Sweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Waterkeeper HefeweizenSweetwater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Squire123
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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 when for me threw off the balance.

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

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Photo of Omnium
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
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

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of abastias
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jp32
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TH28
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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

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Photo of ordybill
3.12/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
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

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of Gote
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of tone77
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours an orange to copper color in a weizen glass with a nice head that dissipates slowly leaving a little lacing down the glass.

Smell is of spice, clove, orange and banana. Smell is not overpowering but there is enough that you can appreciate it.

Taste is of the spices and clove with the orange and banana coming in during the middle of the taste then a biscuity bread taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is a little watery but with enough body to appreciate. Carbonation was decent when I poured the beer but was pretty tame by the end of the glass.

Overall, a really nice beer but nothing to write home about. I like the beer and would be willing to buy it again if I was looking for a craft Hefeweizen.

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