El Hefe Speaks | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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El Hefe SpeaksEl Hefe Speaks

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by drabmuh on 08-27-2011

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2.47/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow color with a frothy, two finger white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very light colored for the style and possibly over carbonated. The pillowy white head takes forever to finally settle leaving chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with a strong peppery clove presence that's followed by earthy hops, bready yeast, malted wheat and ain't light fruit. The clove character dominates the nose and overpowers most of the other wheat beer notes. Underneath, there are some stale, soil-y hops, bread, bubblegum, banana and apple. No citrus character or much else of interest in the nose. Other than the clove, the aroma is kind of bland.

Light bodied and a bit more interesting than the nose suggests but still somewhat pedestrian. Some dry, earthy clove and zesty citrus rind countered by bread, wheat and banana. Finishes with earthy hop bitterness that is fresher and more flavorful than the hop presence in the nose hinted at. The citrus character which was missing in the aroma shows up strong in the flavor with slightly tart lemon juice and zesty lemon pith. The flavor and mouthfeel fall off mid-palate resulting in a watered down, mediocre beer. Very easy to drink but not all that interesting.

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2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pint glass, head is off white, open bubbles that dissipate to nothing. Color is copper, not too dense.

Smell is sharp, slightly bitter, not much hefe like profile and no noted malt profile; presenting notes are sour like, not vinegary but off and phenolic.

Taste is presents sweet at first, feint malt notes, no bread or toast, sweetness turns to slight sourness, more fruity than vinegar like but not an expected flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp and biting on the tongue.

Overall, this did not taste like a hefe to me in the least. Bad can? possibly. Maybe poor storage. Disappointing as a hefe, but still drinkable and slightly funky.

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2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention isn't anything special, but it rarely is with this style. Streaks of lacing stick to the glass. (3)

Smell: There are some nice hefeweizen elements here: I pick up nice notes of banana, bubblegum, coriander, and clove. The wheat is there, too. There also seems to be something here a bit off. It does seem slightly acidic, and maybe a bit too buttery. Sadly, these flaws dog an otherwise decent hefeweizen fairly significantly. (2.75)

Taste: Nothing on the taste buds really pop out well. I do get some initial banana flavors, with a wheaty finish that's also slightly buttery. The butter goes away after a few sips. This tastes rather muddled, making this hard to review. Well, I can say this: it isn't great. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: This feels oddly heavy and sluggish on the palate. I feel some of that yeasty astringency post-swallow, but it just isn't enough. Carbonation is also rather low - maybe that's it? Drinkability isn't bad by any stretch, I just expect this kind of beer to be effortless. (3)

Overall: DC Brau didn't nail this one. The bare bones are there to be a rock-solid hefeweizen, it just comes across muddled and indistinct. Maybe because this isn't fresh enough? Not really, I've had similarly aged (~3 months) hefes that were far better than this. I won't be returning to this one (unless it's free, natch!) (2.75)

2.79/5: El Hefe may be speaking, but I can't hear him well

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2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Nice hazy color with the right amount of lacing. Unfortunately, the appearance is the best part of this beer.

S: Slightly fruity smell, nothing too prominent.

T: A little bit of spice followed by some lager-y sulfur taste.

M: Very smooth and clean, well carbonated.

O: Average.

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2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: murky orange, barely passes light, scant head forming ring
S: must, orange
T: musty clove, orange, metallic aftertaste with bubblegum
M: medium-bodied, carbonated tang
O: unimpressive, almost a farmhouse hefe

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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 250 ratings