El Hefe | No Label Brewing Company

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El HefeEl Hefe

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No Label Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by champ103 on 05-28-2011

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Photo of Jessesmoothshaft
1.29/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This "heffenweis" taste as if they took a crap lager and bottled it with cheap banana candy. I make heffenweis beers and my esters and phenols are created during primary open fermentation, this was contrived as if they literally put cheap banana candy in it. I was so dissapointed with this one, i work hard and craft my beers to be enjoyed by a large community of friends, where does this brewery get off putting this dreck in the market.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No Label Hefe Weizen has an unusually narrow, white head, a very hazy, yellow-gold appearance, with a descending gray-yellow cloud, some bubble streams, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of subdued banana, coriander, citrus, and wheat bread, and the flavor is of those elements and likewise subdued (one could say it is dull). Mouthfeel is light and watery, and No Label Hefe Weizen finishes semi dry and on the mundane side.


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Photo of FosterJM
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1525th Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen

No bottle date
Thanks to Shoky01 for this

App- a very very light yellow. Not sure how to classify color? A good 2 finger head with a pure white color. No cling or lace. Very hazy and cloudy.

Smell-  Its a hefe but what the hell is added? Grass? Beef jerky? Its a small wheat, lemony, peppery aroma just doesnt flow well. Lacks balance and layers.

Taste-  I kinda get the classification as a hefe. Lots of hefe fake bubblegum, pepper and malts. Behind that its a grassy, beef jerky type of flavor. Not sure why so average but had some highlights with a little sweetness.

Mouth- A lighter body with a soft carbonation. The beefy grassy flavor hangs around for a bit.

Drink- I appreciate new beers but didnt like this. Finished it. But didnt like it.

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Photo of joeyfeets
3/5  rDev -12.8%

The label depicts a striking woman in heels & is cleverly named "El Hefe Weizen" (Jefe means boss in Spanish). A nod to both the style of beer & the true "boss" in many households. El Hefe pours a bright gold color & is surprisingly clear for a hefeweizen. I expect a hefe to be a lil more cloudy/hazy. It smells as expected however. Very fresh with hints of clove and banana. The taste is crisp & mirrors the smell but only adds in a small amount of citrus (some might want to fruit it). The body of the beer is really thin compared to a Live Oak Hefe but I kind of like that its different. What fun would it be if every beer tasted the same?

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light wheat beer. Not as cloudy as other wheat beers and not much head. Taste is okay. Strong citrus, light hops, and crisp finish. It seems a little out of balance, but it's still fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of Travix1516
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm a fan of Hefs. This is decent beer.

While it wasn't great it also wasn't bad. I wouldn't turn one down, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to order it again either. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but the carbonation level was very pleasant. I think the thing that kept this beer from stepping up to the next level for me was that the citrus notes usually present in this style of beer, seemed to land a little more on the sour side than most Hefeweizens.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Rockwell Tavern. 14oz shaker glass brought forth a cloudy gold color without much head.

Nose is nice and Bavarian. Little more clove than banana, but enough of each to make the nostrils happy. Sweetness is fairly bold and snappy wheat aromas are low. Definite bubble-gum presence is noteable.

Big on the clove and phenolic yeast esters, but lacks the creaminess and texture of say…a Live Oak hefe. It actually has a slightly plastic-y flavor that I am not a big fan of. Id say it is just ok, nothing spectacular and could be much better with a few minor tweaks.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Ale. IBU: 11.7. OG: 1.050." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with bland label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, which I don't have much experience with. Reviewed as a hefeweizen because the name "El Hefeweizen" clearly identifies it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Horridly thin. Lacks any creaminess or fluffiness whatsoever. Complexion and consistency are both poor. Head retention is bad - 30 seconds at best. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear yellow copper of below average vibrance. Weak and frail looking. If this is a hefeweizen, why isn't it hazy? Clarity is inexplicable. Appears overcarbonated (in spite of the pathetic head). No floating yeast particles are visible.

They definitely got the style wrong judging by the appearance. I'm hopeful, but this is not how a hefeweizen looks.

Sm: Clove, banana, wheat, clean barley, and some bubblegum. Hopping is aptly minimal. Citrus is sorely missed; this could really use some orange peel. But it's nevertheless an appealing aroma for the style and I'm looking forward to the first sip.

No alcohol or other off notes is/are detectable.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. Seems pretty fresh.

T: I'd stop short of calling it insipid, but it's way too reticent for a hefeweizen, with shallow depth of flavour.

Middling clove and banana dominate the flavour profile - showing yeast is in control here, but aside from the simple wheat foundation, there's little happening here. I pick up some clean barley and maybe some brief hints of generic floral hops, but there's no orange peel, full layered wheat, fresh Bavarian yeast character, etc. What little is here is very tame and subdued - not the open full fresh feel you want from a hefeweizen. It's just shy of watery.

