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Hefe-Weizen | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy dark yellow pour with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head. Some nice lacing on the side of the glass as well. Wheat, bananas, lemons on the nose along with hints of pepper and spice. Quite a nice nose on this one.

A nice banana wheat flavor floats over my tongue along with hints of cloves, white pepper and citrus notes. A bit of hop biterness on the way down. The flavor is a bit subdued when compared to the nose on the brew...I was expecting more! However, it still is quite tasty and I'm enjoying it.

A nice slightly creamy texture that could use just a bit more body. Overall it's quite enjoyable and one of my favorite Berghoff brews so far. I could drink a few of these in a sitting and the price is right if you're in the Chicagoland area. Definetly worth a shot.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer does a very impressive job of staying faithful to a European-style Hefeweizen. The banana flavors are there, along with the noticeable yeast character, medium carbonation, light body, unfiltered appearance. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill regional offering, but I ended up being very pleasantly suprised by this beer. I actually preferred Berghoff Hefe-Weizen to the Berghoff Solstice Wit, and witbiers are my favorite. I only have 1 or 2 bottles of this left before its all gone, and I wont be able to get any more (got it in KY on vacation), and that makes me sad.

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Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy light amber beer (yeast in the bottle). Its white foam head lasts for mere seconds before settling into a thin ringed creamy lace.

Smell: Light clove, banana, grain and faint hop aroma.

Taste: This beer has a very smooth texture with a medum body. Hidden carbonation creams-up the palate and mingles with the wheat to provide a refreshing crisp snap. This is followed by an almost puckering citrusy lemon hop bite and toasted, caramel/toffee, banana, clove/spice and grain flavours that quell the crispness and hop characters. Malt sweetness is even and in perfect balance. Finishes grain dry with a bit of slickness (oily) on the palate.

Notes: Definitely a German-Style Hefeweizen, and one of the best American made ones that I've had in a long, long time. An easy drinking, no thinking beer. 5.2%abv.

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Photo of merlin48
1.72/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle pours a limpid yellow body with a small white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Aroma is subtle, some clove and faint fruit. Mouthfeel is nearly flat. Insipid and watery. Taste has some clove, maybe a hint of banana, and some yeast. Not much to note. I hope this was an off bottle but looking at other reviews leads me to believe otherwise.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a spongy off-white head that is thick and sits on a straw yellow body with a faint hazy but you can still see through the beer. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- The faint smell of sweet wheat and bubblegum is very soft.

T- The light taste of pale malt with a note of wheat finishes with a faint green hop note.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight fizz texture in the finish.

D- Very light flavors with not much complexity but no off flavors or out of place flavors.

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Photo of cokes
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard hefeweizen appearance...murky golden. Nice cloud-like head builds and stays a while.
Big bubble-gum on the nose. Too much and too sweet for my liking. Otherwise, the clove accompniments are nice.
Taste is fairly standard and pleasant by weissbier standards. Clove and banana notes. Lightly doughy and spicy yeast. The somewhat obtrusive bubble gum pops up again. Seems a little artificial. Quite a bit of residual sweetness.
Light bodied. Sort of watery. Nothing to shout about in the mouth..
A summertime thirst quencher. But I'd look elsewhere for a hefeweizen to truely savor.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Berghoff sampler 12-pack in Beloit to warm myself up for Foghat and Styx at Riverfest.

Pour: lemon-yellow, with mild haze, carb streams and a finger of white bubbly head.

Nose: sweet banana candy and musty yeast. Very light and understated.

Taste: Slightly lactic/yogurt sour wheat, lots of banana, yeasty malt, almost sugary sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel: a little harshly carbonated, especially for the style, but still refreshing with a slick, medium body.

Drinkability/Overall: Still quite drinkable despite high carbonation and sweetness. Pretty impressed with its depth of flavor for a standard Berghoff offering and at $8.99/12-pack a supreme deal. My favorite of their brews.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Berghoff'sHefe-weizen pours the typical appearance but lacks in head retention and lacing. The nose, however, is quite nice with some wheat, citrus rind, a hint of clove, and some more plastic-like and smoky phenols - all of which carry over into the flavor! It's well-balanced, and teeters between gently sweet malt with a suggestion of bubblegum, and drying, smoky-plastic bitterness. The wheatish malt base holds its center, and the very firm bitterness keeps that in check. It's slightly unusual, but I've had similar weizens from Bavaria with that burnt-plastic phenol; and although it may also seem a little thin or light for the style, there are also lighter versions available from Germany. Enjoyable!

