Leikeim Helle Weisse | Brauerei Leikeim

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Brauerei Leikeim

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dentist666 on 03-30-2012

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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 tectactoe
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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 generallee
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of gregb13
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootny
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
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 MahjongNucleus
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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 MypSE
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
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 JaimeLondon
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is a nice hefeweizen beer, more spicy than the traditional ones (in the smell and in the taste) and with some nice cereal notes too.
Foam in the end is really creamy (another point for Leikeim) but body is too light and is possible to feel a bit of the alcohol in this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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 AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of clarknova
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icehawk
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of elginirishpunk
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
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 Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of rramsey
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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 BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Sampling right now on 11/2/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle from the local Hy-Vee for $3.79. Has a ceramic stopper with a metal hinge to open the brew. Best before date on back label is "01 08 15". Alcohol content is 5.5% (ABV). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L weissber vase glass.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a good 3+-finger foamy white head that stays around for a while that finally settles down to a good 4mm head after a good 30+ mins. There is sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Lots of string-like lacing is seen that sticks to the glass after each sip, that is common for a good German brew. The aroma is of wheat sweetness with cloves and bananas for the most part. Pretty much the same I would say for the taste as well. Does finish on the slightly dry side but decent. No bitter or harsh aftertaste though. Lighter+ bodied with perfect carbonation.Overall, a decent 'Hefe'. PROST!

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