Gudenteit Hefe-Weizen | Mickey Finn's Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mickey Finn's Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DrunkMcDermott on 05-26-2005

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of maxcoinage
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Tim_F_75
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beric
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 5 oz sampler
Served: 1 June 13

Appearance: Looks like a Hefeweizen- light yellow and cloudy. It's nice to see that they keep the yeast in there, since cloudy beer tends to frighten some non-craft drinkers, which I would say are probably the majority of visitors to this brew pub. The sampler glass was too small to maintain a head, but when swirled, there was a little something to be seen. Did not appear to stick around for a long time like some German Hefeweizens.

Smell: Smells like banana. Smells fresh and crisp. Invites a taste.

Taste: Tastes banana-y. Definitely some of the 'clove' spiciness in there. Does not taste as banana-y as Weihenstephaner, but not as clove-y as SN Kellerweis can sometimes taste. A decent Hefe, but nothing to write home about. Does not compare to German Hefeweizens, even ones considered run-of-the-mill, like Erdinger.

Mouthfeel: This one seems way to thin for a proper Hefe. The yeast is still in there, since it's cloudy, so it can't be because it's masquerading as a Kristallweizen, but it still tastes too watery compared to something like Weihenstephaner.

Overall: A decent beer. Not sure I would order a full pint of this, considering I have drank tons of German Hefe's and am more used to the proper European take on the style than the Americanized version. However, I would still say it's worth trying.

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Photo of prisoner1572
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of illini4x4
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: yellow/slight orange cloudy hue, 2 finger fluffy head, solid lacing

S: big clove, banana, wheat, mild coriander + lemon zest

T: sweet banana, good wheat middle, slight spicy clove finish

M: med/light body, solid carbonation, semi-dry/crisp mouth

O: Very nice beer. Funny, must have been the big
hit last because Mickey Finn's was packed and the vast
majority of men + women were drinking this delicious brew.
Well done, Mickey Finn's. I will be ordering this one again.


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Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass at Mickey Finn's

This beer I've had before and it gives a chubby to many of the individuals that I usually accompany to Mickey Finn's. I'm just now getting around to reviewing it for I've found myself more indifferent to this beer then they.

It pours the nice hazy rusted golden yellow color that I expected. The aroma on it has that nice banana and clove flavor that gives the regular beer enthusiast joy. The aroma I feel leans more strongly to the clove. The flavor has that right amount of sweetness to it that doesn't go overboard but accents the yeast phenols quite well. The mouthfeel is silky-smooth and creamy. It's the best part of the whole enjoyment. This is a very good beer, not my favorite ever from Finn's but I find it to be damn good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tall weizen glass at the brewpub.

Who doesn't love fun with faux-German? After stealing a sip o' this from taiyed's glass (they way I see it, never get up from the table with beer left in your glass if you don't want it stolen...tee hee...), I had to order my own. It pours a hazy orange straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest and peel, coriander, cardamom, lemon zest, and wheat. The taste is the same, though oriented more toward the orange end of the citrus spectrum, relegating the lemon to the background. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a more-than-solid hefe, probably my favorite of MF's year-round brews.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a 23 oz. Weiss Beer Glass.

Appearance: A bright, hazy golden color with a straw tint in the edge of the glass. A 2 cm white head shows up with the beer, but fades rapidly. Ultimately, there is nothing left, and no lacing either. This could partially because of the acid from the lemon that it was served with and subsequently removed.

Smell: Crystal, bready malt. Bananas and cloves provide the more interesting part of the aroma. Very sweet.

Taste: Starts sweet with banana and wheat malt. Some cloves and a very slight citrus hop presence at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Soft and crisp bite furthers the goal of making it feel light and summery. Sticky sweet residue with a touch of oil.

Drinkability: A good summer refresher.

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Photo of weeare138
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades out into a gentle film and collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart wheat, citrus, cloves, herbs, spices, with some fresh doughy bread.
Taste is of the aromas with tart wheat, spice, and vanilla really stand out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, spicy, and well balanced. Most American brewed hefe's are over the top with banana esters due to the fermentation temps. This one seems more smooth and rounded with a lower fermentation temperature that keep the overripe bananas in check.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this three different times, and found it outstanding each time. Served in what I would consider a pilsner glass, two fingers of thick foam. Excellent aroma of fruity esters. Some breadiness and strong banana in flavor; clove is subdued. Medium mouthfeel, appropriate for style. Very drinkable.

It's an excellent substitute for fruit infused beers. Probably not a hefeweisen for purists becauses of the low clove levels. It is a near perfect summer beer and goes extremely well with Mickey Finn's german fare.

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Photo of jp32
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden yellow.

Fresh scent of fruits, bananas, cloves, and a bit of spices.

Although heavily banana in its flavor, this is very tasty.

Very good mouthfeel, outstanding drinkability. If I lived in the area, buying a growler of this would become a regular stop. Really a shame you cant buy it bottled in a store near you.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a good beer from Mickey Finn’s. Heavily hazed orange yellow with a thick white dollup of white cream. Strongly banana oriented both in the nose and flavor. Clove and pepper spices are apparent. Some citrus, plenty of wheat, balanced. Luscious mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.55/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was from a growler that a member brought to our homebrew club meeting, so it may not be optimal. Anyway, here goes: Overwhelming banana flavor conquers anything else. Perhaps a light wheat body starts to show up toward the end. Odd ochre yellowish body.

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Gudenteit Hefe-Weizen from Mickey Finn's Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 23 ratings