El Jefe Hefeweizen
J. Wakefield Brewing

El Jefe HefeweizenEl Jefe Hefeweizen
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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #47
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,730
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 8.95%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
108
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J. Wakefield Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  27
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of Holderness
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

NEIPA appearance. Lemony wheat, mild floral, and a bit of sulfur on the nose. Also getting a good amount of coconut on both the aromas and flavors -- it adds a lot. Flavors are a little muddled but the coconut flakes keep things together.

75/100

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Albany Ale and Oyster in Albany, NY.

This one pours a hazy golden orange color, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like creamy citrus, banana, clove, and light coconut.

The coconut is less heavy handed than I’d expect from this brewery - it’s actually a decent underneath the reserved coconut addition. There’s just enough banana, and more citrus than you’d think - but that’s not a detriment.

This is creamy and very drinkable, with a very smooth finish.

I liked this a lot more than I would’ve thought.

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting mouthfeel and mild taste. Had on tap at J Wakefield. Basic flavor profile with hints of coconut in this brew. Overall pretty mild but tasty.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Odd dry mouthfeel, coconut flesh makes the taste slightly sweet but not much coconut aroma on the nose. Slight hints of clove and bubblegum...not very complex. Med body and carbonation. Overly priced.

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Photo of maxarvo
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at J Wakefield. Probably best hefeweizen I’ve had. Has an extra complexity to it, coconut taste. Looks beautiful. A really great beer and so refreshing.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Gold Session. Hazy golden color. Aroma has yeast esters, banana, herbs and some root vegetable notes. Taste is balanced, sweetish with banana flavor, quite easy drinking.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Tap & Grind. Hazy golden yellow body, one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Not much in way of the classic hefeweizen head or lacing. On that metric, this beer already strikes below average. Smell is standard- sweet grain, a bit of spice, light lemon, and not a whole lot more than that. Flavour doesn't have too much in way of the classic bubble gum or clove, it's more of a bland sweet grain and a touch of fruity lemon. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, fair carbonation, but nowhere as it should be as compared against a classic Hefeweizen. Not so enjoyable as I was hoping for.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap:
Poured flat with a muddy badly bruised banana look to it. I could forgive a hero pour, but nothing revives carbonation. Hoping it’s a location problem.

Not a lot on the nose, but there’s a citrusy witbier vibe to it. A little bubble gum with an odd hint that may be the coconut, but it’s not obvious.

Feel is tiny yet abundant prickly carbonation from the get go (why didn’t it didn’t get into the head formation game?). A somewhat smooth beer hides well behind this. Citrus and banana up front, there’s a bite that is probably more that carbonation than flavor. There is a tropical flare with a guava tartness and yet again, perhaps a coconut influence (little more noticeable than nose, but I probably couldn’t place it without knowing).

I have this one a little leeway up, as I do wonder if this wasn’t the best representation. There was some promising aspects among the questionable ones.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: nice orange color, nice head, minimal lacing
S: a muted hefeweizen smell
T: definetly get coconut on the back end, bubble gum upfront
F: all of the mouthfeel is upfront
I: not a bad twist to one of my favorite styles

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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly a non-traditional take on the style when you add in the toasted coconut, but the base beer is clearly a well crafted traditional hefe and the coconut adds an impressive depth to the beer. Refreshing and tropical its a valuable contribution to the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the most simple beers we had here, but also one of the ones i most wish to drink again. a well made hefeweizen brewed with coconut. its subtle, but its a great add, and makes this a pretty darn special crushable florida brew. pale and hazy and heady, bright corn yellow in the glass, certainly looks the part. aroma is hefe yeast and really fresh wheat first, with a subtle hint of raw coconut, not toasted or anything, not nutty or sweet, almost raw, just dried, really neat in the nose, but you almost have to look for it. the flavor is subtle on the coconut too, but the hefe would stand fine on its own, fuller bodied, dry, well carbonated, and as flavorful on the wheat as it is on the yeast, a rare but desirable (at least for me) trait in the style. the coconut has an almost coconut water flavor in the taste for me, some sweetness in the middle, and then the juicy freshness, way behind the beer itself, but i think dosed perfectly for drinkability and refreshment. the finish is like the dried coconut flakes that adorn cookies and cakes, really true to the coconut itself, and thats the very last thing i taste as i swallow it. i should have grabbed a four pack of pint cans, this is delightful and unique!

