El Hefe Speaks
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Ranked #254
Ranked #26,709
3.6 | pDev: 11.67%
Apr 21, 2022
Aug 27, 2011
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Notes: El Hefe Speaks! is a traditionally brewed German-style Hefe. It is fermented around 65°F and hopped with German Tettnang hops. 11 IBUs and 5.3% ABV make this one extremely drinkable. If you think it speaks to you as well, definitely try a glass... because it will be gone before you can say "sweater weather". “We’re tremendously excited to bring this specialty brew to the District,” said DC Brau Co-Founder and CEO, Brandon Skall, “Working with other local brewers on this project has made presenting the final product even better.” The beer was brewed at DC Brau in early August. “El Hefe Speaks” uses the Weihenstephaner yeast strain, a classic, popular German wheat beer strain used worldwide.
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: pours a golden yellow body with some haze with a whit shear with ok retention and lacing.
S: banana esters with some yeasty notes
T: banana esters with hints of clove
M: light and crisp
O: nice feel and taste combo;
Apr 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can into a tall glass. Canned 6/9/21, so 3 weeks old.

Looks very good in the glass. Hazy golden yellow body with light carbonation. Strong foamy head leaves scattered lacing.

Appropriate aromas of banana, yeast, wheat, and a hint of clove.

On tasting, the wheat and yeast aspects are very strong, banana less so, and clove only faintly.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a strong wheat.

Overall, decent beer, though a little unbalanced. Not smooth at all. Perhaps a few more weeks in the can would even things out.
Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by DAllen6701 from District of Columbia

Nov 02, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a very hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight clove and banana hints
The taste follows the nose with clove and banana flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent wheat beer
Oct 11, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by sisterofba from Maryland

Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by flek from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2019
Rated: 3.33 by Ritz17 from Maryland

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by carrcolind from District of Columbia

Jul 14, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

May 28, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by biteme398 from Virginia

Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Aug 09, 2018
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
I don't drink as many Hefes as I used to, but I generally like DC Brau so I decided to give this a shot. The nose is nice with banana clove esters but the head doesn't last long. Flavor is mild but tasty and refreshing, and texture is appropriately dainty. Not terribly complex, but a solid effort for the style.
Jun 11, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Lucular from Maryland

May 07, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

May 03, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland

Mar 30, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From the can, it pours a light hazy amber with a modest head. Light, pleasant scent with hints of banana. The taste is also pleasant, with some banana hints.
Dec 14, 2017
Rated: 3.36 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Nov 21, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by user785335 from Florida

Sep 14, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Donkster46 from Washington

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by JustCamIt from Virginia

2.47/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Ordered a draft at a local pizza joint. It arrived in a tumbler with absolutely no head and zero bubbles. The color was a murky dark yellow. Smelled of banana and toasted wheat bread. Tasted like wheat and clove with a hint of metal. Mouthfeel was light and fleeting. Perhaps I got the dregs of the keg or the order was sitting on the bar too long. Overall this was a huge disappointment.
Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2017
Rated: 3.12 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by HyphenatedAmerican from Virginia

May 12, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by bluehende from Delaware

Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ShepardCommander from Virginia

Mar 02, 2017
Rated: 3.41 by Benl7217 from Maryland

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 2.94 by vencad from Nebraska

Oct 15, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by cambabeer from New York

Aug 31, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Aug 21, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Jul 12, 2016
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Reviewed by StoutSnob40 from California

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Do I smell.. Like, Brett in this beer? Is that supposed to be the case? If not, it's working for the smell. I dig it. What I don't dig is the off-flavor in the aftertaste. Definitely picking up a slight buttered popcorn. It's not wholly unpleasant.. I actually like it, but some things seem off.
Jun 21, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by DrBass from Maryland

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

May 28, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

May 02, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 26, 2016
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Reviewed by jmasher85 from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
My least favorite option from this brewery so far, it starts off so promising but turns into an underwhelming, overly dry finish.

Pour is murky, banana-colored haze with generous head, like a banana smoothie. First sniff is mild but enticing - slightly sweet banana flavors, hints of spice and wheat. Pretty muted, but present enough to encourage further exploration. Taste falls far short, however. Very dry, far more so than a "crushable" summer wheat should be. The banana is still there, but everything else is a hint to hard and bitter on the tongue, like licking glass. If this is what you're bringing to the beach on a hot day (it is in a can, afterall) and you're just thinking of an interesting alternative to Blue Moon, knock yourself out, but I wish this were less dry and more flavorful.
Apr 08, 2016
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Watery hefeweizen that undermines the flavors of orange, banana, wheat, clove and subtle rye. Smell is a little more forgiving in this regard, but still limited in potency. Body is thin, but the textures come out dry on the finish somehow despite watery nature, so that's something positive. Meh
Jan 14, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Jan 04, 2016
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