Leikeim Helle Weisse
Brauerei Leikeim

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #437
Ranked #37,966
3.61 | pDev: 11.08%
Brauerei Leikeim
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Photo of FBarber
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty clear golden color. Huge pillowy white velvet head settles slowly on the top of the beer. Even a couple minutes after the pour there is still a full two fingers of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of clove, cinnamon, banana, wheat and some sweet bready malts.

Taste has notes of banana bread, clove, wheat, cinnamon and nutmeg. Hints of some light bittering hops peep through towards the back end with some spicy peppery yeast.

Feel is medium to thicker bodied. Initially smooth carbonation provides a slight tingle on the back end.

Overall a nice above average example of the style.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, South Loop Chicago, IL
Best before: 03/25/2013
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

This is a wheat beer that's somewhat below Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Schneider, and Franzikaner for me, primarily due to its flavors being not as complex or robust. That being said, it was still an enjoyable hefeweizen of fairly high quality. The flavors and aromas were enjoyable and easily discernible, just not as numerous or spectacular as those aforementioned breweries. A traditional hefeweizen I'd get again, and am interested in trying in a more fresh bottle and on tap.

Pours a tall, >4cm head of slightly off-white bubbles with above average retention, lasting for more than two minutes in its slow decline to a 0.75cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but about average for the style, leaving a few semi-thick strands hanging from top to bottom, alongside a few spots and dots clinging to the inner perimeter of the glass. The body itself is a dark gold color, opaque from suspended sediment, only being able to see the shadow of my hand through the glass. Light brings out pale yellow and orange hues to the body and reveals the carbonation, which seems quite present and fairly active.

Aroma is fairly robust and pleasant, primarily of a yeasty banana bread character, with additional, though minor, notes of grain, apple cider, and mild bubblegum.

Flavor is rather sweet and heavy on yeast and banana ester, with plenty of wheat to support it. That being said, the flavor isn't as amazingly multi-directional as I've come to expect from the most complex hefeweizens. Still, better than average and quite tasty. Front of palate detects semi-sweet, semi-grainy malts with significant banana ester and very dull lemon or orange citrus notes. Mid-palate has some substantial wheat malt flavor with noticeable spicy clove phenolics, yeast, and banana esters, with less-noticeable apple cider and slight cardboard. Back of palate picks up modest bitterness, slight tartness, yeast, bread, unrefined wheat grain, banana ester, and hints of apple cider. Aftertaste is surprisingly dry and tart, with yeast being most noticeable, but banana bread and clove-like phenolics also being present.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a generally smooth mouthfeel that foams up slightly as it moves across the palate. Closes semi-dry to dry, with little residual stickiness across the mouth.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of bananas are present in the nose along with some notes of wheat.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of banana and bubble gum and also has some notes of wheat. No cloves are present.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. I could definitely picture myself drinking this again on a hot summer day.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown-yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: As expected there was a strong wheat smell, along with the bubblegum aroma.

T: Tasted of wheat, a hint of malt, and the aforementioned bubblegum quality. More subtle than some Hefeweizens. This flavor grew on me after awhile.

M: A high rate of carbonation (especially for a German beer) with a smooth, crisp finish. Light-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable Hefeweizen.

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Photo of scootny
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very cloudy appearance with a nice large head. Fade is a bit quick and there is little lacing. Smell is grainy with some light sour lemon notes and wheat malt twang. A bit of medicine. Taste is not impressive. Decent wheat malt core with a heavy grain flavor and a dry bitterness in the finish. Light amounts of lemon and faint hefe like fruitiness. Cris light feel but a touch fizzy. Underwhelming foe a hefe head like me. Not something that I would recommend though it could be a stale bottle as it tasted off. Freshness date says it is good till October this year however.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Helle Weisse
Brauerei Leikeim
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.40 %

LOOK: Pint sized swingtop bottle, opens with a big pop. Pours a cloudy deep straw color, like a standard hefeweizen should look. Dense foamy cap forms and leaves lace down the side of the glass.

SMELL: Wheat malt is big in the banana and bubblegum aromas. Lightly toasted grains and floral/herbal hops round out the nose quite nicely.

