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Flood Waters Series: Highwater Hefeweizen | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Flood Waters Series: Highwater HefeweizenFlood Waters Series: Highwater Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
neshaminycreekbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdfb79 on 10-29-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
49
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
30.61%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of deg
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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 wattoclone
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super hazed orange glow with puffy bright white head that slowly dies. Lots of banana and coriander, a little flowery on the nose.

Lots of banana sweetness up front creamy body. This bottles bottle conditioned but I heard from the rep future bottles won't be. Spicy coriander for balance. Refreshing and medium bodied, great well blended flavors. Very nice.

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Photo of mikr
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of ripened bananas are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bananas and also has some hints of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like bananas, you'll really like this beer. The only drawbacks are that it seems a little one-dimensional and the head retention is poor.

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Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of FenderOffset238
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of discharmingly
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Cloudy gold with 3 fingers of fizzy, white head. Moderate carbonation and decent retention.

Nose
Banana bread, caramel, clove and sourdough.

Taste
Banana bread with drizzles of caramel. Tangy wheat and lemony citrus. Light notes of sourdough bread and clove.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, silky, smooth and refreshing.

Overall
Neshaminy Creek makes a damn good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Gavage
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: some citrus, banana, spices, and some yeast tones come through to the nose and are easy to detect.

Taste: wheat flavor is strong as the cracked pepper, banana, lemon and a yeast flavor round it out . Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent hefe, but I found this to be a bit thin flavored and not as refreshing as I would like.

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Photo of Patbrown2
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of wise456
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a 22oz Blue Moon Hefeweizen glass.

AP: Nice looking dark gold/yellow colour with some orange hues. Big thick white head of 1.5" that isn't dissipating. This brew looks like it's got some hearty carbonation to it as the bubbles are still pushing their way to the top in a lava-like cascade. Almost Guinness-like in that respect.
AR: Banana, banana chips, wheat, grass, hay. Not much spice, which I find disappointing as some hefty clove or coriander would really make the mouth water. There is a hint of citrus, orange mostly.
T: Much like the nose but on the finish there's ample yeast notes and a hint of spice. There's just not enough spices in this, either the nose or the taste, for me. If there was a good shot of clove and white pepper in this to go with the banana and wheat notes, this would make this beer so much better. The hint of orange in the nose is a bit more prominent in the taste, plus some bready malts as well.
M: Good mouthfeel as it's a bit creamy for a Hefe. Not too carbonated as the appearance led me to think, which I prefer beers without too much carbonation.
OV: If only this beer had solid spice notes of clove and white pepper or coriander, I'd give it a higher rating. The malt flavours are pretty good, but the finish and aftertaste seems somewhat dull to me. Still, this one will go down rather easy on a hot Summer day.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mquinn919
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.79 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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