Royal Weisse | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Royal WeisseRoyal Weisse

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NeroFiddled on 11-26-2002

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

32oz growler from Whole Foods into a tall Hard Rock Cafe glass.

Royal pours out pretty dirty with a unfiltered look. A bold orange/dark tan hue that can't be seen through. A nice bubbly white head that's not very thick, but retains a nice stick on the glass.

The smell is pretty much equal to a bunch of oranges and wheat. Not a lot of banana but a nice sweet malt base. I cant say how much orange is in here, it's abundant.

Being so close to the source at Sly Fox I know that this beer is fresh as shit. With that you think there would be some hops in here, but they don't register on my palate. Oranges and wheat takes up most of the spotlight, while banana and pale malt are in the back. Banana is real light.

The Royal Weisse is real refreshing easy drinking beer. The body is a tad thicker than most hefe's but this is the royal we are talking about here and it shows. A light carb and a short and bursting aftertaste.

I cant believe it took me so many years to warm up to this one. This is what beer drinking is about because you can drink tons of it with the low ABV and not get bored with it. Not your standard Hefe here.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the finer Weissbiers I have had in a long time. Very aromatic in the nose, this Weisse offered hints of lemon and some mild background spice at the first whiff. While there was little to be said for the head left behind after tapping, I was far from disappointed, as this Weisse was crisp, refreshing and very balanced without being whimpy. Good and malty with some chewy wheat goodness for good measure, this is one Bier I will be having at Sly Fox again, for sure. This one is on par with the best in the country and arguably on par with some of Bavaria's offerings.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours an absolutely gorgeous hazy orange-amber into the glass with two fingers of fluffy white head. As the head recedes it leaves a thin film of white along the top and a sticky ring of lacing; a real beaut of a hefe.

Aroma-Mmmmmnm, oooh wow this has an awesome aroma; cloves, banana, citric zest, funky's pure hefe bliss really.

Taste-Follows the nose entirely starting off with the typical hefe banana/clove fare which is nice in and of itself but then it's joined by that same pleasant citric character from the aroma. Finishes off with a touch of sweetness and an alcoholic bite; nice.

Mouthfeel-Medium-plush body with a nice crispy carbonation; couldn't imagine a better mouthfeel for this beer.

Drinkability-Just one six pack of this isn't enough, hell, two sixes might not be enough between two people; this one is absurdly drinkable and goes fast.

Notes-Sly Fox *REALLY* nailed it with this one, this Hefe is, in my opinion, easily on the same level of Hefes like Weihestephaner and Schneider. Major props to Sly Fox for brewing such an awesome Hefe.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange with three fingers of white head. It had good hed retention and OK lacing.

S: Cloves and banana dominate but plenty of citrus notes (mainly lemon zest) as well.

T: Orange and lemon immediately jump out, then the banana and clove and then a light hop bitterness on the tongue.

M: Very clean and dry but a tad thinner than expected.

D: This was a beer that quenched my first hot day of the year thirst. It was true to style with just a bit of hop kick and was all banana and clove and not any creamed corn/huskiness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy ruddy orange body rests beneath a frothy bright white head that holds well but eventually drops to a thin creamy surface covering. The body is medium (@ 3 Plato/1.012sg) with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The nose offers bold aromas of apple, extremely ripe banana, and mildly spicy clove. These carry over into a rich flavor that also includes some light phenolics: a mild touch of vanilla, a gentle smokiness, and some minimal acetone. The bitterness is appropriately low, allowing the phenolics and the sweetness of the malt to act as the centerpoint, and yet it finishes short with just a thin lingering sweetness and very mild clove note. An exceptionally well done beer for the person who prefers a richly estery and phenolic weisse. Not to be missed.

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Photo of dansteino
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Very good. Dirty orange. Hazy with yeast. Beautiful head.

Smell. Wow. Wow. Intense smell of bananas and cloves. Remarkable.

Taste: Very good. Tons of malty banana flavor with a little bit of pepper and citrus (lemon).

Mouthfeel. Very good. Creamy. Some crisp wheat. Heavy but enjoyably so. Aventinus-like.

Drinkabiliy. A little heavy.

Just a wonderful drinking experience. I have to visit this brewery . . . now.

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Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) can
Served in a weizen glass

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a super cloudy, burnt sienna color (darker than average for the style) with a tight, light tan, three-finger head that quickly faded to a frothy film. Clumps of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was rich and potent. Fruity and complex with a terrific sweet/tart quality. Bubblegum was immediately noticeable. Possibly some cotton candy and some Belgian candi sugar too. Super spicy and wheaty with dry, powdery notes. A bit of smoke was detectable as well.

The taste was wheaty, crisp and yeasty. A nice mix of sweet and tart fruitiness. In many ways, quite similar to the aroma. Sweet and malty up front. Notes of bubblegum came through strong. Spicy (clove-y) and citrusy in the center. A kiss of hops appeared on the crisp, spicy, tangy, semi-dry finish. Overall, rather interesting and complex.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with an average carbonation. Decent but not quite as creamy or as full as I expected.