TASTE/FEEL: Standard hefeweizen flavors of wheat, straw, banana, clove, and a suggestion of toasted malt flavor as well. Very light noble hopping with some herbal and mildly citrusy notes. Finishes clean with a clove, banana and dry grain bite. Medium bodied, perfect medium-high level of carbonation.

OVERALL: A tasty authentic German Hefeweizen, lots of really good flavors and a great feel. Complimented a hearty meal quite nicely.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at a 99 Bottles in Carnegie for $6.99. A bit steep, but I've never seen anything by this brewery elsewhere in Pittsburgh, and it's a hefeweizen, and it furthers my current research project. Penn Weizen glass ready.

Super-hazy dark orange/almost very light brown that almost has olive hues to it. A few specks of collective yeast sediment hurdling around. A very sticky, lacing head that releases a lot of gas as it slowly falls. Almost the quintessential hefeweizen look. 4.0

Heavy banana with an overripe, almost starting to rot, character. Cloves are there, too, mixing in with a barely revealing German Noble hop. Biscuity wheat malts are creamy to smell. Not too shabby so far. 4.0

And, now the clove takes over the taste. Still heavy doses of browining banana fruits with an obvious lemony tartness. Sour apple, vanilla wafer malts, herbal leafiness, and steely notes. Citrusy and tangy. 3.5

A little lighter in body than just straight hefe-creamy. Carbonation is backed-off. Needs concentrated a bit. 3.5

It was worth the try, but a not-so-special German weizen. I consider Franziskaner the standard in that department, and in turn, this is sub-standard. Still a unique Bavarian-style hefeweizen that was totally worth its turn. Somewhere between 'not bad' and 'good'. 3.5

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle with a swinging cap. The best before date printed on the back label is “101112.”

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter weizen glass. The color is cloudy, dishwater lemonade. Three fingers of thick, white head dissipated slowly. I worked up a couple large pieces of yeast, which does not look very attractive.

Smell: Mmmm — hefe. It is a little weak and lacks a lot of clove spice, but it still has apple, orange, banana, and bready yeast. There is clove spice but it is not as aggressive as I would prefer. To match the dishwater color, it actually does smell a little like dishwater.

Taste: Again, not as spicy as I would like. The mouthfeel is pretty bready but the flavor does not back it with much potency; it is weak like the aroma. Banana, apple, orange, strawberry, yeast, and a hint of close spice.

Drinkability: It’s okay. At least it is not witbier.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A milder sort of wheat beer with an odd tang, like a touch of Baltic Porter. Pours a cloudy light amber in the globe with big foam piling up and plenty of carbonation in the mouth.

A lighter taste than some other Hefeweizens, but it does have some of the estery flavors. More of a citrus, chalk, and cracker taste with some malty sweetness. Some hints of bitterness along with an orange peel taste. Faint nose of old cloves. Overall, this is a nice sudsy quaff but it's a less interesting flavor.

From the 500 ml swingtop bought at New World Market on Geary St. in San Francisco.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks like an outgrowth of Leikeim Premium Weisse, as the latter is retired. Only ABV and label have been changed.
Pours cloudy orange beer with remarkable dense golden head.
Smell of lollipops, banana and orange peel, though not very impressive. Average taste, rather bitter finish, moderate carbonation. Evidently, disappointing hefeweizen.

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Photo of rramsey
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of elginirishpunk
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in chilled pint glass. Slightly cloudy and crisp aroma and faint hint of hops. Light carbonation and light and crisp for a weise. Was sold to me as a "Light Hacker" . No need for a fruit on this beer just smooth clean finish. Great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of gregb13
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very average German weisse bier. Nose is dominated by banana and a gummy sweetness, but is very tame. Beer is a little cloudier and not quite as carbonated as I'd like for the style. Taste follows the nose. Nothing too outstanding but certainly not bad. If I were told this was a Weihenstephaner clone, I would believe it. Similar flavors though not as pronounced. Slight bitterness that lingered a bit; not ideal for the style. It's ok but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief impressions from a half litre swingtop (brown glass):

Aroma suggests dirty stale wheat, musty straw, and clove. Not the clean fragrant aroma of orange peel, fresh wheat, and banana one would hope for...

