Summit Hefe Weizen | Summit Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ADR on 05-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy blend of lemonade yellow and orange juice orange. The first half of the pour was a clear gold, and I had to really work the yeast sediment at the bottom to get it looking like a proper hefe. Two and half fingers of thick white foam developed and dissipated to leave a nice Brussels lacing along the side of the glass and a spotted foamy lacing on top.

Smell: Classic hefe. My first impression was the bananas and clove spice. A couple swirls reveal scents apple and lemon.

Taste: Reminds me of unbaked kuchen or bread dough for some reason. The taste is unique among the hefes of my life: instead of prominent bananas and yeast up front, the clove spice and lemon dominate. The banana, yeast, and apple follow but are subtler than I prefer. There is a slight hint of caramel as well. In general, the beer tastes watered down and the mouthfeel leans toward Orangeade.

Drinkability: It's fitting, really. The beer that turned me off wheat beer during my younger drinking days turns out to be extremely tame and, frankly, a little weak. However, it is still a descent brew and very refreshing during this 85º Midnight hour.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Medium head for the style that fades rather quickly. Not much lacing on display. The beer is a decent opaque golden color. Smell is pleasant, but with fewer classic "hefeweizen" characteristics than other examples of the style. Taste is pleasant enough, but again lacking in some of the more complex notes expected of a hefeweizen. There is also a slightly disconcerting bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent enough, with a subdued amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a drinkable brew, but certainly not the definitive example of the style.

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Photo of herman77
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark yellow/golden color. Super cloudy, can't see through it at all. Lots of fluffy, creamy white head. Thick small bubble lacing is painted all over the glass.

S: Sweet and yeasty. Bananas and clove spices.

T: Follows the smell. Wheat and a dash of floral and pine hops are in the mix as well. Very smooth finish.

M/D: Lighter body that feels a little thin. Lots of small carbonation bubbles makes for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel at first, but as you swallow, there is a little bite on the back of the mouth. Pretty good drinkability. Hefes aren't my faveorite, but this pretty refreshing on a warm, summer day.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. Enjoy by 09.14.10.

Thanks to my cousin Dan for hooking up a bottle of this from the mix pack.

A - Tall and vigorously poured, I emptied the bottle into the 20 oz weizen glass and it filled it to the brim with head. A full four fingers of sparkling white head expanded to the top then fell with moderate pace. Chunky lace only clung to about half the head height above the hazy straw yellow body.

S - An intoxicating aroma reminiscent of the very weizens that come out of Bavaria floods the air. Smooth and soft wheat flanks a generous banana ester nose and mellow clove scent. The smell signals the beginning of awesome summer beers to come!

T - The flavor takes a big step back in quality from the fantastic aroma to deliver only about half the goodness promised. The banana is much lighter and the clove comes through as an afterthought but yeast is brought out more. The wheat really stands out here.

M - Light in body, this hefe goes down very smoothly with a nice silky finish that dries out slightly. The texture is very nice.

D - Despite the drop in flavor quality from the aroma, this beer still remains awfully drinkable. It's a great summer offering that will quench a big thirst and refresh on a hot, sunny day.

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Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at a recent Twins game.

Served in a plastic cup, but oh well. Cloudy golden yellow with a thinner light colored head that is creamy.

Wheaty with some banana and slight clove smell. Light and fresh.

Nice wheaty malt with a moderate banana taste with a hint of clove coming in at the end. Very enjoyable.

Lighter bodied, smooth and clean.

Drinks terrifically. I will revisit this one throughout the summer for sure. Solid example for the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a cloudy pale straw yellow color with a relatively tight white head leaving nice lace on the glass.

S-the nose is quite strong, wheat, lemon, spicy clove.

T-this has a nice amount of wheat and lemon, notes of banana. touch of spicy clove in the back, just a bit watery.

M-very syrupy, thick body with a little bit of a lack of carbonation to balance that out. smooth on the palate and creamy.

D-big bold flavors with just a hint of watered down flavor in the back. lacks carbonation which detracts a little but other than that a solid hefe.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-Transparent Gold hue. Nice white lacing with weak head retention.

Smell: Very light fruity smell, close to a banana like.

Taste: Malty light smell with a taste of the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation mixes well with the malty flavors.

Drinkablility: Good session beer with low abv and could allow for good food pairings.

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Photo of kjyost
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as cloudy as I expected and my initial reaction was that is lager-like in colour but it is deeper in the orange tones than a lager. Poured into a beer mug of the correct size and I the head was so frothy that I couldn't get the whole beer in the glass. The height of the head disappeared quickly, leaving behind slight lacing and a small head through the entire drink.

The beer had the expected nose of fruityness with slight cloves. I did get the aroma of bananas which is different than I have had in the past.

