Straight-Up Hefeweizen | Berghoff Brewery

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Straight-Up HefeweizenStraight-Up Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Bavaria, wheat beers were once the exclusive province of royalty, and it’s easy to see why. With their reliance on costly wheat, a refined aroma and a magical combination of complexity and easy drinkability, wheat beers tickle just about everyone’s fancy. They deserve wider appreciation. Straight-Up Hefe-Weizen is brewed with 60 percent malted wheat and 40 percent pilsner and other malts. It is an unfiltered beer with a cloudy appearance due to yeast and proteins that add a rich creamy mouth feel. A classic Bavarian wheat beer yeast is used, adding subtle layers of banana, bubblegum and spicy clove, the signature trio for the style. The finish is creamy, dry and just a touch tangy.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet banana candy, Taste is lots of banana, wheat, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall, a bit sweeter than expected for the style, but a highly refreshing beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.49/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I hated this beer, and is almost never say that, especially for a craft beer, or whatever facsimile this is to that. Watery hazy yellow in follow, no head at all. It smells stale and tastes like iodine. I've never seen this off flavor so developed in any beer as it is in this one. The watery and flat feel don't help, and what here yeast u can get through the chemical nature if this is too little too late. Fortunately I had some good beer from these guys in the same session so I can excuse this one, but boy was my bottle bad. Probably won't be back for more of this, one was more than enough. Yuck

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this a tad cold with a smallish, off-white, foamy head that quickly settled and some lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is traditional with the fruit and yeast, bit of spice; but, yeast dominates. Flavor's like nose although it is subdued. Some tang stands out, then bitter ties with fruit. Body/carbonation are average. Finish is like flavor, with the tang again standing out and lasting the longest. No off qualities. Drinkable, but is nothing special.

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Photo of rings
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Bavarian style wheat beer, unfiltered--and mistakenly served with a slice of lemon (no friggin' fruit, please!)--and represents a pretty fair effort for a contract brewer. It's certainly much better than it had been a few years before.

Brewed only using pale barley and wheat malt, it's pale straw in color and pretty full in body, with plenty of banana and clove overtones to be expected. The finish is balanced and clean, with only the lingering yeasty esters traditional to the style.

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Photo of hopdog
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with JCapriotti (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves, and citrus. Tastes of wheat, cloves, and bananas. On the thinner side.

Notes from 8/20/06

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, straw yellow color with a fizzy, white, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, lemon and some clove.

T - Lots of wheat and grain flavors. A slight citrusy kick adds a little something more.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied and easy-drinking beer.

D - This is an okay hefe. Doesn't really taste like a true hefe but it works as a session brew.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on slightly cloudy yellow body. Smelled as a typical Hefe, with an odd metallic twang as well. Something else in there too, which got stronger as I drank on: bratwurst/kielbasa. Seriously. That smell wasn't in the taste however, as it came across as a delicious Hefe should. Nice citrus finish. Smooth, thick in the mouth. Good beer. Gonna have to try another and see if that odd sausage smell is present.

Seriously. Bratwurst and kielbasa. No joking.

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Photo of merlin48
1.72/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle pours a limpid yellow body with a small white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Aroma is subtle, some clove and faint fruit. Mouthfeel is nearly flat. Insipid and watery. Taste has some clove, maybe a hint of banana, and some yeast. Not much to note. I hope this was an off bottle but looking at other reviews leads me to believe otherwise.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.22/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Weiss Glass

Color is nice, a light straw with a decent cloud. Head is very disappointing, light and no lacing in the glass. Not fluffy at all.

Aroma is sweet and corny..nothing I would expect from a Hefe. No yeast or wheat aromas at all.

Taste is sour, like a saison, no Hefe flavors I can detect. Mild adjuncts like corn..Sour taste that is almost like spoiled vegetables steeped in alcohol. Terrible.

Mouthfeel is bubbly with no body, nothing creamy at all. This beer is thin and not very hefe like.

Drinkability is bad as the taste just is terrible for this style.

If you are a Hefe-Weissen fan, avopid this like the plague. This is nothing like a good weiss. At all.

