Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #55
Ranked #17,695
3.86 | pDev: 10.88%
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Notes: The unmistakable characteristics of this Bavarian Weissbier are achieved with a yeast that is decidedly fruity and phenolic. You may note clove, nutmeg or even vanilla and/or banana-like aromas and flavors.

12 IBU
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 310 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this beer at Effing Brew Company in Effingham, IL. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent and taste had clove and banana flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of Peggysue
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was one of the best tasting White Beer ever. I only asked for a half hour but while drinking it I wished I would have had the larger size. I bought a 4 pack and took it back to Phoenix with me. Going to share it with my 3 children and son in law. Great place too!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - pale yellow color slight head
Smell - mostly banana
Taste - banana slight clove
Feel - medium body and a lighter carbonation
Overall - pretty tasty

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

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a light to moderately hazy, medium golden amber with a quarter finger white head after an active, fizzy pour. Aroma of wheat biscuit, mildly grainy malt, lemon, banana and clove. Flavor follows, with wheat and grainy malt, banana, clove and light lemon. Flavor tapers off into the finish, but leaves a light, wheaty aftertaste. Medium bodied with good carbonation and light to moderate creaminess. A very traditional tasting hefeweizen with a pleasant wheat malt base and classic banana and clove notes. The body is a bit more robust than some more classic hefeweizens, but it gives a nice, lightly silky mouth feel to counter the carbonation. I liked this domestic hefeweizen quite a bit. Nice introduction to the brewery, I'd gladly try anything else I see from them.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Yellow with moderate head that quickly dissipates to light ring. Smells of banana and vanilla esters and nutty. Taste is similar with wheat and just a hint of clove. Slightly sour in the finish.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I review this after the third can, stretched over a month.
We are Looking at a subpar -hefe with wilting fast foam and pale ale coloring. Smells improve the experience with the traditional banana-vanilla punch. Tastes are true with some pepper-like cloves adding spice to the punch. Sits soft in the mouth, though not a luxurious wheat the masters give.

I had Schnicklefritz first with a mild dal for lunch. While the spices paired interestingly, I could not get the softness of wheat until the second lunch which included chips and a mild salsa... which actually went well.

I am keen on Urban Chestnut's packaging as presented by their website. Specifically smart is their Beer Divergency categorization for the Urban/revolution series for the crafting of innovative beers and the Reverence/traditional series to which Schnickelfritz belongs. A successful, multiple beer garden business sustains Urban Chestnut and I look forward to trying their Belgian-inspired wares.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can with a large 360° lid opening.

Peeled back the lid and poured into a 16 oz weissbier glass. Very clear, pale gold initial pour. After pouring the yeast - which was awkward swirling it in the can - it's cloudy with a small white head. Would have liked a bigger head with stronger carbonation, as is typical for the style.

Clove and banana aroma with a little bubble gum. Flavor follows suit and is more geared towards the spicy, phenolic side.

Medium-light bodied and smooth. Could benefit from being a little more crisp and effervescent. Overall, this missed the mark for me a little bit. Would like to try it from a bottle next time to see if there is any difference.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good hefe, tons of banana and clove from the yeast a very light and refreshing body and heavy carbonation. The body is a little light and doesn't have as much of the creamy wheaty body that some German examples have, but it's very refreshing with tons of the traditional yeast character.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a medium white colored head.

One sniff and you can tell they made this like a German brewer would, proper Hefeweizen yeast was used. Smells of green banana and clove as it should. Dusty yeast aroma. This is what a German Hefe smells like.

Starts out tasting of banana and cloves. Slight tart taste. Mildly sweet. Dead on taste for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a well made German Hefeweizen made in America.

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Photo of Vixie
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow with a bit of a white head that soon dissipates.

Smell is banana and clove, and a bit of malt.

Fruity and bubblegum like at first. The banana and clove notes then asset themselves, leaving a nice spicy aftertaste.

Feel is nice and solid, quite a bit of a tingling sensation from the carbonation.

One of the best examples of the style I have had, and maybe the best non German version. They managed to nail the style very accurately, this tastes like it could have been made in Germany. I'd have no trouble drinking it again.

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Photo of jkblr
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned 4/27/17 poured into a tall wheat beer glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV 12 IBU. The beer pours a bright straw yellow with almost no yeast haze. There is a short lived head of off white color that recedes to a ring and skim coat atop the beer. Aroma is clove first followed by banana. The flavor follows exactly with clove at the forefront and banana coming in second. Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied and gently carbonated. The finish is mostly dry with no bitterness. Overall, very good. Hefeweizens can be too much for me sometimes. I'm not a huge banana fan and these are sometimes banana bombs. This is a more restrained example.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought this on a whim because I liked the look of the can and I felt like drinking something German. Here are my impressions:
Pours a hazy straw yellow color. It is a pretty nice look except that my only reservation is that the head was quite modest and midway through disapated entirely.
At first a slightly earthy and funky aroma. However, this is fleeting as soon notes of banana, the dominant aroma, clove and lemon take over.
As with typical Hefeweizen, the flavor of banana provides a sweetness. However, I feel that this one has added layers of lemon and citrus fruit that adds a mellow tartness and a feeling of slightly sour banana. The wheat adds fullness and softness. A whisper of clove and peppery hops balanced things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but drinks light. The moderate carbonation adds a nice tingle.
I haven't heard of this brewery before. It is a pretty good representation of the style with a personal touch that sets it apart.

