Hefe Weiss | Sprecher Brewing Company

BA SCORE
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:
153
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
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19
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Photo of ommegoose
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. bottle.

I'm working with a 14 oz. glass, so the first pour doesn't hold the entire contents. Starts off very clear and pale gold with some carbonation. I didn't get much head, but in fairness, I don't have a weizen glass on hand. Head retention was minimal, leaving a little ring, and a slight hint of lacing. The color changed to a murky yellow. Lots of brown yeasties at the bottom of the glass.

Smells pretty nice when I pop the cap. A little grassy with some clove and banana sweetness. More like overripe banana.

Strong wheaty flavor with a slight twang to it. Not much sweetness evident. Vanilla. Some very mild grassy hop bitterness. Finishes with clove and earthy yeastiness. The finish is actually more interesting than how it tastes on the tongue. It's just not real exciting, and none of the flavors really pop on the tongue. Banana is rather faint. Still an alright example of the style, and no real flaws jump at me.

Carbonation is a little too abrasive. Hefes should really be smoother than this. Does have some body to it.

It's ok. This just bores me, to be honest. I'm having a hard time remembering that I have a beer in front of me, which is not an encouraging sign. It's fine in some aspects, but not something I'd look twice at in the cooler again. If I just wanted to drink, I could down a few, especially because the abv is so low.

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Photo of Soneast
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow color, pretty cloudy, a fair amount of sediment visible. The white head begins at about 3 inches.Then recedes to a thin watery layer with some decent lacing.

Has a somewhat spicy, lemony, yeasty scent. Detect a hint of clove and some spice.

I do taste a bit of banana in this beer, then the clove, and some mild maltiness. The flavor stays with you, a sweet banana-like flavor, which isn't altogether bad.

Pretty light body, nice carbonation, refreshing quality. Easy to drink. A good summer beer I suppose, but even then there are other Hefeweizens I would easily take over this.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a solid one-finger head that retains its head and lacings well. A great citric smell on top of some sweet malts and clove and pepper. While there is a sharp coriander and clove kick in this beer, found it to be overall very smooth and with the right amount of lemon and orange peel kick, and it seems to pass over with a hint of sweet malts. I never heard of this hefe and couldn't even tell it was an American brewer until I read the label; a must-try for any hefe fan.

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Photo of jackorain
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light orange to light caramel colored liquid topped with a stark white pillowy, two-finger coating of foam. The head stayed around for a very long time and only receeding to a 1/2 deep after many minutes.

Smells of bananas, clove and citrus. There is also a hint of spicy hops and black perpper in the nose

Citrusy, lemon, lemon rind, and orange. The banana are much less pronounce in te flavor than they were in the nose. The Cloves are less too. There is defintiely a strong spicy character though, some coriander, and the balck perpper from the nose come through.

Medium body, crisp refreshing carbonation. Mouthfeel thins out significnantly, becoming almost watery on the finish.

Overall this is quite a nice Hefe. Not my favorite style but I could have a couple of these.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass

Look cloudy yellow with a 2 finger white head that slowly reduced down to a cap.

Smell fruit, spice, and yeast.

Taste Like the smell citrus, spice, yeast with a dry sour finish.

Feel crisp mild body with good carbonation, lively.

Drink Very drinkable all flavors combine together well. I drank both bottles I had from the sampler pack.

Comment this style isn't one of my Favorites. I'll drink it now and then but I don't go out and get it for myself. However, I think this is a solid example of the style.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a cloudy, very light body. Smelled of hops, clove, citrus, and a touch of banana. No bitterness in the taste, typical "wheatiness", with the clove, citrus and banana barely making appearances, although the banana became much more pronounced as it warmed. Good thickness, and extraordinarily smooth. A good brew, very easy to drink, but a bit unexciting.

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Photo of blakesell
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16oz twist off cap bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a 2.5 finger head of bone coloured foam that quickly dies down to a slight level of carbonation across the top. Beer is clearer than would be expected of a Hefeweizen.