Looking at the other reviews, maybe I was harsh as this is an American Hefe. I'm sorry it's still not a good example of the style.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, pale straw color with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Smell is that of a typical hefeweizen but not overpowering. Banana and clovey sweetness are at the forefront. The taste is similar to the nose with a grainy, metallic finish. Mouthfeel is light with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Easy to drink, a decent offering. Not my favorite hefe but decent.

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Photo of sweetkness
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definetely an American style hefeweizen rather than the German variety.

A-Appearence is right in style guidelines. Light golden color, brilliantly clear, good carbonation bubbles. I prefer the cloudiness in this style, but many American versions do not have this.

S-Good malt aroma with the whear character showing through nicely. Very lemony/citrusy. The citrus character could be from small hop addition. Ester character noticed, but not clove or banana like, which is what this style should be.

T-Good, but probably the weakest part of the beer. It has that good wheat bite to it. A citrus lemon character dominates. Low in hop bitterness/character that lots of American versions have. The lemon character dominates through aftertaste. There is a slight wheat/malt character that shows in the end.

M-Moderate carbonation. Light body. Smooth.

D-Very drinkable and refreshing. Would be a fantastic summer beer. I could see some not liking the lemon tartness, but it is welcome by me.

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Photo of WJVII
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brew 3 of 5 from Berghoff and I must say, things are not getting any better. Poured into a pint glass this beer has a straw color that is hazy, but not as cloudy as expected. There was a 1/4 inch head that didn't last. This beer has a strong banana aroma with hints of citrus and spice. The taste follows suit with banana and lemon. It is a lighter bodied beer for the style. It is ok, but once again, nothing too special.

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Photo of shadow1961
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Berghoff Hefe-Weizen pours a finger of white foam over
a cloudy yellow brew. There's not a lot of carbonation, and
the nose is citrus and wheat and bit of tangy clove. The flavor
is dominated by tart lemon flavor, in fact it tastes a little like the
lemon extract you get at the supermarket, with just a little bit of
that velvety creaminess I've come to inspect in a hefe after the
rush of the flavor up front. Mouthfeel is crisp, and very tart. This
would be pretty decent on a hot day, but it's not even close to
being what I feel is a proper hefe. This sample lacked the
spritzyness and clove ester spicyness that a good hefe should
have, and the citrus seemed overdone, as if to mask what could
be a simple American Wheat Ale, like their Solstice Wit. Drinkable,
but also a disappointment.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Light yellow color, one finger head faded quicky. Not what I was hoping for per the style.

S- Strong lemon complimented with floral aromas.

T- Good balance with notes of ester and slight sourness.

M- Smooth and crisp, but I found it a little thin for the style.

D- It is surely refreshing I gotta give it that.

Not too shabby, quite refreshing.

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Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of loose white head. mild lacings on the glass.

smell is fruity, with notes of apple, apricot, and wheat malt. a typical hefe-weizen, although more fruity than most.

taste is sweet and malty up front, with notes of pale and munich malts. fruity character includes notes of the same apple, apricot, and a touch of grapes. very clean and smooth on the finish, without much of an aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a decent load of carbonation and a creamy texture.

drinkability is great. like most hefe-weizens, this brew is light and fruity, without anything to make it undrinkable.

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Photo of Atron67
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a foggy yellow with off-white foam that built up quickly but faded just as fast
S- a little wheat scents, although they are kinda low so i cant discern much
T- was a slightly sweet yeasty wheat flavor. has a mellow sour lingering flavor which is actually kind of nice
M- a slightly crisp medium body
D- a decent wheat but nothing special

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of bananas, coriander, and crackers.

Taste: Light wheaty sweetness upfront with a little bit of citrus. Sure, there's the obligatory hints of coriander, banana, and even bubblegum, but they're all far, far off in the background. Quick, light finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: It's mild for a hefeweizen. That being said, it wasn't half bad.

