Hefe-weizen | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic, Bavarian-style wheat beer brewed with a combination of malted wheat and barley, and fermented with a German yeast strain that delivers notes of banana and clove. The brewers skip the filtration step for that nice, cloudy appearance and great, unfiltered flavor.

Added by Boilermaker88 on 12-13-2003

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As my ratings show, I feel this is a slightly above average beer, though not by much. The beer pours a vibrant orange color and the aroma is wrought with orange and wheat notes. The taste is the most disappointing part. The nose is great but the taste just does not back it up. Soem wheat and citrus flavors but otherwise nothing much to speak of. It finishes a bit sour. Don't got out of your way to try this beer, it's just not worth it.

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Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer as it is one of the better american interpretations of a Hefe that I have had in awhile. The beer looked great with a nice cloudy golden color and lots of yeast floating around for sure. The smell was quite sweet and inviting with a sugary scent and a slight bananna scent as well. The flavor was very good but a little sweeter than a traditional hefe IMO. The bananna flavors were there for sure and there was a slight grain flavor as well but that was about it. A good stab at a difficult style.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sadly disappointing beer. Cloudy yellow pour with a surprisingly small head. Fruity, spicy, yeasty aroma with a flavor that does not deliver. Watery wheatiness destroys any bananas, clove or anything remotely resembling a Bavarian hefe. Sorry, Drake's, they can't all be winners.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a very light head that disappears quickly.
Aroma is faintly banana and faintly lemon with a wheat-yeast sweetness.
Mouthfeel is good due to the amount of carbonation that stays in the glass....drying wheat is pleasant.
Taste is light lemon and banana with a very, very slight bitterness coming either from hops or the wheat.
Aftertaste is merely wheat dryness.
An above average American wheat...I really enjoy the refreshing dryness and light banana compaired to more traditional German wheats where the esters are (in my mind) overpowering.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, straw yellow color with a white, foamy 2 finger head. Fair retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell - The aroma is bright. More citrus forward than anything, though it doesn't overwhelm the banana and clove spice character, which hit decently enough.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong citrus character to start, then over-ripened banana and a touch of clove spice come thorough mid-taste, finishing with a hair more banana than citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with strong, biting carbonation. Finishes crisp, with fair dryness.

Overall - Good, but slightly too aggressive for the style. A bit too much citrus hop and carbonation, leading to a hefe that isn't quite right, though it isn't quite bad, either. Plenty of other American breweries have tried their hand at a "Hefe" and have failed. This one's like a B-, and for that I commend them.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out a lightly hazy light golden color, with a thin white head------------ the aromas are of light banana and light grass, the aroma is on the lighter side--------------- the flavors follow the nose with light banana and grass, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a clean crisp finish------------- overall this beer was ok, just a basic hefe-weizen I've had better and I've had worse

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Photo of blabaer
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a hazy yellow colored body.
The aroma is light and airy; mostly dry grain.
The taste has lemon bitterness throughout and some grain without going sweet.
The texture is nice and fizzy without high carbonation.
Drinkable but not memorable.

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Photo of Whyartwork
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Troyone
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is approx. 95% covered with authentic local historic art work and hand craft information that gives one a feel of quality.

Pours a hazy lemon color with a wheat hue and frothy white head with moderate action.

The smell is of lemon and wheat grain with some barley malt tones.

Lemon/lime flavored hops with some barley tones and a traditional wheat bite for a Hefe.

I like the crisp mouthfeel dry finish with lively soft carbonation.

Very easy to drink, goes down smooth with a minimal wheat bite and lemon/lime after taste. Would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a smaller hefe glass, The liquid is a cloudy dark orange with good carbonation. The head is nice, a big 2 fingers, white and it leaves some nice lace.

The smell is good, this is a very interesting west coast hefe, hops are a bit piney and there is not much in the way of banana and cloves.

The taste is nice, a very slight banana taste and a bit more spice but the hops are very interesting. A bit piney in the finish. Certainly not a traditional hefe but quite worthy in it's own right. I am glad I was able to try this.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and a good carbonated hopy bite in the finish.

The drinkability is good a very good choice to finish lunch with.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of PawG
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of danfix99
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty by the book hefeweizen. Has all the characteristics present that you would expect. The unfortunate part is that with hefeweizens like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen so readily available, I would probably go for those. This one is not easily attainable for my area. The one strong point of this one is that it seems a bit lighter in body than the above mentioned varieties.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Topher78
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a 12oz bottle courtesy of that long-traveling BA, Barleypop, when he came down from the Bay Area for the Strong Ale Fest at the Carlsbad Pizza Port last weekend. Poured into one of my trusty hefeweizen glasses (because this is supposed to be a Bavarian-styled hefe, not some American wheat beer), this brew had a cloudy dark golden color and a wispy white head despite the large amount of carbonation billowing up.
The smell was right along the lines of a good German hefe - nice banana-and-clove aroma over a yeasty malt nose. A little more spicy in the nose than most. The taste was not at all anticipated - slight metallic bitterness up front, some modest bready malts mid-range, followed up with a spicy bitter finish. A light clove aftertaste and virtually no banana flavor. The feel was light, clean and crisp.
Damn, and after smelling this hefe, it had so much promise. Too bad it had that unpleasant bitter bite. Drake's hefeweizen has some of the traits inherent in a good Bavarian hefe but the taste profile was just too wrong for me to want this again when I can get an imported German-brewed hefe instead.

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Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head that fades and laces nicely.

S: Lots of banana, some Belgian yeast funk, a little clove, and a little wheat malt sweetness.

T: A little light citrus followed by the traditional banana and yeast funk combo with a little clove spice in there as well.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Just what you'd expect from the style. Pretty solid example.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger head with nice retention and a cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of banana phenol. I smell a light citrusy twang all the way, but this smells like a real hefeweizen loaded with banana phenol.

Banana nut bread in liquid form with some citrus undertones. Not enough bitterness to balance. My tongue yearns for more on the back. Still it's decently ok. I am not a huge fan of banana nut bread, so It's hard for me to say. If you like that flavor profile. you may rate this beer higher than me. As the beer warms slightly, the beer has some noticeble tannins and grassiness.

The beer clings to the palate decently. Somewhat crisp and very refreshing.

The banana flavoring is over the top on this one. For me it would get old fairly quickly, but for others it might make for a decent session.

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Hefe-weizen from Drake's Brewing Co.
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