Hefeweizen | Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
13 IBU

Added by Gusler on 09-21-2003

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap in Scottsdale, AZ @ Banderas. I enjoy lots of Hefeweizen and this beer is great chill in the hot sun kind of beer. The banana smell was right in your face when you first grab the beer and tip it back. Good flavor and very easy to drink, but didn't have the must drink pop to it. Would order again on a hot day.

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Photo of Auraan
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow with almost no head. The body looked nice, but I would've liked a bit more head. Scents of cloves, wheat and some banana. The typical hefeweizen scents. Flavors include a nice hit of clove spice, crisp wheat malt and yeasty bread. There is a slight sour acidity, but that may be because they put a lemon in the glass. A part from that it was quite true to style and pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Again, true to style. A good hefeweizen, pretty true to style, but the sour note was unwelcome. I'd drink it again and ask for no lemon.

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Photo of blinnal
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the Four Peaks Brewery in N. Scottsdale, AZ.

The appearance was cloudy and light golden.

The taste was superb. There is a distinctive, pleasantly sour character that I usually only find in homebrewed Hefes and this beer has it. Many of the finer German bottled hefes available in America don't have it. I was very impressed with the subtle breadiness and citrus though I don't know if there was citrus added or just the character of the yeast. In any event, a perfect balance in a uniquely perfect brew for an 80 degree Arizona day.

Overall, one of my favorite commercial hefeweizens tasted to date.

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Photo of downhilldrift
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Four Peaks Hef sports a great golden look right off the bat. A bit cloudy, and a bit more orangy than yellow. Huge flavor, with a hint of fruitiness to it. Slightly sour as if there were a lemon in it, but of course was not sporting one. The smell of it is great, and goes well on a hot sunny day in Arizona. Also a bit versatile, pairs nicely with more than a few of their menu selections as well.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large, rich flavor hits you right away. Lots of German esters. Finish is more like an American wheat-- hoppy and a bit harsh. Quite malty and mouth-filling. Very fragrant with cloves and fruit. Bitterness takes the edge off the usual sweet Hefeweizen taste.

Starts out mellow with a crisp finish. Light golden color. Rather spritzy in the mouth. Very decent tap version of the style. Loads of flavor but less finesse, it that matters.

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Photo of rjochman
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a small amount of white head and leaves small traces of lacing.

S: Get a lot of banana and nutty tones.

T: Get a lot of flavors that coincide with the smells. Wheat, banana, and nut are the strongest flavors but also get a good amount of spiciness to the beer.

M: Light and smooth body.

D: a solid hefe and yet again another good beer from Four Peaks.

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Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the Tempe brewpub and served in a standard pint glass.

Looks: unfiltered. A completely opaque yellow-orange liquid the color of overripe tangerines sits beneath a substantial, pillowy head of white that sticks around for quite a while and shows no signs of ever leaving. Some sparkly webs of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

Smells: like fruit punch. Lots of pear, banana, coriander, bubblegum and pineapple. Very sweet, very fruity, very nice.

Tastes: follows the nose nicely. Banas and pear juice again, with an accompanying pale malt dryness that shows itself at the finish.

Feels: subtly carbonated, smooth and medium-light-bodied. Just a little on the watery side.

Drinks: like one of the better American-made hefeweizens I've had. My second-favorite beer from Four Peaks.

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Photo of unclejimbay
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the 4P Brewery

This is quite possibly the most cloudy Hefe I have ever seen. Fluffly head, very cloudy, milky lemonade in color.
Banana and hefe yeast aromas are dominant. Appropriatte hefe flavors, but seems low carb and overly yeasty for a true Hefe. I know, I know Hefes are yeasty, but this one tastes like it came straight from the primary... on day 1!

Seems like it has some good potential, almost good but seems young, not impressed.

I think this may have been the bottom of the keg sediment, or maybe served to young. I followed up with the bartender and he said it seemed normal. If so, this one is not for me (and I love Hefes). Maybe I will try it another time if I visit again. Worst FP offering to date IMO.

