Whitewater Weizen | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by hu5om:
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4/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This hefe is nearly great, but ultimately falls short.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color, with very little head. Smells yeasty, bready, sourly fruity and unique.
Taste is extremely pleasing and different for the style, with heavy lemon/tart apple sourness. I loved the taste, with a major caveat:
It was EXTREMELY flat. A little carbonated crispness would make this beer top-notch. Oh, how I wish for the slightest bit of carbonation....
I'll gladly try this again, in the hope that I got a flat batch. My bottles were not marked for freshness (even though the bottles have a chart on the label, mine were not notched....what's with that?)
Neverless, probably worth a try, even with it's substancial shortcomings. Quite unique, tasty and easy to drink (given the flatness).
If Central Waters is listening....amp up the CO2 levels, and this beer would be off the charts.

I'll report any changes upon my retesting

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new glarus wheat glass. At least I'm keeping it in the state I guess.

Pours an inviting light orange with a huge off white head. Looks lovely and effervescent. Smells very fruity, with aroma of lemon and banana, and some spicy yeast accents. Taste is peppery yeast, with a bit of the fruit coming through. Wheat flavor is dominant though, and really shines. It does seem a little stripped down for a hefe, but outside of the style guidelines, it's a very drinkable lawnmower beer. Mouthfeel is full, and slightly dry. I could drink a good many of these after a hard days work outside in the sun.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour is dark, dunkel-looking amber, cloudy and effervescent, fueling a short white head that fades to a skim,

Nose is shows notes of banana bread malt, sour/funky yeast and oatmeal cookies

Taste is dunkel-esque as well, with funky sour wheat, hefe-yeast, clove and light chocolate malt...similar to some of the middle Bell's Wheat project beers.

Mouthfeel is light, in body and carbonation with a nice smoothness in texture.

Quite a drinkable weizen here, definitely more of a dunkel than a straight hefe, but does well with what it is. Another solid offering from Central Waters.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: poured into a hefe glass...monstrous fluffy head that fades to about an inch when its all said and done and leaves a nice thick lace...body is a rather dark amber-copper for the style, rather murky

smell: banana and clove up front, bready, oatmeal/ginger cookies, touch of caramel, big yeasty aroma

taste: pretty good hefe...good banana flavours throughout, full flavoured and well spiced, clove, big and wheaty, strong yeast flavour, grassy. a refreshing summer hefe

mouthfeel: medium body, well carbonated

drinkability: high

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Photo of msjacilynn
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from old notes: 9/9/10

A: hazy amber with sudsy white head.

S: creamy wheat, mild fruit notes and malt.

T: wheat, banana and cloves. enjoyed the balance!

M: thin/well-carbonated.

D: summer brew for sure! would drink again, especially on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy film which skims the surface and leaves some fizzy spotty lace back. The aroma smells grassy and spicy with a sweet earthy twang to it of wheat and fruit. Decent flavorful airiness to this in the nose.

The taste is sweet and bready, with wheat character that snaps across the tongue. A splash of lemon zest and orange are present as is some spiciness, which along with some light bitterness, trails into an earthy and dry finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that prickles them mouth. Easy and refreshing on the palate.

This was interesting. Definitely a Wheat Ale here but it didn't come off too much like a Hefe (bubblegum and banana seemed to be missing) for me. Still enough flavor and smoothness to the feel to keep this quite drinkable, as this paired up nicely with the spicy dinner that I was eating. This was decent.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weiss glass. No date or info. [Re-review on 08-03-10]

A - Surprisingly dark and clear for a weizen-style beer, Whitewater is almost crystal in appearance with low carbonation in the light golden amber body. A low bone-colored head lingers in a thin pile leaving little lace in it's wake.

S - Supple, soft wheat floats out and surrounds the whole nose but is ultimately brought down by a reasonably strong aroma of dry grass clippings and husky-laced mulch-smelling hops. Traces of banana and bubble gum esters from an ever-present yeast poke out but are largely overshadowed by the earthy aroma.

