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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky orange/yellow in color, bright white 2 finger head, nice lacing and decent retention.

Aroma is crisp citrus, light hops, and some banana bread.

Taste is tangy, crisp citrus, light banana notes, some bready, yeasty, notes and a bit of finishing hop bite.

Crisp, light feel, a tad over carbonated.

Solid drinkability, and overall a damn decent hefe!

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Royal Weisse on tap at Sly Fox Phoenixsville Location.

Appearance-a pale cloudy yellow with a dash of white, large white head, not sure why but they served it in a pint glass.

Smell-mix of fruit and the normal wheat smells, more mixed fruit than straight banana peel, cloves and alcohol round it out.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, cloves and banana comes back, the wheat rushes forward, crazy carbonation, finishes somewhat clean, flavored water consistency.

Drinkability-not that alcoholic, hits the right notes.

Overall-another fine beer from Sly Fox, doesn't knock it out of the park but a fine version of the style and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox Royal Weisse, A Bavarian style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat Malts, and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. Medium bodied, tan in color, fruity. OG 13.5 Plato, 11 IBUs, 5.6% by Vol."

Very clouded, dusky orange, you could say "tan", slimmish head, not quite what I'd want in this.

Aroma: banana and cloves, very airy and light. Some citrus in there, a little orange and lemon. Lemon meringue, banana cream pie, mmm, mm, mmm.

Taste: soft, malty, a little spritzy. A bit juicy. Wheat malt flavor prevalent, ...very drinkable, but...lacks...a lot. Nice, but fairly average. No zing, no zang, no ...I'm about to get silly again, best to stop now.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jyoungsbcp for this beer. 12oz can into a NB Globe.

A: Hazy gold in color, maybe a bit on the dark side for the style, enormous white head, a good two fingers that recedes slowly leaving gobs of lacing all over the edge of the glass.

S: Pretty distinct nose of wheat malt and pilsner malt as well, no detectable hops in the nose. Not a lot of the trademark yeast profile that one comes to expect in a hefeweizen, but the banana does shine the more it warms. Overall, not bad.

T: Signature wheat malts are soft in the mouth with a bit of a zesty sort of lemon bite, from there the banana and slightly bubblegum profile of the yeast really starts to shine. Fairly grainy at the finish, nice long finish with lots of banana lingering in the mouth.

M: Fairly light bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation, fairly dry finish on the end. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this if available. Really a nice wheat beer, maybe a little out of season on this mid twenties day in Utah, but it still is very refreshing and enjoyable. Nicely done.

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Photo of callmeclemens
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap with a lemon wedge at The Cantina in South Philly.

Color was a nice foggy golden orange with a small quarter inch head, which led to a nice ring lacing around the entire glass.

Smelled of nice citrus with some clove and a hint of florals.

Tastedmuch like it smelled a nice citrusy orange with a hint of sour lemon.

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Photo of jss38
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see hefeweizen in a can, other than Hell or High Watermelon I wasn't aware of many others, especially brewed in my home state.

A: Brownish orange with a thin head. Very hazy, the color is intriguing.

S: Clove, coriander. Sour fruit, remnants of wheatiness.

T: Quite smooth. A very solid mix of coriander and citrus (lemon I'm guessing). Too many beer mess up that balance. The spice is a little heavier than the fruit aromas but the complement nicely.

M: Light, decent carbonation. I drank it fast

D: I'm a fan. I did not see what I paid for it, but if its cheap I can see this being a regular for me. Something special about nothing special.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from WoodyChandler, review from notes

Pours an effervescent & hazed honey color with 2 fingers of beige head. Minimal head retention 7 lacing

S: Apple & pear blossoms, plus bubble gum

T: Green bananas, bready notes yeast bite & peppery spiceyness up front. Green apple peels, dryness, a bit of pear, faint lemon, cloves & juicy fruit once warm. Finishes a touch dry with more juicy-fruit & a bit of lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & nicely balanced

Drinks really easy, a nice hefe that quenches the thirst

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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 Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a white wine glass.

Pours a very hazy murky orange yellow color with a big lacy head that recedes quickly. Looks dark for a hefeweizen. The aroma is estuary alcohol some bubblegum and a hint of artificial banana. The taste is a little off balanced and not typical of a hefeweizen love the lemony character as it makes it fresh tasting but it's not your classic hefe. The mouthfeel is a bit less carbonated than other hefeweizens but it's got a cleansing feel to it. The drinkability is high because it's so tasty. This is like a mix of a witbier and a hefeweizen.