Average duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour. Balance is okay, but there aren't many notes to balance. It's too simple (and I say that knowing full well the beauty of a hefeweizen is often in its simplicity). Lacks nuance, intricacy, and subtlety. If you're going to brew a hefeweizen, you've got to master the careful use of only four basic ingredients. I don't see any mastery here. Build is cohesive, but not gestalt.

I do like it, but there's so much left to be desired.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly refreshing. Overcarbonated. Not soft or crisp enough. A bit too thin. Not full-bodied enough. Subpar presence on the palate; a good hefeweizen should feel fresh and should have body. This is fairly weak.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Texture suits the taste in a general sense. Nothing here suggests the brewers carefully adjusted the mouthfeel to fit the flavours.

Dr: Certainly a downable hefeweizen, but a pretty mediocre one overall. Even just here in the Austin area, other breweries (Live Oak, 512) are putting out vastly superior beers in the style. While this is above average, I see no need to get it again given that availability of better hefeweizens. If they can't even compete with breweries in the same county, how do they expect to rival the best traditional offerings? No Label needs to really revise their recipe and approach if they want to run with the big dogs. This is pretty forgettable overall, but does have some interesting yeast character.


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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: has a light-caramel, completely un-hefeweizen appearance; i'm bummed right away.

S: smells like a hefe...fruity and gummy

T: tastes like a "clean" and "crisp" weizen...but YO IS THIS A PILSNER?

M: eh, nothing noteworthy

Overall: I judged this book by it's cover, and I was only partially correct. Not bad, not good.

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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edit on 09/08/11:

After drinking this over the last several months, I can tell there are some serious flaws. On original release this was great, but this has gone way down hill since.

Still the same cloudy, golden/yellow color. Nice white head and lace. The smell is all bubblegum and sweetness. Light banana and spice. Flavor is the same, way to much sweetness. Like liquid bubblegum with some banana and spice. Very under carbonated as well. Seems like this is fermented at way to high temps. A shell of what it was on first release. A shame IMO.

Original review...

I have had this several times when No Label was first starting out at the brewery, at the Public House, and now at Petrol Station.

A: Pours a very cloudy golden/yellow color. Plenty of suspended yeast. A two finger white head forms at first, but recedes in a second to a ring. Some lace is left behind.
S: Lots of fruity aromas. Banana is huge, some citrus, phenolic yeast. Very nice.
T: Again, huge fruity flavors. Banana and citrus that is lightly tart. Clove with plenty of phenolic yeast, and some bubble gum flavors. Really spot on.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and smooth at the same time. Very effervescent, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. All day with this.

This is a great Hefewezen. On par with Live Oak as far as I am concerned. No Label does very standard styles, but they are made with care. Excellent and I hope to see this at many other locations around town soon.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

You'd be hard pressed to get any head pouring this one from a skyscraper. Chuck norris has more lace in his closet than this beer has. Pale gold in color, dried fruit and biscuity aromas. Not bad

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Photo of Myotus
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a weizen glass. Pours with a quarter finger of white foam that maintains. Mild bubbles. Golden in color with no murkiness (looks like an adjunct lager). Smells like an adjunct lager (cereal malts instead of wheat ones) with very mild clove and banana aromas and a hint of hops. Initial taste is mild with clove and banana flavors. Wheat malts previously undetected by nose suddenly enter the taste palate as clove and banana flavors persist. That infamous chemical flavor common to all adjunct lagers mildly strikes in the aftertaste as all other flavors except cloves disappear from the palate. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp with mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is an extremely disappointing beer. I never thought that a hefeweizen could taste so average. It honestly tastes as if someone took a good hefeweizen then mixed it with a Budweiser.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy copper color with an almost non-existant head that immediately recedes and leaves no lacing. Underdeveloped aroma of banana, clove and wheat. Taste follows the nose with sweetness from banana, cloves, and coriander. Orange and yeast is missing. Body is light and carbonation is medium. No aftertastes, and the beer feels watered down.
It's a disappointing hefeweizen. Smell and taste are on the right path but not completely there and the beer is too watered down for the style.

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Photo of rashley
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This hefeweizen poured up with little head. Maybe a finger or so, light lacing.

The smell is tough. I found a hard time defining what I was smelling. Somewhere between straw and citrus. Maybe?

Taste was ok. I am not a huge fan of Hefes but it was drinkable. I picked up on some citrus especially in the finish.

Mouth feel was not too thin, I would call it middle of the road.

Overall I give this about a 3.25. As hefeweizens go it is ok. I can't gig it too bad just because I don't like Hefes. Not sure how it ended up at the house, but since its here I will finish it all.

