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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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 124
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.62/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color weizen with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of some light banana ester with a huge amount of DMS (overcooked vegetables). Taste is also dominated by some weird overcooked vegetables notes with some light notes of banana. Extremely bad and way off style for me to enjoy. I rarely drain pour beers but this is one that I could not drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: This aroma is very yeasty with banana, wheat & a little bit of lemon & hops.

T: A bready but very refreshing taste of wheat & yeast with some banana & lemon. Wheat & lemon stay behind in a faint after-taste.

M: Very crisp & smooth, but a little watery, high carbonation, light body, clean finish.

D: I drank this one down very quickly. It’s tasty, refreshing and not filling at all. Excellent summer brew and a good representation of style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the "Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
Appearance - Typical very nicely done Hefe right out of the gate. Cloudy golden yellow in color with a good dose of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Big billowing head of white coming up and over the top almost instantly, really never falling back down coating the glass all the way through. Lots of carbonation visible at all times.
Smell - Light banana and clove with lots of bready notes are easily picked up here. They fade though and a grainy and bready primary are all that is left behind. Very good, but I would have liked to see a touch more in the way of complexity.
Taste - Light bready notes lead the way and fall back on a light sour note, not sure where that comes from, but wasn't really needed. Got past it and a light grain flavor and light grassy note closed it out, not bad, but different,
Feel - Good feel, light, well carbonated and very refreshing, crisp, clean and smooth. Just what it should be.
Drinkability - very nice on a hot day. No issues here at all. If the taste was abit more in line this one it would have been superb.
Overall - Again not bad, a bit above average and if looks could kill would have been a knockout but it just seemed a bit off to me, maybe next time.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- The head looks like tidal foam left in the sand ... great retention. Hazed gold with a tinge of orange.

S- Starchy banana, bubble gum phenols and faded clove. Lots of fresh wheat malt as well.

T&M- Watery lemon, juicy fruit bubble gum and faint clove up front. Crisp and smooth medium body ... refreshing. Phenols are pretty strong with a medicinal flavor with more bubble gum in the end. Hint of ripe bananas mix with the maltiness.Finishes semi-dry.

D- Not a bad stab at the style, I'll certainly try this again next summer.

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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 WesWes
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale and wheat malt scent along with the traditional hefe yeast fruitiness. The banana and clove aroma are well pronounced. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat malt flavor that is balanced well with an appropriate amount of pale and possibly Munich? It goes down easy and finishes with a banana/clove flavor. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a good smelling and tasting beer, but the mouthfeel really hurts the drinkability. There is virtually no head. It's almost like drinking a flat beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, just barely tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a dark gold color that shows a touch of haze and a bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of clove as I pour it, but a closer inspection yields more of a focus on tart, green apple. A touch of grassy grain and some metallic hop notes in the finish round things out before a solid cracker like grain kicks in.

Nicely carbonated this has a pepper carbonic bit and foams a bit as it first hits the tongue. The carbonation seems to carry a flavor of clove with it as this is the most noticeable flavor during the first sip. The beer has a touch of herbal, almost tin-like hop character in the finish as well as a touch of hop bitterness. This beer is very light bodied, even a bit too much to stand up to the ample carbonation. A touch of sweet graininess is present, but only just barely as this is pretty dry. There is also just a touch of cracker like malt character, but not quite as much as the aroma would have suggested. There is a bit of tart fruitiness in the finish that reminds me a bit of pear and green apple.

This is not bad, but fairly bland. It could really use a lot more grain character (both malt and wheat) and if you threw in a decoction or two, well then we would really be talking.

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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 ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Eye-catching pastel lime green label, with the guys on the label striking an "American Gothic does wheat harvest" pose.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, and leaves large areas of white frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly spiced wheat. Taste is just as the nose indicated, lightly cloved wheat. Aftertaste gets a little funky, a bit of a weird lingering flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Mouthfeel is soft and easy, and drinkability is good for the summertime, thirst-quenching, and all that. Another nice brew from BBC.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a cloudy honey colour with a short cap of white foam that had some staying power. Just a bit of spotty lace. Lots of banana and cloves, grain, lemon. Fruity banana flavour, light lemon and sourness, cereal grains towards the end, light spiciness. Very smooth, moderate carbonation gave it a little zip, medium bodied. It tasted pretty good, no complaints.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy, pale color with a decent amount of carbonation. The aroma is a strong mix of clove with some banana hints as well. The taste is smooth and crisp with a lot of flavor, especially banana. The finish is somewhat rough and unmemorable but other than that, this beer seems pretty decent for a hefeweizen. There's a decent amount of lacing left in the glass afterwards as well. Not the best I've had but I get the impression that a lot of brewers are starting to perfect their mastery of this style

