Fevre River Ale | Galena Brewing Company

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Fevre River AleFevre River Ale

Brewed by:
Galena Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.52%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly contract brewed by Sand Creek Brewing

Added by emerge077 on 06-09-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by burns1066:
Photo of burns1066
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A refreshing summer beer. Very convincing hefeweizen - fruity, light, and fizzy. I bought a six-pack at the brewery after drinking a draught there and found the bottled version to be almost identical. I assume I lucked out and got a very fresh six. I was pleased and will definitely keep this on ein the summer rotation!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
5.3% ABV, 10 IBUs, no date.

Big thanks to Wisrarebeer for this bottle!

A - The 'ol pour, swirl, pour, swirl, pour gives this beer a mystically hazed goldenrod color with light wheat highlights and a tall, well formed white head. The thick pile of dense bubbles lowered slowly but didn't leave much in the way of classic lacing.

S - The bold fruity esters that stem from the yeast in this hefe are almost palpable! Earthy clay and white pepper and clove spice laces the sweet candied banana and Big League Chew bubble gum offering the yeast lays out. Smooth pale malt and supple wheat even out the whole deal for a fantastic smelling hefe!

T - Fevre River Ale is full-on banana Runts city! Impressively yeasty, this beer is rich with delicious vitamin b complex and all it's glorious esters; spicy clove and white pepper with some earthy clay subtly offset the smack of little league sized wad of bubble gum and handful of candied banana this offers. Pale malt is there for a good base, but it, and the soft wheat take a back seat.

M - Soft and creamy-smooth, Fevre River Ale has a delicate carbonation level that's present and moderate but light in the sense it's not distracting. This medium-bodied hefeweizen is gently dry finishing with a pinch of hard mineral water for a sense of authenticity.

O - Galena Brewing Co.'s Fevre River Ale is one of the more spectacular hefeweizens that I've had in quite a while. Full flavored and extremely smooth, this banana-rich wheat beer is a world-class pleasure to drink!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What we have here is the poor-man's New Glarus Dancing Man. The review can end right there for those who know what a beer like Dancing Man is all about, but for those who don't, here we go... Ferve River pours a hazy and opaque orange-goldenrod hue, and has a nice crown of white froth atop. The nose is deliciously fruity, offering notes of banana nut bread, melon, very faint hints of bubblegum, and - this is a point where it definitely differs from the aforementioned NG brew - there is a discernible hint of smoke available. The smoke hint is not found in the flavor, but the banana element morphs from a nut-bread suggestion to a banana pudding-type nuance, and the bubblegum is revealed a bit more. There is also a plethora of vaguely tropical-fruity and refreshing melon-like character, but the impression is more general, and does not lend itself to specific descriptors. The feel is soft and smooth, and just about medium in body. Overall, I am floored by this brew; I wasn't expecting much, but what I got is fantastic. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a weizen glass. Nice two-inch white frothy head. Body is cloudy, as it should be. Above average/good head retention and lacing.

S- Smells of rich banana with a hint of spice.

T- More bananas and cloves. Seems just a tad watered down...meaning the flavor is subdued a little.

M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

D/O- Would be an easy one for BMC lovers to get into. Perfect ABV/flavor ratio going on here...makes it easy to "session". Pleasantly surprised. Props to the brewers in Galena.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm always skeptical of an American hefeweizen but this one really surprised me.

A: nice straw colored, slightly cloudy, beer, head decent nearly all the way
S: medium to full nose, with cloves, grassiness
T: very good, light, refreshing with herbaceous quality, grassiness, some cloves and yeast
M: quenching and satisfying

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Photo of drn
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of PretzelCity
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on tap today at the brewery. Review from written notes. Wow, this is much better than the bottled version contract brewed at Sand Creek I had last year.

Murky yellow orange with copious lace and lasting creamy foam. Visible trails of carbonation. Retention is good, and it looks like a classic hefe.

Ripe banana esters in the aroma, classic again. Keep returning to it just to smell it, which is a good sign.

Creamy feel, mellow and lightly sweet, not cloying at all. Finishes dry. Estery banana and creamy wheat character. Easy drinking any time of the year, but especially on hot summer days in the biergarten. Prost!

(Contract-brewed version, Sand Creek Brewery)
Reviewed on: 07-24-2010 04:02:39
Serving type: bottle

3.25/5 rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schwelmer weizen glass, this beer produces three fingers of sparkling foam. Sadly there's no lacing. It settles to a thin cap that sticks around for awhile. Sunset orange color, which becomes opaque and cloudy as the yeast is poured in.

Wheaty, minerally aroma, not the banana & clove I look for in a good Hefe. Sweet flavor, wheaty again, somewhat nutty and very light clove. Seems a little bit old possibly. Dry, dusty wheat finish. Sweet, creamy, some odd vegetal flavors. The mouthfeel is spot on for a Hefe, but sadly the taste falls short. Easy enough to sip the single bottle I picked up.

Probably should wait and see what they can do at the new brewpub before passing final judgement on "Fevre River Ale". Maybe they'll rename it something vaguely German.

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Photo of jsh420
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craghead
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An American wheat but brewed Bavarian style with an

German influence. Very nice. Smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Wiscodrinker
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scaliasux
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of LukeGude
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DStave
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery itself.

I'm not going to go much into the review because I'm in a hurry and just thought I would get this out of the way. It's a beautiful looking hefe with great smell, taste, and mouthfeel. It is, in my opinion, just as good as Weihenstephaner (how ever you spell it) in every single way.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jenebauer
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fiveiron83321
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clove and spices really stand out.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw yellow/orange hue, 1 finger white fluffy head, solid lacing

S: banana, clove, wheat, floral, light nutmeg

T: sweet banana, clove, trace bubble gum, solid wheat,
semi-dry crisp finish

M: med/light body, good carbonation, semi-dry mouth,
prickly tongue

O: Very refreshing and fine Hefeweizen for 5.5% ABV.
Nice to see Galena nail this style (one of my favorites).
Would recommend this to newbies and fellow
beer geeks. I will be picking this up again.


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