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3.75/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Licher Privatbrauerei
Germany
licher.de

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#27,399
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
145
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 145
Reviews by Luiz0930:
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hefeweizen! Pours a cloudy amber body with an orange cast beneath a quick-to-settle white head of foam. It's darker than most, but that's just an observation. The head retention could be a little bit better though. The nose expresses caramelish malt and fruit, including bananas; but it's soft and clean with limited spicy or plastic-like phenolics. It's also a little fuller in the mouthfeel than most. The flavor follows the aroma, and wow, there really is a caramelish accent to it's maltiness. Very nice! There's a little more phenolic to it than the nose suggests, but it's restrained. And it's a touch sweetish, but balanced in the end. Well done!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy dark amber with a generous infusion of orange; one of the darkest, richest hefes weizens that I've seen. Now let's hope that all those yeast are packed with flavor. The cap is toasted ivory in color and is heavily creamy--as was the sound of the beer entering the weizen glass--with a honeycomb surface when viewed from above. Although it doesn't appear as if much lace will be forthcoming, I like the look.

And I like the nose. Licher Hefeweizen smells like banana cream pie (with a hint of clove in the custard) because it's more vanilla-intensive than most versions. In fact, I don't usually appreciate vanilla at all in the vast majority of hefes that I drink. Given the sound of the pour, the head and the nose, I'd say that the theme here is 'cream'.

This is a wonderful beer. As expected, there's a huge amount of yeasty flavor with oodles of banana and caboodles of clove. I haven't had a more hefeish hefe in months. My banan-o-meter score is a more than respectable 3.5/5.0 and might even hit the rarified air of 4.0 with warming. I got an impressive zing of ground clove with the first mouthful. For some strange reason, clove isn't tickling my taste buds in quite the same way as I get into the middle of the bottle.

Tangy wheat is present and accounted for as well, it's just that it's not as flashy as banana and clove and lies low unless looked for. This really is a nicely balanced version, both in terms of flavors and flavor sensations. I'll give the nod to tart with sweet hot on its heels and bitter bringing up the rear. As expected, the flavor profile is emboldened as the beer warms. This is tasty stuff.

Getting back to our theme, I was expecting a creamier than usual mouthfeel and didn't get one. It's no lightweight, but it isn't what I'd call full or silky smooth either. With a bit more dextrinousness, I'd be in heaven. Thankfully, there isn't a fly in the ointment in the form of an overabundance of carbonation. The mouthfeel is lively without being hyperactive.

Licher Hefeweizen is a pleasant surprise. I knew absolutely nothing about it when I plucked this bottle off the shelf, but I'm a sucker for a German hefe with a colorful, classy label. I'm glad that my roll of the dice panned out and I wholeheartedly recommend this beer to banana and clove lovers everywhere.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard Hefe. Has some great flavors of wheat malt, spicy esters, bready / doughy-ness, bubble gum, banannas, and cloves. Nicely sweet and woven with a great deal of finess. No doubt a solid recipe. If it had a fuller, richer body, then I would rate it up there with Brauweiss and Weinstephaner Hefeweizens. Still, a solid summertime choice.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly hazy medium yellow color with a thick, airy white head. Retention is decent and not much evidence of lacing.

Alot of ripe banana and citrusy orange on the nose. Not so much clove, but a hints at sweeter spices like cinnamon and cardamom. A good smelling beer.

Mmmm, this is a good hefeweizen! Nicely balanced yeasty esters with the sharp wheat tang. Smooth and refreshing. Even a mild saaz or hallertau hop bite comes in at the end. Might be a step below the greats of the genre, but I could drink this all day. Very glad I bought a bottle of this, I would recommend trying this to and hefe fan. What a bargain at $1.79 for a .5L!!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My local German owned supermarket (an Aldi) had a few packs of this a couple of weeks ago, five 500ml bottles and the glass, had to get the pack. Never seen it before or since.

Looked good, the normal cloudy, murky, dull yellow you'd expect from this style of beer. The lovely clean and bright white head set it's looks off perfectly. Plenty of carbonisation, bubbles rising up through the brew could clearly be seen in the misty beer.

