El Hefe | No Label Brewing Company

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El HefeEl Hefe

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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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3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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

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3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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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El Hefe from No Label Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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