I noticed it looked the same later in the week at the restuarant, I dont know, I am sort of turned off by this one.

I will stick with one of the other 7 fine offerings, most definelty the Hop Knot!

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great Heffe. Nice cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Good aromas of banana and cloves, plus the musty wheat. Taste is even better, almost a Belgian type Heffe. Very banana, cloves, spicy Heffe. Good balance and very easy to drink. Flavors keep you coming back for more sips. My first from this brewery, and its very good!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ontap @ the Four Peaks Brewery

Appearance: Standard hazed yellow and right to style. Lacing is abundant.

Smell: Big time banana and fruit esters. Wheat also apparent in the nose.

Taste: Well rounded flavors. Bavarian yeast provides the trademark hefeweizen banana/bubblegum. Hops are there too, providing a lemony, spicy effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, easy drinking.

Notes: A solid little hefe' here. Right on the mark and would be a suitable quencher in the hot AZ sun.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap in Scottsdale (brewed in Tempe). Unfiltered grapefruit appearance, creamy mouthfeel from the majority wheat content, the yeast. Very lacey. The smell is bannana and cloves. The taste: the cloves are right there. Appropriate carbonation. A keeper.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at Four Peaks in Tempe, AZ. No one cares but this is my 400th review. Beer served in a shaker pint glass.

Beer is yellow / darker yellow and really super hazy, completely hazy. There is a lemon slice on the side of the glass and I get rid of it quickly. The beer is moderately carbonated but has nearly no head and there is no lacing on the glass (when I finished the beer I notice a little lacing at the bottom but really nothing before that).

Overwhelming smell of banana esters in this beer. I've had wheatwines that don't stack up to this smell. wow.

Medium to low bodied beer with a strong sweetness from a strong ester component. Overall the beer is really drinkable and has a nice clean wet finish to it. A great session beer no doubt. Definite clove flavor well balance and carried throughout the pallet by the carbonation. I really love this beer. Its a great hefe. I wish the lemon weren't there.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange and hazy. The first pours were well fizzy, with dots of lacing. The nose has some green peppercorns, grassy hops, with banana and clove. A sweet flavor that has some banana upfront, pretty fruity and sweet overall. Light body, refreshing and easy to sip. Definitely worth filling up the growler.

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Photo of bennetj17
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Frog and Firkin. Has a bright yellow appearance, hazy, but less cloudiness than your average Hefe. The head is a bit small though they did not serve it in a proper glass which didn't leave enough space. Carbonation looks average. The aroma seems a bit weak, I don't much except some light yeast notes and some lemon fruit.

The taste has a mild yeasty and bready character. There are also some notes of lemon citrus. There really isn't much phenolic spice at all, no banana flavors. Disappointing. The mouthfeel lacks the creaminess of a good Hefe. It has decent carbonation but still not on par with style.

This beer still maintained some drinkablity, perhaps due to the fact it was nearly 100 degrees outside. It is not a great example of the style, however. Not recommended.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another review from notes, a Saturday afternoon visit to Four peaks on 3/28. A pint glass full, on draft.

A: A hazed wheat yellow-orange glassful, like a watered-down orange juice. Thin white head, speckled patches of lace.

S: Pleasant clove/banana aroma, decent spices, too. My mother (not a beer connoisseur by any means) picked up on these esters when she had a taste. As authentic a 'Bavarian' efewezen as I've had from a US brewer.

T: Wheaty and grassy, lemon and a decent spicing. Bubblegum sweetness. Tasty, leaning towards sweetness and lacing a spiciness or mild hopping for better balance.

M: A little bit thin, rather oily/slick. Grainy wheat gives a lasting coating.

