American Hefe Proper | Breckenridge Brewery

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American Hefe ProperAmerican Hefe Proper

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 05-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by daledeee:
Photo of daledeee
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Americans try to remake the mold. Hoppy wheat beer? What the hell let's try it.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark yellow orange. Head that leaves right away. The nose is different. Don't know what it is? Taste is citrus, hops and a hair sweet. Rather dry finish. Overall not bad but just different. Maybe if I try a few it will get better appealling.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a smallish foamy head. Nose is very subtle - a little musty yeast, and surprisingly, a little balsamic vinegar dominates, with a hint of citrus. Taste is on the bland side as well, musty yeast, a hint of bitter citrus, but overall dry and uninspiring. Mouthfeel bubbly and crisp, body is light to medium. A pretty lame attempt at a hefe weizen here, no clove or banana characters, wierd vinegar in its place. Not awful, but nothing special at all.

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Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey to bronze with a 1" white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Slight wheat & yeast smell, plus a hint of lemons

T: tartness & hints of lemon & orange, followed by fruittyness. Finishes fruitty & slighltly dry

MF: Light to medium with okay carbonation

Drinks okay, just stuck between being a mediocre hefe or american what ale, not reccomended

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Photo of bditty187
3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review #2… seen as an American Wheat

Yeast induced haziness is found in the pale gold liquid. The head was white in color, at its highest point the foamy mass was almost two fingers in height, it quickly faded to a chunky cap of a half finger. A smaller cap did last the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and moderately spread out. The appearance is very good… for the style.

The nose is clean and wheaty… it smells like blend of yeast and wheat. Moderate potency. This beer isn’t much of a talker. The bouquet gets to the point. Not bad.

The palate is clean and wheaty; it is dead-on for an American Wheat. It is simple but balanced and tasty enough for brunch.

Medium in body, the carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is a bit dull and flat. It is doable for an Amerian Wheat.

It is drinkable as it did finish my bottle but it is forgettable because I’d rather drink a Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. I purchased my bottle in Omaha. Not worth seeking out.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Credit must be given the brewery for calling this (in tiny print) an "American" hefe, which, for me, is advance notice that the beer is designed to avoid pretty much all yeast-derived flavors which should be the focus of the style. This was a case of truth in advertising. Poured a hazy gold tinged with amber. Very little head (and I decanted the sediment into a weizen glass, to no avail). Aroma was generic wheat malt. Flavor was likewise pretty anonymous, with some mildly tart wheat malt flavors and a touch of citrus. No yeast flavors other than a bit of breadyness. Not bad, but just another run-of-the-mill white-bread wheats.

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Photo of carln26
2.69/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look, I usually love this style, and I really liked this place, but this beer was a huge disappointment. The color was fine, a hazy yellow to gold. It had a decent head on tap, with a light lace. The bartender gave me a lemon with the beer without asking (ARRRGGGHH). It had a light citrus aroma the same as any wheat beer. It tasted of malt, no citrus, banana, clove etc. Just malt. This was a bad beer. Disappointing.

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Photo of marc77
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Turbid pale golden hue. Middling, thin, but persistent head leaves sparse foam trails. Musty yeast and wheat tartness hits the nose at first, then are ensued by mellow honeyish sweetness with a hint of grassy hop. Prosaic in aroma. Husky, drying grain initially in flavor is partially offset by a combination of subtly fruity, banana ester and residual sweetness. Yeast must augments in character and approaches cheesy, and tracely rubbery in nature mid palate, perhaps from the fledgling signs of autolysis. Thankfully it lingers only transiently. Agreeably full bodied, with a proteinaceous, viscous mouthfeel reminescent of a German hefe. Finishes soft with a brief resurgence of clean, soft wheat grain. A disappointment. Perhaps fresh and / or at the source (way yonder in Colorado) this could be a well above average American hefeweizen, but the bottles I've had are far too yeasty, and the flavor suffers as a result. The amount of sediment is ridiculous.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The brewers really missed the mark when they decided to call this one "proper." Looks the part, doesn't smell TOO far from the part (only if you try to imagine your waiter squeezing a lemon into your brew without asking you first).

