El Jefe Hefeweizen
J. Wakefield Brewing

El Jefe HefeweizenEl Jefe Hefeweizen
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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #43
Ranked #15,854
3.93 | pDev: 11.2%
J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
El Jefe HefeweizenEl Jefe Hefeweizen
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -1%
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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MNAle from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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jcarlosv from Florida

1/5  rDev -74.6%
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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Rug from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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
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dubrunna from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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robotic_being from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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
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maxarvo from England

4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
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
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jun 24, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

May 10, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Jan 03, 2018
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Mar 11, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Mar 11, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Mar 08, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Dec 10, 2016
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TH28 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Sep 21, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Aug 16, 2016
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +2%
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.

Jun 23, 2016
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FrancisSmooth from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Mar 30, 2016
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