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a weizen glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a massive, fluffy, long-lasting head. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of wheat, coconut, banana, and spices.

T: Tasted of mild amounts of spices (cloves, mainly), a fair amount of coconut, some wheat, a fair shot of banana, a hint of malt (not much), and light tropical fruit notes. An interesting flavor, with the addition of the coconut. It's a little on the thin side at times, but worthwhile.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth, if a bit thin, finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: For the most part, this is an enjoyable beer, in spite of its flaws. Worth a shot.

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Photo of TH28
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz pint at the brewery. Appearance: Deep golden and hazy, moderate white foam head. Aroma: Clove heavy, with a ligh banana bread. Taste: Starts with a sweet wheat maltiness, a light spicy clove and banana, and finishes with a moderately strong coconut to contrast the banana esters. Mouthfeel: On the lighter bodied side for a hefe, with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Leaves some pear esters and coconut after the swallow. Very pleasant. Overall: A nice take on a hefe with the added coconut for complexity against the fruity yeast esters. Maybe a little thin for the style, but still delivers a wide range of flavors and aromas, with the typically fruity yeast esters.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. The beer itself has a nice and interesting look to it. It's cloudy as expected for the style but the color is a deep yellow that makes it look like mango juice almost. Even though it is a shade darker, the overall appearance is still pretty nice.

The smell is good. It has a nice and present coconut note that works well with the banana and clove notes to create a fruity and slightly tropical experience.

The taste is very good. It has a nice present coconut note that doesn't overwhelm the banana and clove notes from the yeast. Rather, it adds that nice coconut flavor and turns a refreshing wheat beer into a semi-tropical one.

The feel is very good.. It's a nice light bodied beer has a slight unexpected thickness to it. It has a slight creamy feel to it and a nice carbonation that makes it feel very refreshing.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer worth getting your hands on for the summer. It has a unique take on the style that works well with both when you'd normally drink this style of beer and its usual notes. If you come across during a hot day, go for it.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Pony Bar in New York, NY.

Cloudy deep gold/light amber color with a creamy, white head. Banana, bubble gum, and clove abound in the aroma. More fruit than spice, which carries over to the flavor as well. Maybe a hit of coconut, but I didn't get much of it at all. Light bodied, even for a Hefeweizen, but so ridiculously drinkable. Slight chalky texture in the finish. This pint went down as fast as lightning. I'd like to revisit this again sometime to see if I could detect more coconut. A unique version of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the tap room of the brewery. Didnt know it was a coconut Weiss til i sipped it. Delightfully surprised with a mix of classic weiss, coconut and some banana nut bread. Light enough and coconut is light enough to have a few. Delicious

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru cloudy orange more than yellow with two finger fizzy head that quickly died with little lace. The clove and bubblegum like yeast first hit me and then there's this lemony citric and banana aroma that follows. Sweeter than usual taste, more banana and possible tropical fruit/coconut and then yeast adds smoothness and sweetness. Spicy, peppery cloves and citric notes are barely in beer when compared to sweetness and most prominent on backend.

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Photo of Manticron
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at J Wakefield brewery 8/7/15

Appearance: It's definitely got the cloudy goodness that a hefe should have, although it's more of a deep gold/light amber color. Not much lacing, small and fast dissipating head.

Aroma: Your nose is bombarded with clove and banana, all is right in the world. OH WAIT, here comes the coconut. It almost borders on sunscreen levels of coconut aroma, just enough to piss you off. However, it balances out to an amazing toasted coconut smell that blends with the banana oh so perfectly.

Taste: Okay, so the coconut hits immediately. It stays with you through the entire journey that is this beverage. Banana follows immediately to blend with the coconut and take this beer, and you, to a straight up tropical paradise. There's a dude with dredlocks playing a steel drum in the corner. His name is clove, and he rounds everything about this beer out nicely.

Mouthfeel: On the fringes of being medium bodied, still maintaining that light body refreshingness.

Overall: This beer is, simply put, amazing. It's like a tropical island in a glass, and a fairly unique take on the style. Definitely the right fruit(or nut?) pairing with the hefe yeast profile.

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El Jefe Hefeweizen from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 108 ratings