Crack'd Wheat
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Attractive yellow buzz and glow, plenty of wheat particles floating around, over an inch of head. Aroma dropped tons of hops, citrus in nature, domestic.

Taste was a complex array of pepper, wheat, perhaps an American and Belgian or German yeast style contributing both pepper and banana flavors. Lots of citrus from the hops. Malt toasting still brings an earthy wheat component to it. One of the more unique and awesome hefeweizens, totally high hopped for style, definitely an American take on it

Mar 10, 2016
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I ended up with a bottle of this after a weekend road trip with my buddies. A friend of mine commented that he was going to clear out his fridge and bring some beer along for our weekend away. This was still left in my cooler once I got home and I drank it about a week later. The first thing I want to comment on is that I noticed that there hasn't been any reviews made on this beer in over a year. When was it last brewed? I realized that I was drinking a beer that is at least a year old. (no "bottled on" date on the bottle). I don't think this is a beer that is supposed to age so it may affect in a negative way what I think about it.

The first sip was almost medicinal or acidic in it's taste. I didn't like it. As I drank it though, I got a pleasant wheat taste and some fruits underneath this. It wasn't anything special but certainly went down easy enough once I got going.

Nov 25, 2012
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beagle75 from Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with two fingers of lofty but diminishing white foam head. Spotty lacing remains, heavy in localized areas.

S: Mild and yeasty, with bubble gum that stands out amongst lesser banana and wheat that is more grainy than bready.

T: Begins off-dry, with spicy fruit punch and restrained acidity. Phenolics emerge in the middle, curiously medicinal yet appealing. Some tropical fruit-flavored iced tea also develops, providing a smooth transition into the finish. Banana esters are finally detected late, providing interest in an otherwise uninteresting final act.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and insubstantial on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A fairly well put-together hefeweizen, this beer boasts a really original and appealing flavor profile that is unexpected. Otherwise, the qualities of this beer are inoffensive but not really remarkable.

Sep 02, 2011
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: With a reasonably aggressive pour, a billowing eggshell head forms on top of a hazy light yellow beer. Although the head subsides somewhat, it leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Strong, balanced aroma. Lots of banana here, but it is not overpowering, which for me is key in enjoying a Hefe. Some tropical fruits swirl up as well.

Taste: Up front there is a honey-like sweetness with a firm banana flavor. The wheat is apparent, and the cloves come in with the rest of the yeast's spicy flavor. Some pineapple and orange citrus work to mellow out the banana, which really helps to keep it out of the overly sweet category. A touch of alcohol steps in right at the end, not a pleasant flavor in a beer of this ABV, and the one real knock I have against the flavor.

Mouthfeel: As would be expected, the body is light to medium, with a fizzy, bubbly creaminess that almost gets into the excellent category. After each sip there is a light residual stickiness and oiliness (maybe from the hops?) left on my lips. Toward the end of the sip the feel dries out a little bit after starting fairly sweet.

Overall: I was a little bit surprised by this - I was not expecting a subtle, balanced Hefe when I bought this, but that is what I got. I was torn between 4 and 4.5 for taste, so I make that revision here.

Jul 20, 2011
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review is not from a fresh bottle, but from one that got lost in the back of my fridge for months.
When I get a fresher one, I'll change this review accordingly.

Dark and hazy yellow in color, giant poofy foam head that recedes rather quickly because my bottle is a bit old, oh well. Body is of medium firmness and cushioney soft to the palate with bubbles (yes it is carbonated still) that tingle on the tongue. I smell light booze notes, banana bread and wheat crackers. I can taste wheatey goodness with just a hint of yeasty twang and light honeyed sweetness, but the cloves and spicing are very much muted from bottle age, sadly.

I can tell (from recently having had a Dancing Man) that this bottle is an age-neutered version of something very similar in quality. The malt which is left behind after the spices have been subtracted is exactly the same sort of stuff I found and enjoyed so much in Dancing Man. It is for this reason that I am waiting with great anticipation for it to be released again, so that I may review it in its fresh form. It should be considered a great recommendation for this beer that even when deadened by shelf age, I consider it just as good as an average hefeweizen.

Jul 07, 2011
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clarkm04 from Nebraska

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very unfiltered beer with hazy golden yellow color. Very good carbonation and a nice white head retention.

