Hefeweizen | Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Hefeweizen is a golden unfiltered wheat beer with it’s origins from Bavaria. We ferment it with a traditional German yeast strain which produces a unique spicy fruitiness and wonderful carbonation. Malted red wheat gives it a light crisp body and dense white head. Please sit back and enjoy our summertime seasonal beer!

4.75 IBU

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sebago. Cloudy golden color with thin, lasting white foam, this one's a bit too bubbly for my liking. Aromas of ripe fruit, mostly banana. Some spice and wheat come through in the flavor, though not as much yeastiness as I enjoy. Not bad, but somewhat boring.

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Photo of supercodes
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The hallmarks of a quality hefeweizen is it's ability to delineate itself from a Belgian white (which relies on it's fusion of many spices), by highlighting it's unfiltered, raw ale qualities that many other lighter beers don't possess. The last hefeweizen I had from Mission St. (considered a bargain beer primarily sold at Trader Joes) was a bottle filled to the brim with visible swirling yeast that really magnified every sip, and tasted like the sum of it's ingredients, not the "spice rack" that is so present in witbier. Sebago's Hefeweizen, while not bad, just doesn't taste like a true hefeweizen to me; it relies on the banana and citrus flavors that shouldn't be it's strongpoints.

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Photo of poop_brew
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Pint glass. A clear yellow brew almost a light golden. Couldn't get a good look at the head, but it seemed lighter with no to quite little lacing.

S: Quite an interesting smell with a hint of wheat and honey.

T: A strong banana scent with honey and wheat. Quite a tasty Hefeweizen. Definitely the best part of the beer.

M: A standard brew, nice and carbonated brew with a crisp taste.

O: A great beer for $3.49 a six pack. Got it on sale so I can't complain. Not sure I'd recommend it a friend, but I would if the price stayed the same.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with a thin white head.

Smell: Cloves, wheat. Some sweet smells too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of wheat and cloves.

Overall: Decent take on a Hefenweizen, it was refreshing for sure. However I would not go out of my way to buy this beer again, but I woud not refuse if offered to me.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Weihenstephan glass. Botted 04/30/12 printed on the neck of the bottle. Pours a bright orange-gold hue with a hazy clarity and a rocky, half inch bright white head. Head eventually dissipates towards the shoulders. Some thin strands of lacing are present during the session. Nose expresses clove, banana esters, citrus fruit and yeast. Taste follows nose; however, it all comes off a bit muted. There's also a trace of tangerine in the flavor profile and finish is a bit wheaty. Mouthfeel is light in body with a water consistency and a mild, even carbonation. Overall, not a bad domestic hefeweizen. A little dull, but quite quaffable at 4.40%.

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Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a good sized fizzy white head. Fades quickly, leaving decent lacing behind.

S: Very grassy and biscuity. Strongish cloves. Hint of banana. Just a hint of wheat.

T: Tons of cloves, banana and wheat. Less grass than in the aroma but it's there, mainly in the finish. Maybe just a hint of lemon in there.

M: Light but not watery. Very very smooth and refreshing.

O: Simple but very drinkable brew. Refreshing and smooth. Heavy on the banana and cloves for sure but doesn't detract much.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this last year and didn't really like it, but wanted to try it again. Here goes:

A: straw yellow colored body with a small white head that died within twenty seconds. Despite the haziness, gentle carbonation rose in strings. No lacing was left.

S: banana with some bread and light graininess in the background.

T: banana, some clove came out but stayed in the background. Some lemon came out in the end.

M: pretty smooth with a low carbonation yet still tickled my tongue.

O: I'm glad I only bought one. Though I didn't really like this the last time I had it, it didn't seem as bad as I rated it last time. It might just be the style.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A straw yellow color with a small white head composed of fine bubbles. The head disappears completely leaving no lacing on the glass.

S- Banana fruit esters come through stronger than the phenolic clove in this beer with quick banana dominance. Underneath the fruit esters and phenols there is bread and a grainy character.

T- The banana once again is the strongest feature in the taste, although not quite as prominent as in the smell. Clove lingers behind the banana but is also subdued. Some bread and yeast in the finish. Taste seems a little watered down with not enough of the yeast character.

M- Medium thin with low carbonation that is prickly on the tongue.

