Sudwerk Hefe-Weizen | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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3.65/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States
sudwerkbrew.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,939
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
79
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of HalfFull
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served up from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. This beer pours rather clear and light yet offers lots of yeast chunk. Decent color but thin.

Nose is rubbery and medicinal. If this is yeast, it's yeast gone wild, aka, bad. Can't quite make out a freshness date on the bottle though there is surely an '09 involved.

Rally's a bit in the taste department but still comes up a bit short. Feel and drink are ok if you can shut down the nose. I can't.. Drain pour in the end...

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Photo of tzieser
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of MLucky
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I hate to rank on little guys, but I also don't want to fall into a thing where I only review beers I like. So...

Straw color with thin foam, little if any lacing.

Scent is not unpleasant, but definitely lacking the yeasty aromas I expect from a hefe.

Taste is equally low key. Just a bit of wheaty sourness, very little yeast flavor, a bit bland, really.

An easy drinking beer, I suppose, but only in the way that American light lagers are: there's nothing offensive here, but nothing very interesting either.

It's disappointing that a brewery supposedly dedicated to classic german styles can't muster a tastier hefe than this. Easily outclassed by any number of American and German entries.

An addendum: Some weeks after I wrote this review I visited the brewery, and had several of their beers on tap, including the Hefe. The fresh tap version of this beer was much better, with an ample but not overbearing clove flavor, nicely cloudy texture. I'm going to stick with the low grade for the bottled product, but add that I can heartily recommend the tap here.

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Photo of vacax
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub. Pours a light yellow, nicely clouded with yeast, good retention, though little lacing for a wheat. Aroma of wheat, slightly tart, basically no clove or banana esters, severely lacking there. Tastes of malty wheat, yeast with few esters, sllight banana, bit of clove and bitterness. Needs more malts sweetness or fruit esters, instead is tart and a bit soapy. Medium body with too prickly of carbonation. For a German style brewery this is definitely not up to par.

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Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of PaulAndrew
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
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

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Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Nage37
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of sjrider
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazed golden color. Aroma of banana like fruityness, wheat and mild floral hops. In the taste, green banana and a grainy wheat note. Mild bitterness and citrus, nice banana like flavor. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an average hefeweizen.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark and glowering Hefeweizen. Not the usual warm and sunshiney fruit bomb. Starts with a promise of sweetness, ends with a bitter spicy note. Meaty and savory notes are nice. Rather hoppy in an understated way. Weird smell is the jarring note, like someone needs to get these dirty clothes out of here. Looks very nice, served in a tall Weizen glass at the Linkery in San Diego. Head refreshes itself when you take a pull and it sloshes back down the long glass.

I have fond memories of this on tap in Davis in the 1990s, but it doesn't seem to be up to the standard of so many great German-style hefes these days.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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