Hefe Weizen
Summit Brewing Company

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #250
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,692
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
205
From:
Summit Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  5
Gots
  15
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 205 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of detgfrsh
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle. Cloudy golden color with white head. Smells of wheat and spice. Fairly heavy feel. Wheat and lemon flavors with a dry spicy finish. Pretty good, but it's a bit heavy to have more than one.

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Photo of rickyfinn
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy light golden. Good head. Appearance as expected for a Hefe. Cardamom is well balanced with the hops. Very smooth and sessionable, especially with a grain or two of rock salt from a pretzel.

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Photo of SB2017
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, the beer's ease of consumption and mild flavor outweighs its weaknesses. While Summit's take on the hefeweizen has a balanced palate and strong aftertaste with a surprisingly alcoholic bite, the smell and look of the beer put me off a little. Solid beer in the end, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured golden and presented with a slight amount of haziness, a little bit below average I would say, but a full on 2/3" white head on the top. Aroma goes light on the clove and banana yeast stuff, more wheat noticeable than yeast.

Taste delivers much the same the nose does, straddles the line between a pale wheat beer and a hefe in a typical way. Carbonation is above average. Lots of wheat this one could be up around the 50% range. Lemon and grain continues to be the dominant stuff throughout the mouth feel of the beer, nothing changes up as you get into the back of the bottle other than that very light banana feel.

This one is more akin to something your old lady would put a piece of fruit into or a palate cleanser.

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Photo of dhannes
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a slightly tapered glass (from Heineken) from a can.
Look--While not as cloudy as other hefeweizens, a cloudiness was present, along with a brilliant gold hue.
Smell--Lemon and...cured ham?
Taste--Less overwhelming than other hefeweizens, but still having that wheat profile, along with a sweetness and a touch of lemons.
Feel--Less body than most, but enjoyable...lightly carbonated.
Overall--I haven't been a fan of wheat beers in over 20 years, and while this might be a bit tame for hefeweizen purists, this was rather enjoyable. I probably wouldn't purchase this again, but I probably would drink this if offered to me.

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Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden with a white head. Smell and taste is banana wheat. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall I love this style do to its sweet banana taste.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can into a weizen glass, pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head, dissipating slowly and leaving lots of lacing. Smells slightly sweet, floral hop profile, and spicy. Taste is fruity, with a sharp wheat bite and a spicy funkiness that reminds me of a saison. Mouthfeel is smooth, and rather thick and creamy. The texture throws me off a bit, but overall this is a nice, refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of MNAle
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm... only one review of the 2017 revived hefe from the boundary waters collection. Odd. Anyway, this review is from the can. For the record, my notes from the Summit Beer Hall on its release night were better.

Cloudy, hazy amber color. Tall white, creamy-looking head leaving rings of lacing as it slowly recedes. Sweetish aroma, with spice (clove) and some banana mixed with other fruit scents. Aroma is consistent with the style, but too muted. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Initial taste of clove and banana + other fruit tastes. Very mild taste, hardly any bittering anywhere. Somewhat thick-feeling finish clinging to the mouth and tongue. Aftertaste is spicy with fruit, with only a slight banana flavor. For a hefe, the banana could stand to be more prominent and the other fruit-like flavors seem a bit not true to style. On its own merits (not rated to style), it is an enjoyable summer beer; just a mediocre hefe.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold. Thin, foamy, short white head that fades fast.

Smells grassy, lemon, citrus, spice, banana, fruit and Doughy malt.

Tastes doughy malt, clove, citrus, grassy, apple and spice. Finish is dry with a spice and yeast Funk linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Light tasting beer

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Photo of edwardhopper
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a big hefe wizen fan, but I pulled this from a Summit variety pack. Color is a nice golden yellow. Flavor is complex but nicely balanced with the typical banana/spice you would expect from this style. Overall a little heavy and not as refreshing, but a well rounded entry and a must try for any hefe weizen fan.

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Photo of isualum12
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So my chance to have summit. I grabbed it from a shipment and was excited to get it.

It smells fruity with flowers
Taste is not good. Skunk with bitter. Just not for me. I do feel that if I had poured it colder it would have been better.
Lots of carbonization on the tongue.

Overall this beer is not for me. .

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Photo of JohannBock
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gotta love college budgets, first review in a while. Poured into my 21st birthday mug.

A: Nice golden orange color. Clear with tons of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. 2 finger head that sticks around for a while and settles into about an inch of head that sticks around for the whole trip. Pretty nice lacing as well.

S: Only citrus, maybe some malts too. Very sweet smelling.

T: Follows the nose. Heavy on the citrus, pretty much exclusively sweet. Maybe a little alcohol at the end? Seems off for the abv but thats what it seems like. Finishes pretty clean.

M: Lots of carbonation, but has a crisp mouthfeel, light but not thin.

O: Solid beer, not my favorite hefe but i could drink it on a nice summers day.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly pint glass.

Pours a light straw color. Pillowy white head sits atop. Dissipates rather quickly. Smells like citrus. A fair amount of carbonation. Goes down with ease. Slight hop character with a citrus finish. A very typical summer hefe. Good but not spectacular.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Bottled on 4/27/11.

A: Pours a nearly clear, light golden color with 1-1/2 fingers of off-white head. Strong retention and lace, active carbonation.

S: Light banana, faint spice, a little earth.

T: Like the smell, starts with light banana notes and then adds some spice in the middle. Overall, the flavor is too tame, leaves me wanting more.

M: Quite good, light and very creamy.

O: A nice beer, but I really wish there were more going on with the flavor and aromas. Would make a good thirst-quencher for a hot day.

