Long Dayz | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Berkshire Hefeweizen

Malts: Pale, Pale Wheat
Hops: German Tettnanger

Added by ppoitras on 04-18-2006

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale almost clear gold. Huge amounts of carbonation. Filmy bubbly cream-colored head. Some lacing. Looks nice

Smells typical for the style. Massive banana and clove aromas. There is a yeasty breadiness throughout. Mild spice. Bubblegum sweetness. Average but I love it

Taste follows suit. Huge banana flavor with underlying cloves. Very prominent yeast flavor. Lemony wheat twang. A little spice to balance the sweetness

Feels crisp and very refreshing. About as light bodied as they get. Doesn't feel as carbonated as it looks

Overall I'm impressed by this because I feel a lot of American hefeweizens miss their mark (my opinion of course). This has everything I would expect from a German hefe. That being said, it is really only slightly above average when compared to the likes of Weihenstephaner or Paulaner, etc. On par with Flying Dog's In-Heat Wheat

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very cloudy yellow. Mild head. Head is thin but it hangs around and even leaves some respectable lacing.

S-Smells Hefe! Spicy and light. Bubblegum really hits me. Lemon rind and banana flesh. Breadiness is not as intense as others of the same style.

T-Bubblegum. Spicy, yeasty, and breaded. The flavors mix well together.

M-Bubbly, crisp and refreshing. Each sip induces another. Good feel.

O/D-Pretty nice. I find that BBC makes some solid beers. Nothing has ever blown me away (Coffeehouse Porter may argue with that statement) but their beers cease to disappoint. Another surprising goodie.

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing company is a small craft brewery located just a short drive north of here in Massachusetts. Released at the peak of Summer, their Hefeweizen is only available into the fall (usually). I'm a big fan of the seasonals from Berkshire Brewing Company so we often stock up a little extra at the store to enjoy these brews beyond their season alone.

This 22oz Bottle of Berkshire Brewing Hefeweizen pours a brilliant golden straw color. Just a touch of haziness fills the glass, with a thin layer of ivory white foam on top. Last time I had this Hefeweizen the foam over-flowed my glass, but this is a few months older so I'm not really surprised the carbonation has faded a little.

What really strikes me in this brew is the nose; every time I have the Berkshire Hefeweizen I'm impressed by the aromas! More than any other Hefe that I've had, this smells like a glass full of banana! There's a little bit spice in the background, but the aromas are easily dominated by the banana, citrusy lemon, and other light fruity aromas.

The Hefeweizen is as full on the palate as it was on the nose. There's a significant portion of that banana and citrus that I was picking up in the aromas, as well as a substantial portion of spice. Flavorful and full, yet easy-drinking and refreshing! Not exactly the best brew to keep me warm on a cold night, but I've been drinking so many big stouts lately that this is a nice change of pace!

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a lighter golden color with a great head and lacing. Opaque from the cloudiness.

Nice aroma of crisp wheat and undertones of weizen yeast.

Really surprised here. The other reviews called this one weak, but it was actually pretty darn tasty. Nice wheat tang yields to strong yeast flavors of fruit, banana, and clove; all balanced. Nothing too strong or weak.

Nice light mouthfeel and refreshing carbonation.

Wow, really drinkable and a great beer from a great brewery. Add this hefeweizen to my summer beer fridge rotation!

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Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, slightly cloudy, unpasteurized hefeweizen. Nice white foamy head. Heavy on the citrus and spice notes. The flavor was a little more lemony than I'd have expected. Not my favorite hefeweizen but it was refreshing. Would have been perfect on a really hot night.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Mews, notorious for dirty tap lines.

A: Straw gold, hazy, lots of carbonation. Fluffy white head leads to thin sheets of lacing.

S: Heavy dose of wheat and hay, honey sweetness, a tinge sour.

T: Bready malt, clean and dry citrus hops, fairly yeasty, fruity with a hint of spice (mostly clove?). Slightest hint of banana.

M: Rather thin and somewhat dry, but really good carbonation going on.

O/D: An ABV under five makes this easy to drink, it's a solid "hefe" for the summer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of ultra pure white colored crisp head... Faint retention gives way to a thin creamy lacing... The color is vibrant golden orange with a slight haziness... Some uber speedy carbonation bubbles can be seen rising within...

S - Clove... Fresh cut grass... Lemon zest... Orange zest... Some candied sugars... Perhaps just a slight touch of banana... A bit yeasty as well...