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Photo of jackndan
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Berghoff Hefe-Weizen: Excellent on tap, huge aroma of bananas and yeast. Great looking beer, big head and cloudy golden beer. Very smooth and yeasty beer, well worth the price.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light, golden hue, slightly cloudy, thin soapy head that dissolves quickly, rushing carbonation. Initial aroma of bananas, some cloves and some spices to note. Up front, a nice creamy hefe. Decent amound of carbonation, very clean. Banana cloves, traditional hefe spices blended in well. Some vanilla notes, clove and spicy yeast offerings. Underlying sweetness, thirst quencher for sure. Solid, tasty and quenching, all qualities expected for the style, very well done. One to seek for the summer months.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice summer thirst-quencher, though I'll be honest when I say there are some better, easier-to-find imported hefes I would likely turn to before this one.

I really liked this beer's colour — golden, as opposed to the pale yellow in some hefes I've seen. There was also just a hint of copper. The aroma was the classic banana-clove combination, though I also detected biscuity malt and the slightest hint of floral hops.

The taste wasn't quite as distinctive as the aroma, though it certainly fell within the parameters of the style: citric tartness that ended with a slight wheaty graininess that wasn't too overbearing.

All in all, this light-bodied beer went down smooth, though I would have hoped for a bit more carbonation. It's an enjoyable brew — just not one I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of elricorico
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a hazy pale yellow colour and only a thin ring of white head. Plenty of bubbles moving up through the glass at different speeds. The smell is dominated by clove, with only a hint of banana sweetness hidden in there.

The taste is fairly light for a hefe. All the usual suspects are there, however they are not very strong. There is banana sweetness and the clove finish. A hint of bubblegum and maybe even a bit of a buttery flavour thrown in the mix. It tastes good, but I find that it's just not quite "there".

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and despite all the bubbles I can see, there isn't a strong carbonation in there. The beer isn't hard to drink, but it doesn't lead to another when you finish, it leads to wanting something with a little stronger flavour.

Not bad, but with options available like Schneider-Weisse and Paulaner around I probably won't be looking for any more of this one.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a small white head with fine-small bubbles. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was cloudy and there was carbonation observed rising to the top. The aroma was spicy. The body was smooth and thin. This was not one of the better German Wheat brews that I have had.

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Photo of Brent
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thin body, without any of the tartness of a hefe. No depth of flavor and bland.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So this then would be Berghoff's Hefe-Weizen unfiltered wheat beer, or so the story goes on the label. Yellow and silver motif on the label. A pretty average looking hefe, a hazed straw-coloured hue with absolutely no head to speak of. Most hefe's I hang out with have so thick of a head that you end up tunneling through it to get to the good stuff. Initially the nose smells more of barley malt than wheat, but then the candied banana jumps up to grab your attention, along with a touch of citrus. It comes across as somewhat synthetic though. Same with the flavour, as if someone poured a shot of bottled hefe-weizen extract into a mild lager. I wonder if us Canadians are getting a lesser quality imported product with the Berghoff line, or if this is their standard mode of operation. The mouthfeel lacks body and the carbonation is rough on the palate, sharp around the edges. Unlike a real hefe-weizen, this actually tastes better when you drink it straight out of the bottle, the flavour is more condensed and uniform, and there's really no head to miss out on, epsecially aroma-wise. Want a real hefe? Then avoid this stuff, at least with the Canadian distribution.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange brown colored beer with a fluffy white head that falls, but it looks great for a minute.

Smell is sweet with the expected banana and cloves scent in about equal proportions. Circus peanut candy aroma and quite a strong whiff of spice. Distinctly bready malt aroma, this is a bit more assertive than most American Hefes and decidedly more like German ones.

