El Hefe Speaks | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
dcbrau.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
242
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
35
For Trade:
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Photo of Hendrick24
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of trevorpost
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soupyman10
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Those who know the DIstrict of Columbia know that summers can get really unpleasant there. Enter El Hefe Speaks, the antidote to a muggy summer's day. Brought back to Orange County, consumed on a hot day, on to the beer:

Very foamy on the pour, settling to a soapy two-fingers thick white collar. Dark blonde colored is the beer, cloudy, leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. My nose recognizes that smell; the clove, banana bread, kiss of fruit, done acceptably and on target per style. The taste goes on a similar route. A note of sharp berry hits, banana bread, clove, overall relaxing and easy going. This floats in a light bodied stream of booze, one that doesn't show much carbonation where a few more bubbles would have been preferred.

El Hefe is solid as a rock.

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Photo of soccrgump
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Straw colored w/ a thick two finger white frothy head. Smell of bananas, and lots of bubble gum. Taste of some banana, not getting much of the bubble gum, which is a shame; peppery at the back; nice hop balance. Mouthfeel is smooth, nice carbonation. Overall an OK hefe, but much better ones out there. Would drink it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 4/28/15. 5.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, caramel, banana, spice, and slight chalk aromas. Taste is much the same with banana, caramel, spice, and cornflake flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a solid American take on the style and has an interesting cornflake flavor after each sip.

Serving type: can.

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

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

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned in April/drinking in August (4 mo?). Look is somewhat dark and murky. Not bright like I like my Hefs to look. Head is ok on pour but the retention isn't the best. Smell is solid with slight banana/clove as you'd want. Taste is muted, not sweet nor grainy. Kinda watery. Overall, its ok, but many, many better options out there in this style that are easy to get.

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Photo of Herze
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mersh
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wattie
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Lambdon
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Budlum
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
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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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rammed96
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of terpdog
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmarci5
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Morockm
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TWStandley
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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