Long Dayz | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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3.62/5
125 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshire-brewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,567
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
125
pDev:
12.43%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 82
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.

Excellent.

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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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Photo of jonziefle
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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 -41.7%
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 -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 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 BeardedBoffin
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +0.8%
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 jeffthecheff
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Long Dayz from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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