Have to knock the smells though, no banana or vanilla esters, well not enough for me anyway. Wheat smell, more than the regular Hefe-Weizen aromas I prefer.

Refreshing, crisp and dry taste, the wheat taking centre stage in the flavours, as it did in the aroma.

Lacks a yeast presence and the aromas normally associated with this style, OK but not one I'd push other Hefe-Weizens over for.

An 'also ran' sort of beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color. It poured into a weizen glass with a perfect bright white head that quickly died down, but a quarter finger high head consistently remained on the surface, which was fed by a high amount of rising bubbles from the carbonation.
S: The light aromas in the nose mainly consist of wheat malts with some hints of lemons.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is mainly dominated by wheat flavors; there are some notes of bananas and lemons.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with lots of bubbles from the carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching. I could easily put back a few of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy dark amber orange color with an abundant thick head with good retention.
Predominant aroma of banana and yeast. Hints of pine and wheat.
Interesting that the flavor is more citric then the suggested banana in the nose. Light notes of cloves and some pine hops. Wheaty aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation with a mild spicy sensation in your tongue.
A thirst quencher hefeweizen, less complex than average for the style. I found it a bit bland. Though, I haven’t tried it that fresh.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From Hipercor, in sale. In Paulaner glass. Playing Memoria. Its body seems bigger than in the typical hefeweizen. Really good in its style, with great aroma and flavor. Avg 4.3

17 May 2017. In Bavaria glass. New label. At lunch, after futsal match, with omelette. Not as great as I remembered, with a lighter and smoother body and less taste, although still pleasant

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Photo of jamesroses
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle

Appearance: cloudy orange, builds a 2-3 finger head that leaves some lacing. Intense carbonation.

Smell: banana, cloves, wheat, fruity and spicy.

Taste: strong banana flavour backed up by a spicy wheaty aftertaste. Maybe other fruit is in there. It's more tasty and sweeter than Schofferhofer Hefe, for example.

Mouthfeel: pretty intense due to the carbonation and more boozy than I'd expected. Medium bodied.

Overall: I really liked it. Simple and effective, well balanced, not light nor overly sweet.

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

Golden body with a hint of cloudy. Big ball of white foam fills weizen glass.

Big clove aroma with a banana back-up.

Taste starts with clove, then a big wheat tang. Banana background.

Light bubbly mouthfeel.

A refreshing and enjoyable hefe. You would be weisen to give it a try.

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Photo of drizzam
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this brew in my fridge for some time now so I figured it was high time to try it and see what I've been missing by just letting it take up space there.

A - I poured an aggressive pour and had to slow it down due to the huge head that formed from the heavy flow. It's a good thing I did it because I looked at the half glass I poured and noticed that the beer was crystal clear...no cloudiness that I expected to see from the hefe variety. I was quick to stir that accumulated yeast up from the bottom of the bottle to pour it into the half glass I had already poured. Much better...the beer was as it should have looked...a cloudy dark orange with a nice white foamy cap. Good lacing from the foamy head.

S - Fresh banana and lemon smell with the usual wheat scent encountered with any good Hefe.

T - This hefe is light and fruity, lacking a bit in carbonation in my opinion, but that's not a negative trait for this style...in fact it lends itself to the creamy mouthfeel. You also have your clovey finish you would expect from this style of brew.

M - As I said earlier, the mouthfeel is on the creamy side due to it's lower carbonation...and it finishes dry.

D - I like the hefeweizen style and this is a solid contribution that any fan of the style should sample.

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Photo of stcules
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange, one finger of a compact foam, quite beautiful, but a bit scarce for the style.
Classic weizen smell, with banana, yeast, cloves. Quite balanced.
The taste is a bit more on the banana side, but not too much.
Standard, average, onest weizen.
Average body, aftertaste on the banana again.

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

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a banana and orange milkshake. Very cloudy and hazy, with a lively white foam head.

S: Laden with banana esters and clove notes, a biscuit like malt is noted with a touch of a yeasty character. Wheat aroma is rather reserved.

