Hefe Weiss | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
286
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
19.4%
 
 
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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 Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Trapp Door, Emmaus, PA

Poured a golden-straw color, typical near-opaque hefe haze going on, with a small soapy white head. Pungent aroma of bready yeast, clove, and some citrus notes. Similar profile in the taste, nothing unexpected, bready yeast, clove and a bit of pepper, lemon and orange peel, banana skin. Light-medium body, moderately carbonated, and generally drinkable, but far from the best I've had of the style.

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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 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 brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twist off bottle from the brewery. Hits the style, but not so drinkable. Big bannana,in the taste and in the aroma. average mouthfeel in fact a bit thin mouthfeel. Carbonation significant. More wheat, complexity needed. Have had much better examples of the style. Decent retained head.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy pale yellow with virtually no head

S - Fairly faint nose of banana and clove, just like you would expect from the style

T - Similarly to the scent, the expected flavors are there, but they're fairly muted

M - Thin moderately carbonated mouthfeel

O - To me this wasn't much more than you're typical hefe, I would certainly drink it again, but I'll never go out of my way to grab another

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Photo of Knapp85
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This hefe poured out pretty clear actually, very surprised about that. The head was a little foamy but looked pretty good on this beer. The color was yellowish gold. The smell of the beer is a little sweet, has some fruity aromas and some grain in there too. The taste of the beer was a little on the weak side I thought. There was some yeasty flavors in there with a light citrus too. The mouthfeel was pretty light. Overall not really impressed here, glad I tried it but won't need to have it again.

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Photo of witster18
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most of Sprecher's offerings have that fig backbone... almost that Sammy Smith's cask quality to them. I wasn't sure if the Hefe would too, but it did... AND IT actually works.

I don't care too much for Sprecher's stuff... that's just my opinion. But, this Hefe has some originality to it. It starts a little sweet and sugary, then goes to lemon, then fig. It's weird, but good.

The odd fig/prune/raisin backbone to a otherwise normal clove, banana, spice hefe is unlike any other hefe... I think I will revisit this... not session... but revisit...

For me the is the best of the 4 or 5 that I've tried from this brewery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle. Served in a Russian River pilsner glass.

Pours a quite hazy light golden color with a several-finger white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose has a bit of light bread plus some banana and bubblegum; cloves seem to take a back seat. The flavor is along the same lines. Body is thin, lending to the almost candy-like flavor attributable to the bubblegum and banana. Light bread as well. Something a bit odd about it that I don't particularly care for. I think it's just got too much candy-like flavor and there's no real clove to put everything in perspective. Moderate carbonation. Close, but didn't quite do it on a hard to nail style.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new beer for me to sample, along with a few friends this past Sunday.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange color, with a quarter inch white head that fizzled out, and formed a ring of bubbles, no lacing.

S: Light wheat barley, mild orange peel, some mild yeast.

T: Semi sweet wheat, malted barley, mild orange peel.

M: Light mouth, medium carbonation, semi-refreshing.

O: Average for me. I didnt get any banana, or lemon zest, or clove. Hefeweizens are something, for me, that can be awesome when done extremely well, but also be made average when just made strictly to recipe. This one just didnt hit the mark for me.

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

Standard wheat beer with hints of German style.

Not much of an aroma, though a little of the banana comes through in the nose later on. Some fair carbonation, but more coarse and less creamy than the best examples. Bit of sharpness, touch of the orange acidic flavor. Low on the expected esters and German flavors. Watery but not unpleasant mouthfeel.

A style I like a lot, but not my favorite from Sprecher. For lower-alcohol beer, though, it has a lot of flavor and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 16 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas andcloves. Taste is very good, banana, spices, some wheat, very flavorful and refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a top quality beer.

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Photo of output01x
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. bomber into a glass tumbler (all I had available at the time).

Nice white head at first, however it quickly diminished. Golden cloudy wheat-colored body with a good deal of sediment. A lack of rising bubbles is a little concerning for this style.

Strong wheat scent with notes of fresh green apple.

Harvest wheat is immediately noticed (of course), giving way to a slightly sour yeast. Slight orange notes are also apparent.

Medium carbonation gives this a somehwat thicker mouthfeel (for a hefeweizen), but keeps it crisp.

Like most hefeweizens, I could certainly have a few more. The lack of complexity doesn't make me want to continue exploring this beer, but the decent flavor and low ABV (4.20) makes this a great thirst-quencher.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +1.9%
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 -19.1%
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 -7.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +6.6%
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 drabmuh
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
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 -8.7%
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 +1.6%
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%
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 -29%
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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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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