Kuhnhenn Hefeweiss | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn HefeweissKuhnhenn Hefeweiss

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery. Perhaps it has been around a couple of weeks too many. Creaminess in mouth and enjoyed bitterness, though sour on the wheat.Astringent lemon clove.

Had it 3 years later at brewpub and it was much better, upped the rating accordingly, yellow boddy with soapy Caesar head.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours as a orange golden color with a little white head on top. The aromas of banana and clove hit the nose much like any other hefeweizen. The taste has te same elements as the aroma but falls short on aftertaste. Its got a lot of flavor up front but falls off the map after swallowing. The mouthfeel was decent, on the lighter side. It was an ok brew but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with an off white head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of bananas and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of bananas along with notes of wheat and hints of clove.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice American representation of a German Hefeweizen and has lots more banana flavors compared to other beers brewed on this side of the pond.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a single-finger white head that is fairly fluffy. Good retention and light lacing on the way down. The nose is very bready with a noticeable of bread-yeast character. A moderate amount of banana and clove as well. Flavor is bready with some German yeast. Too bready. Light body and fairly chewy. Not a huge fan, simply too much like fast-rising bread yeast.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with an average sized foamy white head. The head reduces somewhat over time but there is very good retention as thicker layer of bubbles remain. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lovely aromas of banana and clove with hints of vanilla, spices, and a light presence of orange.

T: Nice hints of vanilla upfront, followed by huge banana and some clove, and finishing with a nice spice and orange. Very sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: What a great example of an American brewer doing a traditional hefeweizen without reducing the intensity of the banana and clove flavors - so many American brewers try to make the banana + clove more subtle but this one is just like a great German example. Easy and enjoyable drinker for a spring/summer day.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company on 4/24/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a unfiltered burnt orange, with about a 1/2 finger covering of bright-white head. Retains with a thin yet foamy layer, which leaves some equal looking lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma consists of clove, citrus peel, and some sweet malted wheat. I'm also pleased to find some pretty full smelling estery notes of ripe banana and bubblegum present as well. Good Hefe nose on this.

The taste is sweet and fruity up front, with notes of toasted wheat and lemon zest. Bananas and bubblegum aren't quite as full as they were in the aroma but are still present. A light zip of spicy clove gives this some extra pizzazz on the tongue. Some moderate hops pack a light punch throughout the body. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creamy feel that spreads out nicely in the mouth. This actually feels a bit bigger than it is, with some underlying heft keeping the drinkibility back just a touch for me.

Totally servicable Hefe here from Kuhnhenn and while I would have liked a little more vibrancy to the taste and feel, this was still flavorful and crisp enough to keep my attention during the duration of the glass. Worth a look.

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Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is hazy, straw yellow hued and teeming with clear, spritzer-like bubbles, but yields no head. Odd. The aroma offers some malt, spice, and banana, but is milder than is customary for the style. The taste is alright, but falls a bit short. Plenty of yeasty, doughy, bread flavors, with a general lack of banana and clove. The body is thin, with moderately low carbonation. A bit watery. Overall, this was drinkable and OK stuff. With Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier readily available in six packs, I don't see myself having this one again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of clove, banana, (tootie-fruitie), yeast, slight hop, sweet malt, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of clove, banana, sweet malt, slight hop, and yeast. Overall, a great aroma, good body, and good blend. The carbonation hurts the feel, though.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up by Jale - thanks man! Label says Hefeweiss, but they only appear to make one of these so I'm guessing this is the correct beer. Served in a weizen glass.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. A few stray fingers are left behind as the beer is consumed. Hazy peach juice body, with a few slow-moving bubbles.

S - Smells like a hefeweizen. Wheat, bananas, hint of bubblegum honey, fresh bread. Not too much clove, which is always appreciated.

T - Taste has wheat, yeast, banana, a touch of stone fruits, maybe a hint of caramel or honey sweetness, and a kiss of cloves and lemons in the finish.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, but avoids being to harsh or zesty. Chewy medium body, lightly grainy texture, and a fairly clean that has only light residual stickiness.

D - A crisp, refreshing Hefeweizen that is perhaps for hot summer days. Also, a rare Kuhnhenn offering that won't get you hammered after one glass. I like their take on the style, as it avoids the excessive clove and carbonation of some German versions.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer shared by the always engaging, always sharing other Matt Huhzubendah at a postpartum beer sipping party in attendance was a two day old baby with the worst beer palate I've ever seen on an infant, coincidentally also the best beer palate I've ever seen on an infant, no he didn't drink anything, he just slept.

Beer is straw yellow, thin white head, small bubbles, lots of carbonation. Looks like a hefeweizen.

Smells like a hefeweizen, sort of, it is sweet and banana and some breadiness, OK a lot of breadiness but I don't mind that.

You know what this is? I tihnk this beer is too yeasty, over pitched or over conditioned, it is interesting how much yeast character is in this beer. Basically a loaf of bread. Interesting but not a repeat for me. There are (much) better hefeweizens out there.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Kuhnhenn, into a pint glass.

Unfiltered golden yellow, with some splotchy lace and mild retention. Nose has a good bit of bubble gum and banana, some wheat sneaks in as well. Taste of wheat, under-ripe bananas, very subtle spicy and sweetish finish. Slightly drying. Medium fell, higher medium carbonation with some wheaty texture on the palate. Nice but not a super exciting hefeweizen - wish I could've enjoyed this on a warmer day.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Derek
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Gold, slight haze, a little head, nice lace.