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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this one up for me over the summer when he was back in PA. I had the good fortune of drinking this one on the date that it was "best by." Review is from notes taken on 9/6/2010 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour looks like a honey/yellow tea color; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention that eventually fades to a firm, but incomplete skim; body is clouded and hazy, but still manages to show fast and strong carbonation; a nice curtain of lacing starts but eventually fades to just a few spots hanging around.

Smell: Nice sweet honey-like maltiness with a great presence of banana esters from the yeast; a bit of a clove-like spiciness comes in as well and makes me very interested in drinking this canned offering.

Taste: Really matches the nose quite well with the sweet banana flavors from the yeast and that mild but very present and pleasant clove-like spiciness; bit of a mild bitter grassy hop presence buried underneath it all with some dry tall graininess; a very refreshing offering and I wish I had some more.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium-light in weight and the carbonation is quite strong and prickly/sharp; leaves a moist stickiness on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue -- a really well done beer here in the mouthfeel as it allows the flavors to linger for a bit.

Drinkability: This is really a solid beer and if it was available here in KY, it would definitely be a staple in the fridge in the hot summer months; nice and refreshing, yet flavorful and filling.

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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 jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this, my second Sly Fox, in another epic trade with Noslenwerd. Gotta love beers from a can.

A: Pours a very fizzy head that reaches a finger and holds mostly, breaking down a lot but being reinforced by the bubbles floating up from the etch at the bottom. It's a super hazy straw golden wheat colored beer with hints of orange hue.

N: Mostly wheat starting here, lots of fruit with that, a little banana, citrus, orange, touch of tangerine and peach even. A nice light malty sweetness.

T: Starts light, with lots of wheat again, it brings some sweetness to it, but not a lot. Then more fruits, some banana, citrus, orange, even a little apple. Some crisp lager flavors and touch of sweet malts. A hint of spices as well to blend along. A slight bitterness comes through too, I think hint of light noble hops and some orange peel.

M: Pretty light with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes a little more bitter with more orange peel, and hints of grassy hops. More fruit here too, mostly banana and orange now. A crisp finish as well not super clean but good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head that flows with heavy carbonation.

S - Smells of banana, clove, and just a touch of pilsner malt.

T - The first time I had it all I could taste was the bitter pilsner malts but today's tasting after a couple of DIPA's really made the beer taste closer to an actual Heffe. Strong banana with a touch of wheat and clove follow with a smooth finish. Nice.

M - Really light and succession-able

D - Well I really like other Heffe's more but for 10.25 a six pack this was a very good overall beer. Would I buy it again? Eh maybe not.

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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 GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a De Glazen Toren tulip. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

BY 09/18/10

A: Pours a gorgeous looking, murky and chewy, apricot nectar color. Sitting on top was a creamy, bright white head that stuck around for a bit before settling down to a thin skim and thick unbreakable collar.

S: The usual Hefe aromas are covered here. Banana, clove, lemon, and a hint of sourdough.

T: Assertively spicy yeast is represented by flavors of clove, cardamom, and banana. Biscuits and sourdough bread crusts come on in the middle before leading into a lightly lemon-y hops flavor.

M: Right out of the fridge, I thought this to be a bit too harsh. Warming it up to cellar temp did it a world of good. Thick, chewy, sticky, prickly, and spicy. Nice.

D: Pretty sure this is my first CANned Hefe and I was impressed. A very nice BBQ/picnic/block party/beach beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. This is my first beer from Sly Fox.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is banana, cloves and circus peanuts. The flavor is wheat and banana with some clove notes. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hefeweizen.

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Photo of Kwak
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance}hazy yellow,orange color poured nice with a thick frothy head that stuck around most of the way and left a lace mark on the glass

smell} sweet citrus and malt sent with a bit of cloves closing out the smell

taste} mild wheat flavor with the banana and cloves almost a strong bubble gum flavor with a touch of hopps that cut the sweetness and gave it more texture

mouthfeel and drinkability} were good it had a light feel went down easy not too much carbonation very drinkable not too much aftertaste easy to putt away a few

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Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Fat Heads, 20oz pour served in a big Hefe glass

A - very cloudy, almost orange color with a quarter inch of tight frothy foam which sticks around for most of the drink. very minimal lacing.

S - heavy on the clove, with some banana thrown in. a bit fruity with some green, almost sour apple as well. lightly spiced.

