Waterkeeper Hefeweizen
SweetWater Brewing Company

Waterkeeper HefeweizenWaterkeeper Hefeweizen
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #561
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,131
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
435
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SweetWater Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Reviews by bubseymour:
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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
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cjgator3 from Florida

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Aug 09, 2014
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100200300 from Georgia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

Jul 23, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

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

12oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a large, fluffy head of foam. It smelled of banana, clove and wheat. Nice banana and wheat taste with a touch of spices.

Aug 10, 2014
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ImperatorScab from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Aug 16, 2014
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nickfl from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Jun 20, 2013
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bongobeer from Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Sep 08, 2014
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer from Sweetwater, and basically this is a real hefeweizen- with one exception: it's too highly hopped. Pours a straw color, and at first I thought it was appropriately hazy, but I believe I'm just seeing mostly chill haze, because the beer clears up a great deal after warming up. Appropriate head, and good carbonation, even some lacing. Fairly light in the nose, but starts with a spritz of lemon and then some hints of banana and clove as well as a bit of some graininess. The taste has those same notes of lemon and banana, and perhaps a little clove as well, but they are largely obscured by some dry piney hop flavors. Although the hops are pleasant enough, it seems a shame to generate the lovely fruit notes of a true hefeweizen and then obscure them in this manner. Light and spicy in the mouth with a short burst of citrus at the finish and a somewhat prolonged bitterness. Decent, but I'd like to see the hops toned down or a different varietal used. It's supposed to only be 15 IBUs, but comes off as more.

Jun 09, 2011
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NickyT from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

Oct 24, 2013
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crwrunner from Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Jul 06, 2014
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drherrma from Georgia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Jul 24, 2013
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witster18 from Tennessee

3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

THis isn't a true hefe. It's half hefe/half witbier... leaning towards the ladder.

I just had a VIctory WHirlwind Wit and HONESTLY, I don't think I could tell these two beers apart. Both are safe, spritzy, light-bodied wits... It's truly sad when Blue Moon is more true to the style than 75% of the American Hefe offerings available. Come on Victory, come on Sweetwater - I'd prefer a Blue Moon over this, and that's a wee-bit depressing.

This has a touch more sourness and hoppy bitterness in the finish than the victory whirlwind, but it'd still be hard to tell them apart.

Both beers are average. This one's style in taste versus on the label is flat-out wrong.

And as for witbiers - I'm still waiting for anything to compare with Allagash or the retired Celis White... the u.s. is doing quite well with the dark beers IMO, but these wits and hefe's are seriously suffering in comparison to the German offerings. I don't mind a Allagash,Kellerweis, Sprecher Hefe, or Crack'd Wheat from New Glarus, but after that these styles in America leave much to be desired. Mothership Wit isn't bad. But, calling this 'Waterkeeper hefe' and comparing it to say Schneider-Weisse, or Hacker.. is like Florida A&M against Florida in College Football... a blowout!

Jul 01, 2011
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MarkElkins from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Aug 15, 2013
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Jun 22, 2014
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djgustafson from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Aug 18, 2014
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DrinkinBoy from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Appears a bright hazy straw gold color with a cream white head. Retention and lacing are below average.

S - Classic hefeweizen yeast aroma notes, mostly focused on clover rather than bubblegum and banana. Does have a nice grain note in the background similar to corn.

T - Flavor begins very light and crisp, which works into sweet flavor from grain bill in the middle. The finish really compliments the nose and fruity aromas. Aftertaste is short and clean.

M - Medium body. Decent amount of carbonation for style.

O - Definitely worth a try. Seeing this style come out from SweetWater is very exciting. It is great to see them move away from a majority of their new beers, which seem to be standard versions of styles with an higher content of American hops.

Aug 25, 2013
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RocksteadyRye from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -15.7%

Jul 29, 2013
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whitekiboko from South Carolina

2/5  rDev -43.8%

Dec 27, 2011
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kmos27 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Aug 22, 2013
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professordoktor from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at an Atlanta Whole Foods and poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a moderately murky straw color with a good inch and a half of head that dies back quickly to just a whisper of lacing. Carbonation looks light and lively.

Mostly heavy yeast, wheat grain and straw with dry meyer lemon on the nose.

Man, this is one spicy hefe. It's heavily hopped, which seems to enhance the more robust spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and mace and downplay the more delicate fruit esters. There is a nice base of wheat bread and dry, tart lemon throughout. The finish is dominated by yeasty, hoppy bitterness and lingering lemon sourness.

Mouthfeel is typical for a hefe, though a bit on the full end.

Overall, it's interesting what the added hops and assertive yeast do to the taste profile of an otherwise standard hefe, but the level of spice and the heavy, bitter finish keep it from attaining the level of clean refreshment offered by more traditional styles. I would categorize this as an Americanized "Imperial" hefeweizen, without being quite as over the top as that name might imply.

Jun 16, 2011
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%

Favorite style of mine. Decent smell with a good taste. Something is a little off but I can't put my finger on what it is. Just not as clean and smooth as many hefe. Sweet but not a lot more to offer in the taste. Overall this is a pretty good beer but nothing special. Would certainly not turn this down if offered but not one that I would seek out.

Nov 27, 2014
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Minkybut from Virginia

2/5  rDev -43.8%

Jul 24, 2014
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theschmooz from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Aug 05, 2014
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Jul 24, 2014
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darkwinggaryl from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Aug 15, 2013
Waterkeeper Hefeweizen from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 435 ratings