Sudwerk Hefe-Weizen
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #303
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,939
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
88
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Sudwerk Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  12
SCORE
83
Good
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Troyone from California

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a lemon color with a sticky white head and hazy with action.

Wheat malt aroma with some banana and a hint of esters.

Banana and wheat grain taste with a slight butter background.

Light bodied, slight butter and watery/resin feel, lively soft carbonation that seems to be almost flat maybe this beer was krausened.

Easy to drink in fact I'm having fun with the "Hefewiezen pour" as this sticky head and drinkability is perfect for practice.

Mar 03, 2009
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heymikew from California

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 22, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle with a “best within 90 days of bottling” and a scored bottling date on label.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, natural haze from the wheat and being unfiltered. Thin crisp looking white lace that does a decent job of sticking around.

Smell: Blended aroma of mild spicy clove, fresh milled grain and a faint fruitiness of bananas and ripe apple / mild lemon.

Taste: A profound dry maltiness with complex layers fresh grain to form a bready flavour throughout. Moderately bodied with an ample carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Perfect amount of fruity esters that leave a trail of banana. The yeast character of spicy clove and a mild nuttiness round the brew out. Faint whisper of phenols and a drying grain finish the beer off.

Notes: Not bad at all, a great stab at the German Hefe-Weizen style. Perhaps a bit more carbonation could liven up the brew a little more but it is just fine without it. Certainly a beer I would love to have beside me during a hot sunny day.

Aug 01, 2002
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beerguy101 from California

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold color, very cloudy, small head. A light bodied Hefe-weizen. Mildly malty. Nice flavor, subtle banana and clove flavor. Smooth and light taste. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is fruity and slightly sweet. Light and refreshing, a very nice hefe.

Sep 26, 2003
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a thick white head and moderate lacing. Deep, hazy gold color. Aroma is Super Bubble, bananas and cloves. Flavor is typical hefe with strong esters and wheat sharpness and a mild finish. Mouthfeel is light but pleasant. Pretty good Bavarian wheat.

May 02, 2014
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BeerManDan from California

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured the color was of a hazy wheat yellow, with no foam. The smell was of a yeasty, wheaty nature with a hint of hops on the nose. The flavor had a bitter/sweetness of spices and yeast. I find this Hefe Weizen from Sudwek very pleasing and a pleasant suprise.

Aug 04, 2004
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding appearance with thick, creamy head that is delightfully white. Plenty of haze with that appetizing pale golden color. Nose was quite appetizing with some bready and yeasty aromas. Nice mixture of malt, wheatyness, and typical banana/clove qualities. Medium bodied and nice drinkability. However, not quite as sexy and alluring with aromas and flavors as fresh German examples of the style.

Jun 15, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, light yellow body is capped by a short head of creamy, bright-white foam. Hundreds of tiny bubbles race towards the surface, enhancing it's appearance and helping to maintain its thin surface covering throughout the glass. Lacing is limited, but OK. The nose is clearly not as pronounced as most Bavarian versions, but it's very nice with some delicate clove, a touch of soft vanilla, and a very subtle banana that's sometimes visible in between flashes of lemon! It's light/medium body is accentuated by its fine, effervescent carbonation with a crispness on the tongue that softens to become creamy and smooth as it warms in the mouth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a gently sweet malt that's softly clovey, vanilla-ish, and a bit tart with a lemony/citrus note. The banana flavor is hardly noticeable in the mouth, but there is a light touch along with some bubblegum in the finish. Well-balanced, delicate and refreshing. It's quite easy to drink, and leaves you wanting more, but it's overall drinkability is hindered a bit by it's limited character.

May 06, 2003
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very nice clouded yellow golden hue with a big bright white head filling my glass. Aroma is full of chalky banana/clove yeast notes with a sharp citrus note going on. Flavor wise traditional German hefeweizen from UC Davis these guys know traditional styles, another awesome brew. Loads of banana clove and bubblegum making through with the esters, balanced citric sharp wheat notes. Mouthfeel higher carbonation effervescent medium bodied a bit of sticky residual sugars but not bad overall. This nails the style excellent version I could drink a few of these.