The beer is best described as crisp. The flavour profile is decently deep, with citrus and cloves dominating the palate. Its carbonation was not excessive, and left little bitterness on the palate. If this were summer, I could sit in the sun all day and drink these. In my opinion, a very nice domestic representation of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow beer, starting with a big white head that quickly drops and no lacing.
Aroma mainly of yeast and a bit of citrus.
Tastes good; malty, yeasty, tangy. Good blend of wheat and malt flavors.
Very spritzy on the tongue and light body. Good summer beer and quite drinkable.
Respectable effort from Summit.

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Photo of kruse
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Summit brewery. Can't get better than drinking at the source.
A: Nice looking hefe - pours a cloudy gold with creamy white head.
S: Subtle maltiness with hints of banana, citrus, and clove.
T: Nice wheat flavor with a bit of yeastiness and fruit.
M: Good, but a little thin. (A common complaint I have about Summit brews)
D: Very drinkable. Decent, but not great, American hefeweizen.

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Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Active swirling pour... One fingers worth of crisp fizzy white foam... Only slight retention that when once faded leaves a full rich lacing... An orangish toffee color... Slightly hazy... Once the pour settles, there is no carbonation and its quite still...

S - Strong aroma or pale malts and grainy wheat... Some caramel and toffee... Some faint citrus notes... A pleasant enough aroma, I'm just not sure it fits the style...

T - Caramel... Toffee... Plastic... Some artificial banana...

M - Light to medium bodied... Moderate amount of carbonation that possesses a bite on the tongue and at finish... Smooth...

D - This one just doesn't resonate with me, especially considering the style... It's average at best overall not taking style into account, and a slight disappointment when taking style characteristics into consideration... I hate to say that I'm not a fan of a specific brewery, but this is the second time that I've tried Summit and have been severely let down in both instances...

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I wouldn't measure this head is fingers, I'd do it in miles. poured 12 oz into a 22 oz hefe glass and couldn't fit it all. The foam is white and creamy looking, beautiful. The beer itself though is a little too clear in some parts. Instead of really dissipating through the beer, the yeast is hanging in arms and wisps.

S: A very rich banana/clove mix, just about perfect. No hops, no nothing. Not even that yeasty smell you get on some hefes. It's a rich, creamy smell, if that makes sense, something I would expect from a banana milk shake or something. YUM.

T: Less perfect. Still a good banana/clove mix, but I get some off flavors as well, not many, but some. Maybe something buttery? Still no hops, but no malt really either. Not even a biscuity or wheaty one. This beer is really dominated by the yeast.

M: On the thin side of creamy, but still feels smooth as if it was creamy, there is no crisp bite. I wish there was. Seems to be almost a winter hefe...

D:Great, for a hefe this is very light on carbonation, something that can easily turn me off for drinkability. A good flavor a good everything.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap at Burrito Loco and Sally's, most likely because it was the most appealing thing they had on tap.

Served in a standard pint glass. Golden in color, with a hint of orange, served with a lemon. I was asked by a friend if it was Blue Moon, as it does resemble it. Half finger head that shrinks to nothing quickly. No lacing.

The nose is typical of a Hefeweizen, nothing special. Light citrus and clove scents, as well as very yeasty.

The taste is much better, in my opinion. More pronounced, with the ever so subtle hop spiciness that kicks it up a notch. Actually pretty good tasting.

Mouthfeel is light, with a bite from the carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid american Hefe. Not by any means a great one, but a solid one. I sort of like this beer, and think it's underrated. If I'm at Sally's or Burrito Loco again, with their less than spectacular tap list, I'll have this gladly.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Schells Weizen Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers or orange-hued white head. Color is a hazy orange mango. Decent head retention but no lace.

Aroma: A ton of cloves and bananas. Some orange peel. Fairly weak, but nothing bad.

Taste: I am just not diggin this beer. It has all the normal flavors of a hefe, but nothing seems to be fitting together. Seems to be to spiced and not enough fruits.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, but more smooth than anything. Light to medium bodied. Lower level of carbonation. Ends with a dry, spiced aftertaste. 3.5

Overall, I am not to impressed with this beer. It just isn't what I am used to to in a hefe and this isn't something I would drink a lot of. I am bummed because I have a 5 more left in my 6er.

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

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a cloudy straw-yellow that makes a foamy head that has minor lacing and retains a thin collar.
Smells of bananas and lemon.
Tastes of a sweet wheat malt with banana and a hint of spice at the end.
It doesn't bite the tongue so much as it tingles it ever so playfully.
Haven't been the biggest fan of the style but I wasn't let down and am curious to try other Hefes now.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle, poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded yellow with a white creamy head that thins and stays. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of banana/clove with some floral notes. Smells like an authentic Bavarian HW!

