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IsarWeizen | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
1.012 BG, 4.8%, 15 IBU, 5 SRM

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 35
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

These guys don't skimp on the malt, and they're master yeast tamers (or maybe just know how to let yeast run with it). Either way, great beer again. Look, aroma, taste, body, I can't complain.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very attractive amber-toned brew, but more clear than the typical Hefeweizen. It pours with a fine long-lasting foam in the narrow Zunft Kölsch glass.

Mellow and malty brew with a bitter tang, but well within the usual Hefeweizen range. This is just a little less sweet yet more robust than a lot of the wheat beers in the German style. After warming up some, the flavors of banana and clove are more pronounced.

Overall this is highly drinkable and aromatic. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, caramel, bread, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that's a tasty American take on the style, but it's the traditional banana and bubblegum characteristics the style is known for.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Date June 5th 2014.

A nice deep copper orange body. With a thick caramel like hue and glowing gold edges. Fairly clear, with some nice very fine rising carbonation. Head is fluffy topped and pocked with about three fingers. Some retention of an otherwise bone like colored white head.

Real nice nose. Toasty hints of fruit esters, with sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon. Some nice ripping grain action and husky bent on the toast angle. A bit different from the usual, very nice.

Palate hints more to hefe quality. Some banana and clove like feelings in the mid palate, but with a good toasty brown note, and some caramel brown sugars to match. Good carbonation with some density and chewy quality, just classic feel and full, rich, slightly creamy even giving off some vanilla tones as well in flavor.

Overall a real fun brew from these guys, would love to try more from them.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into a totally inappropriate Warsteiner mug, from "Lifesource" ,Salem. $4.99 Cloudy yet almost glowing sunshine golden beer..tiny head..good lace. Good phenolic,yeasty,hay,fresh baked bread and herbal aromas. Taste is like the aroma maybe got a bit of juicy fruitiness, cherrys and more "bubblegum" Nice palate..OK for style..goes down well on a 90 degree night. Good hefe..but i still prefer my Paulaner!!!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. I've been wanting to try this for a while.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange with a thin, white head that falls off rather quickly, leaving no lacing. The nose is great. There's a pronounced phenol character, more so than any American hefeweizen I've had, but there's also a rather excellently balanced blend of clove and bananas. The balance leans towards the clove here. The wheat character is excellent here, mildly bready, a little yeasty and definitely snappy.

The palate opens with a blend of sharp clove and phenols tempered by a fruity banana sweetness, a wheaty dextrinous character and a mild acidic sharpness. The wheat character, in particular, makes the beer whole. Lending a body that so many beers this low in ABV lack, and complementing the yeast expression quite wonderfully, it is a treat. This, coupled with a crisp carbonation that adds a carbonic bite to go with the acidity from the wheat (i think?), makes the palate both, creamy and crisp and also refreshing. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes spicy and mildly fruit with the clove notes dominating. Excellent, among the best American-brewed hefeweizens IMO.

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Photo of vkv822
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tulip pint : 22oz bottle
from notes

Hazy golden orange with foamy white head.

Clove yeast predominately, with some fruity esters in both the nose and palate.

Medium-full body with average carbonation.

A very well done Hefeweizen. Would try again.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a weizen glass. Hazy golden-orange body topped by a brief flourish of bright white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of light wheat and pale malt, light European hops, and some serious banana and bubble gum esters.
Palate is nice, light, and refreshing. Light wheat base with notes of lemon and banana. Very light hop profile balances the fruitiness of the wheat. Body is crisp and clean, well-carbonated. An easy-drinking wheat beer, fairly true to style.

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version bought at Belmont Station after below review, poured into Weiss glass from the Beer Goddess, Lisa Morrison, 8.8.10.

