El Jefe
J. Wakefield Brewing

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J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Ranked #55
Ranked #16,291
3.9 | pDev: 11.28%
Oct 16, 2022
Jan 06, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: A traditional German Hefeweizen in its core, but with the addition of fresh coconut flakes for a taste of South Florida and its beautiful surrounding beaches.
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Rated: 3.73 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is a hazy orange color with a head that dissipates rather quickly & that's usually not a good sign. The taste is orange, soft banana, & some coconut flakes near the finish. The beer sort of has a pina colada vibe going on, I can see myself relaxing on Miami Beach with a pint of this by my side. There is no date on the can but it says that I should drink it fresh, their are some Einstein's over there at this brewery. All in all, wheat beers are one of my favorite style & this one does not disappoint but it can use some more of the coconut flakes. Oh well It was Cheers! B-
Sep 27, 2022
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Reviewed by pkalix from California

3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
ugly massive head bubbles.... dissipating to oily, film-y remnants. typical richy clove-y aroma... taste is meh.... a little rich. an Underberg might resolve this.... kinda getting the coconut
Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to rocks glass.

Lightly hazy light orange color. Small offwhite head. Very good retention.

Nose is wheat, yeast, orange, qhite grape.

Taste is citrus, light wheat, light coconut.

Light to medium body. Smooth.

Very refreshing, well crafted. Nose is a touch weak and coconut is minute.
Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Ordinarily the description of a coconut hefeweizen would be more than enough for me to pass it by.

Maybe it was because I've never had a J. Wakefield beer before. Maybe it was that it is ranked as the #39 hefeweizen on this site (as an aside, what does it say about us collectively when a flavored hefe is ranked in the top 50? And, if I examined the rest of the top 50, I'd probably find more. Nevermind,.. Just musing...).

Whatever, here it is, in my refrigerator.

The aroma brings the banana, along with bubblegum, and, surprisingly, just hints of the coconut. Subtle touch. Nice. As the head fades, the coconut does become stronger, but never over the top.

The body is amber-yellow, a bit hazy, heavily carbonated, topped with a billowing white head with only moderate retention (down to a 1/4 inch in a few minutes, in fact) leaving spotting lacing down the glass.

All of what was in the aroma is in the taste, of course, but the balance tilts toward the coconut. The base hefeweizen yeast flavors are still there, but are subordinate to the coconut. The overall balance is a tropical character to the hefe, just as promised by the brewer. No bitterness at all. The finish and aftertaste are sweet, with the coconut lingering. Dumping the final dregs from the can (yeast) into the beer changes the look, as you'd expect, but it has not much of an effect on the flavor.

The body tends to the thin side of moderate, and the mouth feel is smooth.

Overall, an interesting tropical hefeweizen. I am enjoying it, but it is just a bit too sweet for me.
Jun 30, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jun 04, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Feb 21, 2021
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Rated by FishyBeer3 from Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
Smells and tastes plasticy. Able to put it down while talking but tough to just enjoy
Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 24, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by sd123 from Georgia

Nov 16, 2020
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can. Canning date is stamped on bottom as 'CANNED ON 08/27/20 DRINKLIKERBOSS'.
Cloudy, but still can see rising bubbles, deep gold colored body. One finger of white head that lasts. Leaves some scattered patterns of lacing after each sip.
Aroma of cloves and pencil eraser. Banana is light on this one.
Taste is skewed by the coconut. Trying to intercede are the spices. After taste has the banana and cloves. Has a minor wheat tang, but this is a basic note.
Thicker than medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
The beer is very drinkable, and the after taste calls for another sip. The coconut is a component but not strong, but makes this a variation on a traditional hefe.
Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can with a date

Looks very cloudy, golden-orange, quick fading sticky white head. Kinda smells like a mexican lager, but with more malt, spice, and maybe a touch of the coconut. There is the presence of coconut more than the taste of it, but it does show up prominently in the aftertaste. Creamy, husky, and delicious

Unique; light and refreshing and tasty, well worth trying
Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 01, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jul 25, 2020
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Reviewed by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned 3/16/2020

Golden-orange wheat haze, three finger foam head. No lacing. Smells a bit off, almost sour (maybe not fresh enough or chilled improperly) underneath usual hefeweizen notes of bread and citrus, some coconut comes through as it warms. The taste Is where this really shines, offering notes of vanilla cinnamon, bubblegum, peach cobbler with a smooth coconut backbone.

A little thin for what would be expected, would have liked to have a fuller umami. Still worth a gander, tastes great for certain.
May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Apr 20, 2020
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Reviewed by jcarlosv from Florida

1/5  rDev -74.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
The reason for my low score is possibly I got a bad 4 pack from Total Wine. When pouring the beer no head was formed, what little did form lasted a few seconds and the odor was off a bad beer. I checked the can and it was labeled canned in 02/20 so I assumed it was fresh. I truly enjoy the beers from J Wakefield, a very good Miami brewery. I guess I just had bad luck, will purchase another El Jefe beer but at a different location at which point I will update my review.
Apr 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy pale orange with a fluffy white head and infinite lacing

A bit of spice on the aroma, wheaty, mild citrus. Maybe only a suggestion of coconut, just lends a bit of sweetness

The taste is pretty similar to the nose, but the coconut comes out a bit more and compliments the citrus really nicely, it all ties together well

Damn this drinks easy, super smooth and perfectly carbonated, medium-light bodied

Overall this was really good, definitely adding this to a list of beers for a hot summer day!
Mar 09, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by dubrunna from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Overall a very easy to drink wheat beer on a hot day. Not too carbonated out of the can - just enough. Picked up a 4 pack of cans from Publix where they now have it here in Miami.
Feb 07, 2020
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Munique glass.

Appearance: The robust, rocky, three finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of thick, patchy lacing. It's a murky, dull, antique gold color.

Smell: There's mostly a floral character to the aroma with some citrus fruit and coconut thrown in. A slight sulfur note shows up too.

Taste: It's a creamy, tropical flavor of fresh coconut with a hint of banana. It finishes with a warm, grainy, wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, creamy and medium to light bodied with a soft medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A super easy to drink beer with a present coconut flavor that doesn't take over the beer which is something that happens a lot when breweries get too heavy handed with their adjuncts. J. Wake pulls off a great balancing act here and it's no surprise this on of their most popular beers.
Jan 30, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Oct 12, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Bandi from New York

Oct 10, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.
Jul 07, 2019
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Rated by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Would I buy this again? Sure, but I wouldnt go out of my way for it. Easy drinker with some coconut taste. Perfect for Miami climate.
Apr 30, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by chrisroarshack from Alaska

Feb 13, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.
Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by robotic_being from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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.
Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 4.63 by gmcmillan67 from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2018
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Reviewed by maxarvo from England

4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
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.
Sep 06, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by KensWorld from Florida

Jul 14, 2018
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