Hefe Weiss | Sprecher Brewing Company

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83
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288 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
288
Reviews:
154
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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19
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24
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Photo of Lemke10
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in early 2011.

Pours a cloudy yellow amber color with a mild scent of wheats. Has an almost organic like wheat and grain taste to it which is rather bold along with firm hints of orange. Rather filling and heavy in comparison to many heheweizen beers. Definetly a good taste here, the only complaint I could really see anyone making is about the thicker volume the beer has.

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Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild banana/clove aroma. The esters aren't too pronounced, but there's also a bit of lemony zest. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity hefe yeast character. The banana/clove character is mild at best. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not as good as a traditional hefe, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
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 mariposafan
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like unfiltered apple cider in the glass - very murky with a slightly burnt orange color. Minimal head, though what there is persists and lacing is very persistent.

The smell is fairly sweet with lots of cloves. Some banana/bubblegum as well but mostly cloves.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. Cloves are very evident, some banana as well. There's a lemony tartness that's a little overdone, as well. Mostly, though, it's just a bit watery. A little more sweetness would have made this much nicer.

The mouthfeel is rather nice - smooth, ever so slightly viscous with creamy carbonation.

It actually drinks fairly well considering the flavor is less than I'd hoped for. Not my favorite hefeweizen but it will do in a pinch.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick pour, fills half the glass before settling down to about two fingers of bone white, wispy, delicate foam, given the looseness of the foam, the lacing displays very nice stickiness. Unblemished, clear golden straw color, turns to a noticeably bright yellow around the rims and glass bottom, given the head almost zero visible bubbles. Remarkably soft nose with minimal wheat or grain presence, banana, bubblegum, clove and cinnamon, ripe apricot and peach fruit scents, raw baking dough, lemon juice, more width than length. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation, swiftly sinks into your palate. Ginger, cinnamon, clove and flowers team up with the same banana, peach, apricot, pear fruit to keep this one friendly beer. A touch more wheat, hay presence here, aided by more sourness in the lemon, orange citrus. Develops a light minerally edge as it finishes. Extremely easy to drink, however, comes off as simpler than it might otherwise be.

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Photo of GhostMtnAbbey
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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 drabmuh
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
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 association330
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Cloudy, golden pour with yeast in suspension. Brief, soapy white head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles with trace amounts of lace.

S - Wheat, yeast, and lemon dominate, with bits of the expected banana, clove, and bubblegum-like character.

T - Follows the nose. Finish is too brief and flat.

M - Very light bodied, even for a hefe. Not effervescent enough and leaves the brew feeling flat. You could easily chug this if you wanted to.

D - I've had worse attempts at the style, and this is drinkable, but it's not a great hefe.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another quality Sprecher brew. Not the haze I hoped for, but always mega carbonated, yet does not form much head.

Good banana, wheat, lemon flow to the nose, and then that is exactly the taste. Very pleasant, light body. Very easy to drink. 16oz bottles at a great price, rarely disappointed with these guys.

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Photo of Moe55
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack at a local liquor store. Pours slightly cloudy golden color. Nice white head that leaves some lacing. I can smell the clove spices and citrus. Worthy of calling itself a Bavarian style brew. Nice wheat taste and just the right amount of clove spices to give it a refreshing taste. I can also get a bit of banana at the end. Not as watery tasting as other craft wheat beers. This is the perfect beer on a warm, summer day. I am yet to be disappointed by Sprecher Brewing Company.

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Photo of corby112
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with straw colored hues when held to a light source and a thin frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Spicy aroma with hints of clove and coriander along with some crisp citrus fruit and ripe banana. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel.

The appearance and aroma were okay but the mouthfeel and flavor of this beer are seriously lacking. Slightly creamy mediu body that's on the lighter end of the spectrum with a prominent spice character. The clove and coriander notes overpower what little citrus fruit flavor there is. Subtle hints of banana and lemon peel. Zesty dry finish.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle, this Hefe Weiss will conclude my three wheat beer evening. Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat was a fail, as was Sudwerk Hefewiezenl My last chance is afoot..

Suddenly I notice that this is a twistoff bottle. Oh no!

Pours light in color and with a weak yeast presence.

Nose is bubble gum and sour yeast. Not bad yet unexciting to say the least.

Flavor follows and finishes swiftly. Finish is chalky and lacks the lingering finish one would expect from the style.