An interesting appearance, poured a clear deep gold color for first 3/4 of the pour, then the hard pour for head resulted in yeast dislodging from bottom of bottle, and it crept very slowly toward the bottom of the bottle, resulted in a fairly murky, unfiltered look, cool. The head was a bit disappointing after the careful pour, one finger quick dissipation with very little lacing. Banana, clove, some meyer lemon notes in the nose, floral hops, minimal bitterness. Taste mirrors the nose, pretty fruity. Fairly full mouthfeel for the style, really good effervescence, a trifle sticky, dry finish, the mouthfeel was the primary difference between the two versions, with the bottled version being a bit fuller. Also I picked up more clove notes in the tap version. In either version, tres drinkable, extremely refreshing, nice and light, flavorful, worth a dry on a hot afternoon..like today. Recommended.

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Photo of katelovesbeer
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty honey hazy color, poured with a fluffy 1/2" white head. Look's thirst quenching. Looks like a good wheat.

Smell: Woah - great sweet and spicy banana smell that also comes off as yeasty and carboardy. It is a strong noise, but by no means overpowering- very well balanced and enticing.

Taste: Brief flavor profile similar to the smell, but is interrupted by the flatness of a solid American wheat. The combo of this is interesting and refreshing. Definitely makes me crave another sip while barely swallowing the previous sip. Quite good. Unique. I've heard some buzzing in regards to what Heater Allen is up to. Their understated bottle labels and simple descriptions are misleading - these guys are up to some really interesting American-styles of wheats, lagers, and other non-glamorous brews.

Mouthfeel: For an American wheat, it has some weight.

Drinkability: Awesome. Can't imagine what kind of beer drinker would not enjoy this on a warm summery day.

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

22 poured into a pint glass

Overall it has a "fun" welcoming appearance, a great cloudy gold. Can spot bits of yeast floating around.

The nose is very inviting, wheaty, bready, citrus (mostly lemon), slightest bit of sawdust and alcoholic.

Taste: light banana, bread, sweet, creamy finish, bready linger. Almost too sweet? I am able to pick up on the nutmeg, the clove for me is very, almost too subtle.

The softness is wonderful. Very flat. a bit sticky. Leaves me salivating noticeably after each taste.

Is it drinkable? Yes, it is. It is a good take on the style, possibly a bit too sweet though. Its a fun brew, Im glad I tried it, and it would be recommended to others.

Edit: the end of the beer just knocked the taste rating up for me, that sediment that I missed on the first pour, is wonderful. Really opens the beer up. Good Stuff.

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Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The BeerMongers...

- Nice light straw yellow... big fluffy fizzy white head...

- Great yeasty, bready, biscuit wheat... grain.. light honey, sweet oats... fantastic Hefe scent...

- Well balanced zesty wheat, oat, biscuit... bread... lemon, light bitterness... pine, lightly sweet malt...

- Thin, light bodied... mouth watering....

- A truly inspirational Hefe... true to style and character, very easy drinking.... perfect for a hot summer day. First beer from Heater Allen.... and I am impressed. Glad he went with before other than wine! Thx Mr. Allen!

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Photo of Jebus
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall Spaten glass, it offers a cloudy tan color classic of the style. Small head from a vigorous pour, was expecting more. Sweet and citrusy assault the nose on the first smell. Banana, some fruit and more citrus are very prevalent. Wheat and yeast finish with a nice bread-like smell. The taste is sweet with a hint of banana and citrus. Pretty thin mouthfeel, but still a winner.

Definitely going to revisit this later, this is a wonderful summer brew to follow mowing the lawn, during dinner, with a sandwich at lunch, or by itself on the patio watching the sunset. Great great beer, highly recommended for anyone who wants to try a good American Hef.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured while watching a Harry Potter movie (not my idea). Appears orange with a small head that recedes very quickly, leaving no lacing. Perfect clarity.

Phenols are prominent in the form of clove. Some orange and lemon is present, with bananas fresh from New Guinea. The malt is bready with wheat. Light bubblegum notes are apparent, as well as alcohol.

The flavor opens up with spicy clove and orange. Banana is stronger in the flavor, as is the bubblegum. This is a pretty straight forward Bavarian style Hefeweizen. Alcohol tastes stronger than 5%. There's an interesting moderate level of bitterness that doesn't quite fit, but it's not bad. The finish is slightly sweet and tart with banana, alcohol, and lingering clove.

Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and watery. I think a creamier, fuller mouthfeel would have definitely increased my enjoyment of this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass in Portland, Oregon with Don Younger sitting at the bar chatting, and Dennis serving up the suds - in fact, he recommended this one - apparently he's big on the Heater Allen beers. Friday June 24th, mid-day. From notes:

"Appears to be a typical Bavarian-style hefeweizen. Cloudy orange body beneath a frothy head of bright white that settles all too quickly and leaves too little lacing behind. Hmmm... typically American, they never give it enough carbonation to really get it up. It's at like 2.7 volumes though. It's a little more fruity than what I normally think of as a base-line weizen, but it's not tart like some can be, and it still has the expected (or should I say anticipated?) banana and clove notes... it's just got some added fruitiness to it - maybe some juicy dark-skinned fruits? A little squirt of lemon, perhaps? Some spiciness. Pretty nice. I might say a little thin on flavor, and perhaps even body, but with a second thought I say no, there are many German examples that are almost exactly like this one. In fact, this is better than some - but at the same time, it doesn't quite match the best examples of the style. It is pretty well put together though. Balanced with a low-level bitterness, and rounded with sweetish wheat malt and yeasty fruitiness and a flicker of tartness. Nicely done. B+/A-"

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Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass the other day.

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a huge aroma of bannana, clove and spice. The bannana aroma in this beer is about as intense as anything I've ever come across in a weizen. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the flavor profile isn't nearly as intense. Still, this beer is moderately sweet, with a long, smooth, almost creamy finish. This beer is very easy drinking with the alcohol barely noticeable.

Impressive. Clearly one of the better domestic hefe's out there.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heater Allen finally relented to the call of the ales by brewing its first ever top-fermented beer. This Bavarian-style hefeweizen is released as a summer seasonal and is built on the traditional styling notable for its exotic phenols suggesting clove or nutmeg. The taste also includes the classic banana notes, especially towards the finish. Isar is a little thin in its clouded pale straw body. But aside from a tendency to fade before the pint ends, it serves the style well.

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Photo of PapaJ
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large portion of a 22 ounce bottle poured into an 18 ounce glass. The beer was purchased from Corvallis Brewing Supply, SW 4th St, Corvallis, OR.

a: cloudy apricot color / no head
s: earthy: clove / nutmeg aromas
t: clove / mild hops noted / a pronounced German style wheat beer taste
m: crisp and freshening / dry finish
d: This beer is true to style. Hefeweizen is not among my primary beer styles but I found it very drinkable.

The next beer I drank was a 12 oz bottle Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen. Recognizable the same style beer; but, vast different in level of distinction / level of complexity / nuances.
Heater Allen wins 'hands down, going away'.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Belmont Station, September 2008 and poured to a pint glass. Label indicates a 'Summer 2008' release and calls this a 'Bavarian-Style Wheat beer' ('German Hefeweizen' works, too).

From Heater-Allen's website:
"Sarah Billick, a friend of my daughter, spent a year taking classes and interning at the Isar Brau Brew Pub in Munich. She brought back the recipe for their Wheat Beer, and we made it here at the brewery. Sarah says we came pretty close to the original. The beer is crisp with aromas of banana and cloves. A little acidity balances with the sweetness of the beer's fruit flavors. (1.014 BG, 5.00%, 15 IBU, 6 SRM)."

A: Honey-orange, the color of wheat bread crust. There's a fizzy white head, but it disappears quickly after building to about a finger high. A thin dusting of white remains and a loose-knit lacing hangs in fractured bits.

S: Aptly 'German' aroma: a pleasant yeast roll with cloves, sugared plum, light banana. The warmer it gets, the more enticing it smells - sweet, spicy, a little fruit, bready.

T: Fairly balanced cloves, banana esters, bread dough, a little bubble gum and a spritz of lemon. Lacks some of the spicy crispness. Tasty and among the more satisfying 'US' takes on a 'traditional' hefeweizen as I can recall having.

M: Creamy, smooth. Carbonation is light but zesty, mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink. This compares reasonably well with some excellent German examples; I hope to pick up more before this disappears from the (limited) shelf space it's been allotted. Another good brew from Heater-Allen.

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IsarWeizen from Heater Allen Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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