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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 180 | Ratings: 360
Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Tap and Table on Sly Fox night. Since candle light is all there is in the T&T it was tough to get a great look but it seemed to be very hazy and straw colored. The cloudiness was as thick as I've ever seen on a Hefe. There was a great hefe aroma mostly cloves. The taste was the same almost all cloves but very smooth. The feel was creamy. I could drink more of these and will watch for them in cans.

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

I love Sly Fox and their canned beer. Good canned craft beer needs to be more readily available. Thankfully, around here, I can try all the Sly Fox stuff.

Appearance: Dirty, hazy, mucky yellow, which I love in a Hefe. Good and frothy and creamy-looking head with decent retention and lacing droplets.

Smell: What I'd hoped for, all the good soft wheat malt sweetness, a bit of clove and banana, mild bubblegum, and some lemon citrus hop bite.

Taste: Solid soft wheat on the palate, with the banana and clove and vanilla coming full swing. But what I love is the hoppiness to balance everything out, for one, and also curb the possible sweetness from the wheat that can sometimes be off-balance with domestics. The finish could be longer and more nuanced, but this is very solid.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, though more with the latter, and fairly creamy, with a nice surge of raucous carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: For a domestic and canned craft Hefe, this is the real deal in my opinion, and the hoppy nature of the finish adds an interesting domestic facet to everything. I'll be drinking a lot of this in NY; I know that for sure.

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Photo of chefmonty
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours hazey yellow with a 1 finger head that disapated quickly leaving a thin white cap and minimal lacing.

Smells of bready wheat and yeast, some pepper clove and banana with some citrus

Taste of yeastand wheat up front with slight spice and clan finnsh

Smooth mothfeel with light carbonation makes this an easy drinker. Highly drinkable on a hot summer day and very refreshing

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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 Phillyduke
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can with a "Best By" date of 08/24/09 imprinted on the bottom. Served into a tall weizen/pilsner glass.

A: Beer is hazy (but not terribly cloudy) and pale orange in color. A fair amount of carbonation and suspended yeast is noticeable. The 2-finger head of fizzy white foam recedes somewhat quickly to a thin, rocky cap. Some fine lacing clings to the glass.

S: Yeasty, with a faint hint of citrus, banana...and a slight whiff of cherry?

T/M: Clean and citric with a nice malt/grain balance. Typical hefe banana/bubblegum flavors are muted, but they're there in the background. Mild hop presence. Smooth, velvety carbonation makes it go down very easy. Aftertaste is short, tart, and leaves a bit of a tingle on the palate.

D: A pleasant, easy-to-drink hefe, if not terribly complex. I'd prefer a bit more flavor. Even so, this is a great summer beer to keep around in cans for your Blue Moon and Hoegaarden drinking friends.

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a generous two fingers worth of purely white, very frothy white foam; hazy yellow-orange hue; decent head retention

S - Citric, yeasty, faint hint of clove; tart. All good and within the style

T - A bit citric and tart; faint hint of bananas and clove; touch yeasty and sour dough at the end

M - Medium to lighter, very sparkly carbonation

D - Decent enough, but not as quenching as the top examples in the style. Not bad, but just not good either in terms of the flavors.

Overall, not a bad stab at the style at all. I would easily pick up a sixer of this for the next party/BBQ/outdoor event that I attend. Worth a look.

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Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not much for hefe's but I really had a craving for a wheat beer a few weeks back so I picked up a 6er of this. It fit the bill pretty nicely.

Pours a cloudy, musty sort of golden color with a finger and a half of off-white head. Head is pretty creamy and retains well, leaving some good stick too.

Smell is a bit sweet with a good dose of clove and an interesting mix of fruity aromas. There is banana for sure, but also a tropical fruit aroma, pineapple perhaps. Also has a slightly metallic aroma, but otherwise it's clean and relatively pleasant.

Taste is a bit sweeter than the smell and a little more rough around the edges. It's a bit grainy and even a bit gritty, and definitely has an astringency to it that I'm not wild about. Fruit was more prominent in the nose; again there is some banana here and even a splash of pineapple, but I wish those flavors stood out above the grain more. Bit of a metallic flavor like there was in the nose, too. Clove was also stronger in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and relatively creamy but also on the cloying side. It's also a little rough given the astringent graininess, which also lends a dryness to it. The sticky sweetness gets to be a bit much for me.

