Weissenheimer Hefeweizen

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #316
Ranked #39,540
3.67 | pDev: 11.99%
Illinois, United States
Weissenheimer HefeweizenWeissenheimer Hefeweizen
Notes: A classic German-style Hefeweizen with fruity aromas and flavors of banana, clove and vanilla and a fuller mouth feel with appropriate yeast haze.

16 IBU
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jkrich from Florida

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summer is here in Florida with enough humidity to say you can "wear the air." It is a propitious time to enjoy a refreshing hefeweizen. This one is brewed up north in Illinois in a town called Normal. Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: deep and largely clear and bright golden hue with a quickly fading white head. Fairly conventional and normal so far.

The aroma showcases some of the classic hefeweizen aromas of spice and clove and some faint banana.

The flavor comes somewhat close to that classic German Hefeweizen flavor I have come to expect. The flavor exhibits hints of bubble gum, lemons, and faint clove and banana but fails to match the magic of the original Germain standard. As great as American brewers are, I have yet to have hefeweizen that matches the German examples. This is a well-made wheat ale that is refreshing and flavorful, but next time I will reach for an import.

The mouthfeel does have the sharp carbonation you would expect, but there is a faint sourness that lingers on the palate.

Overall, this was enjoyable and well worth seeking out, especially during the hot summer months; though I was hoping for more flavor.

May 25, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color, definitely not hazy as other examples. A moderate head is too quick to dissipate. The carbonation is visible, as well as loud; if we rated sound it would score big as the fizz is audible upon cracking open the can.
Aromas of banana, light clove, bubblegum and citrus fruit; I’m detecting orange. Overall, pretty standard for the style.
Taste is mostly sweet with wheat, banana, citrus fruit and bubblegum flavors. The finish evokes flavors of clove like spices and citrus peel. There is a very minimal touch of hops bitterness.
Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate with a light crispness.
Overall, I thought this was a pleasant Hefeweizen.

May 09, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Normal. Hazy yellow straw. Aroma is soft malt, clove, lemon, banana. The flavor, too, is mild, and a little booze is detectable. I wouldn't call the mouthfeel full.

May 06, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DESTIHL Weissenheimer, 5.2% ABV. Pours pale yellow, with a one finger white head which dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Nose is bananas and cloves, taste follows with a slight sweetness and no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

Aug 06, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Modest head which surprisingly little lace. The color is light amber with a mild haze.

True to form, the smell of banana comes out first. I also get malted wheat and light yeast.

The flavor features all of the aromatics along with a peppery bite in the swallow. Decently long aftertaste. Appropriate body with an elevated carbonation level.

May 27, 2018
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Mitzvahman72 from California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quick Take: Nice opaque straw color with a subtle splotch of banana, along with some clove that disappears in the aftertaste. It is unusually crisp for a hefeweizen, with a clear, refreshing mouthfeel. Light Italian bread aroma, also very mild lemon. This is a solid above average hefeweizen, although I highly recommend Karl Strauss’ Hefeweizen and La Cumbre Brewing’s A Slice of Hefen. Those two beers are a benchmark for hefeweizens outside of Germany!

Feb 25, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that quickly faded away, leaving only some small patches of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas and bubble gum are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of bananas and bubble gum along with additional notes of cloves and wheat towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes OK, but it could use a lot of work with head retention.

Serving type: can

Jul 24, 2017
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Vixie from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a typical beer of the style, cloudy straw color with a white head. It loses a few points for the head dissipating so quickly, would like to see it last a bit longer.

The smell reminds me a bit of banana bread, banana with spice.

The taste is a bit like the smell, in that it reminds me of banana bread. There's wheat, banana, clove, and a hint of citrus.

Has a nice lively mouth feel to it, the carbonation really helps the feel.

A nice beer, not world class, but well worth trying. Hard to screw up this style, and this is a pretty solid example.

Jun 30, 2017
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poor head retention. Appropriate color. Smells of banana and clove and mild grains. Flavor is subdued yet spot on with an emphasis on wheat. Finishes clean and dry. Very good summer beer.