The beer pours to a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thick frothy wide head. Looks "proper" enough, but nothing too spectacular. The aroma is grainy and astringent from the lemon flavor. I don't know if they added lemon juice to this or what, but it's way over the top.

The taste is very astringent and once again lemony. Less of a malt flavor in the taste than the smell, and the [little] hop flavor is hidden by the citrus.

The mouthfeel is harsh and carbonated. It doesn't get any better as the beer warms, but on the contrary the citrus becomes more dominant. Not very drinkable and not recommended if you're looking for a "proper hefe." If you actually like lemon in your Hefeweizen, this still isn't recommended (it's still not "proper"), unless of course you absolutely ADORE lemons (just don't expect anything "proper"). For a more proper American Hefe, check out Flying Dog's In-Heat Wheat and avoid this vile bile tasting substance.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.98/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12oz. Brown crown-top bottle. Label includes “Bottled on Date.” Label reads “A hefeweizen style ale, hand brewed for exceptional Drinkability, enjoy with lemon”

Appearance: Pours golden & cloudy, as I got to the last third of the bottle I give it a swirl in true Hefe tradition and dump it in. In turn I get a dense 2 finger head. Little head retention leaving a light lace.

Smell: Sour dough bread, wheat, yeasty

Taste: Light wheat malt, slight hit of fuggles. Very light simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, spritzy almost over carbonated.

Drinkability: Great, complimented with an orange twist (sorry beer geeks), this is the best lawn mowing beer on the shelf.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
1.36/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It looks kind of like a Hefe... It smells like a APA...Not bad, just not anything like a Hefe Weizen. The taste is the bastard child of too much hops(the offending Cascade) and a odd super sour citrus flavor that oddly is a bit like bad orange juice hooch.

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Photo of iceball585
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, thin ring of head around the glass, lots of sediment floating throught

S- Pale malts, lemons, pepper, spices

T- Heavy spices, pale malts, salty, wheat, grass, hints of citrus

M- Medium body, slightly fizzy, lingering flavor, oily finish

D- Not really a fan of this one

This was an interesting beer. Not really something I'd choose to get again.

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Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wheat and citrus (lemons). Tastes of wheat and the same citrus/lemons, with a very light tart finish. Thin body.

Notes from: 12/14/06

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is OK for the style, hazy light gold color. That is the good things about this beer. The bottle says to "enjoy with lemon". It looks like someone opened this bottle before I did and enjoyed a lemon with it. Annoying lemon flavor dominates this beer, which has some subserviant malt in the background. I don't like it, the flavors are annoying, I think they are trying to lure a different consumer base other than ones who have had a decent hefe weizen before. Don't get this one.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To start off with, I like the bottle. I'm surprised I'd even consider that, but I like the label design. And its nice they have a dating system, but too bad they didn't use it.

Then came the pour, and the head lasted about 5 seconds. Bad omen. Got a good whiff, didn't really like it. For a hefeweizen 'style' beer, it doesn't smell very hefeweizen-y. On first taste, not so bad. But thats the normal case, as I tend just simply like beer. After that, it got less and less impressive. Lacking the fizz I like in hefes. And can't really pick out any signature hefe flavors, as they're not there. Tastes too sour, like a one week old lemon was thrown in. Probably not what they had in mind when they said 'enjoy with lemon.' Pretty much just tastes stock ale-like, with hefe hints to it. Not really that impressed.

I've had other Breckenridge beers that I like, but I"m not gonna enjoy finishing this 6-pack.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a 2 ounce glass of this draft as part of a 6 beer sampler at the brewery. Honey-golden in color, with thin white head that diminished quickly, and no lacing. Had a pleasant wheat aroma, with a hint of citrus, mostly orange and lemon. Citrus did not come through on the taste, which was mostly wheat. Finish was dry and wheaty, but all and all, this was not a bad wheat beer.