O- Looks like this might be another example of an American brewery falling in between a hefe and an american pale wheat.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a straw-gold coloring that is opaque due to haze and unfiltered character. A slight, white, frothy head of about a quarter-inch. The beer has light aromas, with a bready, lemon zesty blend to it. It honestly smells like banana bread...delicious. Flavors are toasty, and once again like banana bread, with citrus highlights and a creamy smooth feel to it. Extremely tasty. The aftertaste is mild, with some of the spicing (coriander and nutmeg) hanging on, and the finish lingers a bit in mouth, with a slight film that is not at all unpleasant. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled oin August 18, 2011. The one pours an olive-yellow color with a thin fizzy head that eventually disappears. The aroma has a lemon zing feel to it along with summer spices, yeast, and a much more subtle wheat scent than one would expect. The body is thin but not watered down. The taste also has a nice yeast and citrus zing quality to it but only a moderate wheat flavor. There is a pleasant hop ending. It works for a summer day but it is not extraordinary.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After playing in my first "real" game of hockey in years (on 05AUG11, a 5-2 loss), I swung by the Sebago location in Gorham. My drinking cronies that day were teammates Al Hilton and Artied2, plus ol' buddy UncleAl. Went for a pint of the hefe on a hot, sunny day out on their patio.

My shaker pint, adorned with a lemon wedge ("major faux pas", in Venomese), was filled with a hazy, muted golden-straw colored liquid. It was topped by a thin, creamy white head, with good lacing. Aroma was crisp and wheaty, with banana notes wafting about. Medium bodied, this hefe was quite smooth on the tongue, despite a fair amount of carbo.

A touch of light, crackery malt sweetness first hit the palate. Shortly after, an abundance of clove and banana layer it on. The finish is crisp and dry, and all the right flavors are where they're supposed to be in a hefe. Tasty and satisfying on a lovely day with good people. A solid rendition of the style. Prosit!!

4 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

light golden yellow color with a ton of cloudiness and sediment built back into it. A nice head of white foam, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass to cap the top of the beer. Nice retention let it hang around for what seemed like forever before finally settling on just a thin film across the top and a nice bit of side glass lace. Good carbonation could be seen through the glass.

The aroma was wonderful. Full of hints at banana and cloves. Nice touches of bready malts and hints of a nice, almost light peach like yeast aroma coming off of it, very full and complex to say the least. Nice flavor as well, well a bit more then nice I should say. Wonderful bready malt like flavor came crashing through on this one right away. Swiftly being overtaken by hints of banana, and light herbal like hops. Nice touches of biscuit like flavors, light grains and a well rounded light fruit all adding into the complexity of this one.

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Photo of jaialainut
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

there are only a few hefeweizen beers better than this, but thier from germany.
this hefeweizen is the best brewed in america.
wonderful banana taste and makes you wanna have more than one.
had this in the bottle, but i bet this is fantastic on tap as most of the sebago beers are.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/03/11

A: Pours a hazy golden/straw yellow with almost no head

S: Nice and fruity from the yeast as well as a touch of tartness

T: Big on the banana and clove with some other fruits as well. Fairly simple, but very good

M: Light bodied with high carbonation

O: An extremely simple but flavorful hefe that is very refreshing on a summer day. Low abv allows for a sixer to disappear all too easily

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Photo of lou50rp
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with a rapidly dissipating white head.
Good smell of bananas and a touch of cloves.
Taste is as the smell promises, but very mild, with a touch of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is light.
A drinkable brew, but there are other available heifeweizens that I would pick ahead of it.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this from an old buddy.

Poured an odd darker color - I thought someone put a splash of Coke into my beer. Haziness is good, but once again, the brown hue is a definate turn-off. Old bottle? Minimal lacing, minimal head build. Smelled decent, and I think I'm getting some chocolate elements and some yeastiness. Chocolate? Taste is decent, good carbonation. Nothing stellar, fairly average. Mouthfeel is OK missing a bit of creaminess. Bitter level is good, but there's just something not right with this brew.

All in all a decent brew, but not amazing. Proving once again that making an excellent hefeweizen, despite being a simple recipe, is very hard.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 120ounce bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Poured a light, pale gold color with a decent amount of yeasty haze and a fine, two-finger head of bubbly carbonation which reduced to a thin head, leaving a wispy lace.

S: Smells of grainy, pale malts, citrusy hops and a yeasty aroma giving of a slight funk of wheat and the light, fruity aroma of lemons and banana.