Taste is slightly sweet and creamy with a fair flavor of clove and banana at the start. Unexpectedly assertive hops in the after taste, noticeably more bitter finish than most. Malt flavor is not as bready as the smell mostly it is just sweet and a bit yeast and wheat cracker in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A better than average American Hefeweizen. The only downside is that some how this just seems to not quite be at the same level as most of the German stuff. Certainly good enough for everyday use but it just isn't at the top of the list for the beer style. Well worth it's $5.99 price for the six pack.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, no date info.

Foggy bronze. Bone white cap of crackling small and medium bubbles that drifts downward rather quickly leaving a dusting and no lacing. Distributed carbonation streams sporadically rise to the surface. Distinctly Hefe Weizen. Cloves, some bananas, a touch of lemon zest as well as bubble gum. Light and brisk initially with lemon pith up front that leads into those clove notes, but they are lighter than the aroma hinted at. There is a slightly cloying spice note that sticks on the tongue long into the finish. Initially medium bodied, but the tongue feels heavy and coated with an oily, gummy substance that is also slightly numbing. Strange. The carbonation is tight and microfine. This was OK, but the taste did not keep up with the aromas. The mouthfeel is a bit tough, but this would still be moderately refreshing.

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Photo of hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with JCapriotti (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves, and citrus. Tastes of wheat, cloves, and bananas. On the thinner side.

Notes from 8/20/06

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Photo of pweis909
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow, big foam, not lasting. Some cloudiness
Smells typical of estery wheat beers, but a little more subdued than some. More bubble gum/banana than clove.
Taste -- see smell.
Creamy mouthfeel

Overall - Although billed as a hefe, this isn't too different from an American wheat. Probably good for someone who is turned off by too much ester, but it is in there. Good thirstquencher.

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Photo of shadow1961
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Berghoff Hefe-Weizen pours a finger of white foam over
a cloudy yellow brew. There's not a lot of carbonation, and
the nose is citrus and wheat and bit of tangy clove. The flavor
is dominated by tart lemon flavor, in fact it tastes a little like the
lemon extract you get at the supermarket, with just a little bit of
that velvety creaminess I've come to inspect in a hefe after the
rush of the flavor up front. Mouthfeel is crisp, and very tart. This
would be pretty decent on a hot day, but it's not even close to
being what I feel is a proper hefe. This sample lacked the
spritzyness and clove ester spicyness that a good hefe should
have, and the citrus seemed overdone, as if to mask what could
be a simple American Wheat Ale, like their Solstice Wit. Drinkable,
but also a disappointment.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. I can't recall a freshness date. Interesting design on the label.

Beer pours a very cloudy dark yellow. Nice head and good lacing. This beer looks every bit the hefe!

Smell is good. Initial blast of banana. You also pick-up clove & spice. Some malt in there as well. So far so good, you have the looks & the smell.

Taste is also solid. Definite banana/clove 1-2 punch. Nice use of malt to moderate. Carbonation is good. Beer has a decent mouthfeel and is very easy to drink.

This is a very solid American version of a hefe. I know price should not enter into a review, but man, this is a good inexpensive version of this style. I like to buy this when entertaining. I find that almost all beer drinkers appreciate this beer!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks typical of American Wheat beers: hazy golded / straw with a stark white, almost fizzy head retention. Smells nicely estery, lightly malty, fruity, and a little like juicy fruit buble gum. Tastes similarly to aromas without the solid promise found in the aroma. The taste falls a bit weak of the previous mentioned qualities. Texture is quite weak and less than creamy. Waters into the finish. Finishes a little grain-ey and husk-ey. Less melded, complex, and creamy than expected from traditional Hefeweizens. Don't settle for this one; your money is better spent on more quality Wheat beers.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, straw yellow color with a fizzy, white, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, lemon and some clove.

T - Lots of wheat and grain flavors. A slight citrusy kick adds a little something more.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied and easy-drinking beer.

D - This is an okay hefe. Doesn't really taste like a true hefe but it works as a session brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt scent along with a really fruity hefe yeast aroma. It's loaded with lots of banana and cloves scents. The taste is average. It has a watery wheat ale taste with a light hefe yeast finish. It's really not as impressive as the aroma suggests. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average hefe. There really isn't anything that exciting about it. The aroma is nice. That's it.

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