Sommer Vice | Steel Toe Brewing

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Sommer ViceSommer Vice

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Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 95
Photo of GStone899
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very light on body and flavor. Great smell that makes you think the flavor is going to burst but it doesn't. Pale yellow straw color. A bit disappointed but an easy drinker. Just needs some work. Keep at it Steel Toe.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a little light in body and flavor for me for the hefeweizen style, although i appreciate it in the hot summer weather context. i just like mine to have a little more body and a little more of an intense fruity yeast profile, this seems understated in almost every way. its pale and hazy, but not bright and yellow, and its got a shorter and less creamy head than i look for in the style. what i do like about it is the cleanness of the grain, the wheat isnt sharp at all, and its nice and dry. i also like the citrus notes in here, lemon peel and orange juice come to mind, its a little more relaxed than a lot of these, more balanced with the milder yeast strain and these other fruity notes. less of the hard banana and clove, more of a lemongrass and tea thing going on. not an overly complex beer though. good carbonation from the tap, a very light body, and a good overall flavor, but just not quite as substantial as it should be. i have found all of the hoppy stuff from steel toe to be fantastic, this one was a little less impressive...

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: An energetic hazy straw pour poroduces a quickly receding 1” white foam collar. S: Banana and light malts with a touch of citrus. T: Rich baguette flavored malt supported by a citrusy tang. Mild bitter finish. F: Creamy smooth O: Mild, easy to drink summer beer

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Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Deep orange apricot body, with a good opaque and dark brown to yellow edge. Head is fluffy and creamy white with a simple top of two fingers, and a somewhat rich looking foam. Settles to a half finger puck ready for consumption. Looks like an inviting hefe.

A real solid classic hefe nose. Nice hints of bubblegum softness, and a bit of lemon. Clove and some phenolic brown spice character, and wheat density malt coming up. Just about bang on.

Palate unfortunately lacks a little in flavor and body. Slightly wet, with a faint flattened mineral carbonation a bit, and a quick fleeting finish. Missing a lot of the hinted density of chewy malt that is on the nose. Mild lemon, but with no dough or bakery quality. Kind of a seltzery palate as well, with a little bit of banana warmth slightly.

Overall it comes off a little disappointing, but still decent.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a golden lemon color with a 1 finger bone white head. Delicate ring lingers around the edge. Cloudy in appearance.

S- Lots of malted wheat take over the nose. Bright fruits of pears more than the traditional clove. Ripe aroma.

T- Grainy wheat malt. It consumes the palate and renders the remaining flavors mild and bland. Faint banana, but nothing more than a hint before it goes away.

M- Body is light and welcoming on a hot day. Solid for the style.

O- Quite disappointing for the most part. I have had multiple brews from Steel Toe and based on previous results, I expected more. Just not a lot of distinct and bold flavors going on here.

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Photo of dbriesemeister
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler at the brewery's two-year birthday party!

Look - hazy yellow color, decent head (that dissipates quickly) and limited lacing

Smell - strong banana notes, light toast smell

Taste - citrus and banana flavors, some sweet maltiness, yeasty flavors

Feel - smooth start, balanced carbonation, medium bodied, limited trailing bitterness

Overall - very tasty hefeweizen

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Photo of Mdog
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow, hazy. Big head.

Smell: Crackers, banana, yeasty.

Taste: Lemons and wheat trade off in the forefront on each taste. Full flavored but easy to drink.

Overall: A nice easy drinking hefe, I like them to have a little more yeast and banana in the taste, but this one's lemon and wheat also hit the spot. Cans, 12oz bottles, or a kegerator would be better than 22oz bottles though.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very light yellow pour, opaque, with a finger of head which turned into 1/8" for the rest of the glass. smells of orange citrus, bell pepper, saison yeast.. probably one of the nicest smelling hefeweizens i've come across. the flavor is pretty generic of the style, lots of wheat, fruity citrus taste of orange peels.. but then the yeast kicks in at the end and is a completely different yeast than most hefes i've had.. very farmhouse saison style.

light in body with high carbonation, a very refreshing beer.

this is really nice for the style, but as it's not a style i am very into - i feel like i can't really be giving it an extremely high rating. for the value (less than $5 a bomber) it's worth it for any fans of the style. i mainly got it because everything i've had from steel toe has been excellent, and again, as far as the style goes - this is pretty excellent.

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Photo of hardy008
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy light orange with a one finger white head with decent retention and lacing. the aroma has bananas, cloves, light lemon, and wheat.

Tastes much like it smells with bananas, cloves, wheat, lemon, and a light amount of yeast. The taste is not as strong as the aroma.