This isn't too bad, but given that I'm not wild about hefe's to begin with I likely won't come back to this with any regularity. I hate to say it but it does smell and taste as though it came from a can. I enjoyed the 6er but it's on to the next.

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

Poured this brew into a Ommegang Chalice.

Pours a honey orange, with a white head that fades quickly. Some lacing.

Smells of bananas, yeast some malts. Some fruity smells as well.

Tastes of bananas, yeast, some maltly flavors as well. The brew is very drinkable. A bit of a cracker, bready taste as well.

This brew is very drinkable, tasty and creamy. A very solid Hefe. Not the best I have had - but very solid.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Weizen glass.

A: Dark, cloudy, copper orange, with a thick fluffy white head that left some decent lacing.

S: Ripe bananas, clove and malty wheat.

T: Clove, banana and some mild hop bitterness. Overall, a very nice take on the style. I was hoping for just a little bit more spicyness on my tongue though...

M: Somewhere in the middle of medium and lighter, nicely carbonated...

D: Very drinkable, I am very happy that I have a case of this.

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

Can into Weizen Glass.

A: Nice hazy looking straw color with a half finger of white head. Nice looking lacing as well.

S: Nice wheat right up front with a touch of mustiness. The clove is there but faint and there is a little bit of bubblegum. The yeast is not quite where I want it but it does smell really nice.

T: Nice classic heff taste. Really nothing to make it stand out. Really just a solid beer. The yeast does not give you as much as it did in the nose.

M: It has that wheat feel if that makes sense. Not quite thick but not light either. Low carbonation.

D: I drank a few of these while tubing and really enjoyed them. Just a great summer beer for the lake or river or whatever. Sly Fox does not disappoint.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an American pint glass from the can. Pours a hazy gold with hints of orange. Slightly murky with mild carbonation. Smells great with hints of german hops, german yeast, and wheat. The taste is decent, although I find it similar to the Pikeland Pils of theirs: very distinct potency of hops. Sharpe, rip, alpha-acid-y hops. Almost makes this beer a little too clean tasting. The hops are such a dominating punch, that the soft mellow character that I like in German Hefes is dried up. This also takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability. Maybe it would be better if I waited 3 months to find the window where the hops begin to subside, but it doesn't taste like cardboard yet... might be tough.

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

On tap during the goat races the other day at the Phoenixville pub.

The beer pours the prototypical hazy orange tan color with fair head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a pleasant aroma of clove, nutmeg and banana, though it's not over done and is a bit light. There is also someunderlying wheatiness, but again, it's fairly light. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer seems to have a very slight sourness on the finish. This is a very easy to drink hefe, and the beer is fairly light on the spice, but has enough flavor to keep things interesting. Alcohol seems pretty restrained and is not at all intrusive or obtrusive.

While nothing mind blowing, this was a nice enough beer I thought. Not bad at all.

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

A - poured out of a can into a weisse glass, creamy foamy head, cloudy golden-brown-orange.

S - banana, clove spiciness, coriander with a sweet hint of fruity butter.

T - sweet and mild apple with a distant numbing hop.

M - creamy with a good level of carbonation, medium bodied - the mouthfeel is more like an Irish stout that a weisse, but it works for me

D - Typical weisse drinkability

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a nice offering for an American made Hefe. Penn still beats it, but not by much, in my opinion. Pours a HUGE head with tracing down the glass. Smells of banana, clovey scents and tastes the same. A bit watery on the body. Falls just a bit short in taste compared to the rest of the beer. Needs a little more bold character. It is still, a great experience. I wish I had more than one.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange copper color with a half finger width sized frothy white head. There's lots of carbonation sticking to the sized of my glass. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and has a hint of bubble gum and belgian spices. Taste is fruity and tangy with a nice cloviness to it. For a weisse though this is a lot drier than i would have expected. Feel is moderate and slippery smooth with sharp tingliness from the carbonation. Dry and tangier than i would have expected but that aside its still a solid canned hefe.

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Photo of Naugled
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a weisse glass

A: nice hazy hay color, slightly rocky head but tall, diminishes fairly quickly but some does stay, sediment floating near the surface.

S: slight spicy clove character, pleasant aroma

T: nice clove with hints of banana and sweetness and subtle tartness. very nice flavor profile.

