Hefe Weiss | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Hefe WeissHefe Weiss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
288
Reviews:
153
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
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19
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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Dukeofearl
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Hergestridge
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Krusader
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color, slightly hazy but mostly clear with golden highlights. Head is medium height with largish bubbling. The nose is heavily reliant on phenols to push flavor across; clove overpowers any tendency toward pepper, banana, or other fruits that might be buried.

The flavor is also laden with spices and especially clove. Esters are more present in the body than on the nose, which is surprising but welcoming-ly nice to see. The malted wheat adds a hint of dryness and zing to the flavor, and balances the tendency towards sweetness as it gets towards room temp.

Not bad - a little unusual, but for an American hefeweizen it's really pretty good. Light bodied but offers itself to increased complexity as the beer warms. Definitely phenol-heavy, but not overly sweet, and it insinuates a certain level of Germanic authenticity. Nice beer for a mixed six pack.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Hazy golden color. Pours with a minimal head. Visible carbonation.
(S) Wheaty, with notes of lemon and citrus fruit. Also nutmeg aroma.
(T) Smells like it tastes - wheaty, but not thick. Mellow citrus flavor, with the spice of the added cloves.
(M) Clean and smooth. Light bodied not as much mass as other hefeweizens.
(D) Easy drinkability. Nice and smooth with a nice unique flavor.

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Photo of botham
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich amber, with a few fingers of white frothy head that stays for the duration.

smells fruity, with a creamy base and bready character. embodies just what a good hefe weizen should be.

tastes bready and fruity. the yeast is well complimented by the fruitiness, which is less pronounced than the smell would suggest.

aftertaste is creamy, with a bit of bitterness from the hops, leaving a little to be desired.

mouthfeel is initially a bit sharp from the carbonation, while remaining creamy and medium-bodied. it goes down smooth and finishes well.

drinkability is good. this is a solid example of a hefe-weizen, which are rarely undrinkable by any means.

overall this brew is not special in any one area, but is a good example of the style. for fans of the wheat beers, this one will not disappoint.

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Photo of granger10
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden color but unfortunately there was a very small head that faded quickly (old bottle?). The smell was very bready and yeasty with a grainy edge to it. The taste was sweet upfront from the grains and wheat. The spices came out next mostly being clove. The base seemed to come from the yeast and that lasted until the finish, which was dry and slightly tart. There was a slight hoppiness in this beer as well but it didn't really stand out to me. This was a slightly sweet, very smooth beer but it didn't quite have the bite that it's German brethren have that make their hefe's so amazing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice golden yellow with a nice bit of haze and only a slight layer of sticky white head that turns into a sweet lace ring.

S - A bit more citrus forward with bread yeasts, clove, and maybe some banana

T - No banana in the taste (maybe a touch of banana skin) with slight bittering lemon, clove to balance, and an impressively smooth wheat like yeast making the finish crisp.

M - Light to medium yet it was still a sipper to me.

Overall not a bad version of the style at all. Not really worth the price I paid (4.17 for a 16oz bottle) or even distributed in my area but really not worth tracking down again. Pretty good beer though.

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Photo of GhostMtnAbbey
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice big billowy head.

Immediate hints of banana and light citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin but still pleasant and drinkable.

The clarity is opaque but not as hazy and swirly as I'd prefer in a wheat beer.

It could definitely use a more pronounced wheat flavor.

My experience with the three or four beers I've had from Sprecher is that they are a competent "work-a-day" mircobrewery. They offer beers a few steps up from the big commercial breweries but don't expect the advanced artistry of a Dogfishhead or Victory.

This is an affordable Hefe that would be a good introduction to the style for those used to conventional commercial brews. No surprises but nothing bad.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a dark brown bottle into a tall Weizen glass

Appearance: Cloudy deep golden almost amber color. small foamy head that didn't retain long.

Smell: Yeasty with scents sweet banana and cloves. Nice yeasty sweetness with banana and bubblegum phenolics. Better nose than most American made Hefe's.

Taste: Sweet wheat up front with nice spice on the finish. Not as sweet as some of the German Hefe's and a bit dry, but in a good way. Not bad at all for an American Hefe.

Mouth feel: Slippery on the tongue and nice carbonation.

Drinkability: It's very good, and I picked up a four pack at my local store for four bucks. Can't beat that price!. Will look for this one again.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this one, and maybe it tasted even that much better now that the weather is getting Summery around the Upper Midwest. It pours a cloudy kind of golden with nice bright white head. The aroma is there- cloves bready yeast but mild and not as complex as the best. It has a solid medium body that has a good bready malt and yeast flavor and a spicy clove finish with a slight lemony tartness. A very solid hefe.