Jun 20, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy and goldenstraw colored; two fingers of head fritter away in 10 seconds; minimal lacing

Smell: Wheat bread, banana, vanilla and clove

Taste: Banana bread forward, with developing vanilla and clove tones, through the middle; nicely balanced, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks the Germanic mouthfeel

Overall: Destihl has got the taste down; the body needs work, however

Jun 11, 2017
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AlexeiRoquentin from Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Here's the thing, I like Franziskaner, it is my measuring stick for Hefes. A few Germans have come close, and as I haven't had a chance to try Live Oak's Hefe yet, none of the American Hefes I've tried have lived up to what I look for. Time after time I find something with too much hops, very little banana and clove, or just a weird spice that I can't identify.

Destihl makes that not true anymore. I wouldn't say in the giant world of wheat beers this is a standout. To ME, a Franziskaner lover who is looking for something made in the US that is even close, this stuff is top notch.

Trust me, if you're a "Americans can't make hefes correctly" person like me and this is available, give it a whirl.

Jan 21, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy juicy fruit color, with a tall 2 finger fluffy head. 70% opaque.

Aromas of banana peel, runts, chalk, ash, clove, and cilantro.

Quite a bit of basic wheat malts up front, followed by clove, banana, oranges, juicy fruit gum, and other stale malts.

Feel is heavily carbonated, just explosive, followed by a slick semi-dryness. Hurts a little in the tummy.

Overall, the Destihl Hefeweizen isn't the best on the block, but funny thing is, I don't think they aim to be the best at ANYTHING, they just brew and do their own thing. It's a twist on the basic Hefe, but not too far of a departure from the style.

Jan 06, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Weissenheimer pours to a large pebbly white head on a hazy, effervescent pale-gold body; head retention is modest and lacing is very scant, consisting of a few very strangely-angled hieroglyphs. The nose is medium in intensity; it is yeast-forward with hints of banana/clove spice, a modest citrus character and a bit of wheat. The ester notes that are lacking on the nose hit up front on the palate, impressively so, but quickly fade, ceding dominance to a tartish citrus flavor shot through with faint veins of caramel apple, all over a largely-obscured, muddy wheat foundation. The finish is a fair hit of tart caramel; the linger is a tart apple flavor that lasts for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is on point for the light body, and is, surprisingly, slightly astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and quite peppery from the slightly overenthusiastic carbonation. (12 oz can, no code date)

Nov 13, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a slightly cloudy, golden color with a small, thin head. It smelled of orange, yeast and wheat. Lots of orange and wheat flavors. Nice banana and spice like a true hefe.

Oct 16, 2016
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nausicaa-taos from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Actual bar conversation.

Me: what are you drinking?

Friend: this new hefe.

Me: I don't care for American ones.

Friend: until five minutes ago, neither did I.

... I soon agreed.

Aug 19, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy, pale gold beer with a white head. Light smell of bananas and yeast with a touch of clove. The flavors seem a bit muted and mostly a pleasant banana flavor with a decent amount of malty sweetness. Finishes with nice yeasty notes and a little bitterness. Nice and mellow hefeweizen that is great on a nice hot day.

Jul 14, 2016
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy straw with no head or lacing. Nose of banana, vanilla, and wheat. Taste is banana and vanilla with grassy wheat on the back end. No yeast or spice notes in the taste whatsoever. Light body and medium carbonation and with some stickiness to it.
I like hef's, but this was more fruit beer than hef. I finished it but won't be getting it again. The banana presence was impressive but little else developed beyond the banana.