T: Loads of wheat and banana flavors unload onto the tongue, with elements of buttery malts, mild grain and sweet refined sugar in the background. Nice.

M: Not bad. Smooth, with little carbonation on the palate. Could be more dense or heavier, but it's still appropriate for the style.

D: Good. I'd have another. Not a bad German hefe. Worth a try.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this German standard brown half liter bottle features a yellow, green and gold label depicting a monastery in a forest above the name. Purity law applies. Best before 3/24/07, I opened it on 5/9/06 (Happy eastern Victory Day).

Pours a cloudy brownish gold under a thick two finger creamy white head with some big bubbles. Just a few spots of lace are left on the glass. The nose is full of clove and yeast - very pleasant. The mouth is light and very prickly, but still manages to coat the tongue extensively. Nice yeast, clove and butterscotch taste, well blended and smooth. A hint of apricot may also be lurking in here somewhere. There is a very slight floral hops presence - can't say it's bitter, much closer to dry. The butterscotch wins out in the aftertaste, and becomes very pronounced. This one is a very nice effort, perhaps a bit too heavy on the butterscotch, but very refreshing.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance -This poured a muddy brown in color with a decent head.

Smell -There's a bitter malt aroma, almost like an English bitter, that is way out of place here. I wish I could list additional smells but this bitter malty aroma has me scratching my head.

Taste - I can get some yeast and light banana at the taste but that English bitter is still there. It's almost like a light toffee.

Mouthfeel - This HW is bigger than light-bodied but not medium. It has a heavy feel though in the mouth and little carbonation.

Sinkability - This is nothing like a traditional Hefe and regardless of style classification was not enjoyable at all to drink.

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Photo of steveh
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New at Aldi and a great price at $6.30 a six-pack. Bottled Nov. 16, 2016. Poured into my Libbey Weizen glass.

L -- Hazy golden peach color with a dense white head.

S -- Light DMS, clove, mild banana and light wheat graininess --light aromas overall.

T -- Mellow fresh bread yeastiness, light clove, light citrus character, all in great symphony if not a little more mellow than some other Weizens. There's a light graininess in the finish and aftertaste and spicy clove with light citrus in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is typical Weizen; soft and fluffy with a medium-light body.

O -- A great bargain, if not the best Weizen on shelves, but highly satisfying if you're scratching that Weizen itch.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Licher- Weizen

A- Clear golden orange with a huge foamy head. Quick dissipation and no lacing.
S- Very strong wheat and yeast notes. Slight banana bread aroma comes through.
T- Moist banana bread with wheat and bread crust. Just a touch of clove and a bit of cherries.
M- Good thick yeastiness with a dry flavorful finish.

Overall- Bought this on a whim and pleased I did. Not as big and bold as other Hefe's, but solid and enjoyable. $2.50 for a 500ml and worth it!

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle, $1.99 less 10% discount at Wilbur's in Fort Collins. Best by date (I *think*) is August 7, 2007.

Slow pour into a 22-ounce Hefeweizen glass with an easy swirl at the end yielded a smallish bumpy white head (I'll make my next pour a bit more vigorous), over an almost-opaque milky orange-amber body. Pretty, very pretty. This is what a H-W should look like.

Smell is very citrusy, with grass, hay, a light clove and pepper note. Missing: banana esters. I wonder where they are. Maybe as it warms up -- I'll be back. (Note: a slight bit of bubble gum came up as it warmed, but no banana.) Fascinatingly, there's a very light horse-blanket funk note here. Some wild yeast? Interesting surprise.

Taste is bread and spices. Bready malts form a solid backbone to hang a wide variety of nice soft spices on: clove, coriander, pepper, all over a decent citrus palate. Again, no banana, but a hint of funk. As it warmed, some bubble gum, but no banana. I liked the subtlety of the bubble gum. On the sweet end of the H-W scale, and I like that.

Mouthfeel is quite rich and full for a H-W, with a fine carbonation spreading those spice notes around.

As a true H-W should be, this one is sessionable. Easy on the palate, easy on the stomach, easy on the brain cells at 5.4%.

