Floating Rock Hefeweizen | Mammoth Brewing Company

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Floating Rock HefeweizenFloating Rock Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 45
Photo of BierJager89
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow/straw with a white head.

S: Nose is much more like a witbier than a bavarian hefeweizen, with notes of citrus, orange peel, cardamom, nutmeg, and fruity Belgian yeast esters.

T: Taste is roughly the same, orange and orange peel dominate, along side wheat, cardamom and nutmeg. Maybe some fruity Belgian yeast esters.

M: Medium-light bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O: It's the perfect cross between the mouthfeel and drinkability of a bavarian hefeweizen, and the fruity, spicy flavor profile of a Belgian witbier, which makes this an ideal wheat beer for a hot summer day. Definitely recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of t420o
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mammoth floating rock hefeweizen

22 from brewery. Label says it's 5% 

A-pour produces a big 2 finger frothy head resting on a cloudy yellow body. Good head retention and lacing. 4

S- clove, doughy malt, banana, slight white pepper. A bit sweet though on the nose 3.5

T- banana, clove, a very doughy malt taste, light white pepper. A good hefeweizen for sure, just a bit sweet though but not over the top sweet.  3.5 

M- I rarely feel this way but the mouthfeel is a bit thick. Light carbonation 3

O- good and I'd have it again at $3.50 for the 22. Drinkability is hindered by the sweetness. 3.5


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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle fresh from the source.

Pours cloudy yellowish-gold, with plenty of murky yeast when swirled and decanted from the bottle. One inch of dense white head with a solid foam cap for the duration and plenty of sheets of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are chock full of Bavarian goodness. Bannanas, cloves, and a wheaty twang. A slight citric spice follows through.

Medium bodied with a crisp but smooth and lush mouthfeel. Pillowy and creamy.

Lemon-spritzed doughy malt and bannana bread lead off the palate. Clove-studded biscuit ends follow through. Hints of white pepper and more lemon follow through.

Finishes crisp with lots of fresh lemony wheat, banannas, and yeasty happiness.

Great Bavarian Hef. Really refreshing and the cloves vs. bannanas are nicely in check.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Floating Rock hefeweizen has a neat label that features a floating black bear. The beer itself looks OK also. Yellow body with a good bit of haze and a large, white head. Retention and lacing are both respectable.

The aroma leans mostly on fruit, with lots of bread in the background. A hint of peppery aroma is in there also.

Floating Rock is a very fruity hefeweizen. Lots of banana that gives the impression of more sweetness than there actually is in this beer. A little bit of bubble gum is in there too, and a small amount of clove comes through as well. Second to the banana is the bread characteristics of the malt, along with some subtle sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and overall pretty solid for the style.

These notes have been sitting around for a while, but I had this one as my first beer after spending a week in the backcountry in Yosemite, and boy did it taste good (Amazing food and solid beer can be found at the Mobil station on the eastern side of the Tioga Pass). Objectively, however, it is nothing special, and the fruit was a little overpowering.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

865th Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen

No bottle date

App- A lighter yellow with a golden haze. A nice
two finger fast receding head formed followed by a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A good wheat base with a little white pepper. Was missing a good bit of the banana and clove notes.

Taste- Much more of a just a wheat beer. A good dose of wheat with some oily buttery flavors and a tad thick for the 4.2. Retained a bit of that white pepper from the nose on the profile.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. Again a bit thick. Retains a bit of wheat and pepper.

Drink- It was nice on a hot day but needed to be a bit thinner and bit more flavorful.

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Photo of beerman21
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber, per what the bottle says ABV is at 5% not 4.2%. Anyways on to more important things..

Pour into a pint glass, nice hazy golden yellow, with a one finger fluffy white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell-Clove, lemon, baked apricot, raw sour dough and hints of bubblegum.

Taste- lemon scones come to mind with sprinkled all spice and clove, little of the bitterness from the hops come through toward the end but quickly dissipates giving this brew a nice tart sweetness. The smell and a little of the taste hinted some memory of chalkboard for some reason.

Mouthful was crisp, dry and very clean. Drinkabilty was high, I could defiantly go through a few pitchers of this stuff with friends. Good beer not great but highly sessionable.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a light and hazy straw color with a finger of white foamy head, reeks of wheat and banana, with citrus and clove to back it up.

T&M - Very light body, super crisp, nice wheat and lemon flavor, clove and banana starts to kick in, very appropriate compared to American wheat ales, just a little too light.

O - A nice session brew. Super refreshing and easy drinking.

This is my 2nd of Mammoths brews, and my first of the two, Golden Trout, wasn't too bad. They try to sell these as the super cold beer you want to be drinking as your hanging out by the Devil's Postpile, reeling in a brown at Virginia, or just keeping warm in Tom's Place. And if any of those ideas sound like a plan, these beers should be worth while. I'm not a fan of hef's as I find them to lack complexity, no hate, but every once and a while I find one thats just too good to pass up. Everytime im in the area ill remember this one and be sure to recommend it to my buds. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of mfaulk
2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 22oz bottle in Mammoth yesterday.

Appearance: A cloudy straw yellow. A thick, somewhat craggy head appeared, but died off pretty quickly. Very fine yeast sediment (no clumps left at bottom of glass).

Smell: faint bubble gum, with banana following. First whiff reminded me of a Paulaner.

Flavor: Blah. An unpleasant spice flavor, like the spice additions in a bad pumpkin ale. Clovey, without any balancing banana. Citrus not noticed.

