Narragansett Have A Hefeweizen! | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
narragansettbeer.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Games and beer go together like peanut butter and bananas, or like bacon and… more bacon. That’s why we’re teaming up with Bananagrams for Hi-Neighbor! Have a Hefeweizen! for the latest collaboration in ‘Gansett’s “Hi Neighbor Mash-Up” series.

Ten years ago, Rhode Island native Abraham Nathanson was looking for a faster-paced tiled word game to play, and at the young age of 76, he and his family created Bananagrams at their home in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

When we heard that Bananagrams were celebrating their 10th Bananaversary, we needed to create the perfect beer to commemorate the occasion! We started looking for a classic style filled with subtle complexities and bright flavors to match the fast paced and witty spirit of our favorite tiled word game. With mild notes of banana and clove, we felt that a traditional Hefeweizen was definitely the way to go.

Truth be told, we aren’t the best Bananagrammers, and we’re all right with that. A beer or two in, we lose our filter and start spouting profanities like a lobsterman. Much like ourselves, this classic wheat beer is left unfiltered to create the complex, yeast driven character that have made Hefeweizens a popular choice for centuries. For a new take on this classic German style, we brew this beer with El Dorado hops that give it a slight orange aroma and finish.

The subtle notes of orange, banana, and clove make this Hefeweizen the perfect beer to pair with Latin American food such as Venezuelan dishes, and spicy meats. True to its German heritage, pairing this beer with traditional Bavarian cured meats and sausages is a no brainer.

Added by jaydoc on 06-03-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
11
Ratings:
30
pDev:
14.61%
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by goblue3509:
Photo of goblue3509
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best domestic brewed versions of this style I've had. Has the right balance of hops and malt, decent fruity esters and light malt without any lemon, thankfully. The pounder (16 ounce) can is a nice feature also. The label on the can reads 5% ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Narragansett Brewing Co. "Have A Hefeweizen!"
16 fl. oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

While it may not be the best example of what a Bavarian hefeweizen smells and tastes like, it's got the appearance (for the most part), and to be honest, the flavor and aroma aren't bad either. There's a clear note of banana, although it comes out more in the flavor than the aroma, and it's malty sweet with a touch of bready wheat and honey, and nicely balanced with some herbal and spicy hops appearing in the finish. There's also a subtle underlying spiciness that includes clove and some other phenols. And let's keep in mind, there's a lot of variation between the hefeweizens currently being produced in Germany (no one would confuse a Franziskaner for a Weihenstephaner), and I'm quite sure this wouldn't seem out of place at all. It's readily accessible, and highly drinkable. Well worth trying.

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Photo of notascoolasyou
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head.

The aroma is big on grains with some ripe banana. Odd metallic note.

The taste is beefy with grain. It's like a beefy macro, not sure if they used wheat. The hefe yeast is weak. Some light banana.

The feel is full and creamy as it should be. Odd metallic taste in the finish.

Usually a solid brewery but they missed big time with the hefe. It's a forgiving style but not with this. Tastes like a macro cream ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, wheat, light spices. Taste is wheat, lemons, a bit of spice, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the can. Sampled on August 26, 2016.

The pour is a tremendously heady but slightly cloudy light amber-yellow.

The aroma brings out a nice sensation of toasted bread, biscuit, wheat, toffee sweetness but a low hop profile.

The body was medium and smooth.

The taste is so approachable with a malted sweetness leading the drive and a little wheat and citrus zest behind it. The finish is dry and mild.

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Photo of illpass78
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: It's a cloudy yellow with a short white head that leaves lots of lacing behind.

Aroma: Wheat, lemons, banana, maybe a whiff of clove-like spice.

Taste: Bananas are the dominant note. Citrus is there, and there's a nice funky kick on the finish. Some wheat and honey.

Mouthfeel: Lots of flavor on the palate. Not overly filling, but definitely substantive.

Overall: Pretty terrific hefe. One of 'Gansetts better mashups. Recommended for hefesters and people who like good beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, some citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, bananas and some citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from the wheat and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy dense foamy
light beige head that slowly reduces to a large half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat and lightly toasted malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of banana + clove and a hint of lemon citrus (from the el dorado hops).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat malts with a light flavor of toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of banana + clove and light flavors of lemon citrus (likely from the el dorado hops). Very light amounts of bitterness int eh finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and smooth throughout.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but just not in the same category as the outstanding German examples (to which all Hefes need to be compared). Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of brunop
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of sgregory
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCad
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Straw-yellow and champagne. Thin lacing and head.

S: mild sweet caramal malt with a hint of orange peel

T: Light and sweet-grain taste with minimal hop flavor but it does have a decent amount of bitter on the back end. Hint of tangerine/citrus peel. Very palatable and easy to drink. deffinitely has the hefe yeast taste up front, and certainly is worth a try.

F: Bubbly with pretty decent body.

O: Not a bad beer, especially for the price point! We scooped up a 6 pack of pint cans for 8 bucks on sale, and I would deffinitely pay that price again. Nice smooth and wet ale, with just a touch of yeast and fruit character. Maybe could be argue as a basic pale ale more than a hefe, but it is deffinitely not bad at all! Great value, and a decent beer for sure.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbeer40
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. pounder served in a weizen glass. Pours a dull hazy orang with a tight, fluffy, 1.5 inch soft white head. Nose expresses light banana esters and a hint of clove and a feint metallic quality towards the back. Taste is a bit dull more wheat forward and just a suggestions of the aromas in the nose translate into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a fairly clean finish. All and all decent, and refreshing at a fair price point.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that leaves some decent lacing

S: Banana, clove, and wheat dominate, not really much else going on aside from some other spices

T: Follows the nose. Banana and clove up front with a strong wheat background. Some muddled spices in there with the wheat

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky

O: A decent hefe, not really much going on aside from the banana, clove, and wheat though. Refreshing and easy to drink, but that's about it

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Photo of jcb7472
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of harsley
2.18/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Photo of cdub70085
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patches826
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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