Heartland Hefe Weizen | Berghoff Brewery

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Heartland Hefe WeizenHeartland Hefe Weizen

Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 33
Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I somehow missed this one in the variety 12-pack, but that's what mixed-six selections are for, right? This stuff pours a lightly-hazy auburn-brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild wheat, a hint of musty citrus peel, and a touch of old banana peel (you know the type: your roommate put it in the garbage a few days ago, but now he's playing Jenga Trash 'cause he doesn't wanna take it out (despite it being his turn), and now the peel has somehow made its way back to the top (no one knows how), making its presence known every time you pass by the can...). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of mild wet cardboard, making for quite the bland an unappealing hefeweizen. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly watery feel. Overall, this is just a sad excuse for a hefeweizen and a weak-ass wheat beer regardless. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of A60sburnout
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Cloudy, but not enough to truly represent the style. A thin foam head dissolves to a short, white cap floating on an inviting gold liquid

S- Very powerful aromas of banana and cloves. Very little malt presence and no hop presence in the aroma. This beer certainly smells like a hefeweizen.

T- Initial taste reminds me of a macro-brewed hefeweizen. The initial taste is OK, but it evolves into a watery aftertaste. Reminds me of something the big brewers would make.

M- Not much mouthfeel atr all; very watery.

O- OK, but just. It's a passable representation of the style; a nice, affordable choice for some summertime backward quaffing, but I've had better...

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Photo of KTCamm
2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pale golden colored with fizzy & fast white foam. Just some smidges remain. Classic smell, though on the lighter side. More banana, less spice. Wheat/tart too. Taste though, is a little mixed up - kind of feels thrown together. The bite is off. Not quite right.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.29/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Medium yellow and cloudy. Tall foamy white head with good retention.

Smell - Light to medium wheat and lemony sourness. Clove and/or banana not prominent.

Taste - Light bready wheat and strong citrus (lemon) sourness. Lacks banana and clove flavors. One note.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Crisp.

Overall - This is pretty light and refreshing. Might be nice on a hot summer day. I don't think, however, that this beer will satisfy most looking for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into wine goblet during Super Bowl.

A: slightly hazy golden straw, looks too filtered for style and not enough body.

S: Lots of grain and a bit of white bread, yeast.

T: Grain and white bread something trying to be a Belgian yeast, a slight dry tartness in the finish. Just a bit of spice.

M: Below average, lacking crispness and prickly carbonation, smooth finish I expect with the style.

O: Tastes little an old heff made with cheap ingredients

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a darker straw color, with another lazy foam collar for a head, aroma is way too faint but mostly made up of yeasty goodness on top of a subdued banana note, but the flavor isn't quite the same thing as promised by the smell. Flavor is instead more like a weaker lemon wheat profile as one would expect from a witbier, not a hefe, also pushed somewhat too far into sweetness levels for my personal taste. So what I'm trying to say is that I wish the yeastiness of the aroma properly translated through into the flavor and that it was about 15% drier in profile. Texture is really nice, however, medium thick and well carbonated for the weight of the body.

This one isn't bad, but not great either.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part III of my Berghoff tasting. Poured from bottle into hefe glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber, dark gold with a 1 finger foamy white head that sticks around and laces. Looks like a legit hefe.

S: Clean smelling. Wheat, citrus, and spice aromas prevail.

T: A sweet taste, almost juicy. The wheat and spice can be tasted. An odd bubblegum taste comes through in the middle and sticks around to the aftertaste. A fruity bubblegum. Odd, but not offensive, actually a little interesting.

M: Good carbonation and mouth coating. The body is less creamy than expected.

O: After having two abysmal beers from Minhas I was worried, to my surprise this one was actually decent. When comparing these to German Hefes there isn't much of a match, but a decent beer from Minhas.

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Photo of tykees88
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Yellow color off white head

S- Very strong banana with little bit of clove. No hops present in the smell or malts for that matter.

T- It's banana in a bottle. Let's just leave it at that.

M- Thin bodied and somewhat creamy.

D- Good hefe for the summer, but the banana is too much for the style, drinkable if you want a banana beer though.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear straw yellow color that produced no head at all even after a vigorous pour.

(S)- Lots of ripe banana with a bit of spice & lemon.

(T)- Very thin flavors of biscuit-like banana & lemon.

(M)- Good carbonation level & balance, but has a very thin body that is rather watery.