Smell- Rich spices and cloves upfront with a lingering banana on the finish. Wheat content is ample and sticks to the upper nose hairs as well. Hops are slight and noble, not really jumping like the yeast and malt. This is the most perfect smelling Hefeweizen I've ever smelled brewed in America.

Taste- The yeast is upfront on the flavor with cloves and high wheat flavors. Slight citrus rind lingers on the finish with a hint of sourness and hoppy bitterness. Banana sweetness midway through makes this a pretty excellent wheat.

Mouthfeel- Slightly thin, creamy, light bodied, highly carbonated, not astringent, effervescent.

Drinkability- This is an excellent lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Refreshing, invigorating and just low enough in alcohol for sessioning.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy yellow-golden body with a thin finger of white foam that yields little retention. Good score based on fine color. Wonderful aroma--lots of clove, banana, vanilla, and a hint of lemon. Great taste as well, with vanilla, banana, and a dash of pepper most prominent. Creamy, smooth, delicious, full of flavor, this went down in a matter of minutes without thinking.

More and more I'm greatly impressed with Sprecher, producing one fine beer after another. My favorite sleeper brewery, this is excellent, one of my favorite Hefes.

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Photo of tempest
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Paired wonderfully with tilapia and asparagus.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a white head and starts with an interesting aroma that's extremely similar to vanilla cake. I suppose it's the combination of vanilla spice from the yeast with the aroma of sweet bready malts. The flavor is a bit light - though understandably so considering the 4.2% strength. Still, the wheat malt and yeast character need to be amped up considerably for this to be considered a great beer. I guess for what it is, it makes a great light beer and tasty beverage for hot days. Save this one for the summer and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale orange (and some floaties) with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white foam. Nice layer of creamy retention that leaves a good bit of lacing behind but it does a slide job down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly nice for a Hefe with tart lemon, bananas, oranges, yeast, clove, bubblegum, and some light wheat.

The taste is similar to the aroma but just doesn't get to the same level. Wheat, lemon, bananas, clove, yeast, bubblegum. It's all there but seems to be really subdued. The different flavors aren't nearly as easy to ascertain as the aroma was. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with OK carbonation but overall isn't as crisp was I would like to have felt. Even a touch flat maybe?

I nice effort that unfortunatley only gets about half way there. The aroma was fine but I just expected a little more from the body and especially from the taste that left me wanting more. I drank about 3/4 of this this and then left the wife finish it up for me so that I could move on to something else.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16oz bottle poured into my hefeweizen glass

A: Light orange with a massive white head that recedes rather rapidly. Tons of carbonation churns the sediment like there's no tomorrow

S: Banana in a strangely yogurt kind of way. Surprisingly sweet, like a creamsicle. Hint of clove and maybe, cardamom.

T: Stale wheat with a sour twang. No real hefe characteristics here. Maybe an old bottle?

M: Vigorous carbonation makes for a great feel and the dry finish makes for a very thirst-quenching beer

D: I'm probably not going to finish this one. Oh dear

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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 tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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 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 Deuane
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep hazy golden yellow with a thick white head that faded into a heavy lacing.

S-Wheat malt with light banana and clove. The yeast aroma is light.

T-Bready wheat with a light zip of citrus, banana and clove. A bit of a hop bite in the end. All in all everything is quite muted and not as forward and bright in a "true" hefe.

M-Medium-light body with high carbonation. Quite crisp and ends with a nice clean finish.

D-Not too bad but overall everything is a bit lacking. Good...but there are certainly better American versions of this German classic that are better.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4 pack of this, smaller plump brown bottles.

Poured a foggy tangerine color, bubbles on inside wall of the glass, perfect two fingers of head. Head dissapated after about a minute, however, the remaining thin layer of head remained for the rest of the beer and didn't really leave to much lacing.

Smells like citrus, maybe some orange or grapefruit. A bit of wheat, some spice, clove, and yeast.

