HefeWeizen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Murph on 07-29-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by Hop2it:
Photo of Hop2it
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

By looking at it I wonder if they put a Hefe in my 22oz bottle. It's a golden brown hue with no head to speak of. Yeah, it's definately unfiltered and a little cloudy, but where's the white??? I'm intrigued, so I'm going in for a closer look.

Tart, yeasty and citrusy smell. Yeah it's a wheat alright.

Ok, this is a Hefe, but it's got something unique about it. It doesn't have that overbearing yeastiness that I've come to expect from a hefeweizen. Light and hoppy and really well balanced. I love balance in a beer, and this seems to take the Hefeweizen style back towards the center.

Goes down smooth and tickles the tongue. Doesn't coat the mouth a great deal: maybe that's good, maybe you're looking for more, but to me it is nice on this hot summer night.

Very drinkable. A Hefeweizen for the unconverted.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, new graphics for this years edition, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy orangy apricot. Nose is of tropical fruits. This is a quite dry and slightly sour hefe, decent amount of fruity notes up front and some light yeastyness in the finish. Also some woodyness, hoppy finish, drying and a tad chalky. So so version, there are better hefeweizens out there and WeyerB. does a better job on its big and strong brews. Go with what you know is the lesson here...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.78/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appears sunshine golden hazed with a white fizzy quickly dissipating head uncharacteristic of a true weizen, and leaves me no lace to admire. Aroma carries some banana esters with highly acidic citrus apple tones and a sharp malt sweetness lies in the background of each sniff. Alright so far now the tasting very acidic citrus overbears all other flavors in the beer including sweetness and bitterness just one very citrusy hefe, must be a bad batch if this is a Weyerbacher product cause no beer I have had from them has been this bad. Mouthfeel is thin like water with little carbonation to give body and texture. Drinkability is low and I think this beer needs another chance in the future.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden honey with a white frothy head. Nice looking,but the head does disappear quickly. The smell is strong wheat, clove, banana, and a sweet malt. The taste is a little tart with lemon, clove, banana, and a wheat flavor. The flavors are OK,but it's tough to get over the enesial tartness. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing not that well. I really expected more from this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 August 03. Ahhhh... thank God! The fresh bottle that I'm enjoying now is worlds apart from the one I had last year. It must have been old (see review below). This has a very nicely balanced sweetness to it - lightly acidic with a delicate touch of bitterness. There's some clear weizen character as well - gentle clove-like spice and a mild touch of banana. The nose remains the same with the addition of a 'melting plastic' phenolic, but it's not off-putting. It's refreshing, and quite interesting. It's really unique - kind of like a cross between an English pale ale and a Bavarian hefeweizen. My review has jumped from a 2.25 to a 3.75!

Hazy, deep copper-orange with an off-white head that rises quickly, then fades just as fast - leaving no head at all. The aroma is what might be expected of an English ale, somewhat fruity (apricot) with a dryish, mineral-like character. There is also some malt present in the aroma, but not much. The body is medium-light with a limited level of carbonation - odd for any style of wheat. The flavor starts off with a "band-aid" phenolic, followed by some malt with metallic and mineral-like flavors, and finishes slightly astringent. Although it does have a kind of a weizen yeast flavor somewhere in the finish, I wonder what yeast is really being used - and how? This is not a good beer, but given the track record of the brewery I will assume that this is either a bad batch or an infected bottle. I will try to review this beer with a new bottle.

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Photo of Gmann
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mud puddle brown color with an average off-white head that left no lacing. The smell is disappointing, smells like champagne grapes. No banana or clove detected, none of the nice mellow aromas of a typical hefe. The taste is unfortunately the same. Kind of a sharp champagne taste that sucks the moisture from your mouth, nothing that vaguely reminds me of a hefe. The feel is watery and dry. A very disappointing hefe, probably one of the worst that I have had. Not sure this would even be good for an American Wheat beer. I don't recommend this brew.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at The Standard Tap in Phila, PA. It's appearance was a hazy, dark golden color, like a light murky apple cider. It smelled fruity and much like bubble gum. The aroma was fairly powerful as the bar was smoky yet I couldn't help but smell its wonderful fruity aromas everytime I neared the glass. Its taste was clean and refreshing, fruity with a bit of clove, typical of a hefeweizen. It's no show stopper, just average.