(D)- A pretty basic hefeweiss that could be much more than what it is. Crisp and refereshing for a summer's day, but not a whole lot of flavor. Sessionable

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Photo of bigreduw64
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow color, with very little head. A slight haze to the beer. Not quite what I like to see out of a hefe, was expecting a large head and cloudiness that I could barely see through, this is not the case.

Aroma is enticing, great yeast profile evident with aromas of tropical fruits. Now I think this beer has some promise.

Unfortunately on first taste the tropical fruit flavors are undermined by a sweet lemony flavor. Not a good flavor profile, cloyingly sweet. It has a banana and clove flavor that I typically enjoy, but somehow this just doesn't work.

Good mouthfeel, however drinkability goes down with the cloying sweetness and a wierd aftertaste.

Not going to get this one again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.29/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. No date or info.

A - The dull, hazy yellow straw color is filled with bubbles rising up but the white head drops like flies in winter. Low retention and no lacing.

S - The nose displays the classic hefe aromas of yeast and banana with bubblegum as well as a wheaty background but does so with little panache. It's got the right components, just shows little complexities.

T - The flavor also exhibits the classic here notes but does so even more poorly than the nose. The mouth is riddled with grainy wheat that's kind of wet in flavor - not very good and muted banana, yeast, and bubblegum. It's not bad, but it's a poor example of what a hefe could be. Citrusy finish too.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a moderately dry finish and a really low hint at spiciness that dances on the tongue.

D - While it's a bad hefe example it doesn't rule out it's drinakbility. I'd still take one on a hot summer day but definitely would never seek it out again. Just plain and lacking complexity for a hefe.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.77/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a semi-cloudy orange-yellow color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. This is a very poor looking hefeweizen. The aroma is of bubblegum, and not much else. It isn't an offensive aroma by any means, but it isn't good either. The taste is much the same. The mouthfeel is on light-medium bodied with a lot moderate carbonation, and a water texture. This feels nothing like a hefeweizens. In fact no part of this beer says hefe. It is most certainly an American Pale Wheat Ale, and the brewery is doing craft beer a great disservice by calling it hefe.

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Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck poured into a glass, the beer is a hazy light gold with a smallish white head.

The nose is of grains and if you strain a bit of bubble gum and banana.

The beer leads with a bit of lemony citrus zing, some clove and grains. There is a touch of banana in the finish.

The beer has very active carbonation. I like the oiliness of a traditional hefe, but this slight over carbonation works with the taste of this beer. Drinkability is a bit above average.

I'm convinced that Berghoff changed the recipes of their beers when they were renamed or perhaps something in the chemistry changed when they stopped brewing them in Monroe. While not bad, I liked the old version much better.

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Photo of veachster
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a slightly cloudy golden color. I was expecting it to be more cloudy for a hefe. There is visible signs of carbonain. The head rose about an inch, wasn't a compact foamy head... looks like a bunch of big bubbles kind of crowding together. No retention or lacing.

S - Very Citric. Lemon is dominant over the hint of wheat.

T - Again very citric. Seems like a blend of lemons and oranges.

M - Medium bodied and crisp, the first taste I get as it goes down is of lemon followed by an orange aftertaste with lemon reappearing. I am picking up some of the wheat tones as well.

D - I wouldn't replace any of my other typical hefe's with this one, but nonetheless, it's a good hefe given that it has it's own signature "different" taste as a hefe.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.13/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer may be a replacement beer for Berghoff Hefe Weizen, but with the new 'Heartland' name added. Recipe change?

The beer pours with a firm dark golden color, classic hazy appearance but a bit dull and low on the creamy scale. A very short lived head falls in fizzy fashion. A very dull look indeed.

Sweaty, grainy, dirty aromas of wet barley and wheat. Light lemon, pepper, and bananna notes have an initial impact, but then falls into the dirty, metalic mess. No particularly appealing to the nose.

Flavors of soaked grains blend with a sweaty, metalic flavor that quickly becomes the dominant factor of the beer; masking any other pleasant characteristics. Acidic flavors of lemons and other citrus and tropical fruits. Light malt taste comes in late but cannot compete with the flaws.

Thin body does not hold any creaminess, roundness, or fullness. Dangerously close to astringent levels with the grain husk bite and acidic feel. Finishes almost clean- but with that metalic, sweaty character returning.

This is not a particularly good beer in any style.

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Heartland Hefe Weizen from Berghoff Brewery
2.98 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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