Hannah's Hefeweizen | The Tap Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PatandDavid on 08-18-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by HogHill:
Photo of HogHill
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered up a pint and enjoyed it on the new deck overlooking the river at the Tap. Told the bartender to suck a lemon.

Poured into a standard pint glass, with a one inch white head. The body of the beer was a hazy golden yellow.

This hefe smelled fruity with a subtle clove aroma. The taste is a bit sweet, with not much hop presence, anda nice fruity tang from the phenols finishes it off.

Feels light to medium bodied to the tongue with a mild amount of carbonation.

Overall, Hannah's Hefe-weizen is a nice delegate of this style. I enjoyed mine so much I also picked up a growler for the weekend. A great beer to enjoy on a sun drenched day outside on the deck at The Tap!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of goz
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden peach, with a large creamy white head that mostly lasts, lacing in sheets. Aroma is dominated by banana and clove, with a bit of breadiness in there as well. Flavor follows the aroma, with lots of banana and clove. Medium bodied, and another etremely drinable brew from the Tap.

Something about the beers here makes them super easy to drink - no off-flavors, very smooth, and just plain old addictive.

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Photo of carln26
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I made my way to Haverhill for the 1st time today, and checked out The Tap. Hefeweizens are my signature style, so I tried the Hannah’s Hefeweizen as my 1st beer. The color was a light golden. It poured clear (has this been filtered? Not a Hefe if it was). No head or lace to speak of on the pour. To the credit of the bartender, he did ask if I wanted a lemon, rather than hanging one on the glass as many do. The aroma had a nice citrus character. The taste had a slight chemical edge (why do many US Hefeweizens have that? The yeast? The citrus did come through with a hop bite in the end. A light body, and quenching character finished the tasting.

Update: Dann recently emailed me with assurances that my experience with this beer was not typical. He indicated that he's not there on weekend, and the beer is perhaps not cared for as it should. I had a chance to get back there for lunch today, and was anxious to try this beer again, and I'm happy I did so.

It was still clear indicating that the yeast had not been properly stirred up (Sorry Dann, the bartender still asked if I wanted a lemo ;-). It had a great thick white head on it this time, and the aroma, and flavor were much mor eindicative of the style. It exuded a lot of the banana and clove in the nose and taste that I expect. The chemical taint was gone, and I enjoyed every sip. So much so, I got a growler to take home. This is a much better beer than I originally thought.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew at Anam Cara chilled in a 23 oz glass. The brew was a clear orange color with a bright white head that faded to an edge layer. Aroma is yeasty bread, lemon, and banana. First sip reveals a crisp refreshing beer. Medium carbonation, with some prickly characteristics to the bubbles. Average body. Flavor is citrus, yeasty and bananas. Very easy drinking and refreshing. Great brew, great mix of hefe flavors.

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Photo of taez555
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Anam Cara.

It poured a slightly cloudy golden orange body with a fluffy white head. A bit clearer than you’d expect from a classic hefe.

The nose was beautiful. Reminded me of being in Munich. Fruit, clove, apples, yeast, phenols, banana and wheat.

The taste was just as lovely. Very soft and easy drinking. Wheat, banana, phenols, yeast and clove. Perfectly balanced from start to finish with just a slight bitterness throughout.

Dave at Anam Cara told me that this beer was made with an attempt to eliminate banana and phenols. I can sort of see a milder touch of them, but I actually tasted more banana than I’m used to. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m used to drinking imported German weis beers that have lost a lot of their freshness.

Still… this is a fantastic hefeweizen. I’m almost tempted to say the best weis beer I’ve had outside of Germany. It makes me want to drink more weis beers at brewpubs for sure. Kudos to Dan Paquette for this beer.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a surprisingly enjoyable domestic hefeweissen. I was pleased that the brew was a bit on the dark side, but wasn't impressed by its head retention and lack of lace. The aroma pleasantly mixed scents of grain, banana and clove. The flavors were a conversation of fruity notes punctuated by clove and coriander spices. The more common notes were orange, banana, and lemon. This brew was well bodied and drinkable.

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Photo of JamesBerry
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, this was served with a lemon slice, which overpowered many of the complexities in its aroma and taste. Came out nice and cloudy, a brownish yellow like the color of iced tea. Smelled strongly of citrus, most likely from the lemon. Plenty of esters in the taste, most noticeably banana and citrus, with a hint of pepperiness. Crisp, cool body, no doubt a very refreshing drink on a summer day.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, this was pretty good. It was a nice golden cloudy color. No real head to speak of (it was served in a pint glass). Smell was that of banana/bubblegum, Nice light carbonation, and again, you could see the tiny bubbles rising up in the glass.

Taste was just like it smelled: slight note of banana, but surprisingly, the bubblegum flavor was very present. This was a refreshing and pleasant beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was a delightful strong sweet banana and clove aroma. The taste was tangy with strong clove and cinnamon flavors with banana, wheat, malt, citrus, and a bit of hops rounding it out. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp and tangy. The body was medium with moderate carbonation. The finish was crisp with a mild lingering, fruity, spicy aftertaste. This was a very enjoyable hefeweizen and was very easy to drink.

Re-reviewed 6-18-04 (Dann Paquette's version)

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap and a real treat. Cloudy yellow in color with a 1/2 inch head that seemed to last and last. The smell was very fruity with banana and clove coming through. Some yeasty notes came through as well.

The taste was spot on. More flavor and especially body compared to most Hefe's. Tart, sweet, fruity and yeasty as it completely came together. This is just the kind of beer that I could drink all summer long. Smooth, full of flavor and very complex. I love it.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant fruity smell of banana and cloves and a cloudy crayola-yellow color with a foamy white head. Pronounced wheaty banana flavor with some spicy sweetness mixed in, a quite drinkable beer overall and very flavorful, with a smooth finish. Didn't think it towered over other Hefes but definitely a good example of the style, I'd go back for another.

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Photo of Truh
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I quaffed this on 3/20/04 on draught at Anam Cara in Brookline, MA. Was a great 22 oz. pour in a wonderful glass for $5.

A nice wheat haze present at the pour with the hue settling down to a golden/yellow spectrum, almost radiant in the low light of AC. There was little carbonation to speak of within the offering itself, although there was a nicely laced thin head throughout.

I noted some nice fruity esters at the top, with an underlying clover and a not-too-hidden hop character develop as I made my way luxuriously through this Tap hefeweizen. Mouthfeel was warm, on the earthy side of crisp, and pleasantly lasting on the palate.

This is a style I would normally not gravitate to, but because it was from The Tap, I decided I had to try it, plus, my buddy Jim had said it was like finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Not sure I would go that far, but this is one I would love to have available throughout the summer months, and would make for a wonderful accompaniment to a wiffle ball game.

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Hannah's Hefeweizen from The Tap Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 12 ratings