Waterkeeper Hefeweizen
SweetWater Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #571
Ranked #45,050
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Waterkeeper HefeweizenWaterkeeper Hefeweizen
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by 8/23/15"; drank 7/21/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi -opaque orange/yellow appearance.

HUGE fluffy & noisy eggnog head (careful pouring!); strong lace.

Banana, mild citrus & faint black pepper notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Wheat, banana & mild orange citrus flavors up front; mild clove notes on the finish.

A nice, refreshing hefe for the summer months.

Dec 07, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 7/4/3: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, deep gold with a huge, foamy, slightly off-white head that leaves too few patches and rings of lace for its size and grandeur. Aroma is ester loaded with wheat, banana and lemon, cloves, bready malt faint grassy hops and a detracting sulfur like hint. Taste is wheat, banana and cloves with hints of coriander, lemon and grassy hops. The sulfur hint is not detectable in the mouth. Mildly sweet in the finish, peppery throughout the sip. Medium body, dry and delicate but heavily carbonated.

Dec 06, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In my ceaseful effort to find an American brewed Hefeweizen comparable to Hacker-Pschorr or Paulaner I will occasionally take a flyer and this was a short trip.

As Hefes go this one isn't too shabby. It has the right elements and is fairly well put together, just doesn't quite match up to the German marks but then they've had a few centuries head start in brewing the style. I found this one to be just a touch too tart which for me threw off the balance.

More than drinkable though and wouldn't mind another round.

Apr 10, 2016
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle into a Mason pint.
A. Light gold straw yellow with a big two finger soapy head.
S. Lots of wheat, light citrus, slightly astringent, wet grass
T. Meh, wheat galore, adjunct kinda taste, wet straw and grass.
M. Thin and watery.
O. I just can't get into this kind of beer, maybe on a hot day and this was ice cold, but wheat beers fill me up fast. This is your average run of the mill kind of heffeweizen

Mar 02, 2016
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Zaktcc from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a mildly hazy, golden color with a fluffy, white, 2 finger head. Decently good head retention and lacing vaguely present. Classique hefe look.

S - Good scented beer though lacking as pronounced aromas. Honestly, the most dominant aroma was that of hops for me, which came as a surprise. Bread malts and notes of banana vaguely present. Not as aromatic as most hefe's but still decent.

T - The flavors don't live up to the aromas- in a positive way! The tastes are more full and robust as to be expected with a hefe. Banana is the most dominant taste, followed with a decent blend of malt and hop as well as cloves and spice. Enjoyable

M - Fairly smooth and drinkable with crisp aftertaste. Little to harsh on carbonation for my tastes but still pleasant. Medium bodied beer.

O - A decently well done rendition of a hefe. First brew from SweetWater; intrigued to try more from them.

Nov 08, 2015
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1ale_man from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to tulip glass.
Orangy, yellow with haze.
Great smell. Bananas and cloves.
Taste mirrors smell with some malt.
Feel was just right to me. Not thick, but with enough to "feel" it.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Would love some more but alas have to travel to Alabama to replenish. Maybe soon.

Oct 28, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass. This nice hefe pours a lightly hazt golden color with a very nice head of white foam that settles to the decent ring and thin layer with light lacing. Nose of banana, subtle clove, and light earthy yeasty goodness. Flavors follow with soft wheat and light sweet bubblegum on all sides, followed by a banana note to the middle, and light sweet bread to the back. Finish is lightly dry and refreshing with good effervescent carbonation. Decent for the style.

Sep 09, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass.

4.5 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Big ass four fingers of creamy/pillowy off-white head. Retention is very good like it's supposed to be and glass covering lacing is left.

3.75 S: Musty with herbal/earthy/grainy wheat from the start. Peppery yeastiness with notes of semi-bitter orange peel and bubblegum. The musty/earthiness is something I don't encounter too often in the style, but it sure does work well.

4.0 T: The taste is closer to the typical hefe. Big peppery yeast spiciness, banana, bubblegum, orange peel. Again grainy and not too dry and not too sweet; right where it should be.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good bubbly carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. A bit different from the typical hefe, but has all the required components as well.

Sep 01, 2015
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Hefeweizen. Has a slightly sweet taste with plenty of carbonation. Came high,y recommended from a local beer shop when I was visiting in Atlanta and I can see why. Nothing particularly surprising about it, but lit you like Hefeweizens you won't go wrong with this one.

Aug 29, 2015
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abastias from Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz pour to shaker pint glass. BBD: 09/23/15 ABV:?

A: Clear golden straw color with thick, short lived, large-but-delicate bubbled foam. A full pour adds haziness from sediment.
S: Orange peel, lemon, bubble gum.
T: Wheaty, kiwi, spicy front end.
M: Full mouthfeel, with wet, carbonation pinch on the front of the tongue. Dry finish.
O: Crisp, spicy, and light hefe. Classic.

Aug 27, 2015
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at mellow mushroom out of a pint glass. Color was more gold than yellow and more translucent than opaque than I'd like in a hefe. The nose and flavor were full of banana and cloves, no weird aftertaste like you can sometimes get with this kind of beer. The mouthfeel was exactly how id want it, plenty of carbonation and nice and soft. Maybe slightly underrated.

Aug 25, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good wheat beer and recommended for those days when you want a refreshing beer with loads of flavor. It is a good example of the style.

It opens a dirty gold color with a decent head, made up of biggish bubbles. The aroma is a grain, dry, hoppy smell - quite interesting and robust.

