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 TheDeuce
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Berkshire Hefeweizen...

Appearance-pale golden color, unfiltered so lots of head and carbonation, rises up into the glass.

Smell-loads of banana, slight hops and grain, malt is hidden well as is the alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel- grainy notes with a big kick of banana flavor and other fruit, smooth and light, goes down great, nice aftertaste with a kick of alcohol and continued notes of banana and citrus.

Drinkability-refreshing and flavorful, plus its a hefe which is a great choice on a hot summer day.

Overall-by far Berkshire's best beer and a great version of the style, flavorful and complex without being too heavy, well done.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A new arrival at the local store, decided to bring some back for the lady (a big hefe fan) and myself.

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy gold in color. Almost no head. A little lazy carbonation.

Smell - Very strong citrus. Some lemon, as well as a little spice and malty goodness. Very tasty smelling.

Taste - Nice citrus up front with a very tasty yeasty cream on the finish. Reminds me of the delicious finish of the Steel Rail Pale by the BBC.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light, not a whole lot there.

Drinkability - As high as expected. A low abv, a real nice finish, and the lightness of this beer make in eminently sessionable.

Overall, just what I expected from this solid brewery. They consistently make tasty, drinkable bevs and this is a solid addition. Never disappointed with these guys.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the 22 oz on Spirit Haus. This was a pretty good appearance for a hefeweizen. Pretty clear, golden and bubbly; good, immediate lacing as well. Smells are pretty floral and grassy with some obvious citrus aromas. Taste is pretty zesty with its fruity, citrus and lemony dimensions. The mouthfeel was a bit over crisp, but still, nothing too overpowering. Overall, another good drink from BBC.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellowed colored body. White inch high head shrank quickly to a nice thick coating that stayed a few minutes. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising rapidly. Minimal lace.

Very light banana aroma rises easily in the nose. Extremely faint plastic note is hidden in the back, but fades in intensity along with all the other aromas.

Fruit sweetness carries over to the taste. Has a very sugary taste. Plastic like flavors seems to coat the other tastes and mute them. A little bit lacking in flavor strength.

An average consistency on the tongue. Light carbonation tingle holds it's strength the entire sip.

A decent offering. This one is nice as a dessert beer by itself. Not the most depth of flavor in the style, but clearly refreshing. A very nice summer offering.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 bjohnson
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hot summers day in the city hazy. Golden straw color with a slight orange hue. Frothy one and a half finger head holds nicely with a thin skim on top. Tight lacing down the glass. Banana and clove spices are refreshing and not overpowering. Wheat and grass notes play a secondary role but round out the aromas. Starts of thick and hefty, but ends with a thinness. Aromatic.

Slightly thin with a lageresque mouthfeel and taste. Wheaty flavors with cloves and slight pepper and a twinge of banana notes. watery on the palate with a bready lager finish and aftertaste. A bit too thin for the style. Almost wants to be a hybrid American wheat hefe with a tiny bit of lager in there. Not very complex or imaginative. Not the best offering I've had from Berkshire and one I'd pass on in favor of a bigger fuller hefe.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BlueHammer
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thirsty and it was refreshing! Ahh the mark of a good summer brew! I had this on tap at a local tavern. It's a cloudly, crisp golden color in the glass. There was about a finger and a half of white head. It left minimal lacing as I drank. The smell is floral and grassy, as a hefeweizen should be! The taste has citrus undertones that were not overpowering but the taste doesn't knock your socks off either. It's smooth going down with moderate carbonation at the beginning of the sip and mellowing out toward the end. It's an easy beer to drink and finish quickly without it hitting too hard.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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 albern
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of bigone4
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a few bombers on a trip to MA since this one was not offered in CT at the time. Great label with Gary and Chris on the front. No lemon needed for this offering. Besides it takes away from the true flavor of the beer. Poured a hazy yellow golden color. I made sure to leave a bit for the swirl to get the rest of the yeast out of the bottle. Clean white fluffy head that dissipated quite quick but left some decent clinging lace behind. Well carbonated but not overly bubbly. The smell is extremely floral and sweet. Tones of dough, banana, slight lemon hints, and also a mix of bubble gum and clove tossed in as well. Nice and buttery scent in the nose.

Taste is rather fruity with a big yeasty dough flavor. Tones of banana and sweet malt capture the tongue. Sugar cookie with a side of butter come to mind mixed in with the fruity hints. Nice taste and mouth feel. Smooth rolling flavor that really gives your mouth quite the experience. Certainly has a dough like yeast hint that mixes well with the mild fruit tones. This brew holds true to style and is very tasty. My wife and I really enjoy having this offering during the summer months. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a great tasting Hefeweizen. This is another true to style winner from the guys at Berkshire Brewing. This is an awesome summer time beer!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on May 21, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Extremely phenolic aroma packed with the typical esters and clove-lemon profile. Pour of half clouded yellow, slicked with white. Flavor is very thin to me. A distant glow of lemons over some spicy yeasts. A touch of breadiness. Overall, a little too light and thin. Although, this would probably be highly refreshing. Smack of apples.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Estarrio
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, golden color with a medium/small white head. Not much retention, or head despite an aggressive pour. I was also expecting a cloudier, unfiltered beer.

