Hefe Weiss | Sprecher Brewing Company

Hefe WeissHefe Weiss
BA SCORE
3.66/5
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,256
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
288
pDev:
14.21%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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19
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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 RoamingGnome
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 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 Boilermaker88
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 16oz bottle and poured into a Franziskaner hefe glass. Had a cloudy lemon yellow color, a bit paler than most other hefeweizens I've had, lots of carbonation swirling up from the bottom and a thick snow white head that left good clumps of lace.
Nose: immediate banana-and-clove essence that's essential for a German-inspired hefe. Nice doughy malts, hint of vanilla and tang of lemon.
Taste: straight-outta-the-gate pop of banana and clove. Vanilla extract and plentiful bready malt flavor lends a bit of banana cream pie taste. Finishes with a tart lemony taste that is almost puckery.
Feel: light, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Doesn't pack the creaminess of some top-tier hefeweizens, though.
Drinkability: pretty damn quaffable, truth be told. Easily one I'd reach for again. A good rendition of the Bavarian style.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 TheBlueJerzzzz
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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 npendres
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of John
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice start to this brew, hefty head, promising looking yeasty haze. A swirl and pour of the bottle's last remains helps substantiate the beer's medium body. The aroma is citrusy with lemon and some banana. However, there's a bit of funk in here. Some strange farm, horse blanket notes are detected in the aroma and flavor. Hmm...this is a Hefe Weizen and not a lambic (?) - curious. Mouthfeel is spot on for a Hefe. Though this brew seems to be well regarded, it seems as though I'm not enjoying it as much. I'm a fan of a good Hefe but this is a bit off.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Winter
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light golden in color with a white delicate foamy head, that disappears after a few minutes. Aroma consists of cloves, fruit (mostly banana) and grain. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a thin body. Light wheat flavor. The spicy middle has a mild bitterness as it turns to the finish. Finish is light with hints of banana present. Not being a big fan of Hefe Weisse style, I do recognize this beer as quality brew, but this is just not my favorite style.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, pours a beautiful murky gold to orange with a beautiful frothy head, extremely long lasting, faint carbonation rising, and good lacing. Aroma is heavy on banana, cloves and grains and malts. Taste is good, but not spectacular, but would be if it didn't fade too quickly. Sweet and bitter, hops and malts, cloves and banana, all balanced out well, finishing nicely, if not too quickly. Body is decent, carbonated appropriately. Though nothing special, a good, standard hefe to have on hand.

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Photo of Reaper16
1.91/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served on-tap at The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a respectable and expected hazy yellow color. It's got half a finger of white head. It looks like a hefe. Nothing more, nothing less.

The aroma? Not respectable. Thin wheat smell. I guess what I mean by "thin" is "barely there." It smells like wheat water. That someone dropped a lemon slice into, I suppose. The hefe yeast? It smells artificial or something. Like, there's clove but it smells fake. This whole thing smells fake.

The taste is even worse. The yeast flavors are seriously off-putting. Like an old, old bottle of stale cloves poured into my mouth through a melting PVC pipe. The beer itself is so watery tasting too. A massive failure.

It tastes watery, so of course it has a pretty watery mouthfeel. It's spritzy, which is good, but so insubstantial.

Overall, this is a failure of a hefewiezen. I will not drink one ever again.

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Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New in town. Aroma is yeasty, bready and holds mild bannana notes. Body is a cloudy pale yellow and holds a slowly diminishing, two finger thick, white head. Fore is creamy on the palate and possesses yeasty notes, sweet bannana bread some very mild clove notes and a sweeter bannana cream and bubblegum finish. Not a bad Hefe at all though the overall flavor of it isn’t exactly traditional as a whole...the basic flavors are there.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a hazy medium gold color with three fingers of foam. There is a good amount of lace. The smell is classic hefe, lots of banana and cloves. Some wheat malt and yeasty character. The taste is malty and sweet, with more banana and clove. Nice and refreshing, with a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong as it glides across the tongue. The drinkability is nice as well. A damn good Hefe-Weizen!

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Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KC9LDB
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 bluemoonswoon
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed 8pack of pints. The pack come with this booklet about the brewery's line of beers: what they put into them and what temps they should be served, a nice addition to the pack, very thoughtful.

A: 16oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours a hazy pale orange and bananna with a nice fluffy white head with minimal cratering.

S: Even as I was pouring this out of the bottle I could smell the yeast on this baby, very sweet and bready almost like cake batter with hints of bananna and lemon. My mouth is watering.

T/MF: Real nice and smooth mouthfeel, very creamy as to be expected with a nice bite from the hops and carbonation. Finishes pretty clean with just the smallest bit of hop oil on the tongue at the end. Tastes of bananna bread and mild clove spice upfront coupled with a lemony and orange citrus finish. This beer needs to have a decent head to be fully enjoyed, I couldn't fit all the beer into the snifter the first time around and gave an aggressive pour the second time around and gave the beer a whole new demention. The lemony character is more pronounced and even creamier than before, this is one refreshing brew.

D: One of the better hefes I've tried this summer, certainly better than Sam Adams version, and holds up pretty nicely if not better than Ayinger.

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Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Schmuckles
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jpro
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

Aroma hints at clove and light banana. Taste leaves a little to be desired - flavors expected from the aroma are pretty light. It's OK.

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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 288 ratings
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