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:
240
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Photo of tigg924
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, clean, way above average domestic version of a hefe. Hits all of the expected flavors. Nice banana and clove flavors. Could easily do a six.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.59/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of RandomExile
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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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3.72/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the CAN: “Limited-Release German-Style Wheat Beer”; “About ‘El Hefe Speaks’ [:] This traditionally brewed German-style wheat is our collaboration with Chris Frashier and John “Solly” Solomon, who are both well known for their delicious brewing work in the Washington DC area[.]”; “Please Recycle – Pack In, Pack Out”; “Serve in a Tulip, Goblet or Enjoy from the CAN[.]”

The CAN spoke to me in the form of a loud Crack! I decided to speak back in the form of an inverted Glug, which resulted in both a pseudo-cascade and the formation of two-plus fingers of bubbly, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Nose was heavy on the banana esters, filling my kitchen with a banana bread-like smell. Color was a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Dense lacing began to line the glass as the head fell. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. The taste, while quite banana-like, was also balanced by a pleasant clove spiciness. I frequently rail against hefeweizens due to their (usually) banana heavy esters when I know how to make one that could be clove-forward, which is what I prefer. This was quite good! I may never be a big fan of the style, but I do like to note when I find an example that I find drinkable.

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El Hefe Speaks from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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