S: Malt & fruity bubblegum (more like an American Wheat, brewed with British yeast).

T: Bread, bubblegum, slightly tart wheat. Again, more like an American wheat, though the tartness is a little odd.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: It's alright.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden caramel colour with a giant, fluffy, off-white head that left plenty of lace on the glass. Complex aroma with a strong vanilla component, some lemon, a bit of clove, and a faint banana fruitiness. Very nice. Vanilla remains up front in the flavour. There's also a bit of nuttiness at the midpoint. Lemon citrus appeared in the end once it started to warm up and became quite a dominant flavour. Finishes a bit dry. Highly carbonated, a bit slick with a creamy texture and a round body. This is a great drinking beer and the vanilla character is quite a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely hazy golden orange, huge white fluffy head that didn't ever want to leave, leaves some spectacular lacing on the glass. Smell is vanilla, some slight banana, some spices and some citrus. The taste is vanilla up front, some citrus, bizarre nuttiness, a little bit of tang at the end. Mouthfeel is light, smooth buttery carbonation, very dry finish. Very tasty hefe that gets better as the bottle progresses, thanks DrJay.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brew-pub, drank from a 6oz taster...A beautiful dark honey gold is quite alluring. The head is a whispy white that doesn't show much...The aroma is on the lighter side, but its nice and refreshing; honey and cloves, simple...The taste has a banana backbone throughout, lighter again but decent and drinkable. A Sub 7% beer at Kuhnhenn, who knew. Its pretty good, but I wouldn't have it again in the future.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tectactoe
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn's brewery in Warren. Murky, murky straw-yellow in color, so full of yeasty haze that it's basically opaque. A foamy and cream white head settles nicely on top, leaving full sheets of lacing as it makes its way down the glass. An ugly duckling compared to the filtered brews out there, but beautiful in terms of hefeweizens; unfiltered and raw.

You kind of know what you're getting when you order a hefeweizen, right? At least to some degree. It's just a matter of how well each portion of it is executed, and how the proportions are laid out. Kuhnhenn's take on the classic German style has a pretty classic nose that leans to the sweet-ish side of things - good for me, as that's how I like my hefes.

Big time yeast aromas; bubblegum an sugar with clove just behind it. Plenty of fruity esters; sweet banana, pear, and a heavy, earthy undertone that plays off of everything. An easel of soft wheat contains everything; soft, dry, and sweet with and ending note of some very mild, musky and leafy hops.

Sweet banana fruits explode with the first sip, among other fruit esters, the second most notable being a lightly tart bout of pear skins. Lots and lots of wheat, yeasty bubblegum flavors, and a bit of clove and finishing lemon zest. There's a strong bready flavor that comes in about halfway through and details a beautiful "rotten banana bread" finish - one of the best aftertastes I've ever found in a hefe.

My biggest complaint is the mouth feel - it's quite watery and a little lackluster, leaving quite a bit to be desired. Hefeweizens are typically lighter beers, true, and this one is only 5% ABV, but the mouth is usually a bit creamier, thicker, and seemingly heavier, thanks to the wheat and unfiltered yeast combo... Why is that not the case, here?

Kuhnhenn never fails to impress me with their ability to provide a wide range of beer styles at their brewery while concurrently doing a great job with many of them. Hefeweizens can often be too similar, unless they have "that little something" that just stands out or works. Kuhnhenn does it here with a beautiful aftertaste. All in all, great beer with great drinkability.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unlabeled bomber courtesy of trbeer and enjoyed with him and his wife Kathy while watching the sun difuse out in the clouds over Lake Superior at the Union Bay campground of the Porcupine Mtns. State Park, Michigan. How's that for an opener?

Color is clouded pale straw yellow, a massive head builds quickly to the pour and resides after a good while to a sloid murky skim always present. Chunky lacing sticks all over the place.

Aroma is of lemon and banana juices, dull wheaty tones mix well within and very slight yeast notes appear around the edges.

Taste is mellow, smooth, tangy with a solid tropical fruityness dripping with orange zest, apple tartness, lemon, and banana peels, a large wheaty backing thats sharp but seamingly held back for a smoother overall taste makes for some excellent smoothness in its overall character. Quite nice to take in.

Feel has a light to medium body, tart-like, fruity tanged, smooth for sure, although something about it seemed empty, mostly the front, and some of the finish. Can't really say it was watery or thin, just not alot of fullness here. But man was this a nice taster. A great mix of fruits with this one. Good stuff.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Knifestyles for sharing this; 12oz bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Opaque yellow body with a solid covering of fine white bubbles. Ok retention and lace. Not bad.

S: Hugely intense assault of cooked bananas and some light spice. The most banan-y aroma I've ever encountered in a beer. I'm sure some might hate it, but I find it both crazy and wonderful.

T: Again, insanely powerful banan - like some great banana bread got liquified and bottled. Spicy finish. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Smooth medium body with a good amount of creamy carbonation. Great.

O: I never expect anything normal from Kuhnhenn, and this Hefeweizen certainly lived up to my expectations. If you like banana, seek out this beer.


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Photo of mrebeka
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of HardyA
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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