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Brewed by:
Licher Privatbrauerei
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 05-09-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
128
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.53%
 
 
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 128
Photo of Sconnie25
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a six pack of this from an Aldi grocery store in Rib Mountain, WI. Licher Hefeweizen pours a cloudy golden hue with a decent head and a nice lacing. The aroma has hints of malt, banana and cloves. The flavor is malty with hints of wheat at first and finishes with banana and cloves like the aroma. Overall this is a nice Hefeweizen but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'll begin this review by saying the Aldi has impressed me at times with their <$7-a-sixer offerings in the past, so perhaps I've adjusted my expectations. Beer pours a nice, cloudy lemony yellow with a fat head that hangs around for a while. Seems like a lot of the depth of color comes from the suspensions rather than the body of the beer itself; strikes me as a lot lighter in hue than many of its style counterparts. Smell is standard banana-and-bubblegum sweetness of a decent wheat: what you'd expect, no more and no less. Taste is similarly standard, though the taste is much less sweet than the nose would imply. Perhaps a bit fuller mouthfeel than I'd expect (which I like), but still plenty easy to drink. Not at the top of style (or particularly close), but nothing bad about this beer at all, particularly at the price point. I will note that my attitude changed significantly from the first I quaffed to the third (which the review came from) over the course of two nights.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light yellow hay color.
Smell is strong banana.
Taste is strong banana and very spicy wheat and clove. If you like strong flavor then you'll love this.
Feels heavier than other hefes I've had.
Overall, i like paulaner and weinsthephaner better than this. This is too strong taste wise and heavy for a hefeweizen. But some may like that. I like a light hefe. Not a bad beer though.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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, clove, wheat, a 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 mooseisloose
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a half liter, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice earthy yeasty waft. Pours into a big chalice to a cloudy dark yellow with a huge white micro bubble head. On the taste this brew is fresh and quite carbonated. Not a whole lot here to write home about, typical wheat beer, refreshing and by far more sweet than bitter. A good drinker, representative of the style.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Mllibre
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I prefer to others of its kind, for its softness and for a very balanced feel of aromas and flavors. The slightly sweet tone gives greater enjoyment in the mouth, without being annoying.

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Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
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 dar482
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a hazy orange, yellow color with a foamy head.

The taste is wonderful. Huge banana bumble gum, a smooth wheat mouthfeel, and a slight hint of lemon. A round complex flavor. There isn't much spiciness, but more of that bready banana fruity roundness.

One of my favorite hefeweizens.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/26/13.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, fermented banana, and some earthy spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct caramel covered banana flavor 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 but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is banana and lemon with a sharp grapefruit injection. Nice though.
The taste is very "wheaty" with some banana, finishes with a slight sour note.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A tasty hefe with a bit different taste, but still nice.

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Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber in the pint shaker-- it's the classic look. Rather modest head for a Hefeweizen, but quite spritzy and sharp in the mouth.

This one is a little more tart and edgy than some of the bubblegum monsters. It does have a pleasant mouthful of the German esters. A nice banana tang. More fruity than most with a great nose of peaches and cherries. Just a hint of cloves. Seemingly untouched by hops, but somehow perfectly balanced.

Another example of the Germans knowing what they're doing with these classic styles. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Ramstein AB sports bar. Served in weizen glass with average head and hazy golden color. Not as much banana taste in this one, but decent flavor overall.

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Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hefe...not top tier, but tasty and refreshing anyway. Pours a hazy dark dull gold with a really big delicate, bubbly head. Head retention is good, lacing minimal.

Aroma is just a bit better than average, cloves and banana

Taste is better than average as well. Some wheat bitterness with bananas, cloves and not as much yeast presence as some of the really good hefes.

Mouthfeel is about right for a hefe. Crisp, astringent characteristics, rich enough.

All in all a good hefe, just not in the Paulaner etc. class.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Delaney's into a weizen glass.

A: Surprisingly (but not totally) clear pale orange body topped with two fingers of fine white head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not bad, but no better than average.

S: Clove-bomb. Light wheat + banana. Clean and approachable, but a bit simple.

T: Wheat malt sweetness, clove spice, and a pleasantly piquant finish. Simple and effective.

M: Soft medium body, moderate carbonation. Delicate and enjoyable.

O: This is a decent, highly drinkable beer, but it pales in comparison to some of the better ones available - both from Germany and the US. Give me a Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pshorr, Schneider, Live Oak, or New Glarus weizen any day.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into my Erdinger glass.

It pours a hazy gold with a huge, almost uncontrollable foamy white head. The head is fantastic, not a bad looking beer.

The smell is definitely sweet. It is banana-y with some strong malt and wheat. The clove is also there.

The flavor is okay, mostly wheat. There is some banana too. It is a bit bland, the mouthfeel is way too watery. This beer is only a day from its best by date so that might be why.

It is decent.

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a big pure white head that settled into a puffy cap.

The aroma has the typical bavarian hefe characteristics; dominate banana and clove to go along with a bready wheat malt. Some overripe apples.

Light banana and clove flavors. Nothing too strong. The malt is very smooth and a bit bready. Nothing sharp or sour that some hefe's can get. Perhaps a touch of grain. A dash of pepper in the end.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Quite smooth and refreshing. Has a nice neutral finish.

This is a fine hefeweizen. The yeast flavors aren't the strongest but they are enjoyable. The malt profile is quite neutral thus it lets the yeast standout more than it would have.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmm. Thought this was one i've had. Probably had and never reviewed... Its sitting in front of me. And its a muggy night. Being great for hef but an awful night for getting a good head on a beer. Looks like a wonder bread loaf cloudy. With about two fingers of head that are rendered slippery to the weather. A ring soon enough. A good frothy feel of almond and flowers. Marzipan and chalk. Nose of husk, lemon, that expands into apple. Palate is bready. Not as bright as i would like right now. A tad sweet. Feel the cotton candy on the teeth. Some clove notes that are yeast driven for sure. As it flattens that apple is the dominant animal.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's in New Haven, CT. Served in a .5L Weizen glass.

Nice dark golden color to this one. Great opacity with moderate lacing and ample carbonation.

Typical hefeweizen aroma, a little heavy on the clove.

Pretty much mimics the aroma. Nice wheat tang at the beginning, cloves abound, with a lasting sweetness and spice. Very good example of a hefeweizen.

Slightly wet, refreshing carbonation.

Easy drinker, perfect for a spring day, but for the summer I would like it to be a little sweeter.

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Photo of atlason
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Hefeweizen vase.

A: Slightly hazy pale gold, generous head with some small amount of lacing.

S: Malted wheat

T: This brew is more on the clove side than banana. Classic orange, malted wheat

M: Medium attenuation and carbonation levels.

Overall a good example of the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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 BlackHaddock
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
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 ghostwalker
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber body with a thick whipped-cream head. Swirls of smoky looking yeast residue after I swirled the bottle and poured the dregs. A vision.

Nose is sweet and spicy. Plenty of clove and banana, just like mom used to make.

Flavor is mild and sweet. Interesting hefe flavors are here in force, but do not overwhelm. Banana more than clove, I'd say. A really, really tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is slightly silky from the frothy head. Nice and easy on the palate.

A top-notch beer for a hot day, which it always is out here! Thanks to AAFES for finally bringing us something worth drinking. This will be an Oktoberfest to remember.

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