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Photo of zeledonia
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says enjoy by 6 September 2011.

Pours a nice cloudy golden straw yellow, like late summer wheat. A nice stack of head, about two fingers, white. Retention is decent, lacing is pretty good.

Smell - lots of fruit and yeast. Great banana and wheat aromas. A bit of spice, but mostly it's lovely sweet ripe fruit with some pungent yeast.

Taste is surprisingly tangy and a bit rough. There's more bitterness than I'd like, and not enough of those banana, yeast, and wheat flavors. Tastes a little like tonic water. Disappointing. Finishes bitter, drying out, but the bitter holds on still.

Mouthfeel - I find the carbonation to be too high, as the beer can't really settle down with all those bubbles flying around. Thin-bodied, as expected.

An okay beer, but not one I'll feel inclined to drink again. It's refreshing on a hot day, and I can finish the glass. But it's sharp and rough, with more bitterness and carbonation than I want from it, and it's missing those delicious fruit, wheat, and yeast flavors that the smell promised.

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Photo of Phinner
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the MSP airport during a layover. I tried Summit's Red Ale, Lager and this beer - by far this was the best. I shouldn't have tried it last because I would have ordered more before my plane departed.

Great clean flavor and very refreshing. I would absolutely buy this if it was available in my area.

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Photo of mrseano
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold with moderate carbonation, light color.

S: So-so in the scent department. Smell banana nut bread, but has a somewhat strange scent in the background that is not as pleasant.

T: Good taste, banana, wheat and some malt. Tastes far better than it smells.

M: Light and lively. It is lighter than you'd expect (some may call it a bit weak). I like the mouthfeel on a hot summer day, but may be a little disappointed otherwise.

O: A good, solid beer. Debating a 4.0 or 3.5 for this, but it is so easy to drink and doesn't leave any bad aftertaste that is earns a 4.0. Not anywhere as hoppy as many of Summit's creations, which is a relief when one needs a light summery, local brew.

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Photo of plfahey
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale yellow gold with a slight cast of haze. Fluffy ivory-white head of moderate size with good retention.

Aroma-Typical hefeweizen characteristics are present, though light. Clove leads, followed by banana, with some bready wheat notes. Smell is to style, though not very impressive.

Flavor-Slight clove note with a bit of banana, followed by bready wheat. Finish has a quick twinge of carbonic acid, but is somewhat bland, with a very faint banana flavor appearing in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, high, spritzy carbonation is almost effervescent on the palate. Leaves palate feeling refreshed.

I've enjoyed this much more on tap at the brewery and found it there to be a decent hefeweizen, though from the bottle its a little bit lifeless in terms of flavor and aroma. Quite drinkable, but it just doesn't stand out.

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Photo of kashmoney
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- straw colored with big head and lacing on the glass

S-bananas, cloves, vanilla

T- sweet, banana flavor with clove/peppery finish. smooth.

M- thin

O- solid beer. nothing special but definitely one that will hit the spot on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish orange with a big white head that has some good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of banana, yeast, clove, and wheat. Hints of lemon zest and spices.

Taste: Banana, yeast, and clove up front followed by spices and lemon. Lots of bready sweetness throughout. Hints of bubblegum in the finish. Nice combination of sweetness and tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Hef from Summit.

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Photo of iadler
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- pours a light gold with a nice two finger head. Very little lacing with this brew.

S- Banana, clove, vanilla, honey and some spice

T- Very similar to smell with banana being very noticeable as well as sweetness from the wheat. There are notes of clove and vanilla in the background. Finishes with some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation, pretty smooth yet fairly thin. I'm getting a feeling that almost all of Summit's beers are too thin IMO.

O- A good beer for grilling or just hanging out on the patio during the warmer months. Not an elite Hefe, but a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazed lemony gold with a full, fluffy, thick, creamy white head. Good retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Nice aroma full of typical Hefeweizen scents. Strong banana, bubblegum, and wheaty bread. Clove is in the back providing a nice spicy kick on the finish. Pretty well balanced.

T - More tangy wheat and bready flavor than the nose suggested. Some spiciness and lemony citrus comes out as well. Some banana and bubblegum in the background.

M - Lightish body with average carbonation. A little too thin and watery - lacking the really nice creaminess.

D - Easy to drink, not as much banana flavors. Goes down really easy though.

Notes: Good domestic hefeweizen, not as much banana/bubblegum with a bit more tangy wheat and bready flavors. Good although I was not blown away. Balanced beer overall.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Frothy and thick white head standing a couple inches tall with awesome stamina. The body is a hazy yellow.

S - Banana and subtle clove in this aroma.

T - Slight bitter flavor, banana and a ripe wheat flavor.

M - Rather coarse for a Hefeweizen.

~ This is a nice brew. I'm a fan of Summit and I hope they continue to shell out their tasty brews fora long time.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear, golden-wheat color. The bottle may have been a bit old, because there was definitely some settling of sediment at the bottom.

Smell is refreshingly wheaty without being overdone. Maybe a zing of lemon to complement it.

Summit's HW does a good job of balancing the strength of the flavor. It doesn't come off as too aggressive, nor is it too weak -- and this lends itself to both great taste AND drinkability.

The mouthfeel just leaves something to be desired. I can't put my finger on it, but it doesn't have what I expect.

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Photo of gatornation
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden yellow slightly hazy color with a nice 1finger head lacing is present..it looks good..smell is average im not getting bananas,cloves,spices or yeast..just average..taste is the same it has light hefe qualities but not enough for my liking..mouth feel is light with some flavor going for it..its drinkable ill say try it..but its not the hefe i would reach for 1st

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Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 205 ratings