Whitewater Weizen | Central Waters Brewing Co.

40 Ratings

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Skidz
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got myself a keg of this stuff, and if this month finishes as hot as it started, it shouldn't last long.

Deep, murky amber brown in color and capped with a frothy white head, boatloads of lacings on this one and solid retention.

Aromas of brown bananas and thick, gooey wheat. Notes of caramel and light cloves are also present. Very leesy in aroma.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with bananas churning forward through musty wheat and yeast. Clove flavors are only a speck within the mix of yeast and wheat. Very mild bitterness lends only the slightest bit of grassy flavor to lead you into the next sip.

Quite creamy and mouth-fulfilling. Only mild carbonation in tiny bubbles, adding to the appearance of a medium bodied beer.

This year's version is substantially different than past year's. It appears much darker than before, but this only adds more character and flavor. Still just as appealing as before, though the yeast seems to be a bit more influential, adding not only appearance changes, but also new flavors. It's slightly crisp and drying, but leaves a faint and appreciated sweetness, like you'd find with Southern Bavarian strains. In any words, this is a great Hefe.

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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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange. Throws out medium sized ivory white head that has great retention. Really nice vanilla/banana combination on the nose. Pretty solid tasting weizen beer. Solid vanilla taste as well as banana. Spicing doesn't seem as high as some other weizens. Very subtle clove and pepper. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Medium body. Great thirst quencher. This is a good one. Puts my confidence back in check with this brewery after my bad experience with their red ale.

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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 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 pmccallum86
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy golden amber color with a two finger off white head.

Smell is citrus and lemon zest, pretty good and refreshing smelling beer. One of the better wheat beer I have smelled lately.

Taste is of awesome citrus and orange flavors, some citrus and high carbonation. Very good and refreshing. I am a fan of this beer, especially for the price.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium to high carbonation, very good and refreshing beer.

Highly drinkable and a great session beer for the summer months.

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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 I2uss
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hu5om
4/5  rDev +9%

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

bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a rich amber color with a finger of off white head that retains nicely and leaves light lacings.

aroma is rich with banana, spice, cloves, citrus and wheat malt. a very vibrant hefe profile in the nose. the wheat malt character seems to attach itself to the citrus and the banana, while the spice and cloves work their way around into the front of the aroma as the brew warms a bit.

taste is more of the same with a more pronounced spiced note. well composed with a wheat malt base upon which the spice and fruit notes lie. the spice tends to dominate the profile, giving the brew a unique profile when it comes to hefeweizens.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a spicy texture and a finish of residual spice and wheat malt.

drinkability is good. for a hefe, this is a well coposed example with a fresh and flavorful aura, along with a finish that is at once crisp and flavorful as well. a good seasonal offering from Central Waters. cheers!

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

Ripe apricot with honey colored trim. It isn't until the final finger of beer is added to the pint glass that the liquid becomes lightly blurry. The ivory colored crown is both firm and sticky, a good combination that leads to persistence and an extensive array of sea foam lace.

The nose is less banana fruity and more clove spicy than anticipated. Having said that, the relative proportions are appealing and should be wonderful on the palate. There might be a small splash of vanilla in there as well.

Whitewater Weizen Wheat Ale is a true Bavarian-style hefe. If anything, the flavor is even more intense and more inviting than the nose. As always, the use of a kick-ass yeast strain is the key, but the base wheat ale is more than capable.

Barley and wheat provide a firm foundation of lightly toasted grain and a modest amount of sweetness. There's a little more hop bitterness than I'm comfortable with in a beer of this style, but a hophead wouldn't even think of docking the flavor score because of it. The finish is fairly dry and crisp for the style.

The spotlight, of course, is on the classic flavors of (lightly bruised) banana and ground clove. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.0/4.0 and clove is more prominent yet. This is a unique version that also happens to be mighty tasty.

The mouthfeel is extremely close to earning the next highest score. It could be more lush and a little smoother, but it's hard to be too critical when the beer is disappearing this quickly. Look at it this way, it gives the brewers something to work on to make this summer seasonal even more appealing.

With apologies to Rodney Dangerfield, Central Waters doesn't get no respect, no respect at all. Whitewater Weizen, along with most of the rest of their lineup, is proof that they deserve consideration when the conversation turns to excellent Wisconsin craft beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy pale golden yellow with a white head that fell fairly fast, but lingered enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was clove and wheat with a slight fruitiness and sweetness to the aroma.

The flavor was nice with a wheat mouthfeel, but a more neutral flavor than the aroma promised. A slight clove, but minimal fruit flavors.

The finish was dry with just a slight whisp of clove lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a great wheat mouthfeel.

12 ounce bottle, thanks to Skidz and BIF10.

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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 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 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 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 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 KI9A
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a Weizenbock, not a hefe, as listed here.

A: Medium orange, cloudy.

S: Clove, bananna..great full nose.

T: Follows nose, a nice funk/sour note at the back of the tounge.

M: Medium, not as creamy as a Hefe, more a bitey, spicey feel, like a Weizenbock.

D: Very refreshing. I still think this a Weizenbock. Was to spicy for a traditional Hefe, but, about right for a Weizenbock.

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Whitewater Weizen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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