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Hefe Weiss | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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 midworken
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden wheat body with a thick and creamy, off-white head.

Citrus orange aroma with vanilla, coriander and caramel background. Certainly bright flavors with the sweet background malts to fill it in.

The taste brings in more of the grainy wheat, leaving behind the strong citrus that is the showcase in the smell. Orange peel is reminiscent about half way through the taste - not really a strong orange flavor, rather the more mellow and bitter part of the orange peel. Not as many spices that seem to dominate other hefeweissens, but they are hiding in this beer as reminders of the multitude of flavors that hefes can bring.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Definitely wet, which makes it a great drinker on a hot summer day.

Overall an OK beer. If I'm in the market for a Hefeweiss, I will consider this one again.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Caskaway
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm on vacation in Wisconsin and decided to give this local brew a try. Poured from a 16 oz bottle - unfortunately, the bar only has pint glasses.

Decent head, typical hefeweizen aroma. Definitely has the expected sweetness and spice, but missing a distinguishing flavor to make it stand out (i.e. banana, clove, etc.).

Beer became flat shortly after initial pour, but I'll blame that on the disparate glassware. Overall, a decent but run-of-the-mill hefeweizen.

Low % ABV and generic taste make this a safe, albeit unexciting, choice.

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Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-rate 2006-

I've had this on and off the last four years and for the most part my opinion remained the same as the 2002 review...this year it is different...more watery...not as much banana and maltiness...more of a peppery flavor to it....still decent but wouldn't sit anywhere near my top 5 hefes....probably wouldn't make my top 10 anymore either..


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2002-I feel like I'm rating this too high but this is really a fantastic Hefe Weiss....splendid nose of banana's and cloves...cloudy yellow in color...a real nice maltiness and body....not at all watery...good sweetness with a great banana like finish..almost like drinking liquid banana bread...I really like this one...and now that I think of it have had very few beers from this Brewery that I didn't like...

Rating=4.4

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, but "39334FL 111331403" stamped on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Sadly, Sprecher's hefeweizen does not strike me as particularly appealing in taste of aroma. Missing the banana, bread, and lemon-like flavors. Somewhat boring, tepid, not hearty, complex, or really enjoyable to me.

Pours a tall, dense head of off-white colored foam, made up primarily of small bubbles. Head retention is fairly good, taking several minutes to recede to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Leaves decent lacing, thin streaks that are replenished with each swirl. Body is a hazy-opaque brown-gold-orange color out of light, pale orange-gold with yellow highlights in it. Fairly vigorous carbonation with small to medium-sized bubbles.

Aroma of sweet wheat malt, brewer's yeast, faint apple cider, and very mild esters like fresh apples and pears.

The tip of the tongue picks up on cooked grain cereal with slight sweetness. This proceeds to the front of the palate, which finds continued malt sweetness, malt cider, slight fruity esters (more apple and pear than banana). Mid-palate of wheat malt, mild-boring citrus fruit, and mild phenolic spiciness. Back of palate is somewhat medicinal, band-aid, phenolic spiciness. and mild wheat malt. Closes with a flash of spiciness on the throat, with an aftertaste similar to pasta, with a bit of phenolic spiciness and mild fruity esters.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium carbonation that foams this up on the palate, making the mouthfeel smooth and fairly creamy. Carbonation is slightly effervescent on the palate. Semi-dry finish with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Deuane
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 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 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 Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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 mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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 witster18
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 blackie
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a low white head that soon recedes. The beer is a very hazy golden straw color.

smell: First I get a moderate yeasty characteristic...not quite banana but almost. Behind that is an aroma of lemon peel...and even further back, some wheat. Seems pretty lightly hopped.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the border between medium and high, and the body is a heavy-light.

taste: Pretty clean taste. Definate flavors of wheat and yeast, just slightly sweet and pretty dry in the finish. Also a touch of lemon flavor...pretty considerable, actually. Often watery. Hop flavor and bitterness are at a minimum. Not bad, but lacking in character.

drinkability: Clean, refreshing, and easy to drink...but barely makes the "above average" cut in my book.

Received from Zorro in BCG BIF. The code 32633 FL S2981238 is printed on the bottle, though I have no idea what it means.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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 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 stephendr
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle- color of hazy golden honey , with a minimal cream colored head - nose of bright lemon zest , yeast , cereal, honey , spices , and dried wheat – taste of lemon , other citrus too , wheat , yeast , sweet could be honey , and spices - body is slightly acidic , and has medium carbonation – aftertaste of cloves , citrus , and sour – short

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Wasatch
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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 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 mschofield
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling gold that grows hazy when the yeast is swirled and added, hints of orange. The head was only two fingers tall, and quickly crackled away leaving no lacing, very disappointing for a Hefe, when it was there it was white in color.
Clove, tobacco, spicy, wheat aroma.
Crisp taste, grass, fruity and spicy, banana aftertaste.
Light bodied, maybe a bit too spicy of a flavor to enjoy too often, and the head was awful.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -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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Hefe Weiss from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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