Jul 04, 2011
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Gusler from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its extraction from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a chill hazed gold color with a prestigious sized creamy white head and as it depletes, the lace forms a thin sheet of lace to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malted grain, citrus like in crispness, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is somewhat sweet with a nice grain profile and the top light in feel. Finish is mild to moderate in acidity, the hops light and pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate.

Aug 18, 2004
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jcalabre from California

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled 31 January 2002. I thought that this beer was an excellent example of the hefeweizen style. Nice crisp taste w/ the banana aroma that is characteristic of the hefeweizen style. W/ summer now approaching, I'm sure I'll be resampling this one

May 21, 2003
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date of 04.03.07, Sampled September 2007
This beer is quite hazy and pours with a definitely opaque, yellow-straw color. It is topped by a frothy, pale, just barely off-white colored head that starts out at three-fingers in height. The head dissipates a bit faster than I would like. The aroma has the nicely characteristic nose of clove and banana, in that order of noticeability too. A nice malty grain character is in the nose too; grassy grain, tart wheat, bready malt & yeast notes and a toasted pale grain (a sort of soda cracker like note) are all definitely noticeable, though they do play a secondary role to the spicy esters and phenolics created by the yeast strain.

Sweet tasting, with a nice grain character to it. The sweetness accentuates a soft clove character and a very soft banana note, both of which are not as prominent as they were in the nose. The beer is lightly tart as well, and this helps to make this light, effervescent brew even more quaffable. The carbonation, along with the tartness, provides a bit of balancing sharpness to the softer yeast & malt derived notes.

This is definitely a well made Hefe Weizen, it has most likely lost some of the characteristic flavor notes since being bottled, but is still quite tasty. I'll definitely have to get a fresher sample, as I find that Hefeweizens are best drunk within a month or two of bottling.

Sep 26, 2007
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PopeJonPaul from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden-apple color with a minimal white head, smells a bit like apricots. Great crisp taste, fruity and lightly clove-spiced with a lemony finish. Goes down like water, very drinkable. Someday I hope to see this on the East coast, as I'm writing this review with the last bottle I was able to sneak back on the plane (sniff.)

Jul 12, 2004
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Zorro from California

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is apples and clove with some ginger aroma. This tickles my nose making me wonder if there is some real ginger in this, I am allergic to the stuff.

Starts out wheat malt and spices, there is a little doughy flavor here. After the flavor settles in you have light sweetness and vanilla with mostly clove and wheat malt flavor. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Mild tasty hefeweizen here. Stronger on malt flavors than clove, but it is decent. Would buy again.

Mar 13, 2010
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misterscooter from California

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in Davis, CA on 6-24-05. Bottled on date of 5-16-05. Recommended to drink within 90 days of bottling.

It pours a straw yellow and clear, nothing floating around so it must be filtered. The small, thin head is almost not worth mentioning but there is enough carbonation in it to keep a thin lace on top.

There is a slight spice smell with some definite lemon/citrus aroma with it. Also lurking in there is a taffy smell, possibly a subtly sweet strawberry.

The flavor is a mild, mulling spices taste that mellows as it warms up a bit. The lemon is also there and some light, dry hops and a hint of sweetness. Just a bit of wheat in there.

This guy feels good and is great for drinking any time of the year. The carbonation isn't distracting and you can easily want another after finishing one.

My first time drinking a hefeweizen was on tap at the brewery in Davis. I remember it being a bit different, perhaps less/not filtered and maybe a little more spicy. Or maybe it is because of the lemon they put in the stein and pieces of citrus were floating around in it. Anyway, this is still a good beer out of the bottle.

Jul 03, 2005
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pjwilson from California

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ah sudwerk from adopted hometown of davis. After a trip to germany i realized how close the beers of sudwerk are to the actual german beers. they are actually beyond close but in fact dead on. Sudwerk was opened by German's blah, blah. Anyways for us West Coaster's we can try German styles much fresher than from Germany. As always these beers are much better on tap.
Appearance: uh weak point. head fizzle's very quickly, leaving a flitered looking hefe
Smell: bananas..mild smell..spices..
taste: spicy..this ain't no american wheat. pretty complex for such a light style. this is the real thing that's for sure. i taste bananas, mild sweetness, light malt flavors, even a bit of mild bitterness(nice). for style this is number one for me....i'm just not really a hefe fan in general. for my money this is tops.
mouthfeel: nice and mildly chewy.again this a light refresing beer but the mouthfeel isn't watery at all. I;ve had ipas more watery than this.
drinkability: its fantastic. if you feel like having a few of these, this a good beer. Better yet go get a liter at the brewery..