Taste was very smooth, mild and sweet up front with a strong bit of yeast at the finish. Hints of wheat and cirtus fruit. Leaves a nice taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel was good. My impression on my second sip was much better than my first. This was pretty dry and with a decent amount of carbonation, and the two are perfect together. Very balanced.

Drinkability here is average. Usually, this isn't my style of beer, and I honestly tried it because it was on sale. However! This beer was amazing and I have to say after this I'll be trying alot more of this style. To anyone else who hasn't had a Hefeweizen that particularly grabs their attention, try this, as I would have to say that this is the one that will.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One pint bottle purchased from Vendome, on to the beer:

The body on this beer is a semi-cloudy tangerine color. Not much head on top of this one and it doesn't hold well. The aroma is moderately spiced with a light brush-up of clove. The taste begins with a slap of fruit in the front. Carbonation is peppy and provides a little balance and crispness to the picture. There's an echo of banana, which is otherwise pretty clean for the style. Body is light and makes a good drinker.

Not bad at all. Though the unfortunate truth is there are better hefeweizens which can be had for the same price.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from brewcrew76, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat, lager yeast, bananas, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat, yeast and light malts. There are flavors of citrus, bananas and spice in the background as well. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, It's a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while but there are certainly other Hefeweizens that I would select first.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded orange glazed sunrise gold unfiltered textbook hefeweizen brewed in Wisconsin, god I love craft beer. Off white head forms thick three fingers of puffy dimpled foam leaves behind speckled sporadic lacing. Aroma sharp lively citrus peel tickles the nose with cloves and soft vanilla notes as well. Esters thrive here authentic yeast strain of course a touch of bubblegum and banana here works well together. Flavors creamy banana, vanilla, clove, and bubble gum esters arise with a creamy malted wheat not much refreshing citrus zing to it. Lightly hopped with herbal German noble hops. Texture is great really reminds me of Penn Weizen with the creamy medium body yet the carbonation is effervescent enough to tickle the palate and the back of the throat.
Excellent authentic German hefe but too much vanilla and bubblegum esters arise for me making it a tad cloying and not as insanely drinkable as my favorite weizens tend to be, so just a couple points docked on drinkability.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice cloudy yellow color showcases beautiful effervescence. The one finger head was a little dissapointing for the style but the wisp stuck aroud nicely.

S- Very citrusy even for the style. Strong but pleasing very fragrant.

T- Mostly citrus with banana and then very light clove coming through in the background. Different but tasty.

M- Quite light for the style, but nice nevertheless, great for summer.

D- Very refreshing I'd easily have annother.

I'm starting to warm up to this style quite a bit. This is surely one of the more unique versions I've had to date.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - I like the size of the big 16 oz "true pint" bottle! This one pours a really lovely shade of honey-orange sunset gold that reminds me of fresh pineapple and mango juice. The head is a big three finger affair that reduces to a collar and haze within a few minutes, and lots of really foamy and thick lace is left on the glass.

S - Yeasty fresh bread, donuts, fresh orange-banana juice with some tropical notes too. Smells like a mango bagel that you can buy at Panera.

T - Oh yeah, that's really good! Much like the nose, it's really fruity and juicy...much more so than any other hefe that I've had. Mango, banana bread, orange juice w/ pulp. The yeasty flavors are there, but are very reserved for the style.

M - Highly carbonated and medium in body. It's on the lighter side of the hefe spectrum, but that seems to fit the summery fresh fruit and tropical notes. The finish is sweet and pretty clean.

D - This is a decent brew that is really focused on the summer fruit, and I think that makes it very quaffable for a summertime session! Nothing really special....sort of average. I wish it had more malt and yeast flavors....it's pretty much all fruit and yeast twang.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jredner for this one.

Poured into an Ayinger glass a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, one finger creamy white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly tangy, with some corinander, little touch of caramel. The taste is malty, nice yeasty/tangyness, corinander/caramel. This is a nice smooth brew, but not that great of a Hefe. Medium body. Drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try though.

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