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Hefe Weiss | Sprecher Brewing Company

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83
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153 Reviews
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
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
287
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
19.45%
 
 
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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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Photo of ommegoose
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +9.6%
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 +9.6%
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 -4.1%
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 +11%
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 +25.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +22.5%
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 +1.9%
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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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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