Licher Hefeweizen | Licher Privatbrauerei

Licher HefeweizenLicher Hefeweizen
BA SCORE
3.75/5
133 Ratings
Licher HefeweizenLicher Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Licher Privatbrauerei
Germany
licher.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Globetrotter on 05-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,176
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
133
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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 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 Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle - poured into a weizen glass.

Pours golden with a large, pillowy white head that settles to a hazy cover, leaving minimal spots of lacing.

The smell is of banana/clove with wheat tang.

The taste is banana/clove - plenty of clove. As it progresses, the clove diminishes giving way to wheat tang. If the initial part's characteristics held throughout the duration, I would have enjoyed it more, I'd say. However, as it is it holds its own and has a pleasant enough taste.

A nice, traditional HW.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a .5ml bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured into a Sam Adams glass, its a clear gold at first, followed by a haze when I get down to the bottom of the bottle. This was a relatively clean hefe. It still had the trademark banana and clove, but it was much more subtle than say, a Franziskaner. Overall the flavor is surprisingly light, with a dry mouthfeel. Not bad to sessioning I suppose.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter bottle from Mattern Sausage, on to the beer:

We have a partly cloudy blonde body with some hues of sunrise and a big billowy head at first, but then drops into thin lacing. The aroma is nutty major banana bread (banana nut bread?) notes. Moving onto the liquid itself, the body is light, but undercarbonated. The flavor screams banana bread, and there's a fume of alcohol that follows it. There's some hop extract flavoring between it all. Hint of sourdough bread too. A bit nutty with slight phenolic notes.

Notes: This hefe gives people a reason to say beer is liquid bread.

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Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 Haybeerman
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden orange color, off tan head.

S: Fresh banana bread on nose.

T: Light and fruity, creamy bread palate and flavor with some cloves. Light carbonation that still brings out the spices and yeast flavor nicely. Nice complexity.

M: creamy mouthful. Spicy phenols finish this beer out with some fruity tones.

D: Great drinkability, big flavor and another great example per style. Overall a definite recommend.

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Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BB 19/06/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark orangey-yellow golden, murky, topped with a superbly-lasting off-white froth supported by constant streams of moderate carbonation.
S: mildly grainy, soft wheatiness, sticky sugar-ness and an elegant banana-ish esters make a smooth entrance, while mango-sorbet, green-asparagus juice and sugar-cane juice play the second fiddle. Just a faint touch of clove-ish spiciness comes in to accompany the soft aroma. Overall, well-balanced, soft, quiet, but enticing...
T: semi-dry as well as mildly-flavoured upfront, featuring mainly tartly sweet tropical fruits, a dirty-cloth like yeastiness, and rather light spiciness as of white pepper and clove. The light finish has more sour-sweet fruitiness and wheatish aroma lingering.
M&D: the texture remains consistently ultra-soft, with very fine fizziness to match the light and refreshing body. Alas, a quality product as it is, its flavour profile gears towards the boring side, showing relatively little enticing flavours to make it stand out as a delicious and more-ish hefe-weizen.

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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