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise, and apparently one that has not been regularly distributed in Colorado in the past. If you can find some, it's definitely worth a try as we go into the summer months.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a hazy yellow with lots of carbonation. Head is tall and thick. Retention is excellent. Aroma is a standard combination of the hefe aromas of clove and banana. Smell quality is strong and sweet. Taste is more of the yeasty flavors of banana and clove. Wheat flavor provides a nice base. Malt sweetness is higher than expected and inhibits a depth of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, as is the beer, however, there are hefes out there with much more flavor than this one.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another of my ALDI, Dublin purchases. This was a gift pack of 5 x 500ml bottles with a free Licher weizen glass for €9.99. Great value!
Reviewed 06.10.2008 (best by 16.08.2009).

Poured into my Licher glass, a classic hefeweizen in appearence with an orange-ish colour and quite a lot of haze topped with a generous fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell was a little subdued banana with a touch of smokiness.

The taste was pretty nice; more of a solid hefe without a lot of complexity. Mellow citrus feel.

Overall; very drinkable and better than I expected

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having this bottle that I got at a store in Santa Ana, El Salvador which carried 3 kinds of beer, all German and had a total stocked inventory on the shelf of 6 units. Its sell by date is today. Poured with a smallish, off white, fine head that slowly settled down and no lace. Color is a hazy, slightly dirty amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is fruit, some traditional Bavariah Hefe Weizen qualities and wet cardboard. Flavor is the same and has sweet fruitiness coming out against the tartness/bitterness of yeast. Body is good and carbonation crisp and zesty. Finish is like flavor, loses the wet carboard thing and is short in length. Not bad, I think it'd be a whole lot better fresh. Want to try it again when I can get it that way.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours with a vast amount of carbonation and produces a good light tan head, which is a little over two fingers thick. The body of this brew is golden and of course, hazy.

The aromas in this weizen are that of orange rind, some ginger, and a snap of regular flavor bubble gum.

This tastes a bit more than a typical Hefe. It has more of a bubble gum flavor to it, more so than an orangish hint.

This has a mellow smoothness, somewhat a melt in your mouth feeling. This is very quenching as well.

This brew goes down great and quickly. Not too bad to finish a warm day off with.

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Photo of Ego
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
White Afro? here we go... 3 fingers of head on a pretty carefull pour, soapy head, this is nice and hazy, carbonation is evident but hard to pick up unless you have one of those cool amish tin candle holders.. well, not really, but goddamn that sounded good. to see the carbonation you need to hold it up to the light, oddly the lacing is spotty as the head is HUGE, still, this is an impressive looking hefe, it has the classic haze and color (dull golden to bronze) and a nice white head. It takes about 5 minutes to settle down to where your nose is not wearing the head.

nose...
funky wheat? biscuity more so than other hefes (and damn did I down some this weekend, thanks e and dan!), a very husky wheat smell is dominant with subtle bannana tones and a hint of spice, the more I smell it the more I want to... eh, I dont want kids reading that, but anyway this improves with sniffing... if that makes a 'lick' of sense. in some strange ways my brain says "aventinus". this smells really good.

taste etc...
active carbonation (too be expected) and a bit more prickly than some hefes.. but yet oddly smooth. Not a big wheat taste is delievered, the bannana is more apparent, also the lemon component in some hefes seems absent here. the wheat flavor is there.. and a nice mild bitterness and lingering carbonation.. but the wheat does not fully coat like some (leaving that dough tasting goodness and dryness to wish for another sip). This is a bit gassy also. This drinks heavier than most hefes.. I like it though but I have to judge for the style... too heavy for the style (if you think hefes are too light try this one). This is a hefe with alot of character but is somewhat underwhelming in the overall flavor.

verdict?
worth a try for sure. not your typical hefe... and certainly not good for a day like today (sweltering).. it just isn't crisp and refreshing... but for someone who likes darker things (grace jones?) this is your hefe, it drinks heavy but does carry most of the traits of a regular hefe. For the price a very interesting and good beer.

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