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Weizen | Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant

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Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant
North Carolina, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden color with a big ivory head and good carbonation. Classic German banana-clove aroma and taste. Light bodied and creamy like it is supposed to be for a hefeweizen.

One of the best American versions of the style - A good intro for American Wheat drinkers.

Best before: 01/03 Tasted: 01/12/03

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy amber color with moderate head that dissolved into a thin lacing. The smell is absolutely fantastic with hints of the spices to follow. If possible, the taste is even better than the smell. It reminds me of a spice cake in a bottle, and each sip is even better. Leaves a great taste in the mouthn and makes me want more.Highly recommended !!!!

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Photo of jakester
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived a very cloudy banana/orange with a 2 finger white head of tight foam. A slice of lemon was on the rim of the glass. I wish everybody would ASK if I "want lemon with that?". The head dropped to a ring and islands quickly. (because of the lemon?).

Aroma is good banana and clove with a hint of citrus, but that could be from the slice. Pleasant yeasty/ wheat smells are present as well.

Flavor is banana/clove, tart and pleasant. Citrus, especially lemon, is also there. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Right on style. Enough bittering is here to balance the sweetness. This is very well made. Long aftertaste of banana/clove.

Mouthfeel is tart and effervescent; carbonation is appropriate for style. Plenty of bitter, also.

As hefe's go, this is a very good one. Won't get bored with this. Very good representation of style. Recommended.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Hickory Hops Festival a few months ago, and really liked it. Their German brewmaster considers this their best product, and I agree.
Pours a chill hazed, medium yellow body, as if it was filtered. Small white head has decent retention and leaves attractive patchy lace.
Aroma is very nice, with assertive notes of lemony citrus, banana, clove, and pepper. Quite pleasant for an American Weizen.
Mouthfeel has spritzy carbonation and a light medium body.
Taste is highlighted by a pleasant wheat maltiness, complimented by sweet banana, lemon zest, coriander, clove, white pepper, and a subtle yeast presence. Nice breadiness in the wheat department..
One of the better American Weizens. Crisp and refreshing, this is an excellent one for a session.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dull gold color with a carbonated, huge white head. The head fades to about a hlaf inch and lasts. Good astringent citrus aroma. Very good crisp taste. Very smooth, strong but not unpleasant astringent taste, and citrus flavors/some hint of banana as well. Mouthfeel is rich and drinkability is very good. I had 2 half liters with lunch and could easily have more. A very nice hefe. Weeping Radish is now brewing their own beers as well. All their beers I sampled last year were brewed under contract in Maryland. The hefe was better than anything I had last year.

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Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light hazy yellow with a small white head.
Smell is of banana, vanilla, lemon zest, and mixed wheat.
Taste is creamy with bananas and wheat, along with a touch of sweet citrus.
Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth with medium bodied feel and slight tartness.
Drinkability is pretty good on this one. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its cloudy yellow body has an orange-ish cast and reveals hundreds of fast rising tiny bubbles beneath a creamy head of bright white foam. The retention is good, but not great, and it drops to a wide collar and razor-thin surface coating that's clearly maintained only by the continuous release of it's effervescent carbonation. However, it does leave some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is lemony (but only slightly tart) and softly banana-ish over a mildly sweetish wheat-based malt. The body is medium and it's quite crisp in the mouth with a vigorous, but very fine-bubbled, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between mildly sweet grainy malt, a touch of lemony yeast, some mild grassy hops and a low-level bitterness. Quite refreshing; interesting; and very drinkable.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table lightly hazy pale golden with a low white and persistent head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong spice component of clove and cinnamon.

The flavor was fruity wtih a light banana most notable and a nice spice of clove. The flavor was crisp and refreshing.

The finish was dry with lasting light fruit and clove into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a good carbonation level. A nice beer on draft with fairly high clove and low banana.

1/2 liter at the brewpub (but most likely brewed in MD)

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a very slightly cloudy golden color, with a white head that is kind of low for the style.

Nose is wheaty with some yeasty notes. Plenty of banana present, with a little hoppy spiciness as well. Smells good, nothing offensive or off.

Carbonation is meduim high and the body is light.

Flavor is of wheat and bananas with some yeast in the background. Finishes with flavors of yeast.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden/straw yellow color. A small white head presents itself pouring with minimal retention, leaving a very thin lace. Aromas of bananas, lemon zests, and clove were very noticeable. I detected a slight crisp tartness of citrus upon the first taste, followed by a subtle spiciness of cloves, finishing off with some yeasty bread undertones. This is a very drinkable beer; it’s very light and refreshing.

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Photo of stirgy
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of light and golden hay, highly carbonated with a small bright and white head. The aroma is soft and sweet malts. Lemony sweet grains and yeasty notes. Some pine and some bubblegum. The taste is light and lemony with a strawberry fruitiness. Lightly bodied and refreshing. Wonderfully sweet and mildly refreshing. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite hazy. Golden orange color. A slight, creamy ivory white head recedes to a thin film quickly. Lacing is average.

Aroma: Vanilla, lemon, wheat tang, pepper and banana.

Flavor: Vanilla, banana, nutmeg. Quite subdued however. And sweet lemonade, spicy black pepper and a little clove.

Moutfeel: Appropriately carbonated.

Body: A little better than medium.

Drinkability: Good. I could drink a few of these down on a hot summer day. Right now, one's enough.

Thanks for the change of pace Alaskan Smoked Porter.

