Classic Hefe-Weizen | Pedernales Brewing Company

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Classic Hefe-WeizenClassic Hefe-Weizen

Brewed by:
Pedernales Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mora2000 on 07-24-2012

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at my local bottle shop and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. 6% ABV according to the label.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Head is disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and fullness. Complexion and consistency are subpar, evoking a weak brew. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is subpar - about 1 minute.

Body colour is a transparent translucent yellow. The clarity is surprising given the style; I'd expect a hazy orange for a good hefeweizen. As a result, I'm a bit suspicious. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Plenty of banana from the yeast. Not getting much clove though. If you're after a fruity hefeweizen, this isn't for you - I'm not finding any orange peel or lemon peel. Some citrus would really help. Wheat. It's not a very fresh or appealing aroma, and the yeast isn't as lively as I'd expect in a good hefeweizen.

No hop character or alcohol is detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength. Far from unique or special for a hefeweizen. This aroma doesn't hold a candle to that of the best traditional offerings in the style (or even to the best Texan hefeweizens for that matter).

T: Banana, bubblegum, wheat. Those three notes are the core of the beer. There's no clove, citrus peel, etc. Maybe some floral hop character?

No alcohol or yeast character (aside from the banana esters) is detectable. Simplicity has always been at the heart of this style, but this lacks the masterful balance and careful subtlety of the best beers in the style, and feels boring and bland in comparison. It's very by-the-numbers, and never feels gestalt. I do like it, though. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, thin, and refreshing - though it does have a slight bite. Okay presence on the palate. The texture doesn't feel tailored specifically to the taste. Could be softer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or astringent.

Dr: A forgettable hefeweizen from Pedernales. I see no need to pick this up again, and wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. It's a decent offering for when you're in the mood for a hefeweizen and can't find anything else, but there are far better beers in this style that don't cost much more. Meh.

Ultimately, the overcarbonation is the biggest thing holding this beer back because it really impedes drinkability.

High C+

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a completely clear golden yellow flavor. There is a trace of dark sediment in the bottle, but it doesn't stir up even after three or four pours. Slight fruity aroma with a long nose of spice. Quite sharp and spritzy on the tongue with some club soda taste.

At first sip, this is so light I thought it was the American Wheat. However, it soon opens up into a strong clove taste with a bitter spice aftertaste. Fruity flavors of peach nectar and finally some banana in the nose. Quite a fragrant, perfumey flavor that ends with a bitter and even earthy taste. This is clean and drinkable, but it is not a very good example of the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Phoenix Saloon in New Braunfels.

Served with a slice of lemon. The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is full of banana and grain with some wheat thrown in. The flavor is heavy on the banana notes. There is some wheat and grain, but very little in the way of cloves. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a lightly hazed gold color with an uncharacteristically fast-fading white head that barely has time to leave a few smidges of lace.

Nose is pretty good - cloves, banana and bubblegum. Good, clasic hefe aroma.

Taste is a little thin, the sweet wheat body is not there. Has a nice yeast flavor but just not enough of it. Pretty watery. Drinkable with a few nice characteristics but overall a sub-par hefeweizen.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a light yellow color with a massive long lasting white head. The smells are sweet, cloves, banana, wheat, fresh and refreshing. The feel is medium light. The taste is good enough, very light, the cloves, yeast esters, some wheat.

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Photo of Myotus
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no bottle date) into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that shrivels down into a line after 45 seconds. Gold in color with no murkiness (that is not a good look from a hefeweizen). Rising bubbles are moderate. The lacing is nigh non-existent.
SMELL: Mild aromas of wheat and barley are up front. Subtle clove aromas along with hints of spicy hops and bananas can also be detected.
TASTE: Mild wheat and barley flavors enter the palate first along with subtle clove flavors. Mild lemony zest and hints of banana flow in right after the initial flavors as all flavors persist except for wheat, which totally give up and die. The hop flavors that were detected by my nose are not even in this taste equation.
FEEL: Horribly light-bodied and until the end, extremely over-carbonated. Despite being so light-bodied, it doesn't even go down smoothly, instead, somehow it feels syrupy. It does, however, have a great crisp finish to it.
NOTE: This was hardly a hefeweizen. I would strongly encourage and challenge this brewery to go back and improve their recipe. No hefeweizen should look, smell, taste, and feel like this.

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Photo of utfiero
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Color- mildly hazy light gold. Slight head.

Aroma- strong wheat and mild citrus.

Taste0 A hefe light! Starts more like a light wit beer than a German hefe, very mild citrus notes in the middle, finishing watery with a light lingering cleanness.

Sorry Pedernales, this just isn't up to par. I have nothing against your brewery. I used to fish on the Pedernales River between Fredericksburg and Johnson City when I was a kid. Please improve your beer, and I'll be a loyal follower.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A new beer from my home state and had to give it a taste.
It has mellow yellow color that seems too light and clear for a hefewizen but the taste has a great twist. Sweet that turns to a mellow smiley or woody backtaste. The aftertatse leaves a not great almost metal taste but with more flavors of the first taste. Not the best of its style but far from the worst

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Photo of zero
4.18/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried both on tap and out of bottle. Have to say, I prefer the bottle treatment. May have been that the tap at the place I tried it was kept too cold. Great banana and clove flavor from the yeast. ABV was a bit high for a hefe', but did not spoil the flavor of the brew. Recommend trying this one on site.
Tried at SA Homebrew in bottle and at the Cove in San Antonio on tap.

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Photo of ryanpsaenz
4.55/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Hefeweizens I have ever had. It pours smooth with a golden yellow hue, light head. Its smell is bright with citrus tones which are followed by a clean and crisp that pairs perfectly with a lemon or orange wedge. The finish is pleasant with just a light splash of hops. Fantastic whether from a bottle, growler, or draft.

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Classic Hefe-Weizen from Pedernales Brewing Company
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