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El Hefe | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oberon on 08-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Scottsdale location, Dessert Ridge. Rumours of its retirement are certainly premature, this is available throughout Arizona. Unfiltered and looks it. Good bannana aroma, also lacey. Carbonation is right there. Above average mouthfeel, a bit of sour wheat, still good.

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Photo of beercollector
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bit better than average hefe. It pours light yellow with a large head that is a bright white that diminishes rather quickly. It has a cloudy appearance but little suspended yeast. It is fairly fizzy.

It has a light citrus smell. I don't get any cloves out of it and really can smell malt.

A clean light taste mostly citrus and some malt. Hardly any hop flavor.

It has a slick fizzy shhortlived mouth.

This is a beer you could drink all day on a hot summers day or great for watchin B-ball on t.v.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a hazy wet-straw color and a small white head that quickly dwindled down to a thin ring. Lots of carbonation noted. The smell was an interesting blend of banana and clove, vanilla, and some lemon zest all swirled in with a bready malt aroma.
The taste was quite in keeping with the Bavarian style of a wheat beer, at least initially. It had good banana and clove flavors atop a yeasty malt backbone. Then the American influence came out as the taste shifted to a more traditional American wheat beer: a citrusy lemon flavor and some vanilla notes emerged. The feel was light, crisp, and refreshing. However, it was also over-carbonated which provided an annoying distraction as the carbonation sizzled the tongue.
Overall, this was an interesting melding of German and American styles on the wheat beer. El Hefe is very easy to drink and one of the better brews I had at Rock Bottom Brewery.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy (but not cloudy) deep-amber/orange body is capped by a short head of bright white foam that quickly dissipates to just a thin collar and, sadly, leaves no lace. It's delicately phenolic nose (bubblegum, plastic, mild clove) and sweetish wheat-like malt only hint at the richness of a Bavarian-style hefeweizen; which is great for the uninitiated, but leaves the aficianado a bit underwhelmed. The body is light/medium with a fine, crisp carbonation that rouses the tastebuds as it crosses the palate. The flavor reveals a thin wheatish malt splashed with light plastic, smoke, and spice phenolics along with a bit of fruitiness. The bitterness is a bit higher than might be expected from a Bavarian example, and this beer leans more towards an American wheat. It finishes crisp and dry with some residual bubblegum. Refreshing!

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a orange color with a medium head,aroma is of banana and slightly citruisy.Taste starts out spicey and wheaty with a decent tart finish.Not a bad beer would have liked a little more umph to it but it is hightly drinkable and nice with light fish for lunch.

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El Hefe from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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