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Photo of Murph
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish/yellow with a decent white head that fades about as fast as the fizz on a soda. Smell is mighty fruity with loads of banana and some vanilla. The taste starts off with some nice banana flavors before going to some light wheatish tastes and then heading out on a slightly sour note. The sourness is definitely out of place and takes off some points. The brew was a little thin for a hefe, didn't have the typical full mouthfeel, but it was still fairly drinkable. This bottle may have been slightly off so I may have to re-review this if I can find some fresher samples.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes

crystal clear and golden in color with a nice head of white that rose up and over the top, settling down nicely with bit of a broken head that hung around on the sides of the glass for just a little bit before fading in its entirety. Aroma was light at first but began to grow on me after a while. Smooth notes of light grain, hints of grassy notes and a light bit of bready tones are al easily picked up here now. Crisp and very clean taste. Well carbonated with a light and refreshing body that I really found to be quite enjoyable I have to admit. Rolling through it seemed to have a light fruit notes in the mid palate and a light, slightly drying kick in the finis

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Photo of scooter231
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy grapefruit juice color, with a small white head that leaves a ring around the glass. So hazy. Smell is sweet and spicey, peppery, with light banana and a nuttyness to it. Apricot maybe?

Taste is very cider-remnant, has a champagne-like quality. Some apple, apricot, tart and dry. Simple. Mouthfeel has a slightly chewy beginning with a dry finish- a bit blah. Still, not a bad brew by any means. Fruity and light, relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of bignick
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Marty's in Allston for $4. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a nice caramel color with a very quickly receding soda-like head. The smell is sweet, fruit, and inviting, almost like a Belgian-style beer. The taste is pretty mellow: a little sweet and yeasty, with a subtle spicy overtones. This is definitely not a classic Hefe, but it is pleasant nonetheless. It is relatively full-bodied for the style. I like it.

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Photo of plaid75
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smel featured mild yeast esters and a defined tart lemon aroma.

The taste was upfront lemon tartness with a sudtle mouthy wheat malt backbone. No trace of banana or clove.

The mouthfeel was light and astringent.

Overall not a very impressive hefe. Many better examples available.

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Photo of Phatz
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical American stab at the Hefe-Weizen style. Nothing glamour here just a tasty drinkable Hefe IMO.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a two finger white head.

Smell: Typical banana cloves and lemon smell, with a bit of malt underneath to give it a backbone.

Taste: Solid flavors. I like that the flavors are not shy but it is certainly banana clove front, melon malty middle and lemon wheat yeast finish with a light lemon aftertaste. Straightforward Hefe.

Mouthfeel: There is actually a decent backbone to this Hefe-Wiezen -- a bit chewy through the center; nice.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable summer beer apropos for the style.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found on-tap at Standard Tap.

This beer came a solid, cloudy orange and gold with a thin film of egg shell white.

Smelled of sour dirty bread yeast with an orange citrus. If I squinted just right, I found a clove or two.

Tasted of doughy bread and popcorn with a sour dirty yeast. There’s also an orange and lemon with a touch of clove bringing this way more on par to style than the smell.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a full mouth of bubbles.

This one was a little different for the style, but the more I drank it, the more it grew on me.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While the beer pours that traditional cloudy orange/golden that you’d expect from a Hefe, the head retention is almost non-existent; it doesn’t foam up strong and disappears quickly and doesn’t even leave a lace. I would say though, that is my only complaint about this one. The aroma is has a distinctive lemony, grassy, citrus quality with a strong note of clove as well. Much the same for flavor: a strong, lip-puckering citrus quality (even stronger than in the aroma), with clove and banana. Moderate body with very tangy carbonation. Despite the poor head retention, this beer’s citrus flavor is quite spicy and refreshing. Recommended.