Yet another hefeweizen that should not be called as such. Not enough oxygen for them yeasties.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is slightly cloudy orange-- actually a little clear for a hefe. It smells like grains and honey and orange peel. The aroma doesn't hit you in the face, which I like in a hefe, but it's nice. The flavor is more citrus-y than banana-y, with plenty of clove-y esters and a long, spicy finish. This is a very nice, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of arkurzynski
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold and yeast hazy with very little head. I'm not sure if this is an old bottle or what? Aroma is lemon, vanilla, clove, and sweet wheat malt. Just a hint of sourness in the nose. Overall decent aroma. Very light on the palate with a lot of fizz. Sweet wheat malt taste, some banana, some lemon. Light on the flavor. I've had this many times before this rating and the conclusion is still the same - very drinkable, but nothing special. Prefer their lager selection.

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Photo of blackearth
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the gift shop at Sprecher Brewery in Glendale, WI. Poured into a weizen glass it shows a hazy, pale golden body with a thick white head. Aroma of banana and clove. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation level. Flavors of bubble gum and fruity peel. Very refreshing. Great drinkability.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my glass from the tap. The beer pours a bright cloudy yellow. With a decent amount of head. After dissipating it leaves a fair amount of lace, that sticks to my glass. The aroma is relatively light for a hefe. Banana and clove are present but, they aren't very strong. A slight hint of lemon is there as well. The flavor is dry banana and clove. With a biscuity wheat finish. Tart fruit comes through in the end. Light to medium body with emphasis on the light end. A moderate amount of carbonation mixed with the dry finish makes this almost chardonay like on the palate. Not my favorite american hefe but, a decent beer overall.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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 sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled sometime in Feb. 2009.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Lots of thick off-white foam that simply wont diminish! Bits of thick sticky lace cling to the inside of the glass here and there.

(S)- Sweet lemon curd surrounded by wheat, yeasty clay, and a bit of spice; clove?

(T)- Tons of wheat and lemon going on. Some bananna too. It almost has a pale ale aspect to it. Definitely some clove in the taste.

(M)- Its kinda thin in body, but great in texture. Crisp and fruity.

(D)- A damn good refreshing beer for the summertime! Light and crisp, and just overall good! A superb example of a Hefe Weiss.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist off bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy honey amber color, lots of floating yeast and a few bubbles of carbonation. Creamy white head with excellent retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is a little disappointing, rather mild, very little fruit, strong grain and dominant clove and spices. Body is a little thin for the style, creamy, moderate carbontation, slightly watery like in the finish. Sweet banana flavors are present in flavor but not nearly as strong as other hefes, balance is thrown off a little by clove spiciness from nose, also a little tanginess, but overall fairly nice, if not mild.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into my Harpoon UFO glass. Appears a cloudy muted straw yellow color with about an inch of quickly dissipating bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of citrus such as lemon, banana, mild spicy yeast, soft wheat notes, some cloves as it warms up. About medium bodied and amply carbonated. Worth a try. Also, gotta love those 16oz. bottles from a US brewer.

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Photo of drcarver
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a hazy blonde color with a rocky quick fading head

S - Smell of eyast and citrus hit the nose as soon as it is poured. Some hints of spice and clove.

T - Clove flavors are predominent. Sweetness of the eyast carries through the beer. Slight sour tastes are you continue through the beer.

M - Light bodied but flat and smooth

D - A decent session if you have it around.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one finger head that is white and fluffy. The body is slightly hazy, not as much as I would expect in a hefe but it has the golden yellow color. The head fades to a lace after a few minutes. Lots of carbonation present in this one as its poured.

S - Sweet, banana and clove hit my nose right away with a nice balance of cinnamon and wheat. There is a nice lemony, citrus scent that is also faint as well. Overall the coriander, yeast, citrus and wheat are all there but this isn't as intense of a smell as the Dancing Man Wheat.

T - Pretty solid hefe. All the components are here except for the full, smooth flavor I have had in New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat. There is a nice clove, coriander and citrus/banana complex that has a nice wheat and yeast backbone.

M - All the citrus, clove, banana and cinnamon are right up front with a decent transition over to wheat finish that is pretty smooth up front. Not as full as I would like, but I have been spoiled. Still pretty solid.

D - Again, not as full or complete as New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat, but this is still a great hefe. I could have two or three of these in a sitting.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy gold/orange color with a huge white foamy 3 finger head. Leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - Lemon and orange. Some malt aroma also.

Taste - Lemon, orange, banana flavors present with some sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and clean.

Drinkability - A nice drinkable beer. Good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 288 ratings.
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