S- Great aroma from this beer. A nice balance of spice, cloves and banana aromas drift up from the glass. A great balance make this an outstanding hefe.

T- A very balanced hefe with great spiciness followed by cloves and banana. Very complex but all the flavors come through clearly making it a very enjoyable beer.

M- Very nice mouthfeel. Sits nicely on the palate.

O- Very refreshing, crisp, clean, complex and very enjoyable. Easily one of the best American made hefes in the country with only Dancing Man Wheat beating it out.

Jul 07, 2011
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Chriscrundwell12 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 floyds pint glass.

A- Typical appearance for a wheat beer, hazy, dark yellow straw color, nice carbonation, one finger frothy head.
S- Typical delicious aromas from this style, banana, citrus, clove, spice, slight cinnamon comes out for this beer, nice sweet refreshing aroma, as well as hints of lemon.
T- Taste what you smell in this one, slight hops comes out as well as lemon zest, banana, cloves, spice, and citrus accompanying in the flavors, well carbonated.
M- Light mouthfeel, nice and crisp drinkability, well carbonated, refreshing.
O- Solid beer from New Glarus, really easy drinkability, enjoyed with a friend during a nice cool evening on my deck, very refreshing.

Jun 12, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good glow from the beer, yellow, lots of haze, massive head. Aroma was very hoppy for style, citrus orange and tangerine feel to it.

Taste, layers of hops, wheat, pepper and banana produce one of the most unique flavor profiles in a beer I've ever had. Should call it cracked weird. Relies on citrus hop flavor more than the marginal amount of banana clove yeast flavors. Like a west coast wheat. Not as good as sumpinx2, but more unique I'd say, and not all that distant of a second to it or Gumballhead. Wheat flavor is grassy and dry. Carbonation remains on point throughout, wish this one was a little more widely available when I make it back to Wisconsin.

Jun 03, 2011
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chicagoabbot from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. Cloudy orange-yellow typical of the style with a good head that retains well. Smell has some good yeast funk and wheat sharpness. I'd be interested to know what quantity of wheat New Glarus uses in their mash for this one. One of the better tasting American made wheat beers I've ever had. Mouthfeel doesn't disappoint for the style, crisp with nothing objectionable at all. If you can find it in your area, buy it and try it. I wish they sold this in Chicago, I only can buy it in season when I go visit family in WI. This brew's a winner.

May 21, 2011
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cwcolby74 from Indiana

4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from a 12-oz. bottle on March 15. I had it in a New Glarus Spotted Cow pint glass.

A - Dark yellow, very typical of a wheat beer. Heavy head with exceptional lacing.

S - An awesome melody of clove, cinnamon and citrus nose. The yeast smell almost jumps out of the glass. Everything smells complex and interesting.

T - It has a great Bavarian-style hefeweizen taste with an interesting pale ale hoppy note to it. It isn't overboard with the secondary spice flavors like some hefes are. I love the taste. World class.

M - Superior. A bold, sharp aftertaste that tells you there's a greater hop character than in a lot of hefes.

O - Give me more. Now. Too bad it's only a seasonal and it's sold only in Wisconsin. This and Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat would probably be my go-to beers. For now, it's just a treat.

Apr 11, 2011
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StormKing47 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade I seem to forget from who sometimes, sorry, but whoever it was thanks. Went a little something like this...

A- Wow talk about unfiltered, a crazy looking golden yellow color, extremely hazy and yeast swirling around all over the place. A great level or carb that I can hear hissing to the top to try and dissipate the thick and fluffy white head.

S- All of the usuals from a well done hefe. A burst of spice, cloves and that subtle and sweet banana aroma that good hefes put out. Some allowed warming and not much has changed the bananas linger on and have let the cloves and spice from the yeast come out to a more prominent role.

T- A ridiculous impact of spicy delight has just consumed my taste buds. It's all the spiciness of the yeast, cloves, nutmeg and possible a pinch or touch of cinnamon. Extremely well integrated and very enjoyable.

M- Very effervescent, a nice coating, great tingle and prickle and a nice crisp, clean finish. A very refreshing experience that is taking me back to the original world class hefe that we all know and love so dearly.

D- Hell yes! Awesomely refreshing, crisp, clean and enough spice to satisfy even the most fickle palates. Not my favorite style, but damn this is a tasty one. One more please!