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Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden straw color with a foamy white head that quickly falls into a thin lace. Nose is soft banana, dried wheat, spicy yeast, and zesty lemon. Light in body and a bit spritzy in texture. Taste is banana and lemon with a noticeable lacking of any real clove flavors. Finish is sharp, crisp, and refreshing. Certainly a beer that would make a great companion on a hot summer day. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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Photo of Loki
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a generous head. The head faded quickly to a thin covering that left decent lacing. Head did not last as long as I would expect from a hefe.

Aromas of bananas and yeast with faints hops.

Tasted much like a traditional hefe with yeast, bananas, and a lemony sweetness. There is a slightly bitter hop finish. The mouth feel is fairly light. A good hefe all around, I've had better, but definitely had worse.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, golden yellow weizen with a large, bubbled, rocky, slightly clinging, white head. The smell is sweet with a slight grassiness. The taste is wheaty and malty, with a sweet finish. It does seem to taste sweeter as I drink more. It has a nice and round, full mouthfeel. Overall, not a particularly complex wheat beer, but nice.

(source: Beers Across America)

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice sweet wheat scent with a dry fruity yeast finish. It has a pleasant banana and clove aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light and dry wheat flavor with a bit of yeast fruitiness. This is a bit too dry for me. There are hints of banana and clove here, but it falls short of most. The moutfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation for the style. This is a good weizen. It lacks a little in flavor and mouthfeel, but it still drinks fine.

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

This beer poured a hazy dark yellow color and formed a foamy white head that left some trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, citrus and banana. The flavor was of citrus and banana. Couldn't really detect any clove or other spices. The finish was light and tart. Not a bad hefe and would be a good session beer, but would probably still lean towards my usuals instead.

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

Pours a very cloudy orange. the head is quite vigorous and thick which lasts a couple of minutes leaving no lace. This is obviously a nicely carbonated wheat beer.

Aroma is fruity, notably with a banana smell. The aroma is quite good and indicative of a classic weizen.

The Weeping Radish Weizen tastes of yeast and hints of fruit with no bitterness. The carbonation that I noted at the pour is very evident upon tasting. If anything, the carbonation is a bit too much since large drinks are not comfortable. I would count off here for the mouthfeel, although the drinkability is good.

All in all a very good weizen.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Best before 12/4 notch.

Light cloudy hay straw pour with a settled razor collar.

Banana phenolic and musty citrous notes.

First Swigs: Bread dough orange sherbert. Wheat heaven. Some tart sour citrous grainy aftertaste. Middle has orange marmalade.

Crisp zesty carbonation.

Last Swigs: Extremely drinkable wheat with banana notes. Complex but not to a fault.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of kegerator
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice hefe here.
pours out cloudy golden yellow with a meager fizzy head that disppears as quick as it appears.
aroma of spice, clove/coriander and some malt aromas peak through
taste is a big spice hit of coriander/clove with hints of bread and banana.
crisp with good carbonation.
refreshing and easy to drink

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Photo of Boto
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: The color of this one is a hazy straw yellow. Mine had a very limited white head on it. The aroma was pleasing, yet a little light. I got a faint breadiness and yeastiness to it, along with some faint citrus and clove. The taste isn’t bad. Some clove with a decent wheat flavor, as well as a tinge or sourness. Touches of the lemon and clove also. Not too bad. Thanks, Jay.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewpub in Manteo. Thick hazy pale yellow in color sporting a 1" head, that quickly fell to surface foam. No lemon slice added (by my request). The aroma was typical hefe with banana, clove, and some citrus. The flavor was a slightly tart as wheat, banana, clove, mild bitterness, and soft white peach tones were well balanced.

Mouthfeel was only slightly crisp at the start and finished smooth, as the carbonation level seemed a bit low here. Some spiciness rode the tongue after swallowing. Drinkability is decent, but there seemed to be something lacking that I can't put my finger on - maybe it is just the mouthfeel.

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Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing wrong with this Weizen...pours a brilliant, cloudy yellow with a nice bubbly headthat settles down rather quickly....Nose is banana and lemons....a nice charged up mouthfeel (bordering on too charged up)....body is about perfect....taste is very enjoyable...banana's and lemons real shine on the buds...I don't get much cloves with this weizen but it is still very enjoyable...Not the greatest Weizen I have ever had but rates highly for me...

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Photo of Nipitato
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased bomber from Weeping Radish Brewery Store in Manteo, NC.

A: Smells like a hefe but does not look like one. Clear darker blonde color - zero head.

S: Good balance between clove phenols and banana esters. No significant bready malt aromas present.

T: Clove and banana come through in taste and are well balanced. Virtually no bread character comes through in taste.

M: Moderate carbonation. Medium light mouth feel. Not carbonated enough for style.

D: The taste and nose of this beer is classic hefe weizen. An uncomplicated, straightforward beer. A good beer because it does the balance of phenol and ester quite well. Lost points in review because of appearance and mouthfeel not fitting the style. These problems did not exist when I was drinking the beer at the brewery.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The head left rather quickly with very little lace. After having other Weeping Radish brews, the aroma on this one was not too bad. A typical weizen aroma was present. Not as strong as its German counterparts but not to bad. Your typical grassy/cloves, citrus aroma. Taste is citrus with a slight bitter yeast flavor. A light and refreshing beer on a warm summer day!

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Weizen from Weeping Radish Bavarian Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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