F: medium to light body with some fullness and richness, carbonation is good

D: good drinkability, easy to drink and very refreshing

Great lawn mower or golf beer, not a fine hefe but it doesn't need to be. Its qualities as a freshing beer is what makes this a keeper. I will be buying more.

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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 NittanyBeerFan
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangey color, opaque, like the traditional unfiltered yeast was also mixed with some Tropicana Pure Premium, or something. Definitely caught me off guard. Not sure I was a fan of the appearance.

S: Smell is a mix of citrus and flowery hops. The cascade hops meld with the yeast very nicely.

T: The traditional banana of the hefe is replaced by an orange citrus, but the cloves are still there, just like they should be. It's an interesting combination, and I was a fan. The hops come through strong at the end, making it almost like a pale wheat ale, but with a ton more character.

M/D: Very light carbonation and a medium texture. Crisp and smooth hop finish makes the beer very enjoyable and drinkable. I would session this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze with an orange tint. Nice sized head with good lace action.

The aroma was of wonder bread and wheat. Mild citrus and very light banana and clove hints.

The taste was of bread,wheat,citrus notes and some spices.
A small bit of alcohol is present in the finish.
The feel is smooth,metallic notes with a mildly bitter finish. Medium carbonation and light body with decent drinkability.

Notes: Slightly bitter for a Hefe,but looking forward to these in hot weather. A good brew and you know metallic notes seem to be a given with cans. I would buy this again for the summer time.
Better as it warms.

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Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

pours orangey amber with a touch of haze. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. wheat bread. cracker. touch of alcohol. hints of banana and clove. bit of orange peel and faint citrus.

taste is nice. hint of alcohol. low bitterness level. white bread and cracker. touch of orange peel and a hint of clove. a bit fruity. hint of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. not super exciting, but decent.

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Photo of cpn920
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker color than I'm used to for a Hefe, deep golden orange with a head that was gone quickly. No lacing. Smell was good with good dose of bananas and clove. Taste was very banana like with a sliver of sourness. THe feel was a little thicker than most hefe's I've had. Decent carbonation and overall a nice beer but not my favorite hefe in the world. Worth trying especially on a nice warm summer day.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, obtained via the pre-season football bif...consumed during the arizona-phili playoff game

appearance: poured into a lakefront pint glass, hazy orange-copper body, fluffy white crest with nice strong retention

smell: saison-like funk, yeast, green apple, clove and white pepper

taste: sweet and fruity, yeasty funk, green apple, corriander and white pepper. lacks a real punch

mouthfeel: oddly foamy throughout

drinkability: good

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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very phenolic aroma with a nice spiciness. Seems more
Belgian than German. Slight banana. Fresh and nice.
Head is moderate and white, but really quite short-lived. Cloudy gold and a heavy look to the drink.
Boy this drink a lot more like a wit than a hefeweizen. Dry, spicy, malty character as well as wheat. Phenolic in flavor too. Strong yeast qualities.
Rather heavy mouthfeel combined with full, picky carbonation that provides a fullness.
I like this, but there are two things. First, the dryness is too heavy at times (not throughout the whole drink). Second, this is not a hefe. Beyond that, tasty and flavorful. Interesting mix of summer flavors with winter feel to the drink. Bell's has done a winter wit and this kinda' fits in that category.
This is scored on whether or not I like it and less on style issues.
Thanks Scott.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a can of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a hazy, golden body with a thick, white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S: A pretty sweet, malty smell with some slight banana notes.

T: A slightly metallic, malty taste with some metallic, alcohol aftertaste. The banana notes seemed to disappear and the alcohol was a bit much, especially for the style. As I drank it more, it seemed that it was a bit too much of a sweet juice as opposed to a malted beverage.

M: Seemed a bit overcarbonated and unimpressive.

D: Ok drinkability overall, but the taste and the mouthfeel were not very complimenting to each other. The carbonation was definitely overpowering and the taste seemed a little too juice-like and sweet.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a pretty dark wheaty color with a good amount of head
S- like wheat, lemon , citrus, and carbonation

T- like it smells, a little heavier that a wibier , it doesnt have that banana smell which I am not crazy about anyway

M- Pretty smooth, a good amount of head

D- very good I dug it , a great anyday session beer , esp to go with dinner and a nice refreshing beer on a hot day

and the can is nice for when you go places in which glass is not allowed

recycle people

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