Horseshoe Hefeweizen | Oak Creek Brewery and Grill

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Horseshoe HefeweizenHorseshoe Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
Arizona, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional unfiltered Bavarian wheat beer with aromatic hints of banana and clove. This beer is made with up to 50% wheat malt instead of all malted barley, which lends a lighter note. It is deep gold in color with a very low hop bitterness level and a dense head of white foam.

Added by Todd on 11-11-2003

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep yellow in the glass with a robust but short-lived foam. Lively carbonation in the mouth. Quite hazy with sediment in the bottle. Some perfumey and citrus aromas with clove in the nose. Sudsy and silky mouthfeel.

Richly flavored and tangy. A mouthful of malt with plenty of spice. More clove than banana. A little more spiced up than it needs to be. More coarse than most Hefeweizens. Still, it's a load of flavor and it would do well with food. Not a hint of hop flavor, but that scratchy yeasty bitterness give it an edge.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Phoenix.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Brewery & Grill in Sedona.

Cloudy yellow-golden color with a small but durable white head that leaves some spotty, sticky lacing.
Served with lemon wedge that was gingerly removed before tasting.
Aroma: banana, clove , yeast, bready light malts, wheat.
Flavor: the aromatic components are all present, along with a clear note of lemon (see above). A bit light in both flavor and feel for style, but not, IMP, to its detriment.
O: Unflawed, moderately refreshing, but weak finish and aftertaste.
Medium-light body; proper carbonation.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Excellent pale golden color with pretty lacing and foam. Good translucency.

Smell: Excellent combination of bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and yeast. Theres a great apple cider smell too. Impressive.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very cider-like, but definitely beery. Great bready feel.

Drinkability: Very, very good.

Overall: Excellent hefeweizen.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy gold color with a nice 2 finger white head. Lots of cascading lace. Plenty of zesty citrus, banana and clove coming off the tall pilsner glass. Taste is really nice. All the aforementioned smells swirl in my mouth with a light bubblegum and yeast taste that is pleasant. Mouthfeel is crisp, sugary.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. I had this as part of a sampling and my wife had a full glass of it. It was one of the better beers of the bunch.

The color was a bright cloudy orange, very enticing. Smell was typical of a Hefeweizen and pretty strong at that. Flavor had a lot of wheat as well as oranges, cloves and yeast. Overall, this was a good beer and if you like wheats it is one you'll definitely enjoy.

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Photo of crobinso
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow/gold in color, initial thin white head that quickly dissipates to nothing with no lacing.

S: Strong wheaty citrus and some light hops. Spices and coriander abound. Tangy and sweet nose.

T: Vanilla, orange, coriander, spicy sourdough, clove and wheat. The flavor rushes through the mouth and leaves a tingly and malty aftertaste lingering for a long time. A minimal and pleasing hop balance to the characteristic hefewizen tastes.

M: Surprisingly smooth, this beer ends smoother than some fine German beers that have been brewed in this style for hundreds of years. Whether or not the high smoothness is good is up to the individual's opinion, and will not affect the score for this beer.

D: Very drinkable; crisp and refreshing without being thin.

Overall: A very good hefe. I strongly recommend you drink a bottle if you can get your hands on one. Would be nice paired with some light crackers and sharp cheddar cheese.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy yellow color with a 1" head that lasts a while. No fruit added to this beer.

Smell: wheat and some soft spiciness provide a pleasant mellow aroma.

Taste: wheat, banana, clove, and hint of coriander make up a standard hefeweizen that I expected when ordering. Mild graininess is an added bonus. Bitterness level is mild and just right.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp at the start, crisp with a touch of dryness at the finish. Superbly refreshing beer.

Drinkability: after spending the day in the outdoors, this beer was refreshing and hit the spot. Bartender told me this was a freshly tapped keg and it was wonderful.

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Photo of Aclucari
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Naugros
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had many of Oak Creek's offering when in Arizona, having gone to their brew pub twice for dinner. This was my least favorite of those "many".

Cloudy like an unfiltered hefe and golden in color, but not the "golden" I'm used to with this style. There's a thin off-white head which is disappointing for a hefe, but there were impressive amounts of lacing.

This reeks of banana esters and clove-like phenols, just as any good hefe should display. I hope it tastes as good.

It doesn't. The taste does follow the smell but in a lesser way. The phenols mostly dissipate as the banana dominates. The added grassiness of the wheat is welcome but doesn't really balance out the beer as I thought it should.

I also expect a hefe to be crisper and lighter in body than this beer. This drinks more like an American-style wheat, but still would be welcomed by German beer lovers as a decent variation on the style.

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Photo of cherche
1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kkipple
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bennetj17 for the extra!

Not going in depth on this one, but this is a fairly solid example of the Hefe style and I'd give it a shot again.

Pluses: Unfiltered, good color, clean, all the requisite smells / flavors present: banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat-grain, sweet-sour-spicy interplay. Not afraid to get German on ya. Restrained, proper 4.5% ABV.

Faults: Low head, little retention, no lace. A bit too "wet" and thin, the sharp carbonation should be softer and fuller, but this is hard to get right and the bottle WAS shipped cross-country. Sour esters are a bit too prominent in the finish, but not annoying so.

If this was a local beer, and Kellerweis didn't exist, I'd buy it. Heck, maybe I still would. Props to Oak Creek for a solid notch in their belt for an unappreciated style.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of zekeman17
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of armock
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this my way.

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is of citrus banana and clove

T - A well made beer with all the hefe flavors some citrus banana and clove

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good hefe with a good taste thats easy to drink good for hot summer days worth trying if you can get it

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, tan copper color, with a wispy off white head. This is from a just tapped keg. It smells predominantly of bubble gum and a bit of banana, as well as some base level graininess. The taste is all bubblegum, perhaps a bit too much. It is light and would be quite refreshing if the bubblegum character was reduced a bit. There is a bit of the characteristic clove and banana here as well. Needs to be a bit tamer in the bubblegum compartment, but otherwise a pretty decent example.

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Photo of unshodjogger
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Magnums back at the end of September for $1.89.

Beer poured a cloudy golden color with little head. Nose is wheaty, without esters. Taste is good, banana and cloves linger in the background while the wheat is predominant. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and is refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good.

Unfortunately the bottle version of this beer is not nearly as good fresh at the brewery. I will definitely try a fresher bottled version again knowing how good it is on tap!

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Photo of hellbilly
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy... almost murky an orange pekoe tea color with a soft creamy off white head.

floral banana aromas with lots of wheat followed by orange, muted earthy spiciness and coriander.

the flavor follows the aroma profile... some banana, cinnamon spice, muted coriander, dirty moist wheat and orange. the banana notes linger around. the medium body has some substance to it... wheaty thickness. there's not a whole lot of citrus or spice to liven it up. so, it seems a bit heavy.

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Horseshoe Hefeweizen from Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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