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Photo of Stoutsman
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has very little going for it. From the first observation, it brags about it's American Wheat style (which is inferior to other Wheat beers) and recommends that it to be enjoyed with a lemon. Though I've had worst American Wheats, none of them pretend to be high quality. This ones aroma is citrusy, lightly malty, and lightly wheat-ey. It looks lightly hazy, too low to be a legitimate Wheat. Carbonation begins promising, but quickly fades. Tastes nicely of wheat and barley, but then turns grainy midway through. What starts creamy, ends watery and thin. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying another one soon.

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Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. A pale yellow color with a small head...maybe 1 and a half fingers. However, it did leave lacing as I drank it. There is a slight hoppy aroma. The taste is rather non-descript. It's not a bad taste, but it's not a hefe. It has a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. I suppose it is fairly drinkable, although I've only had one per tasting. However, it started to grow on me.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light wheat scent along with a yeasty aroma. It boasts of bananas and cloves as well as a lemony zest. The taste good. It has a slightly sweet wheat malt and hefe yeast flavor. Banana and clove dominate the taste , but it finishes with a lemony zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good hefe. I've had ones with more flavor, but this drinks quite well as it is.

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Photo of ejimhof
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I light/medium copper, hazy pour. Good head strength, but not retainablility.
Lemon and grass aroma were predominant, some sweetness of malt, but only barely.
Tasted like a wheat pale, but light. Almost too much carbonation or something. Just seemed more fizzy than flavorful. However, it did have a pleasant taste, it was just thin.
Some crispness in the finish, easy drinking, but not my cup 'o tea

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Photo of karengarys
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this on 10/3/2006, and liked what I was tasting and decided to give it a review. I didn't realize I tried it last year too. What changed so much? Perhaps my tastes? The batch? I'm becoming a whimp and drinking anything? I'll go with my tastes changing, and liking more styles now more than ever. I'm still not a wheat fan, though - they seem too bland for me.
rating in year...
category 2005 2006
appearance 2.5 3
smell 3 3
taste 3 3.5
mouthfeel 2 3.5
drinkability 2.5 4

Pours hazy amber. There is very little fizz.

Smells of lemon and grass.

Taste has a nice malty backbone, with a spicy darkness of some sort - perhaps cinnamon? No. Cloves? Maybe.

Mouthfeel is a bit coarse, but bold.

Finish is nice and clean and snappy.

I am not a wheat fan. This one has a bit more flavor and character than most. It almost stays in the boundaries of the style. I'd recommend it over most others, unless you are going for extreme, then this isn't really extreme. it is good, and worth trying if you see it.

This is what I said on 10/21/2005:
Pours hazy amber. It looks flat with absolutley no head.

Smells of lemon and grass.

Taste of sour and a bit of hop.

Mouthfeel is a little coarse, but not much there. Like soda pop.

THAT'S IT! This is beer flavored soda!!!!

Finish is a little lemon peel like and sharp.

I'm not a wheat person. This doesn't help. I'd say to skip this one.

Note: If you jump to the conclusion of the review, note there are 2 reviews here, one from 2005, and further up there is one from 2006.

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Photo of ypsifly
2.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz poured into a weizen. The label was not notched to indicate the bottled on date.

Hazy, pale gold. As with some other Brecky brews, no real head or lace.

Generic wheat malt is all that really registers. No yeast aromas. Oh, there's something suggesting hops way in the back, but this doesn't smell like a Hefe. Not even close.

The taste starts off something malty, but its overtaken by an awkward, almost oily hop intrusion. Astringent.

Mouthfeel is nothing like a real hefe. Awkwardness in flavors hurts the drinkability.

Its a slightly more malted version of the equally awkward Trademark PA from the same brewery.

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Photo of mschofield
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangy-amber topped with a two finger puffy white head, that just won't die, left wide webs of lacing.
Citrus zest and wheat make up the aroma, with a touch of lemon.
Tangy citrus and wheat taste, vanilla, lemon, and grass notes, a little tart.
Was very refreshing on a hot day, light bodied and a good drinker, but seemed more like an American wheat ale than a proper Hefe.

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