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my Weihenstephan weizen glass. Poured a hazy golden orange with a one inch bright white, frothy head that slowly sizzled and popped as it receded into a swirl of foam. Not much lacing happening here; a couple stray spots and splashes, but that's about it. Big banana nose (I could smell it from across the table), followed by some bubblegum and a hint of citric acid. Flavors were extremely muted in the mouth-mostly wheat comes out with just a suggestion of banana and citrus towards the finish; also got a little wet cardboard at the back. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and slightly fizzy. One of the better American Hefeweizen's I've tried - easy drinking and refreshing, but still can't beat the Germans.

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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wheat with light banana and citrus. Tastes of wheat, spices, and a touch of lemon. The banana and spice take a backseat whereas the wheat has a stronger presence.

Notes from 11/21/06

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy, slightly darker than golden color with tall, pillowy, slightly off-white foam that settled, and clung to the glass. The smell was citrusy with light cloves and mild banana. The taste was tart citrus and wheat malt with very, very light banana flavor. There was a note of cloves and a hint of cinnamon. Very low hop presence as per style. The mouthfeel was smooth and tangy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The citrus flavor lingered. This was OK, but did not live up to the promise of the smell.

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

Berkshire- Hefeweizen

Thanks to Shaebs99(Steven) for this bomber!

A- Bright hazy yellow with a big billowy white head. Light lacing down the glass.
S- Light lemon zest, wheat, wet hay/ straw, and a dash of clove.
T- Sweet lemon, honey, and fresh banana. Good dry, slightly funky, hay/ straw. Light touch of clove dusts this one.
M- Sweet and full bodied. Dry and crisp in the end.

Overall- My 2nd official beer from Berkshire, not counting samples from a beerfest and another tasty offering. I had a bottle of Shabadoo last year. This 1 was light but crisp and enjoyable. (Thanks Steven!)

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brothercannon for bringing this back from VT. A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Harpoon hefe glass. After stirring up the yummies in the bottle, the beer appears a cloudy pale straw color with at least an inch of pillowy white foam. Nose and flavor consist of your typical hefe notes of banana, clove, spicy yeast, fresh wheat, mild bubblegum. Maybe a notch better than medium bodied with more than adequate carbonation. A nice hefe. Thanks again Tim!

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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 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 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 connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a hazy, yellow brew with a one and a half finger head. No floaters, but definitely unfiltered.

Aroma had prominent cloves, with hints of banana. Wheat malt was noticeable, and a yeasty overtone tied it all together.

Taste was clove and black pepper atop a crisp wheat malt backbone. There was a little bit of yeastiness, but the spiciness covered it for the most part.

Mouthfeel, as noted, was crisp and clean. Not heavy, it didn't coat the tongue as some do.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy drinking beer. Not my favorite style, but an above average example.

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

22 oz brown bomber; served in a weizen glass.

Weak gold with a clouded haze. Foamy, white head that evaporates to a broken sheet after a moment. Spotted lacing with very little strength.

Bright, semi-sweet banana-esters; bubble gum and cotton candy aromas. Mild mustiness with a crisp, peppered spice.

Juicy banana flavor, aided by dry phenolic hints that turns the banana fruit flavor artificial tasting. The pepper and corriander spice is upfront and intese, but turns dry at mid-sip. The aftertaste is lemon-solvency, phenolic, and peppered.

Light bodied; crisp, yet dry in patches due to the spice profile. Nearly clean for the style.

A refreshing Hefe, with a few flaws in flavor, but a nice stab at the style.

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Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice hazy yellow with a decent white foamy head and some lacing. The smell is very enticing: bananas come to mind, lemon, citrus, and spice clove yeast. The taste became a little disappointing as the beer warmed a bit. It started out as a sharp yeasty wheat beer reminiscent of very good European hefes, but it faded too quickly, and for that I took away some points. You'll get the sweet lemon flavors, banana, cloves and hops with this beer. It lacks perhaps that champagne yeast bite that I look forward to in a hefe. This beer is a little thin, not overly carbonated, and the after taste is so so. Not bad but you can certainly find more authentic hefes out there.

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Long Dayz from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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