The taste is balanced yeasty / fruity malty flavors with some bitterness. It works well. The flavor is not subdued in any way - it is up front.

The finish is dryer and more bitter but the yeasty fruity taste lingers after all else is gone. Good stuff.

Aug 08, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden in color, with a very faint haze. Not nearly as hazy or cloudy as a beer of this style should be. No head retention, but thats okay with this one.

Smells like a decent to good hefe... just doesnt quite look like one.

The taste is of your basic hefeweizen, banana esters, pear esters, a bit of cloves.

SOLID carbonation. Thats the attribute of this beer I am most impressed with is the carbonation. Very fizzy, prickly carbonation throughout the session, which makes for a highly refreshing beer on a hot summer day.

Jul 30, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Weizen glass. Surprisingly small white head despite a moderate pour - head retreated quickly. Huge banana with some yeast and wheat on the nose. Taste was bold, with more banana and some yeast with breadiness that faded into a soft finish. Seemed a bit one-dimensional compared to the classics, but a nice summer drink.

Jul 30, 2015
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold, with a big, billowy head of foam
Aroma-Subtle wheat note, clove
Taste-Faint clove and coriander, wheat, subtle banana.
Very refreshing and traditional Hefe.

Jul 24, 2015
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TH28 from Florida

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. 8/23/15 code date. Appearance: Golden and nearly clear, with a quickly dissipating foam cap. No apparent yeast left in the bottle. Aroma: Apple and pear esters dominate, more typical of Belgian yeast than German. Typical banana and clove is missing. Taste: Sweet, spicy Apple and pear esters abound. Bitterness only enough to offset the sweetness Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with only the slightest creaminess. Carbonation is low for the style. Finish: Lingering pear and spice, with a hint of graininess on the tongue. Overall: Decent beer, but kisses them ark for what I’d expect from a hefe. No yeast present in bottle, low carbonation, and yeast character skews more Belgian than German

Jul 11, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
This beer has a nice golden color with a medium sized white head.
The aroma is of wheat and malt with little to no hop or yeast backing
The flavor is of semi-sweet wheat.
The palate is medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a slightly oily texture
Overall- An average hefeweizen, I find most Sweetwater brews over-rated.

Jul 09, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. While retention isn't great, it's slightly better than other in the style. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass, as well. (3.5)

Smell: Hrm. It offers some of the usual hefeweizen notes (wheat, clove, banana) along with an additional touch of coriander, but there seems to be something off about it. Wait, now it hits me - this is cardboardy. Dammit. This would have been decent otherwise, but the cardboard tanks it. (2.25)

Taste: I'm happy to report the flavor profile seems less cardboard-esque. But I'm also sad to report I still get some of that unwanted flavor. It starts off with a combination of wheat and candied sugar, before transitioning into a slightly spicy finish. Think clove with a touch of supporting coriander. Cardboard is ever omnipresent, too. This isn't a very good hefeweizen. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: This doesn't seem that crisp or dry. The carbonation is good, but that doesn't help much. The whole thing just feels insipid and hard to drink. (2.5)

Overall: I love great causes. I don't love this beer. It tastes better than it smells - and that's about it. This is pretty low on the totem pole as far as hefeweizens go. I'll be hard pressed to even drink this again...and that's a shame - what a great cause to support. (2.5)

2.6/5: Good intentions don't equate to a good hefeweizen

Jul 09, 2015
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a hazy, pure gold body.

Smells like a nice blend of bright grains and earthy malts.

I taste attributes of a properly constructed hefeweizen- clove, banana esters, and a touch bubblegum. These guys have done a very nice job at executing the profile of these style in the taste department. Great balance and finish to this brew

This beer's mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Nice job, "clean water" :)

Overall, I'll give Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen - SweetWater Brewing Company a 4.25. I hope to see this in individual packaging, as I got this out of Sweetwater's Tackle Box.

Jun 26, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen brewed by SweetWater Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.70% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell rich with flavors and sweetness. You pick up on hops and grains. This is a real inviting brew. Now for the taste it is rich a nice, smooth sweetness of fruits and grains. You pick up banana, and other fruits in the taste of this brew. The mouthfeel of Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen, is Bold, rich and Smooth. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a nice balance to it. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. SweetWater Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen, a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

Jun 26, 2015
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Gote from South Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I was skeptical when everyone was saying "banana" but there it is. Not overpowering and not that awful artificial banana flavoring so it was surprisingly tasty. Maybe not something I'd go out of my way to buy again but I'm glad I drank it.

Jun 23, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light amber with a moderate white head. Nose to me says hefeweizen. Flavor talks banana and wheat, hence: hefeweizen to me. Gutes bier!

Jun 22, 2015
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dpodratsky3 from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Bright gold with head that refuses to give up, settles to a nice covering but lingers and clings to glass - pure white, could have a little more depth to the color but good

S: Not much a yeast aroma, mostly clean malt and a very light grassy hop

T: Similar to the aroma, but the yeast definitely comes through here, still dominated by a smooth sweet wheat flavor, a little sweet after a few tastes

F: Has nice creamy body to it, but finishes dry, good for a taste, but not great for the whole glass

O: A solid hefeweizen but that's it

Jun 19, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, wheat. Taste is delicious. Banana, cloves, spices, some wheat, glass is becoming empty quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

Jan 30, 2015
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +18.8%

This is a fine and well executed Hef. Nothing spectacular in the flavor profile but it was done very well to the style. Body has a tinge of fizziness which distracts a little. Otherwise, flavorful and enjoyable.

Dec 10, 2014
Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
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