El Jefe
J. Wakefield Brewing

El JefeEl Jefe
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From:
J. Wakefield Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Hefeweizen
Ranked #61
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,117
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
141
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 21, 2024
Added:
Jan 06, 2015
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  27
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: 3.49 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Jan 21, 2024
 
Rated: 3.73 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Oct 30, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy dirt blonde body with a finger of off-white foam. Wheat, coconut, and yeast nose. Taste is sharp with wheat yet yeast is way bigger, too much, coconut and lemon is mild. Feel is yeasty and wheaty, sharp and thin after this initial strike. Doesn’t have the definition you want
Sep 29, 2023
 
Rated: 3.97 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jun 30, 2023
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a hazy brownish gold with a slightly fizzy, two finger white head that starts to dissipate but then settles into a persistent half finger head. Aroma of wheat malt, lemon, a hint of clove and a touch of coconut (but only because I knew it was there). Flavor is bready wheat malt, coconut, and a touch of lemon; the coconut is edged out in the finish by light banana. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess; more body than most hefes. I'm a big traditional hefeweizen fan and any additives (including lemon wedges) are not something I'd seek out, but this sounded interesting. The coconut actually works out well, most likely because it is lightly used, but it is enough to mask some of the classic flavors until the finish. Hard to rate this to style, but gets good scores for flavor and interest. I like a envelope pushing beer that works out well. Lots of flavor for the ABV.
Jun 29, 2023
 
Rated: 3.84 by smithj4 from New York

Jun 24, 2023
 
Rated: 3.61 by Try-em-all from Missouri

Jun 17, 2023
 
Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

May 28, 2023
 
Rated: 4.02 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Dec 31, 2022
 
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 -16.5%
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 -14.7%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
**
07/18/21

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 -2.3%
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
 
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%
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
El Jefe from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 141 ratings