Hefeweizen | Einhorn Beer Company

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Einhorn Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2008

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by neeld:
Photo of neeld
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty but with a couple of caveats.

The appearance was absolutely crystal clear, even after swirling around the bottle.

The smell and taste was strongly on the clove side with an almost imperceptible banana. Some people would prefer this, I like the banana however.

There is also something else, something peppery. It almost makes me think of a Belgian Triple - lite.

Very drinkable and not at all bad, just not my first choice for a hefeweizen.

If you find most hefeweizens too banana like and too cloudy, this might be an awesome choice. Alternately, if you like triples but they are just too strong, try this unusually spicy hefe.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of eggland
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wholefoods, El Segundo, California

a - golden, light head

s - strong sweet smell, very Hef

t - nice going down, sweet smooth, not much hops there, but very Hef with light citrus and hints of banana and spices

m - fills up nicely, strong flavors, well rounded

d - will be on the top of my list for a little while.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served into a small weizen glass. A hazy golden orange in color with a light amber hue. Half an inch of dense white foam sits atop and yields decent retention and lacing.

Offers a nice bavarian nose with a peppery clove dominant and a bit of banana notes as well, though without the apparent sweetness sometimes found.

Flavor is dry and wheaty as the nose suggests. Clove and pepper with a dash of banana in the middle and with a dry spicy finish. Feel is dry and a bit thin at times, particularly after the beer settles down in carbonation but otherwise offers a pleasant palate. I prefer a bit more banana on the finish but this is a decent Hefe., particularly if you prefer a dryer and more clove oriented version.

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Photo of MikeDre
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored beer with a smallish white head for the style.

Smell is wheat malt and herbal with a spicy scent really more like a Witbier than a hefeweizen. Fair clove scent and basically no banana.

The taste starts out dry and fairly phenolic with a smoky flavor I did not expect. Cloves and smoke, a different taste though I can't compare it with a smoked Hefeweizen cause I have yet to find one.

Mouthfeel is good.

A bit of a disappointment, I like banana in my hefeweizen. Interesting beer but it takes a lot to beat a Franziskaner.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Creekside Brewing.

I tried a glass of this the other night. Pours middle-golden nicely into a weizen glass, two-finger head and decent cloudiness. Smells fantastic - lots of banana phenols which I really enjoy with this style. It's a bit thin, but tastes extremely refreshing - perfectly carbonated and simply fresh tasting. Head held on throughout more than half the beer, lacing was also present on the well-cleaned glass.

I must say that I simply enjoyed this beer. It was a bit thin on mouthfeel, but the aromas & wheaty, yeasty taste more than made up for this. I am looking forward to trying the pilsner some time soon.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes 9/8/08: Einhorn Beer Company Hefe

Vigorous pour into my hefe glass yields 2 fingers worth
Bananas, bananas, bananas
Good Carbonation
Great nose
Mouth feel is a little thin, Finish is thin
Left minimal lacing and zero head retention
Overall I would say, well balanced and a good example of the style. I would say the beer could be "thicker." More head, thicker mouthfeel and finish.

Update 12/3/08
On tap @ Spike's In SLO

Definitely a different beer. I still think it's a good example of the style and a refreshing hefe. I think Doug said he was going to make some more changes to it?

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Definitely has some spice notes to it. Quite a lot of clove and actually some banana notes to it as well. There is a touch of spiced/mulled cider in there and sweet bread and malt aromas.

T: The flavor is a bit bland, but generally unoffensive. Mostly bready malt with a little bit of grass and citrus peel. Clove flavors are present as is some banana. A touch light/watery on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Certainly not the worst American hefeweizen, but there are plenty of much better examples out there.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burnished golden, cloudy with a nice stiff head. Cloves, husky wheat, bannanna, and some spicy yeast notes. Much the same as the nose, but the bannanna notes are more prevalent. Nice spicing. Mouth is pretty spot on for style. Goes down ultra easy. Could do some damage on a nice spring summer day. Good interpretation for the style. Prost, to Barleywinefiend for the opportunity.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a glass, the color was a medium hazy golden yellow with very little foam. The smell of yeast and cloves filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. Although, the label said "cloves and banana's, I don't think so. The taste of cloves was evident, with just a hint of yeast that tasted on the palate. There had might have been other spices, but, cloves was the one spice that you could taste. Not bad, but for sure it's not a German Hefewiezen!3.5

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In my fridge, I have an Arrogant Bastard, Sculpin, Pliny the Elder, Stone RIS, SA Longshot, and Hefeweizen. Uhhh, what kind of hefeweizen? AGGHH, I hate it when bars and restaurants say they have Hefeweizen as if that's the name of a brand. But not here...I was surprised to see this at Total Wine. Single bottle into a weizen glass, on to the beer:

There a little bit of couldiness to this darker blonde/tannish colored beer. The head is froathy and bubbly, and three fingers thick initially. What do my nostils pick up? I scent apples with a little bit of clove, and bready malt. i can live with that.

Light on the palate, even by wheat beer standards. Still, the flavor is interesting enough to warrant a favorable score. It has a mix of light bubblegum and allspice notes. Very very faint banana bread, if it even exists in here. Come to think of it, halfway through the 12 ounce serving, I'm not as impressed. A solid drink, but it takes some interesting flavors to be in the same class as the Bavarian hefes. At least it's better than Hefewiezen (and by that I mean Widmer and Pyramid).

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this beer and adding more notes.
Poured a light golden yellow, slightly cloudy small whitish head with good carbonation. Nose was of light citrus,wheat and bananas and slight smell of spiciness due to the cloves. Taste was wheat, cloves and bananas but predominately clove. Mouthfeel was nice and refreshing. This hefeweizen is pretty heavy eventhough it has a light ABV. Great session beer! Good beer and I am about to drink another.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange, with a nice 1 finger head, solid looking and soft.

S: Banana, clove, and some cinnamon spice is a nice touch.

T: Banana predominately with notes of peach and orange, clove there as well but minor, a lot of subtle nuance in this ale, but not always interesting.

M: Spritzy, light-bodied, but lacking something.

D: A solid hefe, a nice CA made German-style beer for the summertime.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I wish I could remember who is contract brewing for these guys... someone down in LA. Pours a hazy gold-orange color with a big frothy white head and yeast cascading down after the pour. Aroma of banana, lemon, and yeast. Seems typical of the style, but comes across a little messy. The flavor is like banana bread with some spicy cloves and grainy wheat. On the sweet side with a medium-light creamy body. Not really bad, but just not inspiring at all. Yes, it's a hefeweizen, but there is not special quality to it.

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