No Limits Hefeweizen | Two Roads Brewing Company

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No Limits HefeweizenNo Limits Hefeweizen

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Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewmaster Phil Markowski has taken a “bahn” less traveled to create our version of the classic Bavarian wheat brew –perfect for the warming temperatures. Beautifully cloudy with a generous head of foam, a wonderful fruit aroma and a dry finish, our Hefeweizen is a refreshing version of the original; with just a little bit more of everything.

Added by Jason on 05-29-2013

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy goldenstraw color; not nearly enough head for the style and very little lacing

Smell: Wheat bread, banana, apple and clove

Taste: Just a hint of wheat bread and then the fruits dominate, with apple and banana paired together; lots of clove arrive in the mid-palate with peppery spice bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks that creamy mouthfeel I like in a hefe

Overall: I like the few tweaks this brew brings to the style, but I would prefer more banana and a creamier mouthfeel in a nod to the traditional aspects

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two Roads Brewing Company "No Limits Hefeweizen"
16 fl. oz. can, code is illegible but looks like "10/10/15" on 04/28/16
$3.75 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

I don't normally use the proper glassware for reviewing a beer, but for this one I did given it so greatly affects head retention (although I'll admit to using a smaller .3 liter version).

First person/real time: Banana is apparent as I pour. The head is easy to keep in check, and I need to rough it up a bit to get a full head. The head drops fairly readily despite the rising plumes of fine bubbles below, yet it maintains a solid creamy cap. It's a hazy golden in color, and a swirl of the can and secondary pour doesn't seem to deliver any more yeast. Yes, banana, clove, and sweetish wheat in the nose. I don't get the phenols found in a Weihenstephaner, nor do I see it as quite like Spaten's Franziskaner, but I peg it about halfway between - which really means nothing other than that, I'm not trying to determine their yeast, just to give you an idea of what I'm thinking. It's soft and smooth in the flavor, adding a note of vanilla that softens it a bit. It's sweetish but not sweet, and there's an edge of 'spice' that helps to balance it. Hmmm, I've just drained the can and I've still got a full 0,3 l in front of me. At this point the head is starting to become whispy in parts, although it remains solid; and the lacing is limited. There's more fruit to it than just banana, and I'm getting juicy apple and plum, perhaps even a touch of pear - also a hint of background lemon. It's almost pleasant enough just to smell it rather than drink it! Of course I'm drawn back, and it's one of those really drinkable weizens that just compels you, through whatever means, to keep taking another sip. (If only the weather hadn't suddenly turned bleak and cold, I might imagine myself on a sun-shaded lawn atop the bierkellar). The balance leans towards sweetness but that's a matter of taste, and I'd say it's rather impeccable, as are almost all of the beers from Two Roads. There are background hops to it, gently herbal and grassy, and perhaps even spicy - although that's probably coming from the yeast. Looking at the current BeerAdvocate score of "83 good" with 39 reviews I'm quite surprised. I've had weizens in Germany that haven't matched it in terms of balance and overall flavor; and although I will say that I'd like a bit more carbonation to it (and with that comes just a flicker more of acidity), I can certainly understand why it's carbonation is limited. I'll be needing a case of this at least, and perhaps a keg, unless of course it's cheaper to actually buy an import. Really nicely done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and thin malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of bananas, citrus and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth but not very crisp and kind of watery, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. It’s a decent beer but there are a lot of other choices in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can with no freshness date.

Look: Cloudy pale yellow, great looking lacing on the glass

Smell: Banana taffy, powdered clove, chalky yeast, apple skin, bready, faint bandaid

Taste: Big crispness, very smooth, clove, plantains, spice, banana pith, doughy malt, mild bubblegum, light hopping, grainy finish, ends nearly all the way dry

Hits all of the bells and whistles and then some, perhaps not as mellow as some but none of its attributes are more than any other. Seek it out if you are into wheat beers.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a white head that goes away completely. Aroma has wheat and a tart, lime note. Taste is also slightly tart with wheat and some spicy yeast esters. Medium-light body with crisp carbonation. Not bad but it's nowhere near a traditional hefeweizen.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I was up in NYC last weekend to finally meet the great JenRay in person after oh-so-many CAN Trades with her in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM) and I even scored some new CANs over the course of the afternoon! What a coup.

From the CAN: "2R:HEF3"; "Take the Bahn Less Traveled"; "Here's to taking the road less traveled, in life and in beer!"

