegum smell has a slight powdered sugar note like bubble-yum gum followed by a soft yeasty bread dough note and a clove warmth at the finish. These smells meld into each other and feel very natural unlike some over-the-top Weizens.

T- The nice wheat bread flavor has soft but present bubblegum qualities and a soft clove note that is not sweet and is more of a warmth than a spic note. There is a soft carbonic acid note with a slight sweetness to finish the beer and it has a very nice dried lemon note.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and the body is not heavy like some Weizens that sit like a 3 course meal in my stomach.

D- This beer has a good body and great well developed flavors that all work together quite well. I would consider this one of the few Weizens inwhich I could have several at one siting without being full.

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Photo of sweethome
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a traditional hefeweizen hazy gold color and fluffy white head. Nose is also traditional - banana/clove. Very yeasty on tip, a medium mouthfeel. Flavors fail to round out, leaves me with a bit of a burnt flavor. Has all of the qualities of a Bavarian Weiss beer, I'm just a bit turned off by that burnt flavor in the mid-mouth.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a mostly cloudy yellow-orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of lemons, and bubblegum. It is a very acidic aroma. I like acidity, but this aroma just doesn't do it for me. The taste is of bubblegum, and tangy wheat. It is a very faint taste too. The mouthfeel is light bodied, and watery. This beer has all the classic characteristics of an American Pale Wheat Ale, and none of a hefeweizen. I can't see myself drinking this beer again.

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Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a low white head that soon recedes. The beer is a very hazy golden straw color.

smell: First I get a moderate yeasty characteristic...not quite banana but almost. Behind that is an aroma of lemon peel...and even further back, some wheat. Seems pretty lightly hopped.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the border between medium and high, and the body is a heavy-light.

taste: Pretty clean taste. Definate flavors of wheat and yeast, just slightly sweet and pretty dry in the finish. Also a touch of lemon flavor...pretty considerable, actually. Often watery. Hop flavor and bitterness are at a minimum. Not bad, but lacking in character.

drinkability: Clean, refreshing, and easy to drink...but barely makes the "above average" cut in my book.

Received from Zorro in BCG BIF. The code 32633 FL S2981238 is printed on the bottle, though I have no idea what it means.

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Photo of AltBock
1.58/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle that I got to try at my local beer store. I didn't really get a good look at the bottle, but it's the same as the one pictured on BA. When poured into a weird shaped glass, the beer had a nice head of white foam to it, but I really didn't care for the color of the beer. It's color was a very pale clear yellow color. It looked liked clear yellow water. The smell was almost nonexistent. I'm sure you know what a good Hefe smells like (bananas, cloves citrus fruits), but this one had none of that. The only smell was that of spices and a pinch of watered down wheat. It tasted like it smelled, but with more watered down wheat and with a pinch of spices and cloves here and there. The spices and cloves are really not that noticeable. The mouthfeel was light and very weak with an aftertaste of water to it. There was no body to it. I know I won't try it again or even buy it for that matter. If you can find it cheap, good for you, it will make it easier to pass it up for something with more body and flavor to it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque orange with medium meringue foam. Smell is faint, kind of dusty yeast. Taste is clovey, more spice than banana or yeast at first. Mouthfeel has a buttery smoothness that suggests the overall integration of yeast. Drinkability is good, a nice summer refresher...

One of the better domestic Hefe examples, rises above the crappy "american wheat" ghetto stylings of many US wheats.

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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 297 ratings