T - bready and yeasty, cloves comes through much more than the banana...fruity with some green apples and citrus rinds. doughy malt, gets more fruity and sour as it warms.

M - medium bodied with some tight carbonation, could use a bit more to propel the flavors. somewhat creamy, finishes with lingering fruity sweetness.

D - decent at best, misses the mark a bit by straying from classic and simple Hefe flavors. grew bored with it halfway through the glass.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can, Royal Weisse pours a rich and hazy straw-orange hue with a modest head and nice lacing.

The aroma is of clove, with a bit of banana. Nothing spectacular.

The flavor is very nice. There is a big clove-like and medicinal note with this Hefe. Not so much fruity or effervescent as dark, spicy and yeasty. Slightest touch of earthy hops, but not bitter at all. It's not really a bright Hefe, but I dig it, especially with its lower carbonation and sturdy, bready, and yet drinkable mouthfeel. Pour a couple of these cans into your wheat beer glass and you're ready to go.

Royal Weisse tastes authentically German but isn't an obvious derivation of the classic Bavarian Hefes. Really nice brew and one of the better American-made Weisses available.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - light golden in color, sort of a tannish orangish color but the light makes it look a little paler. Some cloudiness as well. Nice fluffy head that fades and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma - all the aromas you've grown to love about this style are their. We're talking banana, clove, bubble gum along with some lemon and orange.

Taste - citrusy, biscuity, bananas, cloves along with a touch of sweetness a la apple sauce or juice. Plenty of estery goodness imparted by the yeast which gives this beer so much flavor. A tad bit of spiciness in the finish from the hops. Solid.

Overall - a solid hefeweizen from the folks at Sly Fox. They've taken a hard to can style and made it taste so simple. Great stuff, definitely worth trying if you can find it. If you're a big fan of wheat beers than this is for you.

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Photo of deapokid
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American take on the hefeweizen comes in a handsome blue and silver can and pours a gleaming deep orange. The head is a thin white with a hint of lacing and the liquid is hazy, but sediment free.

As for the smell factor, bold citrus, whipped cream, a little rind and summer spices make for a light and playful aroma.

Taste is buoyed by a doughy, yeast back end, preceded by strong citrus notes and an unexpected dryness at the conclusion, which adds more depth to the flavor.

What makes this one a bit different is the balance on display. It seems like most American wheat beers focus primarily on the sweeter citrus notes. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's nice to see a brewery make a distinct wheat beer that boasts the sweet and the bitter.

Although it may not be as authentic or supremely drinkable as its German counterparts, this is a standout American example of the style and the polar opposites on display make for an intriguing experience.

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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 Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - this beer poured a very cloudy golden hue with a nice white head which left stripes of lacing along the glass

s - the clove aroma is very evident along with a citrus spice

t - huge flavor. banana, clove, citrus, malty wheat goodness all around. intense flavors but all very balanced.

m - medium bodied with high carb what one would expect of the style

d - its a hefe by definition it should be very sessionable and this is one of the best american hefe's i've had. i would love to find this in can to see how it differs from on tap.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown, PA.

A: The ale is a cloudy autumn leaves of auburb yellow-and-brown hues. No head whatsoever.

S: The nose offers up some wheat, lightly tart, with a just a bit of weizen-like clove.

T: The weizen's flavor comes through more vibrantly in the taste. Banana and clove stand out, sweetening up the mild tartness of the wheat. Bready malts follow the wheat, adding body to the ale without siphoning off the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel gets the job done, offering me enough wheat and yeast to get away from the pale wheat ale territory.

D: Another glass or two wouldn't anybody.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Bavarian style Weisbier that needs better yeast character and less buttery notes.

An orange-golden hue brings about a mystic foggy haze and some yeast/protiens floating about. Light on head formation, retention, and lacing.

A lot of wheat beady flavor and aroma is followed by clove, apples, and butterscotch. Decorated with esters of appricots, papayas, and a light bubble gum note, the flavors are somewhat masked by the buttery notes that claim the body and finish. Sweet with malts are likely amplified by the buttery notes as well.

The body does have a delicate creamy note, but doesn't give that refreshing lemony finish. Instead, a mouth coating slickness gives the final impressions.

Royal Weisse is probably an above average American-brewed German beer. But that diacetyl (buttery) character really brings it down.

Thanks Bobfinkenaur!

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Royal Weisse from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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