Miss Spelt
Deschutes Brewery

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #185
Ranked #23,399
3.88 | pDev: 5.93%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 17
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Bitter Creek a while back... The wife discovered some notes on her iPhone.

Comes in a big pint... great fluffy white head... awesome retention and lacing.. the brew is hazed golden... probably appears darker than it is, because it is so damned dark in here.

Nose is big banana with a sorta dusty clove element... pretty traditional nose... balanced between the phenols and esters.

Flavor mirrors the nose with more clove and some citrus notes... sorta lemon zest... seems a touch sweet and the clove phenols accentuate the maltiness.

Good body and carbonation.


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Photo of cjnapier
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time reviewer so excuse my lack of terminology awarwness.

Clear appearance with a nice nose. Looks clear and pours darker than I expected. Classic clove flavor with enough citrus to skip the lemon approach. Very similar to the silver city hefe and a step up from your trader Joe's Bavarian hefe.

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Photo of blackc5
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid, Americanized Hefeweizen that comes fairly close to its German brethren. Pours a bit darker with a head that is less fine.

Aromas are spot on with banana, wheat, and lemon.

Flavors are milder than the aroma, and the wheat maltiness is stronger than expected. Definitely no American Wheat ale, but not quite up to par with the best as the banana and clove is muted. Nice lemony citrus hops to balance.

Mouthfeel is good - nice level of carbonation and medium bodied.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a pretty hefty white head with good retention. The nose is light wheat along with clove and banana. A bit of bubblegum. The taste is pretty yeast driven with a bit of slightly-sweet wheat there as well. Good body and carbonation; a nice summer drinker.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes) Poured a hazy yellow-gold with a finger of loose white head. Slightly sweet aroma of banana, clove, and spice.

Slightly high carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel. Very nice flavors going on with a sweetness up front that doesn't become cloying. Elements of banana, honey, lemon and orange citrus, and a gentle hop finish with a touch of spice.

I tend to prefer the darker beers from Deschutes, but this one really impressed me as well.

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Photo of Elimination
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap-from notes

look is amber with a slight yellowness, smell is banana, clove, sweet with a bit of graininess, bit of spice. Taste goes a long with smell, great banana, and the spice is up front. mouthfeel is good, feels great for a hef, light. Drink is great and word is it may be bottled soon!

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Photo of jdense
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the OBF Brunch @ Deschutes PDX, 7.22.2010.

One finger creamy white head, medium dissipation with some lacing in my OBF plastic mug. Hazy orange amber body, no visible carbonation. Nose is pretty clean and light, some floral hops against light wheat aroma. Taste is fairly sweet, meyer lemon/orange, some clove, a bit of white pepper/coriander, floral hops, not a lot of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, a bit heavy for the style, minimal effervescence, not sticky. Pretty drinkable, a nice interpretation of a Bavarian Hefeweizen, though a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Monteiro
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Deschutes brewery in Bend over 4thof july weekend. Enjoyed it enough that I went back and filled the growler again the next day with the same thing.

Amber, maybe a little on the red side.

Drank this next to a campfire, so the smell was pretty obliterated.

Banana, delightfully maltly for a hefa. Some spice going on as well on the aftertaste.

Nice intense carbonation, but the taste isn't intense enough to handle being drank next to a fire.

A sidekick and I drank 2 growlers in 2 days. Grilled linguica and polenta, and it stood up to it remarkably well. Not sure why, but this really works.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this handbottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pretty standard hefeweizen with some bananas, cloves and wheat. The flavor is a lot of wheat, banana and lemon. I don't get too much clove in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of theshunk
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Bier One in Newport, OR. It is definitely not the crappy American Hefe that I won't drink even with a lemon squeezed in it. This can stand up against any good Bavarian Hefe that I've had.

-Appearance- darker than expected for a hefe, not the yellow, cloudy, yeasty look I'd expect
-Taste- excellent banana and clove but missing the yeastiness I expect.
-Drinkablility- very drinkable, a potential session beer, in my opinion.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Deschute's pub in Portland.

appearance - poured amber with a nice white head, good lacing

smell - cloves, banana, yeast

taste - clove and wheat with some citrus

mouthfeel - medium body with adequate carbonation

drinkability - flavorful, a moderately light beer

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ the Portland Brewpub poured into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy light amber color with glowing edges and a fizzy off-white head that quickly dissolves into a very thin ring around the glass. The aroma is bubblegum, spices, yeast and some malt. The flavor is much of the same with banana and clove being at the forefront with a sweet soft malt presence at the end. Its light bodied and very effervescent. I was closing the evening out with this beer after drinking mostly hoppy beers all night and I could still taste the layers in this beer.

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Photo of Floydster
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Deschutes brew pub in Portland on 5/27/09, reviewed from notes

About the beer: "This German spelt ale was made with 40% spelt, which is an ancient variety of wheat grown in Southern Bavaria. Aromas of banana, clove, and bubble gum rise from the amber colored, lightly hopped ale."

A-Golden yellowish orange color, 1/2 inch creamy white head, some retention, minor lacing, good amount of sediment in the glass, guessing it was the wheat
S-Grapefruit, cloves, bananas, red apples, citrus, lots of wheat, small amount of ginger, and yeast
T-Begins with a huge clove falvor, lots of chewy wheat in the middle, finish has a good amount of citrus along with more wheat, rather spicy, lots of grapefruit by the end, usually have a big lemon or orange flavor in a wheat beer but that is one of the main things that made this one different, I cannot emphasize enough how strong the clove taste gets by the end
M-Spicy, chewy, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, strong level of carbonation, taste goes away fast
D-Could drink a few of these, light on the stomach and light in alcohol, smooth and went well with the sliders, not a bad summer beer, if it was not so full of cloves, it would be even easier to drink

The bartender described this to us as a German Hefeweizen, also known as a spelt ale, I cannot say I have had anything like this before, but it was actually pretty good and is something I would certainly drink again, recommended

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Miss Spelt from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 17 ratings