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Photo of obrike
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at World Market in Round Rock.

Poured a fairly dull light yellow in my pint glass. A bit of haze and a pretty small head. Left absolutely no lacing.

Getting a lot of bubblegum and banana in the scent. Some spices too. Has potential.

Taste follows...a little sweet on the backend. Medium carbonation, but no real surprises here. This one just kind of falls flat for me.

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Photo of puck1225
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One of several decent hefes I have had recently. Nice hefe smell from the beer poured from a bottle to pint glass. Good banana taste with a bit of spice. Not much of a head and no lacing. A good beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Hazy golden straw colored pour with a one finger head the dissipates quickly. Banana and yeast flavors upfront. Light body is somewhat sweet with more banana backed with some nice clove flavor and a hint of citrus and grass. Not earth shattering but pretty damn refreshing.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Massive, coarse white head, with excellent retention, surmounts a moderately hazy golden body. Thick, glass-coating lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Lots of cloves, wheat, and yeast aromas, bubblegum and banana are very understated, to the point of nearly being absent.

Taste: Opens with solid wheat malt. There is a bit of banana flavor from the yeast and some earthiness, although not much of either. The cloves come across a bit better, but still to subtle for the style. I did not note any bubble gum whatsoever. Finishes with a mild, lingering clove note and some grassy hops.

Mouth feel: Full, very smooth and soft.

Drinkability/notes: Seems more like an American Wheat than a Hefeweizen, although to judge by reviews, El Hefe can vary significantly from batch to batch.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Whip In in Austin.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of wheat and yeast in it, as well as a little bit of banana. The flavor is similar. All three aspects of a hefeweizen are present - bananas, cloves and wheat. The banana and wheat are the most abundant, but the cloves are also present and add a little bit to the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kcbearkat
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it from the Petrol Station in Houston in a growler.

A: Poured into a Saint Arnold Pub Crawl pint. Poured a light straw color with a thin lacing. Hazy, unfiltered with lots of carbonation.

S: Banana-rama! This thing has a strong hefe yeast and banana aroma.

T: See above. Strong banana flavor, with a slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O: I've had this a couple times and it is really good in the heat. Quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of TXBulldog
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Live Oak Stange.

A - Pale, cloudy straw. Kind of transparent for a wheat beer. Almost no head and very little lacing.

S - Strong on the banana notes. Also get a little hint of vanilla.

T - The banana notes from the nose carry over into the flavor as well. Citrus and clove notes are less pronounced. Pleasent, but would like a little more.

M - Very light mouthfeel, and could use a little more bite.

O - A little torn with this one. It's not the best Hefeweizen I've had, but it's probably one of the best bottled Hefeweizen's I've had. A good summer beer and one I will buy again.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours light copper color with a heavy head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Cloudy like a hefeweizen should be. Strong odor, yeasty with coriander and orange peel. Strong malty taste with heavy coriander and orange peel. Good beer if you are looking for a hefe, but I don't drink the style anymore. Definitely not as good as your German hefes. Wouldn't seek out the beer to buy but would purchase at a restaurant if there were no hoppier beers.

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Photo of ThomP
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased this beer at the local mart in Orange Grove, Texas. It was a hot day, I wanted something more refreshing than an IPA.

I poured the beer half and half side/middle, which created a nice head for a few minutes, did not notice more than a touch of lacing on the glass. Upon tasting, I was pleasantly suprized at the crisp refreshing taste of the beer. The flavor profile was citrus was yeasty esters. I wasn't picking up on any one distinct flavor, more a balance of flavors culminating to a great tasting beer. I did notice however there was not much in the way of suspended yeast or proteins creating the Wiezen haze.

I have had some good to great Hefe's over time. I would place this one in the good category, as opposed to great. However I will purchase this beer in the future.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass at the Flying Saucer

Reviewed from cell phones notes.

Appearance-Dark yellow with a 1 finger white head. Head dissipates quickly without leaving any trade of any head at all. Looking down at the class looks like a BMC with just a hazier body.

Smell-Strong Banana and Clove along with some peachy aroma. I also get an unpleasant aroma of rubbing alcohol. I'll take the good with the bad.

Taste-Mucccchhh better then the smell. Although the Banana shines it's definitely complimented with some Peach and Pear. Nice clove and coriander and a slightly bitter finish. No sightings of alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall-I got nervous taking a whiff at the beer but the flavors really came out and was very very good. It wasn't as thick and sweet as other Hefes which makes it a very nice summer beer.

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Photo of AaronAlghawi
4/5  rDev +16.3%

I like this beer as much as Shock Top but less than Paulaner. The banana notes are a very nice touch and its brewed local so I get it a lot during the summer. Seems more filtered than Paulaner. Not as cloudy.

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