The taste is of sweet banana with spicy clove balancing it out. Not very complex, but very delicious, and flavors hang on long through the aftertaste. The banana/clove character is bery bold.

It has a creamy, effervescent (though could be a touch more so to improve it even more), light body.

One of the best American interpretations of the style I've had, IMO. (Even with low abv, which I didn't realise until seeing it here after reviewing on notes.) Glad to see that it follows the outline of an authentic HW, rather than an American Pale Wheat Ale laballed as such. Very banana-y with a nice clove balance. Very well-done! A truly refreshing, tasty brew!

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very golden cloudy color with a thin head.

S- Very spicy citrus aroma, almost smells like a fresh pear.

T- Good tasting Hefe, refreshing beer on a hot summer day. Some zesty spice notes along with a nice level of carbonation on the tongue.

M- The feel is thin with a clean smooth finish.

D- This beer is very drinkable on a warm summer night, such as tonight. Good refreshing Hefe and a great example of the style.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the MSP airport at Ike's.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with pretty good head retenation and lacing. On the nose there is considerable spice, with noticeable clove, nutmeg and a touch of banana. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and for such a low abv. beer, I'm impressed by the amount of flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but still substantial. Drinkability is exceptional.

What a treat to be able to find a beer this tasty at the airport.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal amount of head and some lacing.

Smells of banana and spices.

Slightly watery tasting typical easy drinking wheat type beer. Banana and wheat tastes dominate.

Very light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable due to the light mouthfeel and the weak taste.

Not my favorite for the style a little too light and watery. However it's not too bad and very drinkable.

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Photo of bsp77
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a foamy head.

Smell: Some wheatiness with strong bananas and some cloves.

Taste: Mostly semi-sweet wheat malt, with nice balance of bananas and clove. Light hop spiciness at the end. Slightly watered down for a Hefeweizen, but pretty good overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light, dry finish.

Drinkability: Very light and easy to drink, but also a little light on flavor. I prefer other Hefeweizens, including Schell's, which is also local.

Edit for 2017 canning: The change in brewing temp allowed the yeast to come out more and I upped the scores quite a bit.

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Photo of Risser09
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with somewhat of an orange hue. A foamy ivory head rises 1" and shows off it's great retention. Foamy lace stays on the glass for an eternity.

Smell: Banana, clove, yeast and lots of sweet malts. Spicy with pepper.

Taste: A metallic flavor stagnates the experience right away. Afterwards, a normal taste unfolds. Banana, sweet malt, and yeast. A hop bite is a little more than you get from a standard Hefe.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, spicy and a tiny bit of alcohol. Smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: A good Hefeweizen, but not near the top of the list. I actually prefer a little more sweetness and flavor and not a trace of metal. Worth drinking a lot of.

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Photo of berserker256
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy and yellowish in typical wheat beer fashion but not much head. Small white head disappears quickly. Slight clove aroma the most dominant smell is a bubblegum type of aroma. Maybe there's a little lemon zest in there also. There are cloves and spices in the flavor along with the hint of lemon. A little earthy. Fizzy and thin in texture but not a bad beer. A pretty easy low alcohol drinker.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Wheaty, clove, a hint of bubblegum.

Taste: Wheat overtones, mild sweetness, a little clove, a little citrus tang.

Drinkability: Could be a session beer.

I had avoided this beer for a long time (even before it went away and then came back) because my initial six pack was extremely underwhelming. I picked up a single to get closer to having the current Summit lineup all reviewed and was pleasantly surprised. Still not an overly flavorful hefe, but not too bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= pours a hazy golden color that looks a lot like honey with a small head that has average bubble size as well as average retention and lacing.
S= small banana and clove notes with wheat dominating.
T= yeasty and wheaty. Not much as far as bannana and a touch of clove.
M= pretty average.
D= good. Not the best by any means but I could sip on a few. Don't expect to get blown away by this one. Very average and medeocre.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Straw yellow beer with a glowing orangey hue in the center. Beautifully hazed with yeast. Fluffy head on top, perfect white; persisted decently, slowly down to a 1 cm head layer.

S-Slightly citrus, with a nice clovey tone and assertive, refreshing wheatiness.

T-Smooth, clovey-spicy with a hint of banana and a slight lemony essence lingering into the finish. Wheaty tang is certainly there, though not too aggressively.

M-Crisp and nearly puckering high carbonation, large-bubbled and cleansing on my palate. Medium-light body.

D-Perfect for a sunny summer day. Unfortunately, it's a bit gloomy out. But, it's a tasty brew and is quite smooth and enjoyable. Good for any weather patter, I suppose :)

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Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
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