T: Flavor is uber light for a hefe, but it manages to get a slightly sweet, milled grain husk flavor at the forefront backed with juicy, lemon tartness and a chewy banana wheat spice to wash down pretty clean and dry. There's some light metallic flavors as well, but it's still a pretty decent craft flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Not quite crisp because of the muddled, yeasty contents, but very easy drinking.

D: You could pound this session hefe with the right conditions. Hot as heck or grilling on the deck in summer, this brew will go down smooth. Not the best flavor or mouthfeel, but a nice summer wheat option from Sebago.

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Photo of DrJay
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold/caramel colour with a short-lived cap of fine white bubbles. A modest collar of foam left some transient spotty lacing on the glass. Decent aroma, bready, banana and lemon, slight sourness from the wheat. The flavour was on the mild side overall, with some fruity sweetness, banana and citrus, bready wheat, and light spice and leafy hops in the finish. Medium to light bodied, middling carbonation, not quite crisp but on the dry side. Easy drinking. Not bad, but seems very average for a hefeweizen. The flavours were all appropriate, but nothing really popped for me. Bottled 5/20/2010, consumed 6/10/2010.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brewery just started distributing to my local beer store, picked up their mixed 12 pack.

This beer pours a cloudy golden color, not much head to it, non-existent lacing. Light, sweet smelling aroma to it. Taste is light to medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. Nice, lemony taste to it, nicely balanced, a bit on the light side, but being the style it isn't too much of a surprise. Super drinkable, definitely an above average wheat Hefe in my book. Nothing fancy, but a nice light beer to have on a warm summer day.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of nice golden haze, looks Belgian by the way the bubbles are clustered together with tiny streaming, fast-passed bubbles.

The aroma has a major complex yeastiness with sour and tangy citric fruits, lemmons and corriander, plenty of crispy wheat.

The flavor is also taken over by a unique German yeast, it leans toward Belgian, funky yeastiness, which is great by me, bring it on. There's a bunch of really clean and crispy wheat, and it never becomes mellow, keeping it's funkiness until the end. Lightly spiced, the yeast really speaks for itself here.

A really unique Hefe, I dig the yeast but it seems a bit too complex for a rather simple but effective style.

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Photo of travduke
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy, dark yellow body. Two finger white foam head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Banana, wheat, yeast, and lemon zest. Nice traditional Hefe aroma.

Taste: This is really nice with the strong banana taste. Yeast is quite noticable too. Great take on the style.

Feel/Drink: Nice smooth mouthfeel. Drinkablity can't get much better. One of the best American Hefeweizens I've had to date.

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Photo of Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

consumed 12/25

A: This beer pours a hazy, dark yellow/brownish color with a 1 finger of fluffy white head to it. Head recedes adequately and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of lemon, wheat and a touch of malts.

T: Taste is very spicey and citrusy. Lemon and citrus hops, wheat and yeast also have a thick presence, light hints of banana throughout and a finish that is somewhat spicey.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation, prickly from carbonation with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Balance was a bit off, somewhat tasty, went down ok, perhaps a better beer for the summer months.

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Photo of tigg924
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, bright golden yellow

Smell: banana and yeast

Taste: Banana dominates. There is also malt, orange, some spices, and lemon.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium heavy body, sweet, and crisp

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and it may be one of my favorites in the style. This one is on the sweet side. It does not have the same bite that other hefes I have tried do. This is super sessionable.

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Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with an average-sized, white head that diminished quickly to about a 1/4-finger film. Spare lacing, at best. Cloudy body with a nice, dark-yellow color. Aroma is of light yeast, wheat, and possibly some citrus, but quite underwhelming. Body is medium on the palate, slightly creamy, with average carbonation. Tastes lightly sweet at first, then the wheat comes through, but it doesn't last very long at all. Tastes quite a lot like a weak witbier, to be honest. Not a bad hefeweizen... it goes down easy (the Sebago website claims it's a 4.2% ABV), but it's nothing special.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, what is the deal with Sebago? There are at least three versions of this beer listed on BA, and the brewery seems to have several locations as well. I chose this version because it had the most reviews.

Pours a hazy orange. The head could have been better. Nose is kind of odd, dirty, but also sweet and honey-like.

Flavor is pretty good. Definitely a lot fuller than most domestic hefeweizens. Some nice citrus and yeast. Touch of banana. Aftertaste is somewhat grainy, but overall, a good flavor profile. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy.

Overall this is a smooth, easy-drinking beer, but the aroma was a little odd. SN Kellerweis is still the best domestic hefe.

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