Mouthfeel: light to medium light, with inadequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not worth finishing 22oz

Probably the worst hefeweizen - American or Bavarian - that I can remember.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle at the tasting room (I love getting fresh beer from a brewery). I think a B- is a bit rough for this beer. I think it's a decent enough session beer and reminds me of Summit Brewing's Hefe. Sure, it's a touch light for the style, making it feel a touch acidic. But it still has the style trademark clove spice with mild malted wheat. It's smooth with a touch of earthy perfume in the aroma. I certainly wouldn't mind having few pints of this on a hot day, or really any day. It can't quite stand up to the giants of the style, but it's a fine beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, yellow-orange in color, 1 inch head with a rocky top, cloudy

Smell: grass, wheat, and subtle bananas

Taste: subtle wheat, lemons, and big bananas

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: A big winner from Mammoth. This is one of the best I have had in this style--at least state side. Super refreshing and lots of banana taste. I could session this. A great surprise. One of the best from my recent trip.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was in Mammoth and brought back this 22 oz. bottle for rating purposes.

Pours a nice golden hue, nice cloudiness, what one might expect from a hefeweizen. Good 1 finger head, seems to cling well to glass, great foam stability. No apparant aromas typical of the style, like bubble gum, banana or clove - very neutral and "wheaty". Very good mouthfeel, nice light beer - actually tastes like more alcohol than 4.2%. Decent bittering level, maybe a bit too much. Tastes more like citrus & yeast than the typical elements of a german hefe.

Other than the missing aromas, this is a decent offering and well executed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a firm white head, good retention for the style, nice lace.

S: Bananas, orange, very fruity and yeasty.

T: Heavy on the bananas and cake batter notes, real light clove, orange and lemon peel as well. On the sweet side for a hefe.

M: Clean, smooth, soft carbonation, light/medium body.

D: A fantastic hefeweizen out of Mammoth. I've been really liking the local CA hefes that I've had of late, the freshness really matters with this style.

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Photo of mentor
1.64/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes. Judging left-over provided to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts at GABF. Pours a thin layer of white head over a hazed dulled orange liquid. Smells potently of creamed corn. Oranges, fresh coriander. Lemony.

Tastes DMS. Bleech. Fruity esters and noticable orange charcter. Light body and strong effervescence. Pretty awful drinkability.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a local store not worthy of being on BA. I like the bottle, the cap is cool, and the upside down wording is interesting, I guess. Pours a nice cloudy yellow brown with a short white head that eventually falls off. Smells appropriate...banana esters and mildly tangy wheat. Flavor is mild, wheat and a bit of banana and orange. Not an aggressive flavor, slightly creamy texture makes it an overall smooth and easy drinker. I'm fine with it.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft @ Clocktower. Cloudy gold pour with a medium white head. Strong banana and clove aroma with hay. Excellent banana, wheat, clove, and bubblebum flavors. Lemony finish. Everything just seems to be in perfect balance. One of the best hefes I've ever had. Judging by the bad reviews out of bottles, it looks like you really have to have it locally for it to be great.

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Photo of Crosling
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

GABF bottle. Very clear light color with a thin, quickly diminishing foam. Orange zest aroma, with foul smells of cream corn. Super sour and foul, lacking yeast character. Lots of cream corn and other foul notes. Grainy and poor for the style. Very poor.

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Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Naja's Place for $5.00, consumed 8/19/08, reviewed from notes

A-Cloudy light orange with yellow highlights, creamy 1/2 inch white head, actually stuck around for a while, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Tons of wheat, some cloves, bananas, lemons, orange peel, and grass
T-Started off with aggressive amounts of wheat, rather chewy and carries over through the middle, finish has light lemon and grassy accents, gets more spicy as it warms, and sweet by the end which was not too enjoyable, nicely balanced when it is cooler but too fruity and spicy later on
M-Medium bodied, very murky, needed more carbonation, chewy and sweet mouthfeel, taste goes away pretty quickly
D-Could drink lots of this stuff based off of its ABV alone, could get tiresome if you let it warm, still smooth for the most part, could be a nice sessionable brew

Mammoth is usually hit or miss with me but this one fell in the middle, not great and not horrible, was a nice beer to start the night off with but that is about it, might drink again, probably worth trying

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Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap with a chicken sandwich in Lee Vining en route from Yosemite to Mammoth & Bluesapalooza. Pours a hazy unfiltered yellow orange with a decent but fleeting head.

Smell is typical for an German Hefe. with notes of wheat, banana and clove. A bit muskier than most however, separating it from the Pale Wheats. Taste is also decent, very wheat forward with a touch of orange/lemon on the close.

Nice feel and quite refreshing on a hot day. Not as dry on the finish as some German versions, this offers a bit more sweetness. Very drinkable and with a relatively low ABV, would have had another but had to move along. Overall a bit thin in texture compared to classic Bavarian options but decent and a bit more thirst quenching.

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Photo of Inflames
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned, so it has the cloudy wheat beer look. Nice aroma but I agree nothing zen like, clove is definately the dominate scent in the nose banana comes across on the sip. Good flavorful beverage well rounded no dead spots throughout. They claim it to be a bavarian style wheat but the mouthfeel is that of a west cost hefe. No matter the critique this is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of MiScusi
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a grolsch glass, a hazy golden yellow. The smell and taste were tilted more towards the clove side though there was noticeable faint banana in the taste which I really like. A good tasty take on a German hefeweizen. Wheat is quite noticeable although it isn't hazy unless the yeast is poured in. Otherwise it's a clear golden. Although not my favorite style of beer I would be pleased to have it again in certain situations.

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Floating Rock Hefeweizen from Mammoth Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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