Wilder's Weizenbier
Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #122
Ranked #21,437
3.94 | pDev: 7.87%
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap at the Selin’s Grove Brewery during a quiet Saturday afternoon visit. First Pint of the visit.

Appearance: The menu states that the Weizen is served without a lemon unless requested, but I got one anyways, but it was quickly removed. Sadly it had already destroyed the white head

Nose: Delicate nose I thought at first but it exploded as it warmed. Hints of clove and banana but bigger on the yeast. A touch grainy.

Taste: Soft on the palate. Citric middle and a lovely wheat finish which had the merest black pepper lick. Bitter-sweet, fantastic juicy tastes, a real three-dimensional Weizen which has a nice spicy lemon meringue snap in the ending. Dump the lemon if it comes with one, because it doesn’t need it.

Mouthfeel: Light feel mixed with the high carbonation lends a spritzy feel to this one. Nevertheless it does enough to win you over.

Drinkability: One of those simple going Weizens that drinks just as easily with or without food.

Overall: Refreshing and very quaffable, a nice start to the afternoons sampling of the Selin’s Grove beers.

Sep 05, 2005
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rdrummer from New Jersey

4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good example of a German-style wheat beer. It pours a cloudy golden color with the characteristic huge white head. Served in the traditional 22 oz Hefe glass, the head is long-lasting and the lacing coats the entire glass.

This smells so good that people at the next table asked what it was I was drinking that smelled so good. The aroma is one of wheat malt, citrus (orange?), and hints of bread.

I actually made a noise of joy (can't describe it exactly and it was involuntary) when I tasted this beer. It ranks with the Weihenstephaner Hefe that I love. The taste is pure wheat bliss with a malty sweetness touched by a lemony citrus flavor and some hoppiness to finish it. The feeling in the mouth was full-bodied and well-rounded. There was no sickly sweet taste nor bitter hops. This was good tasting, feeling, and smelling to the last drop. I begged my wife to drive home so I could have another but sadly it was not to be.

Sep 01, 2004
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Fish113d from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a weizz glass and not adding a lemon, it poured a hazy gold color with 1 cm of a light, white head. Nothing flashy about this one. Very basic. The head eventually dissipated to a slight edge layer around the glass.

Aroma is of slight bananas with some citrus and some wheat. Maybe a little spice as well, but again, nothing fancy; average.

Taking a sip, however was much better than its appearance and it's aroma. Lots of cloves up front on the sip, backed by some banana and orange flavors. Some wheat and grain also are present on the finish.

Highly carbonated and light bodied, I found this to be like most weizzes, very refreshing and easy to drink.

Aug 24, 2005
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewpub. The beer poured a hazy golden straw color with a medium thickness white head that gave way to a ring in my glass. The nose had notes of banana and wheat along with citrus tones. The taste was equally impressive with definite touches of banana rounded out well with the wheat flavor and citrus kick that you expect from a weiss beer. This is a very good summer treat but I was disappointed when they said it kicked while I was there and it was unavailable for a growler fill to take home. I guess that is a good sign of a good, drinkable beer.

Jul 18, 2006
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pbjclimber from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a semi-cloudy golden color with an inch of head. There was not the typical amount of sediment that I expected. The beer smelled like a wheat beer but the the banana and citrus smell was absent. The first thing that I noticed when I tasted the beer was the absence of the banana and esters that go along with the style. It was a sweet taste with a little bit of hops. Overall this would have been a very good American Pale Wheat Ale, but this beer lacks the quality that make a hefe a hefe.

Jul 07, 2005
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange/khaki copper with a thin white head that reduces quickly and leaves spotty lace.

S-Lemon/orange citrus notes with a backing of clove and black pepper. Good biscuity malt in the background.

T-Lemon citrus along with a biting spice character of clove and pepper that takes away from the refreshing citrus aspect. A bit more zing and a bit less bite please.

M-Light bodied, crisp with a nice dry, fruity, spicy finish.

D-Fairly light and refreshing with enough spiciness to make things interesting. Not my favorite SGB brews but a decent representation of style for those looking for a solid hefe. Despite the detracting spiciness this is a relatively easy drinker.

Aug 17, 2009
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ToddT from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy pale orange color with a minimal head, there is some sediment floating around in it. Head leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Banana, clove, spice, coriander, bread, and alcohol.

T- Taste follows the nose with some heat of alcohol at the finish. A little pepper, coriander, and orange peel at the finish as well. Finish is slightly bitter and acidic.

M- Medium in body and low carbonation, clean but acidic finish.

D- Sessionable and at 5.0% ABV it should be. I was surprised but the low alcohol in this, I would have thought that it was higher. Maybe it's the zing of the spice fooling my palate.

Selin's Grove beers are always worth the hour and a half drive from my house.

Oct 26, 2010
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at SGB on 5/16/08.

A - Cloudy light orange body with absolutely no head or lacing at all. Minimal carbonation. Has the appearance of apple cider.

S - Spicy nose with clove and pepper in the forefront. Subtle notes of yeast, banana, sugar and bubblegum.

T - Spicy, yeasty flavor throughout with plenty of clove notes. Banana emerges in the middle, with lots of bubblegum following in the finish.

M - Spicy palate with tingly carbonation on the tongue. Mild sweetness on the back of the throat. Medium body with a chewy mouthfeel.

D - Tasty hefe that's on the spicy side. Solid offering from SGB... I wouldn't expect anything less.

