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 jonziefle
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear honey color. Very little head that diminishes right away, and little carbonation. Seems thin and lifeless for a hefe. Lacing?

Smell: Strong Banana and bubblegum scents hit the nose first, with some wheat malt coming in later. Very mildly spiced, with cinnamon being the strongest

Taste: Malty, almost stale taste on the first few sips, but after that it goes away and smooths out. Banana flavors are the strongest, with mild spices just blending in the background. Not very complex at all. Pretty much a single flavor, with not much subtlety.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, with little carbonation. Easy to drink, but lifeless.

Drinkability: An alright tasting hefeweizen that is a bit too malty and plain. It does have the right look at all, which detracts from the hefe experience. Average really.

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very straw-like, hay color. 2/3 finger head doesn't stick around too much. Decent carbonation.

I get a light banana ester but I'm also getting a bit of ashes here. Don't like it a whole lot. Not a whole lot of other texture or scent here...needs a little bit of hoppiness.

Taste is similar. Bananas and cigarette butts. Not working too well. Maybe the carbonation exacerbates this but it started somewhere.

Palate has that ashy feel mixed with maybe excessive biting carbonation. Extremely dry and scratchy.

Not hating on this one; it doesn't work for me. Pulling the ripcord. Drain pour.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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 ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly cloudy golden beer with wispy foam. I would have expected a little more cloudiness, but still a fine looking brew. Clove, banana, yeast in the nose and on the nicely carbonated palate. Some bubblegum-like flavors. A nice wheat character to the body.

This is a very tasty and well made hefeweizen.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 jeffthecheff
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with no clarity. It's so cloudy you can't see any yeast in it, just an opaque gold glass. Thick, white head that keeps a barrier of foam for the entire bottle.

Yeasty, spicy aroma comes through first, with a subtle note of bannana. Some nice hefe aromas are there but they aren't making my eyes pop open.

Bannnana yogurt type of flavor comes through with a fizz that carries a small but noticable bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a nice, refreshing fizz from high carbonation but is missing the thick, milkshake texture I like in a hefe.

Very drinkable beer, another great seasonal from Berkshire. I'll revisit this in the summer a few more times.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 damienblack
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold, translucent in color. Head fades fairly quickly. Get a huge whiff of that almost-wet-socks wheat smell off the top, but it is oddly alluring. Taste is nice and refreshing, a big wheat bomb with lots of banana and citrus, and some nice spicing backing it. Mouthfeel is crisp and appropriately carbonated. This is a nice and light-bodied, very drinkable summer beer. Very well done.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow/straw color that settles as a mild golden color. Head is thick and fluffy as it should be.

Smell is cloves, banana, cinnamon and some other spices.

Taste is similar to the smells this one gives off. The clove/banana tastes that are some common in hefes are both there with a lot of spicy characteristics as well coming out. Its got a bit of a dry yeasty finish to it as well.

Easy drinking on a hot day. I like this one served pretty cold as its very thirst quenching.

While not my favorite BBC release, this one is a great summer beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 mmmbeer
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. The beer is a transluscent apricot with high carbonation, and two fingers of fluffy white head that condenses to a thin, creamy layer and leaves lots of lacing. In the nose, it's fresh and dried bananas, wheat, phenols, grassy malts, and light papery oxidation. It's lightly sweet, loaded with nutty wheat flavor, with almost no hops; pretty tasty, but I want more yeast and banana. Light to medium body, with tingly carbonation that evens out nicely. Good interpretation of a hefe - very easy to drink, and pretty cheap to boot. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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 hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 erosier
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a tall and thick bodied white colored head that laces the glass some on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts a hint of citris, and then a nice banana aroma, followed by a hint of clove.
T: Tastes the same as it smells with a nice wheaty malty base with a nice hint of citrisy hops, then a good banana and clove flavor to round it off.
M: Very smooth, inviting, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. None of the tastes were overpowering and it blended very nicely together.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours a cloudy pale lemon straw shade with a big fluffy white head.

Scent is bananas, wheat, sour yeast, green apple and sour dough.

Taste is banana, lemon, wheat, and a sour / tangy yeast flavor reminiscent of sour dough bread. Slight citric hop bitterness.