T - Soft and smooth wheat and light pale malts are quickly overtaken by a harsh hop bite that mirrors the aroma in mulchy, earthiness. Again, the yeast esters of banana and bubble gum are just detectable in traces but a pinch of clove comes out.

M - Medium-light bodied, very soft, and smooth with a low carbonation feel to the finish. The good feel is abruptly shattered by a hoppy, hard bite to the finish.

D - This beer isn't enjoyable to me. It's far too earthy and the hops really disrupt the good going on. They need to either be backed off quite a bit. I don't think I'll be returning to this one again.

[The re-review was significantly better than the original bottle had (a D review - 2.25) but still not of the Central Waters caliber expected.]

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy, nearly opaque wheat colored amber, large two inch head formed quickly but was replaced by a thin layer of lace on the top,

Lots of yeast, wheat, a hint of some spiceness, maybe even some banana or pear?, almost has a belgian single type of flavor. Lots of subtle taste in theri, fruitness and spice like you dont see too often in a hefe Very creamy smmoth, good carbonation with a nice lingering flavor. Goes down very smooth, very nice feel.

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into the weizen glass gives a 2" off white head that very slowly recedes. Nice retention, little lacing. The beer is a clear, light-medium amber in color.

smell: Some estery banana at first with light notes of caramel malt supporting. Lightly spiced and moderately sweet with just a touch of hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range, and the body a full light. One of the heavier weizens I've had.

taste: Sweet flavors of wheat malt mixed with those of caramel malts. Moderate estery flavors are found, with hints of banana and dried apricot. Some very light spice. Light hop flavor with a negligible bitterness.

drinkability: pretty easy

taken from the fridge of dirtylou

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Photo of dstc
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with an average light tan head. Head falls to almost nothing. Very thin lace.

Big citrus wheat aroma. Yeast smell is nice.

Taste is unique. Has typical wheat style at first but immediately followed up by a sour tangy funky taste. Not sure I care for it.

Medium to thin in mouth with low carbonation.

Not a favorite although I typically like Central Waters.

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Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wheat, bananas, yeast, and spices. Tastes of wheat, spices and very light bananas. Light sour wheat finish. Overall a refreshing Hefe.

Notes from: 7/24/07

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at cellar's in neenah.
dark amber/copper, frail head that drops without much lace.
Smells more like an american wheat than a hefe? Some lemon, some spiciness, possibly a bit of clove, but not picking up on banana. Some tartness in the aftertaste. Bought a 6 of this and a 6 of Hacker as part of the supplies for a party, and started wondering if the atmosphere was interfering with my ability to detect the classic hefeweizen tastes and aromas ... but cracking open a Hacker a few minutes later dispelled that idea.
Medium-bodied, fairly course carbonation.
drinkable as a beer (though not great), and the wife liked it, but not good within the context of the style.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Hefe glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a light film of foam.

(S)- A light honeyed banana and lemon. Bits of dry wheat and a weird spiced carrot-like baby food smell at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A honeyed lemon and banana with a biscuit-like wheat dryness.

(M)- A decent carbonation level and balance. A tad thin for the style; smooth going down.

(D)- A decent hefeweiss. A bit thin, but certainly smooth and refreshing. I would have it again.

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Photo of abents
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with nice white head that sticks around a long time. Smells of nice corriander and bananas. Taste is pretty smooth with solid spice and wheat flavor abounding. Finish is rather stong on bananas for my liking. This is a very different offering from what they had last year. I think it's a lot better than the "off" batch I think they ran last season. A lot of citrus in this brew, definitly does need more carbonation for a hefe. Still a very drinkable summer brew, different from most of the hefe's you'll try that's for sure, worth a try.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger white head that fades to a lace within a couple of minutes. The beer is clear and golden brown. Tons of carbonation is present.