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Photo of youngleo
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured to a good head that disapeared very fast. A little lacing was evident but not very much. It was a yellow color that was a little cloudy.
S- You could smell yeast, a hint of alcohol and maybe a slightly sweet citrus.
T- It tasted just as it smelled. The yeast was evident. With a slight sweet flavor and maybe a little orange or citrus flavoring.
M-It felt about average in the mouthfeel category. Carbonation was not overwhelming. It felt a little heavier than perhaps a Bud or Miller Lite.
D- I could drink these on occasion, but only a couple. I would have to be in the mood. I dont think that mood would come that often.

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Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt scent along with a really fruity hefe yeast aroma. It's loaded with lots of banana and cloves scents. The taste is average. It has a watery wheat ale taste with a light hefe yeast finish. It's really not as impressive as the aroma suggests. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average hefe. There really isn't anything that exciting about it. The aroma is nice. That's it.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours bright, golden yellow with a plenty of haze and a small amount of sediment. Almost no head; what's there is made up of small, fizzy bubbles. The smell is too sweet at the start but balanced out after sitting for a bit. Soft grains come through nicely and are complemented by the expected mix of sweet banana and spicy clove. Those notes translate in a straightforward way into the taste--with the addition of some lemon up front--but suffer from the light, even watery mouthfeel. None of the flavors stick around long, though, leaving you with a crisp but uninteresting finish.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lemon yellow tone. Slightly hazed. Thin bubbly white head. Lacing is patchy and sporadic. Pretty sweet aroma with mashed over-ripe bananas making a big impression. Also a little vanilla. But not much of the traditional clove/pepper trait. The taste comes forth first with the sweet bananas and yeasty doughiness. And that's about the extent of it. Not bad, but not real complex either. Medium to medium-full body. Moderately carbonated. Decent enough.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got the Berghoff sampler. This was the first try to set the tone.

Cloudy yellow, but VERY fizzy like soda with no head. Almost like a ginger ale. Smell was there. Bananna Bananna. That was it, with a bit of the malt in the back, but true to style. Mouth was, thick and chewy, suprising because of the lack of particulate. Strong malt character with minimal burning on the tounge and slight aftertaste. Really clean finish. Well, taste was a true Hefe if not a little light in flavor. Banana was the taste of the day. There was a little clove and wheat taste on the back. All I could think about is a slice of orange to compliment and make this cold as possible. There was a slight processed "rubber" flavor coming out but that may have been from warming.

Yep. This was a good start! This is probably one of the best examples of non-offensive. Just enough flavor to be a Hefe and not dissapoint, and be true to style. I'd welcome this again. Looking forward to the rest of the sampler.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Berghoff'sHefe-weizen pours the typical appearance but lacks in head retention and lacing. The nose, however, is quite nice with some wheat, citrus rind, a hint of clove, and some more plastic-like and smoky phenols - all of which carry over into the flavor! It's well-balanced, and teeters between gently sweet malt with a suggestion of bubblegum, and drying, smoky-plastic bitterness. The wheatish malt base holds its center, and the very firm bitterness keeps that in check. It's slightly unusual, but I've had similar weizens from Bavaria with that burnt-plastic phenol; and although it may also seem a little thin or light for the style, there are also lighter versions available from Germany. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Monsone
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy head that quickly dissapates to nothing with no lace at all.

Smells are typical Hefe, there is yeast with some banana.

Medium/light bodied mouthfeel. Flavors of banana bread with bubblegum. There is a citrusy note in there too. A little to watery.

Pretty drinkable. Easy going well priced hefe. I have had better but not for the price.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale golden with a hazed clarity from the yeast pour. Very thin and fizzy head dissipates almost instantly and leaves no lacing. Heavy wheat and hefe-yeast aromas like clove, bubblegum and almonds. Sweet wheat and subtle crystal malt flavors upfront, followed by spicy clove, banana bread, and a pronounced pink bubblegum taste. Aftertaste is somewhat dry with a mellow german hop floral/spice flavor and a well-balanced bitterness. Thin bodied-but with some texture derived from wheat and suspended yeast. The carbonation is medium, but produces a crisp mouthfeel due to the tart phenolic backbone. Finishes with a touch of residual wheat and caramel, and accompanying yeast notes. A delicious Weissbier showcasing the possibilities of the Bavarian wheat strain.

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