Light bodied, with below average carbonation for the style. Very little aftertaste, a little bit of banana and clove. A pretty good Hefeweizen, but not as good as the best in the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steel Toe Summer Vice, Hefe-Weizen Ale, brewed and bottled by Steel Toe Brewing Company, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Poured into a Weihenstephan Weissbier glass, it looks fantastic, clouded orange coloring, enormous, prodigious, Brogdignagian, booming, looming, flowering snowy-white head, leaving lace.

Heavenly aromatics, plenty of wheat feel there, a big slap of orange, lemon, and, sure, banana, with lightly spicy hits on the side. soft, slightly sweet, and utterly lovely.

Taste: Mmmm. Boards the mouth mildly, gently, and exits smoothly. Small hop factor, tasty wheat, citrus and spice flavors. Medium-bodied, soft, wheat finish. Yummy yeast. Mmmm is what I say, in other words, yum.

Pitch perfect hefe-weizen. Another knock-out from Steel Toe.

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Photo of yamar68
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking pale honey gold - hazy, clearly unfiltered, topped with a three finger mound of creamy white froth. Beautiful beer.

Admittedly, my palate is a bit tainted so I won't get into too much detail...

On the nose there are breakfast cereals, malted wheat, slight honey, smells very clean / crisp.

Very refreshing. Faded wheat, cereal, pale fruits - banana, finishes very clean.

At 4 dollars a bomber, I'll happily drink this all day.

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Photo of Greggy
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright white semi soapy head into a weizen glass. Body is opaque yeasty straw colored. The head recedes in a cap within a couple minutes. Lacing is almost zero in this beer clean glass.

S- Textbook hefeweizen here. Banana, clove, spicy yeasty and lemon rind.

T- Starts out with clove and lemon rind, a bit of banana, and then transitions into a medicinal warming clove and lemon note.

M- I think there is close to enough body but the carbonation feels a little too high which makes the beer feel a little too thin.

O- A good local hefeweizen which I wouldn't regret drinking again in the future. It needs a few tweaks but certainly goes down smooth.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Republic on 7 Corners. Huh, reminds me of the old Summit Hefe (which I really enjoyed), as it's a crisp, spicy wheat beer with no fruity character. The clove almost tastes singed, and the dry toasty wheat and barley provide a great balance to the phenol spices. It's eas-drinking and quite refreshing on a hot day. Check it out.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 15 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow, as it should. One finger of white head, not as much as I think it should be. Good retention, not too much lacing. Nice color.

I love the smell, though I acknowledge it's not for everyone. Billowing boatloads of banana, with a bready aroma in the background. A little bit of clove spice, but mostly it's juicy banana bread.

Taste is mellow, but rich and fruity. Again, a lot of banana, but here it's cut with citrus. Low bitterness, just enough to liven things up a little.

Light-bodied, tingly carbonation.

A really good hefeweizen, heavy on the banana, but low on the spice. It's lacking the complexity of the best hefes, but it's darn good. I downed a glass of this in no-time, and was bummed that the bottle was empty. Somewhat one-dimensional, but very tasty.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No Freshness Dating.

A= Pours a nice hazy yellow color with a soda like head. It sort of bubbles around but no actual head ever really forms... With that obviously there is no lacing or retention but you can tell it's carbonated because the soda like bubbles.

S= Nice big clove aroma with a little banana coming through. Not too complex. A little dirty wheat comes through but that's about it. Maybe the lack of head leaves some aroma still in the glass.

T= The taste is wheaty for sure. Tons and tons of wheat with a nice clove flavor. The banana dies a little in the flavor. Yeasty.

M= Nice carbonation comes through with a nice weight and slickness to it.

O= A nice hefe from Steel Toe, whom are becoming one of my favorite breweries. A tasty beer that satisfies. Not anything extreme or crazy but for a summer hefe it isn't bad.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and very hazy pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of wheat and yeast that you expect from the style. Bready pale malts with hints of biscuit and cracker. Big hints of banana, clove, and hay. Also some hints of citrus lemon and orange. Light earthy hops in the background. An ester driven but fairly dry aroma.

Taste: Big taste of yeast and wheat grains up front. Pale malts with notes of bready biscuit and cracker. Notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, and husk. Big citrus presence with a quite noticeable taste of lemon zest and orange. Also picking up some coriander spices. Almost tastes like a summer wheat ale as much as a Hefeweizen. Somewhat tart and sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth. Starts sweet and tart but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good wheat beer here. A little different interpretation of the Hefeweizen style as the citrus is noticeable stronger. Tastes pretty good anyways. Solid easy drinker.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-orange with large white head; not quite as billowy as the authentic German Hefes.

