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Brewed by:
Licher Privatbrauerei
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 05-09-2006

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3.73
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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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Photo of DogFood11
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured carefully into a pils glass it forms a huge creamy loose head that has amazing staying power. Tons of fine carbonation play a supporting role. Yellow body with some copper towards the core. The appearance is very appetizing and the crowned mountainous head is a sight to see, like a lump of mashed potatoes sitting atop on a float.

After the head settled a bit I went in for a closer inspection. First whiff had me thinking of Weihestenphaner Hefe, a world class Hefe by most standards. The fruit bill is dominant and can be somewhat syrupy sweet at times. The wheat profile is also rather large for a Hefe. A big Hefe? this seems to fit the bill and it works well. Subtle spices give this a bit of a backbone. Bready malts tend to minimize the clove presence.

Notes: While its rich and deep it is a bit too sweet for my palate and some more spices would have been welcomed.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is nice.

It pours a few shades darker than most Hefes, but still within the style range. It is a very pleasant orange with a huge, everlasting head.

The smell is muted for a weizen, which I really like. I'm not a huge fan of overly estery beers, and this one has a nice light apricot and banana nose with just a faint whiff of clove. The taste follows the smell with a nice bready character added.

The mouthfeel is a little watery. The carbonation helps beef it up a little, but overall the mouthfeel is lacking.

But drinkability? This is a great hot-weather beer. I really like it. Not too extreme, just pleasantly drinkable. I think it might get boring after a a liter or two, but it is still nicely quaffable.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's always nice to find a previously unheard of, authentic weizen brew, kindling hopes that you've stumbled across a hidden gem. Of course, there coould be a reason it's so little known. At 1.69 for a 500ml bottle at Grapes and Hops (Fayetteville's best store), the price was right to find out.

Beautiful light amber color with the requisite two inches of fluffy snow on top and translucent body. Nose is a blast of sweet wheat with candy banana flavors and a little light on the clove. Still a definitely enticing experience.

Gaudy blast of malt up front with the sweet banana flavor from the nose followed by a moderate bite from the clove and a heavy wheat wave of an aftertaste that drenches the palate in wet, sweet, yeasty, wheat flavors. Mouthfeel could stand a little thickening. A little over the top flavorwise for me to be perfect but a nice efffort and deserving of greater reknown at a bargain price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +19%
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 peabody
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out into my Weisse glass a slightly cloudy pale yellow/brown with lots of suds due to the extreme carbonation in this beer.
The smell is pretty good as I am comparing it to Weihenstephaner
HefeWeissbier. I can detect banana and clove and a yeasty fruity smell that stands up pretty well to the Weihen.
First taste is citrus and clove and banana. The wheat is back behind the citrus and I only can taste it after the brew has warmed a bit. The Weihen is a better and more complex hefe.
The mouthfeel is a bit dirtier than the Weihen and there is not as much diversity of flavor.
I could drink the Licher but if the Weihenstephaner is available I would spring for it.
Pretty good otherwise.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This .5l brown bottle of Licher Weizen had a freshness date and poured a deep gold to orange with an appropriately large fluffy white head which dissipated slowly.

The aroma of this beer was dominated by clovey phenolics, but had a slight citrusy tone and a toasty malt component as well.

The flavor of this Hefe Weizen was quite unique; it contained elements of toasty malt and wheat malt, as well as slight malt sweetness which were balanced nicely by citrus notes and clovey phenols. This beer also had a nice acidic bite and a slight alcoholic flavor as well.

A medium bodied Hefe Wezen, Licher Weizen had a good mouth coat and a mellow degree of carbonation for a Weissbier. A slight warming character was also detectable, likely due to the phenolics.

Altogether, Licher Weizen is a great Hefe Weizen. In my opionion, it is quite different than the Munich Hefe Weissbiers, as there seems to be a little more emphasis on malt character as opposed to a narrower focus on fermentation characters. I was surprised to find this beer in the states. Well worth it if you can find some… a definite if you are a fan of the style

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

Picked up case while I was in Germany last month.

Pours a very hazy, murky orange/copper with a two finger head that fades sowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick sheet of lace.

Smell; bananas, cloves and wheat are all there as they should be in a good Hefe-Weizen. There's also a nice spiciness in the nose that I'm really digging.

Taste; ripe bananas, cloves and wheat. The spiciness that I liked in the nose comes out just as nicely in the flavor. I don't know to describe the spices other than slightly peppery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and definitely on the creamy side, and I find this to be very drinkable.

I picked this up on the recommendation of a local that started talking to me about beer as I was browsing the selection of Hefe's. I'm glad he talked me into this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Ego
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a half-liter at the local grocery store for $1.19. I've never heard of the brewery before. Franziskaner goes for $1.89 a bottle at the same store.

Pours a cloudy brown, instead of the orange color prominent in other hefes. A nice, foamy white head that doesn't last as long as I expected.

Nice banana aroma and a full, fruity taste with very low hoppiness. A sweet, grainy finish with moderate carbonation. An excellent mouthfeel, just the right consistency to coat the mouth and linger after each drink. This bottle won't last long.

One of the best values I've seen, and I factored that into the ratings above. If it were the same price as Fanz. or Weisensteph., I would have rated it slightly lower.

Aroma: 8, Appearance: 2, Flavor: 14, Mouthfeel: 4, Overall Imp.: 7 (35/50)

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 mdagnew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a hazy, dark golden orange colour... Slightly off white head poured with typical hefe foaminess and a nice thickish layer lasted until near the end...

Aroma - Nice strong typical Hefe smells... strong cloves, banana and hints of vanilla, floral, spicy, light sweet malts, some grassiness, little or no malts...

Taste – Definite cloves and banana, peppery, creaminess, some light honey sweetness, light biscuity malts, citrusy (lemons), some spiciness, light oranges, faint hops... all come together very nicely...

Feel - Initially smooth then spritzy after... medium body... very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... A nice find as i'd never heard of this one before... Recommended...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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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