The Crack! was music to mine ears, but an inverted Glug was not to be since it was a pint CAN and this was a super-carbonated beer and foam was its middle name. I have to admit, though, the two-plus finger cap of dense, bone-white head looked like the top of a lemon meringue pie. I was a little disappointed by the beer's presentation, though, as it was hazy but not cloudy. Color was a light lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was kind of muted, but the banana and pink bubble gum was there. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very muted for the style. Bubble gum was the main flavor, but it just lacked Oomph. I kept agitating the CAN in the hopes of stirring up some lees, but it was not happening. Finish was watery, semi-dry, moderately disappointing in total. I do not know if they filtered it (I hope not), but I think that they could leave more yeast in it to make the flavors more pronounced.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall boy 16 oz. can, w/o freshness or canning date info.(there is something printed on the bottom of the can, but it is unintelligible)

Pours heavily hazed, lighter tangerine with a lemony hue. Fluffy and lasting one inch cap. Leaves ample and staying ringed strands of lace.

Bananas, wheat malts and light sugar on the nose.

On the palate its more of the same, mostly mild notes of bananas and sweet malts.

Decent Hefe and in a can to boot....worth a try

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, lemons. Taste is highly refreshing. Banana, lemon, some spice, glass is getting empty quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid session beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a golden color, slight haze.

The aroma offers banana, sweet honey, orange, a hint of skunkiness.

The flavor follows with Banana, some gum. Some wheat and crackery malts, a bit watery on the finish. The flavor also offers some skunkiness.

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Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a soft grassy hop.

The taste offered somewhat muted esters with a thin chewy malt and touch if lemon zest.

The mouthfeel was toward theft thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty light bodied hefeweizen.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's no live oak, but it's light and refreshing. Classic notes of banana and clove but tapered back a bit. Doesn't drink heavy like a traditional hefe. Nice day drinking brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Not very hazy surprisingly. This was lined up in a flight next to a Saison and a Pils and it was difficult to tell the difference between them just by appearance. Light head. Modest lacing.

S-Bananas really stand out. Wheaty banana bread and light periphery spice. Bright and clean.

T-Again, banana jumps onto my palate. Fresh, ripe bananas. Wheatiness and cloves, and yeasty bubblegum.

M-Bubbly, light and pretty refreshing.

O/D-I enjoyed this Hefeweizen. It was easy going and directly to the point. Never going to 'wow' you with intricacy but if you enjoy Hefeweizens, this one shouldn't rock the boat.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: 1/4 inch frothy head, moderate carbonation, bright yellow in color, hazy

Smell: banana and clove

Taste: wheat, clove, orange, and banana

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter middle and a sweeter end, medium carbonation and bodied

Overall: Two Roads has wowed me so far by putting an extra and surprising element into their beers. This I feel is very solid, true to style, but does not have that wow factor that their other beers have had. I like it, but there are other hefs that I like more.

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Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy tawny colour with a fluffy, bright white head that stood and inch and a half above the beer. Good head retention with chunky lacing. Banana and clove aroma, maltiness, a bit of lemon and hint of bubblegum. Mild bitterness with some fruity, citrus sweetness. More banana and clove character, citrus in the finish. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, off dry. Very easy drinking, nice balance of flavours.

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Photo of cbutova
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Tallboy can to a pint glass for the review with a hazy golden body. A pillow of white creamy, foam forms to about one finger. Head retention is good. A thin blanket stays atop while lacing is spotty with a few small sheets.

S- Clove phenols, citrus rind fruit and banana esters are strong off the top with a light sweetness peaking through the back end. Pear, apple, grainy wheat crust and bread hints. Fades for me with time.

T- Banana and clove are still strong but the apple, pear fruitiness comes into play more here bringing a fruit sugar sweetness and flavor with it. Lemon rind, oranges, grainy, wheat, pepper, spiciness, bread and light hop hints as well.

MF- Overall body is light-medium with a creamy, foaminess that fills up the palate with any agitation. Carbonation at a moderate level and the finish is somewhat dry.

Nice body and texture with a solid Hefe flavor that delivers a good amount of fruits and spice. Consumed rather quickly so that says something about my enjoyment of it and it's refreshing quality.

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Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy honey straw color with a big puffy pure white head that slowly settled into a fluffy cap. Not much lacing.

The aroma is both tart, fruity and spicy. There are some green apple and lemon notes that provide the tartness. Banana, bubble gum, and clove provide the fruit and spice. Traditional Bavarian aroma but more on the tart side.

The taste is more yeast driven. Big ripe banana flavor with subtle notes of clove and bubble gum. Not much tartness in the flavor, perhaps a slight lemon twang. Very creamy flavor.

Moderate to full feel. Creamy feel but does have some prickly carbonation to breakup the body. Sweet on the palate.

The beer is like liquid banana bread. Very banana forward hefe. Could use a touch of clove, pepper or more tartness to contrast the banana but it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a non in at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow with a little vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Awesome lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light banana and clove yeast aromas, bready wheat, vanilla, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Same as above. Nice yeast flavors and wheat and specialty malts to back it up.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, refreshing, light to medium bodied, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Good American take on a traditional German style. I fig it.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - pale straw with a monster head. Popped the can and had a mini panic attach as it started foaming up and I just barely was able to direct it to my drinking vessel.