S - Strong smell of clove, coriander and spices. Also a nice strong wheat nose.

T - Spicy, clove, coriander but nothing that really smacks you right in the mouth. The beer has all the characteristics of a good hefeweizen but it just isn't as full as other hefeweizens from New Glarus and Sprecher.

M - Light bodied, ample carbonation that could be better. All the parts of a hefeweizen are present. Plenty of clove, coriander and a nice spice, but nothing is full enough to make it great.

D - Adequate hefeweizen that I could have occasionally, but not something I would take over New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color which is toward the darker end of the spectrum for a hefe, but still nice. The head is is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of banana bread, cloves, and lots more banana bread. The taste is along the same lines as the aroma. It is kind of like a cross between a hefe, and a dunkelweizen, and I really like that. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, I really like this beer. Too many of the wheat beers out there taste too similar to each other. This beer is truly unique, and I applaud Central Waters for that. I will be sure to drink this again.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dirty-straw with a slightly copper hue; off-white head, no retention, some lace.

S: Banana bread & spice with vanilla and a little orange & rind.

T: Spicy banana bread, vanilla, grassy hops and hints of mango & pineapple. Plenty of spice (a little much?), with a good amount of fruitiness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation with a very dry finish.

D: Quite Quaffable.

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Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, decent head that fades to a slight ring.

Pleasant smell of clove and banana.

Wheat, clove and banana in the taste. Good balance, but flavors were somewhat muted and a bit watery though.

Mouthfeel a tad watery.

This was an easy drinking yet unmemorable hefeweizen. I'd have it again, but it didn't make a huge impression on me one way or the other.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet aroma with phenol and slight quality of cloves. Bottom of bottle had setiment that added cloudiness to a gold color. Small head that dissipated. A bit flat of taste with some wheat, some phenl and somewhat bitter (not enjoyable bitter). Mouthfeel was rather flat, with medium to light overall feel.
Pretty average overall. Too bitter and not enough flavor. Smoother and mellower as warmed, but still to bitter without a refreshing quality.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a very little head. Scent is that of strong grassy wheats. Very awkward taste here. It starts off rather bold, but quickly diminshes on the pallet. Overal it's very grassy and grainy with slight hints of citrus and maybe some carmel? Could be a little more bold and a better 2nd half of the taste. Taste is very similar to that of Organic wheat beers. Nothing too special here, but better than the cheap beers!

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Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a hazy golden brew with very little head and little lacing; perhaps a bit too cold despite being on their own brewpub.
Aroma is basic, and faint, cloves and some sugary notes, nothing remarkable.
Light bodied, with a mildly yeasty, sweetish banana flavor that has little to no depth.
Easy to drink, but essentially unremarkable.

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Photo of Winter
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy amber brown in color with a rocky off-white head. The color seems a little darker for a traditional hefeweizen. Aroma consists of banana bread, clove, with a touch of vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. The taste starts off with flavors of banana and clove. Very similar to what was detected in the aroma. Dry wheat malt flavor in the middle. Some more clove and vanilla emerge toward the back. Overall, a decent drinker.

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Photo of disastermouse
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not my favorite style, but I'm reviewing for the style, so...

A - Looks about right for a Weizen. Thin head great lacing. Deep golden color.

S - Yeast and phenols. A little flat smelling.

T - Definitely wheat. Sweet, flat, bubblegum and I dare say some potato-sausage.

MF - Sparkles a little, then a watery sort of 'hard-water' taste akin to an English Ale (only in the mouthfeel).

D - Very very easy to drink. Refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$7.00 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Golden brown pour into an amber colored body. The head is an 1/8" to 1/4" with little stamina.

Smell - Clove scent with a hint at hops.

Taste - Spicy wheat with a tinge of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat coarse for a wheat beer.

~ This is a session brew as far as I'm concerned. I enjoy this brew but don't look forward to another.

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