T - Lemon... Clove... Orange zest... Grainy... A bit of yeast... A very nice earthiness... A slightly metallic tinge...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light carbonation... Smooth... Fairly crisp... Refreshing... An ever so slightly dry and bitter finish...

D - A very solid and respectable Hefeweizen and one that has an ever so slight edginess to it... At 4.5% ABV this one is highly drinkable and I would welcome it in my glass on any occasion... Quite affordable to boot... A job well done by Berkshire...

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Photo of DirtyPenny
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the 22 oz bomber but poured a little into a 3 oz sample glass just to get a better look at it.

A: Hazy gold with a 1-finger white head.

S: Earthy with dank root smell. Reminds me vaguely of magic hat's Wacko. Faint citrus scent.

T: Musty with a notable citrus undertaste which gives way to whispery, bohemian notes of bubblegum and clove with a crisp pale malt finish. Flavor is a little dank and weird on the front end, though nice enough at the back. Again, something in this reminds me of Magic Hat's Wacko. No clue why.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy. Foam tends to stick to the top of your tongue for a while.

O: Eh. Maybe I shouldn't have had Weihenstephaner before moving on to rate other hefeweizens. Then again I've had this before and didn't remember being impressed with it way back when. Not awful, but there are better options out there.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.34/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Billowing white head that quickly reduced. Big coarse bubbles. Somewhat clear golden color. The head was gone pretty quick and left it looking a little plain.

Spicy cloves dominate the nose. A little yeasty and slight bit of orange, lemon, and banana comes through.

Taste is overly sweet. Spicy cloves again with a splash of wheat. Maybe a little soapy. Tingling carbonation. It finishes like seltzer on the tongue.

Hoped for a cheap refreshment on this 105 degree day but it ended up being a dud. This is probably the only offering I haven't had from Berkshire up to this point. It is definitely one of their very few bad beers.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a nice golden hue with very little foam. The bouquet was more than perfect. Then the actual first taste was more than I anticipated. Honestly, I am not a big BBC fan, but this is one that I really LIKE

The wheat and hops was perfectly balanced and the mouthful was full of spices, orange, coriander, nutmeg and more

Nothing over the top, just a great balance between wheat, hop and spices.

A super summer brew

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Photo of abgba121
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy golden color with very light head that recedes almost immediately and leaves near to no trace of a lace

S: fruity, especially banana

T: tastes sweet and fruity and slight yeast

M: good mouthfeel and carbonation, along with the appearance, this is the beer's top qualities

O: and overall decent summer beer, very light and easy to drink, nothing spectacular, but I may have again from time to time.

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Photo of davey101
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a tall pilsner glass. The last few ounces were put into a tulip for closer examination.

A - The best part of this beer. Deep golden hue and somewhere in between clear and cloudy. The head was a bit of a let down though.

S - From the glass I get yeast, wheat, some light bannana, clove, bubblegum and lemons. Tiny bit of hops as well. However in the tulip, after a nice swirl I got this almost chemical smell. Not the best smelling hefe, and a bit off putting actually.

T - Wheat and belgian yeast. There's the usual bannanas, clove, and bubblegum from the smell. This is one of the weakest hefe's I've tried.

O - I love BBC, but in my opinion this is one of their weakest offerings. Ill be sticking with their regulars during the summer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the supremely affordable 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours hazy medium amber. Foam dissolves almost completely, depending on the velocity of the pour. Foam dissolves almost completely. Quite picturesque. Wheaty smell, faint banana. Much more minor than I expected for a Hefe.

Delicious blend of wheatiness, some sour, into a smooth pleasing close. The finish makes me want to start again. Holds taste nicely.


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Photo of Duhast500
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Shock Top Weizen glass.

The color is a cloudy yellowish orange with two fingers of foamy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is popping with a peach mixed with a pear aroma in the nose. There is some banana there as well and reminds me of a banana flavored Now and Later.

The taste is wheaty and has a good grainy flavor. There is a nice clove flavor that goes into the fruit flavor that is in the back and rides things along toward the end.

The feel of this beer is pretty smooth and light. It is highly drinkable and makes for a great summer beer.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle
Only slightly hazy yellow with a touch of orange in the color. Pretty dismal white head. Very low head retention, especially for a wheat beer. The aroma is all pungent yeast smell. Not the best flavor. Mostly yeast flavors. Some tartness and citrusy notes, which are the interesting aspects of the beer. Body is nice and full, really the best thing going for this beer. Not hugely impressed. Its a drinkable American Hefeweizen nothing crazy awesome.