Another solid offering from New Glarus. Please stop being so stingy and distribute to other states!

Jan 07, 2011
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billab914 from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale golden color with a big bubbly and fluffy white head to it. The head settled but still left a decent covering to the beer, and also left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a touch of a peppery, spiciness to it along wit ha nice bright lemon and orange citrus coming through. A moderate banana bread flavor comes through as well.

The taste starts with some of the yeasty, sligtly peppery spice but the lemon and orange citrus takes over pretty quickly. It gets more bready with some banana and apple flavors towards the finish. Very bright and citrusy overall.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is a bit above average but pretty normal for the style. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice beer overall. I really liked how the citrus seemed to be the star of the show and the spice played more of a supporting role. Very nice beer and fit my tastes very nicely for the style.

Dec 30, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is basic hefeweizen with some banana, wheat and vanilla notes. I get a little clove, but not too much.

The flavor is wheat, banana, cloves and some orange citrus notes. As the beer warms, I start to get some grassy hops and a low amount of bitterness. A very interesting flavor combination that makes this a unique beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Dec 27, 2010
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boralyl from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours 2 1/2 fingers of creamy white head. The retention is great and creates a mountain of foam as the sides settle into the glass. The beer is very a very hazy pale yellow color. There is active carbonation present.

S - Fruity esters from the yeast stand out the most in the aroma. There is also cinnamon and faint citrus present.

M - Light to medium in body with prickly carbonation.

T - Lemon and citrus present themselves first followed by the fruity yeast character. Clove and hints of cinnamon round out the finish.

I tend to not enjoy hefeweizens, but I can say this is the best one I've had thus far. I like the combination of assertive American hop character with the classic hefe with local ingredients used. Well worth trying.

Dec 01, 2010
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snaotheus from Washington

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shipped from west coast to east coast, poured into a pint glass

Pours mostly yellow, cloudy, with a nice frothy head. Lots of active, fast moving, fine carbonation. Smell is bright and fruity, lots of citrus with a fair amount of hay smell -- this really smells great.

Taste is also bright and fruity, more of the citrus, lemony and orangey mostly. Very bready, very wheaty. A little sourness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick but not sticky. This is seriously one of the best hefs I've ever had.

Nov 25, 2010
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keytown from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance Hazy golden yellow with a huge white frothy head.
Very little lacing.

Smell Got an onslaught of citrus and spice, particularly

Taste Follows the nose closely. Getting an abundance of
clove, cinnamon and citrus.

Mouthful Mouthful is okay. Has decent carbonation, but i've
had better as far as carbonation goes.

Drinkability Very drinkable beer. Got this from a New Glarus
Sampler Pack that a friend bought me from
Wisconsin. Sad that I will not be able to enjoy this
beer on a regular basis.

Nov 23, 2010
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cadaugherty from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a great nose. Lots of banana and spice leap right out at you and make this a unique wheat in world of rather dull American variations. The taste is really the only downbeat, a little murky and dull, really a disappointment after the noteworthy nose. Clean and easy drinking with a lovely overall quality that merits a try. Based on the other reviews here I think I may be overly harsh on the taste but I guess it is all subjective. A good contribution to a style that is sorely lacking from most American brewers.

Nov 15, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a very hazy moderate golden orange color with a nice white head. The nose is instantly interesting and very noticeable with a fairly strong citrus presence in addition to a good deal of light clove and banana. This follows through on the taste, where it is exactly as advertised--a hefeweizen with some nice American citrus hops. The feel is a bit creamy and slightly bitter, though the hops come out more in the nose and taste. Just absolutely, undeniably an uber-sessionable beer. Amazing stuff.

Oct 29, 2010
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BeerFMAndy sent this one to me as part of an awesome trade. Thanks dude!

A: Intensely cloudy golden color, with great carbonation, and about a 1.5 inch ++ head with fantastic retention throughout the session.

S: Banana, cloves, and cinnamon for sure. This already reminds me of many of the great saisons I've tried here recently.

T: Wow, what a full taste of Wisconsin grown ingredients! There is an awesome yeastiness that I'm very fond of and the balance between all the spices are second to none.