May 18, 2008
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy blonden gold (not to be confused with golden blonde) with no head or lacing. Smells of clove, wheat, banana, yeast, and lemon. Tastes of clove and other spices up front with a nice banana and wheat middle and a sweet finish of lemon, light yeast, and a touch of bubblegum. Medium light in body with low carbonation, good balance of flavors, and a nice spiciness. Very easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable. A good summertime brew, especially tasty when sitting out on Selins Grove's patio.

May 19, 2008
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy orange gold with almost zero head and no retention or lacing. I'm not sure if I got a bad pour or what but it's pretty flat looking. The aroma has a touch of lemon zest and orange up front, followed by yeast, spicy clove, and a tinge of bubblegum sweetness.

The taste is similar, with a fairly prominant spice kick out of the gate, along with notes of citrus and wheat and an overall yeasty feel to it. The mouthfeel has a smooth and creamy feel that possesses more carbonation than the appearance would let on.

This was a rare "just OK" offering from the SGB. A little too much spice and not enough banana for me and I still can't over that dead look of this. Still, as with all their beers, the creamy body and big drinkibility save the day.

May 19, 2008
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Selinsgrove

A: Hazy orange/mango juice in color with a thin head that recedes rather quick.

S: Orange, mango and some spices - clove and black pepper. Nice wheaty character. The balance between spices and fruit is lacking here.

T: Opens up with a lot of citrus fruit character, along with a light spice character - clove and pepper (not enough, though). Very good.

M: Light, nice carbonation and a nice dry, fruity finish

D: Very drinkable, though not the best beer they had

May 10, 2009
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Nov 23, 2011
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy orange with a ring of white head. Aroma of bread, wheat, clove, and light spices. Flavor is quite bready/malty with sweet malt in the finish. Not much clove or spices in the flavor. Easy drinking, but a little dull.

Jul 14, 2009
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pub glass, the brew appears a hazed color of orange with a thin white cap that dissolves quite fast. The cap doesnt get stirred back up with a swirl after its gone. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is surprisingly fruity for a hefeweizen with notes of pear and apple that are upfront in the nose moreso than the anticipated clove and spices. A light earth quality of yeast mingles with some sulfur.

The taste is fruity like pear and apple. Clove and yeasty spice make themselves known as the experience continues. This is clean and crisp with a slight earthy yeast and sulfur aspect across the back. The lack of banana esters makes me wonder which hefe yeast strain this is or how cool it was fermeted.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Quite a easy drinking brew that has its own unique twist to the style that makes it memorable and enjoyable but without being too far off the beaten path. Fans of the style would not be upset or let down by this interpretation.

Apr 30, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewpub

ABV listed as 5.5%

Poured a pale, hazy orange-yellow with a small layer of white bubbles for a head; not much to speak of in retention or lacing. Aroma of bready yeast and fruit esters. More of the same in the taste, a little bland and somewhat lacking in the typical hefeweizen profile; pale malts, pears and apple skins, light hints of banana and yeasty spice. Light-medium body and pretty drinkable despite being a bit lack-luster flavorwise compared to some of its peers.

May 25, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours slightly murky golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a small ring around the outside of the glass leaving very little lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fresh fruit - mostly apples, bananas and possibly some pears - quickly giving way to hints of clove, bubblegum, black pepper and the ever present bready wheat.

T - Tastes just like the nose smells. Starts off with a nice dose of sweet juicy fruit quickly giving way to a big chewy wheat kick with hints of spicy yeast and clove. Finish is a mix of sweetness and light chewiness, clinging to the pallet long after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. This one is pretty sweet compared to others I have had from the style, other than that pretty typical hefeweizen.

O - Last beer I had on the day and it was a really nice palate refresher. It has nearly all of the flavors I prefer in a hefe and the slightly higher than average sweetness was a welcome addition. I won't be rushing back up there for more but I won't turn it down anytime soon.

May 01, 2012
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TimoP from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

May 07, 2012
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Lucular from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 03, 2017
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jakester from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery

Arrives a very cloudy dark yellow with an orange tint. Beautiful rocky white head sits on top. (No friggin' lemon! but she asked, which is how it should be). Great lacing.

Aroma is very nice bananas, cloves, and peppery spices. A pretty strong bready wheat smell is also there.

Tastes like slightly tart bananas, cloves, and other spices. Good tart wheat flavor and a faint amount of hop bitterness is present. Aftertaste is long bananas and spices. Very good!

Mouthfeel is smooth but crisp with an effervescent carbonation bite, right on style. Finish is tingly and tart.

This is a very good representation of the style, and damned drinkable. Highly recommended.

Aug 10, 2005
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler freshly filled this afternoon.

A: The weizenbier is a cloudy color, sediment-laden. Lighter brown hues, along with autumnal yellow, define the ale. The white band of head that pools around the glass was nonexistent on pour.

S: An abundance of banana and clove drive a sweet nose. The aroma, very rich, covers up most of the wheat. There really isn't much wheat at all, come to think of it. The yeast aromas are quite nice though.

T: Incredibly sweet, the weizen doesn't disappoint. Clove and banana, alongside sugary bubblegum, really leap out of the ale. Despite the strong dose of flavor, there isn't much in the way of wheat tartness. Instead, a bready maltiness sits nicely below the esters. Closer examination reveals some wheat near the finish of each sip, a tartness that needs some time to emerge. The lingering flavor is the banana-clove pairing.

M: The weizenbier, mildly carbonated, is content to sit on my palate. Very sweet with just enough tartness in the finish.

D: A lower-alcohol beer that should treat me well throughout the night. I'm glad that I gave it a second look.

Oct 03, 2010
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