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Photo of coolcole01
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not bad but not blowing the doors off either. Kind of has a rusty smell and initial taste. But the taste is better as you get through the first pint. It says there is a hint of banana but i dont taste it. I would say its the poor mans hacker pschoor but its more expensive for this than the hacker pshoor here.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a clear and very light yellow, with a small and rapidly dimishing head, and no lacing.

Smells like your typical hefe, but kinda muted- you get the light citrus, the banana, the wheat, etc- nothing you haven't seen before in the style.

This is pretty solid, but it lacks the crispness and effervescence of the best versions of the style, unfortunately. It does hit all of the classic notes you want, as described above, though- so it does taste good. It's just rough around the edges.

This is light bodied, a little crisp, but not crisp enough.

This isn't Urban Chestnut's best, but it's certainly good.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A mostly hazy, deep blonde color with light effervescence spiraling up. Head starts at 1 finger but recedes rather fast to a thin ring.

Aromas of some artificial banana liqueur, clove, and yeast.

Flavor has some interesting honey notes, soggy graham cracker. Following with chewed juicy fruit gum, phenolics, and lactic sourness. Just kind of odd and not to style exactly. Not much in the way of real character as far as yeast and hop go, and overall it just kind of tastes sickly. Gets real old, real quick.

Feel is clean and creamy, with a nice grainy finish.

Overall, this could have been a much better beer. I think it's unique, but not necessarily in a good way.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rediculously large white bubbly head, and a little too clear and straw in color vs. the traditional cloudy yellow orange. Smells like a decent and almost authentic German like weissbier with a good blend of banana, spice, and bubblegum that carries to the flavor. Way too much carbonation on this one that leads too a spritzy feel. Overall decent, but would love during a heat wave if it were a tad smoother. Prost!

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Photo of cbutova
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A cloudy pour from the 500ml into a small becher with a tiny white cap. The frothy head falls fast and lacing is very rare.

S- Fairly mild and straightforward. Hints of banana, apple, pear, pepper, pils grain, bread and vanilla sweets.

T- Follows the nose again with a spicy approach and mild grains. Pears, apple, slight tart lemon zest, corianer, pink peppercorn, raw pils grains, wheat bread, vanilla sweetness, clove and phenolics. Spicy hops.

MF- Smooth and silky body. It lands with a medium thickness and high end carbonation. Zesty lighy bitter ending.

Profile is mostly about the pale fruit esters and a spice from the yeast and hops. Mild and the fruits are a bit much for the style.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a solid white head that disappears quickly. Nose is pretty faint but there's the standard banana, clove, and breadiness. The taste has those exact same qualities but in a far more prominent way, especially the clove and bread, though it's not over the top. Feel is pretty light and crisp, even for a hefeweizen. Nice to see an American brewery doing a good job on the German styles.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Straw gold color that starts hazy but gets less hazy as it warms up. Creamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Banana and clove are up front with a light breadlines in the background. Nothing complex but smells like a Hefeweizen.

T: Banana and clove up front, with the light breadlines in the background.

F: Body is a little light and watery for the style.

O: Overall other than the mouthfeel, this is a solid Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a really pretty hazy orange appearance with lively carbonation bubbling up the glass.
Traditional hefe aromas of banana, clove, and a pleasant fruitiness as well.
Tastes are similar with banana being most prominent.
Nice medium-light mouthfeel that lingers pretty well.
Overall a solid hefe that's really drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Astoria Bier & Cheese. Overall, a smoother and more subtle hefe but it hits all the right notes. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, but it's lighter on the clove.

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Photo of jw4free
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: nice foamy head, straw yellow. S: good yeasty esters. Banana. T: mellow bready notes. Slight tang. F: a bit thin on the palate. O: not too bad. Aroma and yeast flavors add character.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice frothy foamy1/2 finger head fades at a med pace decent lacing, hazy cloudy pale slight orange color.

Nose brings tons of creamy sweet wheat, almost like ice cream, some citrus orange zest, light floral spices, hint of tartness, flowery hefe esters, faint banana.

Taste brings plenty more fruity esters, banana, faint clove and floral spices, nice citrus orange, with more creamy wheat, lots of mild sweet creamy wheat. Finish dry crisp and a little sweet, lingering mild citrus and wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bod creamy decent carb.

Overall nice summer beer, well done Bavarian weissbier.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a chalice

Thick white foamy two finger foam cap over a translucent golden yellow with good lacings

Aroma of clove and banana

Light Weiss bier taste , hint of clove, hint of banana

Smooth session able quaffable

Good beer

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Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque fiery yellow with a medium-sized off-white head. Head retention is fair to poor, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is a whirlpool of cloves, banana, Belgian yeast spice, and a little grass hop. The flavor profile is very much cloves, banana, and a twinge of Belgian yeast spice. Very simplistic. Mouth feel is smooth, although thin. It thins out as it warms as well. Overall, a very fine beer. I'm drinking it on the screened-in patio. It's 82*F out, and this beer feels like a nice fit.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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