M: The yeast actually coats the mouth, which I dig, and the cinnamon and clove are actually so intense that it even slightly burns the palate. The carbonation is spot on.

D: One of the best Hefeweisens I've ever tasted. If I drink any more yummy NG brews like this and the half dozen others I've recently tried, I'm moving to Wisconsin when I retire!

Oct 09, 2010
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wedgie9 from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. The pour is a cloudy light colored orange with a massive frothy white head that lasts for quite a while. The nose is classic wheat beer with cinnamon, clove, and the addition of some citrus (mostly orange oil) hops. There is also a nice aroma of bread yeastiness. The flavor of this beer is awesome, with orange and pineapple fruitiness on the front of the palate and orange peel hops coming through after. There is also a hint of banana and clove. The hops become just a little bitter on the back. The body is fairly light with active carbonation and a long pineapple finish with the signature sticky feel that I get with most wheat beers. This is the best wheat beer I have had to this point in my life.

Sep 27, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Wow, in tradition of New Glarus nonconformity, we have a wheat beer with a brick of Amarillo hops thrown at it.

No worries about the size of the head here (no need to check for steroids, either), as it is just beer ... an impressive-looking beer with a typical hazed, golden glow. The head likes to stick around as well. Big, fragrant, raw herbal notes; powdered aspirin and tangerine Amarillo hop aroma with some biscuity malt and nutty yeast in the back. Smoothness pops with every sip; medium bodied. Smacks of Amarillo hops; bitterness draws in a pucker, but never charges in with sharpness. The dry hopping adds more of a complimenting flavor throughout, with lemongrass and citric flavors. Clean wheat flavor with a nutty yeast by its side. Finishes dry and hoppy.

Amarillo is a tough hop to tame; in the wrong hands, it can become a catastrophe. That is not the case here, as it adds a needed depth to the American Wheat Ale style. Delicious comes to mind.

Sep 20, 2010
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robwestcott from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to jojomdma (before he disappeared) for this one.

poured from the bottle a murky sunshine yellow to a sun king shaped pint glass with a full finger white foamy head leaving a fair amount of lace.

strong aroma of citrus and lemon rind.

wow - incredibly refreshing, clean crisp, lemony, banana notes toward the back of the tongue.

highly carbonated, a bit fizzy.

drinkable - yes.

Sep 05, 2010
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, light golden pour that cleaned up a bit as it settled down. The fluffy, white head chunked a bit leaving an island of foam in the middle of the glass.

Soft fruit aroma. Banana seems sweet and green, a bit of dry citrus and clove. Not a fain aroma, nothing strong. Average.

Nice flavors of soft fruit, guava, and citrus. Yeast provides a freshness quality to it. Light biscuit in the back.

The finish is a bit intriguing. Crisp and sharp, some left over spice, but with an exhale of ethanol left it thin. The alcohol seemed enhanced at the finish.

Sep 05, 2010
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Beejay from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice golden pale color. Hazy with a nice soft white head on top.

S: Light with lots of lemon zest and orange peel, yeasty notes with banana peel and clove.

T: Nice citrus flavors. The clove and the banana really come out in the taste. A bit of biscuit in the finish.

M: Light in body, but the carbonation is intense. It is actually a little off putting for me.

D: Very tasty, light and refreshing, but the carbonation is a drawback for me.

Sep 04, 2010
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Ek0nomik from Wisconsin

4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured In: Pint Glass
Purchased At: Barriques (Middleton, WI)

Appearance: The pour is a sunshine wheat color with two fingers of fluffy, foamy head. Despite what I was expecting, the beer is quite clear. A few streaks of lace are on the side of my pint glass.

Smell: The nose is fantastic, peel after peel of banana, orange peel and some spice from the yeast like clove and a little pepper.

Taste: This is definitely a more hoppy hefeweizen. I don't know that I've had a hefeweizen quite this hoppy before, but I really enjoy it. It still has a nice wheat backbone, with the Belgian yeast pulling through a lot of flavor such as banana and pepper and clove. The hops add a nice bitterness, but also a very pleasant orange peel flavor for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was spot on as soon as opening. The beer has a thin to slightly medium body depending on how much carbonation is left in the glass.

Drinkability: This is, without a doubt, going to end up in my crate again.

Sep 02, 2010
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 322 ratings