Taste is better, with notes of old lemon, must, generic wheat, clove, and ale yeast esters. Simplistic yet still imbalanced, and though it has basic cohesion it doesn't quite come off as a gestalt whole. Poor depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mouthfeel is unrefreshing - a serious issue in a hefeweizen. Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and somewhat stale. There's no harmony of texture and taste here, but it does a decent job suiting the flavour profile (even if the mouthfeel never accentuates specific constituent notes, and fails to elevate the beer as a whole).

Overall, it's a lackluster attempt at a hefeweizen, but it's decent for its low price point. I wouldn't trifle with it again, but it will scratch your hefeweizen itch, unimpressive though it may be. Certainly drinkable.

C (2.82) / AVERAGE

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Photo of icehawk
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jafaircloth
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 1 Pint Swing Top Bottle

Appearance: Swing top bottle, poured into imperial pint glass. Golden and cloudy, solid white head that dissipates leaving a small white head and lacing.

Aroma: Moderate sulphur, breads and melon.

Taste: Slightly smokey Weiss beer. Citrus flavors and breads. Maybe oxidized. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation, no hop bitterness or bite but finishes very dry.

Overall: Not the best German import Weiss I've had. Not sure what happened here but it misses a lot of standards one would expect. It tastes oxidized and dry. I'd prefer sweet, citrus and heavy malt - which this is not.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a one pint nine ounce swing top bottle, freshness dated to April 16 2014.

The aroma is blandly bready and sweet. Pours a cloudy pale orange/yellow with decent white head. The head quickly dissipates to spotty lacing of glass. The taste is mildly citrus with a sweet bread and a touch of fig.Highly drinkable.

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Photo of stevoj
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From 2012: Good example of a German hefeweizen. Taste of banana, bread, etc. Aroma of bubblegum. Slightly cloudy golden color with silky head. Average at best, but on target.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Jeff for my first beer from Brauerei Leikeim. Three dollars for a 500 mL German hefe in a swing-top? Uhm... yes, please. A nebulous, placid yellow shade of hefe sits in my glass - unfiltered with plenty little bits of sediment floating about. The soft white head shows good retention, though it's not as chunky, creamy, or thin-bubbled as I'd like for the style.

The nose is a little bland, consisting mostly of some light wheat and a touch of rip fruits; mainly banana with a hint of apple and/or possibly pear, though things are a touch muddled throughout the wheat-y medium. Not as "yeasty", especially considering how yeasty this beast looks in the glass. It's too tame and underpowered, resulting in some slight disappointment.

A good bit of chewy, salt-water taffy nips the tongue with each sip. A light wheat background extends itself to the corners of your mouth and tosses out a larger array of flavors than could be detected from the nose. Mild clove spice, some thick yeast, sweet bread, and a mild, residual sugary sweetness. The taste is already better than the aroma after a few sips in.

The back-end shows a bit more wheat and bready sweetness with a finish that spits out a somewhat buttery popcorn flavor, the sign of a little too much diacetyl, perhaps. It's not enough to make me gag or lash out at the brewery in my review, but it certainly wouldn't be missed. It does too much to distract from the nice aftertaste this beer *could* have.

Aside from that slightly wayward crawl, my only other complaint in the flavor department is, again, a lack of complete robustness. The flavors are nice, they just don't reach out and slap my taste buds silly like I want them to. The body is thin-medium, thick enough for a hefe, and coupled with decent carbonation for a smooth and creamy mouth feel.

Not bad for a three dollar pick up, but even a cost that low is hard to justify when a bottle of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is the same price or cheaper. It's a nice, somewhat lighter version of the style (and by lighter, I mean amped down in flavor and aroma) though hefeweizens aren't exactly sound barrier breakers to begin with. Good, but I have no reason to every buy this again.

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

Hazy peach color with impressive head. Aroma head fermented grains and fruits, quite yeasty and bready. Taste follows with dusty grains, sweet wheat, some bakers yeast, light hop bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. It's doesn't taste like a typical weizen, the yeast profile is quite different but overall it's s decent beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of clarknova
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Leikeim Helle Weisse from Brauerei Leikeim
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 36 ratings