Smell: Dry, crisp wheat, some clove and just a touch of banana. Actually, as it warms, the sweet banana becomes more pronounced.

Taste: Very fresh tasting wheat is the highlight here; not sure if I am unused to drinking such a fresh Hefe or if there is another reason the wheat is so good. Not the yeastiest Hefe, at least not when really cold, with light clove and very little banana. But, as it warms, the banana and clove climb in prominence. Maybe a hint of Noble hops at the finish, along with the clove.

Feel: Medium bodied, with a nice level of creaminess. Moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Very solid Hefeweizen that shows that Steel Toe can move beyond American-style Ales. Drinking this too cold makes it seem more like an American Wheat (albeit a damn good one), but that wonderful Hefe yeast becomes apparent as it warms.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy bright orange color. The head is two and a half inches in height, and recedes slowly into thick, chunky lacing. This is one fine looking beer. The aroma is of banana, clove, and a hint of lemon zest. The taste is of tangy wheat with hints of banana and clove, but is on the lighter side for the style. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice hefe that I would happily drink again, but there are better local hefe's that I can see myself turning to first.

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Photo of Buebie
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured rigorously into an over sized snifter.
Thick white head that falls back quickly, leaving a thick ring around the collar of retention.
One or two stray fingers of lace.
Good cloudy unfiltered appearance, I like that.
It wants to be orange and then it wants to be a golden yellow.
Cant see through though.
Aroma seems to be playing peek a boo with my sniffer. Hiding a bit, not coming forward.
But there is a mysterious smoked malt, or wood present, as well as a tart bready sourdough funk and grain husks.
Taste has summer session beer written all over it. Without being too biased flavor seems to lack a little on this fella. Mostly sourdough, lemon zest, sour banana and very faint clove.
Feels is slick and full bodied but broken up by a good amount of carbonation bite.

Not really my go to for style and being true to the beer this seems to be a gateway beer for craft scardies.
I'll take it over any INBEV product, but probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenrod with a couple of inches of foam sitting on top; strands and dots of lace are left behind

Smell: Wheat bread, lemons, bananas and cloves

Taste: The wheat bread and lemon elements jutt out first, followed by the bananas and cloves, which build through mid-palate; a nice tartness develops, just after the swallow, bringing along some yeasty phenols in the finishing pour

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: While it falls a tad short on what BuckeyeNation calls the banan-o-meter, the lemon and tart elements make this a pretty interesting interpretation of the style

Whenever I am in Minneapolis, I make it a point to see what this brewer is producing - lucked out as the Sommer Vice just made it into Four Firkins the day before I was last in town

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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up all frothy & fresh someplace, I can't exactly remember where. But anything with "Steel Toe" on the outside of the bottle is worth trying - they've earned it with some good beers. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife's best friend. Go ahead.

Pour is classic rock hefe, light orange crossed with dark yellow in a nice package. Heady, for those who might care about such things. Nose comes from the hefe playbook too, huge bananas, clove, sweet Double Bubble, with a side of drought-dried grass. Nice.

Sommer Vice is a top-notch hefe & one of the best outside of the vats of New Glarus. Matches the nose exactly - banana, cloves, & snapping gum, though the grassiness is much more pronounced & the ingredient that really sticks to the palate. Lovely carbonation. The strength of this beer is the fact that I can't help but take big slugs. Hey, it's still hot out, no use slowing down, right? My 11 ounces is almost gone, unheard of while I'm sitting typing a review.

Very good beer that tweaks the nipple of excellent. And my wife's friend asked where she could buy it...the first time she's ever asked that about a beer we fed her. I guess she liked it, too.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very attractive bright hazy orange with a fluffy white head that laced up nicely. Smell was spot on. Bananas, cloves, slightly lemony. Taste had similar elements but seemed a little watered down/muted from what I would have liked. I'm getting bananas, but where is the spice? It is a bit on the estery side. Could use a little firmer carbonation. Body is smooth, medium, holds together decently well. Overall it's a decent hefeweizen, not outstanding. Enjoyable, I'll buy again.

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Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive looking hefe after the pour. Cloudy yet bright yellow with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head never really settles but remains a finger high. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is on the estery side but the yeast did not give a lot of aroma. Banana and bubblegum from the yeast but the biggest contributor is the wheat malt.

A lot of wheat flavor with mild yeast flavor. Yeast esters add some flavor but not enough in my opinion. Rather bland and just better than average.

Carbonation is off. Bought the growler a few hours earlier so that is not it. Just feels so lifeless.

Not bad but just above average. Not as refreshing as I had hope on this hot day. Probably ranks number 5 or 6 in MN brewed hefeweizens.

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Sommer Vice from Steel Toe Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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