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Photo of Sam21
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $3.75. Best by date is inked on the shoulder of the bottle but it is smudged and unreadable. Definitely a fresh bottle considering it just hit the shelves for summer. Poured into a weissbier glass.

Appearance – Cloudy orange body with a healthy white head that pillows out of the glass. Nice sticky lace and overall retention.

Smell – A nice balance is struck between bready wheat and banana esters. Cloves hang in the back and hold it all together.

Taste – There is a strong wheaty bread base with bits of clove and moderate banana esters rounding out the edges. Really nice balance with a great refreshing quality. Finish is dry with lingering notes of bread and and a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium body with good carbonation. Soft, yet active on the palate.

Drinkability – This beer caught me off guard, as I was expecting more of a pale wheat ale. Instead, I was met by a respectable American interpretation of a German Hefeweizen. Everything from the enticing look of the beer to the balance of flavor components set this apart from others. While it does not quite live up to some of its German competitors, it does a solid job and is a nice representation of the style, and a really quaffable thirst quencher. As always, a solid beer from a solid brewery and easy on the wallet.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a big white fluffy head. Some lacing.

Decent yeast and sweet wheat aromas. No real spice, but maybe some banana.

A real love it/hate it brew. Up front, nice yeast, wheat, touch of spice. Then as your palate clears this one thins right out to a watery disappointment.

Flavors are thin, but the body is correct. Lighter and carbonated.

I don't hate this, but this brew has some flaws. A bit weak in a number of key areas; it will keep me from having this again.

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Photo of Aggie69143
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap home kegerator kegged on 05-11-11/tapped on 05/28/11.
2 finger creamy head,with lacing,banna flavors with a crisp tart finish,with a classic german yeast bite.Highly recomended for a warm summer nights refreshing beverage.Another winner from berkshire.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a standard tumbler pint glass @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a thin head of wispy white foam which left little to no lacing on the glass. Chilled haze and yeasty build-up cast an orange hue on the brew.

S: Ripe citrus fruits, bits of banana, clove, pear and honey to go along with toasted cereal grains.

T: Light, fruity malt flavor up front with a little bready, funky wheat and yeast flavor backed by semisweet and dry fruity notes. Hints of banana, apple, orange and lemon are detected with a slightly grainy flavor. Finish is a bit tart and sweet with a mellow, zesty hop snap that dries to a citrusy film.

M: Light bodied and only a tad chewy given the unfiltered nature of this brew. Very drinkable and great body for humid nights such as this.

O: The flavor profile isn't the best hefe I've had and not even a great American version at that. A bit grainy, thin and acidic at times, at least the 4.5% ABV is manageable for a session. Not a bad option, but know there are much better both in the U.S. and certainly abroad.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle as an extra from a BA in a recent trade - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden (on the first glass) to a dull but nonetheless radiant goldenrod, depending upon the number of the pour - that is, the yeast spike associated with the dregs (though not just the dregs, as whatever yeast strain is used here didn't flocculate too well, and was present in large quantities even a mere halfway down the bottle) dims the color of this one but not the shine. A moderately aggressive pour resulted in a snowy, pillowy head about one finger tall, though the retention left something to be desired - it faded to a soapy, erratic ring inside about sixty seconds with only a faint dash of ice on the surface suggesting it was ever anywhere else. Carbonation is fine, spritzy though not terribly quick, and is well-distributed throughout the body. Lacing is passive, with a few dollops of glossy glitter leaving a thin sheen on the sides of the tulip.

Aroma: A little pale, not in the light sense, but in the faint sense. Agitation coaxes some citrus out, and indeed, citrus is the dominant note out of this one. The rest - pale, crisp, sweet wheat, mild spiciness, and a nice amount of banana but probably not enough in my book - is nice and reasonably well-rounded, but is lacking just a little in my book.

Taste: Not the most vivid of hefes, but a nice tasting one nonetheless. First, the malt backbone is about what you'd expect - pale, wheaty, and soft, though a little husky (or that could be the hardness of the water), and relatively dry. This is accompanied by a mild but not to be underestimated amount of grassy hop bitterness, biting and a little herbal. The place where this one falls a little short in my opinion is on the yeast side of things (though this is where all hefes live and die, of course). The yeast notes here are pleasant enough, but not quite robust enough to elevate it to the Pantheon of true hefeweizen greatness - lemon citrus is strong, as are flashes of orange and a hint of tropical fruit, and the clove presence mingles nicely with the spiciness of the hops, though there's a startling lack of banana esters.