Jul 02, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very effervescent & clear gold with 3 fingers of beige head. No head retention & minimal lacing & little chill haze

S: Breadyness, cloves

T: Follows the nose, some pear & white grape, plus band-aids up front. Cloves, white grapes, a little lemon & pear as this warms. Finishes fruity with a little clove

MF: Light/medium body, subtle carbonation

Drinks very easy, could use a little more depth of flavor, but I would buy this again

Jun 09, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into weizen glass, canned on 721/2015. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big banana, bubblegum, clove, vanilla, lemon, wheat, biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big banana, bubblegum, clove, vanilla, lemon, wheat, biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness, yeast spiciness, and wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, bubblegum, clove, vanilla, lemon, wheat, biscuit, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth and creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a great hefeweizen. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 02, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light Amber color. Aroma reminds me of banana nut crunch cereal. Flavor is similar to the nose with a semi sweet malty finish. Drinks pretty smooth and overall this is solid but nothing special. If the flavor didn't remind me of breakfast as a kid I probably wouldn't like this very much.

Apr 05, 2016
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ZAP from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty average(if that)hefe....carbonation is lacking..looks real flat in the glass....real sweet overripe (spoiled almost) banana taste...light butterscotch....drinkable but would not buy again. And I like Banana forward hefe's.

Feb 11, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The past few weeks have seen a reduction of the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody at the expense of The CANQuest (tm). It has also been at the expense of my beloved AIPAs and DIPAs in favor of flavors & styles that I generally eschew. Here we have just such a style & from a CAN! Will wonders never cease?

From the CAN: "South German-Style Wheat Ale"; "Unfiltered [,] Enjoy Fresh [,] Keep Refrigerated"; "Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "Need a break from all the smart alecks in your life? You'll get the last laugh as you kick back and relax with this seriously enjoyable & refreshing South German-style Hefeweizen. This wheat ale has a hazy, straw-colored hue with classic banana-like & clove-like aromas and flavors with very low hop bitterness and a full mouthfeel without being full of itself. No joke. Cheers."

I Crack!ed open, revealing a brimful craft CAN and to celebrate, I utilized an inverted Glug. This produced a brief finger of fizzy, light-tan head with poor retention. Color was a slightly hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), but just hazy enough to make the Gelt Gang want to take a pass. Nose smelled heavily of bananas. Where are the cloves?!? Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely Hefeweizen, but it was heavy on the banana esters as usual and that is not a selling point for me. I liked the way the clove esters asserted themselves on the finish, but it was not enough to be satisfying.

Nov 19, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the amazing woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, wheat. Taste is the same, banana and wheat, some yeast, refreshing and hihly drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Nov 10, 2015
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Auraan from Arizona

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cloudy golden color with a half finger bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a fantastic body, but a terrible head for the style. A mixed bag. Scents of grainy, cracked-like, tangy wheat malt, orange flesh and peel, and moderate phenols of clove with overripe banana in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of a good, but not standout Hefeweizen. True to form but not amazing. Flavor begins with notes of grainy, cracker-like wheat, orange flesh sweetness, dry phenolic notes of clove, banana, and an unfortunate presence of DMS. Middle continues these flavors but increases citrus. Finish is dry with notes of citrus peel and flesh, banana, clove phenols and again, a bit of DMS. Aftertaste is grainy wheat malt and a clove presence. Overall impression of flavor is of a good Hefeweizen unfortunately brought down by the DMS. Mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy with effervescent carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good Hefeweiznen. Overall this is a good Hefeweizen that could be great if not for the DMS in flavor. The aroma and flavor are quite nice, but the DMS corn flavor is unwelcome and brings it down. Mouthfeel raises it up, it overall it is only good, not great.

Oct 15, 2015
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a fizzy white head that blooms extravagantly before disappearing completely--not quite the retention I’m used to in a hefeweizen. Mild aroma smells of wheat, lemon rind, and a gentle, lactic sourness.

The taste is more in line with traditional expectations, featuring wheat, banana, and clove primarily. Bready malt and rumors of bubblegum are also discernible. Medium body and high carbonation make for a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid but unremarkable hefeweizen. The flavors are there, but the presentation leaves something to be desired, which wouldn’t be such a downer if we were talking about another style. A hefeweizen just isn’t the same without an omnipresent mound of silky froth, though.

Sep 25, 2015
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