S - fruity bananas! That kinda burns out toward the end of the sniff into boozy malts.

T - more bananas! Shocker! Light on flavor. Some bubblegum, cloves, very typical hefe.

F - I think this is an older can, so maybe it kept fermenting? But this shit is carbonated as hell. Hard to drink without my mouth filling with foam. An otherwise sharp, crisp, poking mouthfeel. Kinda hurts to drink! Especially when cold! A bit too aggressive.

O - flavor-wise, it's an okay hefe. Nothing really sets it aside and it does feel a little "manufactured", lacking the exotic German twang.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a hazy yellow. Not as much head as I'd expect, but about 2 fingers of white head. Some patchy lacing.

S: Some banana, bread, cloves.

T: Follows the nose. Some lemon peel. A little tartness in the end.

F: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation.

O: A decent hefe but not top notch like SN or the great german ones i've had. But it made for a nice drink on a hot humid day.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass from a 16oz. can.

Appearance: Hazy gold color with heavy bubbles creating a thick white head which rises about two finger's length.

Smell: Little judgemental on this, smells lightly skunk. Lemon smell with a bit yeast.

Taste: Lemon hit with a light hop feel. Lightly sour. Problem is that it is very light. Has flavor but lacks the potency.

Mouth: Lightly bread feel with a sweet finish. Think of lemonade with rye bread but not too much sugar.

Overall: Ehh, not bad...definitely your hot weather at the beach beer. Has major tweaking but doesnt mean I would say no if it was offered to me. Salud!

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Hefeweizens, having consumed/rated just about all the German ones (plus the awesome Kellerweis from SN), along with all the other iterations such as dunkelweizens, weizenbocks, kristalweizens, etc. I've drank them here at home and at their place of birth in Munich. I know a good hefeweizen when I drink one and this No Limits brew just misses the mark by a bit. It's tasty and refreshing for the summer but the yeast profile lacks that characteristic "oomph" that you get from the opaque German versions.

Pours slightly hazy, golden, with a small head. Aroma is very understated, mostly wheat with some yeast notes. It has a moderate hefe flavor with a bit of tang coupled with some sweetness from the light malts. It has potential but will need some more attention. This is basically a cross between your typical american pale wheat ale and a hefeweizen.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DATE: October 30, 2016... OCCASION: On a balmy day like this, I switch from fests to another German style while watching the winless Browns... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... pours a sallow, hazy, sparsely bubbled body...the head evacuates disconcertingly quickly, to total absence--mine looks nothing like the picture above, though the born-on date is proximate to today... banana and clove, some astringency, some sweetness... smooth, sippable, and swift through the mouth... light-bodied, with little aftertaste--a heavy exhale suggests banana... once tasted, light banana, faint clove and bubblegum... the astringency is present but understated... had higher hopes from Two Roads, but this kind of hangs around a middling consistency... I didn’t mind it visiting, but I probably will not seek this out again...

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cask Republic in Stamford, CT. Served in a tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Cloudy/translucent golden yellow with an initial 1/4" thick head. Foam pretty persistent while drinking the entire beer, but it died down a bit. Plenty of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Clean, grain, a bit of banana.

Taste: Quite a bit sweet up front, then a strong hit of banana with a hint of bubblegum. Very light bitter finish. The banana tapered back a bit as the beer warmed up with the wheat coming out a bit more.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation and quite chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad for a Hefeweizen, and hit the style pretty well, but not something I could drink a lot of. A 12oz pour was enough. Went well with lunch (salad with warm duck confit shredded on top).

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Exactly what I expect from a Hefe. Hazy straw body, with a huge white head. Fades quickly, leaves little lacing.

S - Pepper, lemon zest, fresh grains.

T - Banana, nice light malt sweetness,

M - Medium body, high carb. A little heavy for a Hefe, but still refreshing. Carb level helps move it across the palate.

O - Another excellent offering from Two Roads. I've enjoyed every offering from them. This didn't disappoint. If looking for a Hefe with some heft then this is the one I'd go to.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a one finger, fizzy, bright white head that dissappears IMMEDIATELY. There is not a speck of lacing to speak of.

Smell is banana, clove, bready malts and an underlying layer that I can't quite my finger on. Seems almost citrusy.

Taste is the same, but not quite as bright. The bready malts seem to dull the fruit and spoce flavors.

Feel is light and undercarbonated. Very easy drinking, but definitely needs more carbonation.

Overall this beer is decent. It was about 5 weeks old at time of consumption, and I got it as part of a variety 12. I will drink the other two with no issues, but it is not something I will seek out again. Too many better (German and American) hefeweizen options out there.

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