Flood Waters Series: Highwater Hefeweizen | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Flood Waters Series: Highwater HefeweizenFlood Waters Series: Highwater Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by mdfb79 on 10-29-2012

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of blaumer
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrancisM12
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikr
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of milesweaver
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patbrown2
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Amber color, very dark for a hefeweizen, not far from a dunkelweizen along the lines of Ayinger Ur-Weisse. Golden highlights that almost glow in the glass. Thick white head that leaves nice lacing on the way down. Classic hefeweizen aroma with lots of citrus fruit and banana. Fruit forward flavor as well. Not as much spice or clove compared to other beers within the style. Drinkability is insanely good as it's very smooth on the palate. Medium bodied.

Overall, one of the better American-made hefeweizens I've had, possibly ever. Not exactly a carbon copy of some of it's German counterparts, but not far off either. Excellent beer from Neshaminy Creek! Hopefully they will consider switching it from a seasonal to a year-round offering.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryant421
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with deep amber hues and a heavy, viscous appearance. Wheat malt and tart, yeasty aromas up front with a light pepper presence over sweet banana aromas beneath. Medium bodied with rich, full carbonation and a tangy hoppy, tanginess on the edges. Slightly tart, citrus hop flavors up front, with sweet banana down the middle and spicy, peppery flavors on the edges. Finished cleanly with a delayed, yeasty, slightly citrusy dryness. Nice hop presence compared to other hefeweizens.

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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of wattoclone
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark amber with loads of yeast sediment at the bottom which required repeated swirling to re-suspend. The fruity caramel aroma was strong and mouthwatering. The best part was the superb taste, like a banana foster. Although the head dissipated a little faster than a typical Bavarian hefeweizen, the potent banana-caramel flavor and thick mouthfeel makes it an excellent interpretation of this style. I actually found it dark enough to be a dunkelweizen. I liked it so much I ran out to the Blue Dog and cleaned out the shelf stock, hope they get more.

I picked up a case of this at the brewery along with a growler fill. I have to say this hefeweizen rivals, even surpasses any Bavarian hefe. Last time I was at the brewery they had run out of draft version due to the popularity. Thankfully, the bottled version is equally excellent and available.

Update 5-9-2014
Picked up a growler and bottles of the 2014 vintage. Not as dark or sweet as the 2013 brew. This year there is a considerable tartness and citrusy finish that overpowers the caramel and sweetness of the 2013 batch. Still enjoyable, but not as rich flavor. Seems slightly more watery as well. I kept several bottles of the 2013 version for comparison and confirmed the difference.

Update on 5-3-2015: Hop bitterness has mellowed substantially allowing the wheat and yeast flavors to dominate.

Final update: Last bottle opened on 6-25-2016: hop finish is essentially gone and caramel has become dominant. Closer but not the same as the 2013 vintage which was fruity and balanced when fresh. The good news is that this hefeweisen does improve with age which is unusual.

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Photo of FenderOffset238
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of adjunctlager
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of deg
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured the beer into a Weizenbier glass. A little darker than I'd expect for a Hefeweizen not labeled as a dunkel. Cloudy after I added the yeast from the bottle. A good head with a great smell of bananas and cloves. Its taste is bready with some spices. Overall, a good, tasty beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark and very hazy golden orange color with banana yellow edges and a one finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Decent retention with subtle spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy, earthy aroma with a strong peppery clove presence along with grassy, soil-y hops, bread, banana and faint citrus zest.  Bread and banana notes become more prominent as it warms but it's still aggressively hoppy for the style.  A bit too much for my liking, taking away from the other classic wheat beer characteristics.  

Full body with tight carbonation and again,  a strong spice and hop presence up front that lingers over the other wheat beer notes.  Hints of allspice, cloves and pepper followed by bread and strong banana flavor.  Lots of malted wheat with lots of zesty citrus fruit(especially lemon) in the finish.  There's a subtle tart sourdough resence as well.  This is a decent interpretation of the German style, just a bit too bitter/hoppy for my liking which is typical for American wheat beers.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Flood Waters Series: Highwater Hefeweizen from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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