Aug 30, 2005
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GClarkage from California

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04/18/06- Received via trade with BA member SethB2.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an expiration date on the front label. Poured into my Red Nectar pint glass.

Appearance- Clouded golden pour. Minute specks of yeast hoover about. Decent 3/4 inch billowy head with decent lacing left behind.

Smell- A tad stinky. If you can get through the odd funk, there is a good amount of yeast with a bit of lemon rind and maybe a wee bit of clove.

Taste- Heavy wheat flavor, something off about it though. Mild fruit flavor, not as much lemony goodness and only spotty amounts of clove.

Mouthfeel- Heavier carbonation level.

Drinkability- No better than the average US made wheat beer. Even so, it was pretty refreshing, so I guess it's at least worth a try...on a warm day.

Apr 19, 2006
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cloves, grassyness & green banana, all fade as this warms

T: Green banana, wheat artness, grassy notes, sone clovey notes up front. More grassy/hay notes as ths warms, along with medicinal cloves & watery notes. Finishes with slight grassyness, some metallic hints & lemon. If this would've finished as it started this would've worked for me more

MF: Light/meduim bodied, very little carbonation, starts skewing thin as this warms

Not a bad hefe, a little less stingyness with malt bill would've helped this a bunch

Aug 30, 2011
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nsw from California

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sudwerk Hefeweizen remains my favorite hefe of all time. Perhaps my rating is affected by memories of sitting out on the bricked and tree-shaded beergarden with friends at UC Davis drinking copious amounts of this out of heavy dimpled liter steins as a warm afternoon faded into a cooler evening. But that's not it -- this is a sweeter hefe, and it's easy to drink.

A: On the clearer side for a hefe, a beautiful honey-straw color.

S: Floral hops and sweetness.

T: Nectar of the gods.

M: Oops, that went straight down.

O: Surprisingly harder to find in bottled form, despite the fact that we live 13 miles from the brewery in Davis. I have had some bottles where I could swear I taste a bit of metal, and other times it tastes straight from the brewery. If you're ever in Davis, CA, Sudwerk is worth the trip. Bump through a less-than-promising gravel parking lot, drive past the UC-Davis-affiliated brewing school and you'll soon find yourself in a wood-paneled beerhall with a brick beergarden that you'll spend hours in.

Mar 27, 2007
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harpus from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Oct 19, 2014
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aforbes10 from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from our lab fridge (on the outside of the fridge it says "chemicals only in refrigerator" and has the word FOOD with a big red X through it). Pours a clear yellow-orange with a vanishing single layer of bubbles that makes it look a bit soda-like, quite frankly. Banana and mild yeastiness on the nose. More banana and some bread flavors in the flavor, mixing with tangy malt and a touch of fruity ethanol on the finish. Fairly clean taste, good reflection of the style. Medium bodied, slightly chewy. Drinks easily and smoothly.

May 08, 2009
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largadeer from California

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw yellow with a good haze to it and a reasonably long-lasting one finger head.

Smell: Sweet and spicy. Plenty of signature banana, but this is more of a sweet, overripe banana smell.

Taste & mouthfeel: As the aroma suggests, this is sweeter than your average Hefeweizen. The combination of banana-like phenols, spice and chewy wheat immediately bring to mind banana bread, though there's an undertone of bubblegum-like sweetness as well. Crisp carbonation and a light body make this ideal for Summer quaffing, and the clean dry finish ensures that it doesn't get cloying after a pint or two.

Notes: Surprisingly nice stuff. I'd say that this is one of the better American Hefeweizens I've tasted.

Jun 11, 2008
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tzieser from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

May 27, 2013
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t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Feb 25, 2013
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illidurit from California

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed straw color. Virtually no head and no lacing. Very odd, as this beer shows no other characteristics of being an old or bad bottle. Aroma is very yeasty and spicy, with a banana bready sweetness. Flavor is clovey with some banana pith, vanilla, and a touch of peppery hop bitterness in the finish. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing. Dry and drinkable.

Sep 12, 2008
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 88 ratings