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Photo of SSGCujo
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Popsinc
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: lotsa hefe in the hefe-weiss...good start. a cloudy orange pour but with only a small head. could be bigger on a wheat.

Smell: typically strong banana and clove here. a little citrusy in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: right away this beer is creamy and smooth with a light to medium body. citrusy off the top with lingering spice and a hint of banana. the clove has good staying power. watered down towards the finish but still had plenty of good qualities to go around.

Drinkability: im a fan this style anyway but having said that, this beer achieves hefe-weiss status. i enjoyed it and think it's a great summer time brew.

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Photo of happygnome
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nice hazy yellow color with about an eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves very little lacing
s: sweet malty grains, kind of reminds me of grandma's homemade bisquits, cloves and spices also present
t: citrus flavor as well as a very bisquity taste that is accomponied by cloves and other spice notes
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little more than average carbonation very crisp and refreshing

overall i really enjoyed this brew very refreshing

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sprecher hefe weiss

a 4 cloudy light lemon and apricot body is topped by a fairly short head that settles to a creamy looking cap. not particularly merengue-like foam, but it'll do. no lace.

s 4 fresh wheat, cracker malt, and unripe-to-ripe bananas. there is clove there too, but not as a separate element. it's as though the banana is infused with clove. this has a refreshing, light nose that makes me think it will be a lightweight quencher rather than a flavor-heavy treat.

t 3.5-4 definitely a quencher. checking the abv, i see 4.2%, which makes me feel a lot better about this beer. the flavors are light but pleasant, wheat and unripe banana, with a somewhat lemony, yeasty finish. a bit chalky. pretty dry overall, which is appropriate to its assumed task. if only it were about 25 degrees warmer in this room right now ...

m 3-3.5 the body is this beer's weakest point. light is okay, but the carbonation should be much creamier. instead it is on the spritzy side, though the creamy-looking cap is holding well.

o 4 this is a good choice if a simple, light german wheat is called for. should try this head to head with kellerweis. if memory serves, the SN product is more flavorful and yeastier, but with more of an aspirin thing going.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 ovaltine
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of WJVII
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice golden yellow color, a little cloudy. The head comes on strong, but fades quickly. This beer has a wonderful smell, there is a nice blend of malty and fruity flavors. There was some orange and banana smell mixed with a wheaty bread like smell. This beer has a nice taste, not to over powering and fresh. There was little more of a malty after taste not quite balanced out by the fruitier blend that you smell. This is an ok beer, but not my favorite. Always interesting to buy Sprecher in the 16 oz bottle, knowing the story about the brewery told on the tour. Not my every day beer, but worth a try.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Tschnab
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy straw yellow with an eggshell white foam. No lace.

S- wheat and german yeast with some lemon peel and banana. Good malt background.

T- Very refreshing and crisp, lemon peel, malt, clove, banana, wheaty yeast, just the fainteset hint of soapiness at the end.

O- Very tasty classic flavors, extremely balanced with some malt coming in with the yeast.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncloudy orange-tinted amber beneath a large, whipped creamery head the color of sandstone. I added a few more ounces once the head had fallen far enough, but it looks as though there will be no visible hefe in this hefe weizen. Perhaps Sprecher's 'coarse filtering' isn't coarse enough. A slurred collar is the extent of the lace at this point and it doesn't look like any more is in the cards.

There's no question, even after one tentative sniff, that this is the cloviest hefe that I've ever smelled. In fact, it smells as if someone dumped half a bottle of ground cloves into the glass. Only trouble is though, the spiciness tends to cover up the monkey fruit to some extent.

It tastes pretty clove-like too. In fact, I can think of no other version that even comes close. If a hefe has to favor one or the other--and there's no reason to think that it does--I'd prefer that it favor banana. Surprisingly, it tastes much more banana-like that it smells and earns a respectable 2.5/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. It's hard to overlook the clove however; it permeates the flavor profile from top to bottom.

There's a fair amount of tangy wheat as well, underneath all the spice. Sweet and sour work well together, especially as the beer warms. In fact, I'm finding that all of the various flavors fit together more snugly as the beer sits. Either that or it's taking some time for me to get used to what is a spicier than usual version.

The body/mouthfeel is quality through and through. The beer is light enough to be easily drinkable--and sessionable--yet still possesses that light creaminess that I look for and that is often found in the best of the style.

Hefe Weiss is my third Sprecher beer and I've been impressed with all three. Although it doesn't put a scare into the Weihenstephaners, Ayingers and Kapuziners of the world, it's both good and distinctive. Especially if you like cloves.

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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 288 ratings.
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