Soft creamy mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink.

A nicely done hefeweizen from Berkshire.

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Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle courtesy of Dr Dogbeer. A hazy gold liquid that creates a three finger head in my weiss beer glass. Nice amounts of lacing and good retention. It slowly settles into a thin covering of bubbles and sits atop an actively carbonated brew.

Smell is bananas and lemon. Bready notes , yeasty esters of apple mix with the other fruits and cloves.

Taste is tart with wheat malt and sour apple. Bananas at the back of the throat. Lemon interleaves through it all. Hop bittering is a touch more prominent than in most hefes but certainly not out of line. A slightly soapy facet cuts in and out. Finish is clean, dry, and crisp. A lingering taste of crackers and faint bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisply carbonated with a fine coating of the mouth and tongue.

Drinkability is nice. A refreshing beer and one that I would have no problems quaffing for long periods.

Overall a good solid effort and one I wound never turn down.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.62/5  rDev -55.4%
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 WillieMoe
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy orange color, with good sediment floating around.

S- Heavy banana aroma dominates the nose in this one, actually reminds me of the candy circus peanuts. The alcohol come a little more to the forefront as it warms, but does not detract from it.

T&M- The taste is much like the smell, with heavy banana and some malt undertones,but you can also detect other fruits in there as well. You feel the alcohol as you get deeper in. Overall it is fairly smooth, although it does have a slightly harsh bitterness towards the end. Not much going on as far as mouthfeel. It is not very thick, but it is not watery either.

D- Overall another strong effort from the Berkshire team. Very solid, highly drinkable. If you haven't had, I recommend you give it a whirl.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 gfreed
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Winchester Wine & Spirits, Winchester, MA. An excellent choice, one which I'd rate nearly on par with an Ayinger. The head is less dramatic than other Hefeweizens, and is a shade less than brilliant white but the aroma is quite intriguing: the usual banana but with subdued cloves and a slight taste of apples, and a surprising hint of Bazooka bubble gum. Not overly bubbly, and has a very pleasant density. A definite keeper. I wish this came in a six-pack.

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into UFO Hefe glass. No bottled on date for this one.

A: Cloudy, tan/orange with great foam, that subsides but leaves good lacing.

S: Bananas, bubblegum and citrus.

T: Bananas with slight clove. Slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Very carbonated and medium mouthfeel. Not too thick but not watery.

D: This is a very good hefeweizen in my opinion and could easily session this stuff. Too bad this does not come in growlers....or does it? I have yet to be disappointed by BBC.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden with thin fizzy white head, not nearly matching that of your typical. Generous lacing, however. Smell is fairly light but clean and refreshing. Light banana is present. Light wheat and grain as well as bubble gum. Also graham crackers. Taste is much of the same. Not much to it, however. Somewhat light in mouthfeel. This is more similar to a Kristalweizen to me. Pretty drinkable either way...but it's still kinda bland.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with a small bit of head. loos like a typical hefe.

the smell is VERY sweet. bananas and some citrusy notes.

the beer tastes as it smell. slightly bitter (not a good bitter) is going to pull this down for me.

the mouthfeel is typical of a hefe as well.

overall, this is a good summer beer and i was pleased to have the chance to try it.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to DrDogbeer for this thoughtful summertime extra! 22 bomber into a Hefe glass.

Pours a nice cloudy light golden color with some straw depth and a characteristic softness to it. A nice, though short, white head recedes to a thin wisp of clean patchy bubbles. Some decent strings of round lace. The last pour is the best, with great cloudiness and fuller head.

Nose is subtly phenolic with banana, overridden by outgoing wheat and grainy scents, sweetening a little as it warms. Clove spice is notable, but relatively mild, deepened by lemongrass and hay.

Taste has strong lemony character over the notable wheat in flavor and body. Slight fruitiness in the middle with a soft background spice at the finish. Love the bready aftertaste

Feel has good crispness from the carbonation through a medium body with a full clinging finish.

Very easy to sip, and extremely refreshing on a hot summer day. Goes down easy, smooth, and seemingly light, yet very satisfying.

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Long Dayz from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.63 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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