D: Oh so refreshing. On a warm day, there could hardly be a more refreshing beer. Smooth, satisfying. May I have another - please!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Casey Moore
Poured a golden color with a slight haze with a small white head. Unimpressive. Nose was rather light and flowery, with slight hints of citrus and clove but not to appealing or convincing.
Taste is light, wheat and minimal banana. The mouthfeel was crisp and had a slight bite.
Not an outstanding hefeweizen, but drinkable.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ Talking Stick Golf Course of all places. Pours a lovely cloudy gold with a frothy, thick white head. Nice lacing. Soft, perfume aroma of wheat, clove, and great banana from the yeast. Crisp wheaty taste up front which rapidly shifts to the Bavarian yeasty sweetness. Solid banana and clove in this one with a nice backdrop of lemon peel. A bit watery in the mouthfeel, but overall, a nice hefe.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I often don't think of domestic hefeweizen's comparable to their German counterparts, but this one was close. Poured from a tap, it had a nice haze of wheat and yest, and the aroma's of banna and grapfruit were present. Taste was smooth, with the tangy flavor you often expect from a good hefeweizen. Overall, I really liked this beer- it was also fresh, which I think makes a big difference with a beer like this.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the airport Sheraton, Tempe, AZ.

Pours a dishwater-golden body that's somewhat hazy, but otherwise unattractive. The fleeting white head leaves little in the way of lacing. The aroma's got lots of bananas, white chocolate, cloves, yeast, wheat, and a touch of earthy hoppiness. Quite nice.

The taste is initially sweet, with vanilla and bananas leading the way, backed by a biscuity, sweet maltiness. A spicy, clove/hop note round out the flavor, leaving behind a decent, if not ephemeral, aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but refreshing, and easy to consume. This isn't the best Hefe I've had, but I'd definately go for it over, say, Blue Moon.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Tempe brewery
A- Cloudy opaque yellow hue, minimal head and lacing
S- Big banana presence, cloves, citrus, very sweet!
T- Initial burst of sweet bananas, some subtler bread malts, underlying wheat, finishes sweet and dry
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Smooth and nicely balanced Hefe, nothing too complex or bold, just a solid performer for this style

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Photo of mhaugan
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather hazy pale yellow with a nice head formed (particularly in light of the growler dispensing). Aroma is of cloves and a little banana in the background. I got around the serving temp problems you can run into by bringing it home and doing it myself. The taste is spicy with a hit of sweetness. Lots of lacing as I drank it down. Very drinkable as I finished off 3/4 of a growler that evening. A great hefe that doesn't overpower with the banana that can really turn me off of some (Gordon Biersch take note).

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Photo of HotterThanHell
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had all of Four Peaks beers and am certain that this is their best. More than distinguishable amount of banana and cloves but not overpowering. I had three this afternoon and felt the beer improved with each taste. Don't let them serve it to you in a frozen mug unless you want a flavorless slurpee. Give the beer a few minutes in your glass, I know it's hard to wait, and the aroma and taste will balance wonderfully. Above average Hefeweizen from a local brewery here in the Phoenix area.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sits a very hazy pale straw color in my glass and is topped by a thin pale white head. The aroma is a smack of banana followed by a dash of clove. The taste is sweet and spicy with an evident wheat character to it. There is some definite fruitiness, a by product of the yeast, evident through to the finish. Notes of banana and clove dominate the taste, as a good Hefe should. This beer is a light, refreshing, characterful, traditional Hefeweizen.

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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy yellow with a nice, fluffy white head that lasts. Smells pretty nice, of zesty citrus, wheat, and slight banana. Taste is a bit thin and acidic. It doesn't help that they served it too cold but no matter. It has some good points. I like the zestiness of this refresher. Mouthfeel is a bit odd. Slightly light feel with perhaps an alkaline like acidic taste. Overall, not a bad brew.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of klk
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a hotel bar.
The beer had a golden color with a slight haze. There was a little bit of head on top (1/4" ?). However, there was an attractive lacing as it went on.
The aroma was rather light and flowery, with slight hints of citrus and clove.
The mouthfeel was crisp and had a slight bite.
Not an outstanding hefeweizen, but very drinkable.

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