Nice aroma. Clove, honey, bubblegum and a slight, floral bouquet.

Lightly sweet flavor with very little clove and spice. Huge bubblegum presence. If Bazooka Joe made a beer, this would be it! Some earthy, wheat tones, along with a bit more spice, become more apparent as it warms but nothing jumps out like the bubble gum. Good overall taste but I'd like more. Also, where are the hops?

Nice, light body with fizzy carbonation lends to a great mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, unless you don't like bubblegum. Unfortunately, the high drinkability comes at the expense of any big flavor. This beer seems like a diluted form of something great, albeit a good beer.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a weisen glass

A- banana yellow and cloudy with a big white head.

S- big big banana/ clove smell. tons of nose on this beer

T- banana in the begining and in the end. A bit tarter than I expected. Very bold banana taste which differs from the more subdued taste found in german hefes

M- balanced with a bit more carbination than I expected

D- not as refreshing as I would have liked from this style and the banana flavor is too " in your face".

notes- overall a decent beer from one of my favorite american brewerys.

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Photo of dturchin
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale light orange, much more translucent than what youd expect from a traditional hefe, with a thin white head, smells of citrus, cereal, faint banana and clove, relatively thin mouthfeel but solid flavors keep the beer on the tongue, crisp citrus upfront (lemon, hint of orange) quickly dissipates to green/young banana (as opposed to the overripe/banana bready flavors you get more often with the german style) hint of band-aid and faint clove towards the back and sides of the tongue...buttery aftertaste dissapoints... very light for the style, a very drinkable sessionable beer, ideal for a hot summer day...though there are much better options out there in style (left hands haystack is a personal favorite if you want to stay in style)

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Photo of gotbeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer for a hot summer afternoon. An excellent interpretation of the hefe style. It pours a nice orange amber with a decent head. The taste includes bananas, clove, and some citrus (orange). It is quite refreshing and has great drinkability. A summer session brew if I ever had one.

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Photo of LarryV
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden yellow without the usual murkiness of a good hefe. Small head faded very quickly and left minimal lacing. Smell of bananas, cloves - not bad. Taste has a hint of banana, clove but leaves a dry, lingering bitterness on the tongue. Carbonation stings the tongue a bit, mouthfeel is on the thin side for a hefe. I was really looking forwards to a good hefe today, but this one was somewhat of a disappointment. It's not bad, but there's much better hefe's out there. I doubt I'd buy it again.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

White and very light soapy head when poured. Spotty traces of lace with a cloudy golden color. Aroma is complex with hints of citrus,banana,yeast,and malt sweetness. Very bitter and DRY finish. Has a crisp lemon bite and is highly carbonated. Not the usual wheat beer i'm used to. I prefer a much more creamy texture that goes down smooth with less of a bite.Leaves a long lingering dry bitterness in the throat. Can a beer be too carbonated I ask? The carbonation seems to detract from the taste.Has almost like a seltzer water mouthfeel and only a bitter sweetness to round the taste off. I'm not real impressed .

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Photo of Litterbean
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I didn't know this was from Massachusetts, I would swear this was from Germany. A spectacular interpretation of the hefeweizen style, done nearly to perfection. All the clove and banana notes are there, plus every last refreshing nuance. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold straw color with the appropriate amount of murkiness to it for a hefe. Good head that disappears quickly but a good solid film of foam covers the entire top of the beer. Nice lace remains on the side of the glass.

Aroma is pretty subtle but it is the standard clove banana bubble gum like scent. Also a hint of saltwater but no sulfur essence whatsoever and that can sometimes be a problem with hefes.

Taste is right on as far as style goes but it might be a tad milder than what I really enjoy in a hefe. The mouthfeel is pleasant--proper amount of carbonation--some chalkiness but nothing major.

Pretty drinkable. One of the better local hefeweizens.

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

Berkshire Brewing Hefeweizen
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Cool looking label sporting an interesting shade of green. BBC produces such quality looking labels on their bombers.

Pours a vibrant orange color. Great fluffy head on top. Super foamy lace that leaves trails of sticky lace patterns.

The nose is what to be expected for the style. Whiffs of bubble gum, banana chips and cloves.

Juicy, acidic mouthfeel with a juicy gum flavor. Nice wheat presence. Pressured carbonation with a very intense sour citrus twang. Lemon-lime sour snap with a clove finish.

A nice drinkable and local hefewiezen for the summer, but this is a really difficult style to pull off with the true German hefes out there.

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy tan orange body with a strong pillowy soft white head. The nose is cloves, spicy aromatics, banana, and a strong orange aroma. The inital taste is smooth, starts with a wheat twang that follows with a nice honey malt balance. You can really taste the citrus upfront, orange peels, banana followed by a spicy hop kick. The feel in the finish is somewhat rough, a little too acidic not enough malt balance in the end, but very good overall.

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