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Licher HefeweizenLicher Hefeweizen

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Licher Privatbrauerei

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy grapefruit orange and pink and is topped with a large, thick and bubbly white head. After a few moments the bubbles pop and the head slowly fades, leaving a thin sheet of wavy lace behind. Clove, yeast, banana; all the usual suspects, rise to the nose in sublime fashion. Mouth-feel is a bit thinner than what you would expect, since the aroma was so perfect and thick. However, it's still top notch in the taste department with more cloves, banana, some squirts of citrus and some sweet malts in the background. Big carbonation and a good mix of drinkability and taste make this one exceptional hefe.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Psilo707
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a mug, this beer produces a thick creamy head that is almost overwhelming. Lacing is erratic and scattered but looking pretty good. The smell is one of bananas and honey and is very inviting.

Taste is pretty good, a very "high pitched" taste. No dark undertones whatsoever. Very fruity and stinging in a good way. Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty good, as well as the drinkability. I could see myself drinking many of these no problem.

Overall a decent Hefe.

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Photo of drizzam
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 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 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 RoyalT
2.29/5  rDev -38.6%
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 stcules
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
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 scottoale
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. brown bottle with foiled labels(3) and
some sort of bottling date code on the back label. It pours an apricot-orange gold with just the slightest bit of haze to it. Just 1/2" of white foamy cap that settles rather quickly and not too lively of carbonation is visible.

Sweet doughy malt, wheat, banana and a hint of lemon come to the nose. A nice citric fruitiness.

Starts off sweet and fruity, with the maltiness turning wheaty, then winds down with a lemony tartness. Very nicely balanced and one of the better Hefe's that i've tasted.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation that leaves a little tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. An easy drinkin, sessionable warm weather brew.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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 JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(On tap in Giessen, Germany)

Cloudy, honey yellow, towering frothy head

Robust wheat beer smell of lemon, banana, soft grain

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wonderfully soft texture and a medium body but is not a heavy beer; so fresh, with notes of lemon, banana, and some spices (hint of clove maybe); finishes dry and tart

Was really impressed by this beer; was one of my favorites in Germany and really got me liking wheats again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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 NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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 birchstick
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hefe pours a cloudy yellow, with a nice frothy head that sticks around. It smells very, very sweet and citrusy, with hints of pear and green apple. The taste is good. It has a bit of cloves, prominent banana and a little bit of bubble-gum taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, this is a very good hefe--it does not stand out from others too much, however it this is a very solid beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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 reddomino
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy gold with a nice, frothy, off-white head. Smells of bread with citrus and spice undertones. The taste is surprisingly heavy on the citrus, given the strong bread notes of the scent. Hints of banana and honey are also present. Pretty heavily carbonated for a Weissbier, provides an unexpected carbonation burn on the tip and sides of the tongue.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought this in a three-pack of 500ml bottles at "metro" (mai4de2long2) in beijing.

dated ("best by"?) 11/28/08

hazy, golden straw color with orange tint. great foamy head slowly fades to thin layer. decent lacing.

good, typical weizen aromas. phenolic and fruity with hints of banana and citrus, and some apple and pear. yeast in the background.

taste is a little more phenolic and almost - almost - medicinal, but not quite enough to make it distracting. so it's still decent. some malty sweetness in addition to the fruit. mild bitterness rounds out the flavor profile.

creamy, smooth, with moderate and lively carbonation.

pretty good, and much better than erdinger, the more commonly-found weissbier in china.

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Photo of AltBock
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle that was poured into a Weizen glass. It has the usual bright lemon yellow color and the usual massive creamy head of white foam. It had pretty good retention that left behind a small white film and just a few spots of lace. The taste started off innocent enough with citrus fruits, a hint of banana, a few cloves, and a small trace of spicy hops. The real surprise was at the end when it got smoky with beechwood and sweet smoked malts. Was this Hefeweizen brewed in Bamberg, Germany? I could detect a little smokyness in the taste, but there wasn't as much here as there was in the aroma. Besides the light smokyness, there really wasn't all that much after it. The only other flavors that were in the taste were cloves, subtle banana, and bready malts. The mouthfeel was light of course, but this beer had a minor aftertaste of bready malts and spicy hops. In the end, this beer is really nothing out of the oridinary. Well, maybe not because I've never had a Hefeweizen that had a smoky aroma to it.

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Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

half liter bottle poured into a weizen glass. poures a hazy light golden color with a few fingers of tight off-white head and amber highlights.

aroma is fruity and aromatic, with fruit notes including cirtus and a distant banana. a bit of apple and pale malt is present as well.

taste is fruity, with the same notes as above. a grainy character from the malts comes through after a couple minutes, alongside a more pronounced banana in the finish.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a tart texture and a smooth finish. a mild CO2 bite is present as well.

drinkability is good. a standard weizen. refreshing and fruity, while remaining satisfying. prost!

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Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got to love Hefeweizens!

This beer pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with a gorgeous two inch frothy top that refuses to go away. Through the clouds I can see long lines of carbonation that fuel the head, and a few minutes later the head leaves behind slight spotting. This hefe isn't too lacy, but that's nothing out of the ordinary with this type of brew.

A prominent banana-wheat smell that's twisted with a citrus tingles the senses.

When you empty the glass into your mouth the wheat hits you first and leaves behind a tingly citrus aftertaste in the mid to back of the tongue. A smooth clean brew in my opinion. Though not as refined as the more expensive hefeweizens, this drink definately holds its own! Highly recommended!

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dsa7783
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, refreshing brew that pours a nice yellowish/amber color with a nice head that has some staying power... The appearance is great, and really looks like a great brew... The smell is above average and the taste is very appealing, with a strong wheat and citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is likewise very good and its easy drinkability make this a super sample that I really enjoyed. Copped a 16.9 oz bottle for $2.25 and it was definitely worth it... Too bad I can't find this one in a six-pack, as I'd certainly get it... Definitely recommended to anyone a fan of the style... Go for it...

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Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of bushbeer75
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle

Licher Hefe Weizen poured an orange golden hazy color with a big [approx. 2”] fluffy white head that has staying power - A good appearance that is inviting. Smell and taste is of citrus, clove, yeast, a little bubble gum and slight banana at the finish. Mouth feel is smooth and richer than an average Hefe.

Good refreshing easy drinker. This is a Hefe Weizen that hits the style and I sure will revisit.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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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