Drake's Brewing Co.

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #548
Ranked #42,273
3.56 | pDev: 13.48%
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 105 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by musicsherlock:
Photo of musicsherlock
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Mambajahamba
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyDK
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderate banana, lemony, with a light malt sweetness, and light clove spice.

A: Golden color, almost clear with a dense white frothy head with light lacing in the glass.

T: Light citrus followed by moderate banana, yeasty, a bit watery, grainy with dry bread, and light clove spice.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright, the beer has a solid banana, citrus aroma, but the beer could be better if it were a little less watery and had better bread and yeast character.

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Photo of Bali_hi
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Keg of drakes hefe drank.

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Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PawG
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ry-Dog
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gbplay10s
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking from draught: Almost exactly like Hoegaarden Belgian in looks, feel and taste. An outstanding glass.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eire
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a southern kitchen restaurant in Oakland. So, this hefe- was fresh and fit the food ... a brunch with grits on a hot day.

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Photo of Pilafhead
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DavidR_9
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lahouser
4.73/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So smooth. I am in love.

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Photo of West-Coast_Beer-Belly
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber body is topped by a wet, white head. The head really could be bigger to be true to style, but that's the only flaw in the appearance The aroma is bubblegum and a hint of wheat. The flavor is loads of bubblegum, not as much as Schneider, perhaps, but this is obviously using really hefeweizen yeast and not just another American wheat beer. Low on the clove. A bit chalky, but not excessively. The body is creamy and smooth. One of the better American attempts at the hefeweizen style.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color when poured, was of a thick hazy wheat yellow. Not much foam and no lace on the side of the glass. The smell of cloves was very evident, but lack the aroma of wheat. This wheat beer had an overpowering bitter/sour clove flavor, that lacked to taste of yeast or wheat. The bottle said cloves and banana. Where was the banana flavor? Not to my liking in the fact it was to bitter and had a very sour finish. And, to much clove flavor.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a very colorful and nicely decorated crown cap. Simple brown glass bottle is covered in one of those plastic shields where the see through parts lend the impression that the bottle has separate front, back and neck labels, when in fact it does not. My bottle looks just like the one pictured here on BA. Standard “Drake’s” 12oz design is differentiated only with the words “Hefe-Weizen” against a black background. Described as “…spicy fruity beer has hints of clove and banana and is crafted for easy drinking” and listed at 4.9% Alc/Vol.

Appearance: Faded cloudy orange with a turbid marmalade body. Off-white head clings throughout, it remains at 1/8” thick and often looks like it may break, but it never does. A feisty milky haze is induced with the gentlest of swirls.

Nose: Yeast, lemon, wheat, sweet fruit and some banana, but the overall aromas are of “Hefe” with a rounded edge.

Taste: Sharp tangy yeasts with some feint banana and a reasonable backdrop of cloves. Finishes with a little metallic edge and a yeasty tangent, yet the definition is blurred and the texture in the swallow is somehow softer than it projects in the entrance.

Mouthfeel: Decent feel and a confident package overall given the carbonation and taste profile.

Drinkability: The well polished edges take some shine of the taste profile but inadvertently add an easy going aspect to this Hefe.

Overall: Tends to pick up on the Bavarian Hefe tradition. The soft edges add Drinkability but I think that this detracts from the overall feel. This did not take too much concentration. So-so, but not one of Drake’s better beers, an average effort.

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Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Boilermaker88
3.17/5  rDev -11%
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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Hefe-weizen from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 105 ratings