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Redhook Hefe-WeizenRedhook Hefe-Weizen

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.19%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 14
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz twist with a description of various "how to pour" wheat beers, "bottled on" date on the label. "Wheat Flavor" and "Medium Bodied" are also stated on the label. "Wheat Flavor?" Is this a package of Ramen Noodles?

Appearance: We decided to pour one glass without the yeast, and the other with. The one without poured pale with a haze, while the one poured in the traditional manner became a murky dark yellow. They yeast in the bottle looked like trub. Not much of a head for a wheat beer, maybe they do not have time for protein rests?

Smell: Without the yeast = a tiny bit of cooked vegetables, dry malt and aged hops. With the yeast = more malt, slight citrus with a wee bit of fruit aroma.

Taste: Without the yeast = nice mouthfeel, thin malt, dry astringency and extremely citrus like due to the hops and fermented wheat malt (which gives it a twang). With the yeast = like mix between wheat and malt, earthy with a citrus rind flavour. Both had little hop bitterness.

Notes: This is definitely not a Hefe-Weizen, but rather a decent American Wheat Ale. Even the brewer agreed with us on this, but Redhook's marketing team decided to call it a Hefe for the obvious reasons. Up the hops, the malt and filter this brew and they would have a decent American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of oberon
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know at one time Redhook was a top American micro but now it certainly is not,all there products are average at best.This one poured a little hazy yellow but not as hazy as it should have been,a yeasty smell to it but no citruis,banana, or clove to speak of.The taste had some yeastieness and a tad of fruitiness but not much.Thin body but highly drinkable but the flavor makes me not wanna drink more than one.

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Photo of cokes
1.89/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Murky golden in the glass, after the yeast pour. Thin head, without much retention.
Steamed vegetables on the nose (cauliflower). Bready yeast. Uggh.
I realize that this is a american wheat, not a hefeweizen. "Wheat-flavored" as the label states...give me a break. The yeast immediately enters the scene on the taste buds, but not in a typically good weizen way. Instead it is musty, soggy, mushy and doughy. Bread-like flavors throughout. Akin to a piece of bread left in seltzer water overnight.
Mouthfeel is alright. Relatively creamy and smooth. But who cares at this point.
Not one I'd sample again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured surprisingly clear throughout the first half of the bottle, but a rousing yeast swirl brought out the sought after cloudiness from the flavorful yeast. The body is a dull yellowish-gold with an orange cast. The bright white head is short but creamy, and holds fairly well although very little lacing is left around the glass. Some lightly citrusy hops lead the aroma, followed by some yeasty fruitiness and a very mild touch of spice over light malt. The body is medium/light and a very fine, median carbonation leaves it nicely creamy in the mouth. The flavor combines a lightly sweet and mildly tangy malt with a gently spicy note; some thin but brash citrusy hops (like lemon/grapefruit rind); and a pressing bitterness. It finishes dry with some residual rind-like hops. It's well balanced but not particularly compelling, reducing its "drinkability" a bit. It seems to need to establish an identity either by adding more hops, or heading more towards a traditional Bavarian hefe-weizen. Still, not a bad American wheat.

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Photo of buzzy
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice cloudy yellow brown color with lots of yeast, as expected, and a nice white head. Wonderfully smooth taste with a brief spike of hoppiness at the finish. Very pleasant yeasty aroma, almost like freshly baked bread, quite easy to drink. I omitted the lemon, as I think that there is no need for it.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reasonbably cloudy golden yellow color with a non existant head, i took out the lemon (i hate that) and it still apparently smelled of citrus, with a doughy smell in there as well, not very strong. THe taste was very mild with a little lemony orange tang at the begining, and a slight bitter kick at the end. enjoyable just not a lot of flavor to enjoy if that makes any sense. tastes fine and is plenty drinkable, but nothing that is gonna make you come back for more.

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Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Jenstrom
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of John
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly not a authentic Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very cloudy lemony hue with a small wisp of head. The head is a thin film near the start and tends stay just that way through the glass. A decent enough lace sense from the wispy head.

The nose is quite light, but does give a sense of lemon or citrus, along with small bready sense. This follows in the flavor which is very mild and gives no hint of cloves so characteristic of hefes. The taste is pleasant yet somewhat nondescript as it carries no strong message of its primary flavor. Drinkable to be sure this is a quite average beer that neither impresses nor offends.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy light brown/tan. Smells like biscuits or bread. Yeasty character with sweet malt tones. Finishes well, very easy to drink.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden yellow appearance with very little fast fading head. The smell was not the fruity, yeasty, just a hint of clove wheat smell of a German weizen that I had expected. Kind of a Budweiser with more hops smell to me. Flavor was on the weak side with a watery mouthfeel, but did have a bit of the citrusy flavor I expect from a weizen. Drinkable, and maybe better in summer with a lemon slice squeezed into it, but not what I expected.
Redhook really should not call this a Hefe-weizen. The only thing that could even qualify it was the cloudiness apparent even on tap.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.13/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours with a big white head. Bright hazy yellow golden color. Has large chunks of yeast/sediment. Smells sweet and clovey. Taste is very yeasty. Body is surprisingly light. Sour aftertaste. Nothing stands out as being very bad, but overall a very odd tasting beer.

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Redhook Hefe-Weizen from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.04 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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