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

Added by jdhilt on 05-03-2006

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by mcowgill:
Photo of mcowgill
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale yellow with a nice head and ring of lace.

S - Great wheat aroma mixed with citrus fruits.

T - I really like how this beer tastes. I can taste the wheat and lemon and other summer fruits here.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - This is a very drinkable hefeweizen. I could see putting back a number of these on a hot summer day....or any day for that matter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle from Tully's. Cloudy yellow appearance with a small head and some nice carbonation. It had a citrus aroma. Good taste. Lemon/citrus, sweet, minimal hops. A decent hefe, could certainly put back a few on a hot summer day. Liked it mor than the average hefe.

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Photo of tigg924
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Cavanaghty
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PressFastF0rward
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of poop_brew
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Dewey0603
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a small white head that quickly dissapears. The smell is all clove and banana making this pretty pungent. The taste is like the smell with a strong clove/banana presence along with lemon,sweet malt and floral flavors. The m/f is light and well balanced making this a crisp clear summer beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

A- Bright creamy yellow color with 3 inches of head into my glass. Lacing is patchy down the sides.

S- Lemons, oranges, pepper, clove and banana.

T- Same citus and spices from the nose carrying over. Very tart on the back of my tongue with a spicy touch on the front.

M- Medium bodied and high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable on this hot GA summer day and also the perfect beer to compliment the crusted tilapia with island salsa that I made this evening.

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Photo of jaialainut
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
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 puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
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 drotski
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale honey-straw color. Very little head, with poor retention and no lacing. Way too clear for the style. But its better from here.

Smells of yeast and banana, with a hint of citrus (probably American hops?). Pleasant aroma.

Tasted banana above anything else. Very smooth, slight hop bitterness on the finish.

Sort of thick in the mouth, as to be expected.

Doesn't look like a nice Hefeweizen, but sure pulls through in the end. Nice banana character, as to be expected from a Hefeweizen. I was fairly impressed.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Weizen glass

Opened with a decent *psst* and poured lively & active, creating a huge billowing 4 fingers head of tight, thick, sticky pearlized white foam that laced like drapery. Nose is soft & light but classic - banana & clove are easily noticeable, faint coriander, dull orange. A faint quality of sweet corn hides in the background. Body is think, clouded, hazy, a brassy apricot gold that is warmer and darker near the surface, golder & thinner near the glass bottom from which a strong, steady parade of aquariumesque bubbles rise.

Clean, semi-dry, semi-sweet with a soft, round feel to it. Banana & clove are subtle, a hint of white pepper, altogether delicate in a smooth, voluminous kind of way. The dryness levels out with a muted crunch, the grain bill growing in breadiness (breadiness?) and feel on the palate. The mouthfeel gets thinner, the flavors even out & meld, and it finishes surprisingly sweet & even a little spicy/sharp, leaving a clean, banana bread like aftertaste. Who wouldn't like that?

This was very nice, a good, easy to drink Hefe. Its not on the level with its German counterparts, but its still very nice. I must admit I was fortunate enough to have this on tap from a barrel just tapped that day and that was much, much better. Not to say the bottled version is lacking, but the same beer fresh out of a tap was that much better. This would be very good with lobster, white fish, a good salad, even some slightly zesty & fruited cuisine, or with some aged sausages. I would definitely drink this again and recommend it to anyone looking for a good domestic Weizen, especially on tap. Check it out.

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

appearance - Color pours hazy yellow, white head that was small and then left a ring. no lace here.

smell - Citrus smell like lemons, some fruits present. One of the best beers i have smelled.

taste - Nice mix of wheat and banana here.Some hops present at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - I love Hefe's nice easy drinking beer for the summer time. I have had better though.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 travduke
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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 DijonKetchup
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of banana and wheat along with light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of banana and light malts along with a strong bready wheat flavor. The hops presence is mild. There’s a little bit of spice and a slight metallic flavor in there as well. The after-taste is bready and sweet.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth, light-to-medium body, heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, decent representation of style even it isn’t the best Hefeweizen. Although there are several others in the style that I would choose first, this one is still a decent beer. The mild kick makes it a beer that you could certainly drink a lot of.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to Ira

Pours a hazy straw color with a white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty with distinct banana and vanilla scents.

Taste is mildly yeasty upfront with some banana and vanilla midway. Falls kind of flat and finishes quite bland.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

Easy to drink, but pretty mediocre overall for a hefe. It does have the basic requirements, but falls a bit short when added together.

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Photo of hopheadsal
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, it had a typical golden hazy unfiltered wheat look. A little bit of a different taste, bits of spice and definite taste of banana. I wasn't sure if I liked the banana or not? It was light and pretty drinkable...would try again.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ale207
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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