Drinkability was terrific. This is a super tasty, balanced and refreshing beer.

Many American wheat ales disguise themselves as true hefeweizens when indeed they are not. This unquestionably is not one of those beers. Overall, I consider this one of the most impressive hefeweizens I have tried to date and definitely the best one to come out of a can!

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Photo of Schmidts
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a can bought 4 miles from Brewery!
A - Pours with a nice head that leaves fairly quick. Color Amber yellow and a bit of haze.
S - Smells of Citrus and banana pleasant smell.
T - This is a very Good Weisse Beer one of the best I have had in many a day. Tastes of Citrus with a nice grain balance very creamy and pleasant to drink.
M - It is a very refreshing Beer in Your Mouth
D - This is a very Nice Beer to sit and drink a few goes down real nice leaving a refreshed feel in your mouth.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Philly Rally 4

Body features dense clouds floating in pulpy orange juice. Bright white heavily frothed cream fills the top fist worth of a weizen glass. Outstanding lacing drips down the sides.

A good nose that is light on the cloves and bubblegum, and heavy on the bananas.

Taste is properly wheaty, with lots of lemon. Crisp, especially the finish. Light fruity aftertaste, with a bit of clove and pepper. Greatly refreshing.

Dances lightly across the tongue. Each sip cries for more. Superb for summer.

This is not your average (or below) American Wheat. If it's not quite a clone of classic Germans, it certainly shows it parentage well. I add my vote to those calling to bottle or can this.

Get some and share it with a friend.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clouded orange amber with a nice off-white head. Nose is a heavy yeast. Kind of an earthy tar tone to it. Flavor is earthy yeast and very strong at that. Robust. Thick. Deep. Feel is thick on liquid and nice on the carbonation. Overall I have to say this is a pretty tasty brew. Hearty and deep, but definitely worth trying. Especially with all this craft brew in the can stuff going on.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky tangerine with a small head of foam that leaves some nice lace patterns. The aromas are classic hefe. Yeasty banana, bubblegum, fresh wheat, and more. The taste is all banana up front with some other lovely yeasty esters in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is super creamy and perfect for a weizen and the drinkability is pretty damn good. Wow, maybe this one is not loved by many, but this is up there with many German versions to me.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice German style wheat beer. It goes with any food or alone and is very smooth and has a bit of citrus that lets it cut through the dry mouth and quenches the taste buds. It is good in the spring or summer since it is light and not as carbonated as other wheats. A great refreshing wheat.

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Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a sweet aroma on this. Good amount of banana found on the nose with a hint of citrus. A delicious smelling hefeweizen.

The taste doesn't let down. It's one of the more fruity, banana forward hefe's I can recall drinking. For me this is a positive. I love that. Cloves are also present in the passenger seat. Just a hint of citrus and wheat comes along for the ride, but in the end this is a fairly sweet beer. Also, carbonation seems to be pretty high in this one. Just an observation.

I did a taster at Sly Fox, and this is one of the two beers I bought to take back with me. I think it's their best I have tasted. Top notch!

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Photo of corey0212
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this beer from mikesgroove!

Pours a murky honey color, foamy tan head fades slowly, leaving some nice sheets of lacing behind. Great nose on this beer...lots of pepper and spice, banana, bready & yeast aromas. Taste follows right behind, a little more banana flavor than the nose would imply, some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bubbly, refreshing, and drinkable as hell. This is good stuff.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMmmm, nice weisse right here

Pours a dark orange color, very very hazy in appearance. light, fruity smell, comes off very nice.

Tastes of rich, spicy wheat. Fruity esters and yeasty/bannana hints come with it, and has a nice, smooth, if not somewhat sour finish.

Glad I could have this for my 100th review!

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Photo of bmills1608
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, deep orange color with a touch of rust. Not in the least bit clear. Smallish bubbly head, fades to a nice steady film.

Nose is sweetish wheat bread and lots of ripe banana. Very ripe aroma. Taste is full, I love that, an almost chewy fullness for a hefe, very nice. Taste is clean, with soft malts and wheat, lots and lots of fruity ripe banana, and a touch of bubble gum.

A good amount of tight carbonation and a medium mouthfeel really round out this brew.

Finishes real clean, with residual banana flavors and yeast. A real REAL good hefe. Packed with flavor yet still traditional in its overall approach and still extremely drinkable.

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Photo of pezoids
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a hazy and pale straw yellow, with a frothy and creamy head of foam that looks like meringue. Strong and sweet aroma of bubblegum, candied sugar and lemony grains. There’s something else I detect that’s almost like fresh blueberry jam? The taste is light, fruity sweet with a touch of strawberry/maple syrup. Light bodied and highly flavorful and estery. Some sourness from the wheat and just a small amount of yeastiness. An excellent Hefe.

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Photo of emsroth
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

App: super cloudy dark gold, almost amber in the wide areas I'd the glass

Smell: divine. A bouquet of fruit, malted wheat, slight herbal hops, and a decent dose of yeasty funk

Taste: a well rounded flavor combining elements of bread and grapes. Ends with a low but firm hop bitterness that essential to a good hefe.