Mouthfeel: Very bright and fluffy, a little more crisp than I would have expected from the level of effervescence visible. The end result is nice, amplifying the sharpness of the citrus well, though also amplifying a little of the harshness of what I can't quite describe or decide whether to call huskiness or hard water, or some combination of the two in conjunction with the hop bitterness.

Drinkability: A beer that had everything going on right save for the substance, and in the end, the result is a very American hefeweizen, about halfway to an American pale wheat ale, in my mind. That's unfortunate, as I'm a big hefe fan, but not a huge APWA fan. If they amped the yeast component up on this one a few notches, I imagine it'd be a world class beer. As it stands, it's a reasonably drinkable diet hefeweizen, low in alcohol (the 4.5% isn't going to knock anyone over, and that's a good thing), but similarly low on the flavor side of the ledger. Give it a shot, but don't seek it out or expect to be blown away.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight lemon note, coriander, bananna notes. The taste is malty/yeasty, nice touch of lemon/coriander/banannas. Medium body, nice carbonation with this one. Drinkable, a very tasty brew on a hot day.

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Photo of loftisCT
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No freshness date, enjoyed in a pint glass on July 2, 2010

A: Pretty looking beer. Bright gold color with a slight haze, but clearer than I would expect from a hef. The head is bright white, composed of tiny bubbles, and is a sight for sore eyes. Tiny bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass giving the beer a nice alive look.

S: Very sweet and yeasty to the nose with phenols all over the place. Really strong juicy fruit bubblegum jumps out off the glass. Never distinctly smelt bubblegum before but this is unmistakable. Bananas are also very apparent and they are backed up with some nice wheat malt. It smells nice but the bubblegum is a little too strong for me.

T and M: Banana and Bubblegum flavors open up nicely and smoothly roll over the tongue with an appropriately high carbonation. As the phenols lesson a wheaty malt backbone is reveled and is surprisingly accompanied a bit of sourness. The mouth feel is slightly thinner than average. The sourness is slightly but is apparent right up too the finish where it gives way to a sweet wheaty aftertaste. This beer does not finish quite as dry as I could have expected, as the sweetness seems to linger in the mouth.

D: This beer is about average in drinkability for a hef. It has a nice high carbonation and fairly light body, but I wish this beer finished a little drier. The slight sourness is interesting. It does add a little complexity but I tend to like my hefs with a nice yeasty opening and a simple, crisp finish, so I think I could do without it. Not my personal favorite, but certainly an interesting beer, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of MrKsBeer
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got to try the 2010 Hefe today, poured out of a 22oz bottle into a solo cup (not the best I know, but it was all we had). Looks good from the top, nice initial head, with even more after pouring the yeast from the bottom of the bottle in. It dissipated fairly quickly though, leaving the typical straw color that I generally associate with Hefe's.

Smell is strange, can't quite place it. It has hints of citrus and banana for sure, but there's another element that I just can't put my finger on. Not good, not bad, but interesting for sure.

Tastes like a damn good beer. Banana and citrus come across on the front and middle palates, with the toasted wheat flavor guiding it the whole way down. No alcohol burn whatsoever, smooth as hell, great for a hot day.

Mouth feel was very light. Good initial presence on the front palate, some in the middle, then nothing going down. It practically disappeared at the end. This is definitely one for hot summer days in the sun.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could suck down a case of these without thinking twice about it.

Overall it's not the most interesting Hefe out there, but it has its time and place. If you're looking for a flavorful beer to cool you off after mowing the lawn, this is perfect. If you're introducing somebody to Craft beers from BMC, this is a great one to start with. If you're looking to be blown away by character and depth, this is not the beer for you.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass. Nice hazy light yellow/straw, but head collapsed immediately, with no lacing. Smell was standard fare for a hefe; clove, citrus, banana, and bubble gum, and the taste was a slightly more intense version, with the citrus the most prominent of the mix. Very refreshing. Felt smooth, but a little on the thin side. However, it's good stuff to throw back during a session.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The guys on the bottle always look like they'd be fun to hang out with.

Pale, tranlucent lemon yellow with a decent white head. Lack of lace and retention unworthy of a hefe.

Smell is of light clove, banana runts and grain. Tastes like banana bread, and clove with a mild lemon iced tea swallow. Lingering toast.

A light and refreshing hefe that doesn't compomise taste for drinkability. Just looks poopy.

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Long Dayz from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.62 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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