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Summit Hefe WeizenSummit Hefe Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 05-31-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
14.79%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 180
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice frisky weizen flavor. Not as much banana or spice flavor as expected for this style, but that just lets the fizzy wheat taste take the stage. A good cloudy body, thought its yellow is a tad darker than expected. Thin head, grainy lacing. I couldn't resist squeezing in the lemon slice, but that ain't no crime with this beer. Highly carbonated as expected; in fact, almost "seltzer water" gassy. Another surprise to be found at the bar in Marshall Field's basement.

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Photo of Gusler
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal clear gold color as it sets in my glass, the head is impressive in size, spumescent in texture and the color a bright white, lace is a fine sealing sheet. Nose is musky, sweet, citrus clean, with the start sweet and nicely malted, top a bit thin in feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, a drinkable beer and one that would be a nice Arid-Zona Summer Beer.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8/18/03

Pours to a hazy straw color with a creamy white head. It has very tight bubbles. The aroma is of cloves, bananas, wheat, and yeast. The flavor is clovey with the banana esters and a bit of wheat. It is light bodied and refreshing. A good summer brew.

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Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a short white head that fades into a thin patch of lace. Nose is pretty typical for the style with notes of banana, clove, and vanilla. Light and crisp in body with a bit of a grainy texture. Taste picks up right where the aroma left off with flavors of ripe banana and sweet malts with a touch of nutmeg followed by a tart sourness. An easy drinking beer to be sure, but there are plenty of superior Hefes on the market. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have tried several products by Summit, and there has been something in it's taste that does not seem right. The Hefe Weizen was the most noticeable. It was a very metallic taste throughout, which does not add at all to my enjoyment of this stuff.

Update 7-6-2004 I do not know what I was thinking all of those months ago. I sat down with a tall mug of this Hefe at Majors in Bloomington, and enjoyed everybanana tinged scent. I was so utterly wrong it makes me want to turn in my ID card (If I had one). I am ashamed of my former review, I have found one of my new favorite summer beers.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass. 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a goodly sized head (about 1/3" tall at max). Not much in the way of retention or lacing for a hefe.

Smell: Nice powerful clove/pepper scent with a hint of lemony citrus. No real banana smells. This could easily be mistaken for a wit.

Taste: Great initial clovey/peppery spice flavor, then a nice splash of lemony citrus. Very mild banana flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly light body, like a good hefe should have.

Drinkability: Interesting mix of wit and hefe characteristics. Of course, but these two are kissing cousins anyways. I can see some beer knurds getting their furbelows in a twist over the "mislabel" but a rose by any other name... I should be so lucky as to have Summit be my local brewery.

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Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale yellow hue. A hard pour produced a modest white head (a true Bavarian Weizen should require a soft pour for a large head, anyway…), fair retention, it sunk slowly to a soapy cap. Minimal spotty lace. Well-constructed nose with the perfect invitation, cloves, wheat, spice, yeast. Not potent but pleasant. The palate is lightly spicy & clovey… fruity but not so much banana-like… sharp yeasty finish. Supremely refreshing. Definitely the abv you’re looking for in a summer seasonal. High carbonation does mask the flavors a little too much, medium-body. A pleasant quaff even if it is a little off style-wise, it has its charm. Thanks ZAP!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and cloudy yellow hue, thick, bubbly/soapy head, decent lacing throughout. Some lemon and yeast on the nose. Up front, some tartiness with some clove and wheat flavoring, quite nice, resembling the hefe-characteristics. Borderline medium bodied, with a spritzy, carbonated finish, tender spicy and banana flavors left on the palate; very simple, easy to drink, a decent hefe and another great product from the fine folks at Summit.

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Photo of Fabric8r
1.18/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I received a bottle of this from tavernjef (thanks!). But, something was terribly wrong. This beer was absolutely horrible. The 3/8" of yeast sitting in the bottom may be a clue, but the first sip was putrid - like vomit. I spit it out, looked it over, and tried another sip. Poured the rest down the drain. The worst tasting fermented garbage I have ever had. I had to wash my mouth out with Scope to get rid of the taste. Looking at the other reviews, I got a bad bottle or something.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The typical Bavarian hefe-weizen appearance remains intact with the exception of the normally hard-to-control over-sized head. That magnificent head retention is due in part to their mashing regemins, but also due in part to their higher levels of carbonation, while this American version offers only an "average" carbonation at around 2.6 volumes. It drops readily to a thin collar and leaves only minor lacing. The typical nose, however, is also present and quite nice with some slightly green bananas; lightly spicy cloves; a doughy, wheat-based malt; soft, sweet, bubblegum and lightly abrassive plastic esters; and a mildly tart citric note. The body is light and its very fine, median carbonation leaves it gently crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers everything that the aroma promises with a splash of lemony citrus and bready malt upfront; followed by some rising bitterness and gently spicy clove; and finishing with a rousing flourish of banana, plastic, clove, and trading-card bubblegum. It's a touch more bitter than one might expect, and it's dryness lingers in the mouth; but overall it's quite nice!