Medium body with the tight carbonation found in the style. This one happens to be a little under carbonated for my tastes, but perhaps it is the batch.

Great stuff. On tap it's my favorite hefe. Good in cans but lacking consistency, so 4.5

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

A real nice orange pale amber, opaque with some cola sticking bubbles but a real nice mix of pinhead rising carbonation also. THe head billows large and in control at four fingers, with lots of pin head sized even dancing bubbles, with a nice creamy white appearance and huge retention. Great looking Hefe.

Nose has good citrus lemon, airy dry yeast and a good wheat malt density to it. Light it seems but with some heavy qualities, curious to see where this goes.

Palate fills with a nearly rich but clean feel. Moderately carbonated with a hint of sweet cream but a large lemon and citrus body washes over with a chewy feeling. No banana or cloying sweetness. Malt density is there but has a light feel. Sweet tangerine whaffs over on the swallow with multiple sips from fruity esters.

Overall this is a great hefe, and I like the fact it doesn't have much banana like esters to it and it's so easy drinking and refreshing. Very impressed.

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Photo of markgugs
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall weiss glass

A: Pours a refreshing-looking straw yellow with loads of yeast cloudiness. Huge fluffy head and an amazing amount of lacing throughout.

S: Very rich yeast aromas with delicious hints of caramel and sweet ripened fruit.

T/M: Very tangy, lemony flavors dominate, with a hint of sweetness throughout, creating a solid balance. Slightly too carbonated, but overall quite tasty.

D: Incredibly easy-to-drink beer, would be a superb replacement at summer BBQs and get-togethers for your non-craft beer pals. Very well crafted!

Another winner from Sly Fox, recommended!

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Photo of rdrummer
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, it's like this. I went to Sly Fox expecting to drink the Cascade IPA and fill my growler with it and leave. Just as I was going for the growler, my wife says, "You have to try this beer." Wow! What a Hefe!!. Not only ordered one to drink there, but got the growler filled and enjoyed it for two days afterward.

It poured the lovely hazy gold of a true Hefe-weizen. The head was huge and long-lastign; the lacing went all the way down the pint. It has a huge nose that reflects the wheat fields of middle PA, but adds to that the tropical fruitiness of citrus, banana, clove, and some other spices. The beer just explodes in the mouth with the wheaty earthiness and citrusy aftertaste. There is some yeast flavor, a hint of other fruit, and finally a mixture of spices. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and pleasant. The drinkability is huge. I was tempted to move in.

Note: I have had some bad experiences with growlers. (Finding the beer still when opened.) Sly Fox's bartenders know how to fill a growler. I opened it three days later, and it looked like it was poured fresh from the tap. The second day, it was mildly less carbonate. The third it was definitely noticeably so but it still tasted great.

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Photo of dmarch
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a hazy gold color with a thin white head that leaves a nice lace along the glass. Aroma is mostly bananna and citrus. Taste is bananna with hints of apple and apricot. Very drinkable and refreshing. Definately makes the trip to Sly Fox worthwhile.

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Photo of DIM
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: The color was right, a hazy, murky straw color. Unfortunately this was served to me in a pint glass filled to the very top. I swirled myself a head after a few sips.

s: All the right aroams are here, not as sweet as some hefes.

t: Drier and less sweet than other hefes, very nice. Mild spice and flowers at the end.

m: Thick, chewy, and creamy. Spot-on.

d: These folks make a great hefe.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/17/10...Appears a golden sunburst hazed in all it's unfiltered wheat beer glory, large bright white head with fine intricate lacing. The nose is packed with citrus, banana, clove, and a slight vanilla tone, a bit of bubblegum thrown in as well. Bottom line a ton of esters and sharp expressive wheat notes, liquid bread is great. The first true hefe I've had canned. I was excited to see this show up at Robinson Beverage best by date of 8/17/10 canned all summer long baby. It's like a banana smoothie going down, citrus and wheat bite blends nicely a bit of vanilla/bubblegum and a touch of clove adds to some dryness. Yeast sediment is suspended evenly no big chunks but cloudy as hell. Mouthfeel is nice sturdy but no cloying carbonation light to medium bodied smooth drinking beer that I'm glad to support in their new 24 pack sutcases they're selling, damn they look good.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard some good things about Sly Fox. Purchased a pint at McGillin’s in Philly during a recent pub crawl.

The lighting wasn’t excellent, but this brew was decidedly dark, like some cheese on top of your pizza after its been in the oven for just a bit too long. Cloudy, with a decent finger of off-white foam on top and a spattering of carbonation around the inside of the glass. Reduced quickly to a sticky ring.

The expected yeasty nose is complimented by fruity banana that’s been on the table top for a day too long and some clove.

Sweet tasting weisse, with the banana and some apple mixing with pepper and clove. Medium bodied and creamy. Finishes sweet with a good bit of lingering flavor.

Those phenols and esters, mixed with a tingly carbonation and creamy mouthfeel, make for a very drinkable brew. Wish we could find this one a little further south.

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