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Photo of mjc410
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Aventinus glass.

This beer has trouble with its head. On this pour, it didn't form one at all. In the past, even when pouring far more vigorously than other Hefes could stay in the glass, it raises a thin, short-lived, and very large bubbled head. It's deep golden yellow, but not as hazy as I would like. The nose is of aromatic yeast, sweet wheat, the biscuity odorthat I've been loving in my choices lately, and a lemony tang. The taste is more restrained than the nose, but is still very wheaty and citrusy. It's a little bitter in the middle, but finishes with a sweet citric taste. The carbonation is good, and the body is medium. I still wish it had more yeast to thicken it up. The drinkability is high because this simply tastes good, although not what I expect in a traditional hefe.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head hangs around nicely, with average to good lacing. Aroma is wheaty, with some light clove essencese. Taste starts with sweet wheat, quickly overcome by puckering citrus, and then a tart finish with a clove touch. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay here, but could be smoother which would help both. Not a bad brew here, better than I was expecting, frankly.

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Photo of jreitman
2.36/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear gold with a head that is as quick to fad as it was to rise. Carbonation is very high and constant. Apple cider like smells that were my first alarm that this sucker was going down the drain. Taste was just all over the place and not in a good way. Apples, cloves, and a unidentifiable off flavor. Very unappetizing.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity wheat malt and hefe yeast scent. It's boasts of cloves and banana; very nice. The taste is decent. It has a crisp wheat malt flavor with some citrus kick and a slight pale malt sweetness. It goes down easy with a dry and fruity finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good drinking hefe. I prefer one with a low key amount of CO2. Also, the flavor wasn't as pronounced as the aroma. It lacked the smooth banana flavor.

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Photo of stirgy
4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great hefeweizen! Try it on cask if you can. Poured out a cloudy pale yellow color and had a small creamy white head to it. Very light in body, but not lacking in flavors. The beer was served at room temperature, so the flavors really were present. Subtle bubblegum, yeast and fruitiness in the aroma and flavor. No real hop presence to mention, but goes with the style. Not overly sweet or spicy. Really just right. An excellent and mellow hef.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbl2
2.62/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Summer release only. 22 oz. bottle.


Pours a murky brownish yellow, almost the color of dark urine with little to no head.


Oddly burnt citrus aroma with offputting spices predominates.


Tart, insipid citrus characteristics with no malt or wheat presence at all. This is a hefeweizen? This is going down the drain.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Beverage Depot in Flushing, NY.
Pours a cloudy, yellow/orange/gold.
The smell is dry, oak-like and lemony.
The taste is dry, some lemons and oak, mild wheat... not quite as punchy or flavorful as I'd expect for the style and/or this brewery.
A lightly tart mouthfeel... pretty refreshing overall.
I generally expect quite a bit of crazy talk for Weyerbacher but this is one of their more aenemic brews.
Not bad hefe but not a delicious one.

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Photo of BeerBeing
1.43/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck US generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: light yellow color, medium white head, minor laceing

Smell: some banana, minor citrus, apple, just hint of malt

Taste: watery and thin, very acidic citrus taste

Notes: much below average and on the bottom of hefe list

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle, this pour is a cloudy golden orange with a collar of tan headcap. Some scattered bubbles rise up with a few suspended particles.

Plenty of yeasty scents with a basic banana and clove. Mostly minerally and yeasty.

First swigs: Dry wheat and bread dough yeast. Peppery flavor plenty. Loads of dry mineral, some ripe banana and pepper. Hops are subdued. The finish is a bit lemony.

Medium bodied feel with plenty of crisp zing.

Last swigs: A banana soda hefe. Approachable and well made, but WEYERBACHER makes better beers.

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HefeWeizen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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