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Photo of moulefrite
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad little imitation German hefe! The beer pours a bright lemony yellow with a big fluffy head and lace that sticks to the walls of the glass down to the end. The nose is dominated by bright lemon and a little spice. In the mouth the flavors are again-lemon and some clove. Not much banana here and I do miss that aspect. Also, the beer comes off a tad watery. The finish heads off in a malty direction vs the anteseptic cleansing direction I like in the German examples of the style. This is a refreshing, decent imitation, but I'd pick it blind as fake no question.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harder to do reviews while at a bar/resturant with all the stimulus and distractions, but here goes. Also, wasn't expecting this sample to be as fresh as it was considering the location of the resturant.
Anyway, the aroma came across a little light overall and it was hard to pick up specifics, but mostly noting light clove qualities. Looked good with firm 1/2 inch head with good lacing. Cloudy yellow. Classic looking for style. Taste was quite nice. Strong on the clove but with noticable wheat malt backing that blended nicely. Stayed flavorful from first sip to last. Enjoyable soft mouthfeel. I enjoyed this more that I expected, or more than I remember, as it had been a couple of years since my last Summit hefe.
Went very well with my walleye and fresh green beans.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This hefeweizen poured a clear, golden yellow color with creamy, bright white foam that clung to the glass and left lace. Very active (fizzy) carbonation. (There was some yeast in the final pour, which gave the last drink some cloudiness.) The smell was citrus (lemon) and wheat. The taste was citrusy lemon with flavors of malt and grain and a bit of hops in the finish. There was a faint banana flavor in the background. The mouthfeel was slightly tart but with a sweetness also. It was light and refreshing with medium-light body, and it was smooth but with a crisp finish. There was hint of a "soapy" taste/feel. This was an easy to drink hefeweizen.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

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Photo of Beerparrot
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a half barrel of this beer for its price. Having never drank any Summit products before it was a gamble. The gamble paid off, what a nice surprise. This is a very drinkable beer with a nice nose, very characteristic to the hefe weizen style. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick on the tongue, but it is easy to drink more than one of these after working outside. Tastes best in a wheat beer glass with the lemon, this seems to bring out the fullest clove flavors. A very thick creamy head tops this beer off.

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Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summit Hefe Weizen: on tap. Poured a very yellow color, very hazy. The color was a little startling. Nice thick head, dense and long lasting. Very lemony flavor, which was a little surprising (and no, they did not put a lemon in it). The banana taste typical to the style were absent. After taste was long lasting, and fruity sweet. The brew was smooth though, with a creamy mouth feel. Unusual brew, not that authentic to the style, and not in my top ten of the style.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hefe pours a lightly hazed and very pale golden color with a modest white head that shrinks down to about one-half of a finger and looks quite nice. It has a light wheat and grassy smell to it with a light twang. The taste has hints of clove along with a thin wheat and light spicing and also has a decent carb bite at the end. This is a thin light hefe that is clean and crisp and I'll give it a fairly solid "thumbs up" since I just finished mowing the yard! It is too thin and too light tasting for a "true" hefe, but it makes one nice summer beverage here in Texas! Thanks to budgood1 for this! Cheers!

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Photo of marc77
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully turbid pale golden hue. Topped by a loosely frothy, pitted head that readily settles into an unremarkable, thin, muddled layer. Middling, tattered foam trails. Ripe banana esters with a citric twang hit the nose upfront, then taper to allow stately notes of doughy, underbaked, clove studded bread to surface. Mild candyish bubblegum and faint yeasty tartness adds a sweettart contrast. Well rounded and enticing aromawise. A combination of breezy, grainy, wheat and pale malt derived sweetness coats the palate intitially. It is then ensued by a bated snap of lemony tartness along with concomintant, well blended, judicious hop bitterness. Sapid suggestions of herbal clove and overripe banana emerge late, lending a rounding, quinessential weizen ester presence. A bit lightly bodied; perhaps a notch shy on proteinaceous viscosity. Finishes lightly sweet and mostly clean, with a fleeting impression of banana bread and lemon. Quite an authentic and enjoyable hefeweizen. Although subpar overall to some of the great German examples, Summit Hefe Weizen possess a refreshingly soft, agreeably sweet malt presence, well rounded ester profile and is thus balanced all around. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery! It's inherent quaffability makes one bottle quite a tease...

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Photo of Redrover
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at the Irish Oak in Chicago. The Oak is a great bar about one block south of Wrigley.

Beer was a very light yellow with none of the "haze" you expect in a weiss. Normal but not spectacular head. Not much lacing. Not the appearance I would normally expect from this style.

Smell was better. Some clove, spice and notes of malt. Thats more like it!

Taste was just adequate. Some malty sweetness, a little clove & spice, but everything was understated. It has a kind of washed out taste & feel to it. Mouthfeel was thin & drinkability was about average.

I really like Summit beers and I was looking forward to this one. It was a disappointment. The taste was barely better than a Lienies Honey Weiss. I will continue to drink & enjoy Summit brews. I will just avoid this one.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another tasty Hefe from ZAP! This offering was fairly clear (until yeasties were added near the finish) and a medium-light golden color. Plentiful bubbles streamed topwards. Head was about 1/4", white and fine, with a decent lacework in the glass.
Nose was mildy of banana, with only a touch of clove. Body was just in the medium range, and it passed fairly smoothly (for the style) over the palate.
A little hint of sweetness was present, with a very mild banana accompaniment. There seemed to be more of an apple-type fruitiness than the typical Bavarian offerings. The bier was crisp and dry, and perhaps just a smidge tart. Again, could have been spicier and clovier. The yeast at the end did produce a bit more sharpness, though. Still, a decent Hefe, and thirst-quenching to boot! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of maxpower
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't last long. Light sourish banana-clove aroma, light wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery, has a nice clean and crisp finish, not bad and very average for an unfiltered style wheat.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a fairly cloudy yellow/burnt orange. The head is a solid one inch at first and then quickly subsides to a ring. The aroma is mostly yeast, spice, clove, and a touch of banana. The flavors reveal a crisp lemon citrus twang along with an awesome spicy character. It's definitely different than a genuine German hefe, but it's an awesome beer anyways. Super refreshing and tasty, this is a solid offering from Summit. Try it on tap if possible. I thought the draught version was worlds better than the bottle. And that's saying a lot because the bottle is great stuff.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cloudy unfiltered golden orange complemented by a foamy white head. Aroma has hints of spices, very mild banana notes, overall very nice just faint. In the first sip a sweetness mixed with all of the yeast tones, and this beer presents a good amount of hop flavor that I found uncharacteristic of a hefeweizen. This was almost like an Americanized version, a wheat ale if you will. Light to medium bodied with a pretty thin moutfeel overall. Pretty drinkable just nothing spectacular, I would like to try this one in the bottle to see if it differs.

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Photo of Gump
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't underestimate Summit, especially not this beer. Judging by the cost of this brew, I didn't think I would get much flavor, but I was wrong.

The Hefe Weizen was terrific. It pours yellowy-orange, with a white head and average cloudiness for a wheat beer. Some chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so be sure to swirl it around before you pour that last 1/3.
This light and refreshing wheat had hints of citrus (lemon, bordering fruity) with an amazing aroma.

Carbonation and foamy head were present for most of the consumtion. High marks for aroma, price, and drinkability on a hot day.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy white head about an inch high, fades slowly leaving some sticky patches of lace. Smell is faint of citrus and wheat, a bit spicey, clove-like, but all soft and light on the nose. Taste is very tangy sweet and yeasty, super rough, gritty feel right away then smooths out some, a bit unpleasant to swallow, and seems just to grainy/gritty. This is a very OK hefe, passable, Summit brews of interest is to stick with the IPA and the porter.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours out looking pretty cloudy with and without the yeast added in. A nice sized lacy head on top of that. This is pretty much a standard hefe from what ive had, not a whole lot going on. Pretty grainy taste, some citrus smell and taste in there. All and all a pretty nice beer.

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Summit Hefe Weizen from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.
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